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Dancing with the Stars Recap: Monday, March 31, 2014

Date March 31, 2014

It's Most Memorable Year of Your Life night on Dancing with the Stars, so we all know what that means: lots of tears and — fingers crossed! — a Full House reunion. (Let us also not forget that this episode last season bestowed upon us this amazing gif courtesy of Elizabeth Berkeley.) Also, "longtime viewer, first-time judge" Robin Roberts is the special guest for the evening.

Absent from the ballroom this week are Emma Slater and Billy Dee Williams, for reasons to be divulged later in the broadcast. Suspense! (Sigh, poor Emma.)

On to the dances!

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd (jive)
The dance:
The most memorable year in James Maslow's life is when he was able to overcome bullying in high school. I guess the message is inspiring, but plenty of people who are bullied in school don't grow up to attain teen heartthrob status, just saying. Their "nerd (James) gets the hot cheerleader (Peta)" routine set to Jimmy Eat World is fun and stompy, with James doing a cartwheel of sorts off of the judges' table at one point.
What the judges say:
Len says it's their best dance so far and Robin loves the anti-bullying message. Bruno compares the dance to a "lightning strike" and says he can't believe how far James has come in three weeks. Carrie Ann calls it "kinetic" and "vibrant," but tells James to watch his claw.
Score:
36 (out of 40)

Tom Bergeron takes some time out to tease next week's big switch-up, when the pairs will switch partners for one week. (Apparently people are really rooting for Amy Purdy to dance with Mark Ballas.)

Then Billy Dee takes the stage to explain that his doctor has advised him not to dance due to a chronic back issue. So it's a non-elimination elimination, and he gets a standing O from the crowd as well as a visit from his grandkids. It's sweet. (And seriously, POOR. EMMA.)

Nene Leakes and Tony Dovolani (rhumba)
The dance:
Nene picks 2013 for her year, because that's the year she remarried her ex-husband Gregg. It's a good thing she warned Gregg about the sexy dance beforehand, because she and a shirtless Tony are so in tune with each other that producers should offer each audience member a complimentary cold shower during the next commercial break. Nene's movements are fluid and smooth, but to be honest the last thing we're paying attention to during this routine is her feet. (Gregg's a good sport and hugs Tony afterwards.)
What the judges say:
Bruno fans Robin, who calls Nene the "life of the party." Bruno chimes in by telling "Naughty Nene" to focus on the basics. Carrie Ann compliments Tony's physique and compliments Nene's passion and sensuality. Len says he was "expecting the worst but was pleasantly surprised." Question: Is Nene going to cry during her critique every week?
Score:
31

[Ed. Note:Is this the slowest, most dragged-out episode of Dancingever? Are we really only two dances in?]

Cody Simpson and Witney Carson (jazz)
The dance:
In 2010, Cody moved from Australia to the U.S. and signed a record contract. So they dance to his song "Surfboard" and the routine has a more contemporary feel than other jazz dances we've seen — even getting into bump 'n' grind territory at times. It ends with Cody hopping up on the judges' table.
What the judges say:
Bruno calls it "refreshing" and likes the modern twist, and Carrie Ann says it was "ridiculously good." Len also has nothing but good things to say, and Robin follows suit.
Score:
35

Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy (contemporary)
The dance:
Danica's year is the year her son was born and her grandmother died. It's obvious that she's very emotional during the routine, but that only heightens her and Val's nearly flawless performance, which is punctuated by seemingly effortless lifts. Danica's ability to keep her movements tight and then let her body go limp when it needs to be is incredible. Best routine yet.
What the judges say:
Carrie Ann is touched by the "sincere, delicate" performance, and Len says it was "like butter on a hot muffin." Robin also eats it up, and Bruno calls it "spellbinding."
Score:
36

Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke (waltz)
The dance:
Drew remembers back to 2005, when his son was born and he decided to get back in shape. The fact that they're dancing to "Fade Into You" from ABC's Nashville is a nice cross-promotional touch. Drew is a little stiff — okay, actually a lot stiff. And he looks like he's running through all the movements in his head during the routine. He also ends the dance way too abruptly and rushes over to hug his son.
What the judges say:
Len says it was "charming" but criticizes Drew's footwork. Robin doesn't have a bad thing to say about anybody and calls Drew a "beautiful dancer." Bruno notes that he made fewer mistakes than last week. We finally get some honesty from Carrie Ann, who tells Drew that he looked so stressed it took away from the fluidity of the dance.
Score:
30

Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy (foxtrot)
The dance:
Meryl cheats with the theme and cites her "17-year journey" with skating partner Charlie White. In the ballroom, she's the embodiment of grace and — whoa! — she and Maks give Nene and Tony a run for their money in terms of sensuality. The best moment is an overhead shot that shows Meryl somehow making the wooden floor look like she's on ice as Maks spins her. Wow.
What the judges say:
Robin admits that she and all the judges were "clutching each other" at the table, while Bruno calls both the technicality and emotional resonance of the number "incredible." Carrie Ann burst into tears (surprise) and says she got goosebumps. Len loves Team "M&M."
Score:
39

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough (contemporary)
The dance:
Amy's year is the year that she got her prosthetic legs after a bout of bacterial meningitis. She's using a new pair of feet this week so that she can point her toes. Derek's ingenious choreography (he's also barefoot) tells the story of Amy falling to rock bottom and her dad bringing her back up again by giving her one of his kidneys. It's a truly moving performance, and one that highlights Amy's athleticism and sheer drive to get to race to the top of this competition.
What the judges say:
They all look stunned after the performance. "It transcended dance," Bruno tells the pair. Carrie Ann is touched by Amy's bravery in fully exposing her prosthetics. Len says the dance spoke to both his heart and his brain, and Robin is overwhelmed. (But no 10s, which is somewhat surprising.)
Score:
36

Charlie White and Sharna Burgess (jive)
The dance:
Charlie picks 2010, when he and Meryl came thisclose to winning Olympic gold. And he mentions his girlfriend again! Charlie looks a little out of his element during the initial choreography backstage (although he gets automatic points for ditching Pharrell's mountie hat right away). But once he's in the ballroom with Sharna, he finds his groove, and the energetic routine to "Happy" lives up to its name. His early discomfort makes us wonder how well Charlie will fare with next week's switch, though.
What the judges say:
"It's Happy hour!" quips Len. Oh, Len. An elated Carrie Ann thinks the whole thing was "fantastic" but said Charlie fell off the music twice and it made her want to "claw my eyes out." Robin and Bruno loved it, and Bruno notes its one of the best episodes in the show's 18 seasons.
Score:
36

Candace Cameron-Bure and Mark Ballas (jive)
The dance:
Yeah 1995! Candace picks the year Full House ended and she got married. And Kimmy Gibbler and Aunt Becky are in the house! Andrea Barber and Lori Loughlin stop by rehearsals. It's not the fullFull House reunion we were hoping for, but better than nothing. They dance to Elvis' "Blue Suede Shoes" in tribute to Uncle Jesse (have mercy!) and Candace is fine, but still doesn't hit the bar she set in the first week. Her kicks and flicks need a bit of work.
What the judges say:
Len loves the energy and says the dance was precise, but needed more bounce. Robin agrees that it didn't live up to their first performance. Bruno can hardly contain himself, but cautions Candace to mind her footwork. Carrie Ann agrees with everybody and tells Candace she needs to get more comfortable in heels.
Score:
32

And that's a wrap. There's no elimination this week because Billy Dee withdrew. It was never made clear that he got the lowest number of votes last week, but I guess we can assume that?

What did you think? Which dances were your favorites of the night? Are you looking forward to next week's switch-up? Weigh in below!

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It's Most Memorable Year of Your Life night on Dancing with the Stars, so we all know what that means: lots of tears and — fingers crossed! — a Full House reunion. (Let us also not forget that this episode last season bestowed upon us this amazing gif courtesy of Elizabeth Berkeley.) Also, "longtime viewer, first-time judge" Robin Roberts is the special guest for the evening.

Absent from the ballroom this week are Emma Slater and Billy Dee Williams, for reasons to be divulged later in the broadcast. Suspense! (Sigh, poor Emma.)

On to the dances!

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