comparison and a battle between the brothers Chmerkovskiy were all on the menu for tonight.And while ballroom redos sound like risky business, guess what?The scores soared—and the season's first 9.5 was given! "According to Bristol, Mark didn't show up for rehearsal the other day, and the remembrance of that left her in tears as she accused him of being "not there.""Can you not be like that?
(Maybe she doesn't remember that, though Mark won with Shawn Johnson, he got further with Bristol than he did with Sabrina Bryan.)"What does Sabrina or Shawn have to do with this? Which, good news for Bristol, Len Goodman called "easily [her] best dance." (She still finished up in last place, but her numbers Drew Lachey paid homage to fellow boy-bander Joey Mc Intyre's cha-cha and ended up being praised for his "power drill"-reminiscent booty."It worked for Channing Tatum, it's going to work for you," purred Bruno Tonioli.
After respectable showing (he should've done the worm!
), the numbers started ticking upward, starting with Gilles Marini's three-8.5 twist on a tango Maks Chmerkovskiy (ultimately the most borrowed choreographer of the night) did with Erin Andrews.," growled Bruno (ultimately, as always, the most quotable judge of the night).
Melissa Rycroft returned to front-runner form, earning a season-high 27 on her J. Martinez-originated samba, only to be joined at the top a little later by none other than Kelly Monaco, whose partner Val Chmerkovskiy couldn't pass up the opportunity to put his own stamp on brother Maks' paso doble wtih Laila Ali.
Sabrina also borrowed a page from Maks' paso doble playbook, the chapter titled "Mel B," but—and get this—the judges found her dancing exceptional, but Carrie Ann Inaba said Sabrina and Louis Van Amstel"didn't bring anything new" to the routine. was Sabrina a little miffed perhaps when she earned the same score as Hélio Castroneves, who stumbled over Chelsie Hightower's dress during his Apolo Anton Ohno-inspired quickstep? )Apolo, meanwhile, earned himself 9 with an homage to Gilles' "Fever" fox-trot, and fellow past champ Emmitt Smith earned his best marks yet with a pounding paso doble first danced by the guy he beat for the season-three mirror ball, Mario Lopez.