Ralph Macchio,
Huntington's own and the original Karate Kid.

Ralph Macchio

, Huntington's own and the original Karate Kid. Credit: Getty Images

Last night, it was the paso doble -- the ol' "double step" -- and there was a brief moment when Ralph Macchio nearly pulled a (for want of a better term) "Kirstie" (who, by the way, had a great night, so I guess we'll need to think up another term.) At the outset, partner Karina Smirnoff took a spill after she tripped up on his coattails, and the two were momentarily discombobulated. But momentarily only.

RALPH SAID: "I'm determined to get back on top of the leader boards, so I'm holding back nothing with this paso." After the dance, he said, "I felt the crowd behind us [and] I knew we connected and wanted to make sure she was OK."

THE JUDGES SAID:

"You know there was an incident, but I started to feel the fire [and] the throbbing virile intensity. I'm very encouraged by it." (Bruno Tonioli).

"Well done. Mr. Miyagi would be very proud of you. It's about inspiring people and the way you got back up put the rest of the dance to shame." (Carrie Ann Inaba).

"I'm going to congratulate you. You pulled Karina back up on her feet, and got back into the dance. You should be proud. Well done." (Len Goodman)

MY SAY: Yes, well done. The fall looked painful for Smirnoff, but the rest of the dance looked pain-free. Macchio displayed poise under pressure, and pulled out one of the best closes of the night. He's back in this.

SCORE: 24 out of 30

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