Guess this means we've seen the last of Eliza Dushku in the audience. Dang it, she was one of our favorite regulars. Rick's cool actress girlfriend helped give him the fun, zany attitude he needed for his Week 7 Quickstep. He got his highest scores and most praise from the judges; both Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba called it his best dance so far. His 10 and three 9s tied leader-board toppers Jennifer Grey and Brandy Norwood, but his spot on Team Kristi lost him three points. In the end, lack of votes sent him home. Maybe he should've worn Season 5 winner Helio Castroneves's banana yellow instead of bright green.
After an hour-and-a-half of buildup, the 200th Episode Results Show came down to Rick & Cheryl or Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer. Rick said earlier on the show that dancing in front of millions of people is more stressful than Game 7 of the NBA finals.
Brooke Burke asked Rick if he had any idea that he would be going home, after getting his highest scores of the season. Rick: "No, I didn't have any idea. You stay in a positive frame of mind. It is, though, the seventh week and so the numbers do decline. And you know someone has to go home at the end of tonight. It's been a transformational journey for me. It's been amazing. My relationship has transformed with my girlfriend, my daughter. It's the most enjoyable time having her here and sharing this with me, as well." He thanked Tom Bergeron, the judges, his fellow contestants, and his dedicated partner: "Cheryl, amazing job working with a tall, Jolly Green Giant."
Rick is a great guy and deserved to last longer than Bristol Palin, but it's not too much of a surprise to see him go. We all like him, but he doesn't inspire the love or hate passions of most of the remaining couples. He and Cheryl were the pair with the least amount of "buzz" — from dance talent, sex appeal, conservative backing, tabloid interest or the fun factor. The final five have at least one of those each, for better or worse.