Robert's secret is that he thinks he's a pro wrestler. And he does the Hulk Hogan "listening to the crowd" gesture while wearing that fringey yellow shirt, so now I'm pretty sure I was right about that being a Hulkamaniac shirt. He tells us that Miranda has a crush on Tadd. He gets through that segment without a "Wooo!" Which is nice. Napoleon and Tabitha claim that it's a serious piece in which Robert plays a woodpecker. He's trying to teach Miranda to fly. He says it's hard to catch Napoleon and Tabitha's particular musicality.
Busta Rhymes. "Break Ya Neck." Black leather outfits with some red feathers sewn in. If you gave me a million guesses, I would never come up with "one woodpecker teaching another to fly" as the story of this dance. But they do a pretty good job. I think it helps that Robert is willing to completely commit to whatever nonsense anyone gives him. I think they danced a terrible routine about as well as possible.
Mary says she's always nervous when a dance involves imitating animals, but she thinks it worked. Debbie thinks everything is wonderful and does a Woody Woodpecker laugh. I'm glad she's in a good mood, because she seemed pretty sad that she had to sell all those costumes. Nigel praises "all the different forms" that Napoleon and Tabitha shoehorn hip hop into. He thinks that Miranda is the best contemporary dancer they've had do hip hop. There was one flip where she stumbled and fell, but I was willing to accept it as being part of the dance. I mean, if she's a baby bird that's learning to fly, it makes sense to put in a flip that ends in a fall. But apparently it was an accident that she kept going through, so good for her. Robert does not do a single "Woo!" tonight, which I like a lot. Not just because I hate the "Woo!" but because it suggests that he's good at taking instruction.
Jess would like us to know that Clarice sleeps with her eyes open. I used to be able to do that! She tells us that Jess draws a stick figure orchestra. Man, what the hell. Stacey Tookey takes over for some dance in which Jess is a prince. Judging from the rehearsal footage, he's Prince of Dropping People. This show requires its male dancers to do a lot of lifts.
"Cathedrals" by Jump Little Children is a thing I've never heard of. Jess is dressed as some sort of Prussian prince, although he's barefoot. The lifts do not look effortless. When Clarice is on the floor, Jess is dancing, but when she's up in the air, he's kind of straining to carry her. I don't know if I would have noticed that without the rehearsal footage, but I did.