“Bunheads” 1.06 ‘Money for Nothing’ – Recap and Comments


“Bunheads” 1.06 ‘Money for Nothing’ – Recap and Comments

Airdate: 23 July 2012

chilled fanny

It’s another day in Paradise but the ballet class is waiting outside the studio because the doors are locked. Michelle goes searching for Fanny and finds Truly and the rest of Fanny’s book group discussing 50 Shades of Grey – without Fanny. Michelle tells Truly she needs to hang with people her own age and, learning that Fanny has gone vacationing for a week, calls her up. Unrepentant, Fanny persuades Michelle to teach the classes while she’s away, even though Michelle has birthday road trip plans. Oh, and Fanny has had a pole installed in the dance studio for a cardio-striptease class. With little choice, Michelle takes the morning’s ballet class.

The quartet of Boo, Ginny, Melanie and Sasha are in the Oyster Bar consuming unidentifiable fried food and co-ordinating a night out at the Movie Truck (a truck that shows movies inside it, hitting different towns on different nights).

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Michelle is becoming acquainted with the dancing pole when her friend Talia arrives to kick off the birthday celebrations, bringing with her Michelle’s last Vegas paycheck.

They cancel their road trip plans because of the week’s teaching and decide to blow the paycheck in Paradise instead. On their walking tour around town, Talia is drawn to Truly’s shop, Sparkles, where she wants to buy everything and Truly winds up being invited along to Michelle’s big birthday night out.

Truly: “For my last birthday Fanny took me to Colonial Williamsburg, I got a bonnet.”

That evening, Melanie, Ginny and Boo turn up at Sasha’s house and can hear her parents yelling at each other. Sasha lets them in and rushes them upstairs to get ready for their night out. Ginny’s impossibly thoughtful long-term boyfriend Josh drops by with personalised goody bags for each of the girls, but leaves shortly. Sasha’s parents’ argument is worse than normal but Sasha is determined for a night of escape.

Sasha: “Now paint it if you’re gonna paint it, pluck it if you’re gonna pluck it but get your shoes and bring your bags because we are going out.”

Michelle and Talia give Truly a striking makeover and they too head out on the town.

In the Movie Truck, the quartet socially engineer four seats together in the crowded space although Boo ends up first somehow holding a stranger’s baby, then sitting next to Melanie’s brother Charlie, who she has a crush on.

With nothing else in Paradise, Michelle’s birthday trio also find themselves at the Movie Truck, but it’s sold out. Truly comes to the rescue, not only spying a back entrance to the truck, but whipping out a bottle of hooch to enjoy while they watch the self-explanatorily titled “Mountain of Arms” (rated R).

movie truck

The movies is still rolling at 11.40pm when Sasha tells the girls they need to get back home before the house alarm sets at midnight, only she sees Michelle in the truck and, unsure of Michelle’s potential reaction to their under-age attendance, they decide to wait until the end of the movie so as  to not draw attention to themselves. They needn’t have worried, as they find Boo outside after the show, talking to a well-sozzled Michelle. Charlie writes another girl’s phone number on Boo’s hand and they run back to Sasha’s with only 5 minutes to go until midnight.

Unwilling to end the night so early, Truly discloses that she’s been spitting her drink back into the bottle (gross), so she can drive Michelle and Talia to a fabled Cupcake ATM.

Truly: “I’ve read about it. In Los Angeles there is a pink ATM and it dispenses all kinds of cupcakes, 24 hours a day [high-pitched squeal]”

The quartet arrive back at Sasha’s house, breathless but too late to enter the house without the alarm going off. Attempting to jump into a window from the roof of her mum’s BMW, Sasha falls and tears through the convertible roof.

cupcake coma

Back from the Cupcake ATM, Michelle and Talia laze in the gazebo. Truly has passed into a cupcake-induced coma, dreaming about arms, while Michelle and Talia finish off the cupcakes and take stock. It’s been a good birthday.

Michelle: “You know this was supposed to be a whole thing here. This was supposed to be a whole different life. I was supposed to be married, a Sadie. I was supposed to have a husband… We were supposed to be really happy. Now I don’t know what the plan is.”

The sun is up and the quartet have slept in, and on, the broken car. Sasha tries to talk Boo out of Charlie, then confides that the invitation came from the Joffrey for the summer program and she intends to go, without telling her parents. With the house alarm automatically deactivated, they enter the house to find Sasha’s dad sitting on the sofa, staring into space. From previous asides, it appears his wife has outed him from the closet. The three girls head upstairs leaving Sasha to tell her dad that she stayed out all night and wrecked the car but he’s oblivious, heavy things on his mind.

Sasha and two dancers perform a nifty, slinky contemporary dance to They Might Be Giants’ ‘Istanbul not Constantinople’, that might be a dream sequence, might just be a thing. Either way, it’s entrancing.

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Nods to Gilmore in this episode: spitting in a can, ‘Istanbul not Constantinople’, persuading people to switch seats and Rose Abdoo loving the dirtiness of 50 Shades (come on, it was never meant to be high fiction).  A nod also to mcityrk for the well-coined collective ‘quartet’ for the four girls, which I’ve shamelessly stolen from comments on previous recaps.

I can’t believe there really is a cupcake ATM, it’s on Google and everything. I’ve just added it to my Schemer list (while checking off ‘Watch all seasons of Gilmore Girls’ – again). More pop culture in this episode than previous, I think – 50 Shades, Brangelina. Still a long way to go to match GG though.

Bunheads features some genius set design, most obviously in the dance studio with its Rubik’s Cube mirrors but no cameras in sight.  Other examples include the funfair, the lighting in the Movie Truck and the warmth of the gazebo (see pics above). It’s so cosy.

Is it just me or does Sasha sometimes look like Rory?

All images from abc family



Rich originally began contributing to GIlmore News as 'Dairyman' in 2013, a reference to the character Dairyman Dick in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, (call me Rich). Here in the UK we were late to the Gilmore party and I don't remember what made me watch my first episode - the one where Lorelai picks Rory up from the police station after she and Logan steal a yacht - but I remember watching it again immediately. And then again. Thankfully, the next show was on the next day and I watched that one three times too. And then the boat one again. I couldn't believe the dialogue was so quick and so funny and I pretended to myself that I was only watching it so I could figure out who I was more keen on - the mom or the daughter. I swore that Aaron Sorkin must have been involved but I couldn't find his name attached anywhere, even on the internet. So I watched and loved and laughed and cried and the day after the series finale, they ran the entire show from the beginning again and Rory turned into a baby so then I was all about Lorelai. Lauren Graham is astonishing ("Mother: Breathtaking") and the show was - and is - lightning in a bottle. It's a treasure for those who watch and get swept up in it, like I did and like the readers of Gilmore News. It's heartbreak and chicken soup, family dysfunction and blind optimism, lighthearted romanticism and balls-out brilliant. Thanks to Arieanna and gilmorenews.com for letting me squat and allowing my inner Gilmore Geek out for air. I worry how it would otherwise manifest.

11 thoughts on ““Bunheads” 1.06 ‘Money for Nothing’ – Recap and Comments

  • October 15, 2012 at 10:15 pm


    Six down and four to go and your write-ups continue to excel.

    This was one of my favorite episodes of the season as it seemed like there was no extraneous filler, lots of filling in of the quartet’s back-stories, and finally some interesting sidekicks for Michelle to play with [a Talia/Truly double-header] and amplify the humor possible in her life.

    Lots of great GG threads as well with a crackling absentee opening worthy of the best of Emily Gilmore’s manipulations [although Michelle probably owed Fanny a favor after the previous episode], the inclusion of an old favorite from GG 1.03 and 4.16 [aka, golf-cart man and the absent-minded funeral pastor] who was the old dude in the movie truck who was asked to move, the quartet’s fascination with masses of fast food and having their “while the cat’s [Fanny] away moments”, all the self-induced problems after the movie [somewhat parallel to Rory and Lane getting directly busted by Mrs Kim and Lorelai after the bad movie double date], and all of the wonderful bits you already mentioned.

    I continue to see Truly as the Paradise version of Kirk but in this episode she shows a sneaky intelligence I do not ever remember seeing in Kirk. And of course after the makeover- you wonder why Hubble never really noticed her.

    As to the Sasha as Rory resemblance. I remember seeing the promo pics prior to the first episode and thinking something similar and there have been times during the episodes when the thought reoccurs. However ASP has wisely blunted the comparison by distributing the attributes associated with Rory across all members of the quartet so that none of them has to carry the comparison at all times. Good move since it probably would be impossible.

    Finally the final dance sequence was cool though I had a hard time telling if it was Sasha or Michelle in the lead and was uncertain who the other dancers were. Thanks for the clarification.

  • October 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    So, yes we’ve made it over the halfway bump, thanks for joining me on the ride. With any luck I’ll be reviewing the next series slightly closer to airdate.

    @mcityrk – a beautiful catch, I don’t think I’d have ever spotted that old dude. An excuse to re-watch, were an excuse ever needed.

    Ahh, Kirk and your myriad jobs. We should all be so lucky. Do you think he got sacked from each job? I get a tingly feeling that he worked them all simultaneously.

  • October 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm


    Along the “Kirk” rhymes with “work” thread: Suspect he had next to no expenses, was always around and thus got first crack at any new short-term jobs, seldom got sacked since the jobs evaporated upon completion and could be paid “off-book”, and seemed to have an enterprenurial flair for filling profitable niches once he had accumulated a little cash for investment purposes. Still think it was improbable that there were 1500+ hours per year of odd-job work in SH that would have had to have been paid at better than minumum wage to accumulate the cash he used to make the bid on the Twickham house, but then if presidential candidates can significantly fudge their math why not ASP in GG.

  • November 14, 2012 at 7:19 am

    My life will be incomplete until I live near to a cupcake ATM…though my waistline will be significantly better without it.

    Sasha/Rory – there is some resemblance, but Rory was clumsier, seemed too tall for herself, whereas Sasha walks much more proudly, assuredly. I do have funny moments though, looking at Sasha/Rory and still with MIchelle/Lorelai.

  • November 15, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Hi Emma-

    Seems to me that Sasha walks more assuredly to carry the neded posture for the ballet discipline. Also suspect Sasha is actually taller than Rory who I always thought was listed as taller than she is [compared to the known heights of the other actors around her??].

    As to the clumsiness, I suspect AB as Rory was intentionally clumsy more for comic relief; i.e colliding with Paris, being twirled by Jackson with the soft drinks, etc., than in actuality. There are other times when AB as Rory shows good coordination and quickness [the initial parts of the fencing sequence] and in other movie roles like Tuck and Sisterhood [the waterwork stunts] and Sin City and Kate Logan [the gun sequences and fight/flight scenes].

  • November 16, 2012 at 2:17 am

    Yup, I meant to say I thought Sasha walked that way because of the ballet. Ballerinas always have that straight back nonsense going on.

    Seems like you’ve studied AB’s movements pretty thoroughly… ;)

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  • August 27, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Hello! I just discovered “Bunheads” and am loving it! Just watched this episode, but did anyone else notice that the cupcake ATM they went to was in LA? I looked it up online, and Paradise is 7 hours from LA… plot hole.. lol.

  • August 31, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Glad you are loving Bunheads. It was a favorite of mine. Sad that it didn’t catch on. I’m still bummed that they didn’t release a DVD for the short run – at least I can’t find one. Don’t recall the episode you are referring to. Probably a few plot holes if you look real hard :)

  • September 11, 2019 at 2:21 am

    I miss the Buns too :(

    They installed a cupcake machine in the mall near my place but they don’t sell cupcakes from it… it’s a like an automated cupboard where you can pick up cupcakes you’ve pre-ordered. Not what I thought it was going to be. The cake is a lie.


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