comparison and a battle between the brothers Chmerkovskiy were all on the menu for tonight.And while ballroom redos sound like risky business, guess what?The scores soared—and the season's first 9.5 was given! "According to Bristol, Mark didn't show up for rehearsal the other day, and the remembrance of that left her in tears as she accused him of being "not there.""Can you not be like that?Or, at least the soars scored for the competitors who didn't kick off their rehearsals by accusing their partners of being disappointed to be dancing with them."I know you're bummed that you don't have Sabrina or Shawn," a dejected-sounding Bristol Palin told Mark Ballas as they rehashed last week's low score. Come on, don't be like that," he tried to comfort her, but she got up and walked out of the rehearsal room before they at some point got it together and rehearsed for tonight's paso doble.(Maybe she doesn't remember that, though Mark won with Shawn Johnson, he got further with Bristol than he did with Sabrina Bryan.)"What does Sabrina or Shawn have to do with this? Which, good news for Bristol, Len Goodman called "easily [her] best dance." (She still finished up in last place, but her numbers Drew Lachey paid homage to fellow boy-bander Joey Mc Intyre's cha-cha and ended up being praised for his "power drill"-reminiscent booty."It worked for Channing Tatum, it's going to work for you," purred Bruno Tonioli.
), the numbers started ticking upward, starting with Gilles Marini's three-8.5 twist on a tango Maks Chmerkovskiy (ultimately the most borrowed choreographer of the night) did with Erin Andrews.," growled Bruno (ultimately, as always, the most quotable judge of the night).
Melissa Rycroft returned to front-runner form, earning a season-high 27 on her J. Martinez-originated samba, only to be joined at the top a little later by none other than Kelly Monaco, whose partner Val Chmerkovskiy couldn't pass up the opportunity to put his own stamp on brother Maks' paso doble wtih Laila Ali.