In usual “Dance Moms” fashion, the show's Season 4 return to Lifetime Tuesday was not drama-free. For those who missed episode 21, “Double the Moms, Double the Trouble,” or for viewers who simply want to relive the premiere’s most memorable scenes, here are the top 5 OMG moments from the newest installment of Abby Lee Miller’s series “Dance Moms”:
Christy Gets A New Nickname
Christi Lukasiak, mom to dancer Chloe, 13, took a humorous approach in helping viewers differentiate her name from one of the show’s newest stage moms, Christy Hunt, by referring to her new cast member as “Christ-tee,” as an ode to her religious beliefs.
“She is like a Bible-thumping, fire and brimstone, Old Testament style dance mom,” Lukasiak said.
Hunt later shared that the religious moniker doesn't offend her.
“I don’t care that they call me Christ-tee,” she said. “I am very proud of my religion. I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I am proud to have Christ in my name. So guess what? They can call me whatever they want.”
Despite the other new moms not sharing a similar name with Lukasiak, they also recieved a new moniker.
“I can’t remember any of these new moms names because to me, they are all just vanilla,” said Lukasiak before going on to label the women as “Dud muffin,” “Frumplestitskin,” Count Stalkula” and “What’s her face?”
Abby Slams Kalani’s Mom
Miller addressed the noticeable absence of ALDC dancer Kalani Hillker during the series's midseason premiere by slamming her mother Kira Girard, and her decision to take her 13-year-old daughter off the team.
“Notice that Kalani is not with us,” Miller said. “I certainly don’t want a kid whose mother choses her boyfriend over her own child.”
“Kira blew a great opportunity for her daughter,” “Dance Moms” star Jill Vertes, mom to dancer Kendall Vertes, 11, said of Kalani’s disappearance. “Once that door closes it never opens back up.”
Girard has since responded to Miller’s taunts via social media.
4 the record I love my boyfriend 2 death but I make decisions that benefit my daughter not me! This is her dream dance is her thing not mine
â€” Kira Girard (@kiragirard) July 30, 2014
Christi Calls Out Abby
Following the release of an eyewitness account that Miller was seen with the judges trying to get Chloe's first place win revoked during the series's final competition in April (see the original article here), Lukasiak confronted Miller about the accusations during pyramid.
“There’s a nasty little rumor going around that you pulled the judges in and wanted to know why Chloe beat Kamryn,” said Lukasiak.
Miller denied the accusations claiming she only approached competition officials in an effort to take a closer look at their score sheets.
“Two of the judges had Kamryn higher,” said Miller, later adding, “Chloe was great, why are you arguing?”
Despite Miller’s denial, Lukasiak remained unconvinced, saying, “Of course Abby is going to deny that she went to the judges because it makes her look like such a poor sport and she is. Who goes to the judges and tries to take away their students win? Abby.”
ALDC Girls Cry It Out
Miller’s students didn’t take her mantra, “save your tears for your pillow,” to heart Tuesday night and her original team seen crying after losing for the second consecutive time to the coach’s newly introduced select team.
“They were set up to fail,” said Lukasiak. “I think at this point our girls are crushed and I don’t think it has anything to do with losing, I think it has everything to do with the fact that Abby brought in a team intentionally to beat them.”
“Life’s not fair!” said Miller when approaching her five, sobbing students post-awards. “They’re sore losers!”
Holly Frazier, mom to Nia Frazier, 13, fired back at Miller for her lack of sympathy, saying, “They need to stop being a doormat for everyone else who walked in the door!”
“My instinct is to bench my original junior elite competition team,” Miller shared with the camera after seeing her student upset. “They did not behave the way the Abby Lee Dance Company is supposed to behave.”
New Moms Brawl
In possibly the most OMG-worthy moment since Miller and former “Dance Moms” star Kelly Hyland’s televised brawl in February, new moms Hunt and Tami Adamson used their fists to work out their dance-related issues during the premiere.
After overhearing Tami, mom to 10-year-old dancer Tea’ Adamson, make a request for Miller to pull her 8-year-old daughter Sarah Hunt’s solo from the competition, Hunt fired back against the moms, saying, “I have heard every word you guys have said and all you are is jealous!”
The stage moms' fight escalated inside Miller’s Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania studio after Hunt instructed Adamson to “bite her,” throwing an unknown object in her direction. The altercation ended after producers separated the moms but not before Adamson had time to allegedly punch Hunt in the head.
“I feel like I paid for front-row seats to watch two grown woman act like 7-year-old boys fighting over a chick in the playground,” said Miller of the fight. “It’s ridiculous!”
“Dance Moms” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EDT on Lifetime.