Jill has an idea of actually using a new song, though, which sounds like some song that would be on if the Olympics were held in Nairobi. They also want to change the costumes and routine. Wow. Great idea, ladies.
Enter Niyala, Assistant Choreographer. She teaches Nia her solo as Holly and Kelly discuss the whole Christi-Kelly tension. Kelly thought their friendship meant more, and she’s still pissed.
But alas, now we’re at Abby’s house where she’s crying and looking at weird framed pictures of her dog and saying how she never hurt anyone and maybe Abby could have done something but she was with other people’s kids instead. Totally normal logic.
So its the next day and Melissa walks into the studio. Still no Abby.
In the dressing room, Mackenzie asks, “Do dogs go to Heaven?” All dogs go to Heaven, dear little girl. The was one of the only tapes I had as a kid, so I’m 100% certain about this. Kelly says that Abby probably hopes Baby will go to Hell because that’s where she’s going. Mean Kelly strikes again. Love it.
Abby is still at home pondering whether to go to the studio or stay at home or live or die or whatever else. She doesn’t want to go to the studio because the kids roll their eyes and talk back, and Baby never did that. You know, because she was a goddamn dog.
So the girls made a card for Abby to show how much they care, and Maddie tells the rest of the girls lame stories about Abby and her dog. Pointless filler scene.
Niyala continues to rehearse the girls again, and the moms go down to ask her if she’s heard from Abby. Not a peep, though. They have no idea if she’ll even be back for the competition.
In St. Louis, Nicaya is rehearsing her solo with bizarro blonde Gianna. Weird. Black Patsy is already contriving a plan to yell at the moms. What a sweetheart.
Nia also is rehearsing her solo, which involves a hat. Kelly said she hopes Nia doesn’t where the hat because she’s already lost one friend over that hat. Christi hears this and says that she didn’t lose a friend because of a hat, but because she told Christi to go eff herself. She actually said “F@#$ you,” but maybe the two phrases are interchangeable in the northeast.
Then they argue more about who called when and how many times and how many times they should have called and blah blah blah. Get the hell over it, dammit!
Oh hey, Abby’s back. And “nothing makes her happier than working with Maddie.” Her own words. Ugh. So she rehearses Maddie’s solo. where she tells Maddie she needs to “whack it” and I giggle like a 3rd grader. Heh heh… whack it.
Abby then works with Nia, and Holly is nervous about it since she’s be in direct competition with Black Patsy. P.S. – If I call Nicaya “Black Jonbenet,” that would be racist, right? Mkay, I’ll steer clear of it.
So it’s time for the group rehearsal, and Abby doesn’t know yet that they all flipped the script on her. The music starts and Abby looks like someone just took her Twinkie. She asks Assistant Choreographer Janeane what’s going on and she’s informed of what the hell is going on. So as we’d all expect, Abby is pissed. Then Abby tells poor Janeane, who got her first speaking part this episode, that she needs to stand her ground against the moms.
Abby is pissed and tells the moms that they’re assholes. She actually finds the nice gesture “offensive,” which sums up her whole personality. She wants no more ideas from them, and she breaks down while telling them so.
So what’s her solution? They’ll use the music they want to use, and the kids will improv. “Since your mothers know best, you’re gonna improv.” Did anyone make that leap with her? I got nothin’ here. So they’re all going to just have individual improvs, like they’re on the introduction to Mickey Mouse Club or something.
Now it’s competition day, and they all show up to St. Louis. Black Patsy of course greets them as they walk into the place. She makes sure to call out Dr. Holly, who is very unamused. They tell her good luck which she says she doesn’t need, but they might. Ugh. This lady is so damn annoying.