'Dancing With the Stars' recap: A movie-night farewell

September 30, 2014|By Amy Watts | For The Baltimore Sun

It's movie night and we're still minus our regular theme song. I'm bitter.

There's popcorn throwing and an opening dance number with a couple of Marilyn Monroe references: The iconic dress over the exhaust grate from "The Seven Year Itch" and the pink dress number (copied by Madonna for her "Material Girl" video) from "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."

Then there are baseball players? Because she married Joe DiMaggio? I don't know. These things don't have to make sense.

Tom Bergeron introduces Kevin Hart, who gets an escort from a couple of the female pros and a quick dance before going to the judges table.

We're back to giving results at the top of the show because it's a one night a week show from now on. Randy & Karina are told they're in jeopardy. And that they're dancing first.

Randy Couture & Karina Smirnoff
Paso Doble / "Rocky III" / "Eye of the Tiger"

Julianne Hough thinks he's off on his timing, always a couple of steps behind Karina. Carrie Ann Inaba wants him to bring back some of his finesse from week 1. Kevin says he's watched Randy knock men out so he's impressed by his dance moves.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 7, Kevin: 7, Julianne: 6, Bruno: 6

Alfonso & Witney and Betsey & Tony are up to get their results. Alfonso & Witney are safe. Betsey & Tony are safe. Betsey immediately jumps up and wraps herself around Tony, with her legs around his waist. Get it, girl.

Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson
Quickstep / "Austin Powers in Goldmember"/ "Hey Goldmember"

Witney says that as Alfonso's stamina wanes, he loses his frame. She's also telling him she's carrying his "fat ass" around.

The routine starts with Alfonso and his "mini-Me" who is just the world's most precious little kid. I hope we find out it's his son. It's a fun routine but I wonder how absent judge Len Goodman would feel about the quickstep having so much disco in it.

Bruno Tonioli says his ballroom is getting better but he has to relax his topline. He talks about how Alfonso needs to use his diaphragm to support his topline. Carrie Ann points out that it went a little too long -- they need to watch their time regulation. Kevin says they murdered the routine and then says, "You don't put a black man in a velvet suit and then tell him he has to dance."

Julianne says she's apparently the stickler tonight and explains something about Alfonso's posture that I don't quite get.

Alfonso's Mini-Me is up in the skybox with Erin Andrews and I still don't get a clarification on who he is.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 8, Kevin: 8, Julianne: 8, Bruno: 8

Same score as last week. Erin asks how he's feeling in the velvet suit and he says "Inside - it's a puddle."

Back from commercial Kevin Hart is doing the "Hand Jive" from "Grease" alongside Josh Gad.  Now there's a sentence I never knew I'd type. Kevin is goofing off with Josh and lapping up the audience applause so Tom has to not so subtly tell him to get back over to the judges table.

Star: Betsey Johnson & Tony Dovolani
Contemporary / "Ghost" / "Unchained Melody"

Betsey says they're doing contemporary this week, "Whatever that is." You and me both, Betsey. Betsey's wearing very low heels but Tony is barefoot. Brave man, our Dovolani. Betsey manages to sneak in a slow-mo version of her cartwheel into a split move. She's also let Tony/makeup tone down her makeup again for this week's performance.

Carrie Ann says it's confusing to watch Betsey because sometimes she looks like one of their pro dancers because her extensions are beautiful. Kevin is in awe of Betsey. He wants to know how he just saw a 21 year old out there dropping it like it was hot. Julianne sings the praises of Betsey's flexibility.

Bruno says "No one can bend it like Betsey." Everybody wants Betsey to point her toes more.Scores: Carrie Ann: 7, Kevin: 9, Julianne: 6, Bruno: 7

I think I know the way to Kevin's paddle, ifyouknowwhatImeanandIthinkyoudo.

Time for more results. Michael & Emma are safe. OH NOOOOOOOOOOOO. Sadie & Mark are safe. Antonio & Cheryl are in jeopardy. They don't seem shocked. Lea & Artem are safe. Lea is shocked and thrilled.

Lea Thompson & Artem Chigvintsev
Cha-cha / "Back to the Future" / "The Power of Love"

Something's off with Lea during this routine -- something in the knees maybe? I may have uttered the words "drunk flamingo" to myself.

Julianne points out a hand slip and we see it in the split screen footage. That's cool. I mean, not the error, but the playback. Carrie Ann says it wasn't her best dance and that Lea seemed uncertain on her feet. She thinks it might be that Lea's head was too far forward.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 7, Kevin: 8, Julianne: 8, Bruno: 8

Star: Michael Waltrip & Emma Slater
Waltz / "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" / "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"

Michael actually looks good in a pointy hat. This may explain why he refuses to take it off for the rest of the show.

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