Bunheads Review: Letting It All Out

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This episodes of Bunheads was so full of cultural references that I couldn't have kept a list if I tried. I almost lost track of the plot in an attempt to catch them in the first few minutes, so if you want to give a shout out to your favorites in the comments, have at it. To put it in Fanny terms:

Fanny: Every time we have a conversation, I feel like I need to add more movie channels. | permalink

In the meantime, I'll run down thoughts about "I'll Be Your Meyer Lansky."

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First and foremost, thank goodness Fanny was back. Did you notice how she fleshed out Michelle's quips and they didn't fall flat? Their little duet in the accountant's office about panning for gold was far more enjoyable than such a discussion should ever be allowed to be. Everything they talk about together is perfection, but apart? Not so much.

As they traipsed around their property trying to determine a way to make money out of their copious amount of property, they actually came up with an idea that would make great sense for the two of them and their skills. An amphitheater. They have the space for it, they come with talent and have the party planning experience. The only thing they didn't have was money, or the realistic timing expectations.

Thinking they could come up with the idea for a business, let alone one that requires a physical building, zoning, permits, parking and restroom facilities - and get it up and running in three weeks - was ludicrous. Although even that didn't compare to Michelle thinking her brain was sifting out of her ears just because she found out she never graduated from high school. The more she thought it was happening, the more stupid she became.

How incredibly insulting was it for her to toast Godot about being stupid? Her assumption that because he surfed and worked in his family's restaurant he must have been a high school drop out was the worst thing her character has ever done. It made no sense for her. The Michelle they had introduced to that point had a good heart, but that Michelle was cruel and mean. I got that she was hurting, but lashing out wouldn't win her any points. What was the point of running around telling everybody anyway?

It took the enjoyable return of Fanny and turned it on its head.

It's too bad Truly didn't have a better financial sense because her business sense was obviously very astute with as many customers as she had coming in and out of Sparkles. She let her sister run her over all the time, and Millie ended up offering Michelle a partnership with she and Fanny for the amphitheater. I was really expecting them to see something in Truly they could work with; maybe that will come to pass. Millie will be more awful to work with than Eric the accountant.

Sasha and Boo were barely seen, while we had a great opportunity to get to know Melanie better. It was really sweet that her love for her brother and his being dumped publicly had such an impact on her. After she knocked the gal that dumped him on her ass in school, she reenacted the trick with Godot, who didn't deserve it, out of love for Michelle. Strangely, it earned her an invitation from Cozette to join the roller derby. I was thinking about how much I disliked her, but then she pulled out that little nugget. Maybe she'll be alright after all.

By the way, last week in "Channing Tatum Is a Fine Actor" I spelled Cozette "Cosette" because that's the only way I could find it referenced on the internet. During this episode on the screen for the trivia game was "Frankie and Cozette." I can only imagine they would have spelled their own names correctly, so going forward I'll be spelling it Cozette. It amazes me how often official information is unavailable. Thus the change in spelling!

We ended the episode with Sasha again lost and without knowing where she was going to be living. She turned to Michelle. I expected the easy resolution of Michelle offering her guidance and home to her, but with their financial woes and her new stupidity, I guess the timing was off. Michelle said she had her back, but with Sasha's mom gone and house keys in her hand, that's hardly the comfort I was hoping she would receive.

Sometimes I don't know if the dances, like one in the final scene, are just for viewers as an alternative to a voice over to highlight the state a character is in or if it's something the girls were working on in the studio. In this instance, it sure seemed like an extension of the show instead of a part of it.

What are your thoughts on that? Do you think it was meant to explain in dance form something about Sasha's situation without explanation? 


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Yo! This show had potential; now it's so screwed up, I wonder why I bother watching it. The premise was good, in the beginning; but, now I'm not sure what is what. Seems like story lines are added, then removed, for no reason. Nothing makes sense.. One week, there is a clothing store in the studio; next week sasha has an apartment. Who rents to a 16 year old? Utility companies would not provide service to a 16 year old. What parent leaves their child, no matter what, withou a guardian. Situations are just added in a whim. The dances are great, but they seem to be fillins, just as Michelle and her brother singing while she plays the ukele. A year passed. Why couldn't the writer think about each episode and how it gels with the next. This certainly isn't the Gilmore Girls


Last week's episode was terrific. This week's bored me to death. The whole trivia contest thing was stupid. And again it looks as though they just threw some dance routine at the end to fill time as they did once last year. Meanwhile, amazing that someone is renting space on your land to a vendor, collecting rent, and you don't sue the heck out of them. Sometimes the storylines like this one are so stupid it's incredible. This has to be the most inconsistent show on television. Great or horrible.


Cozette is actually Jeanine Mason, a winner of So You Think You Can Dance. I for one don't even notice her character because I loved Jeanine and love watching her.


I believe that things have gotten a bit too chummy between Fanny and Michelle. I loved that tension they had before and how annoyed Fanny was! Also, not sure where the whole Cosette story line is heading. At this point her presence on the show is more of a distraction although her dancing I have to admit is lovely. Frankie on the other hand, seems to be what the show needs, a young handsome mysterious stranger....what more can a teenage girl ask for?


Melanie bringing down her brother's ex? Best part of the show! I ligit rewound my DVR three times to see Mel yank her hair. Such an eloquent take down, worthy of a ballerina.


@Camille "Les Miserables" is a novel by Victor Hugo. Alexadre Dumas wrote "The Three Musketeers" (among many others). And Cozette is indeed a variant of Cosette, as @fortyseven notes.


@Camille, Cozette is a name. It's a variant of Cosette.


Cosette is the right spelling. Trust me I'm french and it's a character in the Alexandre Dumas' novel "les misérables".
I guess the writers wanted to personalized the name.


Cosette si te right spelling. Trust me I'm french and it's a chat acteur in the Alexandre Dumas' novel "les misérables".
I guess the writers wanted to personalized the name.


The ending certainly seemed symbolic but I don't know if that was the intention. The long, drawn out, quick-talking is good when it's Michelle and Fanny but very poor when it's Michelle and anyone else or Michelle alone. Being from Vegas, Michelle might have wanted to build a All-in-One entertainment/shopping complex (theater, restaurant, clothing shop, bar, etc)
Melanie was funny and pleasantly surprising.

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Bunheads Season 1 Episode 13 Quotes

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Every year! The same decades old projector, the same terrifying movie, the 1976 "The Miracle of Life." You know what the miracle is? That anybody got pregnant given the amount of body hair goin' on.