Bruno says that he was off on his timing through a lot of the routine. Carrie Ann says she wishes she didn't have a paddle sometimes because she loves watching Bill dance but it's not good. Len says it was wooden, even though he does like Bill.
Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 7; Len: 7; Bruno: 7
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren & Val Chmerkovskiy
Val says he's back in control after letting Elizabeth have so much control last week.
Val's in a tux and Elizabeth is in what looks like a wedding dress, so when they're standing on a dais at the top of the stairs, I hope I'm supposed to think of them as a wedding cake topper.
Carrie Ann didn't like something at the beginning. Len tells Elizabeth that she'd be at the top of his personal leaderboard. Len tells Val that he's a "wind-up watch in a digital age," by way of explaining his dissatisfaction with the routine.
Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 8; Bruno: 9
Amber Riley & Derek Hough
with Mark Ballas
Mark and Derek are having a choreography peeing-contest and it's making Amber feel left out. Does Derek really rehearse in jeans? That seems uncomfortable.
I'm pretty sure Mark brings out the worst in Derek, which is why they're both wearing dumb hats. Back in rehearsal footage, Derek said the idea is that Amber is the star and he and Mark are just her back-up dancers. They seem to be sticking to that and it's a great way to counter the criticism, including mine, that Mark is a spotlight hog.
Bruno would've liked a little more hips from Amber. Carrie Ann says these three are "like the Dream Team." Carrie Ann sets Amber up to talk about how she's going to push through her injuries.
Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 9; Bruno: 9
Leah Remini & Tony Dovolani
with Henry Byalikov
Their routine is that they're going to be the judges. Tony's impression of Bruno is pretty funny.
They start their routine behind the judges' table, with the announcer calling their names and the crowd booing when they reveal their scores. They don't do as good a job with the three person thing as Amber, Mark, and Derek did - sometimes one of the guys looks superfluous.
Bruno says it was uncanny, like watching a mirror. He says it was witty and does point out that Leah missed a couple of kicks and flicks. Carrie Ann loves that she took control of the routine. She says they're at the point in the season when strategy matters and this dance was "good strategy."