Dancing with the Stars

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Dancing with the Stars Episode: "Dancing With the Stars"

Season 13, Episode 10
Episode Synopsis: The fourth week of performances features couples dancing to movie scores.
Original Air Date: Oct 10, 2011

Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Monday, Oct. 10, 2011 Season 13, Episode 10

Dancing with the Stars goes to the movies! The top 9 couples perform to the most famous music scores in cinematic history. Plus: Cher is in the house!

Everyone got their popcorn? I heart movie scores, so I am actually pumped for this, though ABC's insistence on slotting a commercial after every single segment to fill two hours is reminding me why I love to hate this show too. Can we please just go to 90 minutes? You can put, say, Cougar Town afterward that way. Now that's what we call cross-promotion. Speaking of, Courteney's back, along with, for the first time, Cher, who's rockin' some killer Medusa-like tresses. Am I the only one who hopes she comes back tomorrow with Julianne for a Burlesque reunion? Yes? OK then.

Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani: tango
They have Mission: Impossible and Chynna's nervous because Kristin went home last week. We see the first ever "fight," if that, between them until she has an "epiphany" that she has to listen to him. So what have you been doing the past month? Tony does the Tom Cruise drop, while Chynna's hip-high slit is Hemming: Impossible. This whole thing is a total bore. Yawn. There's no heat, no excitement, and Chynna looks incredibly tight. She loses her footing and it all gets embarrassingly worse from there. Have the mighty fallen? Len thinks they got the characterization right, but they went up the river. Bruno calls her hot, but she lost the plot. Carrie Ann likes that she didn't lose her composure.
Score: 21

David Arquette and Kym Johnson: paso doble
Kym thinks they have an advantage because David is a move star. They have Raiders of the Lost Ark and Kym promises he's going to do something he's never done before. Is it swinging onto the floor? Because I'm pretty sure he's cracked a whip before. Oh, snap! David's posture and attack are solid, and he's totally into the character, though it is weird to think of David Arquette as a badass like Indiana Jones. His footwork is still sloppy here and there, but it's a good effort overall. Bruno loves his tight muscles in tight pants. And let's leave it at that. Carrie Ann says she loves his new strength and charisma. Len loves the entry and attitude, but found it all Temple of Doom because he never saw "the tight buttocks." Everyone boos. Including Courteney. I knew you were my favorite female Friend for a reason.
Score: 23

Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya: Viennese waltz
They have Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (one of my fave scores!). Anna wants to keep it adventurous, so Storm the stunt man comes in to teach them sword-fighting and for Carson to ogle over him. As Carson points out, not all pirates are butch, so he channels his best androgynous Captain Jack Sparrow with mascara galore, overflowing jewelry, a fake beard (heh) and an open shirt — in teal, of course. They open with the swordfight before getting into a spin-heavy and pattycake-playing (yeah, I don't get it either) routine. It's odd, but endearing, as per usual. But unlike last week, there's almost no technique, and I spent the whole 90 seconds worrying they will trip over the stray swords and hats. Carrie Ann says it was it a weird ride and calls it his most butch performance. Len compares it to childbirth: "terrible while it's happening, joyful when it's over." Harsh. Carson shows off his Len heart (fake) tattoo and Len turns happy and says he would be voting for him if he were a viewer. Bruno calls for a Pirates 5: The Revenge of the Gay Blade. I would totally watch that!
Score: 20

Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus: paso doble
Tristan busts in on Nancy at work and wants her to bring the fiery 'tude we see on the tube to the ballroom. They have Flash Gordon and Nancy is definitely flashing us some... leg! Nancy continues to be technically proficient, but she still needs to get the performance aspect down. It all looks kind of robotic and lacks the passion and intensity. Len says it's competent, but not exciting. Bruno wants her to be a ballbreaker. Carrie Ann wants to give Nancy more credit and wants her to connect more with the audience.
Score: 21

Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: foxtrot
They have Toy Story's "You've Got a Friend in Me." More like enemies in rehearsals. They butt heads over Hope's tendency to harp on her mistakes and try to do them until she gets them right. I think Hope's Jessie pants are curtains from some 1950s living room. Maks, on the other hand, makes a hot Woody. Anyhow, this is Hope's best dance yet. She doesn't look tense or nervous. The whole thing is graceful, fluid and very sweet, and for once, Hope and Maks seem like they're connecting out there. Bruno loves it and says it's nice when Maks is nice. Carrie Ann says she smiled the whole way through. Len says Hope can go all the way and wants her to push harder in rehearsals.
Score: 24

Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke: paso doble
They have Superman, which Rob thinks is perfect because Clark is a shy and nerdy dude who transforms himself into a masculine guy. He says this while wearing his Clark frames. Subtle. I have to say, I had absolutely no expectations of Rob before the season, but he is turning into quite the dancer. He has great natural rhythm and seems to pick up each dance with ease. His frame and footwork are stellar, and there's something really spirited about all his routines. I know, I can't believe I'm saying this about a Kardashian either. Carrie Ann likes the way he moves — "just the way a man should." Easy, C.A. You're engaged. Len compares him to a waiter, but likes it. Bruno says it's time to leave Smallville and take on the world.
Score: 24

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough: tango
They have Pyscho and Derek has a hard time choreographing it because of the score's unique beats. And then Ricki has trouble with what he comes up with. "I want to quit," she says. Pssh. There's only one quitter on Dancing, and that's Tony. You know this, Ricki. The routine is dramatic, chilling, and Ricki hits the steps, though she's stiff in certain parts. At other parts, she looks like she's hanging onto Derek for dear life. Derek, of course, kills her in the end behind a screen. Dr. Phil likes it. Len calls Ricki the U.S. mail because she always delivers. Um, that's Karl Malone, Len. Bruno says it's worthy of three sequels. Carrie Ann says it's brilliance in the ballroom. And Carrie Ann and Bruno dole out the first two 10s of the season. I personally don't think it was 10-worthy, but they really do love their Golden Boy, don't they?
Score: 29

Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer: paso doble
Chaz vows to come back strong with their Rocky paso. He wanted to be just like Rocky when he was growing up. Lacey wants Chaz to get some "extra training," so she brings him to Richard Simmons, who looks like death warmed over. Anyhow, this is a fast routine and Chaz keeps up, but he's sort of plopping around for most of it. It's far from being a knockout, but it's full of energy and determination that, like Rocky, it's easy to root for the underdog. Proud mama Cher freaks out and starts crying. Bruno says no one can knock Chaz down. Carrie Ann is crying because he makes her root for him. Len calls it his best dance to date.
Score: 21

J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff: foxtrot
They have The Pink Panther and Karina is pushing him hard and brings in former pro Nick Kosovich for help. Unsurprisingly, J.R. and Karina are decked out in pink. This is a very solid, clean routine. There's nothing flashy or heartstrings-tugging like their dance last week, but there's nothing glaringly wrong. J.R. is smooth, elegant and shakes his tailfeather just enough. Carrie Ann thinks she saw a lift and didn't like the humor. So are you admitting you're humorless? Or are you admitting that you don't know The Pink Panther's a comedy? Len begs to differ and says he was the best male dancer of the night. Bruno loves the subtle humor and his versatility.
Score: 26

So Ricki and Derek top the leader board with a 29, including the first 10s of the season. Carson and Anna are last with a 20. Side note: I'm kind of disappointed with the score selection, since we've seen dances to Superman, Pink Panther and Rocky before, and there are so many awesome scores out there. Some of my faves: Gladiator, The Untouchables, Reqiuem for a Dream, Home Alone, King Kong, Batman, A Streetcar Named Desire and E.T. Granted not every score makes for awesome ballroom music, but you get the picture.

What did you think? What are your favorite scores? Did Ricki deserve two 10s? Does Nancy deserve more credit? Does David have "tight buttocks"? Was Cher all that and more? Can Chynna rebound? Would you watch The Revenge of the Gay Blade? Who do you think will leave tomorrow?

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