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When we last left Lifetime's Dance Moms, we had two squads fighting for dance immortality, with shot-caller Abby Lee Miller clearly favoring the new girls.

Who will be the leader's favorites at the end of the night?

You can watch Dance Moms online for the full episode in all its glory, but as we open the second half of season four, it looks like Abby is somewhat softer?

Maybe because of her mom? It can't last, we don't think.

Addressing both teams, Abby says that the new team is there to challenge the old team to make them better. So much for channeling her softer side.

Maddie is not happy on the new team and being on the bottom row. Abby also has some harsh words for Christy, and blames the kids for the moms.

Maddie eventually returns to the old team with a big smile after some squabbling from the moms, and the group is off to compete in Wheeling, W.V.

A major point of tension in this episode is Christy.

Christy this, Christy that. She's the dace mom who the new moms all complain about because she is often late and has told them lies repeatedly.

The new moms go to Abby about Christy, who overhears the whole thing, and the fight erupts shorty thereafter. We're talking about a SERIOUS fight.

The TV crew actually has to pull the women apart.

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Kelly Hyland says her arch-nemesis, Dance Moms instructor, Abby Lee Miller terrorized her young daughter to the point where the girl needs serious therapy.

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Hyland, who's suing Lifetime's producers, made her daughter Paige so nervous during rehearsals that she began suffering panic attacks, and serious ones at that.

To the point of hyperventilation, she says ... and it gets worse.

Hyland says in her lawsuit producers exacerbated the situation, rather than trying to help the girl, by shoving cameras in Paige's face during her anxiety attacks.

Paige, she says, had to go to a psychiatrist due to the trauma.

Kelly Hyland claims Miller also harassed her, calling her an alcoholic, overbearing stage mom and giving her eight bottles of tequila as a passive-aggressive Christmas gift.

The two famously got into it on Dance Moms last season. Watch Abby Lee Miller and Kelly nearly come to blows in the infamous, HEATED clip below:

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The music video for Sia's "Chandelier," directed by the singer and Daniel Askill, features 11-year-old Maddie Ziegler of Dance Moms fame, and is soaring in popularity.

Maddie's scene-stealing performance has helped the video amass more than five million views on YouTube in less than a week. Watch it below and see why ...

If you watch Dance Moms online, you know Maddie's got talent, although her skills are often overshadowed by the force of nature that is Abby Lee Miller.

Maddie Ziegler brings her A game to Sia's video, though the 38-year-old Aussie is no slouch herself. The single may be one of the songs of the summer.

Sia was likely best known for her songs penned for other artists - Beyonce's "Pretty Hurts" and Rihanna's "Diamonds" to name a few - before this effort.

The infectious song and music video make for an unlikely, but impressive, collaboration that we expect to go even more viral as the month progresses.

Which can only be a good thing for Dance Moms fans, as the Lifetime reality show has become notorious not for its young talent, but for ... well, see below:

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Last week's Dance Moms reunion show brought us up to date on where Kelly, Cathy and Abby Lee Miller stand at the present time. Now it's the girls' turn.

There's apparently "no moms allowed" on Dance Moms Season 4 Episode 18 ... meaning that they should just rename the show Dance. Just kidding.

Maddie and Chloe got most of the questions, and it's clear that while they compete against one another (and have since age four), Chloe and Maddie are close.

Asked if Abby Lee Miller yells at her, Maddie gets upset when Abby says she can do this or that and she can't; Maddie also basically lives at the studio.

Payton joins Chloe and Nia to talk about being constantly kicked off the team only to return; Payton thinks Abby uses her to tell a story ... a very weird story.

Nevertheless, Payton doesn't really care because she wants to be on the team. That's what set her mom off, though, as you know if you watch Dance Moms online.

Other highlights from part two of the reunion ...

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Dance Moms Season 4 Episode 17 marked the hit show's reunion special, and there sure is a lot to rehash after the explosive events of this spring.

Between Kelly Hyland fighting Abby Lee Miller, Abby's mother passing away, the end of The Streak and the introduction of a new team? A lot of drama.

As such, the reunion was basically a continuation of the 16-episode argument that you've already seen if you watch Dance Moms online. Good. Times.

Before any barbs are traded, producer Jeff Collins offers Abby Lee Miller condolences for the loss of her mother. It's touching, sad and poignant.

Then it's down to business as he asks Abby’s opinion on what was easily the most talked about moment of the season, when Kelly Hyland came at her.

Not unlike Kenya Moore, Abby says she didn't “sign up” to be hit in the face and acts like she's above it all despite her clear verbal assault and provocation.

Obviously, we don't advocate Abby Lee getting clocked in the grill, but we're also not surprised or all that sympathetic, because ... it's Abby Lee.

When you antagonize people like it's your job - even before you get all up in their personal space and start waving fingers - tempers will be on the rise.

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Abby introduced her new team on Dance Moms Season 4 Episode 16, an obvious move after her "old" team won 13 straight events before losing one.

Hey, the best or nothing, right?

That's Abby Lee Miller for you though. It's the 100th episode of the Lifetime hit, a cause for celebration on how far the whole team has come together.

Or not. You wouldn't watch Dance Moms online if there were no tension, right? Of course not. So why not shake things up after a jarring defeat?

New Team Dancers

The new team enters and Abby thinks they look like the original. Not really, but you can cut the tension with a knife as Maddie is told to join the new team.

They will go to Youngstown, Ohio for Energy Dance. The old team will perform "Royal." The new team will perform "The Good Life." Oh it is ON Now.

In the moms' room, Kira is still visibly upset about Tracy's presence, Christy attacks Melissa and so on. These people are flat out crazy. The end.

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Tuesday night's Dance Moms Season 4 Episode 15 saw the continuation of several developing plot lines from previous weeks, and they were doozies.

As the girls continued paying tribute to Abby's ailing mother, Maryen, the moms all felt the pressure of the imminent arrival of Abby's new rival team.

Abby, dealing with all the emotions that come along with such a situation, developed dances for the girls that paid homage to her mom and her love of dance.

But being Abby Lee Miller, drama is never far away.

The pyramid is unveiled with Nia on the bottom, as Abby also takes this opportunity to announce that not everyone will be involved in the group number.

Kira realizes that the pyramid has nothing to do with results and Maddie is on the top because she made a lasting impression with the judges. Mmmkay.

If you watch Dance Moms online, you know it's all about playing politics and favorites. Yet it seems even some of the pawns themselves don't know this.

Tension rises more than ever on Dance Moms Season 4 Episode 15, however, with Abby's mother providing an even more complex emotional element.

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This week's Dance Moms Season 4 Episode 14 saw the team in crisis mode, as Abby Lee Miller had to come to terms with her mom's declining health.

Will this make her see that everyone's valuable because they're her "family" or will she still strive even harder for the perfect team at any cost?

As the team arrives, Holly asks about Mrs. Miller and learns from Abby that she is not well. Mackenzie, meanwhile, has Abby direct a photo shoot.

As the pyramid starts, Maddie, Mackenzie, Kendall, Chloe and Nia are together on the bottom, while Kalani is on the top due to her overall high score.

Then Abby announces she is holding auditions for a second team, which will not necessarily replace the original girls, but compete against them.

Even in her emotional state, her eyes are on the prize. If you watch Dance Moms online, you know to expect nothing left from Abby Lee Miller.

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Tuesday on Dance Moms Season 4 Episode 13, Abby Lee Miller had to decide whether or not to make her daughter an official member of the Abby Lee Dance Company.

Meanwhile, Cathy took over the choreography for her Candy Apples in hopes of finally beating Abby Lee’s girls … good luck with that endeavor, Cathy.

Can she topple the Dance Moms dynasty once and for all? Follow the link to watch Dance Moms online to see for yourself, or come along for our recap ...

Making matters more stressful is Abby informing the moms that they need to bring in their white costumes from a previous competition for this week.

Unfortunately, Kelly Hyland has two of the costumes.

Since she got in that fight with Abby, who came at her like a teeth-gnashing beast, there's a restraining order involved, so ...  Abby needs someone else to contact Kelly.

If they don’t get the two costumes from her, then two of the Abby Lee dancers are going to have to sit out of this routine. Only no one wants to contact Kelly. Wonder shy.

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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.

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