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Bunheads Review: What The Truck?

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"Movie Truck" was a stagnant episode of Bunheads. Nothing really happened that we hadn't already explored, with the exception of Michelle's acceptance of Truly. We can finally see a crack in the door to the possibility of their friendship. Otherwise, not my favorite. 

Fanny took off on a vacation in what appeared to be an attempt to push Michelle into a leadership role at the school. There was even a newly installed stripper pole and the threat of housewives taking classes, but on the adult side, it was all dropped early on for Michelle's birthday, Talia's visit and Truly's induction into Michelle's world.

The Girls Sneak In

The remainder of the episode was devoted to the young bunheads, and they still don't rule the roost. Their characters did, however, experience the most forward movement, so let's check it out.

Jamming Sasha's crappy family situation down our throats is getting incredibly old. They've taken it too far. I don't feel sorry for in the least. For a few minutes I did, then I didn't, then I did, and this episode sealed it. I just don't. That said, the girl can dance!

Ginny's boyfriend Josh brought them girl bags. I got the feeling he might like a Gerry more than a Ginny. While there's nothing wrong with that for him, it's not the best thing for Ginny, who is sure to be let down hard if that turns out to be the case. 

The Movie Truck scene and switching seats was so boring. It was a throwaway scene at best. Nothing of merit came of it. 

I was left wondering how it was that the only girl in Paradise that gets lucky is Boo. You know I love Boo. Even given that crushage, I couldn't buy Charlie picking Movie Truck night and those eyebrows as the time to make a connection. Was there some lesson to be learned? If you're happy go lucky and have a normal body weight you can get the guy even with a brow disaster the likes of which hadn't seen the light of day since a Carol Burnett sketch? Nope. Even worse. Charlie was going to use Boo to get another girl's number while she had no idea what was happening. 

Looking at her with those brows, as Charlie looked at another girl... it was stomach churning. It turned out I would have preferred to have the Paradise odd-duck-gets-the-guy version.

The most fun I had during the hour was trying to catch the Pop Culture references! As usual, I was not disappointed. Just check out this list. Note that the first ten or so came before the credits rolled!!

  • Wifey and Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  • Fifty Shades of Grey (groan)
  • Sizzler!
  • Shaun Cassidy and his dad, Jack Cassidy
  • Eisenhower era
  • Brangelina and all her children
  • Fergie and the Jay Leno show
  • Tom Jones: Delilah, What's New Pussycat
  • Comic-Con, Princess Leia costume contest
  • Sneaking onto a plane with Bon Jovi
  • Kissing George Clooney
  • Charlies Angels 
  • Hanna Barbera
  • Jonathan Adler
  • Dita Von Tease and Kat Von D
  • Neo from Matrix
  • Fully stocked Pez
  • DVDs of Grease
  • Revenge of the Nerds
  • Rock the Casbah by The Clash
  • The Hobbit

While it wasn't the most stimulating or emotionally challenging hour of Bunheads, as always, it was damned entertaining. This proves that even at its worst, I want to watch and just enjoy what's on the screen. It's obvious that every second of the show is made with love and respect for our time, and that's something that will always bring me back!

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I like this show, with one huge exception - Sutton Foster. Her acting is so exagerated and she seems to mugging to the camera. Does she not get it that she isn't on a broadway stage. And that "crying" scene was hideous.

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Last nights episode was great, the Bunheads going into Michelle's room and invading her private items was fresh and right on. That adorable young blonde who jumped on Michelle's bed and then sat in the bathtub was histerical, her timing and comments were right on...she never heard of Rod Stewart and then asked if Michelle was on drugs, priceless!
Not sure who wrote that episode, but whomever did should continue writing.
Thank you Bunheads, this was more exciting then the boring olympics.
Cindy

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I noticed that only a couple of posters mentioned dance or dancing. The show is titled Bunheads which of course refers to dancers. That incredibly sensual dance routine at the end of the show was amazing and definitely TV14. I was hoping the administrator or a fellow poster could post the names of the dancers. Was that Sasha in the middle? The women dancers at the end were wearing just a simple black leotard/black hose outfit with dark, somewhat heavy makeup and looked sensational. And danced incredibly well.

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Sorry for the double post, but i thought that I should share my thoughts on what I believe the spectacular final dance meant. I don't think it actually happened, I think it's just a representation on what is going through Sasha's head. The song easily represents what she wants. She wants everything to back to the way it was, she doesn't want the change to Istanbul. It's safe to assume that there was always some tension in the family, but I believe that early on the tension was small enough that Sasha could just ignore it and continue with her life, but now that everything has exploded and her parents fight about pillows, it's become too much for her. She knows that it can't go back to how it was, that her parents are going to to get a divorce. However, she wishes that everyone else would just stop gossiping about it. "That's nobody's business but the Turks." Her family are so secretive that she has closed herself off as well, her opening up to Boo on the car was something completely alien to her. This leads to another point about the Movie Truck and getting four seats together. The idea of laying everything out on the table and asking someone to move never occurred to her one bit. Her parents are always hiding their motives from each other, and that has rubbed off on Sasha that she needs to hide her motives as well.

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Weird, I thought that this episode was the second best from the series so far. First being, of course, the second episode. The slow development of Sasha has been really impressive as she tries to grasp control of everything around her. She has to try and fix every problem with her friends, because she can't fix the problems at home. This is shown in the Movie Truck, as she devises the plan to get seats together, and also when trying to get back in the house. She's given up of fixing her family, and is devoting all her attention to fixing everything else. I think Sasha has become my favourite character on the show...

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I loved the first five episodes of this series, but this latest episode was dull and boring. Without Fanny, it didn't have the sharp humor and depth that the other episodes had. Worse, it looks like they're leaving Fanny out of the next episode as well. Is she being shuttled off to minor character status? If so, I probably won't follow the series much longer. What I loved about this show from the beginning, besides all the So. Cal. references that make me homesick for L.A., was that there was something for all ages in the show, and that all ages INTERACTED. The not-so-subtle ageism in this episode was off-putting. I laughed at the reference to Fifty Shades of Grey (which I haven't read, but have heard more than enough about). What I didn't like was Michelle making fun of women over 40 who were in a book club, combined with Fanny's dialogue about her declining years. That bit was funny for a line or two, but then it just kept going and I felt like Kelly Bishop was being asked to no longer be the capable older woman, but a joke instead. Come on, writers and producers, get it together. If you aren't over 40 now, and in the Industry I sort of doubt it, you will be soon enough. Bring back the balance!

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There's a lot of different types of episodes and there's usually an imbalance between the adults and the kids. They still haven't developed Ginny and Melanie. I think Melanie is going to be the quirky one. Melanie eating the fried octopus? was funny. There wasn't too much run-on monologues/dialogues this time. I don't like when there's too much. The Movie Truck scenes should have been shorter. Boo with the baby was funny. I don't care about Sasha's parents either. The ending was tacked on for time right? It was good but random. I was thinking it was for Joffrey.

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I was wondering...do you think Sasha's dance scene might have been a look at her audition for the Joffrey school? I agree, it was mighty weird. Then again, considering the rest of the episode, it was icing on the cupcake!

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I liked the dance at the end.... I just didn't quite get it. I love the song, the dance.... but .... wha-wha-what? have they done this every week, and maybe i just missed it? the dialogue is good... but sometimes a little too manic. GG had the same issue at times. Quippy dialogue is great, but only if it supports the story and the characters. And.... doesn't anyone miss Humble..Humbert.... what the heck was his name.? I hope the show stays on and works out the kinks.... i'm enjoying it.

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Not enough Kelly Bishop. Way too much teenage girl nonsense. Even though the show is called Bunheads, shows do evolve, and this one is taking a turn that appeals to an older demographic. I assume they intended this show to appeal more to teens than adults, but the way it's shaking out the teens add little while the adults carry the show. I found myself using the DVR to whip through the kid scenes halfway through the episode. Watching girls eat fried food isn't exactly riveting. Did I mention... not enough Kelly Bishop? Hope they do something fun with the stripper pole next week. Oh yeah, not enough Kelly Bishop. And what in the world was that last dance scene?

Bunheads Season 1 Episode 6 Quotes

Truly: You want me to be a slut like you.
Michelle: Yes! I get a coupon to Sizzler for every convert.

Michelle: What book are you talking about?
Sam: Fifty Shades of Grey.
Michelle: Great. Sorry to end the end of literature as we know it, but has anyone seen Fanny?

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