So You Think You Can Dance
Season 8: Finale

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Dance for Jesse!

It's time for some dancing! Mary introduces Tyce's Wall dance with Sasha and Kent. Yeah, that was a great dance. And here it is again! I assume Sasha's exhausted by this point in the season, but she still gives a great, incredibly physical performance. Kent looks wiped out and he didn't have to do four dances last night. I love this dance!

The prizes for this season include a particular piece of product placement.

Remember that time that Nigel kissed Mary? Remember how convinced the show was that it was something interesting and worth freaking out over? Well, it's still happening. I guess I'll take this opportunity to say that I was pleased to see Mary Murphy back on the judge table this season. Although I hope Mia Michaels comes back to choreograph something next season.

Nigel gets distracted while introducing Melanie and Marko's reprise of their Napoleon and Tabitha routine. Remember? It's the one with the kiss in the middle of it. I know it felt like Melanie got contemporary every week, but she's pretty good at N&T's style of hip hop. Just because she's awesome at it doesn't mean it's cheating to give it to her. When they're done, Nigel makes a big point of sitting on Jesse's lap. Jesse doesn't seem to mind all that much.

Robin's turn. She introduces the Tadd and Lauren (from last season, not Gottlieb) dance where Tadd lost his hat. That's not what she calls it, but that's what I remember about it. It's by Mandy Moore and uses "Another One Bites the Dust" to allegedly tell a story about bank robbers or something. I'm kind of surprised I can remember the story of this dance, since it's not at all evident in the dance.

Cat adorably covers some technical glitches by blaming gremlins. Give her the Emmy! And with that out of the way, we get a montage of the ridiculous storylines the choreographers feel obliged to make up to explain their dances. I don't think it's a coincidence that some of the least popular dances this season have had really complicated stories attached to them. The important part, as far as I'm concerned, is that at one point we get to see the reverse angle of the rehearsal space and see the camera and sound guys. I think the lesson of this sequence is that choreographers are awesome at body movement but don't necessarily make a lot of sense when they're talking.

Speaking of which, C takes awhile to get around to introducing Robert and Miranda doing that woodpecker dance by Napoleon and Tabitha. Yeah, this was a good dance. It's the first one that doesn't have any of the finalists. There's still no sign of the dance's story, which, if I remember correctly, was Robert (as a woodpecker) teaching Miranda (another woodpecker) to fly. It's fun, but I'm not sure "amazing" is quite right. Nor is "bucc." Robert busts out the Hulkamania hand-to-ear gesture, which I enjoy a lot. Nice work, Robert!

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