This week's two-hour edition of Dance Moms has a promising start. Like all episodes, though, it quickly dissolves into conflict. The moms play nice during the first half, prepping Abby for her date with a scruffy Italian gas station attendant (!), helping Melissa find a wedding dress for her third marriage (!!) and even having some real talk with the kids about gay rights (which is really tremendously awesome). If that doesn't exactly make the show a virtuous experience, at least it makes it a little less toxic.
'Dance Moms' Recap: From Champagne and Lace to Camo Fatigues
Of course, nothing gold can stay. After the girls finish seventh in the group dance competition, Abby turns her company into a boot camp for the tiny dancers and their stage moms. Inexplicably, everyone's to blame for the camo-clad hip-hop disaster but the teacher/choreographer. It's funny how that works.