It’s a pretty gutsy move to kick off your new series by killing off one of the pilot’s main characters, but “Bunheads” totally went there. The ABC Family dance dramedy spent Episode 2 dealing with Hubbell’s death (and making us cry in the process).
While the beginning of the episode was a little too talky (very Amy Sherman-Palladino), it hit that sweet spot between emotional and funny as Fanny (Kelly Bishop) and Michelle (Sutton Foster) figured out how, exactly, their grieving processes worked.
The best point, though, came at the end, when the high school ballerinas performed a beautiful dance in honor of their teacher’s late son (and the new cool adult in town’s new husband). Raise your hand if you shed a tear…
It was a solid follow-up to a solid debut, but definitely heavy for a summer show. Now that Michelle has inherited Hubbell’s estate, we’ll hopefully finally get into that premise that’s been promised since the beginning — that Michelle will start teaching at Fanny’s dance school. The scenes where Michelle interacts with the students are the best, anyway.
What did you think of “Bunheads” Episode 2?