Finally, we see Mara, who was confident last week until she heard that this week would be pole dancing. Even going up on the pole scares her. She says the pole isn't her friend, but she'll do whatever it takes to win the $100,000. She and Paul are dancing to "Cherry Pie," which is awesome. She's great and has a great routine, so I think it's between Karla and Trice this week. Mayte starts to say that Mara's dislike of the pole didn't show. Mara says she's afraid of the pole. Perhaps she had some kind of past trauma with a pole? This seems unreasonable. Lisa loved Mara's pole work as well, and says she gave her all into the routine. Danny says he thinks Mara's fierce energy comes from her anger over being in the bottom two. Mara says she has a lot of things working her nerves this week. Danny says she obviously worked hard this week and he loves her. Aw! I think Mara will be fine this week, unless she gained like 10 pounds. Nope, she lost 1.8 pounds, which is 0.71 percent. That means Karla lost the least this week. Oh no!
Back from break, Trice is already crying. Mara's scores are revealed first, which means she did fine. Mayte gave her a 9, and Lisa and Danny gave her an 8. Mara got the best average score of the week for a total of 9.01. So it's down to Karla and Trice. Karla will need an average of 7 to stay. Oh... I don't think she can do that, based on what the judges said. Danny gave her a 6, which is bad news. Lisa gave her a 6. That means that Mayte had to give her like a 9, which she didn't. Mayte speaks. She says that Karla is beautiful, and then gives her a 5, so I'm sure Karla really felt the self-esteem boost there. So Karla's gone? Nooooo! My former neighbor! Who will I root for now? Karla says she learned a lot and is happy just to be on the show and they edited her speech to bits. Lame. With that, MJW informs Ruben that he got the highest score for the second week in a row, which makes sense since he is a former professional dancer.