Bunheads Review: Hurray for Nepotism

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For the first time since Bunheads premiered, an episode was evenly split between the adults and the teens. 

"Money For Nothing" was thematic again, with Boo working for money, Fanny and Michelle needing money and Michelle flat out refusing to teach for it. 

Boo's New Friend

Boo, again proving she is the most normal of the four lead bunheads, got a job at The Oyster Bar. The assistant manager asked her to jump in the dumpster and then return into the restaurant. Might I suggest a hazmat suit to keep from smelling a walking sewage system? He wanted her to do this in a bar serving oysters, no less. Of all the things that have happened on Bunheads so far, that was by far the most unbelievable.

To round that into a product placement moment with a snack size bag of Lays potato chips made the scene all the more annoying. Please note I don't mind product placement at all. What does bother me is the flattened bags without ripped tops. At least make the packaging somewhat resemble what we actually use. Please and thank you.

Notably, the younger set finally got an appropriate storyline to play with. The hot new bartender, and son of the Oyster Bar owners, had all of the trappings for a good girl crush. Frankly, it was spectacular to see Sasha completely ignored by Mr. Awesome as she talked about the number of bottles at the bar compared to the numbers other bars and asking for a Temple Grandin when she didn't have a clue what alcoholic beverage to order. 

He immediately became my hero when he rescued Boo from dumpster diving. While otherwise ignoring Sasha, he treated Boo with humor and humanity. That made him a total rock star in my book. Boo not gushing and oohing at his attention catapulted her ahead of her trio of friends. Sasha was so jealous of Boo that she immediately lashed out her. Sasha's found her foothold, but the jury is still out on Ginny and Melanie. Their personalities aren't winning me over, but I'm holding out hope.

The relationship between Michelle and Fanny continues to flourish, in an insult for insult kind of way. They've fallen into a comfortable place where they can pretty much say what they want to each other without causing offense. That's a good thing. Truly is no longer choosing sides and even feels frustrated enough by Fanny to turn her soulful eyes to Michelle once in a while. Things are certainly done much differently in Paradise, but I can't say I would mind having a bi-annual pay system for my bills. Box three would probably be overcrowded, but it seemed to work just fine for Fanny!

Lets take a look at some of the pop references for week:

  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  • Kristen Wiig
  • Alyssa Milano
  • Waiting for Godot
  • Johnny Depp
  • Temple Grandin
  • Hoarders

It was one of the slower episodes, but one of the best for the teen stars. How did you feel about the change of focus? Are you looking forward to more screen time for Boo and friends? Admittedly, I'm a Boo gal. Hit the comments with your thoughts!

Money For Nothing Review

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

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Bunheads Season 1 Episode 5 Quotes

Every day in your house is like a Kristen Wiig film festival.


Michelle: I'm totally paralyzed with rat fear.
Fanny: Just take a picture.
Michelle: For posterity?