Augh! I had another DVR breakdown, so I missed the first 20 minutes of the show and come in just as ...

Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas get a 19/30.  I'll be tracking down what happened in those first minutes as soon as I can.


Bucky comes to the rescue and gives us this recap of the first two performances. THANK YOU, BUCKY!:

In the rehearsal sequence we learn that a torn tendon in his foot ended Rick Fox's basketball career.  He says it's not really an injury that you can dance with either, and he's feeling it.  But he'll push through the pain. He and Cheryl Burke dance the jive to "Tush," a great ZZ Top song. It looks pretty good to me.  (Is that a big help to you?  LOL.) Len thought it was "compact and full of energy." Bruno says it looked like a "California condor dancing with a hummingbird," but in a good way, I guess because he later scores it a 7. Carrie Ann says she liked it, but thought last week's performance was better because "Rick's posture is more suited to the waltz." Scores: 7-7-7, for a 21/30. 

In the rehearsal sequence, Florence Henderson says she doesn't want to be thought of as "the 76 year-old who can actually walk."  And at one point, she flips off the camera, which gets he finger pixelated out. Sheesh, she looks good for 76. She and Corky Ballas dance the quickstep, but I don't know the music. (SKK: It was "Suddenly I See" by KT Tunstall. That I do know!) Again, it looks pretty good to me.  You can tell she's a little tired by the end.  But, hey, she's 76. Bruno says "at times it looked like 'Driving Miss Daisy and at times it was lovely." Carrie thought the dance suited her elegance. Len says he doesn't score based on age, but on whether she should be invited back, then says, "based on that performance ... see you next week." Scores: 7-6-6, for a 19/30.  

Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are next with the jive. She's panicked about it during rehearsal, but seems to get over it. In the performance, though, something seems off with her feet. It's like she's not kicking all the way through or something, and also, she's totally hunched over with her neck stuck out (a posture with which I am very familiar personally, unfortunately), and that doesn't look too pretty. I mean, she seems to be on beat and whatever, but something seems off-kilter. Carrie Ann Inaba says she's so cute and happy, but "you didn't point your toes." Maybe that was going on. She says it was sloppy, and Brandy apologizes and annoys me. Len Goodman says she took a step back compared with last week. "Oh nooooooo," she says. He says it was a little brittle and he didn't like the solo (she literally points the finger at Maks for that one). Bruno Tonioli says, "OK from you is not good enough because you can be superb." Scores: 7-7-7, for a 21/30.

Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower are also doing the jive, and they have "Hound Dog" as their song. Then he gets laryngitis, which throws a wrench into things. For the performance, they start out with him in a dog house labeled "Bolt." As they start dancing, at first, he seems like he's doing better, but then he starts to show the unmistakable signs of being led by his partner. Len says, "The world isn't quite ready for your interpretation of the jive." He says there were nice basic steps, but it needs "a pooper scooper." He just thinks this dance didn't suit him. Bruno says he's a dog lover, but this was a mess and he did it all very badly, calling it "the worst jive in 11 seasons." Len says that's unfair and he should keep some of the comments to himself. Carrie Ann says he poured his heart and soul into this and she appreciates that, but unfortunately, it was very awkward. 4-5-3, for a 12/30. A 3? Have we seen a 3 since Master P?

Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani are doing the quickstep. She says she's sacrificing everything for the show, and Tony says the people in her life are not used to sharing her with this sort of schedule. She cries. Their performance is ... quick. And steplike. No, actually, they do a really nice job with some complicated footwork. Bruno says the show pony "is turning into Secretariat." He did notice that she got into a jam in the corner, though. Carrie Ann says she had a fantastic performance. Len says it was the best dance so far tonight. Before the scores, Brooke shows a clip of Tony saying that if it doesn't get three 8s, he will wax his legs. Scores: 8-8-7, 23/30. Brooke has a math-is-hard moment and asks Tony if he's relieved that he doesn't have to wax his legs. Um.

Tom mentions that in the audience is the new Bachelor, Brad Womack. So wait, what? He didn't pick someone last time, so he gets another chance?

Jennfer Grey and Derek Hough prepare for the jive. In the process, we learn that last year, when she was trying to get cleared to be on DWTS, she learned she had cancer and a tweaked spinal cord. She says DWTS saved her life. Anyway, she can't do tricks, so they try to amp it up otherwise.  I can't believe how fast their performance is -- they actually lie down on the floor. Carrie Ann calls her this bionic bunny or something. Len says it was bright, colorful, full-on and fabulous. Bruno says it was a killer jive and she nailed it. Scores: 8-8-8, for a 24/30.

There is booing in the ballroom, and everyone is confused. I'm thinking, are they booing the scores? It's a little early in the season for 9s. Brooke says, "There's booing in the ballroom, and we don't know why!" Cut to Tom Bergeron sitting down with Sarah Palin. Was that the reason for the booing? That was so weird. She says it's great to "all this courage and joy and exuberance" by all the dancers. Tom asks her about the judges, and she says you aren't going to chew out the refs before your hockey team hits the ice, so ... they're great! How folksy! Sorry, I don't even know what to say about what just happened. It was all very odd.

Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel want to recoup after their failed comedy mistakes last week. But the jive is tough. She's learning to be vulnerable and that she doesn't have to make herself the butt of jokes. She cries. (It's a theme!)  And you know ... it works a lot better when she allows herself to dance instead of going for the comedy. I don't know how good her footwork was, but she seemed right on beat. And her mom looks so happy in the audience. Len appreciates that she did a proper jive with a lot of life and energy. He says she needs to work on her kicks. Bruno says this is all about precision and tightness, but this was a little loosey-goosey. Carrie Ann says this was much better this week, but she needs to watch her shoulders and her over-the-top facial expressions. "This is what my face is like, I can't help it!" Scores: 6-6-6, for an 18/30.

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer want to be just as good as last week, when they came in second. Their quickstep is full of energy and life and tons of fun. Bruno says Kyle is a powerhouse of boundless energy as a performer, but in ballroom he needs more control. Carrie Ann says he's a little flat-footed, but she's down with the new school of quickstep. Len says it was like he was engulfed in a huge feather duster (Lacey's crazy dress) .... but ... he liked it! Scores: 8-7-7, for a 22/30.

Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya jive to "Danger Zone." His outfit at first looks like a polo and brown trousers, but then it's clear these are supposed to be military inspired outfits, but, you know, with sparkles! Kurt's top doesn't have that many sparkles, though, so at first glance it looks like he's out to dinner at Applebee's, walked through the wrong door, and ended up on the dancefloor. Anyway, the dance. His performance is a lot better than last week. Last week, the judges fawned all over him, and I didn't think he was that great, but this was a lot more energetic and on point. Carrie Ann says he reminds her of everyone's goofy uncle who drinks a little too much at the wedding and this crazy dancer comes out. She loved it. Len says last week was outhouse, this week penthouse. But he needs sharpness in his kicks. Bruno says it flowed so easily and that he's got it. Scores: 7-7-7, for a 21/30.


Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff want to rebound from being at the bottom of the leaderboard. They're doing the quickstep, and The Sitch doesn't like the music choice (Brian Setzer Orchestra). My favorite part of rehearsal footage is where Karina brandishes a posture stick, and he says she's "like Miyagi with that thing." Next favorite thing: When snooty announcer voice has to introduce him as "The Situation." I'm sure that happened last week, too, but I didn't notice, and I'm getting my laughs were I can find them right now. Some of the quicker of the quick steps were a bit of a mess, but he seemed a little more together than last week's trainwreck. Len calls it "a series of unfortunate events." Bruno says he could tell he wanted to be doing it well, but it didn't work. But still, better. Carrie Ann appreciates the lack of fistpump. But she says he needs to work on his musicality big time. And also, he's pigeon-toed. Scores: 6-6-6, for an 18/30. Really? The same as Margaret?


Bristol Palin takes Mark Ballas home to Alaska to meet her mom and see where's she's from. Sarah tells her she couldn't have been prouder of her. But back in rehearsal, she's having trouble with learning all the steps of the quickstep. (For the record, this week, she's dancing to "You Can't Hurry Love." Whoever is making these song choices kind of hates her. Or has no ear for double entendre.) Anyway, they look pretty good out there, all things considered. (All things being things like, she isn't a performer in her regular life.) Bruno says she has a nice, fresh, un-showbiz quality. But this is a performing art, and she needs to get a little more engaging. Carrie Ann says she reminds her of Kelly Osbourne's endearing, lovely dancing. Len says she's not quite there, but she's really, really close. He says she needs a little flair and to wow them a bit more, but overall, it was lovely. Scores: 7-8-7, for a 22/30.