Bunheads Review: Hurray for Nepotism

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For the first time since Bunheads premiered, an episode was evenly split between the adults and the teens. 

"Money For Nothing" was thematic again, with Boo working for money, Fanny and Michelle needing money and Michelle flat out refusing to teach for it. 

Boo's New Friend

Boo, again proving she is the most normal of the four lead bunheads, got a job at The Oyster Bar. The assistant manager asked her to jump in the dumpster and then return into the restaurant. Might I suggest a hazmat suit to keep from smelling a walking sewage system? He wanted her to do this in a bar serving oysters, no less. Of all the things that have happened on Bunheads so far, that was by far the most unbelievable.

To round that into a product placement moment with a snack size bag of Lays potato chips made the scene all the more annoying. Please note I don't mind product placement at all. What does bother me is the flattened bags without ripped tops. At least make the packaging somewhat resemble what we actually use. Please and thank you.

Notably, the younger set finally got an appropriate storyline to play with. The hot new bartender, and son of the Oyster Bar owners, had all of the trappings for a good girl crush. Frankly, it was spectacular to see Sasha completely ignored by Mr. Awesome as she talked about the number of bottles at the bar compared to the numbers other bars and asking for a Temple Grandin when she didn't have a clue what alcoholic beverage to order. 

He immediately became my hero when he rescued Boo from dumpster diving. While otherwise ignoring Sasha, he treated Boo with humor and humanity. That made him a total rock star in my book. Boo not gushing and oohing at his attention catapulted her ahead of her trio of friends. Sasha was so jealous of Boo that she immediately lashed out her. Sasha's found her foothold, but the jury is still out on Ginny and Melanie. Their personalities aren't winning me over, but I'm holding out hope.

The relationship between Michelle and Fanny continues to flourish, in an insult for insult kind of way. They've fallen into a comfortable place where they can pretty much say what they want to each other without causing offense. That's a good thing. Truly is no longer choosing sides and even feels frustrated enough by Fanny to turn her soulful eyes to Michelle once in a while. Things are certainly done much differently in Paradise, but I can't say I would mind having a bi-annual pay system for my bills. Box three would probably be overcrowded, but it seemed to work just fine for Fanny!

Lets take a look at some of the pop references for week:

  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  • Kristen Wiig
  • Alyssa Milano
  • Waiting for Godot
  • Johnny Depp
  • Temple Grandin
  • Hoarders

It was one of the slower episodes, but one of the best for the teen stars. How did you feel about the change of focus? Are you looking forward to more screen time for Boo and friends? Admittedly, I'm a Boo gal. Hit the comments with your thoughts!


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I don't hate Bunheads, and I hope it evolves into a unique separate show in its' own right, but right now, the recycling from Gilmore Girls is getting annoying. We've reused Emily, Kirk, Jason, Mitchum Huntsberger, Zak, and Gypsy. Luckily Sutton is a truly fine actess or the physical similarity with Lauren Graham would ruin any chance for accepting this show as anything other than Gilmore Girls light redux. Also, the "Heathers" reference was recycled within episodes of the Gilmore Girls, so reusing it again as a theme on Bunheads is just unnecessary. One bright spot is the bartender formerly known as Ethan on General Hospital.


Gilmore Girls ended only 5 years ago, and honestly I love the similarities. If you look up anything GG related you'll find that fans desperately miss the show. This is a great replacement; it's like a spin-off with nothing to do with the original. It's funny and smart, and the similarities are just an added bonus for GG fans.


I agree with the above review...the repeating cast from Gilmore Girls is distracting (no more La-la music please! This is not stars hollow!), especially Mitchum's new character as a surfer stoner type---way too cheesy and nothing like the classic wit I have seen and have come to respect from Amy. I do love the blossoming relationship between Fannie and her mother-in-law and look forward to the promise that this new family will find their own voice!


I'm loving this show. I caught the pilot on Hulu and was absolutely hooked. It's not just the sparkling wit of the dialogue, but how well-crafted the main characters are, especially the girls. When I was a teenager, I was passionate about the performing arts. (I went for musicals rather than dance, but still...) I immediately recognized those girls. I knew people like them. The way they perform, the way they interact is spot-on. Can't wait for the next episode! I hope Ginny and Melanie will get as well fleshed-out as Sasha and Boo — there's great potential in those two.


I still think killing Hubble off in the first episode was a big mistake.


Hi everyone! I’m glad you’re tuning into the show – love reading everyone’s thoughts on it. The show IS called Bunheads, so we definitely can’t forget about the girls! While Michelle and Fanny’s relationship is really interesting (and hilarious), I also really like Michelle’s dynamic with the girls, and the girls with each other. We’re still so early into the first season – while there are tons of Gilmore Girls-esque similarities, the show will find its own voice – so to speak – by season’s end so I hope you keep tuning in!


I'm a relatively new TV viewer (at age 51) and I LOVE this show so far. I do watch it for the adult interaction and I've had a hard time figuring out the names of the teens and who each is until this episode. Never seen the Gilmore Girls(never even heard of it)but I saw a review for this show in the newspaper and decided to try it out. I enjoy it, the references, and the quick repartee. I hope it goes on a long time.


Anyone else seeing this is just gilmore girls again? I mean, Emily, Mitchum and gypsy all part of the cast? the quick dialogue and the la-la music? Really Amy Sherman palladino? You couldnt come up with a new cast or background music? Its a real shame i thought this show would be something fresh from this producer but its obvious its just a rip off of something she was successful with several years ago.


I'd be happy if they'd focus on Sutton Foster and Kelly Bishop and forget the girls.

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Bunheads Season 1 Episode 5 Quotes

Every day in your house is like a Kristen Wiig film festival.


Michelle: I'm totally paralyzed with rat fear.
Fanny: Just take a picture.
Michelle: For posterity?