Their mambo begins. Susan definitely is doing more acting with her face this week, but she still seems quite careful. She's still way too much in her head for a lot of the moves -- I don't know if the bicoastal lifestyle means that she doesn't get enough rehearsal time or what. Most of the individual moves look good, but when she transitions from one to the other, you can see her thinking about it. It's a step in the right direction, but it's not a big enough step. Carrie Ann starts the judging, as she says that Susan broke the box this week. Bruno is happy that they're starting to see the devil lurking inside Susan, but she can't lose her timing. Carrie Ann starts disagreeing and Tom comments that they should be married. Carrie Ann and Bruno keep yelling at each other while Michael gives his boring comments. Seriously, he is super boring. It really makes you appreciate Len. Backstage, Samantha asks Susan if it was difficult to pick herself up after being in the bottom two. Susan says it was, but she loved the routine that Tony created. Scores: Carrie Ann 8, Michael 8, and Bruno 7. Tony is happy, because it's higher than last week.
Last week, Brooke and Derek almost got a perfect score, but Brooke realized that she hurt her foot during the routine. By Thursday, Brooke was home getting treatment and Derek was working on their routine. The doctor suggests that Brooke take seven days of rest, but she says it's not an option. Derek realizes that he needs to push Brooke so they can learn the routine, but he also needs to avoid pushing her so hard that he makes her injuries worse. So things were not looking good, but I feel like it might be misdirection. Let's find out.
Brooke and Derek are doing the rumba, and I think there is probably not a dance the plays to Brooke's strengths any more than this one. Derek's hair looks like ass. He really needs to trim that up. Probably due to Brooke's injury, there is a lot more of Brooke standing still and Derek dancing around her than we usually see with these two. It looks pretty good, but they usually do a lot better than pretty good, so we'll see what the judges think. Michael says that they took his breath away, but he says it like he's reciting his grocery list. He has no emotion. But he does hope that he has a high enough number on his paddle to reflect their score. Carrie Ann is the buzzkill as she says that it wasn't Brooke's best dance, although she admires that Brooke battled through her injury. Carrie Ann saw pain in her movements. Bruno feels the same way, and says that he knows Brooke can do better than she did tonight. They're lucky Len wasn't here -- since Michael doesn't know the history of each dancer, he's probably more easily impressed. Backstage, Brooke says that she has a "disrupted tendon" which sounds like a fake injury. Scores: Carrie Ann 8, Michael 10, and Bruno 8. Derek says that he loves Michael and they all giggle.