"DWTS" Has an Epic Carlton Moment

October 6, 2014

We knew it was coming. Well, we hoped and prayed and wished that it was coming. And last night, our dreams finally came true: Straight outta 1990s Bel Air, the one and only Carlton Banks finally made an appearance on “Dancing with the Stars”—fittingly, on the show’s “My Most Memorable Year” episode.

But we had to wait for it.

The show opened with a lovely number, choreographed by Sharna Burgess, to Ariana Grande’s “Break Free.” Unfortunately, it was the only “long” group piece performed by the pros (a few extra snippets followed commercial breaks). But “Break Free” was energetic, sparkly and pretty great. Check it out:

And then. After more than an hour of reminiscing through dance, it was time for Alfonso Ribeiro to revisit his “Fresh Prince” signature schtick. Maybe you were surprised—probably not. But what shocked no one was Ribeiro’s sheer amazingness (which we sooo called early on). He totally cut loose. He was totally in the moment. He was totally smooth, totally joyous and totally aware that this is what America has been craving. He. Was. Carlton.

Ladies and gentleman, I give you Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson in a jazz routine to Tom Jones’ “It’s Not Unusual”:

Perfect 10s. Natch.

In the end, we learned that fashion designer Betsey Johnson (and her partner Tony Dovolani) would not get to compete another week. If only she had a signature dance move from the ’90s.