As the title suggests, this episode of Bunheads is all about money. Boo gets a job, Fanny has money troubles, and Michelle tries to get people to pay for their lessons at Fanny’s studio.
When the episode opens on Fanny, we find that her finances are not in total order. Her files are sorted by who will get paid, who might get paid, and so on. Only six of her students pays, a fact that Michelle takes into her own hands. She calls everyone to the studio and, in a rousing speech, tries to get all the dancers to pay. But that backfires (no surprise there) because Fanny has cut deals with more than a few parents. Multiple dancers refuse to participate in the upcoming show. Instead, though, she asks Michelle to teach. Michelle, who rejects Fanny’s invitation to teach at the dance school, seems to think teaching will be end of her dancing career. Let me tell you, Michelle, that teaching is not the end. In fact, it would be the start of this show, which has always implied that Michelle was a “Bunhead.”
Meanwhile, Boo (short for Bettina – who knew?!) gets a job where she’s tricked into cleaning the dumpsters and reminded how much she smells on a constant basis. The boss’ son is a fantastic looking surfer that all the girls chase after. However, he acknowledges Boo of all of them, relieving her of her trash duties and even giving her his shirt. This entire show feels like a plot to get people to feel sorry for Boo, and feel sorry they do. How can you not feel sorry for a girl who crawls in a dumpster?
But while the girls are at the Oyster bar, there is a fantastic scene where the girls get all fancy and dressed up to check out the owner’s cute son, Godot (of all the names, really, writers?). It’s such a fun scene to watch because it really draws attention to the fact that these people have such great chemistry and seeing more of them on screen wouldn’t hurt at all.
Finally, when all but two of the dancers agree to perform in the show, the group dances a stunning number to “paper of plastic.” The number revolves around money as a supermarket cashier is “blinded by money” and has to pick between paper or plastic bags – a concept that confuses Michelle. Yet Fanny and Michelle have a better dynamic once the performance stars. Hopefully this means Michelle will at least consider teaching at the studio – especially since she has such a great dynamic with the girls.
Written by Samantha Tatro
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Bunheads (ABC Family) was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. It stars Sutton Foster, Kelly Bishop, Kaitlyn Jenkins, Emma Dumont, Bailey Buntain, Julia Goldani Telles and Stacey Oristano.