Jordi calls Cody and Mochi to go first, but Mochi tells Cody that she's blanking on the combination. Jesus, that's a nightmare. She tries to lock it in, but Jordi tells them that when someone tells them to go, they have to go. So, they go. Mochi immediately fucks it up. Jerry stops the music. Mochi asks a question about the choreography and Jordi says "yes." Then Cody asks something and he tells him, "We cannot answer any questions." But-! No. So, they start again. It's a disaster. Mochi just can't remember. She is one of the oldest dancers here and they say that the memory is the first thing to go. Janelle looks pleased as punch. Eventually, the music stops because these two just can't do it. Jordi says that he understands what they're going through, but they can't stop. They were great before, but he has to judge them on this performance. Not good. Vai tells Mochi that this is a partner dance and she should rely on Cody because he is a good leader. Cody interviews that he felt bad for Mochi, but he was also worried that this would hurt them. They go for a third time and, though Mochi clearly forgets some stuff, she lets Cody lead a little more. He interviews that sometimes you can save a partner in a dance. He wanted to do everything he could to help her through this. Seriously, how great is Cody? I want to smear him on my toast and have him at tea. Except that I don't really have tea. Miguel interviews that it's "great" that Mochi is having problems. He's sorry it's happening, but "this is a competition." I don't think the fates would allow someone to win just because someone else made a mistake, right? My point is Miguel really should start thinking about himself and not everybody else. Afterwards, Mochi says that she was so disappointed in being "brain-fried." She apologizes to Cody, who tells her it's fine.
Next up are Janelle and Miguel. Miguel interviews that the chemistry between them is really great and sensual, but I don't see it. Throughout the combination, it looks like Miguel is really worried about their private parts coming too close to each other. There's this huge space between them at the bottom of their torsos and it's really bad. It screws with Miguel's center of gravity and it doesn't really look like he's leading the dance, or even that he's dancing with a partner.
Nick and Mochi are going together now, but Mochi won't be judged on this performance. Jordi tells her to relax and give all of her energy to Nick. She strokes his face in the cutest way ever, as if she's transferring energy. Nick interviews that if he messes up, he's going to blame it on Mochi. Something tells me he's kidding, but there's no context. If that's really the way he feels, that's stupid. It's Step It Up and Dance not Step It Up and Blame. For real. Dance the shit. And while you're at it, shave. Nick says that he's trying to show passion, but he can't pull huge facial expressions because it goes against his education, which is to dance "like a man." Where did they find this guy? Does he not have any imagination? Has he ever watched Latin dancing? Even once? It's not a particularly feminine dance style. It's like he's always trying to find an outside force that's keeping him from being successful. Poo on Nick. They seem to pull the dance off pretty well.