Dancing With the Stars Week 4 Recap: Headbangers Ballroom!

maks dwtsAnyone who struggled to make it through last week’s tear-soaked “most memorable year” telecast was no doubt breathing a huge sigh of relief settling in to watch Week 4 of Dancing With The Stars, which featured our cavalcade of celebrities channeling their inner rock stars. Would Melissa Gilbert hit us with her best shot of Pat Benatar-meets-the-Prairie? Would William Levy rock out with his pecs out? How much black leather would the producers squeeze into a two-hour telecast?

Here’s everything you need to know about the (Kleenex-free) fourth week of DWTS:

Eyes Wide Shut | Did Carrie Ann Inaba’s enthusiastic, tongue-baring ode to KISS frontman Gene Simmons — the legendary band opened the show with a big bang, and lots and lots of pyrotechnics — leave anyone else unsettled? In the immortal words of The Comeback‘s Valerie Cherish “I don’t need to see that!” Oh, and who else could barely avoid turning away knowing Maria Menounos (my new female fave) was dancing with her feet plagued by dangerous stress bruises and a fracture?

Best ‘Live TV’ Moment | I suspected Brooke Burke’s wild, curly ‘do would spell trouble at some point, and I was right! Just as the lovely Host-Bot was segueing into getting audience votes for Melissa and Maks, her unfortunate weave attacked Maks’ fingers, and he inadvertently took her head for a brief (and hysterical) ride! For my money, that was five seconds of pure, unplanned TV bliss! In a not-so-great live moment, Tom later announced the duo was missing from show-ending festivities because Melissa was en route to the hospital to get a mystery injury checked out. Here’s to a healthy week five, Maria and Melissa!

Quotes of the Night | “Did you call me fat? Huh?” — A couch-lounging Sherri Shepherd to Val Chmerkovskiy, after he complained about what men can and can’t say to women.

“I’ve always been the good girl, but underneath, there’s always been that bad girl.” –Melissa “Half Pint” Gilbert, after Maks dissed her in rehearsals for lacking passion.

“I was hoping for 10s!” –Donald Driver, after getting a trio of 9s from the judges.

“I never thought I’d get excited seeing a man with his shirt off… after the show we’ll compare tattoos.” –Len to Donald

“There’s three words I wanna hear from Len: Good job, dawg!” –Roshon
“Good job, dawg.” — Len to Roshon

Judges’ Leaderboard (Carrie Ann, Len, Bruno: Total)
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 9, 9, 9: 27
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 9, 8, 9: 26
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 9, 8, 9: 26
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 8, 8, 8: 24
Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff: 8, 8, 7: 23
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 7, 8, 7: 22
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 8, 7, 7: 22
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 7, 7, 8: 22
Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 7, 7, 7: 21
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus: 7, 6, 7: 20

Now it’s your turn. What did you think of Maks and Brooke’s “entanglement”? Does Donald’s shirtless splash this week threaten to topple William Levy as the DWTS hunk du jour? Do you agree with Carrie Ann that Roshon is the best male dancer? Hit the comments and sound off! —Mitch Rustad