Tonight on Lifetime Abby Lee Miller’s Dance Moms continues with an all new Tuesday January 20, season 5 episode 3 called, “JoJo with a Bow Bow” and we have your weekly recap below. On tonight’s episode with Maddie heading to Los Angeles early for a new exciting opportunity with Sia, the ALDC team is down another member and the moms question Abby’s dedication to this week’s routines since her favorite dancer is gone.
On the last episode it was the big Maddie vs. Kalani showdown everyone had been waiting for! But with lawsuits pending, Abby’s enemies were out to get her, including her rival Jeanette, who was out for revenge. The moms remained loyal, but Abby managed to turn even her own team members against her. Did the ALDC make it to LA or was their fractured team beyond repair? Did you watch the episode? If you missed it we have a full and detailed recap right here for you.
On tonight’s episode as per the Lifetime synopsis, “with Maddie heading to Los Angeles early for a new exciting opportunity with Sia, the ALDC team is down another member and the moms question Abby’s dedication to this week’s routines since her favorite dancer is gone. Abby needs a sub for Maddie, so she calls in new dancer JoJo, whose star quality threatens both the moms and the girls.”
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#DanceMoms starts now. At Abby’s studio, Melissa asks how Holly is doing. She says Abby’s blow up was totally unwarranted and she wants to wrap it up with Abby before they start this week. Holly asks if the moms can talk to Abby before the girls come in. Abby says no and tells Holly she doesn’t want to talk her. She tells the kids to come in or they won’t dance. Abby tells the girls that all the chaos shows the girls that she’s the one under the microscope. She says when she’s questioned, it’s questioning her vocation in life. Abby says it’s hurtful.
She tells moms and girls that she does her job and she’s good at it. She tells them she loved the group number and says they’re headed to New Jersey for the In10sity competition. She also says Maddie won’t be with them because she’s going to LA to work with Sia at a benefit concert. She says Maddie is opening doors for all of them to get jobs. She says they’re branding. She tells Maddie she wants her to see her head shots. She shows the girls their pictures. The next is Kalani for only getting fourth. She says Maddie and some stranger both beat her. Nia is next then Mackenzie.
She says her suicide jump in the group number was great. She tells Maddie she’s at the top and also says it’s a good thing for her to lose once in a while. Mackenzie gets a solo but Abby says if she doesn’t do it her way, it’s her last one. She says the next solo goes to a guest. She opens the door and lets in JoJo and her mom. She hopes she’ll fire up the group. She says JoJo is filling in for Maddie. She says JoJo gets a lyrical solo like Maddie usually does. She asks if she could replace Chloe on the team. Abby says she could replace anybody but her favorite if she works hard.
Jessalynn says Abby is tough and can make you or break you in the dance world. She tells the other moms that JoJo is 11. Jill says Mackenzie also has a solo so they’ll be head to head. Melissa is nervous about this. Jessalynn says she’s confident in her daughter. She tells the others that JoJo has higher energy that none of them have. She tells JoJo to improv. Holly admits that JoJo is fabulous but Jill thinks it’s ridiculous that she brought her in and gave her a solo when she’s not a member of ALDC. Jessalynn says the other moms are scared of JoJo.
She says JoJo has an LA look. Jill says a bow and a couple of bows is not enough and doesn’t think she fits in. The group number is about religious understanding. She gives Nia a speaking part and Melissa says it looks like a cool role for Nia. Holly says she likes this but isn’t happy about the cloud of negativity hanging over them and Jessalynn asks why they wanted to talk to Abby. Jill says Abby lashed out at them in front of the kids and Jessalynn says they’re lucky to have Abby and should just take it in and deal with it.
Holly says it’s none of her business and calls Jessalynn rude and obnoxious. Mackenzie works on her solo and Abby tells her she needs to see her confident and with some sass. She asks JoJo to give Mackenzie to give her some sass. Melissa doesn’t like this because she doesn’t want her to be like JoJo. Abby says she has no energy. Jessalynn says Mackenzie doesn’t seem to be a hard worker. She asks Melissa is she’s worried but she says no. Then she asks Melissa if she’s upset that Abby is picking on her. Jill says Melissa is looking for a reason not to like JoJo.
JoJo works on her solo. Abby yells at her about not doing a double pin on her foot. The moms jump on this and Abby says she can’t do this lyrical routine. Abby asks if she’s better with jazz and says they need to try something different. Kira is surprised that Abby changes the solo and the other moms say Abby would never do that for their kids. Abby says she already sent the entries in and now needs someone else to do the lyrical routine. She goes out and asks for Sarah. Jessalynn asks who this is then says she’s got this.
She goes to talk to Abby who tells her that JoJo isn’t responding to her criticism. Christy comes in and Abby says JoJo can’t do the lyrical solo and offers it to Sarah. Christy says she’ll stay out of the way. Jessalynn says she looks like she works the hotdog cart at NASCAR. Holly asks Christy why she’s here and she says Sarah is doing a lyrical solo. Then Christy asks Jessalynn why she’s there and she tells Christy they’re guests. Christy says this is her studio and that JoJo will be gone soon. The girls talk and talk about dance style. Mackenzie says she would like to do a tap solo.
Kalani asks if they all like their solos and they say they do. Kalani thinks JoJo is loud and talks a lot. Sarah is rehearsing her solo and Abby is very pleased. Jessalynn tells Christy that Sarah looks nervous and is biting her lip. Christy says her kid got her solo given away and Jessalynn says she’s stupid. Jill says they’re bitching at each other. The group number is under rehearsal and they wonder if anyone will be offended and think they’re mocking their religion. Abby yells at Nia and says she’s the Maddie in this number and needs to use her face and do better.
Abby says if they don’t win, it will be her fault. She wants Nia to be more regal, powerful and the star. Holly says Abby is making it a bigger issue than it is. Holly talks about going to LA and how she doesn’t want to sit around seeing Maddie and Mackenzie do great things. We then see Maddie in LA rehearsing for her Sia performance. She has her Aunt Renee with her. Maddie says it’s a huge deal and she’s performing in front of 17,000 people. Renee tells her to check in with Abby so she calls her. She tells Abby she’s doing four dances in a row so she’s tired.
She asks about the group number and Abby says it’s good. She says JoJo is a beat behind, Sarah is showing poor posture and Nia doesn’t know her spoken word lines. She tells her that Mackenzie is doing well but JoJo is better. Abby tells her she misses her and that she loves her. She says she can’t wait to see the performance. Kira says the group number is sloppy and looks like a mess. She says JoJo is delusional and Sarah is scary. Jill is upset that Abby is on her phone and isn’t looking at the kids. Abby is making arrangements for the LA trip.
Holly says it looks like a hodge podge and not ALDC elite. Jill says it’s a disaster. It’s competition day and they pull up to In10sity to a screaming crowd. Abby is running late and Holly asks if she’s gone to LA but is told no. Melissa shows them photos of Maddie. Jessalynn tells JoJo this is her big chance and that she’s got to go kill it. Melissa tells Mackenzie she’s the heart of this team and that she believes in her. It’s time for them to dance and Abby still isn’t there. Christy wonders if she’ll show to see Sarah’s solo.
Sarah comes out for her solo. I see one misstep (to my untrained eye) but otherwise it’s light and airy and seems well done. Jessalynn says Sarah isn’t strong enough to be on a YMCA dance team much less ALDC. JoJo’s solo is next. Hers is really funky and cool but sometimes her posture looks sloppy. It has a very Maddie feel to it, but like the understudy is doing it. Abby then walks in to a huge round of applause. Jessalynn complains to Abby for missing JoJo’s solo. Christy complains too and Melissa says they don’t know Abby the way she does.
Jill says of course Abby would show up in just in time for Mackenzie’s performance and says it’s wrong that she missed JoJo and Sarah. Mackenzie comes out and it’s really cute and spunky. She runs offstage to wild audience applause. Jessalynn says Mackenzie does tricks and it’s cute now, but not so much when you get older and says then you really need to know how to dance. They go backstage and Jessalynn asks why she didn’t tell the kids she was coming. Holly thinks it’s rude she came to just one solo. Abby says they can assume it was a good reason.
Abby had to go to New York about her court case and says it was just luck she got there in time for Mackenzie since she didn’t know the order of the program. The girls come back and Abby hugs the three soloists. JoJo tells Abby she killed it and Abby says to make sure they are never looking for her in the audience because she may not be there. JoJo asks if she’s sad she didn’t get to see it. Abby says no and tells Jessalynn she’s creating a monster. Holly says the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and that Jessalynn is a bug tree.
They get into their group costumes – they are all religious outfits. Holly is worried that if they fail, it will all be on Nia. It’s time for the group number. It looks better than it did at the last rehearsal. Nia knows her lines and her voice is strong. The costumes are nice since they’re not as revealing as they usually are. The crowd gives it a partial standing ovation. Jill says they were great without Maddie. Now it’s awards time. Sarah gets overall high score and takes a first place. JoJo takes third place in her solo category and Mackenzie takes first in the same category.
Now the group awards. ALDC takes second place with their religious number. Abby says she can’t stand being second and asks the girls later if Maddie had been there, would they be in first. Jessalynn says JoJo was two points higher than Sarah but the other moms tell her it’s scored differently in different categories. Abby tells Jessalynn that she had to bring someone in because JoJo couldn’t do her solo. Holly says Jessalynn is being awful and asks why she said that to Sarah. She tells her not to say it in front of the girls. The other moms are disgusted with her.
Jessalynn says LA is going to be tough and they need to develop thicker skin. Holly says she’s from Brooklyn and can handle it. Jessalynn makes a crack about learning lessons and Holly says she hasn’t learned anything and has no class. The other moms all walk out annoyed with Jessalynn verbally attacking another dancer.
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