Dance Moms Season 4 Episode 12 Recap: What a Drag (Queen Performance)

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Last night's Dance Moms Season 4 Episode 12 showed us than when it comes to sibling rivalries ... Abby Lee Miller is still the shot-caller. She's a beast.

If you watch Dance Moms online, you know this to be true, but she keeps finding new ways to assert her dominance week in and week out. It's compelling.

No police reports were filed this week, though ... that we know of. So as Dance Moms episodes go, she was actually fairly well behaved. That being said:

As this week's installment opens, Abby reveals her pyramid. Mackenzie, Peyton, and Nia are at the bottom, and as a result, Peyton storms off crying.

In the bathroom, Peyton laments how much she loves the studio and doesn’t want to leave. Abby's reply is that she needs to stop being a baby.

Maddie and Chloe are in the middle of the pyramid, and Kendall is on top, with the whole crew headed to Maryland for the World Class Rock Competition.

Chloe, Maddie, and Mackenzie will be performing solos at the competition, while Peyton will lead off the "Kinky Pants" drag queen-themed routine.

Soon enough on Dance Moms Season 4 Episode 12, the moms begin gossiping, discussing Abby's machinations and whether their kid is getting shafted.

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They also fret that Maryland is too conservative for their Kinky Pants group dance, but Abby brings in real drag queens, Lola and Blade, to help the girls.

Abby Lee lectures Mackenzie about how she needs to make the “Maddie Face” to win. Christi comforts her, saying the “Mackenzie Face” is just as good.

Maddie performs her tap solo first. Then Maddie’s little sister Mackenzie takes the stage to perform her solo, which brings the girls' mom to tears.

Next up is Chloe, who performs her contemportary solo. Christi feels Chloe “is still in the running” and has a chance to beat Maddie and Mackenzie.

The dancers then the stage for their group drag queen get-up, and begin dancing provocatively. The crowd's reaction is basically one of abject terror.

However, their group dance got a first place prize! meanwhile, Maddie’s solo took first place, Mackenzie won second place, and Chloe won third place.

Abby says Peyton did a good job, but Mackenzie stole the show, at which point Peyton's mom Leslie flips out on Melissa about her girls being on a pedestal.

Melissa curses at Leslie and storms out. Good. Times.

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dance moms eu amo vcs quero ser igual a vcs

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As a person that studied ballet for 15 years I have to say that this combative atmosphere at ABLC is horrible. My teacher was a talented person , who danced in movies and also attended the premier ballet school in England.
Yes, she was firm and yes, she wanted perfection, but you never left the studio feeling crushed or defeated. She always pushed the positive aspect and we blossomed because of it. Perhaps Abby might learn that these very talented students might reach the top without having to face the constant bully and backbiting techniques that frankly no adolescent should have to endure. Regardless of the fact that this is a reality show, there are many instances where some of the girls truly look lost and alone and I doubt that they are that proficient at acting to fake it!

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I agree with Linda. As to RYing, this performance should have been performed by adults not 11 and 12 year old girls. I will tolerate the transgender lifestyle but I do not believe children should be subjected to it because of their lifestyle represents. The mothers should have objected when Abby proposed this dance. Abby is not a mother nor does she have any responsibility in raising these girls.Shame on the moms.

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@ donna

The girls aren't being subjected to anything. They enjoyed it the first time - Nia owned it! - and they consented the second time. Your beliefs about the lifestyle aside, the fact remains that the moms and Abby have different beliefs. If the moms or the children had a problem they would have said something. (You KNOW they would, they're DANCE MOMS!). They didn't. They aren't your kids, and you have the option to turn off your tv, so problem solved.

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I agree with Linda. As to RYing, this performance should have been performed by adults not 11 and 12 year old girls. I will tolerate the transgender lifestyle but I do not believe children should be subjected to it because of their lifestyle. The mothers should have objected when Abby proposed this dance. Abby is not a mother nor does she have any responsibility in raising these girls.Shame on the moms.

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This show focuses more on the drama than these young girls' talent. Their moms need to realize that dance isn't about who's better than who. It's about finding your gift and sharing it with the world. This show shouldn't even be called "Dance Moms". That just gives the moms more oppurtunities to take the spotlight from those poor kids.

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get rid of christi she makes me sick! TROUBLE MAKER, her daughter is so beat down because of her mother Bye Bye christi go to candy apples and stir up things there

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This show just crossed the line. I think this is beyond inappropriate and one more attempt to further this liberal agenda. I have lost all respect, ( and there was very little left) for Abbey Lee Miller or the moms of these girls. Wake up and get a clue what's going on.

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@ Linda

The liberal agenda? The moms consented, the girls consented, and the dance teacher consented. The judges consented and the other dancers consented. I see no problem here.

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@ Linda

Why? Because the dance was all about tolerance? And how, exactly, does that harm YOU?

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