Quadruple eliminations are always brutal, but for some reason this episode felt as light and fun (and technically incredible!) as the series has ever been.
In terms of a reality competition, a quadruple elimination is a straight-up BLOOD BATH. And it's not like So You Think You Can Dance did it when it had 20 strangers to whittle down. No, we've now gotten to know these kids more and more over the past month, making this a particularly tough massacre. That being said, leave it to SYTYCD to still somehow produce bright, exciting, and joyful television from these dark times (and dark is the key word here, since many of the routines were borderline macabre). Plus, as it turns out, the single-night format has never been more effective than this episode, which saw heightened stakes for all the dancers on the chopping block. And sure enough, one pair single-handedly saved themselves from elimination by turning in some transcendent work. Truly good television.
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PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT
Casey & Jessica's contemporary routine, choreographed by Travis Wall. Pretty sure the universe is in agreement about this one, right? Because holy moly. It's merely incidental that Jessica and Casey hadn't danced together before. What matters is they both owe Travis Wall a gift basket or an Edible Arrangement for concocting this chills-inducing piece for them on a night when it REALLY counted. Not only did I get tons of goosebumps and maybe even slightly misty-eyed from it all, the technical perfection on display removed any and all doubt that Casey and Jessica would be the two Bottom 6 dancers the judges would save. If the judges' standing ovation at the end wasn't enough foreshadowing, their overt threats to the American voters for allowing these two to be in the bottom in the first place sure was. So good.