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Season 4, Episode 27
427 Playing with Matches (1)
Air Date: September 9, 2014
Viewers: 1.382 million
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No More Crybabies
Another One Bites the Dust
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"The Understudies" is the twenty-seventh episode of the fourth season of Dance Moms. It first aired on September 9, 2014.


When Abby assigns Chloe and Kendall to be Maddie's understudies for the week, it prompts an idea from Holly to use a board to keep score of all the times Abby favors Maddie over the other children. As the number of tally marks increases, so does the tension between the moms and Abby. Meanwhile, Cathy and her Candy Apples are looking for their very first win against the ALDC this season and they've brought back Gino to help them get it.

Competition Attended

Sheer Talent in Wayne, New Jersey on June 14, 2014

Weekly Dances

Abby Lee Dance Company
Dance Name
Dance Style
Playing with Matches
(not shown; later shown in Girl Talk 2)
Contemporary Withdrawn
(see trivia)
Maddie Fool Me Once Contemporary 1st in Junior Solo
Higher Scoring Solo/Duo/Trio
Candy Apple's Dance Center
Dance Name
Dance Style
The Love Letter Lyrical 4th in Junior Group
Gino Warrior Contemporary 2nd in Junior Solo
McKenzie Seeing You Everywhere
(not shown)
Lyrical 3rd in Junior Solo

Other Information

  • Pyramid:
    • Maddie, Nia
    • Mackenzie, Chloe, Kendall
  • The CADC group dance was based on the 2014 American romantic drama film The Fault in Our Stars.
  • The ALDC group dance was performed (video), but was pulled from being judged; a second performance (normally one not judged at competitions) was seemingly canceled. Abby said she pulled the dance due to her displeasure at the ALDC dance moms; Christi said Abby was afraid of losing to the CADC; Jill gave both reasons for pulling the dance from awards.
  • At the time of the competition, there had been rumors that the ALDC group dance was disqualified for using fire, with Mackenzie and Maddie using a lighter during the performance. The dance was later performed at the recital, including the use of a lighter.[1]
  • The audio for the line "Get your head out of your butt, and wake up" was edited into this episode, as identical audio (with accompanying video) was used in the fourth episode of the same season (Chloe vs. Kendall: Round 2), as well as previews for that previous episode. In the earlier episode, Abby had asked who had been practicing, the entire team raised their hands from the elbows only, and then Abby had berated them for signaling in such a meek fashion. During several of her negative lines in this episode, including this one, Abby's mouth is not visible while audio is played.

Image Gallery

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Video Gallery

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