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Bunheads Review: Why Can't We Be Friends?

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"What's Your Damage, Heather?" sealed the notion that without Fanny some of the magic of Bunheads is missing. I found myself looking at the clock, expecting the show to be about over, only to find it was at the 25-minute mark. What?!? Talk about a dire situation. 

It seems we've settled into a routine that involves Michelle, the four bunheads and Truly. My assumption would be that Fanny's return will enmesh her with the group again. But have we lost the more adult-oriented program in exchange for a true mix of the ages?

While I don't think I'd mind that in the long run, if tonight's episode is any indication, the show has some kinks to work out. Story wise, the two sets of characters haven't found their groove in sharing screen time. 

Michelle Has Issues

As Sasha proved, they aren't friends. Michelle can't treat them as such because she'll be taken advantage of and lose herself in the process. The barrier between her and the girls became very apparent when Ginny's mother attacked Michelle because Ginny broke up with Josh. First, a girl of 16 dating a boy since the second grade is beyond weird. Claire coming in and making the breakup about her, worried that their trash won't be taken out or the windows fixed, felt like a Hitchcock movie waiting to happen.

As if things couldn't get worse, Ginny was single for 12 hours and Boo's Charlie, otherwise known as Melanie's stinky brother, asked Boo to talk him up to Ginny. 

Was it just me, or were the bunheads going through Michelle's house and essentially trashing the place out of character? If they hadn't been given permission to dress in there, maybe I could have bought it, but they were tossing her things all over the place and there was no hiding who did it. They aren't stupid girls, nor had they seemed prone to such behavior having been so long under Fanny's tutelage. 

The last two episodes haven't been stellar. Bunheads started out so strong that it's a bit startling at how quickly it's fallen out of my favor. It's not that I'm going to tune out, but I'm not as excited to tune in. The fast paced dialog that so many others disliked has lost its edge, and it was my favorite part by far. Through anything, the wit that flew out of Michelle's and Fanny's lips kept me exhilarated. She's trying, but Sutton Foster can't hold it on her own.

To round things out, here's a look at this weeks pop culture references. I fear in my boredom I most likely missed quite a few. Can you post what I missed in the Comments?

  • Les Mis
  • Facebook
  • Anna Farris
  • Twitter
  • Driving Miss Daisy
  • "No Exit," Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Refrigerator Perry
  • Gremlins
  • Yelp
  • Siegfried and Roy
  • Winona Ryder
  • Heathers

Review

Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.8 / 5.0 (40 Votes)

Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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I totally disagree. The teens are what keep me interested! I especially like Boo, she's so sweet and mature. =)

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I don't know why I'm still watching this show, the character Michelle gets on my nerves, why don't she go back to dancing in Vegas? Leave the show about the teen dancers, Boo is the best one on there and keep Kelly Bishop. Seeing Todd Lowe on last nights ep was awesome. We need a Lane cameo now, I know replace her with the Michelle character.

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The show is great!! I am a almost 40 year old mom of a nine year old daughter who just started taking dance last year and we LOVE to watch it together.... she likes the dance part and I like the great, quick witted lines. I am a huge fan of Gilmore Girls and watched it with my daughter as well...watched the reruns on dvd when she was an infant and was up late at night with those late night feedings or when she was sick, so she knew the theme song from when she learned to speak....so we are very familiar with Amy Sherman Palladino's work. You have to "get" the pop culture references, and the quick speak, or you WON'T enjoy it...that's what makes it fun! Gilmore Girlss was once called "The best show on Tv that you're not watching", because it was on the WB. My husband even loved it. You have to give Bunheads a chance. For us Gilmore fans, it's finally filling the hole that Gilmore left five years ago...Paradise is quirky like Stars Hollow, and Michelle has the quick wit like Lorelei...just a WHOLE OTHER set of problems!

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I loved the show last night. The drama between Sasha and Michelle and between Sasha and Fanny was true and full of real life drama. We all loved the youngest ballerina who held the grocery store flowers and commented that "this is a tough business" is adorable. The new short guy who is in love with Boo is inspirational. I am a musician and love this show but it needs more cool music and more dancing!!!

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Last nights episode was the best yet. I loved the interaction between Boo and her new dance partner, she will fall for him. I also enjoyed the interaction between Fanny and her love interest and the little blonde Bunhead as she is sooo cute and funny. I enjoyed watching the dancing but we need to see more as that is why I tune in as I am a dancer and this is the best dance show on TV but we need to see more of it.....

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you missed a Gaslight reference. great movie with ingrid bergman

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I agree with the previous posters who complain about Sasha, who really is an AWFUL character who should be grounded and/or gotten off the show somehow, as she's so sour and mean she is too much of a contrast from the other characters and seems too spoiled and evil in a mature way to really fit in with them. I really like Boo and some of the other girls, but they don't do enough with them in each episode so that we can get to know them better and root for them.
I also miss Kelly Bishop, and feel that the chemistry between her and Sutton is one good reason to continue to watch the show. It was good to see Gilmore Girls alumn play the plumber, and I suspect we will see more GG alumni in the future on the show, providing it doesn't get cancelled.

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CONTINUED: ny more "Charlie whining about being Melanie's chauffeur" scenes are we going to have to sit through?). But after all that fuzzy writing, the last act of "Damage" brought everything into sharp focus: Michelle's struggle with having to be the adult, Sasha's continual misbehavior, even Ginny's 8-years of "dating" Josh. I hope that that act, along with Fanny's inevitable return next week, brings the scripts back up to the level of those earliest episodes.

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This was a very important episode for Michelle's character arc, and the last act was absolutely brilliant — sharp writing, excellent pacing — but I can't help wondering why it took so long for the show to get there. Michelle's defining conflict so far in the show has been the fact that she's outgrown young-adulthood. The first act of the pilot made a big thig about dancers and age: beyond simply living in a culture that idolizes youth, Michelle works in a profession where people go straight from "young adult" to "over the hill". Then BAM! In three episodes, Michelle becomes a wife, then a widow, then a landowner, with all the responsibilities those statuses entail. That was all in three episodes. It's then taken four episodes after that to get Michelle to the next steps: teaching classes and facing the fact that she can't relate to the bunheads as their peer. I accept that the show spent more time on the girls, but even that often felt like padding (seriously, how many more "Charlie whining about being Melanie's chauffeur" scenes are we going to have to sit through?). But after all that fuzzy writing, the last act of "Damage" brought everything into sharp focus: Michelle's struggle with having to be the adult, Sasha's continual misbehavior, even Ginny's 8-years of "dating" Josh. I hope that that act, along with Fanny's inevitable return next week, brings the scripts back up to the level of those earliest episodes.

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I agree 100% with Jennifer,the last poster. Sutton Foster deserves better. Kelly Bishop,too.

Bunheads Season 1 Episode 7 Quotes

Michelle: Why do people think they can just share news on Facebook and automatically everyone will know?
Boo: Because everyone's on Facebook.

Let me know what happens. I'm part of this now.

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