Hit The Floor Episode Two: Welcome To The Devil’s Playground

Because dropping a paternity truthbomb and running away is never a good look on a television drama, tonight’s Hit The Floor saw our favorite Devils and Devil Girls (and Friends of Devils and Devil Girls) looking for some answers. Whether or not the Devil’s Playground sounds more like the back room at your local video store, or a run-down dive bar on the side of the highway, during preseason, it’s the place where the newest iteration of dancers can be put on display for athletes, coaches, and the fabulous and wealthy who crowd the arena sidelines. It’s also a place where Stephen from Laguna Beach can babble about social media. Am I the only one excited about this?

Devil Girl boot camp is underway, and Coach Davenport’s proximity to Ahsha during the work week has him all sorts of confused (especially if he had any inappropriate thoughts the first time he saw her in a pair of spandex). He’s tried calling Sloane, only to get the coldness of her dial tone, and even showed up at her front door looking to get caught up on 20something years of family history. This surprise visit didn’t get him anywhere–instead it ended with a chilly “you owe me,” an ominous hint at some unresolved issues from their past. It seems as if Sloane is being a little harsh, hiding Pete’s paternity from him for all these years and now punishing him for his absence, but something tells me we haven’t heard their entire story. (Kimberly Elise also has some thoughts thoughts on this relationship revisited). Until things get resolved, and until you can bear to accept your baby girl being ogled by horny athletes, time to throw yourself into your work, pops. Championship or bust!

While Pete Davenport feeds off of competition and the need to please miniature Devils owner Oscar, Kyle Hart is a businesswoman at heart (in a dancer’s body, of course). In addition to being a great dancer with hilarious pop culture-influenced candor, Kyle is looking out for ways to stretch her Devil Girl paycheck, mostly at the hand of wealthy ticket-holders who flock to the front row. Cue another Surprised Ahsha Face! Yes, darling. It’s called a “sugar daddy.” (Google it!) We knew Olivia had a reason to be optimistic about her new squad, but we’re impressed with the rookie’s resourcefulness. But will so much attention from the courtside audience give Jelena, her ego, and her push-up bra, more reasons to complain? Probably. Kyle’s disappointment at hearing Ahsha has a boyfriend (… German, remember?) was like that of an overeager male Real World roommate on move-in day. Still, time and Derek Roman’s muscles can do wonders. I may now continue to wear that “I Heart Kyle” shirt underneath all my clothes (for at least another week).

Speaking of He Who Insists on Wearing His Sunglasses at Night, Derek enters the Playhouse with “bitches and hoes,” but only has eyes for Ahsha. These men are competing at the highest level in their field, which means a few stern looks from a coach and the playful rejection this recent college grad obviously rehearsed in her mirror aren’t going to stop them. Despite her over the top attempts to dodge his affection, Ahsha certainly feels comfortable whispering words of reassurance to Derek–a dude who is famous, yes, but otherwise a complete stranger. Attention is a hell of a drug, isn’t it?

In addition to Kyle’s penchant for PDA (hey, StepHEN!), here a few more things we learned in Episode Two:

-Olivia and Sloane were “best friends” back in the day. Was this before or after Olivia took “shaking [her] ass in the second row of a half-empty stadium and turned it into a $50 million industry”? An inspiring anecdote for all you girls in the back!

-Wherever the mysterious “Mia” is, she seems to have access to WiFi and text messaging (so it can’t be that bad, right?).

-Raquel might be a good dancer, but she’s a lousy waitress with a recurring Case of the Carrie Underwood.

-Jelena gets mail delivered at odd hours, uses the excuse of needing to “fix her makeup” to get out of conversations she doesn’t want to be a part of, and is most likely 99% evil. Hey, Ahsha. Who’s your daddy? Oh wait…

What did you think about tonight’s Hit The Floor? Is Sloane wrong for hiding the truth from Pete for all these years? Is Jelena anything but awful? What’s the deal with Mia? And does Kyle have the right idea about keeping things light and simple? Let us know in the comments.

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