It’s no secret I adore Truly, so y’all should know how excited I was for this episode. Last week’s promo implied we would see Truly and Michelle hanging together for a girls’ night out, and they did not disappoint. But before we get into that, let’s back up a little bit. The young bunheads are locked out of the dance studio, and Madame Fanny is M.I.A. Michelle goes to investigate, only to find Truly with an old lady book club, discussing “the end of literature as we know it,” aka Fifty Shades of Grey. Michelle can’t understand why Truly doesn’t spend time with people her own age doing young people stuff, but Truly insists they’re her friends…and admits she doesn’t know anyone her own age. Poor Truly!
Fanny is still nowhere to be found, but she did leave a note for Michelle along with the key to the studio. Turns out Fanny has taken off to some undisclosed, poolside location for a vacay, and she’s leaving a reluctant Michelle in charge of her classes. She claims she just needed the break, but we all know what this is really about– she’s tricking Michelle into teaching. Nicely done Madame Flowers, nicely done.
Fanny’s not the only one with vacation on the brain though. Michelle’s friend Talia is coming to visit to celebrate Michelle’s birthday. They like to have “epic birthdays” each year, and Michelle has even ranked her favorites.
Top 5 Birthdays
- They don’t actually remember.
- Kissing George Clooney.
- Sneaking onto a plane with Bon Jovi.
- Sneaking onstage of a Tom Jones concert, dancing for 10 minutes before getting caught. Then going to dinner with “Dr. Lobster.”
- Winning 1st & 2nd place in a Princess Leia costume contest at Comic-Con.
Also (formerly) in the Top 10:
10. Breaking into a temple and skinnydipping in the “mitzvah” baths. [The Ritual Bath is actually called the Mikvah, so Michelle is clearly not Jewish.]
Unfortunately this year, Michelle’s dance teacher responsibilities have ruined their plans for a weekend road trip, so they have to improvise and keep their celebration local. Talia spots Sparkles (Truly’s store), and ignores Michelle’s pleas to avoid the Truly-troll. Michelle’s old lady bashing comes back to haunt her when Truly invites herself along as their designated purse watcher/men’s bathroom door guard. It’s pathetic and adorable, and gah…I just love her. Maybe because I (sadly) relate to her so much? Or because Stacey Oristano is just so good playing this hilariously quirky character? Honestly, it’s both. Plus, it’s really rare to find a truly unique tv character these days (wink wink, nudge nudge), but I can’t think of anyone else like her. That’s quite a feat!
While Charlie’s Angels are forming at Sparkles, the younger bunheads are planning their own night out. The Movie Truck has come to town (Is this really a thing?) and
they are Sasha is determined to go, even if it means sneaking out of her house. You can’t blame the girl for wanting to leave, her parents have been fighting nonstop. And from the sounds of it, it’s pretty brutal, or at least super uncomfortable. Although seeing Sasha’s dad get hit with pillow after pillow was pretty funny. Anyway, the girls successfully reach their destination and manage to manipulate their way through the crowded Movie Truck to gets seats together. My favorite parts of this seat-swapping bit were definitely Melanie’s attempts to get taller and Boo randomly ending up with a baby. Something about that whole thing just made me giggle.
Speaking of Boo, the girl is still crushing on Melanie’s (apparently twin) brother Charlie (no, not the Angels’ Charlie), despite the fact that he’s a total jerk to his sister. It seems Boo might be able to woo him when they sit next to each other during the movie, but in the end Charlie only has eyes for another girl. Even worse, he writes the girl’s phone number on BOO’S ARM, asking her to text it to him! He’s clearly self-centered, but Boo is so desperate to interact with him, Sasha has to talk her out of doing it. My heart goes out to Boo because I’ve been there myself, but I’m glad she has a good friend telling her that her self-respect is more important.
Anyway, the Movie Truck really is a hotspot that night, as the birthday girl and her fellow Angels end up there too. They get drunk off of Truly’s hidden hooch, and make fun of the amputation-heavy movie being shown, called Mountain of Arms. Enjoying her first taste of the nightlife, Truly ends up being the one to convince the other two to keep the party going, in what is one of the best parts of the episode. She suggests they hit up the 24 hour Cupcake ATM (which really exists!), and offers to drive since she’s the only sober one. Now how is she sober after drinking sip for sip with Michelle and Talia? Well, she spit it all “BACK IN THE BOTTLE” of course! As gross as it is (let’s just hope the alcohol killed any possible germs), this revelation cracked me up. Truly must have watched Coyote Ugly in preparation for this girls’ night.
Amidst the fun of this episode though, there were a couple of serious issues addressed as well. Michelle saw her elopement to Hubbell as a chance at happiness, and she’s still dealing with the fact that she’s basically back where she started. The irony of this of course, is that the sooner she accepts her life in Paradise, the sooner she’ll probably find the happiness and fulfillment she has been hoping for. I think Fanny knows this from experience and is trying to jump-start it by getting her to teach. I’m sure we will see more of this next week.
The other serious business of this episode was with Sasha and her parents. She tells Boo of her plans to attend Joffrey’s summer program without informing her parents first, since she doesn’t think they’d notice her absence anyway. Her father pretty much proves her right when she finds him sitting in a daze, barely noticing her as she returns home early in the morning. It’s not entirely clear, but I definitely got the feeling Sasha’s mother probably left him. His almost-catatonic state was too weird otherwise. The episode ends on a melancholic and peculiar note, with Sasha and two other girls dancing to “Istanbul (Not Constantinople),” wearing all black. The dancing itself was nice to watch, but the odd tone was unnerving. Sasha has done a fairly good job holding herself together with everything she’s going through, but I do worry what will happen when she finally cracks. You can only bottle things up for so long before it really takes its toll on you.
I’m curious to know how the rest of you feel about this episode. Compared to the five previous eps, this one was a little different. For one thing, Fanny only had a single scene, so it didn’t revolve around the Fanny/Michelle dynamic like we’re used to. On the positive side, this allowed us to explore Michelle’s relationship with Truly, and gave us more time to focus on the younger girls. And it showed that Bunheads has the potential to branch out a little bit. However, the episode’s serious storylines felt a little clunky to me. As much as I can understand and relate to where Sasha and Michelle are coming from, their issues just didn’t quite flow smoothly enough, particularly Michelle’s. It just seemed like we switched gears from the fun night out to the personal confessions kind of abruptly. Unless that was actually the point, since the Movie Truck was supposed to be a distraction for the night.
Favorite Quotes and Moments:
- “I like my books dirty.”
- Truly’s looooooooonnngggg excuse for not reading the book. — Don’t worry Truly, I don’t plan to read it either.
- “Are you the official Life Alert pusher?”
- “I just think it’d be good for you to hang out with people who remember Shaun Cassidy, and not Jack Cassidy.” — Shoutout to Patty! ;)
- “Celia needs her Mylanta.” — hehehe.
- “Okay Appalachia, how do you know what your brother’s feet taste like?” — I was thinking the same thing.
- “Make it rain!”
- Michelle’s Volkswagen Beetle convertible is named Boris (not Kyle). — I wonder if she named anything else Natasha.
- “No more spangles in my buttcrack.”
- Truly is making a coat with decapitated teddy bear heads. Of course she is.
- The way Truly whispered the Shih Tzu line like a little girl was so cute. Just perfect.
- Ginny’s boyfriend Josh made the girls awesome, yet SUPER girly care packages for some reason. Hmm…
- Rock the Casbah. WOO!
- “I don’t think you’re supposed to get it, that would be gross.”
- “Why are you holding a freakin’ baby?!”
- “Truly Frances Abigail Dominica III.” — TFAD3 FTW!
- “CUPCAKE ATM!” — I may just have to take my own little trip over there.
- “Arms, frosted arms.”
- “Every time a part of me sags lower to the ground, an angel gets its wings.”
- Solvang shoutout! — Despite what they said, I like Solvang. And raise the roof for Santa Inés Mission, what what! :P
So Bunhead buddies, what did y’all think of the episode? Have you ever been in a Movie Truck? What do you think Melanie was eating? Do you have a Top 5 Birthday list? And have you gotten “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” out of your head yet? Let me know in the comments!