Bunheads Review: She's Come a Long Way

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Something dawned on me while watching "There's Nothing Worse Than a Pantsuit." I couldn't think of a time when we've seen Melanie interested in a guy. As she was telling Ginny how happy she was that she might not have to go to prom and Cozette showed up with her derby photos, I wondered: is Melanie gay?

Then Des popped up at the lunch table. Is he a viable boyfriend candidate

Ginny Feels Ignored

I liked that Roman pushed the envelope with Sasha and introduced some male blood into the bunhead bond. With Boo and Carl and Sasha and Roman, they're growing into a nice little community. I found it funny that Ginny, who had a boyfriend for eight years, was having the most difficult time with the changes in their group. She was ahead of the curve for so long that she felt lost when everyone else caught up.

It pushed her to audition for a role in the school play, which was something Ginny had never done before. It was fun to see a that different side of Bailey Buntain's talent, and Sutton Foster's to match.

Why did Michelle jump into Ginny's practice? Because Talia popped in for a visit and, even though she and Michelle are friends, it's a competitive relationship. Arriving with news of an engagement to her elderly partner, Michelle couldn't help but poke fun at her. It was embarrassing listening to Talia go through the many phases of accepting the proposal - seeing a hot guy, no; credit card declined, yes; flat tire fixed by another hot guy, no.

That's who Michelle was before Hubbell found her and plucked her out of Vegas. A shallow, thoughtless showgirl waiting for a big break that never came. Hubbell was her break, although Michelle still has a difficult time seeing the wonderful things he brought into her life.

While she was fighting alongside Milly with the crazy town board to get the permits for the amphitheater, Michelle felt good about doing something for Paradise. She and Talia were celebrating her accomplishment when Talia got a phone call out of the blue from a valet she banged ten years prior called her to ask her to tour with the road show of Rock of Ages. It thrust Michelle into a crushing bout of self-doubt and she was left completely unsure of herself again.

I'm not so sure Talia is the best friend for Michelle if she always makes her call into question her own life choices. She's jealous of her and somewhat disgusted at the same time. It's sad when Michelle has so many people who love and believe in her now that she's found Paradise for her to continually find herself in these situations.

Fanny isn't around enough for Michelle to lean on her for consistent support and the bunheads are too young to understand what she's going through. Talia is too far away and their lives have drifted far enough apart where they are just shy of fully getting each other. It's been long enough since Michelle has been in Paradise and since Hubbell has died that they can introduce a love interest.

Michelle doesn't need someone serious, bu she needs someone who can take her seriously. While Godot takes her seriously, she doesn't take him the same. She needs a peer. The amphitheater won't be enough to fulfill her just like teaching isn't enough. There's a calling in he soul that needs answered.

It was the first time watching, even more so than "A Nutcracker in Paradise" when Michelle was challenged enough to leave Paradise, that I felt low at the end the Bunheads. There is such a longing in Michelle that I want to crawl in and try to give her something to hold on to.


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I wanted to like this show. But I made the mistake of watching a Gilmore Girls episode, which reminded me of why I wanted to like Bunheads, and then I watched this episode, and I'm done. There is no way this will ever get close, and actually kind of annoying. A lot of fast talking, but that's it. I'm done.


Carissa, Melanie was entranced by shirtless Godot. Buntain was very good this episode. Dex and Melanie are still funny.


I don't think saying she needs a guy in her life is sexist at all. She lights up when she's with Godot, but he's not the right guy for her. He's not challenging enough or at her level in life. She's chosen to be in Paradise and there's nothing wrong with finding a partner for this phase of her life to share her joys and sorrows with. That's too bad you find it insulting. I think sharing your life with someone is kind of nice.


I think it's kind of sexist to say that the answer to Michelle's problem's would be a guy. As if that's the only way she will feel better about herself. She needs to learn to be ok with herself on her own.


I was totally uncomfortable watching the last half hour because (I am about Michelle and Talia's age) I know my friends envy my freedom and childlessness and I envy their relationships and children and you just stew until you react emotionally. I bet if we were viewing from Talia's pov she would love the idea of the creatvity and freedom and stability of Michelle (that is what it seemed like she was thinking about when talking with Truly). I do think that Michelle needs less a boyfriend and more a buddy...there has to be a musician type who floats in and out of town (seriously doesn't Godot have a sister, maybe the screw up but ultimate favorite child of those parents who seem like the type to have 6 or 8 kids).


I think you're too hard on Talia. She was supportive of Michelle and Hubbel. And when she came to Paradise before, she didn't ridicule Michelle's life there. Talia couldn't help when she got that phone call and she didn't gloat about it to Michelle. She was confused about what she was going to do herself. I enjoyed seeing Ginny's other talents and watching her try to broaden her horizons. She was always so safe in her choices. She needs to have it out with Cozette. That's bad form, and she should know it at her age. Michelle craves that chance to shine. She regrets mistakes of her youth. And until she's had that chance, I don't think she'll ever fully appreciate the gifts Hubbell left her in Paradise.

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Bunheads Season 1 Episode 16 Quotes

Truly: I'd play with the crotch a little bit.
Michelle: Best offer I've had all day.

Roman's going to have lunch with us. Deal.