Reality check: 'Dance Moms' clashes continue

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Every now and again it's nice to check in on the quasi-entertaining "Dance Moms" (Lifetime, Tuesdays). There is only so much yelling and tears a viewer can take each week.

So, the Abby Lee Miller Dance Company is going for its 10th consecutive group competition victory.

"Nine is fine but then again, there's 10," she tells the girls.

This week's mercenary dancer is the young lady Fallon from Florida. (Fun fact: Google "Fallon" and "Dance Moms" and the big hits are Jimmy Fallon dancing with Michelle Obama on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon").

This Fallon is given two days to learn a solo routine, and when she forgets it at the big show, Ms. Miller charges over to the judges' table and demands they disqualify her.

It's not the coach's finest moment. And the judges actually award Fallon third place anyway. By episode's end, we see Ms. Miller telling the girl and her mother that it's just not going to work out, don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Archrival Cathy Nesbitt-Stein of the Candy Apples sensibly notes: "Where does it say in the rules that you have to learn your solo in two days?"

Of course, Ms. Nesbitt-Stein quickly falls off her high horse when, later in the competition, she tells the Candy Apples they are not ready to perform and they pack up to leave. More tears, followed by Ms. Miller eventually calling her rival a "coward."

The ALMDC gets that 10th win, and let's hope Ms. Miller can come up with something to rhyme with 11 next week.

On a more poignant note, the episode included the girls visiting Ms. Miller's mother, Maryen Lorrain Miller, in a hospice, where they performed for the patients. Mrs. Miller died Feb. 8.

'Face Off'

What to make of this week's episode of "Face Off" (Syfy, Tuesdays)?

The artists must create a mad scientist's "human guinea pig," and the results are as gory and creative as any Fangoria fan might wish. But one of them, Los Angeles resident Niko Gonzalez, designs a pregnant woman carrying the baby (still attached by the cord) that's been cut out of her. Mr. Gonzalez wonders whether he has gone too far, and judge Ve Neill says it's in "poor taste."

But that's it. If there was further discussion, it was edited out. Mr. Gonzalez advanced to the next round.

The winner for the second consecutive week was Daran Holt, a Kansas City native and Tom Savini program grad.

Maria Sciullo: msciullo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciulloPG.


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