Wade says every week they have 100 percent commitment, and their positive energy radiates into the crowd, and into the world, and heals lepers and feeds the hungry and fixes global warming and is bigger than Jesus. Mary praises them too, although she quibbles a little bit about some of their kicks, which in some cases were too far out and in other cases weren't high enough. Mary, as usual, is high enough for everybody. I'm fine with her finding something to criticize with every routine, though, because it lessens the chance that she's going to bust out that eardrum-piercing shriek of hers. Nigel talks about how the two of them are maybe the partners who work best together since Benjy and his cousin Heidi, and then shoehorns in an awkward reference to Dominic's hometown of Sacramento, which is a gold-rush town, and Dominic is also gold, and you just know he's been waiting a while to get that one in there.
Hok and Jaimie. Jaimie says she really likes "the whole idea of Hok" and she's freaked out because he looks Japanese but has a British accent and then cooks her Italian food at night. And also for breakfast? Jaimie seems kind of sheltered to me. Hok likes her hair, which is soft, and um, like a dog's. This is what he says. Jaimie says she chokes on Hok's braids sometimes, but admits he could probably say the same thing about her. Are they trying to tell us something? Hok, in Japanese (but with a British accent! Whoa!) tells us that he doesn't like it when Jaimie wears heels, because then she's taller than he is.
They're dancing Broadway-style this week, working with Tyce Diorio. The idea is that Hok is an old man who wants to dance but can't anymore, and Jaimie's like his spirit, doing what he can't. My initial reaction was "Great. Nothing like making a dancer pretend he can't dance, during a dance competition." This turns out not to be a problem.
"Mr, Bojangles" by Fosse is the music. Oh. I see. So by "old man who wants to dance but can't anymore," we mean "graceful, athletic dancer who can do cartwheels and handsprings and leap in the air and click his heels." Makes sense. Jaimie is, as usual, elegant and almost ethereal in a dreamlike routine that seems more lyrical than Broadway style to me, but keep in mind I'm usually talking out my ass.
Wade calls Hok on the "you're an old man? Really?" routine, saying Hok seemed more like a young boy than an old man. Since it happens so rarely, I'm somewhat gratified when the judges have a problem with something I notice. Then again, I figure if it's something I notice, it must be pretty glaring. For that reason, I'd be the most useless dance judge: "Well, you dropped your partner. That was not good. Next time, it would be better if you didn't drop your partner." But is this Hok's fault? He didn't choreograph the thing. I have no idea. Mary says the same thing, and wonders if when Hok didn't fully extend his kicks it was because he was intentionally trying to be a declining Gene Kelly, or his technique just wasn't good. Hok looks like he's been shot. She also praises Jaimie, calling her a class act. Nigel also like Jaimie, but calls Hok's performance "much ado about nothing" and gets booed. Wade steps in to stress what an intriguing person Hok is, and wonders if perhaps the nerves are getting to Hok a little bit in routines that seem to hold him back somewhat. Hok allows that that might be the case.