Bunheads Review: Third Day Is A Charm

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It's hard to believe that "Inherit the Wind" takes place on Michelle's third day in Paradise. On the first, her husband died; the second featured his memorial; and on this one she discovered she had inherited everything, including a new subscription to Rolling Stone. That's the one part of the series so far that I find contentious.

Their grieving process, most especially Fanny's. was incredibly short. Everything came together too easily. Even imagining that just a few days before Hubbell had completely rearranged his legal affairs to include Michelle in every part of his life is borderline ridiculous. And yet... darn if I can't help absolutely loving Bunheads. I'm willing to suspend my disbelief to allow the dialog to roll and the small town antics to play out. 

An Ugly Feet Contest

We learned a little more about the bunheads and their interactions this week. As viewers, it was easy to dislike Sasha right off the bat, but I didn't realize that her friends found her just as unappealing as we did. The most charitable of the girls, Boo, didn't want Melanie and Ginny to talk poorly about Sasha behind her back and was standing up for her, even after Sasha tried to make Boo look like a fool in front of her crush, Melanie's brother Charlie.

While that moment would be enough to damage the spirit of a less kindhearted friend, Boo still didn't want to hear Sasha talked about negatively. All she got for her altruism was yet another strike from the claws of the catlike Sasha. 

Flash forward to a scene of Sasha peering in on a conversation between Boo and her mother and we found out that the basis for her animosity toward Boo is plain jealousy. She may be the perfect specimen for the career of ballet, but she'll never have a family as loving and connected as Boo's and something inside of her wants Boo to pay for her misfortune.

The sad part of that is I'd be willing to bet Boo and her mom would welcome Sasha into their home with open arms if she'd only let her guard down for a second. I'm counting on that being a part of our bunhead journey over the season.

Meanwhile, the up and down relationship between Michelle and Fanny continued, with more of a downward spiral at the news of the inheritance. Ginny's mom, the real estate broker, tried her best to scare the crap out of Michelle about the pitfalls of owning land and merely seeing Michelle with Claire caused Fanny to want to grab moving boxes and start packing, certain that she was soon to be homeless. You can't say that she's not dramatic!

Granted, everything is happening at a frenetic pace, but Michelle admitted to the handsome stranger upon whose private road she trespassed, and whom I'm guessing we just may see again as a romantic sparring partner for her, that she hasn't had a real home, so Paradise might as well be a place to hang her hat. Among other awesome Bunhead quotes, her conversation with Grant, aka Bill, brought us this brilliant line:

I honestly didn't think there was a scenario after the 1800s where people crapped in ground behind their house and then just left it there. But apparently there is, and suddenly I'm thinkin' about it, I'm talkin' about it; I'm septic tank girl! | permalink

Amy Sherman-Palladino still has an open invitation to script my life. Anybody who can write about a septic tank and make it seem charming has most certainly found their calling in life. 

Michelle found a way to try to live in peace with Fanny, and it looks like she's going to take an interest in the ballet school. I'd imagine the two of them will continue to butt heads for the foreseeable future, but they are best when they're in collusion: drinking together, dancing together. I imagine Paradise would be a force to be reckoned with in the world of ballet if the two of them found a harmonious way to live and work as a team. The best thing Hubbell may have done for both of them is give them the gift of each other. I wonder how long it will take for them to figure that out.

Bunheads still has my attention and has captured my heart. The characters are fun, quirky and even when you want to smack them, there is still that little tug at the heart strings to keep you from wanting to boot them off the screen. Is it still living up to your expectations? Let's chat about it in the comments!


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The latest episode was not appropriate for a family show. Sleeping around with man she just met and "living" with an old man from her past do not send the right messages to families. This family will no longer watch this show which we found delightful until this week's show which just had to include poor judgement, low moral values and diverse sex.


i really liked gilmore girls. bunheads does have many similarities to gilmore girls, and the show even has 4 of the same actors from gilmore girls cast.
some of the scenes are funny and certain lines make me laugh. and the quirkiness can be quite humorous. my main complaint is i dont like the sex jokes. so many of them and honestly they are just sleazy sounding. i feel the show would be much better with the sexual jokes deleted. if the show keeps this going i will seriously consider not watching it anymore


I am a life long Gilmore Girls fans, so was excited to see Amy Sherman-Palladino has a new show out. The show has all the traits of Gilmore Girls- but a poor immitation. I feel like I am watching this immature cast fumble around on a set; whereas Gilmore Girls felt like old friends. I enjoy the writing and the scenarios.... but don't ever expect much.


This show is so much like the Gilmore Girls I don't like it. They have several of the actors form that series, the same music, the same wording...my husband thought I WAS watching the Gilmore Girls for the first tow episodes then said "But who is the new Lorelia?" I want something fresh and new, not making me look back at what I loved and missed it. And the teenage girls need to have meatier story lines...these are blah...I will give it a couple of more chances...who knows, could get fresher.


I actually like Sasha. I mean, she's my favorite of the kids. I don't like her for what she is right now, but for her potential as a character. She's the only one of the dancers who seems to have some room for real, profound growth and I think it'll be interesting to watch.


I love bunheads. It's tasteful, funny, and Kelly Bishop still does a wonderful crazy woman.


I really love this show, and I don't say that lightly. Having never been a dancer or gone to dance classes as a child,I can't identify with Bunheads on that intimate level, yet Amy Sherman Paladino has managed to create another world, like the world of Gilmore Girls, which I adored, that I want to live in. I also love the fact that the characters are so strong and fascinating. I love Michelle and find her compelling to watch, especially when she is teaching the girls dance steps and how to audition. I find Fanny funny and I hope that she and Michelle eventually get along enough to run the dance studio together. I also love Boo, and I think the dynamic between the ballet school girls is interesting and worth watching. I also hope we see more of handsome rich hermit guy, and that Michelle finds out more about the folks in town, who all seem just quirky enough to be fun


xmeg816x - They're going to have to do a lot more prep work on Sasha to make us like her, aren't they? Like all her friends said, you can't just be a bitch all the time and expect them to put up with it. She has to give, and a lot more than just a little. She's a crash and burn type character. Something huge has to happen to bring her down to earth.


Hello ABCFamily - My favorite bunhead character, without a doubt, is Boo. She's compelling in more ways than one. Not only her compassionate personality, but that she is an athletic dancer versus a willowy, traditional ballerina. I think she gives more girls the idea they, too, can pick up dance and be graceful without what is considered the normal ballerina figure.

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Bunheads Season 1 Episode 3 Quotes

Michelle: I have a lake?
Claire: You have one lake and two swampy ponds. Plus geese, which means goose poop.

Michelle: You're so exhausting!
Fanny: We old people usually are.