Dancing with the Stars

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

Season 14, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: The third week of performances features the celebrities performing dances inspired by the theme "The Most Memorable Year of My Life."
Original Air Date: Apr 2, 2012

Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Monday, April 2, 2012 Season 14, Episode 4

It's storytelling time! Dancing with the Stars' Top 11 express the most memorable years of their lives — and the first 10s of the season are dished out! Who came out on top? Find out below!

Everybody's got their Kleenex, right? I don't, because I have a cold, black heart. Plus, the last time I cried watching TV was when Dr. Greene died on ER and I would like to make it to the 10-year mark in May. Priorities, people! Anyway, let's get to the sappy stuff:

Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya: samba
Jack's most memorable year is last year when he reunited with his long-lost daughter, Kerry, who showed up at one of his concerts. "It was a godsend. ... She's a blessing and she's in my family now," he says. They're dancing to one of his songs from the concert that night. Anna's got, like, five reams of ribbon attached to her butt, and all I wanna do is pluck it off and wrap presents. Jack looks 10 times better than last week. He's attacking the dance, is in control and has tons of rhythm. Their routine doesn't exclaim "party!" like we've gotten used to, but it is very happy and joyous. I am worried about Jack going first. He's good, but he's gonna get lost among the more charismatic personalities. Len has taken some happy pills, guys! He calls it Jack's best dance. Bruno says he was in the driver's seat. Carrie Ann wants to see more of him. Not like that. At least I think not. You never know with C.A.
Score: 24

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: rumba
Maria's most memorable year is 1988 when she would go to work with her immigrant parents in Boston, listen to "Material Girl" and dream the American Dream. Yes, they're gonna rumba to "Material Girl." How, you ask? Well, it's a totally stripped-down, acoustic version of the song that's kind of hot. Also hot? This dance. There's lots of hip-swiveling, embracing, and some writhing and chin-kissing on the floor. Maria's frame and lines are gorgeous and she doesn't miss a beat, despite the fact that, well, she has no beat to dance to. Oh, yeah, this chick has two broken ribs too, remember? Bruno felt it. "I felt it too," Derek says. "I bet you did, you naughty boy," Bruno purrs. He points out that Maria only had the melody to go by. Carrie Ann calls it the vertical and horizontal expression of sex. Len thinks she was hesitant in some parts, but calls it fabulous.
Score: 27

Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus: foxtrot
Gladys' year is 1957 because it was Gladys Knight and the Pips' first tour, where she met the best of the best on the road. They're doing this for Sam Cooke and are dancing to his song "Cupid," which is perfect for Tristan, obviously. Dare I say Mr. Cooke would be pleased. She's elegant, graceful and has great posture. It's a sweet routine, but it's still a lot of Tristan leading her and Gladys following. Carrie Ann calls it beautiful. "You dance like you sing," she says. Len gives her props for going out there at her age, which is basically a compliment full of nothing. He then asks if he can be a Pip, to which Gladys agrees. Bruno loves her frame.
Score: 24

Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: samba
Roshon's year is 1996 when he saw his first Michael Jackson concert as a 6-year-old. Ugh. Way to make me feel old, dude. The downside of this theme week is that young contestants, like Roshon, generally don't have a lot of sob stories to pull from that elicit sympathy from the audience. Anyway, Chelsie brings in MJ's choreographer, Travis Payne, to throw in some MJ moves for their "I Want Your Back" number. Roshon, unsurprisingly, nails the MJ stuff. The routine is snazzy and funky, but there's not much samba save for the hip action. There's also something about Roshon legs that flail weirdly like they're detached from his body. Len likes his devil-may-care attitude, but wanted more traditional samba. Bruno says Michael would love it. "I thought I was watching him," he tells Roshon. Carrie Ann agrees with Len and is on the receiving end of the boos for once.
Score: 25

Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff: rumba

Breaking news! Gavin is hat-less! And our suspicions are confirmed: He has the receding-est of receding hairlines. His year is 1998 when he moved to New York to pursue music after going to a Billy Joel concert. Gavin's parents supported him the whole time and his dad used to go door to door to tell people how great his son is. They're dancing to "New York State of Mind," and sadly (or fortunately), Gavin's fedora is back. Maybe that's a good thing or we'd be distracted by his good dancing. This is by far Gavin's best performance yet, and it's a rumba no less. He's got hips, rhythm and fluidity. He's still wooden in some places, but it's a lot less awkward than I think all of us pictured. "You've got hips and you can move them!" Bruno declares, but warns him about his turn. Carrie Ann's heart is fluttering and she has Gavin fever. Len saw good hips, more musicality and progression. Gavin chokes up and starts crying in the celeb-quarium when Brooke questions him about his family. I'm sure other celebs have cried on the inside talking to Brooke.
Score: 24

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: waltz
Katherine's year is 1996, when she learned her dad had lung cancer. He had slipped into a coma and she rushed to the hospice to say goodbye; he died the next day. They're dancing to Josh Groban's "To Where You Are," and Katherine starts tearing up before they start dancing, but she makes it through the routine, which is near perfection. Given Mark's history, I'd be wary of cosigning her to the final, let alone the win right now, but she deserves to be there. Carrie Ann calls it magic and says her father's arms were around her. Len doesn't think there was enough dancing in hold, but luckily for them, his happy pills haven't worn off yet. Bruno calls it sensational, and they get the first 10s of the season.
Score: 29

Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: rumba
Sherri's year was 2005, when her son, Jeffrey, was born prematurely at 25 weeks with a bunch of medical ailments and was expected to have cerebral palsy, which he never got. Val brings in Jeffrey to cheer Sherri up in rehearsals, and he's cute as a button! Guys, Sherri can dial it back a notch! The routine is restrained, emotional, and Sherri handles the spins and hip action well. Her technique still needs some work though. Len calls it a job well done. "Mama can move," Bruno says. Carrie Ann says her lines were the best she's seen. Uh, really?
Score: 24

Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: jive
So are Val and Maks gonna dance back-to-back every show now? Spread out the Chmerkovskiy love if you're gonna insist on a two-hour show. Melissa's most memorable year is 2010, when she broke her back and feared that she wouldn't be able to walk again. "I could hardly walk, let alone dance," she tells Maks. And, of course, she bursts into tears. They're dancing to Florence + the Machine's "Dog Days Are Over" because the title says it all. Melissa's wearing a leotard, which turns out to be a good and bad thing. Her extensions and lines are beautiful, but her flicks fall a beat behind Maks' when they're side by side. She also looks like she's about break into a million little pieces. Overall, it's an improvement from last week, but you can still see the wheels turning in her head. And let's not get started on the near-botched scrunchie pull-out. Bruno loves the opening sequence and the end. Carrie Ann didn't see any nerves. Len says she has come into the competition.
Score: 24

Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: rumba
Jaleel's year is 1993, when he played Urkel's alter ego, Stefan Urquelle, on Family Matters because people started treating him differently. Gonna need a better sob story than that, dude. This is like the equivalent of Kristina Cavallari choosing the year she moved to Los Angeles. Anyhow, Jaleel's smooth and cool and suave like Stefan Urquelle, and he's sliding from one move to the next. But he's almost machine-like; there's not a lot of heat in the dance (unless you count this kind), which, ultimately, is apt for Urkel. Carrie Ann says he's back in the game. Len thinks it was stiff in the arms. Bruno agrees with Len, but likes his interpretation. Jaleel bursts into tears talking to Brooke about how much Stefan Urquelle has meant to him and wanting to "complete this week." Yes, he cried over playing Urkel/Urquelle... and other people are crying over dead relatives.
Score: 25

William Levy and Cheryl Burke: salsa
William's year is 1995, when he came to the United States from Cuba. He feasted on apples and ice cream the first day he came here, which is the American Dream. As Cheryl promised, we're getting more William skin. He unbuttons his shirt right from the start, and if you take your eyes away from his abs long enough, you'd see a sizzling salsa. William gets caught a little bit doing a leg-wrap bit with Cheryl, but he is in full command for the most part and has rhythm for days. Len says he puts a new meaning in "free Willy." So Len turns into Bruno on happy pills? "William, can you come closer, please?" Bruno begs. Carrie Ann screams that she wants to go to Cuba... minutes after William's package detailed how difficult it was to escape. Nice one, C.A.
Score: 28

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: rumba
Donald's most memorable year is 2010, when his best friend, Brian, died of cancer in his arms. He chose Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day." The smoke machine is out. You know this is serious. Donald's the best guy dancer in the group. William and Roshon are hot and entertaining, respectively, but Donald's got the best technique and control. He's effortless in his movement, and the chemistry with Peta is great. Carrie Ann is touched and — wait for it — is ignoring the illegal lifts! What fresh hell is this?! I'm guessing this is a one-time thing. C.A. can't not be the Lift Police for long. Len likes it and calls the whole evening — in his best American accent — awesome. Bruno loves the passes and drops and thinks this season will become the Battle of the Hunks. Donald gets emotional in the celeb-quarium and doesn't answer Brooke, which basically makes this night Exhibit A in how incapable Brooke is of ad-libbing.
Score: 26

So Katherine and Mark top the night again with a 29, and there's a five-way tie at the bottom with a 24. Good luck predicting who's leaving tomorrow!

What did you think of storytelling night? How many boxes of Kleenex did you go through? Would you totally not answer Brooke either? Do you like Len on his happy pills? Should the judges cool it with the 8 paddle? Is it to soon to whip out the 10 paddle? Is it the Battle of the Hunks? Should Gavin keep his hat on or off? Would you cry over playing Urkel/Urquelle? Who do you think will go home tomorrow?

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It's storytelling time! Dancing with the Stars' Top 11 express the most memorable years of their lives — and the first 10s of the season are dished out! Who came out on top? Find out below!

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