Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 8; Robin: 9; Bruno: 9
Danica McKellar & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Danica's most memorable year was 2010, the year both her son was born and her grandmother died. And yes, you're hearing correctly, she named her child Draco.
Despite it being a contemporary dance, they're both wearing shoes. Huzzah. This is a nice use of contemporary, to tell a story other than "they love each other but they can't be together." There are some gorgeous lifts in this routine and the transitions are really smooth. Danica is visibly moved at the end of the routine and Carrie Ann is already crying. Danica goes to grab her son and then brings him with her to hold during judging.
Carrie Ann calls the routine delicate and sincere. She also praises her graceful lines. Len says the movements were fluid and the routine was beautiful. Val is being so sweet to Draco, scratching his head and making silly faces for him. Awwwww.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 9; Robin: 9; Bruno: 9
I think if they had done this number three weeks from now, it would've gotten 10s.
Drew Carey & Cheryl Burke
Drew's most memorable year was 2005, the year his son Connor was born. He decided for the sake of his son, he'd get in better physical shape. His own father died when he was 8 and Drew didn't want his son to have that same experience. After apologizing for getting teary-eyed and then wiping his eyes, Drew says, "I wanted to live to see him live." Awwww, Marine crying.
I'd never heard this song before and I really like it. In case you're curious, it's "Fade into You" by Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen.
Drew brings his son over for the judging and Tom quips, "It's bring your kid to work day."
Len said the dance was charming, but there was a mistake that made it muddle for a bit after. Robin calls Drew a "marvelous surprise" this season. Carrie Ann says that he was really intense this week and it made the dance not look that relaxed.
Tom gets down on his knees to ask Connor what he thought of dad's dance and Connor says, "I thought he did real good and I want her [Cheryl] to teach me some of those moves." Smooth, kid, real smooth.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 7; Len: 7; Robin: 8; Bruno: 8
Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Meryl says it's not a most memorable year, but a memorable 17 years of her partnership with Charlie, with whom she started competing when they were both under age 10.
They get a violinist named Lindsey Stirling playing for them. There is a long, long moment of almost kissing and I'm not sure how Len is going to feel about that in a foxtrot.
Robin likes that Meryl picked the journey instead of just one year. I still can't get over Meryl's Disney princess face - she's all big eyes and wide mouth and tiny chin. Carrie Ann says she burst into tears because the routine was so beautiful. Len loved it, especially the rise and fall.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 10; Len: 9; Robin: 10; Bruno: 10
Amy Purdy & Derek Hough