Mandi Bierly
April 05, 2011 AT 02:35 PM EDT

It’s not about how you fall, it’s about how you get up, as Tom Bergeron would say. On last night’s Dancing With the Stars, Maksim Chmerkovskiy’ thigh gave out during an intimate hold, and he and Kirstie Alley hit the dance floor, literally. The judges awarded them straight 7s, though, because they continued on with their excellent rumba to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Plus, having to go on when life knocks you down is the story Kirstie was trying to tell: Their dance was inspired by the loss of her mother (and near loss of her father) right as she landed her big break in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

In my eyes, the spill on the dance floor was worth it — if Maks is fine — because it made him, shirt open as usual, extra touchy-feely in the kiss-and-cry area. And seeing a concerned Cheryl Burke and Tony Dovolani dart off after Maks left the backstage interview early to get ice was a reminder that these are professional dancers, and to them, an injury risks more than the loss of the mirrorball. Watch it below.

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