Dancing With the Stars Recap: Kirstie Alley, Maksim Chmerkovskiy Fall, Make Full Recovery!

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Hines Ward and Petra Nemcova led the way last night on Dancing With the Stars with scores of 25 apiece, but Kirstie Alley's routine got the most buzz.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy's fall to start his rumba with Kirstie was the defining moment of week three, but the way they recovered was the bigger story.

It appeared that Maks' leg just gave out and he tumbled while holding Alley, who also went down hard. But they rallied for a respectable 21. Watch:

Monday was personal story night on DWTS, with Kirstie and Maks dancing to "Over the Rainbow," and Alley telling the poignant story of her move to L.A.

Who knew she'd have another story to tell right after.

"My thigh just gave out. I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry," said Maks, who had to take this really hard as a perfectionist. "It has nothing to do with her."

"Sometimes tragedy leads to an amazingly beautiful moment," Carrie Ann Inaba said, noting that after the fall "something magical happened."

Bruno added, "You can't keep good talent down. Once you got up it was better than ever." Indeed. How did that score of 21 match up? Let's see:

  • Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: 9-8-8 (25).
  • Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin: 8-9-8 (25).
  • Kendra Wilkinson and Louis Van Amstel: 8-7-8 (23).
  • Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas: 8-7-8 (23).
  • Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 7-7-7 (21).
  • Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff: 7-7-7 (21).
  • Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke: 7-7-7 (21).
  • Romeo and Chelsie Hightower: 7-6-7 (20).
  • Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya: 7-6-7 (20).
  • Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani: 5-5-5 (15).
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    Who do you be in jeopardy tonight, besides the obvious Wendy? Will Maks and Kirstie emerge from this night stronger and more popular than ever?

    We know it's early, but who will win Season 12? Vote below, and stay tuned to THG for more videos and updates from DWTS throughout the day:


    I'm trying to get the score for Monday; 10/22/2012., CDT 7:p.m., I missed the score for Kristi and Maks. I keep track of the scores since DWTS has started and completely missed their scores. Thanks for someones help, in some sending me their scores. Sw Omaha, NE


    Kirstie should be gone thanks to all the fat people out there she still on she has to much fat to even think about doing any good her free style is going to suck I was watching tuesday night and saw all the fat hanging off her arm it made me sick thats way the world so mess up because you keep a big fat pig on the show thanks to all the fat people out there I will not vote for a fat pig


    The program aired on 4-11-2011 was the classiest ever! It's about time those celebrities learned about the true artform of music. Please continue this type of programming. I loved the guest artists, as well.


    Dj60 , I guess you didn't watch him dance with scary spice and the boxer! Some people just don't have chemistry with other people! I can't see any color when anyone of these people dance, take off your boxing gloves and quit thinking everything has to do with the color of someone's skin!


    I can't understand why Mak was so sorry after the fall. He recovered quickly and received a better than average score. I wish he had treated Brandi last season with the same respect Kristie have been receiving this season. Makes me wonder how Mak really view black people.


    Maks is a true professional and I have much respect for him for continuing because you know he had to be in pain. Kirstie is absolutely amazing. She's sixty and can dance like that! More than amazing. They both fell, she just kind of went down with him and they both bravely continued and got right back up. I agree it's not how you fall, it's how you get up. I think they should have gotten higher scores, just because Kirstie is that good. Love to watch her dance. At sixty she dances like a 20 year old. I hope she wins.


    They recovered well from the fall because the audience showed them suppport instead of booing. I commend the audience members for their appropriate behavior and the dancers with being proactive and getting through a very difficult moment.


    Kirstie has more energy than many thin people I've seen. I'd like to see some of you fat haters get up and try to do even half as well as she does out there on the dance floor, or anywhere else for that matter.


    skinny people have fell worse & no one makes a big deal out of it. Weight aside she is 60...not 20, I give credit to anyone who is 60 & has the nerve to wear those dresses & put in those hours of hard work. How many 25-30 year old's are in shape for it?


    dont hate on kirstie her weight has nothing to do with the fall you old fat hater.

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    Dancing with the Stars Quotes

    We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

    Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

    I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

    Cristian de la Fuente