Credit: Instagram Photo: Mark Ballas and Christina Milian

A great light has gone out on Dancing With the Stars Season 17. And without The Science Guy, no one else is probably going to know how to fix it.

Sadly, even the combined powers of Hollywood magic and modern science couldn't save Bill Nye. And that was even before he messed up his quad. He was just out of his league. It was fun to watch him, though. The audience is going to have to start giving their “Bill! Bill! Bill!” cheers to Bill Engvall.

What a weird week, though, right? Hurt feet, hurt knees, busted quads, a scared pimp, a scary clown, and the guy who was robbed at gunpoint and danced with a sprained ligament in his foot got the highest score of the night.

Hollywood Night was filled with surprises, despite it seeming inevitable that Bill and Tyne would go home. The leaderboard got a serious shake-up, with some past favorites ending up toward the bottom, and Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus now looking a bit shaky down there at very end. Are they in danger next week? It’s so hard to gauge how the eliminations will work under this new system. You could have your very best dance that night, and based on the votes from the previous week you could still go home. It’s wonky.

LEADERBOARD

Here’s a quick rundown of where the couples stood after Week 3:

Brant & Peta: 27

Corbin & Karina: 26

Christina & Mark: 26

Elizabeth & Val: 25

Snooki & Sasha: 25

Bill E. & Emma: 24

Leah & Tony: 24

Amber & Derek: 24

Jack & Cheryl: 22

Valerie & Tristan: 16

Bill N & Tyne: 16
 

Read on for a full recap of the Week 3 action...
 

GREAT INTRO: Love these new intros, by the way. Having the cast walk down the stairs is so last year. And hearing Bjork’s “It’s Oh So Quiet” just shows how much is added when they play the artist’s actual recording instead of having the band play a cover.

1. Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani — Rumba — They have James Bond’s “Skyfall” for a song and Leah wants to work on her sexy face. Leah says Tony has it tough, since she doesn’t have the dance experience of some other contestants. Love her playful little slap as he laughs. Leah looks pretty darn sexy in her outfit. Nice rolling on the floor in the end!

JUDGES: Len Goodman said he loved the chemistry and interplay. There was some passion and drama. He would’ve liked to see more fluidity through her arms but it was more Hollywood than Deadwood. Bruno Tonioli said she definitely got the part, she’s a devilish seductress. “I’m going straight here!” Oh, Bruno. She was giving great sexy face. He sees her growing but she needs more continuation in the arms. Carrie Ann Inaba said she disagreed a bit about the arms; she thought her arms were extended. She turned the steam notch up.

SCORES: 8, 8, 8 = 24 out of 30.

Vote for Leah & Tony: 1-800-868-3411


2. Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff — Quickstep — Their Old Hollywood story is about a young starlet convincing the director to give her the part. She went for very difficult choreography. Corbin wants her to slow down, but she wants everyone to see they aren’t taking the easy way out. Love when they do sepia-toned starts. Love his boots, too! These two are SO good together. Always look forward to their performances. Can they be beat?

JUDGES: Bruno said it was one for the record books; he was dizzy just watching it. Maintaining the synchronicity at that speed is almost impossible and they did it. Stylistically it was so impressive. Carrie Ann said it was very impressive. His footwork was so sharp and bright, it was sizzling. The one thing she did see, he starts with great form and then his hip-hop background breaks in. Len said it was a bit hectic at times. Speed came in and style went out. Come on, Len! They had to stick to the song’s rhythm. Len said if they went too much one way, you lose in another. He lost some of his frame, but it was a fabulous number.

SCORES: 9, 8, 9 = 26 out of 30. Really, Len thought that was on the same level as Leah and Tony’s? OK...

Vote for Corbin & Karina: 1-800-868-3406


3. Elizabeth Berkley and Valentin Chmerkovskiy — Foxtrot — What is going on with Val’s hair? Is he growing it … up? Anyway, they are working on having her commit and trust his lead. They went for the blindfold thing. Remember when Maks and Erin did that blindfolded Waltz on Season 10? That was hot. They do a pilot and flight attendant themed dance to “Come Fly With Me.” They’re so smooth and elegant together.

JUDGES: Carrie Ann said watching Elizabeth dance is such a thrill. She took her dance to new heights. There was so much going on but there was a little boo-boo in the middle. She got ahead of herself in the music, but otherwise it was flawless. Len said, “That was chicken soup to the eyes - delicious, satisfying … Lizzy, keep busy, you’re a contender.” Bruno said she’s flying first class all the way. She hit a bit of turbulence at one point. Did Bruno just spit on Carrie Ann by accident? He gets so excited.

SCORES: 8, 9, 8 = 25 out of 30. Tom told Elizabeth to stop speaking in hashtags. #stop #OK!

Vote for Elizabeth & Val: 1-800-868-3405


4. Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd — Quickstep — Brant hurt his foot, lost his phone, and was … robbed at gunpoint?! He gave the person his Latin shoes bag. What? Weird. He sprained a ligament in his foot. Weird week. Love her gold flapper outfit, though. Strange version of “Crazy in Love.” It’s hard to dance to this. It’s a bit forced. He seems to be doing his best with it, though. She gave him a ton of moves.

JUDGES: Len said Brant was the no-stress express. He had speed but also control. He docked his right shoulder on occasion. It may have been painful for Brant, but it was painless to watch. “I loved it.” Bruno said if he carries on like this the nation is going to go crazy for him. He was the perfect matinee idol. He played the part so well, filled with joyful spirit. He dropped frame sometimes but it’s a minor point. Carrie Ann said Neil Patrick Harris should watch his back; he’s not who she thought he was, he’s a fantastic dancer with great lines and musicality. She can’t believe he was hurt in the routine.

SCORES: 9, 9, 9 = 27 out of 30. Highest score so far! So happy for them, but was that really the best routine so far?

Vote for Brant & Peta: 1-800-868-3403


5. Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus — Cha-Cha-Cha — Love when he calls out “Harper!” when she walks in the room. Her knees are hurt too. No knee is safe this week! It’s Week “Tree” and they are doing a Grace Kelly/Freddie Mercury dance, which is … creative, but also literal to MIKA’s “Grace Kelly.” She’s having trouble remembering the steps this week. He lightened the mood by wearing his Freddie costume. LOVE it! Can he sing like Freddie too? Her wig is so pretty. Tristan really comes out of his shell as Freddie. It’s a whole new kind of confidence. Cute and fun routine, but not exactly clean. She kind of got lost there.

JUDGES: Bruno said she got the look absolutely right, but she went wrong so many times. She knew it. Carrie Ann said she lost her way throughout the whole dance, but when she shines she really shines. She just keeps going. Len said it was like flying coach on a cheap airline - it’s a little bit bumpy and uncomfortable but they landed safely. “And let me say, I think you, Tristan, the way you take care of your partners is wonderful.” Valerie agreed. Yes! Love seeing his buddy Val smile for him too. Very sweet.

SCORES: 6, 5, 5 = 16 out of 30. Very low, but Valerie knows they have to judge fairly. She’s not looking for special treatment, which is one of the coolest things about her.

Vote for Valerie & Tristan: 1-800-868-3410


6. Bill Engvall and Emma Slater — Paso Doble — Emma had a fun time traveling with Bill in the South, but she didn’t understand them and it’s possible they didn’t understand her. But they all loved each other anyway! Bill thought Paso Doble sounded like a Mexican food dish. He’s channeling the Lone Ranger, which could be a bad sign if the Johnny Depp movie is any indication. Did she spit on the floor? Bill said he’s turning the British girl into a redneck. Why is there a spitting theme tonight? Bill is pushing himself so hard, but this doesn’t come easily to him. Or to any comedians. Finally, this Bill has the crowd clapping with him! It’s a fitting routine for a comedian. Very fun and funny. He was so happy in the end!

JUDGES: Carrie Ann said he nailed the Paso. All his movements were in sync. He must’ve rehearsed the poop out of it. Len said he loved the Lone Ranger and Tonto as a kid. If he’d come out on his horse, Silver, he’d have gotten a 10. He came out with all guns blazing. That was his best dance so far. Bruno said it had so much attack. He loved it.

SCORES: 8, 8, 8 = 24 out of 30.

Vote for Bill E. & Emma: 1-800-868-3409


7. Amber Riley and Derek Hough — Charleston — Derek said the Charleston is like a cartoon with over-the-top expressions. Amber is pulling triple duty this week, recording songs for her album, taping scenes for Glee, and learning the Charleston. Love her silver flapper outfit! Did they get the actual recording instead of a live version? Very fun.

JUDGES: Len said it had razzle dazzle and glitz and glamour. He would’ve liked more swivel in her feet but it was such fun to watch. Bruno said Amber is such an incredible performer. She sells it like no one can. She has to be much sharper though and she lost timing at one point. The crowd booed. Carrie Ann said it’s another great performance, but … her bottom half isn’t as banging as her bottom half. Her legs weren’t going in the right angles and they didn’t have as much energy as the rest of her. The crowd hated that. Don’t play to the crowd!

SCORES: 8, 8, 8 = 24. Same score as Bill E. They raved over him and criticized her, but the standards are different ... probably because they know she has more natural talent and a little more dance in her background. She was on top Week 1.

Vote for Amber & Derek: 1-800-868-3407


8. Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke — Cha-Cha-Cha — They’re honoring the ‘70s, not the ‘20s like everyone else. He’s playing a pimp and Cheryl is his “bitch,” she says. His ass hit her nose in practice, he joked that it’s a good thing he showered. She’s like his vulgar sister. He already has one of those! He’s a scared and insecure pimp. It’s a fast dance and he doesn’t want to feel like he’s chasing his own feet. Love his pimp jacket and the big pimp slide in the intro. Cheryl’s pink and black checkered dress is cute, too. He does not look like a scared pimp! He really moves out there.

JUDGES: Bruno said he loved the rock star opening. Very ambitious routine. He kept timing but he needed more hip action. Carrie Ann said it was good but not his best at all. He’s taking too big steps and it was hard for him to do the hip action. He also has to watch his arm, his hand does weird “fear” things. Len said he loves Jack’s commitment. he comes out and gives his all. But he needs more hip action in the Cha-Cha-Cha.

SCORES: 7, 7, 8 = 22 out of 30.

Vote for Jack & Cheryl: 1-800-868-3402


9. Christina Milian and Mark Ballas — Charleston — Christina’s adorable daughter came to the studio to watch her dance. “Let’s go get it.” Cute. Always love Mark’s costumes. He seems to really love the circus theme. Clowns are normally scary but he’s a hot scary clown. They are nice and tight with their movements together. Very creative. Nice!

JUDGES: Carrie Ann said that was incredible. She has a great range of emotion and brings her characters to life. They were so in sync. Len said he liked that the dance absolutely mirrored the music. He liked the ‘20s bits added, but it was a bit like Amber for him. He wanted more swivel, though. Len said visually it was so inventive. All the stylistic details of the period were spot-on. She performed better than she ever had before.

SCORES: 9, 8, 9 = 26 out of 30. Keep an eye on these two! They are getting better and better.

Vote for Christina & Mark: Vote for 1-800-868-3401


10. Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Sasha Farber — Quickstep — Snooki feels like she was Marilyn Monroe in a past life. But she was embarrassed and felt like a “loser” for getting a 6 last week. No more 6’s. Sasha said Snooki puts up a tough girl front but he knows how much she really cares. (She kind of pouted last week over the 6. Wah!) This week they do a one-handed cartwheel holding hands! Her name is in lights on the stage. JWOWW in the house, too.

JUDGES: Len said it was her first ballroom dance and for her first dance she came out and surprised him in a good way. Bruno said she was on fire. The difference in a week is unbelievable. Her commitment to hard work shows. She was in character. Carrie Ann said this is not the land of broken dreams for her. She deserves a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

SCORES: 9, 8, 8 = 25 out of 30. A 9, really? Was Carrie Ann just overcompensating for the 6 last week, because Snooki was upset?

Vote for “Snicole” & Sasha: 1-800-868-3412


11.  Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein — Jazz — He tore 80 percent of his quadriceps. His doctor told him not to dance. He doesn’t want Bill to risk making the injury worse. Tyne also hurt her own knee overcompensating. But they are both dancing anyway! They have a futuristic theme. Hey, remember the Futuristic Paso Doble on Season 9? Bill wants to win, and he hopes Tyne can come up with choreography that exploits his peg leg. OK… His outfit is hilarious. “Get Lucky” is right - if they make it after this, they will truly be lucky. It’s a good thing he’s popular and could probably just sit on the floor and get his “Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill!” chants. This is hilarious for its bad robot cuteness, but it shouldn’t even beat Valerie’s score.

JUDGES: Bruno did some weird robot move. He said it was very entertaining, although there was no real Jazz. Carrie Ann said they’ve seen some incredible dancing and some incredible spirit. He didn’t give up, Tyne did incredible choreography. She was very, very impressed. She wants more content when his leg is feeling better. Len thought Tyne did a great job. To perform with that kind of injury takes guts and bravery. A lot of celebs would’ve folded. Yeah, but he knows he’s so popular it won’t hurt him!

SCORES: 6, 5, 5 = 16 out of 30. Fair. Maybe even kind?

Vote for Bill N. & Tyne: 1-800-868-3404


WHO GOES HOME SECOND?

Credit: Instagram Photo: Bill Nye is out of this world

Who is in jeopardy? Christina & Mark, Bill N. & Tyne, and Brant & Peta. They didn’t even do the safe thing. Wow.

Who is safe of those three? Brant and Peta

Not necessarily the bottom two: Christina & Mark and Bill N & Tyne. Going home is … Bill and Tyne. Sad, but fair. “Bill! Bill! Bill!” He feeds off the cheers and doesn’t even let Brooke talk. Mark looked so relieved, though. He seemed to think they were out. Bill knew he could never keep up with the others. It breaks his heart that Tyne is leaving, though. It’s a shame we didn’t get to know Tyne better.

What did you think of the dancing, the scores, and the results? Satisfied? Frustrated? Was this a good week, overall?

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