Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 40/40 Meryl met with season 6 winner Kristi Yamaguchi, before entering the pressure cooker that was rehearsal this week. Maks was feeling the pressure knowing that he had the best partner in the competition. He didn't want to let her down. Cue the "Aww!"
Can I just say that I love how Maks' anger doesn't scare her? She immediately goes back to making fun of him, and therefore pulls him out of his own head and helps heal his "creative blockage." Favorite Meryl line of the night: "This isn't helping your case for sanity."
And spoiler: Creative blockages lead to greatness from Maks, because that jive was all kinds of ridiculous fun. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that my notes said the dance was "as colorful as their clothes," but it was! The only problem: Those fake sideburns have to go, Maks. The kisses, however? They can stay. Just ask Bruno/Kenny/everybody.
Len thought the routine was fantastic, and Kenny was amazed at their synchronization. Bruno thought it was sharp and precise, and Carrie Ann loved how Maks kissed her in the routine. More specifically, she loved that Meryl had turned him into something "warm and fuzzy." But really, she thought Meryl's movements were flawless.
OK, Maks. Stop celebrating and get rid of those sideburns, please!
Crowd-spotting note: Was that Florence Henderson? And why?
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: 38/40 In round 2, Candace kicked things off in a wig, probably hoping we wouldn't recognize her after her earlier number. Mean, I know. What can I say? It's really hot in my apartment right now, and I'm cranky. Costume-wise, this Janet Jackson number was pretty hot, but I wanted more from Candace's hips. I thought the idea was cool, but the actual dancing didn't blow me away.
Len thought it was crisp and tight, and Kenny was having a Broadway moment. Bruno thought she was "nasty but tasty" -- gross -- and Carrie Ann wanted a little more attitude in some movements.
Meanwhile, Aunt Becky wanted a 10! And somehow, Candace got her first two 10's of the competition. Good scores or not, I'm still left feeling all "meh."
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: 36/40 Finally, it was time for Charlie to get a little down and dirty with a samba to "Mo Money, Mo Problems." My first note: "I see you biting that lip, Charlie!" And my second note: "Those track pants have to go." Honestly, I liked this number, but I had a hard time focusing on the dancing, because I couldn't get what vibe we were going for. Why was he in a tracksuit and Converses, while she was in sparkly gold heels and fringe?
Kenny thought it was clean and precise. He would've liked a bit more funk, and Bruno agreed. As he put it, "Hit that rhythm stick!" Carrie Ann wanted to live in happy Charlie world but admitted he was flat-footed, and Len thought it looked heavy at times, though he said Charlie deserved to be in the final.
And what does Charlie's world look like? It looks like Charlie encouraging himself in a mirror. Double the floppy hair! Double the fun!
NEXT: And the Olympian going home is ...