After getting a quickie marriage and hightailing it out of Vegas, Michelle thought that life would be different, better. There’d be stability, there’d be quiet, and there’d be someone to come home to at night that cared about her in a way that nobody else ever had. But all that was shattered once her husband Hubbell was in a car accident and lost his life only 48 hours after they exchanged their vows. Rather than moving back to her apartment or finding another city to go to, she opted to stay in Paradise, California, where Hubbell had been living with his mother. Whether the extended stay came from a sense of obligation, guilt, grief, a lack of direction, or some combination thereof, what matters is that Michelle has found a different type of home with all the other bunheads.
Below are the times, episode names, and episode descriptions for the Bunheads marathon on Monday, August 20th, with my review for each episode linked in the title.
11:00 am – “Pilot”
A Las Vegas showgirl impulsively gets married to a man she barely knows and moves to his small town, where she mentors ballet students at his mother’s dance school in the series premiere of this drama.
12:00 pm – “For Fanny”
A surprising event puts Fanny and Michelle’s lives in chaos, so Michelle reaches out to help Fanny, despite the antagonistic nature of their relationship.
1:00 pm – “Inherit the Wind”
Fanny receives surprising news from her lawyer. Meanwhile, Michelle’s joyride goes badly when she has a confrontation with the police and breaks down in a stranger’s driveway; and the girls participate in an ugly-feet contest.
2:00 pm – “Better Luck Next Year!”
Michelle changes her living arrangements, giving her some space from Fanny. Meanwhile, Fanny tries to make sure the Joffrey Ballet’s summer program remains at her dance studio; and Boo attempts to assure her mom that her audition will go well.
3:00 pm – “Money for Nothing”
Michelle wants to help Fanny organize her finances after discovering how peculiar Fanny’s method is. Elsewhere, Boo’s new job puts her in proximity to an attractive bartender, provoking jealousy from her friends.
4:00 pm – “Movie Truck”
Michelle’s pal visits to help her celebrate her birthday, but their festive plans get sidelined when Fanny takes off and leaves Michelle in charge of her dance classes. Meanwhile, the girls sneak into an R-rated movie.
5:00 pm – “What’s Your Damage, Heather?”
One of the girls steals from Michelle and then lies about it, but Michelle proves she’s no pushover. Meanwhile, Ginny’s friends mock her for dating the same boy since elementary school.
6:00 pm – “Blank Up, It’s Time”
Fanny stuns Michelle by inviting her to a play and revealing she has a longtime boyfriend. Meanwhile, Sasha’s defiant behavior costs her a prized role.
7:00 – “No One Takes Khaleesi’s Dragons”
Michelle is pleased to find a new place to get coffee, but dealing with the barista proves difficult. Meanwhile, Melanie notices a change in Ginny; and Sasha remains at odds with Fanny, causing Fanny casting problems.
The summer finale of Bunheads airs Monday at 9:00 on ABC Family. You can check out sneak peeks for the episode, titled “A Nutcracker in Paradise”, here, as well as chat about all things Paradise-related on the TVOvermind Bunheads discussion forum.
Of the first nine episodes of Bunheads, which has been your favorite? Do you like the show’s more deliberate pacing or do you think they should speed things along? What type of dance routines/styles would you like to see the show tackle in their winter season?