Tuesday evening's Dance Moms Season 4 Episode 31 marked the beginning of Nationals, and things were predictably intense for Abby Lee & Co. on Lifetime.
The Abby Lee Dance Company and the Candy Apples Dance Studio both faced competition - and stalkers - that made the trip to the West Coast challenging.
The upside of heading to La-La Land for Abby? A possible ALDC expansion.
The downside? Former Dance Moms troublemaker Jeanette showed up!
Vowing revenge on the ALDC as she stalked the team 2,500 miles from its Pennsylvania home base, this felt like a classic ruse to bring in ratings for Lifetime.
If you watch TV online - specifically reality TV - you know you need a good villain and an unpredictable source of conflict to really invest people in the plot.
Often, it must be manufactured.