Bunheads Review: Welcome Back, Fanny!

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Pay attention everyone, or "Blank Up, It's Time!"

Who cares what the title of the crappy play meant? Fanny's back! Her return amped up my enjoyment of Bunheads tenfold. Michelle was brighter, the bunheads were brighter, the story was brighter. Without Fanny, darkness falls upon Paradise. Fanny returned and love was in the air. Let's break it down!

Fanny has a boyfriend! Who saw that coming? I sure didn't, but I love her taste in men. Michael is a musician with a fantastic sense of humor who seems to fit Fanny like a glove. When Michelle waltzed into the kitchen talking about kinky breakfasts, she could have easily sent a lesser man.

The Dancers React

Vacation was also kind to Fanny's opinion of Michelle. Their scenes together were comfortable and not forced. The stride they had hit before she left is riding the wave and it's a joy to watch them. I adored the bit at the theater when the big-legged woman wouldn't let Michelle through the aisle. Are there any of us who haven't had situations similar to that and wanted to claim a similar victory? My favorite line of the evening:

Fanny: Well, I love getting sloshed at the theater. | permalink

Amen, Fanny, we would all love to take our sippy cups full of wine into the theater to get wasted. Who's with me?!?

Michelle got a little action of her own! When she was outwitted by the matinee crowd while attempting a restroom maneuver and lost her seat, providence introduced her to the director of the play, Conor. He was the second man she had flirted with since Hubbell and I thought they were a great match.

Apparently Fanny agreed with me because she practically pushed Michelle into a one night stand with Conor, suggesting several different modes of transportation she had at her disposal to make the ride home pleasurable. While Michelle didn't take her up on that suggestion, she did go on a date with Conor - and ended up sleeping with him afterward. 

Michelle didn't pick the best time to break out of her shock, but she burst into tears at the thought of Hubbell while she was in bed with Conor. It was very sweet, and Conor was a good sport, quite appreciative actually, given that he was a writer and could use all the material he could get. I don't know if that means for certain that they'll never cross paths again, but since he's a Broadway director, we can probably assume he was just passing through. That's a shame that because he had great potential for Michelle. 

They have to stop introducing guys who fit with her so well and then rip them away. If she's going to casually date, then let's make sure there is something wrong with the men so we don't mind them disappearing. Realistically, every man she meets cannot be such a great match!

Finally, Boo was awarded a coveted Ginger Rogers dance part when Sasha continued to act up. It gets really tricky here because Boo was initially pretty bummed that her dance partner was shorter and goofier than the Fred Astaire usually paired with Sasha. As it turned out, Carl really liked Boo, and they got along fabulously.

As her initial reaction was one of regret, her friends were still on that bandwagon when he was attempting to include her in some outside activities. I could feel both of their little hearts being crushed when Melanie and Ginny tore them apart and then proceeded to conversationally beat him down to Boo. 

In smaller doses, split in thirds, it all worked. Fanny, Michelle and the bunheads. I didn't feel overwhelmed at the amount of airtime anyone got, or underwhelmed for that matter. The interactions between Fanny and Sasha were perfect. Fanny knew how to lay down the law and Sasha wasn't able to stomp all over her. Sure, they're both hurt and they all have a lot to work out, but I wasn't angry at Sasha for her disobedience because it was given in lesser amounts.

Bunheads was back on track and extremely enjoyable this week. What did you think?

While you ponder the thought and work on your comments, here are some of the pop culture references visited during the hour:

  • The Sound of Music
  • Katy Perry movie
  • Black Swan
  • Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire
  • Spinal Tap
  • White Sox, Cubs and Indians
  • The Kardashians
  • Stewie Griffin
  • Law and Order


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I actually LOVE that this show is bringing back to the screen actors from Gilmore Girls! I was thrilled to see Digger Styles as the director, back to his bantering ways with Michelle, though I have to mention that the actor hasn't aged well,or as well as Lauren Graham.
I also hope that we get some more of the actors and actresses that I loved on GG on this show, like the actor who played Luke and that guy who played the village idiot, that weird chap,I think his name was Kirk? And I would love to see Rory and the guy who played her last boyfriend, the one who proposed, I would really like to see him, too on Bunheads. But I don't think that Lauren Graham would be able to pull off the role of Michelle. The current actress in the role is just perfect. And I also wonder why Boo is the only normal nice teenager in the group, as the rest are pretty ruthless and judgmental.


Can't believe they're only doing 10 episodes! Give us 20 at least. And may I say I like the "Gilmore-ing". I am surprised there isn't a Luke-type yet. I was thinking it was going to be the rich guy on the hill. As for Sutton Foster, I think she's wonderful. Lauren Graham is good but Sutton is excellent too. How about Graham as Michelle's uptight, rich and very "Emily-ish" slightly older sister who visits. After all, Lauren is so depressing on Parenthood. ;)


Excuse the hell out of me for not watching cartoons.


(Never watched Family Guy so I didn't know who Stewie was either. And no, I don't live under a rock. But I'll bet that poster can't name the Vice President or her two US Senators.) Back to Bunheads.... thank goodness for Boo in what has quickly become a threesome of mean girls. Wonderful to get Fanny back...looks like she and Michelle are definitely developing a chemistry.


oh my god, do you live under a rock? Stewie Griffin is the baby from Family Guy! Jesus, it's like not knowing who maggie simpson is, jesus!


In response to why Boo is appealing to guys, the answer is that the other three come off as total bitches. Boo looked really pretty all dolled up at the end of the episode. She also seems to be the only old-fashioned "normal" girl on the show. Nice to see Michelle with a romantic interest. Wonderful to see Kelly Bishop back. If there is a second season to this show, please, no more episodes in which she's written out. I also have no idea who Stewie Griffin is.

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I really liked this episode! Sasha is going to regret what she did, but knowing Fanny she will give her a second chance!
I like Connor and Michelle. I liked him as Digger Styles on Gilmore Girls and would be just fine if he was sticking arounc, but Michelle will have a fling with hottie from the restaurant!


Yes it was zack last week and this week Jason!! And also we've seen gypsy, Mitchum huntsberger, and obviously Emily! I love that bunheads is bringing me back some of my favorites from GG! I am hoping for a Luke and a Logan sighting still :)


1. Why is Boo the only one of the girls that guys ever like on this show? Obviously, I am excluding Fanny and Michelle. Every week she has a new love interest. 2. less talking, more dancing. 3. Stop trying to Gilmore this show. I mean yeah Gilmore Girls was a good show, but can't we leave that format behind?


First half of the episode was a yawn, second half was a lot better. Glad Michelle seems to have a love interest who is on the same page with her sarcastically. The girls, with the exception of Boo, continue to act like mean girls. Short jokes from the blonde fireplug and the flat-chested giraffe? Who are they to talk about appearance? As far as Sasha, I'm hoping "get out" meant she's off the show. But alas, I know that's wishful thinking. Warmest scene of the night was when Michelle told Fanny she thought about Hubbell. Nice. And who the heck is Stewie Griffin?

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Bunheads Season 1 Episode 8 Quotes

Melanie: She was Black Swan before you took her Ginger Rogers.
Ginny: Now that makes her Defcon Swan.
Melanie: She's got nothing to lose.

I didn't tell you about the marshmallow vodka I bought either but you managed to find that just fine.