“Bunheads” 1.17 ‘It’s Not A Mint’ – Recap and Review
Airdate 18 Feb 2013
Sasha returns to her grown up apartment, carrying grown up shopping including kitchen roll. Old lady neighbourmeyer is uncommonly not answering her door, even with Sasha’s offer of transportation to her MRI. Sasha’s leaves messages with Ginny and Boo and her phone’s voice-dialling can’t handle calling the police (911 being too much to dial in all the panic) and tries suggests connecting her to Polito’s Trattoria [wink - Jon Polito played the pizza guy in Gilmore Girls].
Talia and Truly join Michelle for an indulgent chocolate fondue as an impromptu hen night for Talia’s wedding to Old Guy Rick the next day. Truly calls maid of honour and Michelle spikes the fondue.
Roman, Sasha’s love interest, turns up as her knight in shining armour and wearing Sasha as a shell, sidesteps her scattered tangelos in the corridor. So not only does she have money to afford her own apartment, she’s got disposeable cash to match. And either he really loves his padlock neckchain or he’s lost the key. Roman – find the key, dude. Weaponry around the apartment includes two baseball bats, a tennis racket, a pointy umbrella and a crowbar. Roman instantly loses the umbrella to the giant spider in the bathroom but makes it into the bedroom and declare the house safe. Just as they get to the bed, Boo’s parents Rusty and Jordan (dad and mum respectively, in case the androgynous names had you wondering like me) turn up in answer to Sasha’s emergency call armed with the screaming Winkleburn kids and a sledgehammer, which Rusty also loses to the bathroom spider.
Next morning, Truly asks Michelle for dress advice during ballet rehearsals when Bash (Gilmore Girls’ one and only Kirk, Sean Gunn) turns up in town evacuation mode. There’s a fire in the woods north of town and with Fanny out of the country, he designates Michelle as co-captain for their area. With the position comes a ‘CAP’ cap (a cap with CAP emblazoned on it). Around the army cots being put up in the studio, Bash instructs Michelle on protocol, hands her a walkie-talkie and the promise of champagne if she’s successful. Melanie is capturing the event on her SLR.
Michelle: Fire torpedoes, fire torpedoes!
Bash is giving Michelle minimal captaining duties, including only registering surnames X through Z. The town’s boys are present, including Roman, Carl (Boo’s beau), Jeff (Boo’s manager at the Oyster Bar) and Des (Melanie’s brother’s friend and her ever-present bugbear). Carl and Jeff bond over Tommy Lee Jones’ turn in Hope Floats and demonstrate why young men shouldn’t do TLJ impressions.
Talia is determined that the wedding goes ahead today, despite the emergency situation. Truly is even more determined to be maid of honour. Millie (GG’s Paris, Liza Weil), Truly’s sister, jumps the queue since the whole town is scared of her.
Bash: To be clear, I like men and women equally. Both sexes work for me.
Michelle: Yeah that’s not gonna lead to any misunderstandings at all.
Ginny ogles the new boy, Frankie, as he changes into his Emergency Volunteer t-shirt (with good reason). Des knows Ansel Adams and advises Melanie against using flash to create naturalistic pictures, much to her disdain. Seeing Ginny doe-eyed over Frankie, Sasha hands her a drool cup but does nothing to douse her infatuation.
In the dancer’s changing room, Talia’s fiance Rick is caught at a checkpoint and can’t get into town but Truly says that they will find a way. Millie wants her crepe cook to cook crepes. Michelle finds a condom packet under a wardrobe and if that wasn’t drama enough, Bash tells her he has a mole in one of the other evacuation centres and their entertainments include juggling, singing and doing the conga. He tells her they need to step up the entertainment (hmm, wonder what that might include).
The girls and guys are playing poker, Michelle breaks it up in case an orgy breaks out. Talia’s Rick is being flown in by a good samaritan, in a helicopter.
Bash’s attempt at entertainment is Jeff and Carl playing duelling Tommy Lee Jones’. When this turns into fisticuffs over Jeff coming onto Boo, Michelle has the dancers perform their Billy Elliot’s dad’s dance routine – and mining hats off to Marguerite Derricks for another stunning performance.
Truly is steaming the maid of honour dress she’s just made and Millie asks to use the room for a massage. Truly thanks her for the use of the helicopter and Millie says it’s worth it for a wedding. Although the two of them are unmarried, Millie doesn’t see it ever happening for her – her adopted Chinese child is enough for her. Truly however does expect marriage. Bash pokes his head around the corner, marking a Kirk / Paris reunion.
Ginny sniffs Frankie’s jacket, Cozette spoils Skyfall (finally someone did it) and she likens Ginny to a sad, dying antelope that needs to be put out of its misery.
Talia is looking fabulous in her wedding outfit.
Talia: I was shooting for Marilyn singing Happy Birthday to Kennedy but with underwear.
Talia receives a text that Rick has fallen and broken his ankle. Michelle confesses that she doesn’t think Rick is suitable for her, that he’s making her give up on her dreams and she’s becoming someone else. Talia says dancing in New York is Michelle’s dream, not hers, not any more and besides, she’s pregnant. Gasp!
Over a kids’ group photo and some cute dogs, Des finally gets through to Melanie. He gets her to consider that she can’t think of a reason why they should be together – but then, she can’t think of a reason why not. So why not? Yay Des!!
Michelle throws the condom down between the four girls, Sasha, Melanie, Ginny and Boo, leaving everyone involved confused.
She realises her mistake and takes it back but spawns a brilliant and educational conversation between the girls where we learn that Boo is on the pill but not having sex. As she’s eating what looks like a lettuce sandwich.
Sasha: …you’re on the pill but not having sex. That’s like having a superpower and not using it
Bash announces to the room that the fire is out. Cozette has told Frankie that Ginny wanted drawing lessons and he’s more than pleased to oblige. Ginny bounces as he puts his number in her phone. Bash contacts Michelle on the walkie talkie, channelling Lorelai as he pretends to be breaking up – denying her any success champagne. Instead, the returning firemen include Godot, the bartender surfer hunk and Michelle’s one-time fling – who also appears to be on the pill.
Always pleasantly surprised to see familar Gilmore faces. This week we have Kirk and Paris in person, Fran (Sasha’s unseen neighbour) and Emily in absentia. Bash’s ‘breaking up’ on the walkie-talkie was a loving reminder of Lorelai’s effortless and guiltless ‘going in a tunnel’ excuses to Emily. And speaking of Emily, Millie’s treatment of her crepe cook and masseuse were strikingly reminiscent of Emily and her maids. As noted above, Kirk and Paris breathed the same air in one scene, the last time they did this was when they had a sleepover at Lorelai’s, remember?
Lorelai: So, did you get any rest?
Paris: Kirk talks in his sleep.
Lorelai: Anything juicy?
Paris: He deals blackjack.
Lorelai: Hm. Kirk?
Kirk [off screen]: Yeah?
Lorelai: Turn off the TV, come have your breakfast.
Kirk [off screen]: In a minute.
Things like this remind me how – as much as I enjoy Bunheads – I still love Gilmore Girls more. With the possible exception of Michelle’s Old Guy jokes, which totally rock.
Whose condom? If it’s not one of our quartet’s, does it even matter? The sensible conversation it spawned on buying condoms and taking precautions if you’re not actively having sex was cool and I’m glad they came back to this after the sex discussion pact they breezed by a few episodes ago.
Michelle and Godot, Sasha and Roman, Ginny and Frankie, Melanie and Des, Boo and Carl. Talia and Old Guy Rick. Now almost everyone’s hooked up, who’s going to get broken up first? If Gilmore Girls is a template, are you expecting some new male faces?
I love that Truly can whip up a dress out of a cotbed, seamstressing skills are a superpower shared with Lorelai. Who’s the guy for her? Has Millie really given up on finding a guy? And where’s Fanny?
Pics courtesy of ABC Family