Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009

Two more couples get the boot on Dancing with the Stars' second (and final) week of double-eliminations. Did Mark Dacascos' low scores doom him? Which stars faced off in the knockout dance?

With so much lined up (Derek and Mark! Colbie Caillat! Rod Stewart!), we get right down to it with the Team Tango encore. It's still as awesome as it was Monday. In the recap, Michael says his 23 felt great. Mark says he doesn't know if he could have done any more than he did. Mya is pleased with her 25 because it's way better than their previous score. Uh, you got a 24 last week. Not that much better. Speaking of not being able to do math, Aaron realizes backstage that his 29 is his highest score yet.

First safe couple:

Kelly and Louis

First couple in bottom three:

Mark and Lacey

Colbie Caillat performs on the other end of the ballroom. But the bigger story - or rather smaller - is what Edyta's not wearing on the floor. I guess she ripped off a foot of fabric for each of the past six weeks she's been gone, so she may very well be completely nude by the finale.

Second safe couple:

Donny and Kym

Second couple in bottom three:

Michael and Anna

Mark and Derek's much ballyhooed singing/dancing performance of "Move" follows. Actually, the "singing" is done by the backing track, so it's more like a funky, '80s-fied dancing performance to "Move," which I first thought contained the lyric "wash your body"... but it turns out to be "watch your body." Derek and Mark look like Justin Timberlake and J.C. Chasez out there. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing yet.

Next, we learn the rules of Dancing:

Rule 1: Don't talk about the trophy

Rule 2: Don't talk about the trophy

Rule 3: If someone stops or goes limp - I mean, trust your partner

Rule 4: No risk, no reward

Rule 5: Leave it all on floor

Rule 6: Winning is not everything; it's the only thing

Next two safe couples:

Mya and Dmitry

Joanna and Derek

That leaves Aaron and Karina as the last couple in the bottom three. So Aaron is basically not pulling in any votes at all. Ouch. He had the highest individual score and the second highest total score of the night and still landed here.

After a hip-grinding rendition of "It's the Same Old Song" by Rod Stewart - who looks more alive than he did at the American Idol finale - we get down to business.

First couple eliminated:

Michael and Anna

Tom gives Michael props for his personal high Monday night and for pulling Team Paso Doble together in rehearsal. Michael thanks the crowd for the standing O because it shows they appreciate hard work, which is good "with the poor economy." Way to depress them even more, dude.

Knockout Dances

Mark Dacascos and Lacey Schwimmer: Cha-cha

Mark looks five times more at ease here than he did in the samba. He's rhythmic and is very clean. There's not a lot of cha-cha, which he seems to cover up with his bag o' tricks again. That may come back to bite him if Aaron kicks some serious choreography booty. Len says he's back at his best. Bruno says he can turn more tricks than Heidi Fleiss. Carrie Ann loves the effortless flow between his tricks and dancing.

Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff: Jive

This is not as fast as their Monday night jive, but it's still vivacious and full of kicks and flips, which Aaron rocks again. It's just fun and effervescent. The jive may just be Aaron's dance. Their routine also has more content than Mark and Lacey's. It may not be fair for them to do jives back-to-back, but I blame that on poor show planning since everyone picked their knockout dances weeks ago. Bruno can't believe this was as good as Monday's jive. Carrie Ann disagrees, calling it better. Len calls him the comeback kid.


The decision is unanimous: Aaron and Karina will stay, so that means buh-bye Mark and Lacey. That also means Anna T. gets eliminated twice (sort of) in one season. Is that better or worse than Jonathan's record of being eliminated first three straight times? Lots o' dubious distinctions in that household.

Mark calls Dancing one of the greatest experiences of his life, and Tom compliments him for handling everything with such grace (you mean how the judges gave him a freakin' 6?) and being unfazed in the knockout dance. Lacey is glad they were able to dance one last time.

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