A random girl's random gymnastics ramblings.

Friday, April 27, 2012

there are 15 of us here and i'm only comfortable sharing a spoon with about half of you.

Sorry for the delayed post, friends.  There was a small collisiony type car smashery on Monday night, so I've been battling with that all week.  But worry not, everyone and everything is hunky dory, and we can finally sit back and enjoy the total reality that is Make It or Break It. 

We open with the girls lined up at camp.  Coach Mac introduces yet another person in charge, Regina George.  Something like that.  She hasn't been in charge of jack shit this whole time, but since she is an old AA champ, she is obviously qualified to select and lead an Olympic team.  Their words, not mine:

"She's here to help judge the elimination round this week."

You think I'm kidding when I compare this process to Top Model, but I'm not.  This is real life, assholes.  Now, as to what the girls can expect from their challenge this week.  They might be asked to do one event, they might be asked to do two.  Or four.  It's anyone's guess!  Each team draws out of a hat to see whether they compete on Day One or Day Two.  The girls want Day Two, as they believe it will give them some sort of advantage.  Hey, you know what will give you an advantage?  Training.  Lauren and Princess Payson get Day Two, and are fucking thrilled. 

Jordan and Wendy Batshit are stuck with Day One.  The Rock girls + ABKP gloat and do their generally bitchy clique thing.  Coach Mac breaks up the little snatch-fest by announcing that there will be a strict curfew for the next two nights.  Two nights.  Princess motherfucking Payson has a meltdown, because she won't be able to have late night trysts with Rigo for TWO WHOLE NIGHTS.  I miss focused, boring Payson.

That evening, since they're stuck in their rooms, Payson is riding Lauren's ass while Lauren attempts to relax with a little meditation.

Lauren's all "Stop being so fucking ANNOYING." so Payson is all "OK.  Let's focus on me again.  I cannot bear staying away from Rigo for 12 fucking hours, so you have to help me sneak out to see him."  Even Lauren, who you have to remember is kind of cool now, doesn't think it's a great idea, which pisses Princess off.

I think she's having a stroke.  But Princess still manages to tap into Lauren's sneaky side, so Lauren decides to help her sneak out.  Princess pulls on this gigantic wrestling sweatshirt, which is confusing because Rigo is a BMXer, not a wrestler.  So who did she bone in order to get that shirt?  Lauren hustles her down the hall and outside, all while Wendy is lurking in the background.  Hmmm, I wonder who the mole is?  Princess races off to her lover.

Run Forest.  Meanwhile, Regina George and Coach Mac are sitting in the office, perusing big 8x10 glossies of each of the girls.  I didn't know gymnasts needed headshots?  They are literally their headshots.  Like off of IMDB.

Coach Mac gets a text from the mole, letting him know one of the girls is breaking his curfew.  These sorts of things are way more important than d-scores or consistency when it comes to making an Olympic team.  What matters is, can you follow the rules?

Princess and Rigo are groping each other in the quad, looking at the stars.  It takes them forever to find the Big Dipper, which is stupid because that's the easiest constellation to find, and it's impossible to NOT see it.  Finally, Princess makes her way back to her room, and as soon as she busts in the door, she's running her fat mouth about how worth it breaking the rules was.  Too bad that Coach Mac is also in the room.  He chews them both out, and as punishment, they'll both have to compete on Day One as opposed to Day Two.  In fact, Jordan and Wendy will take their Day Two spots.  Oh noes.

The next day, the first face we see in the gym is that of one Miss Peggy Hill.  Peggy Hill is up Regina George's ass, already buttering her up.  ABKP is annoyed, and says so to her mother.  Wendy bounces over and says hi to Peggy Hill, and now ABKP is really pissed off.  Peggy Hill says that Wendy is just bugging her for representation, but claims that she would never take her on as a client.  ABKP is appeased, for now.  She walks away.  Jordan has been sitting on the floor and stretching this whole time.  Peggy Hill looks at her, and explains that Jordan and Coach Mac are obviously related, because they're both black.  That is the only reasonable explanation for Jordan still being in contention for the team.  Ouchie.

Back in the office, Regina George is informing Coach Mac that they're in trouble.  Word has it that China has just perfected a new SUPERMOVE, and unless the girls can counteract with a SUPERMOVE of their own, a team gold is out of the question.  Now, my first question was obviously "What the fuck is a supermove?"  Coach Mac quickly explains that Jordan is close to landing her triple back SUPERMOVE.  Regina George isn't impressed.  What she wants is another skill, the laid out Jordan.  For the love of crumbcake...  I'm going to assume that Jordan's full name is Jordan Q. Jordan, and that's why it's called a laid out Jordan.

The Rock girls all stand around doing nothing while Jordan Q. Jordan is actually working out on FX.  Lauren decides to interrupt Jordan, and walks in front of her as she's running into a pass.  That is seriously my pet peeve.  So Jordan is all "The fuck?!" and then Lauren is all "Stop being a spying bitch.  We hate you now." To which Jordan replies "Whatever, hoebag.  I'm not here to make friends."   The girls wildly gasp, as this, for whatever reason, constitutes a full admission to being the mole in their eyes.

After doing some laundry, Kaylie walks back into her room only to find Peggy Hill hiding in there.  She's naturally freaked out.  Peggy Hill claims that she was looking for ABKP, but then makes it clear that she had other intentions.  She tries to throw shade about Kaylie's eating disorder, but Kaylie doesn't buy into it.

I wonder if doing a scene with Peggy Hill is like eating prime rib after only having Spam your whole life.  Anyone who does a scene with her instantly becomes better because she's so good at what she does.  Kaylie comes to life in this scene, because it's so deliciously easy to work with someone who is good at their job.  These two easily bounce insults off of one another, and it's actually enjoyable to watch.

Later that evening, the Rock girls + ABKP are sitting in their dorm (I guess they all do live together, and I'm just stupid.)  Princess Payson is riding Lauren about going to see her specialist, and Lauren explains to her that specialists are fucking hard to get into, and that she has to wait two weeks, like most normal human beings.  Kaylie and ABKP are having their own discussion about the upcoming selection challenge.  ABKP theorizes that there's no way they'd ask the girls to perform on all four events.  Makes sense to me.  It's not like anyone would want to compete AA or anything.  If you do a good vault, surely that means that your bars are top notch as well.  No need to train or show all four of the events.

It's the next day, and we're back at the gym.  Miss Jordan Q. Jordan is on UB, perfecting her new SUPERMOVE.

Level 4s have better glides.  Of course, in true MIOBI fashion, they continually show Jordan's double doing either a single tucked flyaway or a double back, and we're supposed to believe that it's this mythical "never before landed" triple back.  Whatever.  Some random extra is in the background, pretending to run on the treadmill.

No shit, she's not actually running.  She's just marching in place.  I laugh.  Coach Mac tells Jordan that while her triple back SUPERMOVE is impressive, she's going to need another power move.  So SUPERMOVE is synonymous with power move?  Jordan reassures him that she has a great, super powerful vault, which is a FTY.  What happened to her Amanar that would smoke everyone else from the first episode??  Coach Mac is all "That's fucking stupid.  Show them your laid out Jordan," so Jordan gets all huffy and refuses.

I'm calling this right now.  I have no inside information, this is just my gut feeling.  Jordan's old coach, was his name Ray?  Anyway, he's the one who taught her the "Jordan" but then he molested her, so that's why she refuses to do the skill. I'll bet this is the case.

Princess Payson is taking a stroll with Rigo, and of course she's yapping his ear off about her own personal troubles.  She asks him what he would do if he was in the same situation, regarding the whole Lauren's busted heart thing.  He's honest, and tells her "Well, it's her life.  She's worked her whole life for this, and ultimately, it's her call, not yours.  Keep your stupid nose out of it."  So Princess is all "Yeah, I'm totally listening to what you say.  I should make Lauren's issues my business, and continue to bother her about it constantly.  Or rather, I should just go behind her back and tell the coaches myself.  I know what I have to do."  Then Rigo is all "What kind of cold hearted cunty bitch robs their best friend of her lifelong dream?" so of course Payson is all "How dare you not tell me exactly what I want to hear?!  You're supposed to tell me how selfless and amazing I am!"  She stomps away in a huff.

Random Extra is testing on UB.  She does a shitty layout flyaway, which she over-rotates, and has to take a step back.  But then we see a close up of her feet, and she's taking a huge step forward.  Whatever.

Lauren and Princess are in the office, waiting for their turn to test.  Lauren is nervous, but excited.  They get called into the gym, and warm up.

And by warm up, I mean lay down on the floor.  Lauren's leotard is super cute.  Princess is up first on beam.  She mounts with a super duper not nasty at all split jump mount.

Is it a straddle, is it a split?  We'll never know!  She stands up, and goes into what is supposed to be a "double illusion," but she wobbles a bit and only does one.  Time for the dismount!  She cartwheels into a gainered whoosh-whoosh double full, taking a few steps on the landing.  Regina George lets Princess know that she's done for the day, having done just one event.  Up next on beam is Lauren.  Princess walks by, and sees Lauren do the little hand grippy thing that she usually does before she passes out.

Lauren starts with a press to handstand, which never quite makes it all the way up.

Such divine form.  Fluffy dance, fluffy dance.  It's time for her punch front.

Totally the same person.  She goes into her punch front, which goes forward and is very clearly a front somersault.  So imagine my surprise when the next shot is of a sloppy backhandspring. 

Oh Make It or Break It.  Don't ever change.  Lauren passes out in the middle of the BHS, smashes her head on the beam, and crashes to the floor, which is clearly only a few inches below her.  Apparently you're allowed to compete with beam pads now?

Oh noes!  Psych, it was all a daydream, as Princess was just fantasizing about her bestie's death.  In real life, Lauren's about to mount the beam, but Princess jumps in to save the day.  Or rather, ruin Lauren's life by blabbering about her health issue.

There's a heated discussion going on in the office, involving Lauren, Coach Mac and Regina George.  I wonder where Sexy Nutritionist is?  Lauren is in tears as she leaves the office, but Princess is immediately in her face wondering what happened.  Um, you told on her, she was brought into the office, and now she's crying.  I wonder what the fuck happened.  Regina George makes it clear that Lauren is out of the running.  Princess wonders how this could affect her. 

That night, Kaylie is consoling Princess, as if Princess was the one who just lost her lifelong dream and not Lauren.  ABKP is telling Peggy Hill about the situation, who is thrilled.  Peggy Hill leaves the room, and one second after she leaves, Wendy is knocking at the door, looking for Peggy Hill.  You don't think they'd have run into each other in the hallway?  Wendy asks ABKP to give her mother some signed forms, which happen to be her contract for representation.

ABKP slams the door in her face.  Finally, it's Day Two of eliminations.  Wendy is in a Flordia leotard, and sprints past a Big Betty beam.  I've been waiting to see one all season!

She hurdles into a filthy full twisting tsuk.

That is so not cute.  I like how the exercise bikes are right behind the vault, so if you over-rotate, you're going to smash into them and die. 

This reminds me of a tweet from last week, from one Miss Kamerin Moore. 

That might be my favorite thing ever.  Jordan is up next on UB, and Regina George is bubbling with excitement over her "triple layout dismount."  So that shit's laid out now?  OK.

She begins her routine.  She starts on the LB, but then is magically on the HB facing the other direction and swings into a tkatchev, which she connects to a toe on from LB to HB, again facing the first direction...  this is hard to keep up with.  She kips up to HB, and then is standing on the LB, jumping to HB.  Still with me?  She jumps with a 1/2 turn to HB, so she's facing the LB.  She does a giant, still facing the LB, and then dismounts facing the other way.

Of course, we see a smattering of different shots of double backs, and we're to believe that it's a triple.  Jordan lands it, and takes just a few small steps backwards.  Regina George claims that she didn't land it, that she "sunk" it but it was exactly like the rest of the fake landings that we've seen over the past few days.  She asks Jordan to do her vault, which Jordan explains is her yurchenko full.

Regina George is all "We'd rather see the laid out Jordan.  It's totally safe and smart to perform a vault for the first time in years without practicing or warming up.  Just chuck that shit.  Do it or you're off the team."  Coach Mac tries to talk her into it, but Jordan is all "Fuck this noise," and stomps out of the gym.

Kaylie and ABKP are in the office waiting for their turn to test.  ABKP is crying because her mother is a filthy whore, and Kayie is busy consoling her, which is all Dr. Kaylie seems to do this episode.  They're finally called into the gym, and Kaylie is up first on UB.

Josie Loren, who plays Kaylie, actually gets pretty close on her kip!

It's not pretty, but she kept her feet high and got them all the way to the bar.  A for effort.  Not much to her routine, just a pak and a pretty double layout.  ABKP is up on vault.  She races down the runway, and does a Nabieva-ish FTY with a big step back.

Now both girls are on FX.  Kaylie does a RO to a 1.5, but somehow ends with a front handspring.

But here's where things really get fun.  ABKP is up on FX.  She does a double pike, but somehow lands back at the vault table.  Then she takes a step off of the FX mat, but once more is back at vault.

Of all the MIOBI butchery we've seen over the years, this has to be the most egregious.  That's all that Coach Mac needs to see, so he's all "Enough of this shit, I'm done."

The selection committee is meeting the office to discuss their options.   Coach Mac claims that you only need one "work horse" on the team, which would be Princess Payson.  So no one else needs to work hard at all.  They discuss Wendy.  Coach Mac explains that you only need two things to succeed: athleticism and flash, which explains why Alicia Sacramone is our current Olympic AA champ.

Princess Payson is outside with Rigo, who has forgiven Princess for being such a raging bitch.  Princess is pissed at Lauren for being pissed at her, and claims that she wants nothing else to do with her.  Rigo chews her out for being so selfish and turning her back on her friends.

Princess gets a text that the list is up, so she races back to the gym.  Everyone runs in slow motion toward the office.  Princess and Kaylie are thrilled that they made the cut, but then turn around to see that ABKP has not.

Fuck you, MIOBI.  You have killed off the characters I loved, one by one.  First Bitchface Chloe, and now ABKP?  I'm done with this shit.

ABKP takes it better than I do.  She's calm, and accepts that she peaked at worlds.  But Peggy Hill is on a rampage.  She storms over, and blames Kaylie and Princess for blowing her daughter's spot on the team.  Then she reassures ABKP that she'll regain her spot, because she knows what's really going on.  And what's really going on is this:  Coach Mac is only keeping Jordan on because she's black and so is he.  The girls call bullshit, and then ABKP tells Peggy Hill that she's quitting gymnastics, so now Peggy Hill can focus more on that tramp Wendy.  Wendy just so happens to hear her name, and bounces over.  Peggy Hill claims that she was just using Wendy to get information about the girls, so she could tattle to Coach Mac.  The girls just now discover that Wendy's the mole.  She pretends to cry, and begs forgiveness.  The girls are all fucking stupid and believe everything she says.  ABKP fires Peggy Hill as her mother, and the girls stomp out of the gym.  Peggy Hill turns around, and finds a smug Wendy smiling back at her.

I'll be honest, this exchange actually confused me a little bit.  From what I understand, Wendy didn't plan for Peggy Hill to pass everything she said to Coach Mac, but once she blabbed the first night, she kept leaking more info.  Peggy Hill freaks out about this, and calls Wendy a liar.  But... what is she lying about?  She claims that she's going to be the one to take the Rock girls down.  Instead of high fiving Wendy for getting shit done, Peggy Hill tells her to watch her back.

 Jan is hauling ass up some stairs while Kaylie is helping ABKP pack up her stuff.

Kaylie and ABKP have a heartfelt goodbye, which Princess interrupts to spew some condescending "Thanks for being such a great competitor; it made us all better" bullshit.  Down the hallway, Jordan Q. Jordan has packed up all of her shit, assuming that she didn't make the cut.  Coach Mac stops her before she can leave, and tells her to ignore all of the ignorant shit, and at least consider the laid out Jordan SUPERMOVE.  She goes on about how she has to leave, so Coach Mac is all "Uh, you didn't get cut."

I'm pretty sure this is the first time we've seen Jordan smile since she's been on the show.  She's much prettier without the scowl on her face.

We travel back in time, and see Lauren chilling in her hospital bed.

Instead of being January weeks before the Olympics, now it's actually December of 2011.  Impressive.  Kaylie and Princess come into the room, which Lauren isn't thrilled about.

She calls Princess out for fucking up her double illusion, which she rationalizes is why Princess went out of her way to destroy Lauren's life.  Instead of just letting a clearly frustrated Lauren vent for a little bit, Princess is all "You don't mean that,"  to which Lauren is all "You bet I fucking mean it!  GTFO!"  Princess leaves the room crying, upset not for her dear friend's destroyed dream, but because someone is mad at her.  It's all about Princess, all of the time.

Doesn't matter now, because Princess has Rigo waiting outside, and that's all that matters.  She runs into his arms, end of episode.  I find myself not giving a shit about those two, but hunting for Jan in the background instead.

Well, this was an exciting week, was it not?  I don't know what I enjoyed more: the America's Next Top Model style elimination week, or the completely ass backwards editing of anything relating to gymnastics.  This show is so special.

Until next week, friends.  May your moves be super and your routines coherent!


  1. Spanny, you are truly something else being able to come up with a great recap even after your accident. You're a gymnastics blogging hero <3

    So glad you're alive and kicking :)

  2. the show has been cancelled now.. only 3 more episodes :(

    1. Old news. The creator of the show tweeted this was the last season back when it got renewed.

      I'm kinda bummed.

    2. No on April 26th 2012. They said they it will be cancelled and only 8 episodes will air as apose to 20 like the last two seasons.

  3. I love your reviews!!! I just found it some weeks ago...
    I hate Jordan... Who the fuck is she? 5 episodes and now is the top one??? What? Also the "real" NGO or whatever would cut her for attitude at that trials... ¬¬ Kaylie an KP are the only ones doing her stuffs... I think she stole the Supermove from somebody else... They maybe should include Andrea Conway as a regular character she has been around there for years...

  4. I get confused between the vault and floor all the time. Vault is the long one that is really skinny right? And the girls flip on it. I could do better editing in the 7th grade when I was doing it between vhs tapes.

    I upset about the show being done soon because that means there'll be no more Spanny recaps. I don't even watch the show. I gave up on it long ago.

  5. That was my first thought...Jordan's last name must be Jordan just like Super Mario in order for them to be referring to the move as a "layout Jordan" XD, or the writers were just drunk again.

    Just that initially it should be Jordan that's suspected as the mole because she actually sees Princess and Lauren running off at the beginning, not Wendy.

  6. It's nice that Lauren is in the hospital with the pulse of an athlete and perfectly normal sinus rhythm from her heart. Daddy's going to love paying the hospital bill for this kind of broken dreams shit.

  7. Give the actress that plays Payson some damn credit. She is an actress former dancer not a gymnast and that split is pretty good for her.

  8. Love your recaps. This show is like a train wreck......I just can't look away!!!

  9. Glad you're ok after the car incident. I'm excited to see what wonderful direction you'll take the blog when MIOBI leaves us :)

  10. I have totally stopped actually watching the show because these are way more fun to read. I am going to miss hearing about ABKP and Peggy Hill. I LOVE PEGGY HILL.
    Glad you're ok after your fender-bender. That shiz is scurrrry.

  11. Can't really get into this season. I miss the Pizza Shack and the Spruce Juice, and all those parking lot arrival and departure scenes outside the "Rock" :(

  12. Such a shame it's been cancelled. I live in London so was looking forward to seeing the girls over here filming the required establishing shots...I'd also love to see a laid out Jordan - but only if she was laid out by a right hook from Kaylie :)

    P.S Do you think Jan will get a spinoff series?

  13. Great recap! My favorite part, which I noticed last time Lauren was in the hospital, too, is how her heart rate and pulse rate compare. Her heart rate is 69, but the pulse rate (heart beats cause each pulse beat) is somehow in the 120s. Most people's (and by most, I mean all) pulse rate physically cannot be more than their heart rate. She has magical powers. Sorry, medical person, these things make me laugh.

  14. Spanny, you *must* recap the episodes you haven't from the first and second seasons. Please?

    Last time I was on Hulu I noticed you could watch every episode that had aired to that point, so you have no excuse not to. LOL

  15. I think the writers just gave up on the show. Gymnastics was never the strongest side of the show, but now the characters and the storylines don't make any sense either. The best thing about the show that it can't possibly get any worse :(

  16. ahhh thankyou for recapping, will be so sad when miobi ends becoz u won't be able to call out their shit-ass knowledge of gym. THOSE DAMNED BAR ROUTINES WERE JUST TOO SHAMEFUL.shame-ful!

  17. FTY as a supermove. Made me laugh for days.

  18. Expecting this show to mirror sports reality is like expecting Star Trek to be an accurate presentation of probable future space travel. Both are dramas with personal stories & adventure & therefore not to be analyzed as a full,real depiction of their settings.

  19. They already said Jordan's last name is Randall. I think the show's creators have stopped trying.

    1. I don't think the show's creators ever started trying.

    2. Not sure about that. The Payson injury storyline was quite good. Shame they had to bring her back, it would have worked better if she had had to retire.

      Remember the scene where Marty "tells" her why he left the Rock? Or after her injury when Emily tried to slink away from the reporters and she just sent her back :)

      Yes, the writing was often sloppy and the acting wasn't always great either. But the characters made some sense and the show had direction.

      Now we've got rehashed storylines and personal dramas that make absolutely no sense given the characters' history. And about three times as many inconsistencies and plot-holes.

  20. I'm ready for the next recap!

  21. Jordan Q. Jordan! You crack me up, Spanny. (I'm watching MIOBI on Netflix for the first time, and following along with your recaps. Great stuff!)

  22. I'm just going to mention that I'm pretty sure they edited Kelly's vault & floor thing that way on purpose to show how she messed up on both.

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