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'Dance Moms' recap: A tribute to Mrs. Miller

Last week on Dance Moms: We previewed a kinder, gentler Abby as she dealt with her mother’s failing health. Mack Z was introduced. A costume shortage forced Nia out of the group number, and Holly reached a level 5 on the anger scale. Now let’s talk about this week’s foray into the inner workings of the Abby Lee Dance Company. (ALDC, if you’re cool.)

No rest for the victorious
Abby starts off the episode by acknowledging last week’s group victory, noting, “You have had 13 victories in a row. Is that time for your teacher to celebrate or time for your teacher to get tough?” Um, celebrate? No wait! Is this a trick question? She then reminds us that the new team is coming next week. Watch your back, girls!

Pyramid madness
Unsurprisingly, sweet Nia is at the bottom of this week’s pyramid, followed by Kendall, Kalani, Mackenzie, Chloe and, of course, Maddie in the top slot, for her stellar work in the group number. It’s a mystery as to why Kalani is in the bottom three, while Chloe ranks second for the same duet. It’s also a mystery how Maddie manages to take the lead without even doing a solo.

A tribute to Mrs. Miller
Abby announces the team will be going to Masters of Dance Arts in Buffalo, NY, this week, adding that all of the dances will be tributes to her mother’s success stories. Maddie and Chloe are both assigned cabaret solos (“Come to the Cabaret” and “Friday Nights”), while the group number will be a spin-off of Maddie’s award-winning solo “Amazing Grace.”

Fifth wheels & underdogs
Nia is the object of Abby’s wrath again this week, receiving the brunt of the nitpicking and melodramatic sighs. This nearly sends Holly into a level 8 on the anger scale (i.e., a subdued meltdown). Chloe is also struggling. Her assigned choreography is not great, and she’s still feeling the sting of being the only team member not selected for Mackenzie’s music video. This is clearly causing Christi anxiety, and she later goes on a rampage about an unkind comment from Maddie and accuses the team of making Chloe feel like an outsider.

Christy with a “y”
They shoot the video for Mackenzie’s single in her room at home, and we get the treat of seeing a grown man (the director, Andrew) sing the line, “What we need is a girl party!” Yay! Melissa takes the time to complain about one of the other ALDC mothers (whose daughter Sarah is in the video), saying, “I don’t like Christy with a ‘y’! She’s freakin’ annoying!” Naturally, this is just foreshadowing a fight between the mothers that culminates in Melissa ordering both Christy and Sarah out of her house and threatening to call 911. I should mention that Sarah looks like she’s all of six years old and appears to be utterly terrified while this is happening.

The Larkin threat
Melissa gets a text from a friend at Larkin Dance giving her a heads-up that they’ll also be in Buffalo for the competition. The mothers add this to their list of worries, noting that the team could be a huge threat to their possible 14th win. Sidebar: It’s refreshing to see ALDC competitors who aren’t demonized or presented as villains (I’m looking at you, Candy Apples!).

Everybody hurts
Abby continues to watch her mother’s health deteriorate this week, coming into the studio teary-eyed and vulnerable, and leaving to be at her bedside. The mothers discuss how it’s impossible not to sympathize despite their troubled history. Holly explains, “As difficult as Abby is to work with, she hurts just like everybody else … even though she pretends that she doesn’t.”

Holly’s hair awards
Let’s talk about the fact that Holly seems to have a different hairstyle in every single interview, and each one is pretty fabulous. Holly’s hair is killing it this week.

The winner’s circle
Maddie wins first for her cabaret solo, while Chloe wins a disappointing fifth for her ’50s-inspired dance. The lovely group number comes in second, while Larkin Dance takes first. This sends the girls into a tailspin, but Abby lets them off the hook via the phone, reiterating that this week was less about the competition and more about honoring her mother. The girls also get a rare “I’m proud of you.” I might have teared up a little (but I’ll never admit it).

Thank you for the memories …
At the end of the show, they display a tasteful dedication to Abby’s mother, noting she passed away on February 8. Rest in peace, Mrs. Miller. The ALDC will never be the same.

Next week on Dance Moms: We see Abby deal with the aftermath of her mother’s passing. The new team arrives, and Kira brawls with a new mother. DRAMA.

Did you shed a few tears for Abby this week? Do you think the new team is going to turn the ALDC’s word upside down? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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