Jennifer regained her top spot last week, but this week, they have the quickstep, and Jennifer's knee immediately starts causing her pain in rehearsals. They try to push through, but Derek makes her stop and they bring in a doctor to examine her. The doctor says that she has an inflamed tendon in her knee. And then Jennifer's dad, Joel Grey, shows up. I always see him as the bad guy in the Season Five finale of Buffy now. I know he's far more famous for other things, but that's my association. Wait, wasn't he in Alias too? He was! Near the end. I remember that. Anyway, how will her injury affect their dance?
I think it does. The parts that are in hold are really nice, but some of the kicks and flicks are a little bit off, aren't they? She looks like she's holding back. And at the end, there are a few bits where Derek does a solo and Jennifer just stands there, and I wonder if they were added in at the last minute to save her from having to dance so much. It's pretty, and a nice quickstep, but I was expecting more. The judges totally disagree with me; while they take note of the bumble early on, they all think it was great. Scores: Carrie Ann 9, Len 9, and Bruno 9 for a total of 27. Then they pick their Instant Dance song and get Foreigner's "Waiting For a Girl Like You." Neither of them knows the song. WHAT? Where was Jennifer during the '80s? I can understand Derek not knowing it, but Jennifer should. Maybe she will when she hears it.
Kurt took big strides last week towards staying in the competition after lingering near the bottom for the previous weeks. This week, they have the waltz. Kurt is worried, because since it's a slow dance, people can really focus in on the details of his technique, like hand and foot placement.
I don't know why I am surprised by Kurt's dancing, but it seems like I am every week. He's really graceful! And I know Len will like the rising and falling action throughout. His hands still need work; he's got pancake hands still, and sometimes when his arm is fully extended, he looks like a little kid pretending to be an airplane, but it's really nice! The judges talk about how graceful Kurt was, and how well he moved around the floor. Len compliments the tone and feeling of the dance as well. Bruno thought Kurt was much more relaxed, and gives him a backhanded compliment: "Obviously, there are people better than you, but you've come a long way." Oh... kay? Scores: Carrie Ann 8, Len 8, and Bruno 8 for a total of 24. I think that's fair. That's the first time I think Kurt's score has been fair in a long time. Kurt picks his song, and it's "Hella Good" by No Doubt. They've never heard it before.