Dancing With the Stars recap: Blood, Sparklebarf and Tears

Four couples serve up 'supersize freestyles' in the emotional season 16 finals; Val tries not to bleed out
Ep. 18 | Aired May 20, 2013

MY BLOODY VAL-ENTINE Zendaya's wounded partner attempts to hide his facial battle scar after the cha cha relay.


Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff: 27/30 jive + 2/5 cha cha relay + 27/30 freestyle = 56/65 Jacoby's "light-skinned grandfather" Len Goodman attempted to help with the NFL star's jive footwork. "How would you kick up a peanut? Ping! Ping! Kick a peanut!" Karina was impressed with her partner's instant progress. And Jacoby vowed to keep it up come showtime: "I wanna show Len that I can crack peanuts." Why do these giants want to annihilate me...in different ways?! wondered Ingo Rademacher's son.

Indeed, Jacoby's problem in the jive was that he stomping his feet instead of more delicately placing them -- and the temporary turnout of his pigeon toes hadn't lasted, either. Len said Jacoby "got excited and lost it," while Bruno called him out for being off-beat and flat-footed.

Jacoby's energy and Karina's choreography remain compelling, though -- and to me they were the stars of the cha cha relay for incorporating two other couples into their dance section so that the relay played out like a collaborative effort. Karina can make anyone look good, basically. "Jacoby, you're a wild ride!" Carrie Ann exclaimed after he proved once again that he could both leap over people and slide between their legs. He's a versatile ballroom dancer.

Likewise, Jacoby and Karina's supersize freestyle was a better showcase for others -- tapping kids! that pirouette princess we met before! ...Tony?! -- than it was a dazzling display of Jacoby's own dance prowess. But the production itself was so much fun -- "like watching a Mardi Gras parade down Bourbon Street!" confirmed Bruno. The spirited homage to Captain Underpants' hometown was well worth all that extra party-planning.

See you tonight for the last recap of the season! Can you freaking believe it?

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