Bunheads (“Channing Tatum is a Fine Actor”)

Season 1, Episode 12
Date of airing: January 14, 2013 (ABC Family)
Nielsen ratings information: 1.067 million viewers, 0.552 million viewers with Adults 18-49, 0.4 rating with Adults 18-49 (0.4 rating)

This episode established two true facts: Channing Tatum is indeed a fine actor, and the song Cozette danced to was indeed trippy. So much that I will probably get the song right away after I posted this review, because if you wanna know some things about me, one thing is that I love these sort of songs. And my playlist needs some new songs, so I’m glad that television offers to raise the number of songs in my playlist.

This was quite a solid episode, although I wasn’t as much interested in all the teen relationship drama than I would have been, if this were a real drama series. While I liked Carl in this episode, as well as the depiction of differences between Carl’s and Boo’s parents, their romance seemed not like much of a highlight. Same goes with Roman and Sasha, but Michelle or Sasha’s life continue to block Roman having some alone time with Sasha, which I sort of like, because I don’t really wanna see her in a relationship for some reason (her other drama worries are more interesting, I guess). Also, the “crush” thing between Frankie and Ginny might be okay, because Ginny needs her next man in a row of men, but Frankie was too weird to be considered an interesting character, and so far I have never been able to see in Ginny more than just a character serving some weird and unusual laughs. After all, the writers have almost always focused on Sasha when they wanted dramatic storytelling, while the other three bunheads were given LOL moments.

Take a good look at the new girl, because she will twist your world.

Then again, I liked Cozette and Frankie together — the mysterious pair of siblings arriving in Paradise and cleaning house, basically. I loved that the girls were immediately jealous of the perfection these two new hot students were radiating, and I liked that the two delivered some lasting impressions on the characters. Okay, Ginny got the biggest load of impression in this episode, but there was a moment of the girls being completely in awe of Cozette’s change of clothes, language skills and the trippy dance, as if she was a magic person, pulling everyone who was looking at her under her spell. Even I felt like that, but only because Cozette happened to be an attractive young lady, and the dance happened to be pretty awesome (mostly thanks to the song). In a way, I could completely understand why Cozette and Frankie were so fascinating to the characters. In Frankie’s case, I liked the very short depiction of the picture he scribbled together of Ginny and her friends. Those two better be recurring, because otherwise their appearance in this episode was more than worthless, especially for Ginny’s sake. And yeah, maybe it’s a good idea to have a bit of competition going on during dance classes.

Meanwhile, I continued to fall in love with Truly, who decided to take over Michelle’s guest house, introduce Michelle to her evil and hardcore sister (as if Liza Weil never changed out of her Paris Gellar costume) — the general feeling of their friendship growing with each episode is to my liking, especially compared to how distant ad adversary they were during the beginning of the show. Truly and Michelle started off as competition for Hubble’s heart, even after his death, but twelve episodes in, they could almost be inseparable, because Truly needs Michelle to stay afloat in Paradise, and Michelle needs Truly, because Michelle doesn’t have any other friends. Also, Stacey Oristano was probably thanking Kelly Bishop for her engagement in the East Coast during production of this season, because if Fanny was unavailable for the writers, they needed another character to interact with Michelle, and Truly was the most logical choice, as she was always available. I was surprised to hear that the evil landlady was actually Truly’s sister, besides the realization that I suddenly understood the difficult relationship between Truly and her sister. It’s just a shame that Michelle was buried under the meanness as well — how great would it have been, if Michelle would have succeeded reconnecting the two estranged sisters, helping Truly in the progress. Then again, the idea of Truly’s store being in Michelle’s house sort of excites me. There are running gags hiding behind that idea.

A painting of friends.

Family date night with Boo was pretty good. Of course Daniel Palladino wanted to make sure that Carl’s family was as distancing as possible, while Boo’s parents were as lovable as anyone could have imagined, but I also appreciated that the misunderstanding about Carl wanting to marry Boo wasn’t blown out of proportions. I also found Boo’s way of getting Carl close to her, so she could kiss him, quite sweet – I envy the two. But the only thing this story did for me during this episode was to establish that Carl and Boo were serious with each other, and that the writers weren’t blowing it up between seasons just for the sake of drama.

And then there was Sasha, who got some really bad news at the end of the episode, as if a Palladino show still needs cliffhangers. First of all, I still love the idea of Sasha and Michelle seeing each other as mother and daughter all the way through (Michelle even wanted to give Sasha “the talk,” which could have been great if delivered), which probably means that, if Sasha’s parents really move away and sell the house, Sasha might be able to crash permanently with Michelle, giving the writers an opportunity to harden the mother/daughter relationship between the two. Michelle married Hubble, because her previous life was crap. She could have had a husband, and the thoughts of having kids could have been created. But even though Hubble is dead, it doesn’t mean that Michelle can’t have any kids. Not that I’m expecting for Michelle to adopt Sasha or anything like that, but a mother/daughter relationship, without Sasha and Michelle actually being daughter and mother, could be a fascinating way to tell their story. After all, Michelle was already “ruining” Sasha’s hope to pork with Roman on a regular basis, like a mother would do. Like Sasha’s mother should have been doing.

Hello, let’s be friends!

Best part of the episode: The song choice for Cozette’s “opening” number gave me chills. I love it when television introduces me to lovable artists in the music business. Without DAWSON’S CREEK I wouldn’t have found a tenth of current artists in my library, and thanks to THE O.C. I found the other five-tenths. Now I need to remember to also watch ABC Family and Freeform shows, just in case I really need some new music to listen to.
Worst part of the episode: Carl’s mother deserves to be cancelled. Is Alex Borstein ever going to be able to play a character I will like?
Weirdest part of the episode: I don’t get the thing between Roman and Sasha. Either they are in love and hang out when it isn’t night and when Michelle isn’t around, or they are just weird characters wanting to have a chat every once in a while.
Player of the episode: Liza Weil naturally wins this meaningless internet points, because Liza Weil.

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