As competition steepens, manners seem to wither away on Dancing with the Stars.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy snapped back at Len Goodman after the Dancing judge delivered his negative critique of Maks' rumba with partner Hope Solo on Monday night.
"Maybe it's time [for you] to get out [of this business]," Maks told Len, defending his partner's performance. Carrie Ann Inaba countered Maks' comment, defending her fellow judge, saying, "Don't be disrespectful like that," while wagging a finger at Maks.
Cooler heads prevailed as Maks later explained his outburst, saying, "With all due respect, this is my show. You know, I helped make it what it is. ... I'm a little tired that we're being judged some on effort and some [of the judges are] picking on our heel leads."
In spite of the conflict, Maks and Hope avoided placing dead last, scoring just one point higher than Chaz Bono's 19 out of 30.
This week the spotlight shined on David Arquette, Ricki Lake and J.R. Martinez as they each were assigned the quickstep. David and pro partner Kym Johnson held their own, garnering a respectable 23, but they weren't able to keep up with J.R. and Ricki who topped the leader board, each receiving a 29.
Judges responded well to Nancy Grace's bold fox trot, awarding her with a 24, but Rob Kardashian's cha-cha seemed to leave more to be desired as he had to settle for a 22.
Tune in to Dancing with the Stars tomorrow on ABC to see who gets booted next. And watch the video to see Dancing's remaining cast perform their group dance, which was directed by fallen dancer Carson Kressley.