Bunheads Review: It's Time to Dance!

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"You Wanna See Something?" marked the start of the second half of Bunheads Season 1 and the episode did a fine job of pulling the group together after the terrible macing incident that resulted in Michelle’s departure from Paradise.

Nobody made out well after she left, least of all Michelle herself. Fanny shut down the dance studio and the girls were left working for their parents as a result. Melanie was watching her wheelchair-ridden grandfather; Boo was playing babysitter to an already overgrown family as her mother was pregnant again and assigned to bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy; and Ginny was helping her mom by playing teenage real estate agent to some fairly poor properties.

Bunheads 2013 Premiere Pic

Only Sasha, it seemed, was living normally, off studying at the Joffrey Institute. Until the “package” was finally revealed. Sasha was back in Paradise, but refused to go home.

So where was Michelle? Living with her BFF Talia, who was dating a crotchety old man. Michelle couldn’t find work in Vegas, so was playing background eye candy for an awful magician in Henderson, Nevada. Between her and Talia, it occurred to me their chances for making it had dried up. Vegas wasn’t a place for them to be trying to be discovered any longer. If they hadn’t already hit their peak and been offered their own show, it was time to move on.

The best part of Bunheads last year was the developing relationship between Fanny and Michelle, and seeing Fanny without Michelle showed that she had felt that kinship, as well. As the series opened, Fanny was watching Michelle teach a class, enjoying her enthusiasm and silliness as she interacted with the students.

She later found the wedding DVD of Michelle and Hubbell. It’s always good to see Alan Ruck reprise his role as Hubbell and his performance as the eager husband-to-be was no exception. We saw Fanny watch up to a certain point, and then she was in Henderson, staking a claim on her daughter-in-law.

They had fought hard to become friends, and no matter what happened, until they died they were family because that’s just how it works. Hubbell put it all into place and there was no going back. Fanny was right to make Michelle feel bad about leaving. Did she really think she was the only one who could get angry and yell and expect people to accept apologies later? Fanny and others in town could do just the same. It didn’t mean Michelle could run out on people who had come to depend on her.

We saw the second part of the wedding video when Michelle watched it and Hubbell predicted his mother would eventually come to love Michelle more than she did her own son. I’m not quite sure that’s the case yet, but I think they both feel a strong connection, and know it needs to be nurtured and explored. Their relationship remains the heart of Bunheads.

Other things of note:

  • Did Sasha really stay in the broom closet for two weeks?
  • The viral video was cute. I’d love to see someone come to Boo and ask her to do a commercial or something so she could get some extra self confidence.
  • It was good to see Truly hadn’t changed. I really want her to build me a fun little playhouse!
  • Sasha running to Michelle and their hug made the entire hour worthwhile. I hope they examine the special relationship they seem to have built up over the season as it progresses.


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A bit too easy. Carissa, Sasha stayed in all of their houses some of the time. They were passing the "package" back and forth.

Ronald simkins

I sat thru most of the episode but the characters are really grating and superficial. Loerleies mother is the same character like Lorelie is on Parenthood who is so into herself she couldn't see her son's anguish.


I LOVED this first ep of Bunheads this season, because it reminded me of all the things I'd come to know and adore about the characters by having them not be around the dance studio. I found it hilarious that all the main girls were doing horrible summer jobs, and I kept laughing (and crying) at all the perfect moments, like when Fanny took away the big pot of fries and onion rings from the girls after telling them she wasn't going to police what they eat anymore, and I nearly wet myself laughing when Truly showed Fanny her "kitchen in a box" and Fanny was astonished that she'd had the box wired for lights! And Fanny's lecture to Michelle about why she needs to come back, and how she's family, and Fanny and Michelle watching the wedding video...all great stuff. The ending was particularly poignant.

Sarah silva

Oh and it was good seeing another Gilmore Girls alum guest star (Michael Deluise).

Sarah silva

I am so glad to this show is back! This was a great episode. It shows that they all need the dance studio! I really loved the last 10-15 minutes; Fanny showing up in Henderson, Sasha and Michelle's hug and the dance that Fanny had all of them do was super funny!
I loved the look on Michelle's face and the thumb point when she "told" the guy that was with Sasha to leave! He is super cute,I hope we see more of him.
Sutton Foster is super funny with gestures etc that she does!


my favorite line among many good ones - Fanny to Michelle (leaving the casino) "They always told me girls were harder, I just thought it was because they could get pregnant." - thank you Emily, uh Fanny.


I thought the episode was good but I was confused because the creators had said that it would take a while for Michelle to go back to Paradise...but there she was, back, after only 30 mins. What were they talking about?


I got teary eyed during the hug because almost as soon as Sasha reappeared and Michelle's life was getting sadder I thought well if some one really needs her there is Sasha. Judging by previews it seems clear Sasha will be trying to talk her mother into letting her stay with Michelle. i also got a kick out of fanny sitting down with the girls at the oyster bar and how freaked out they were and you were sort of reminded that Michelle did that all the time and the girls were so much more comfortable with her.

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Bunheads Season 1 Episode 11 Quotes

Boo: I'm never having children.
Melanie: Preaching to the choir.

You wired a cardboard box for electricity.