When Michelle's friend, Talia comes to town, their plans for a raucous birthday road trip are derailed by Fanny, who has left for an unexpected vacation, putting Michelle in charge of her dance classes. Michelle's birthday plans go even further off-track when Talia discovers Truly's clothing boutique, Sparkles. Meanwhile, the girls sneak into the visiting movie truck to see an R-rated movie.
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Previously on Bunheads Season 1 Episode 5 "Money For Nothing", Michelle is concerned when she discovers that Fanny's bill-paying method includes old hat boxes and unconventional payment plans. After she finds herself in the middle of the collection process, Michelle decides to help Fanny better manage her finances. But Michelle's efforts could end up jeopardizing the upcoming Spring Flower Festival and Fanny's original ballet, "Paper or Plastic". Meanwhile, Boo's relationship with the hot bartender (guest star Nathan Parsons "General Hospital") at her new job makes the girls jealous.
On this week's Episode title "Movie Truck", When Michelle's friend, Talia comes to town, their plans for a raucous birthday road trip are derailed by Fanny, who has left for an unexpected vacation, putting Michelle in charge of her dance classes. Michelle's birthday plans go even further off-track when Talia discovers Truly's clothing boutique, Sparkles. Meanwhile, the girls sneak into the visiting movie truck to see an R-rated movie.
Bunheads is the tale of Michelle Simms, a former ballerina who wound up a Las Vegas showgirl. Seeing her life and career at a dead end, she impulsively takes up the offer of marriage from her persistent admirer, Hubbell Flowers and moves to his sleepy coastal town, Paradise. Once there, Michelle winds up teaching alongside his mother, Fanny, at her ballet school: the Paradise Dance Academy.
With a setting in the dance world -- the show's title is a slang term for a ballet dancer -- "Bunheads" may capture halo effect interest from the popularity of "Dance Moms," but the fictional "Bunheads" characters are more charming and infinitely more interesting than the real people on "Dance Moms."
The "Bunheads" story begins as 30-something showgirl Michelle Simms (Tony winner Sutton Foster) bemoans her career fate: stranded in Vegas with few opportunities to put her classical dance training to good use.
What's more, she's got a secret admirer/stalker, Hubbell (Alan Ruck, "Spin City"), who manages to get backstage and bring her flowers on a monthly basis. She blows him off repeatedly, but after failing to land a part at an audition set up by a friend, Michelle agrees to have dinner with Hub.
Dinner leads to drinks, which leads to a quickie wedding, which leads her to move with him to the sleepy, fictional California beachfront town of Paradise where Hub's mother, Fanny (Kelly Bishop, who played Lorelai's mom on "Gilmore Girls"), runs a dance studio.
The "Bunheads" pilot feels a little clunky and unshaped -- not to mention, improbable. At first the show seems like it will be about Michelle, but then there are chunks of time devoted to a quartet of teenage students at Fanny's school.
Boo (Kaitlyn Jenkins) struggles with body image issues, and Sasha (Julia Goldani Telles) comes off as the Mean Girl. Two others -- Ginny (Bailey Buntain) and Melanie (Emma Dumont) -- make less of an impression, but you can imagine a way of integrating the girls' stories with Michelle's arrival, presuming she starts teaching at the school in future episodes.
The "Bunheads" premiere is one of those premise pilots that sets up the series but doesn't really define what the show will be going forward, particularly given the way it ends. "Bunheads" feels like it's taking shape but hasn't coalesced in its first episode.
But what it does get right is the introduction of characters from whom a lot of potential stories can flow. And thanks to Ms. Palladino's penchant for crackling dialogue, "Bunheads" is a breezy, entertaining hour of TV.
Her dialogue for Michelle, in particular, brings to mind the sarcasm of Lorelai Gilmore, particularly when Michelle pouts about not getting a role due to age: "It's 'no' because you're starting to look like an IHOP cashier."
While creative types generally hate the notion of repeating themselves, for viewers seeking the TV equivalent of comfort food, it's not such a bad thing. And if something is to be repeated, there are certainly worse things to echo than "Gilmore Girls."