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 Premier was very good. I wanted to like this show so much. But, since Hubbell died I'm not liking it.


Germaine, I don't think Hubbell was truly a love interest. He was more of life change vehicle. She admitted she didn't love him, so I can understand how another man could catch her eye relatively quickly. It's like she's in a game of dodge ball and all the balls are hitting her at once.


I like so much about this show even though the basic premise/story just seems so silly. But are they seriously throwing in a potential love interest already??? First they get rid of the adorable husband, who was a truly interesting and earnest and original character, and now they're giving us the outsider, above-it-all billionaire as a substitute? Yawn!


Hi R, Yes, I have lost someone close to me. Many people, actually. The difference is that I didn't stand there on day one devastated screaming that my heart was utterly broken and my life changed forever and two days later just be over it. It's been three days. THREE DAYS. From the marriage to the episode. I'm not talking about Hubbell's MO, which was obviously ridiculous. I'm talking about Fanny in particular. At least Michelle admitted she was still numb. And, actually, I can state my opinion. That's the fun part about writing reviews.


I still don't know what "Bunheads" is about. It rolls out incrementally each week, but I don't know if this is a romantic comedy, a family show about ballet, a drama about small town life in coastal California, a feel good story about a down-and-out dancer's road back. With "Gilmore Girls" you always knew the show was about a mother and daughter who had this rare connection in a very quirky town. At this point I don't know what we have with this show.


Bunheads feels like two shows to me. One with the adults, which is great.... the other with the teenagers, none of whom are terribly impressive. None stick out like Rory Gilmore, or even the girls on the recently cancelled Secret Circle. They don't have much of a personality. This show needs a "breakout" teen character to bridge the gap with the adults. Otherwise, it's DVR time to whip through the scenes with the kids.


I'm sorry Carrissa but you can't complain that the 'grieving process' was too short. Everyone is different and there is no right way. Have you lost someone very close to you? I can tell you from experience that sometimes you are in this state of shock and you have so many things you have to deal with and take care of that you sort of don't have time to sit around and cry and cry....you run on a sort of auto pilot and it maybe a while before it truly 'hits' you.
Changing his will at the drop of a hat ridiculous? He bascially stalked this girl for like a year or something and knew nothing about her....and then married her when she was fall down drunk. Ridiculous is his M.O.
It took me the longest time to figure out where I had seen the actress who plays Boo's mother.....and then I remembered. She was the crazy stalker lady on 'Bones' that shot Booth.
I am still having a hard time seeing the difference between Fanny and Emily Gilmore. Their sarcasm is exactly the same. It's becoming really distracting and I don't like it. I hope that they make Fanny warmer and funnier so that Emily Gilmore will start to fade. Right now she's all I see when Fanny is on the screen.

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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.