You guys, Gavin DeGraw is dressed up like a leather biker daddy. I can't.
Gladys and Tristan rehearse their quickstep, and Gladys gets frustrated with herself because she says that she doesn't just want to pass. She wants to excel. She's working really hard. I admire that. She could try to get by on her reputation and her charm, but she doesn't.
Their quickstep is to "Sir Duke" by Stevie Wonder which is one of my all-time favorite songs. This is a way slowed-down version, though. Gladys manages to put a little sass into it, but the quickstep isn't really built for sass. And this is way too slow to be a proper quickstep. That said, it's smooth and she gets all the footwork. This just isn't her dance. The quickstep is a young man or lady's dance, apparently.
Judges? Bruno tells Gladys that she needs to be more careful about keeping her frame in ballroom dances. Carrie Ann thinks Gladys and Tristan have a great connection, but their form was too casual for the quickstep. Len thinks you can't just fake your way through this dance like you can with the jive, and Gladys didn't quite get through this one. The audience is HORRIFIED. Shut it, audience. We all love Gladys. This just wasn't great. Scores: Carrie Ann 7, Len 5, and Bruno 7. Len's score might have been a point too low, but he's got to keep it real (and keep a controversy going). Also, it might motivate people to vote for them.
Katherine knocked everyone's socks off last week, and this week she has the jive. Mark Ballas loves him a jive, so this should be interesting. There's a lot of pelvic shaking and Katherine is kind of not okay with it, but she tries. Bless her heart. She can't even shake her boobs without breaking down into giggles.
They start out by throwing dice on a craps table for no real reason. That was a huge prop to bring out on the floor. Couldn't they have just mimed throwing dice? I guess that would have looked like masturbating. Wait, didn't Mark do that last year to the judges? Anyway, I'm too distracted thinking about the table to really watch their jive, but it's...kind of boring? Mark is overdancing and making fishfaces like always. He pulls so much focus from his partner. Katherine is fine. She's really just another prop to Mark, like the table. And there doesn't seem to be a ton of jive content in there. I will note that I'm glad Mark tried something different than the '50s sock hop thing that most people do for the jive. Mark tries to end by throwing some dice in the air but he drops two of them so it's a bust. High concept for no reason. She's a good dancer. You don't need all this fooferall.