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Abby Lee Miller can be a difficult human being, and she deals with difficult people all the time in her line of work. So which of her two Lifetime shows is more so?

On her new spin-off, she squares off against studio owners (watch Abby's Studio Rescue online to see the three "patients" she's mentored so far).

Although the reality star finds working with stubborn, incompetent and otherwise challenging studio owners tough, Dance Moms still takes the cake.

In a recent E! interview, she was asked which crew was tougher to deal with. Kelly Hyland alone could have made that decision for her. She said:

“Both, but I would say the dance moms ... that’s one of the conflicts at some of the studios that I visit. [The studio owners] can’t deal with the moms!”

As owner and operator of the Abby Lee Dance Studio, a.k.a. Hell on Earth, Abby clearly understands the role of the dance studio owner, and its perils.

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On Dance Moms: Abby's Studio Rescue Season 1 Episode 3, Lifetime's biggest bully Abby Lee Miller traveled to Connecticut, with some interesting results.

NOTE: This show is not to be confused with Dance Moms, which it airs alongside. Abby Lee has a spinoff in addition to her flagship reality program.

On it, she comes to "rescue" (humiliate) other dance instructors around the U.S., and on Abby's Studio Rescue Season 1 Episode 3, that was Debbie Donovan.

Having lost nearly all of her dancers to high school graduation, Debbie will apparently benefit from Abby Lee coming to town. Viewers, on the other hand?

"I'm a manipulator," Debbie says whilst introducing herself to the TV audience. "I know how to work people. Isn't that what business is all about?"

You'll either love her or hate her, in other words, and she and Abby Lee Miller will either jell perfectly or become a totally ugly oil and water situation.

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Lifetime's Dance Moms Season 4 Episode 26 saw a trip to Florida and the continuation of Abby's war with the moms, which boiled over last week.

The competition - the last before nationals - is Dance Kids USA in Orlando. But first, Holly has some beef with Abby that she would like to straighten out.

Abby sees the mom's criticism as trying to excuse her daughter Nia from bad dancing, and refuses to give an inch. Holly won't back down either.

It's intense and we've barely even begun to watch Dance Moms online.

As the girls arrive on Dance Moms Season 4 Episode 26, Abby explains how she pulled last week's number because of the moms, leaving no doubt where she stands.

Maddie is on top this week, because she danced last week. Period.

The tension is continuing to build with the angry moms; Abby tells the girls that if the moms go, they go. Holly says she's going to "hold Abby accountable."

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Tuesday's Dance Moms Season 4 Episode 25 introduced us to "The White Board" and all the tension you knew that would entail on the Lifetime hit.

This isn't just any old board. Oh no. It is the venerable White Board of PAIN.

At the "Sheer Talent" competition in New Jersey, the moms are fuming over the treatment Maddie gets from Abby. What makes Maddie so special?!

The pyramid has Kendall, Chloe and MacKenzie on the bottom, with Nia and Maddie on top to go up against Candy Apples and dreaded foe Cathy.

Gino and Maddie competing against each other? OH it's ON now. Though Maddie has a part in a web-based program and may miss the competition.

As a result, Kendall and Chloe will be the understudies for Maddie, the only one of the group who, as of right now, is assured of dancing at Nationals.

The moms have had it up to HERE with Abby and Maddie's star treatment, which you probably could've predicted if you watch Dance Moms online.

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With Nationals fast approaching, the tension was thick on Lifetime's Dance Moms Season 4 Episode 24. You could cut it with a knife at certain points.

Follow the link to watch Dance Moms online. Now, on to our recap of last night's events, as the girls - and moms - vie for the glory on the biggest stage.

As "National Dance Competition" season kicks off in Waterford, Mich., Nia is at the bottom of the pyramid followed by MacKenzie, Kendall, Tea, Chloe, Maddie.

As Abby congratulates the whole team, something is clearly off. Sarah and Christy join the group, and Abby promptly tells Christy to shut her yap.

The big drama is that Ava will be competing against two of Abby's dancers, and she tells Maddie to have a costume ready in case she is needed.

Abby is NOT going to lose to Jeanette. Not at any cost. The moms think Jeanette is pulling this move to show off Ava to Abby. How will she respond?

After rehearsals, Abby tells Holly that Nia is not cutting it. Holly stands there and listens to her her lecture but tells Abby, "Whatever," as she walks out.

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Lawyers representing the Lifetime show Dance Moms are annihilating former cast member Kelly Hyland and her lawsuit against the popular program.

Hyland claims she is just an "unsophisticated woman from rural Pennsylvania” who did not know when she signed her contract that it barred her from suing.

However, a lawyer for Collins Avenue Entertainment LLC said she is exactly the opposite, a “savvy” woman understood exactly what deal she signed.

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If you watch Dance Moms online, you know Hyland is suing the show and its main star, Lee Miller, the dance studio shot-caller and show matriarch.

L.A. Superior Court Judge Ruth Kwan stated she was inclined to toss out Hyland’s claim that Miller defamed her in the aftermath of an episode last year.

Defense attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the case under California’s anti-SLAPP law protecting free speech. But attorneys representing Hyland argued otherwise.

They claim their clients were not properly compensated and that the contract between them and the series was unfairly slanted in favor of the production company.

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This week on Lifetime's Dance Moms Season 4 Episode 23, Abby has two teams waiting in the studio and one of the moms starts pushing her buttons.

Abby ponders whether to take the elite or select team. Hmm. Abby says she's taken out the trash (Christy), and we're seeing a Loree vs. the moms rivalry.

MacKenzie, Chloe and Nia are on the bottom of the pyramid, with the second row comprised of Jade and Kendall. Maddie is back on top, everyone.

With a competition in Washington, D.C., on tap this week, the new moms are upstairs. Christi looks worried, believing this routine is designed for defeat.

The new moms and old moms, at odds with each other. If you watch Dance Moms online, you know this formula well. It's as old as life. Or time. Or Lifetime.

Are the new moms the villains? That's the vibe we get as Loree asks the new moms to lunch, but they aren't buying the whole "we're all friends" bit.

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On Dance Moms Season 4 Episode 22, the group is heading to a National Championship, and Abby has a lot of balls in the air as she gears up for it.

Can she find Maddie's replacement in time? Will everything come together? We'll find out at the Imagine Dance Challenge, in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Studio Bleu, Abby's nemesis (which she has more than one of, as you know if you watch Dance Moms online) will be there. So it's game on, people.

The competition will feature studios GUNNING for Abby, who refuses to use the routine she planned, shelving it instead to hold in reserve for nationals.

Will this risky move backfire on her?

Chloe gets another dark piece for a solo, as Abby may be sending her a not so subtle message that it's time to win or pull up the stakes or get out.

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This week on Dance Moms Season 4 Episode 21, Maddie is absent and Abby Lee Miller is scrambling. What will she do without her star in this competition?

They're off to Shenandoah Valley to do battle with three solos and a group routine called "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves." Should be a riveting one.

In the pyramid, the bottom row has Maddie, Chloe and Nia, but Sarah didn't make it to first place. She's below MacKenzie and Kendall. So sad for Christy.

With no Kelly Hyland to clash with, Christy seems to be emerging as Abby's chief adversary. She had best watch herself, lest she pay a heavy price.

As rehearsals start, Abby is already comparing the girls to Maddie. When Maddie arrives at the studio later, Abby wants her to share her experiences.

The moms are upset at this, seeing Maddie as being the thorn in each girl's side. Holly then gets more upset when Abby tells Nia to bark like a dog.

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It looks like former Dance Moms star Kelly Hyland still cannot stop thinking about Abby Lee Miller and their relationship, which she's not supposed to be discussing.

The former cast member, who is no longer off the show after their epic fight last year, recently shared a tweet that accuses Miller of being TV's biggest bully.

Hyland retweeted an article that asks, "Why is Abby Lee Miller allowed to be a bully?" while questioning the "teaching" you see when you watch Dance Moms.

Dance Moms: Abby Lee Miller-Kelly Hyland Fight!
Abby Lee Miller of Dance Moms goes at it with Kelly Hyland in this clip from Season 4 Episode 7.

Kelly Hyland didn't comment further regarding the post, but she's legally been ordered to stop Tweeting about Miller. Maybe retweets don't technically count?

Her trial against Abby Lee, who she accuses of being verbally abusive towards her dancers with her erratic behavior, has stalled since Hyland exited the show.

The lawsuit against Miller says that she was set up to be booted off the show to generate ratings, while "Miller screams at the girls in front of the other dancers."

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