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Bunheads Review: Cleosmacktra!

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"The Astronaut and the Ballerina" was a bit of a bummer. The premise of Melanie taking to the rink as a roller derby queen is so exciting and instead of all the focus going in that direction (focus that was well earned by Emma Dumont's performance in "I'll be Your Meyer Lansky"), most of it was streamlined to Michelle and her goofy brother, Scotty.

Michelle Returns to Her Roots

As much as I enjoy watching Bunheads, I realized tonight if Michelle was my friend, I would probably either a) shrivel into my own skin like a raisin or b) punch her in the face. She never shuts up. That's why Fanny needs to be on the show. She is the only other character who is written to keep up with Michelle in both speed and voracity of conversation.

Even when Michelle tries to let someone else in, such as Godot, they rarely get to say much, but rather spend most of their time listening to her. I've been around people like her, and while I like them (I really do!), they are absolutely exhausting. Spending an hour with them can feel like spending a day.

Back to Fanny. I was wrong. Michelle has a brother, Scotty. It turns out they are two peas in a pod. Spending an hour with them would feel like two days, because he wasn't as amusing of a foil for Michelle's quips as Fanny. They were too alike, as family members can be. When the two of them finally aired their differences, it was so painful. Not only the voices and the tone, but the emotion behind them.

The surprise was Michelle admitting how much influence Fanny had on the happiness she has in her her new world. For that revelation alone, I was happy to have Scotty visit. Otherwise, there wasn't a lot about him to like and a long term visit wouldn't be appealing, especially if it keeps her from Godot. Hey - eye candy!

Tell me - have we met Jordan before? Where the hell have I been that I don't remember him? He's so full of personality during this episode that you'd think I would have at least some recollection of him, but he seems like a completely new addition. Given his comfort level with Michelle and the students, he couldn't possibly be new to the studio. Has he always been a teacher of this magnitude? Just how blind have I been to the dance classes?

It was sweet that when Ginny found out about Melanie she immediately blamed Cozette and Frankie, especially given her crush on the latter. It takes some big feelings to talk down to a boy you like to try to get your friend back into your life. I'm sure Melanie can make room for both derby and Ginny, but they'll have to figure out how to do it. Sorry, that can't take the Cleosmacktra out of Melanie now! She rocks that rink. I've loved the transformation of Melanie from a sidekick bunhead to a leader, and I don't want her to go back into hiding.

Other than that, it was a little light. Boo and Carl were playing parents to her little brothers, and discovered they are definitely not ready to jump into the role themselves. After the tearful hug at the end of last week's hour, I expected something to have happened with Sasha, but she wasn't even on the show. If it wasn't for the roller derby material with Melanie falling into place, I would have thought the episode was out of sequence. Is Sasha homeless? In Encino? Maybe we'll find out next week.

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@Muri, yup. Cosette was the winner of SYTYCD 5. :)

Sarah-silva

I actually enjoyed this episode for the most part. What I did not like is no Fanny and for some reason this episode and the last they are not having the core 4 girls all in the same episode.
I did like seeing Sutton's real life brother on the show, they have a great dynamic.
Jordon has been on before lots in the dance class scenes!

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I was coming to say what b said, but I'd also like to note that he was on SYTYCD just like Cosette.

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If this were a five year old show, I could see adding a new character or two to spice things up. But to simply write two of the leads out of the episode and dump an entire pile of new people into it after less than 20 episodes makes no sense. No Fanny, no funny. Do we really care about Boo's babysitting? And seriously... roller derby? Please get back to the main characters and stop going off on dozens of tangents. This makes two bad episodes in a row. The show has so much promise but it's either feast or famine.

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Hey, I've got an idea. Let's write Fanny out of the episode and add as many extraneous characters as possible who add nothing to the show! Worst episode so far. And last week's was bad enough.

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They mentioned Sasha was getting an apartment and moving in soon. The episode was good but not as good becuase Emily I mean Fanny wasnt in the episode.

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Jordan has been on the earlier few episodes as one of the students. Most notable was when he partnered with Sasha. He looks familiar because he was the runner up in So You Think You Can Dance 7 and is an all-star in SYTYCD 8.

Fortyseven

I didn't like this episode.

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jordan was sasha's dance partner in the fred and ginger number that carl and boo were practicing. carl and boo were going to take sasha's and jordan's place because sasha was a cheerleader and on the outs with fanny. i think he first showed up in blank up, it's time! but this is the first time he's taught a dance class. it's very noticeable when one of the girls goes missing. last week was boo this week sasha. they need to stick together. how will sasha pay for an apartment? willing to pass on godot and michelle. she is an idiot. liked the duet at the end though

Bunheads Season 1 Episode 14 Quotes

See? It's the perfect thing for us cause you're an expert on the ocean and I like taking fish.

Michelle

Jordan: Focus! Without focus you're life is going to be jumping from one alcoholic boyfriend to another. Is that what you want?
Matisse: I don't think so...

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