“DWTS” Week 4 Recap: Maks and Vanessa Return on the Show’s Most Emotional Night Yet
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“DWTS” Week 4 Recap: Maks and Vanessa Return on the Show’s Most Emotional Night Yet

After last week’s rumors about Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Vanessa Lachey’s Dancing With the Stars partnership, viewers might have expected to see some tension between them during their rehearsal package. But the October 9 episode was all about love. The theme of the night was “My Most Memorable Year,” and as the stars opened up about their best and worst moments, there was a lot of crying (both happy and sad), a lot of reflection, and a lot of bonding.

Terrell Owens paid tribute to his late grandmother with a waltz to Whitney Houston, Lindsey Stirling shared the heartbreak of her father’s death from cancer, Vanessa Lachey recalled giving birth to son Phoenix at just 29 weeks, and Victoria Arlen opened up about learning to walk again after spending 10 years in a wheelchair.

The episode also saw the first 10s of the season, from Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli for Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold, who danced in tribute to the year Fisher’s parents officially adopted him. (Hope you had some extra tissues on hand for that one.)

Unfortunately, with no elimination last week, one couple had to say goodbye this week. Nick Lachey and Derek Fisher were the two stars “in jeopardy” based on judges’ scores and fan votes, and the latter was ultimately sent home.

Check out the rest of the week four rankings below. (These rankings are based solely on scores from Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli, but as DWTS fans know, eliminations are based on a combination of scores and votes, so get to voting for your favorite pair.)

1. #TeamFishUponAStar: Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold

Dance: Contemporary to “Take Me Home” by Us The Duo

Score: 29 out of 30 (10 from Carrie Ann and Bruno, 9 from Len)

Most Memorable Year: 2005, the year he was officially adopted

2. #TeamViVa: Victoria Arlen and Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Dance: Foxtrot to “I Lived” by OneRepublic

Score: 27 out of 30 (9 from each judge)

Most Memorable Year: 2016-2017, the year she regained control of her legs

3. #TeamStark: Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas

Dance: Viennese Waltz to “Anchor” by Mindy Gledhill

Score: 26 out of 30 (9 from Carrie Ann and Bruno, 8 from Len)

Most Memorable Year: 2016-2017, the year her father spent battling cancer before his death

4. (Tie) #TeamFranneyPack: Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson

Dance: Quickstep to “Adventure of a Lifetime” by Coldplay

Score: 24 out of 30 (8 from each judge)

Most Memorable Year: 2017, because he “learned to live in the present”

4. (Tie) #TeamGetchaPopcorn: Terrell Owens and Cheryl Burke

Dance: Viennese Waltz to “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston

Score: 24 out of 30 (8 from each judge)

Most Memorable Year: 2012, the year his grandmother died

4. (Tie) #TeamSmackdown: Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev

Dance: Contemporary to “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

Score: 24 out of 30 (8 from each judge)

Most Memorable Year: 2016, the year she returned to the ring after a potentially career-ending injury

4. (Tie) #TeamATeam: Sasha Pieterse and Gleb Savchenko

Dance: Foxtrot to “Over My Head (Cable Car)” by The Fray

Score: 24 out of 30 (8 from each judge)

Most Memorable Year: 2015-2016, the year she finished filming Pretty Little Liars and got engaged to Hudson Sheaffer

4. (Tie) #TeamBabiesAndBallroom: Vanessa Lachey and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Dance: Rumba to “Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)” by Nick Lachey

Score: 24 out of 30 (8 from each judge)

Most Memorable Year: 2017, the year that her “family was complete”

4. (Tie) #TeamHotProperty: Drew Scott and Emma Slater

Dance: Jive to “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen

Score: 24 out of 30 (8 from each judge)

Most Memorable Year: 2007, when he and his twin, Jonathan, started Property Brothers

5. #TeamMomAndPops: Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd

Dance: Contemporary to “Falling Slowly” by Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard

Score: 22 out of 30 (8 from Carrie Ann, 7 from Len and Bruno)

Most Memorable Year: 2011, the year he married Vanessa Lachey

ELIMINATED: #TeamHoopsAndHeels: Derek Fisher and Sharna Burgess

Dance: Jazz to “Move on Up” by Curtis Mayfield

Score: 23 out of 30 (8 from Len and Bruno, 7 from Carrie Ann)

Most Memorable Year: 2007, the year his then-10-month-old daughter was diagnosed with a rare eye cancer

What was the most memorable year of your life? Tell us @BritandCo

(Photos via ABC/Paul Hebert + ABC/Craig Sjodin)