Welcome to Dancing with the Stars, minus an intro! At first I thought it was my DVR messing up, but then it was revealed to be all their fault.  Tom says, "That was the MOST amazing intro ever - especially when the space shuttle landed."  I have to get my "I LOVE HIM SO MUCH" out of the way early tonight.

Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough
Viennese Waltz

Derek is back, YAY!  Oh, Lordy. So this Viennese Waltz is about all the servicemen that have been in war zones and had angels looking over them. Let me call my dad the Navy veteran who was sent up rivers in Vietnam and see if this is exactly what he was thinking about at that time.

Oh, and it's the Sarah McLachlan "These puppies are going to be killed if you don't give us money" song. If Mark were still dancing with her, it would be all the things that make me throw things at my tv in one neat package.

Len says that "sometimes a whisper is louder than a scream" and would have liked a little bit more in hold, but overall it was fabulous. Bruno calls it "heavenly perfection." And then says she was "touched by an angel." (RIP Natina Reed) Carrie Ann says it was was magical and she got the chills.

While waiting for the judges' scores, Tom welcomed the members of the armed services that are in the ballroom, including former DWTS champion, JR Martinez.

Scores: Carrie Ann: 10; Len: 9.5; Bruno: 10

 

Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff
Tango
Apolo and Karina have decide to "not play it safe" anymore and this involves a zipline. Of course it does.

So, all the zipline ended up being was Apolo's entrance, which wasn't that big of a deal. However, he's wearing a flak vest with no sleeves and I approve of his arms, so I'm giving him half a point just for that. Also, they're dancing to "Holding Out for a Hero," one of my favorite songs. I'm not sure, but the songs feel shorter than usual tonight.

Bruno loved it and loved Apolo's arms. It worries me when Bruno and I are simpatico. Carrie Ann thought his lines were "ridiculous" - in a good way. Len says he danced with verve and passion, but his frame got a bit wide sometimes. Oh, ugh. I just noticed that Apolo is wearing dog tags. I find that tacky. And then they show Maks backstage wearing them too.

Let me explain myself here - it's because I'm patriotic and proud of our country and its armed forces that it makes me touchy when their heroism and nobility are co-opted for cheesy entertainment purposes.

Scores: Carrie Ann: 10; Len: 9.5; Bruno: 10

Kirstie Alley &  Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Viennese Waltz

I think Kirstie is supposed to look like she's wearing an Army uniform but with a long skirt. Instead it's creating a sort of demented Robin Hood effect. Maks is in a white undershirt, with military uniform pants and I'll get past the tacky to admire the good looking man in half uniform, half undress.