And then we have a couple of dancers to cleanse the palate and remind us that plenty of people actually take this audition seriously. Marshea Mason is a dancer who has tried out the past three seasons and who, from the clips they showed, is pretty freaking amazing. He is at the audition this year along with his younger sister Jasmine. Six weeks earlier, they were in a horrific head-on car accident. Just before they crashed, Marshea told Jasmine she would be okay and managed to correct the angle of their car just enough so that she wasn't hit. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital but then came back, though he was in a coma for two days afterward. Ultimately he had a fractured neck, face lacerations, and torn ligaments in his neck. But somehow, he's there!! First up, though, is Jasmine, dancing jazz and fending off Nigel's crush. I don't know how to describe it other than to say her moves are super fluid and sexy and she gets completely engrossed in the dance. She's great, and the judges love her and send her to Vegas while her mom screams with pride and Marshea beams bright enough to light up the entire theater.
Then it's Marshea's turn, in his first dance since the car accident and coma six weeks earlier. SIX. WEEKS. (For the record, when he walks on stage Jonathan is walking off, and I suspect he actually danced first and we are being hopelessly manipulated by the producers. Count me as 100% manipulated and 100% fine with it.) Marshea's dance is just pure joy and Mary holds up a ticket to Vegas without even saying anything else. He is winded and about to fall over, but delighted and thankful and awesome.
Finally, we have thirty seconds or so left for the choreography round. David ultimately excuses himself, admitting that the choreography is amazing but a totally different style from what he does and he can't keep up with it so he takes his wheel and rolls home. Unsurprisingly, Jonathan can't keep up either. He, Caley, and the adorable Johnny Waaks are all sent home. But it's a happy ending for Sam, who gets her ticket along with 20 other screaming, jumping dancers.
Lauren S is a writer and TV dance show enthusiast who lives and works in Atlanta, whose life is complete again now that Cat Deeley is gracing her television each week. She wants everyone to know: "The views expressed in my recaps and anything else I might write on TWoP are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer."