You knew an episode centered around the most memorable year of the contestants’ lives was going to bring back memories and stir up emotions.
Nevertheless, few were prepared for just how moving J.R. Martinez’s story of what happened to him at 19 – and his subsequent rumba – would be.
For the Iraq War vet, that should’ve been it. When his Humvee hit a landmine, it could’ve been over, and nearly was. He was critically injured.
He was lucky to even survive, as the many scars he carries remind him daily. That he’s become a successful soap opera star is all the more incredible.
Guy can dance, too, it turns out. His 26 points left him only one shy of Monday’s top spot, occupied for the second consecutive week by … Ricki Lake!
Lake’s rumba – dedicated to a rough year that culminated in her meeting Christian Evans, now her fiancé – may have established her as the one to beat.
Not that J.R. and Chynna Phillips will go quietly. The latter, obvi, took us back to the early ’90s and the heyday of Wilson Phillips’ massive hit “Hold On.”
Her struggles with addiction, her destructive tendencies, her eventual recovery and meeting hubby Billy Baldwin? A great story. Her score? A strong 26.
After those three, it was a logjam on the leaderboard.
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari are back together, and it showed. He was on hand as his girl scored a 24 dancing to “Crazy in Love.”
Rob Kardashian, meanwhile, had no idea what Guys & Dolls was when Bruno compared him to Brando and Sinatra. Note to Kim’s brother: Be flattered.
The “debonair and charming” Kardashian scored three 8s and a total of 24 points in the night’s first routine. Maybe the guy’s in this to win it after all!
Soccer stud Hope Solo danced a cha-cha to “Tonight I’m Loving You,” her best effort of the fall. David Arquette bounced back strong as well for Coco.
Hope Solo and Maksim ChmerkovskiyRob Kardashian and Cheryl BurkeCarson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya
Carson Kressley tangoed is way to a 23, while Nancy Grace’s waltz, in honor of the birth of her twins, did not involve any nipple slip action, so … bravo!
Finally, the judges (save for Len) felt Chaz Bono lacked focus during his rumba, which landed him in the basement with 18 points and likely to go home.
Here’s a look at Monday’s Dancing With the Stars scores:
Ricki Lake & Derek Hough: 27
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff: 26
Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani: 26
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24
Kristin Cavallari & Mark Ballas: 24
David Arquette & Kym Johnson: 24
Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke: 24
Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya: 23
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus: 21
Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer: 18
Who do you think has danced his or her last? Do you agree with the handful of pairs on top? Is Chaz going home after tonight’s results show?