I think the producers focused so much on making Brooke seem like a miserable teenager, that people overlooked just how respectful and kind she was while on the show. Actually, both of Kelly’s kids always said thank you when leaving a private, always seemed super respectful…it’s a damn shame they didn’t get half that respect back. Brooke was extremely caring to the girls, when I can only imagine she had other priorities, like being with her friends and people her age. Brooke and Paige were always the first to offer a shoulder to cry on or a friendly hug. It really angers me that once they left, Abby decided to forbid the remaining girls from speaking to them, but more so that they actually listened (minus Chloe). I don’t care how old you are, you don’t just completely cut someone out of your life when it’s the wrong thing to do and they are good people. As a parent, you don’t allow that to happen either. I also think Abby should have never made this against Brooke and Paige, regardless of the history she has had with Kelly…it was her and Kelly’s history and it had nothing to do with the girls. She shouldn’t, as an adult, ever tell a child to never speak to another child. It’s awful, it’s bullying, it’s alienation, and it’s an awful thing to do. I can only imagine the lies she had fed Maddie with in regards to Brooke. Maddie has openly stated in the beginning of the show that she looked up to and admired Brooke…Abby couldn’t have that. She manipulates and controls Maddie so much and it’s truly sad. It’s so psychologically wrong to do that to a child mentally.
Bree gets drunk and recaps “Dance Moms” Season 1 Episode 1, HOLD ON TO YOUR FUCKING BUTTS
Let’s do this okay so
The intro montage is SO. FUCKING. DRAMATIC. Which is funny because this season was so downright tame compared to future seasons.
Oh Cathy, what beautiful times we had.
Lol remember when it was “the” nationals?
I’ve never quite been able to figure out if Holly is 8 feet tall or if everyone else in Pittsburgh is a hobbit.
This season was so low-rent in terms of backdrops and stuff, it’s also clear why they provide that wardrobe budget because the moms used to dress SO much more plain.
Season 1: ESTABLISHING SHOT ESTABLISHING SHOT ESTABLISHING SHOT
Nia’s outfit is so adorably corporate, girl is gonna be a CEO someday.
Abby’s whole “I. Produce. Stars. I produce employable dancers” schtick always sounded like such a snake oil salesman.
I wonder if Abby hastily threw together her wall of crooked portraits in Walmart frames for the camera crew, or it they’ve always been there and she’s just a shit decorator. Either way, lol.
You can tell things have gotten nuts because Abby seems downright sweet in Season 1.
I CANNOT HANDLE HOW TINY THEY ARE.
I’m preeeeeetty sure all the red/orangey “You must win or else your parents will abandon you and you will have to sell your liver on the street for food money” signs in the studio were just put there to make Abby seem a lot scarier than she was because honestly she seems so tame at this point.
Kelly’s Kate Gosselin haircut :\
I miss Normal Holly.
Melissa’s facial expressions remind me of a newborn baby learning to make facial expressions for the first time.
Everyone’s names are so obnoxiously 21st Century Competitive Dancer.
Melissa’s whole “my girls are like little dolls” thing, omg they were so trying to make this show Toddlers and Tiaras.
The first season’s interviews were so poorly cobbled together.
Melissa is such an odd duck, gleefully admitting that her divorce isn’t final yet but her new boyfriend pays her dance bills.
With a huge smile: “IT’S ABOUT THE KIDS!” :D omg so creepy.
“Those legs are as straight as Elton John” so clearly put in in post production and a bad attempt at seeming edgy.
BABY CHLOE <3
With the emphasis on Chloe’s titles I sometimes wonder if they could have easily edited Season 1 to make Chloe look like the favourite.
Christi’s “but don’t tell my husband” what a shitty scripted line, like okay we won’t tell your husband just tell a TV crew.
OMG Nia just chilling on the floor lying down like a corpse while the kids are dancing in the background I can’t stop watching
Oh yes the rehearsals from Electricity being disguised as Party Party Party
Because we have to establish the whole “Maddie is a perfectionist” storyline in the first episode.
The scene where she goes back into the studio is so frighteningly intense.
Oh goodness the music for the MT trio just punch me in the fucking boobs how annoying.
“I’d rather be the one who makes your child cry in the privacy of my studio in stead of crying in front of 800 people at an open audition.” Okay well have fun making ‘em cry on national TV you daft woman.
I MISS PERPETUALLY MISERABLE BROOKE
Aww sweet normal Kelly
Brooke and Paige’s intro is so awkward. “Brooke wins everything ever, and also Paige has a lovely personality.” Poor Paige.
Paige has gotten so much more comfortable around the camera.
BROOKE GIVES NO FUCKS.
Normal Holly, we hardly knew ye
Has Nia just been trolling us all from Day 1
I love you.
OH SHIT IT’S VIVI
Is it just me or has Vivi, like, not evolved since she was six?
THIS KID IS SO FUNNY I forgot how funny she was.
“Carrots go hand in hand with bunnies.” The fact that Cathy exists, just, like, has gotten me through so much shit.
“I don’t want people to think I’m Vivi’s grandmother.” I mean at first blush it’s hard to tell Cathy’s related to Vivi at all.
Cathy is a pretty good actress considering the whole “Hi Abby I do not know you at all” scene was staged as hell. Damn this woman’s brand of crazy is special.
Jill, I'm sorry I made fun of your crappy extensions. It's not your fault they're so crappy. (Falls and is caught)
Melissa, I don't hate you because you're a brown noser. You're a brown noser because I hate you. (Falls and is caught)
Holly, I'm sorry I laughed at you that time Abby slept with you in your bed. And I'm sorry for telling all the moms about it. And I'm sorry for repeating it now. (Falls and is caught)
Kelli (Jaycee Wilkins Mom):
I just wish we could all go back to the way things were when our kids were still minis. I wish I could just choreograph an amazing number that would always win first place and showcase all of our kids talents. I wish-
Her daughter doesn't even dance here!
Does your kid even go to this studio?
No but I run a well respected studio called 'Club Dance' that might very well be one of the top studios in the country.
I'm sorry that people are so jealous of me but I can't help it that my daughter's the best member of the team. (Falls and no one catches her)
Walk it off. Save your tears for the pillow, Melissa.
“I’m the last teacher to make a student dance injured.”
I always thought they pushed Brooke too far. This video shows Brooke complaining about shoulder pain and Gia says “again? This has happened before if it pops out just pop it back in.” Brooke even said there’s a specific move that especially hurts her shoulder. They could have easily removed that move but they didn’t and it resulted in Brooke “popping” or hurting her shoulder on stage.
and here we have Abby trying to make Brooke feel guilty and insinuating that Brooke is making up this injury because she’s scared about competition and is just lazy.
Not to mention the time Brooke is complaining about hip pain and Abby says you just have to grind that hip down and Brooke was smart enough to say I’m not going to listen to Abby because she’s not a doctor.
That time she made Paige dance with a boot on.
and when Chloe broke her toe Abby first response in a very rude tone was “so tape it.”
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I don’t condone this behavior at all. You have three million followers, many of which are young kids. You need to be aware of the consequences from what you say or do on these social media platforms. Getting drunk isn’t an excuse. I’m so sad :(