However, just because he was going to be off his feet, that didn't mean Derek was out of the game. Working with Nastia and Sasha, the pro choreographed a wonderful routine, which he even appeared in, briefly.
At the open of Nastia's number, she, Derek and Sasha sat side by side on a subway. As the music started, Derek got up as if to dance, only to realize it wouldn't be possible. So he sat back down and introduced Nastia and Sasha to each other. They then hit the dance floor and earned the highest score of the night, a 38.
It was a clever and fun way to address the high-profile injury and to ease fans into the transition of a new partnership that will likely be seen for the rest of the season.