Reality Check: Big Easy is anything but for feuding 'Dance Moms'
September 14, 2013 4:00 AM
"Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller shares some makeup tips with one of her students, Mackenzie Ziegler.
By Maria Sciullo Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
So, now they are throwing drinks at each other.
From the get-go, only the dancing has been nuanced when it comes to Lifetime's "Dance Moms," and things got particularly ugly in the season three penultimate episode Tuesday. In New Orleans for a national competition, the moms enjoyed a few libations -- Sazerac, perhaps? -- and made jokes about Abby Lee Miller voodoo dolls.
Then talk turned, as it always does, to why so-and-so's daughter has a solo. The bickering continued until Christi Lukasiak tossed the bright liquid remains of her cup at fellow Dance Mom Leslie Ackerman, and a stranger off the street had to break up the catfight.
Kristie Ray, mother of talented little Asia Monet Ray, already had informed the group that her child would not be returning. Citing better dance opportunities for Asia on the West Coast -- and that she'd reached her limit, listening to the cacophony of unhappy parents -- Ms. Ray tells Ms. Miller thanks for the national exposure; we're out of here.
And as a result of the catfight, Ms. Miller dismissed the ladies' respective daughters, Chloe and Payton. Suddenly the planned tribute to Hurricane Katrina group number was in jeopardy, with Ms. Miller reblocking around only six dancers.
Oh, of course they won, although Canton, Ohio, nemesis Candy Apples gave ALDC a good run. Done up as voodoo dolls -- if the nationals are held in Pittsburgh someday, will we see dancers dressed as black-and-gold pierogies? -- the uber-rivals were bolstered by professional choreography.
On a previous season of "Dance Moms," Ms. Miller ended the final episode by walking out on the group. This time, however, she was tearful in explaining that her mother, Maryen Lorrain Miller, has been ailing, and she planned to spend more time with her.
Despite its worldwide popularity, "Dance Moms" has not yet been renewed by Lifetime.
Elsewhere on reality TV ...
• Finally, a hunt team on "Capture" (The CW, Tuesdays) failed to nab anyone and was sent home. The Black team, hilariously shown guzzling beer and other alcohol while on the run in earlier episodes, couldn't keep up with Green team -- Ambridge native Antoine Burton and his IUP buddy, Kareem Dawson -- or anyone else, for that matter.
In an exit interview, Brooklyn's Sabrina Pomilio and Noelle Prideaux parroted each other's stock reality phrases ("We are so proud of ourselves, yada yada"), then strode off, heads held high when mortification was probably the more appropriate reaction.
Anecdote of the week: complaining about lack of food rations, one member of the Teal team -- British twin sisters -- recalled having a dream in which she stole a peanut butter sandwich from a small boy in a bookshop.
• It was Rex to the rescue on "Breaking Pointe" (The CW, Mondays), when a scrim got stuck on a prop during Ballet West's final night of "Cinderella" and failed to rise.
Mr. Tilton was able to free it, thus allowing Pittsburgh native Allison DeBona the chance to dance her solo. It was an episode full of relationship angst, trips to various Salt Lake City coffee shops and artistic director Adam Sklute wearing yet another of his many nice scarves.
• Pittsburgher Bob Magill's Web series "Ghost Bait" debuts on television this weekend. The show -- which takes Mr. Magill and friends Heather Taddy and Bill Holleran to scary places where their fear will attract ghosts -- airs tonight at 10 with back-to-back episodes on Biography.