Reality Check: 'Dance Moms' instructor has meltdown

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Any taxicab confessions from Abby Lee Miller will have to wait until next season on Lifetime's "Dance Moms."

At the end of the Season 2 finale, viewers saw the polarizing Penn Hills dance studio owner jump into a cab and flee the wrath of the Moms.

Accused of playing favorites after one of the girls had a breakdown after forgetting her solo routine at a competition in New Jersey, Ms. Miller had one of her own and was shown uncharacteristically crying in the dressing room.

This prompted the moms to accuse her of playing favorites because she hadn't reacted in such a visceral manner when their kids messed up. Ms. Miller's response? She literally showed them her backside, then hightailed it out of the building.

"See you on the flip side!" she said, hailing a suspiciously available cab to the airport.

For those who cannot wait until the premiere of Season 3, you can buy merch to wear while watching reruns at

But caveat emptor: The group photos and T-shirts include Kendall. If you don't know who that is, or why that matters, you shouldn't be reading this anyway.

Elsewhere in reality TV ...

• Things really got ugly on "RuPaul's Drag Race" (Logo, Mondays) when the remaining queens had to glamorize a bunch of butch-looking guys. Did we mention they also had to be exuding "maternity realness"?

Pittsburgh's Sharon Needles, having been assigned a silver-haired macho grandpa type, didn't even try to go for "pretty." She and "Mike" were a shiny symphony in black, white and silver, and it was enough to get her through to the next round.

Sharon Needles might revel in creeping out others, but this time she met her match. Off camera, she noted, "Mike-O the psycho is So. Weird. Makes me want to run and take a shower immediately."

Later when Mike couldn't seem to follow instructions for a routine "even Helen Keller could do on the first try," Sharon added, "I'm working with a DILK -- a Dad I'd Like to Kill."

• There was a British invasion on "Top Shot" (History, Tuesdays). British marksman and season 1 winner Iain Harrison dropped by to show the remaining contestants how to master the Webley Mark VI revolver, the Rolls Royce of handguns.

Team challenge was to break glass jars on a moving panel from 35 feet away. Once again, Blue team lost. Although Belle Vernon financial adviser Augie Malekovich did not have a good day, it's clear that his teammates think highly of him and did not put him up for elimination.

Instead, Blue's Terry Vaughn -- another Brit -- fell short in the elim challenge, where shooters had to rapid fire the British Lee-Enfield Mark III rifle at a target 200 yards away.


Maria Sciullo: or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciulloPG. First Published April 7, 2012 12:00 AM


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