Bunheads: Better Luck Next Year

Again Bunheads had too much plot for its own good – and little else. I hope someone at ABC Family notices that this show doesn’t have all that many likeable characters. The Gilmore Girls had lots of interesting characters aside from Lorilei and Rory, hence the show worked.

This week the main issue was the Joffrey summer auditions. Who would get in? Unfortunately, this realistic, potentially interesting question got minimalized as shreds of trivial mini-stories about Michelle getting too much furniture shipped from Las Vegas (those scenes should have been deleted – No one is worried about Michelle’s old clothes and furniture – that’s not a burning issue) her struggle to put up a curtain rod, Fanny’s worries that the Joffrey might hold the auditions 30 miles up the road at another studio. Note: none of these would phase someone who’s got a grip on reality, certainly they wouldn’t phase Fanny whose only son recently died.

There was a shadow of a story between Boo and her mother, who’s banking on Boo’s failure and sabotaging Boo urging her to eat more junk food. Boo’s mom is obese and there’s clearly a potentially interesting story hear on how the nice, friendly mom is hurting her daughter in contrast with Sasha’s indifferent mom actually more. The redeeming part of the show this week was Sasha stealing from her mother to secretly do a good turn for Boo.

The plotting in Bunheads is so weak and tangled that it seems like this show was written before The Gilmore Girls and stashed in a drawer. Focus on these girls. I still don’t know most of their names. They’re a source of drama as are Fanny and Michelle. They can be quirky, but shouldn’t be weird. This week we learned that Fanny only sleeps a few hours a night. Thus she woke Michelle up at say 2 or 3 am to help her tidy up. Weak jokes ensued. The whole scene was implausible as Fanny has better things to do than hang up Michelle’s sweaters for her.

When they finally got to the auditions, i.e. the main event, we didn’t even get to see the girls dance. Instead we’re focused on Fanny and Michelle who’re enjoying a couple of glasses of wine at about 10am. Fanny fought for the right to host this event, which drew at least 100 dancers from all over and required extensive catering, but she spends the time chatting with a woman she doesn’t even like. As Fanny and Michelle drank, Boo came over to tell them she’d been rejected. The audition took 3 seconds. Fanny was wise enough to know that they were simply rejecting Boo because she’s not skinny. She kept putting wigs on Boo and telling her to adopt pseudonyms and keep trying till they gave her a fair shake. They never did, but Boo kept her spirits up anyway.

That scene was one of the pretty good ones but could have been better. Just lose the morning drinking as it isn’t cute and I don’t envision this show having a 12 step component. Also, show the girls dancing. Learn from Glee. When those kids perform we see them. We don’t cut to the teachers’ lounge and see the teachers sipping from secreted flasks.

I thought the show would get better this week. Not so.