Dancing with the Stars Season 9, Episode 10: Monday, Oct. 19, 2009 - Recap

The top 10 couples hit the floor not once, but twice this week on Dancing with the Stars with an individual dance and a group hustle. How did they fare? Find out below!

So for one week only, Maks is back! As he mentioned in his TVGuide.com blog, Maks will sub in for the flu-ridden Derek after a crazy week of "will-he-won't-he-be-healthy-enough-to-dance?" confusion. If memory serves, this is the second time a ejected pro has subbed for a sick pro, following Edyta stepping in for Julianne last year. Why is it always the Houghs? Fragile kiddies. But D.Ho isn't the only ill pro this week: His BFF Mark is also fighting a bug. Stop hanging out together, guys. Mark, luckily, is not taking a sick day.

Meanwhile, The Berge and Sam, who's growing a Chia pet on her head, tell us Tom DeLay ruined their plans with his withdrawal, causing them to push up the group dance a week.

Natalie Coughlin and Alec Mazo: Paso Doble

No more "fighting" between these two, but there are too many questions from Natalie for Alec. He just wants her to intimidate, so that means no dimples. Nat keeps the dimples in check, but it looks like she's trying really hard not to laugh. Not exactly intimidating. She still has gorgeous lines and precision, but there's not much aggression going on here. It seems like she's still in her head thinking about the steps. On top of that, the music is just wretched. Who pasos to "American Woman"? Len thinks she's a very accomplished dancer, but doesn't think the dance had enough aggression. Bruno agrees and says something about Spain. Carrie Ann calls them out on a lift and wants Natalie to go out of her body.

Score: 22

Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff: Argentine Tango

Aaron wants to turn everyone back on this week. Ew, no thanks. Karina's not even turned on because she's a "cold-blooded bitch." (Can Maks vouch for that?) She brings in some buddies to help him tap into the mood of the dance and caress Karina's thigh. Luckily for both of them, it seems to have worked. Aaron seems to have stopped spiraling out of control and is totally focused and in the zone here. His moves are clean and the kicks are crisp. I don't think he's completely back yet, but it's an improvement from last week and unlike last week, there is some chemistry between them. Bruno says he was Robert Pattinson tango-ing in Twilight. Carrie Ann gets some kisses and calls him grounded. Len is glad Aaron came back to Daddy. Uh, yeah.

Score: 24

Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova: Paso Doble

Mike, who feels like he has a new lease on life after escaping elimination last week, is having trouble sticking his hips out. Anna tells him it's supposed to be like having a coin between your buttocks, so dedicated pupil that he is, he sticks a nickel between the cheeks. I guess that's his secret weapon because dude is finally showing us what he's made of - and Anna as well. The choreography is good and actually gives Mike something to do. He's intense and has the stiff stride down. The posture is also looking great. He still needs refinement in his footwork, but baby steps, people. Carrie Ann calls it her favorite dance so far. Len loves the knee walk. Bruno wants him to keep the nickel in his booty. No-go. Mike gives Bruno his lucky nickel.

Score: 21

Mya and Dmitry Chaplin: Argentine Tango

From the back to the front, Mya kicks Dmitry in the balls. Once he healed, the two did some do-gooding by visiting a Habitat for Humanity site. And now they're ready to tango. They start up on the top of the stage with a nice intimate number before moving to the main floor. Mya, is, of course, stellar as always and the taut back-and-forth kicks between her and Dmitry are jaw-dropping for their sharp execution and choreography. However, I'm still not feeling much chemistry between them. Or maybe she's so good that it's kind of boring now? (Shades of Kristi Yamaguchi?) Stop the presses! Len actually likes it - hallelujah! I don't think he'll give them a 10 though. Bruno calls her a great technician. Carrie Ann thinks the emotional connection is lacking.

Score: 27

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