Is the Cold War finally over?
On Monday’s episode of Dancing with the Stars, Hope Solo told Brooke Burke that she and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy “hit the reset button” to become a “new and improved team.” What did that involve, exactly? Well, there was an apology from the pro for “being totally rough” last week, followed by a trip home to meet the parents who revealed that the Ukrainian-American hunk was a mama’s boy who used to cry a lot.
Guess that clicked: Solo and Chmerkovskiy went on to earn a 27 for their quick step and lots praise from the judges. The moment was apparently so foreign to Solo that she asked Burke, “Is this what it feels like to have fun on the dance floor?’ The pair went on to earn a 25 for their instant jive.
After the show, the good vibrations had yet to wear off — though the two made fun of this so-called “button” they decided to hit. “We hit it,” Solo confirmed. “No more holding back.”
“We just couldn’t find the button in earlier weeks,” Chmerkovskiy responded.
“It might be a little bit of experience as well as our reset button and the change of environment,” Solo said about their new attitude. “But I think it’s more just being comfortable outside of my element. You can’t just say it’s one thing or another.”
And she did dig the family visit. “His mom, you could tell, is the quiet strength.”
“It was funny,” Chmerkovskiy said. “When we left mom comes back to me and goes, ‘I’m so sorry.’ For what? ‘I wanted to help you but I just didn’t know what to say.’ I was like, trust me, you did enough by being here. She radiates positivity. She always says men are the head of the family but woman are the neck.”
Though the rehearsal package showed a kinder Chmerkovskiy, the pro denied that he had a moment of reflection after last week’s headline-attracting behavior. “That one percent you see in dance packages while in on Dancing with the Stars, nobody else sees that. And I guess maybe it gets diluted in how much my friends, family and other people see me in general. We never really had a bad relationship because we saw each other 24/7 pretty much. But I wanted to get rid of that little bit too. I don’t even know what bad boy means. I don’t know what bad girl of soccer means either.”–With reporting from Carrie Borzillo