‘DWTS’ Recap: Meryl Davis & Maks Chmerkovskiy’s Rehearsal Drama

Mon, April 21, 2014 10:09pm EDT by 17 Comments
Dancing With The Stars Week 6 Recap
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dwtsPhile

Posted at 6:43 AM on April 23, 2014  

Yes, Maks has always been abusive IMO. He is a terrific dancer

with a great butt and a huge, narcissistic ego. Every year, we

watch him being, IMO, abusive to his partners. Emotionally

abusive. Believing that belittling them encourages them to do

better (like so many abusive coaches). And it’s clear that he

believes it’s all about him, not his partner. It seems that Maks

believes the _world_ is about him. He is the type of “bad boy” that

we love to watch, but wouldn’t want him in our lives in reality.

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ellen humphrey (@1932Ellen)

Posted at 11:19 PM on April 23, 2014  

I am a living example of “verbal abuse.” At first, you can swallow it, but it soon becomes unbearable and then it is the end. I ask Maks to tame himself & glory in the partner he has. Remember she is a world champion and a jewel in your arms? Love both of you…

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vatka

Posted at 11:01 PM on April 22, 2014  

I’m not person who too much believe in Maks’ confession. This is directed episode like using stuff in any reality show… Maybe some true in Sara’s comment…” he was encouraging her to do better because he knows she can….” Maks is too much experienced showman for accepting him sincerely…
But their tango was absolutely exclusive thing!

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GetaGrip

Posted at 10:11 PM on April 22, 2014  

emotionally abusive careful your biases is showing

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Hailey

Posted at 7:17 PM on April 22, 2014  

EMOTIONALLY ABUSIVE OH MY GOD PLEASE

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contrarian

Posted at 5:06 PM on April 22, 2014  

Sick of Ne-Ne’s attitude. Seems like she has a hair trigger and a huge ego. That whole drama with her partner was off-putting in the extreme. She can’t be gone soon enough.

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Denise

Posted at 11:45 AM on April 22, 2014  

Emotionally abusive? Moron who wrote this.

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Wonton12 (@wonton12)

Posted at 10:40 AM on April 22, 2014  

I agree with Sara. Maks’ frustration was at himself and feeling like he let Meryl down, That tango was beyond wonderful and Meryl has become the #MaksWhisperer (courtesy of @ginaway1). Maks clearly doesn’t want to get swept up in the “it’s only about the win” mentality. I loved the side of Maks that Meryl brings out. Best dance ever.

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Mary S. Shepherd (@MarySShepherd)

Posted at 10:36 AM on April 22, 2014  

Meryl and Maks (and Charlie and Sharna) have been traveling with Stars On Ice and rehearsing on the road. They all look exhausted, especially Meryl and Charlie. Exhaustion can fray nerves and reduce performance and I think that was at play in Meryl’s rehearsal footage. Maks’ cussing at Meryl was certainly unnecessary, but Meryl clearly understands what is eating him. She doesn’t seem like the sort of woman who would allow herself to be pushed around because she’s a pro who’s seen tougher challenges than this one, and she’s a veteran of tough competition environments, being judged and probably cranky coaches. Meryl figured out what the real problem was and managed to get Maks to confess his fear and vulnerability. I’d say that’s a step forward – for him. She didn’t seem phased by Maks’ outburst by the end of what we saw of the (obviously heavily edited) rehearsal session. They seem to have a genuine friendship at the very least and I believe that Maks and Meryl get the best out of each other because they see the best in each other.

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Barbara

Posted at 10:50 AM on April 24, 2014  

He wasn’t cussing at Meryl, IMO. She stepped on his foot with her spike heel and he was hopping around swearing. I think it was an instinctive thing, not that he was directing any particular anger at her, just some general, “ow ow” curses.

Good grief, anyone who thinks that semi-scripted three minute package in which Maks expresses frustration is “emotionally abusive” really doesn’t understand what emotional abuse is. Meryl is obviously no victim either. Really, the author of this piece hasn’t done Meryl or the show any favors with that ridiculous bit of hyperbole.

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Sara

Posted at 9:40 AM on April 22, 2014  

I’m sorry, emotionally abusing? Are you joking…? He was frustrated that she wasn’t getting it and then he realized he was frustrated with himself. That’s…a pretty human mistake, and it in no way makes him emotionally abusive. If he were emotionally abusive, he would have sat there and told her repeatedly that there’s no way she could do that, that she wasn’t talented or skilled enough to get the move. He was testy, yes, but he was encouraging her to do better because he knows she can. Or are you going to say she physically abused him because she stomped on his toe with the heel of her shoe? Please check your judgments at the door before you try and write a review; it’s pretty common on DWTS for the stars or the pros to get upset or frustrated or stressed out. It doesn’t mean they’re emotionally abusive.

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ellen humphrey (@1932Ellen)

Posted at 11:28 PM on April 23, 2014  

Maks makes the mistake of exhibiting his own disappointment in front of Meryl. He is a well seasoned performer and thirty-four years old…been in the business long enough to know when to take a time out. Meryl excelled brilliantly and kept a smile on her face. She really impressed me!

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maribeth

Posted at 9:37 AM on April 22, 2014  

I agree Maks us abusive. And why did he get a cameo instead of Meryl? He actually called himself a member of the “cast”. No, you are “one of the pros”. Not one of the stars. He has, whined all season. Sick of him complaining. Why is he back?

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Dee

Posted at 7:47 PM on April 22, 2014  

So totally agree with you. I asked myself that same question, “WHY IS HE BACK?” Every season he is on the show, he complains and treats his star like crap. Always whining and complaining, swearing, and pitching fits. He needs some anger management classes. All the pros get frustrated once in a while but he does it ALL the time, every season. He is a rude abusive person who doesn’t seem to see that these stars are not dancers. Yes, some do have some talent for dance, but most do not. He wants it easy and he wants to win. The only person who could really handle him was Kirsty Alley. She didn’t take his crap. Meryl has had a long long relationship with a partner. She has learned to work things out with your partner because you are two different people and approach things differently–very mature of her. His is totally lacking in the maturity department.
I wonder why they didn’t put Meryl with Derek when the switch happened. You know the people voted for that. I think the producers had a hand in that. Derek and Meryl would have blown the place up.

Anyway, one more comment. Could Maks please stop groping Meryl on national TV. He has always got his hands all over her. This is supposed to be a family show.

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Randi

Posted at 10:14 PM on April 22, 2014  

Maks is my favorite dancer and always has been. Leave him alone! He is sick of the “Golden Boy”, Derek, winning so much, and so am I. Maks is the best dancer on the show but just because he can dance so well doesn’t mean that he can be the best teacher. However, Meryl brings out the best in him, and I am totally thrilled with their relationship as dancers.

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Kate

Posted at 8:37 AM on April 22, 2014  

The vulnerability that Meryl brings out in Maks is so special. If she had the chemistry with Charlie that she has with Maks she would have won her gold medal four years earlier.

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caroline rogan

Posted at 6:27 AM on May 4, 2014  

Maybe Maks should realize that its not about him winning, his job is to get his partner to win, after all they are the amateurs, its about teaching others without dance experience to win. He needs to get over the fact that he has not won a season of DWTS, this is simply because of his bad behavior, you are a great dancer but your behavior lets you down, its not all about you Maks.

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