“Let the baby making begin!” she proclaimed before literally toppling over.
“When you said ‘let the baby making begin,’ I didn’t think you’d get in position,” quipped host Tom Bergeron after he and Marini helped Inaba back to her seat.
The gallant Frenchman, who rushed to assist his judge, told us after the show that he was genuinely concerned for her safety.
“Thank god she didn’t get hurt,” said Marini. “There are sharp stairs.”
His partner, Peta Murgatroyd, is very clear about what precipitated Inaba’s tumble. “Seriously, she fell off because of Gilles’ sexiness and the ability [he has] to draw women in, to make them faint.”
Dance pro Karina Smirnoff, who slipped herself during last week’s hip-hop routine with Apolo Ohno, had a different thought:
“When she fell out of the chair I was like, this is horrible — I started a curse! I fell last week, she fell this week.”
Fortunately, Inaba was unhurt, and didn’t hold any grudges: Both she and Bruno Tonioli awarded Gilles and Peta a perfect 10, with Len Goodman knocking off only half a point for a total score of 29.5.