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'Melissa & Joey' -- Special Guest Mark Ballas Does the "Man-go" (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 29th 2010 7:16AM
'Melissa & Joey' -- Special Guest Mark Ballas Does the 'Man-go'We had two classic reunions on tonight's 'Melissa & Joey' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC Family). First, Mel (Melissa Joan Hart) meets up with her old 'Dancing With the Stars' partner, Mark Ballas. Melissa and Mark were paired together on Season 9 of 'DWTS,' and he helped guide the actress to a 9th place finish. Ballas is now Bristol Palin's partner on the current season of the show.

The somewhat contrived set-up for the reunion is that Mel's character is taking part in a charity dance event -- the "prestigiously" named "Dancing With the Stars of Toledo" contest. Mark and Mel are supposed to perform the Tango. But naturally, Mel gets injured, and can't go through with it. (And if you didn't see that twist coming from a mile away, then you've never watched this sitcom before.)

So instead, Ballas must dance with Joey Lawrence, and wow the world with their rendition of the "Man-go." Will the all-dude team be able to win the event?

Completing the reunion theme is the fact that Finola Hughes is the judge of the "Toledo" competition. ... She used to play Joey's stepmother on the '90s sitcom 'Blossom.' In addition, Joey Lawrence was also a real-life 'DWTS' contestant -- all the way back in the show's third season.

On the whole, it was a very, very nostalgic night for 'Melissa & Joey.' If they had somehow included the creepy talking cat puppet from 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch,' then our heads might just have exploded from the retro-ness of it all.

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