Have y’all recovered from last week’s episode? It was pretty emotional, thanks to that Four Dancers and a (non-) Funeral storyline, so I was a little relieved with this week’s change of pace. Of course, the fallout from Hubbell’s death is still fueling the main storylines, but at least we are starting to move a tiny bit forward. So what did Bunheads have in store for us this time around? Well, this week was all about boys, a disgusting feet contest, and a sense of home. Oh, and a whole lotta talk about a PRIVATE ROAD.
Fanny and Michelle are still in shock over the revelation that Hubbell changed his will, putting all of his property in his 2-day bride’s name. Madame Fanny (ever the drama queen) now considers herself homeless, and makes a show of purposely not using her own belongings in front of Michelle. Michelle however, insists she has no intention of kicking her mother-in-law to the curb, and is just overwhelmed by the idea of being a homeowner with permanent roots (which are possibly rotting as well).
These fears are only made worse when opportunistic real estate agent/Ginny’s mom Claire (aka Alex from Saved By The Bell: The College Years!)————–> comes by and gives Michelle a tour of Hubbell’s SEVEN ACRES!!! of property, pointing out tons of (fake or exaggerated) problems with the place. And when Fanny spots Michelle talking to Claire, she automatically assumes it means the house has been sold from out from under her.
The first thing I have to comment on is Hubbell’s property, all seven acres of it. I repeat, SEVEN ACRES! Hubbell must have been one helluva shoe salesman to afford all that; Al Bundy could learn a thing or two from him. I guess it helps when your mom runs a ballet studio, since there’s constant demand for new dance shoes. Anyway… Besides the main house and studio, there is also a guest house (which Michelle decides to move into by the end), two ponds, a lake, and a garage with Hubbell’s “pride and joy”– his car. You guys, I laughed so hard when they showed that red Mustang convertible. Sure, it’s not a Ferrari, but still. I can’t be the only one that instantly thought It’s CAMERON’S DAD’S CAR!!! during that scene. So what do y’all think this means: Is Hubbell actually a grown-up Cameron?…Or could he somehow be Cameron’s dad?
Alright, enough with the conspiracy theories. So Michelle takes
Cameron’s Hubbell’s car out for a spin, but it ends up breaking down right at the bottom of a long and winding road. When the tow truck driver arrives, he explains that he can’t help her because she is on a PRIVATE ROAD. There are no signs informing newbies of this fact, but it is private nonetheless, therefore Michelle is trespassing. The local sheriff arrests her (with a ZIP-TIE!), but luckily Fanny comes to the rescue.
In order to get the car towed though, she still must get permission from the owner of the road, aka The Most Mysterious Man in Paradise. “This silicone pig heart guy who may or may not be named Bill” turns out to be a good-looking, wealthy gentleman named Grant, who has no problem helping her with her car troubles (or at least getting his chauffeur to do it for him). Michelle was exhausted by the time she reached his house and sounded like a crazy person, yet he patiently listened to her vent and even invited her to stay longer while he waited for his date to arrive. Oh and because he’s isolated from the rest of the small town, Grant is the one person who had no idea who Michelle was. Might this be a potential love interest for our unlucky-in-love heroine?
Speaking of love interests, Boo had her eye on Melanie’s brother Charlie. With Melanie and Ginny’s help and encouragement, Boo braved the front row of the dance class (a first for her) in order to get her crush’s attention. After Sasha purposely embarrassed Boo, the other girls complained about Sasha’s bitchy antics. Kindhearted Boo tries to defend her, but unfortunately Sasha overhears and feels insulted. One thing I really liked about this episode is that we got more insight into the girls’ home lives. We not only got to meet Ginny’s mom and Melanie’s brother, but Sasha and Boo’s mothers made appearances as well. Sasha was clearly hurt and jealous watching Boo’s loving and friendly relationship with her mom, which is the exact opposite of the cold, distant relationship she has with her own mother. I loved that juxtaposition, and I can’t wait to see them explore that dynamic more.
Later on, Michelle catches Sasha practicing alone in the ballet studio late at night. The fact that she sneaks out of the house to go there, which I’m guessing is the only place she can go to feel safe, or at home, is just heartbreaking. And just goes to show that my Chica comparison was pretty on pointe (oh, I crack myself up). I really like the way the show is building Michelle and Sasha’s relationship. Michelle relates to Sasha because she was, and in many ways, still is that girl. Neither one has a true sense of home or family, so they understand each other in a way the no body else can.
And I can’t forget, we also got some more insight into Hubbell Flowers. Not only did we learn about his car and property, but we also discovered that he dressed up as a groom for SIX Halloweens in a row! And he convinced the town’s “weird, old, shut-in lady” Sissy Markowski to dress as his bride (the last anyone’s seen of her!), since everyone thought he was dressed as a waiter. I love every nugget of Hubbell-backstory they give us, and that one was a doozy. He’s just such an odd character, and I’m so glad that his presence is still felt.
Now with all that said, I have to admit that I found this to be the weakest episode so far. I enjoyed all of the little seeds of potential storylines planted in this one, but it just wasn’t quite as entertaining as the first two episodes. The story was fine, and I really liked the way the dance class was incorporated into the story more. But I just don’t think I laughed out loud as much this week, which is one of the main ways I judge comedies, or in this case dramedies. Maybe it’s because Amy Sherman-Palladino didn’t write this one. Or maybe I was just too busy missing Truly to enjoy it? And speaking of M.I.A. characters, will we ever see the same guest star more than once? It seems like they keep introducing us to more and more townsfolk, but then they disappear. Are they all wandering onto the PRIVATE ROAD? It could be Bunheads‘s version of The Secret Boy Cave (TM Nicole)!
Favorite Quotes and Moments:
- “I’ll have to move in with Sissy Markowski and the mummified corpse of her mother, which I hear she keeps in the refrigerator.”
- La Cañada’s ringer is a girl with a shrunken toe!
- “Just duck out early.” “Yeah, before the swan dies… What? I’m not a barbarian.” — Charlie’s buddy completely won me over with this line.
- “You know the day I lost my husband was the worst day of my life. Of course, I lost him to the divorcée in the jeggings across the street.”
- “Trash hooked him with trash.”
- In one of the scenes it looked like Boo’s dancing partner may have been Rickey from last season’s So You Think You Can Dance!
- “She gave you a magnet. It’s sold. Let’s get boxes.”
- At one point it sounded like the girls were dancing to the theme from Jurassic Park.
- I love the way Officer Clayton avoided stepping on the PRIVATE ROAD by sliding against his cop car.
- “I’m zip-tied, not handcuffed.”
- “You’re just lucky I swing dance with the police chief.”
- “Sniff my shirt.”
- “You’re telling me that two people went up there, disappeared, and you have no idea what happened to them?” “Private Road.”
- “But seriously, how many times can you hear ‘Copacabana’ without totally siding with Rico?”
- “A dancer with a dance studio. That’s something.”
So, now it’s your turn. Did you miss Truly? Were you grossed out by all the talk of disgusting feet and septic tanks? Did the words PRIVATE ROAD haunt your dreams last night? (Seriously, how many times did they say that?!) Hit me up in the comments! Oh and unfortunately, we have to wait two weeks before the next new episode. So if you wanna keep chatting during the break, feel free to follow me on twitter. You can find me here: @ReelStina
Update: Good news everybody, Hockeybychoice is back along with her Weekly Gif Roundup! And she’s gif-ted us with some moments from Bunheads, including the adorable Corgi we gushed over last week. So go check it out! :)