'Dancing With the Stars' recap, Jacoby and Karina rock the place

In the end, the injury to Mark’s back is enough to bring Henry in as a substitute during rehearsals.  But after all that, Mark ends up dancing with her tonight.  He couldn’t not -- given that he already had his color coordinated fedora (OF COURSE) and matching neon green spats.

Oh, right the dancing. There’s tons of energy, but it’s kind of goofy, like this one part where Aly crawls/scooches across the floor. I guess I’m just not a fan of Ballas’s choreography tonight.

Bruno loved it. Carrie Ann did too. And then she starts singing at Len. Len would’ve liked a “little bit more salsa” in there and Carrie Ann and Bruno shake their maracas at him. No, really, the percussion instruments.

Scores: Carrie Ann: 10, Len: 9, Bruno: 10

Sean Lowe & Peta Murgatroyd


Sean is finding the rumba challenging because he doesn’t have romantic feelings for Peta. So, they bring in his fiancée, for him to practice with. It is a little weird to watch an actual couple do these moves. I mean, when you’re watching pros, you know it’s all for show.

Well, right with the first moves, Sean looks awkward -- instead of lowering his body down to meet Peta’s he’s squatting in the most ungainly way. There’s a lot of dry ice, which my parents always complain about. Actual text from my dad during a previous episode, “Fab fog covers pesky footwork again.”

There’s a giant swinging lift in the middle of the routine and I don’t know if that’s allowed now or what.

Carrie Ann says he’s responded to the criticisms from earlier about getting into the character of the dance. Len calls him “wooden” and when Carrie Ann interrupts him, he scolds her. I know I just brought up my dad, but Len should steal the line I always heard growing up, “Pardon me for talking while you’re interrupting.”

Anyway. Len didn’t like Sean’s hands and then any other criticism he tries to get out is obscured by Carrie Ann interrupting AGAIN. So Len pouts and says he’ll just stop talking. Bruno says he liked Sean’s extensions but that sometimes Sean’s butt did stick out and he looked like he “was going to the toilet.” See? That’s what I meant by the squatting.

Scores: Carrie Ann: 8, Len: 8, Bruno: 8

Really? That was better than Ingo? I disagree.

Zendaya & Val Chmerkovskiy

Paso Doble

I think we’re all hoping this couple never has to dance the rumba, because of Zendaya’s age. Luckily, they’ve got Paso Doble, which maybe explains her dark lipstick. Zendaya says Val is intense all the time, but she’s happy and more “chill.” She says to get the passion, “I’m just going to channel ... I don’t know ... I’m an actress. I’ll just act.” Attagirl.

Zendaya and Val start at opposite ends of the dance floor -- that tells you how good she is and how confident Val is in here that he’s ok with her starting the dance on her own. There’s a spot in the middle when the music stops and it seems like the dance is over, but it’s not. That was weird. I dunno, that was probably very good technically but kind of boring to watch.

Len loved it but wants Zendaya to lift her chin more. Bruno liked the flamenco at the beginning but that Len is right about her chin, that she needs to watch her “top line.” Carrie Ann said it lacked strength, like a song without a bass line.

Scores: Carrie Ann: 9, Len: 9, Bruno: 9

So, now it’s time for this “immunity” and “dance off” business. Aly & Mark and Kellie & Derek are tied with 29 after the first round. Brooke is going to explain this to us, so I’m sure it’ll all be clear soon. The rulebook says, according to Brooke, that the couple with the “highest accumulative [sic] scores,” wins the tiebreaker, so Kellie & Derek get the immunity.