'Dance Moms' Recap: White Lies and Flame Wars

Tuesday night TV shows are all about liars, and this week, Dance Moms is no exception. The moms try to give Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game a run for their money with "Liar Liar Dance Mom on Fire," the episode that explores Melissa's, ahem, diplomacy around the other moms. 
Long story short: When Abby downgrades Maddie from star soloist to Kendall's duet partner, Melissa tells the moms she's thrilled, but she admits to Abby that she's disappointed. This doesn't fly with Jill, who takes Melissa's disappointment as an insult to Kendall (and, by extension, Jill herself). 
The other moms are mad at Melissa because, oh, I don't know -- they're drama vampires who feed on conflict? Who knows. I mean, yes, Melissa was a little dishonest, but putting on a happy face for the sake of the group seems like an awfully minor offense, like telling someone her Botox looks natural. "Sure, Jill, I'm thrilled that my daughter's dancing with yours!" Is that really so bad? I don't think so, but clearly Jill and the other moms disagree.



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