If you thought the “Dance Moms” Season 5 premiere was dramatic, just wait until episode 2. Lifetime’s synopsis for next week’s episode, “Abby Got Served,” reveals that Abby Lee Miller’s enemies will be seeking revenge on the infamous ALDC coach. This time, however, it’s not Candy Apples coach Cathy Nesbitt-Stein who will be coming after the ALDC’s competition win, it’s her Season 4 nemesis, dance mom Jeanette Cota.
“Abby’s enemies are out to get her, including her rival Jeanette, who is out for revenge,” Lifetime's synopsis teases.
But it’s not just Jeanette, whose daughter Ava, 12, was kicked off the ALDC team in the Season 4 finale, who will be gunning for her. Following episode 1’s shocking revelation that Abby’s former student, Paige Hyland, 14, filed a lawsuit against her alleging abuse, Abby will be served the official lawsuit in her Pittsburgh studio in episode 2. “I just had an officer of the court serve me with papers,” a visibly upset Abby says in the promo.
While there is guaranteed mom drama in the new episode, it appears there will also be an intense battle on the dance floor. Lifetime has announced that two of Abby’s students, Sia music video star Maddie Ziegler, 12, and “Dance Moms” Season 5 returnee, Kalani Hilliker, 14, will have a “showdown” in episode 2. In Season 3, Abby refused to let Kalani go up against her go-to dancer, but it appears she's had a change of heart. But will Maddie still be her number one girl?
According to a “Dance Moms” spoiler site, Maddie walked away with second place for her lyrical solo “The Judgment” at Energy National Dance Competition in Detroit, Oct. 18. While she didn’t take home a first-place trophy for the ALDC, she did beat out her competitor. Kalani reportedly placed fourth with her acrobatic number “Dancing in the Shadow.” Unfortunately for Abby, Ava, who competed under Jeanette’s studio, JC’s Broadway Dance Academy, took home third for her lyrical number “My Own Way.”
While the ALDC soloists were unable to take home a first-place trophy, the elite junior team did manage a big win. Their group dance, “Stomp the Yard," inspired by the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” placed first overall in the jazz funk category. (See a sneak peek of their performance here.) Jeanette’s studio took home second for their group number “The Challenge.”
“Dance Moms” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on Lifetime.