Good news, Lifetime fans! Your favorite maniacs are back and snarkier than ever. Dance Moms returned January 1 in epic fashion, following an hour-long special called "The Smoke Before the Fire" with a 90-minute premiere titled "The Beginning of the End." If you're tuning in for high drama, these episodes won't disappoint, but if you're looking for show-stopping dance numbers, you'll luckily get some of that, too.
"The Smoke Before the Fire" features interviews with Abby Lee Miller and her coven of dance moms doing their regular shtick; Abby is brash and egotistical, Christi questions Abby's perception of reality, Holly is ever-diplomatic and Jill outs everyone as Botox users. (Oh, Jill!) Kelly gives a teary, heart-felt testimonial to Abby's teaching that makes me like Kelly for a second or two. And Melissa admits that she'd consider getting married on the show, much to the delight of the rapt audience. The girls use the power of dance to warn against the perils of texting while driving. And that's pretty much "The Smoke Before the Fire" in a nutshell. On to "The Beginning of the End!"