Back from the commercial, Charlie gets to do a tiny bit with some animated penguins. It's more than adorable.

Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Samba

From "The Jungle Book," "I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)"

Maks is having a hard time with the dance because he thinks of the samba as a sexual dance.

I'm finding Maks's giant tattoo on the left side of his ribcage very distracting. They get to dance with animated Baloo and King Louie. And then they execute some perfectly gorgeous samba rolls.

Carrie Ann is puzzled because they dance together so well that it's like they're one body. She says their pairing is very special -- she's never seen Maks so in tune with a partner. Len calls it "great entertainment."

Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 9; Donny: 9; Bruno: 9

I'm kind of surprised. From all the gushing, I thought they'd get higher.

Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas, Jive

From "The Little Mermaid," "Under the Sea"

Mark is wearing crab claws, because of course he is. Blech. In rehearsal footage, Candace says that this is the one week she'll let her "conservative walls down" with regard to costuming. These walls apparently do allow for a lot of awkward hip gyration and pelvic thrusting.

Len says there was good fundamental samba mixed in with new choreography. She does mention that Candace needs to straighten her legs a little more. Donny razzes Mark for the crab claws. I might be turning around on Donny. Bruno says that she's taken their critiques to heart and her foot placement and shoulders are much improved. Carrie Ann tells Candace that the only thing holding her back at this point is her own mind. Candace admits to her nerves getting the best of her.

Scores: Carrie Ann: 8; Len: 9; Robin: 9; Bruno: 9


Tom tells Candace and Mark that they're in jeopardy. He confirms that Meryl & Maks and James & Peta are safe.

The three "in jeopardy" contestants are assembled for the elimination. NeNe and Tony are spared. They're both ecstatic. Erin clarifies that the two remaining couples may not be the bottom two. Given Cody's rabid fanbase, I'd be shocked if he's in the bottom two.

And when Cody's elimination is announced, it's clear Candace is possibly even more shocked than me. Whoa. This says a lot about the support that must be out there for Candace.


James & Peta: 40

Danica & Val: 39

Charlie & Sharna: 37
Amy & Derek: 37

NeNe & Tony: 36
Meryl & Maks: 36
Candace & Mark: 35
Drew & Cheryl: 28

Things aren't looking good for Drew. Which is a shame because I'd rather watch him dance than Candace. He seems to be having way more fun and is way more fun to watch too.