Dance Moms Season 5 Premiere Recap: 99 Problems But a Mom Ain’t One

By Kathleen Villaruben | 2 years ago
Dance Moms Season 5 Premiere Recap: 99 Problems But a Mom Ain’t One

The most outspoken dance instructor Abby Lee Miller is back with some of the most talented kids and passionate stage mothers in the back-to-back episodes of “Dance Moms” Season 5 Premiere “Girl Talk 2” and “99 Problems But a Mom Ain’t One,” which aired last Jan. 6, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. on Lifetime. Read on for further details.

“Girl Talk 2”


The host Coco Jones welcomes the viewers to “Dance Moms” premiere kick-off special “Girl Talk 2.” She will be interviewing Kendall, Nia, Maddie and Mackenzie. First, the girls share their experiences in Paris and Australia to teach dance.

The talk becomes serious when the topic focuses on Chloe. The kids have no news from her because she is not accepting their calls and not texting back. Kendall finds it sudden that their “friendship is broken.” They are not sure if she is coming back.

About Abby’s decision in putting up a studio in Los Angeles, Nia says they think her reason in staying at LA is because their dance instructor has a “special someone.”

Coco starts to ask questions based on Twitter posts. The first is “What drives you crazy about Abby?” The girls sigh. Kendall says she is annoyed when Abby screams in public. Nia also shares that Abby is kind of rude to ordinary people.

Nia imitates Abby saying, “What do you mean I can’t get this for free? I’m Abby Lee Miller!”

Kendall says Maddie is the one who apologizes to people about Abby’s attitude. Mackenzie admits she massages Abby’s feet. She says Abby treats her like a “maid” because she is the youngest.

The next question is “What’s your favorite memory with Abby?” Kendall’s favorite is when they were in Australia and barged inside Abby’s suite. They tried on her clothes and made funny impressions of her. Kendall suddenly imitates Abby by saying, “Be nice to —” The name is censored. The girls are totally horrified. Coco concludes that Abby indeed has a special someone.

About the girls’ favorite Season 4 group dance, the girls agree with Mackenzie when she thinks their “Amber Alert” performance is one of the best. It is a dance about kidnapping. Kendall shares that they got emotional after the performance.

A fan asks for Nia’s demonstration on her signature “death drop” move. Before doing it, she warns that it must be done without any hesitation because it can hurt. Then she effortlessly throws herself flat on the floor.


In the question “If you re-perform any solo, what would it be,” Nia wants her “Goodbye, Maya [Angelou]” performance.

The girls want Kendall to demonstrate “fuetes” for a fan. After she took off both her shoes, everyone sees that she only wears one sock. Her friends find it hilarious. She considers fuetes as her signature move. Then she does continuous turns smoothly with one tiptoe.

Maddie is asked if she will be in more Sia videos. She insists that she is not allowed to say it yet.

As the conversation goes on, Mackenzie opens up about her issue as the younger sister of Maddie. She thinks Maddie is the favorite of Abby and her mother. Maddie denies that she is the favorite. Mackenzie continues on saying that her sister is bossy, annoying and stupid. Maddie just accepts it coolly and says she still loves her sister.

Coco introduces JoJo as the new addition to the team. She describes her as “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition” favorite. She asks her why it took so long to have her in Abby’s studio. JoJo says that Abby probably thinks she is too talkative. Her teammates agree. Maddie convinces JoJo to show her special talent aside from dancing. JoJo stands up and makes funny noises with her armpit. In a more serious note, Maddie thinks Abby did not accept JoJo because she was looking for older kids. After Coco asked JoJo what is her favorite solo performance, she answers that she loves her Rapunzel dance.

Coco asks the girls if they can stand up to Abby. Maddie says she is still afraid. However, Nia is confident that she can answer back to Abby because she thinks she is getting older. She also says that she is not Abby’s “doormat.”

Lastly, the girls say that they are still confident to win without Chloe.

It is time for the first episode of “Dance Moms” Season 5.

“99 Problems But a Mom Ain’t One”

Abby is excited to train the girls for the first competition of the season. However, the dance moms feel incomplete and uncomfortable without Chloe and her mom.

In the studio, Abby announces that Chloe is still welcome to join the team. The only problem is her mother.

For the good news, Abby is going to train the girls not just in dancing, but also with singing and acting. She admits that she was training them all along for total stardom.

Abby presents her “pyramid.” Kendall and Chloe are on the base. Kendall only landed ninth place in her last solo performance. Abby commends Mackenzie and Nia for their effort, but Maddie is the top performer of Abby. She was supposed to give Chloe a chance, but Chloe did not show up.

Abby introduces their theme “Freak Show.” It is about characterization. Nia is going to be the strong woman, Mackenzie, the contortionist and Maddie and Kendall, the siamese twins. In the first part of the practice, Abby thinks the girls did not perform well enough. She wants to feel uncomfortable because it is a freak show. Another major issue is that there are only four of them.

Suddenly, the moms notice that Abby is calling somebody. Turns out, she is calling Kira to bring back Kalani. The girls are excited. The mothers are surprised.

Finally, Nia is given a chance to perform solo. Her mother Holly is ecstatic.

Kira and Kalani arrive. The dance moms are not excited about it. They think the duo can leave the studio again. Abby tells Kalani that she will be the bearded lady in the freak show. She also gives Kalani the supposed-to-be solo performance of Chloe. Kira likes the challenge for Kalani to wear heels in a mature performance.

The reason of Abby to put Kalani immediately in a solo performance is to give her the last chance to prove that she is good enough to be in her team again.

Holly finds it unfair that Nia never left the studio and is one of the oldest, yet it took a long time for her to accept a solo. She tells Kira that Kalani does not deserve it. Kira thinks the blame must be on Abby. Holly still blames her for coming back and taking the spotlight innocently.

The mothers talk about Abby’s bad reputation in social media. Her enemies try to pull her down after eliminating some girls from her studio. The moms think it is unfair for Abby. They also think that Abby’s downfall will also be their downfall.

Before going to the competition, the mothers talk about the news that Paige Hyland filed a lawsuit against Abby. Jill tells them to stay calm because there is still an upcoming contest.

In the bus, Abby voices out her sentiments regarding the issue. She is hurt that some people are “ungrateful” for her effort in harnessing their children’s skills. She says that she sacrificed a lot from her personal life just to make way in helping kids to reach their dreams.

In the Niagara Falls, it is almost time for the Sheer Talent Competition to start. Abby gets emotional in her pep talk for the kids.

It is time for the awarding ceremony. For the Pre-Teen Solo Award, Kendall wins first place while Nia receives second place. Kalani wins second place in the Teen Solo Award. Abby’s group wins first place in the Pre-Teen Group Award. Abby is screaming with joy on her seat.

The host Alex Erikson announces that Abby is a good friend of his. He supports her despite her issues in social media. He wants her to have a speech on stage. Abby gives an emotional and inspiring message to everyone, especially to all the contestants. She tells them to never stop in what they love to do.

Want to know more about Abby’s lawsuit and the new girl? Catch the next episode on Jan. 13, 2015.

There you have it for the recap on the back-to-back episodes of “Dance Moms” Season 5 Premiere “Girl Talk 2” and “99 Problems But a Mom Ain’t One,” which aired last Jan. 6, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. on Lifetime. For more updates about this show, including spoilers and recaps, follow Movie News Guide (MNG).

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