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Bunheads on ABC Family shares the story of a Las Vegas showgirl, who impulsively marries a man, moves to his sleepy coastal town, and takes an uneasy role at her new mother-in-law's dance school.
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Talia: I'd take my top off if I could, but I'm flat as a board. Maybe I should buy some. I mean, how much could they be?
Michelle: Five to seven grand.
Talia: What? No!
Talia: You pay per boob? If anything in the world should be sold as a pair, it should be boobs.
Michelle: (about Hubbell) Talia, go distract him so that I can grab my stuff and slip out the back.
Talia: That's mean.
Michelle: Well, I'm a mean girl. The sooner he learns that, the better.
(Michelle has pawned off Hubbell onto three of her fellow dancers.)
Lucy: So what do we have to do for this dinner?
Hillary: Really? (scoffs) Guys just get weirder and weirder.
Michelle: I don't love you Hubbell. I'm sorry, but I don't. I've never loved anybody, really. I don't think I'm made that way. And you're so wonderful. You deserve to have somebody love you.
Hubbell: I know you don't love me. I'm not an idiot. But I don't believe you're not made that way.
Hubbell: You want to love. You just haven't found the right person yet. Maybe you don't trust that anybody's gonna understand you, but I do. I know exactly what you want. You want to laugh and you want to travel and you want to be surprised and challenged. You want to live an unexpected life, and I intend to give you exactly that.
Michelle: (to Hubbell) Wait, you live with your mother like a serial killer?
(during Fanny's party)
Fanny: (whispers) What do you two think you're doing?
Hubbell: (whispers) We're about to toast our wedding.
Michelle: (whispers) And not do a spit-take after.
Fanny: (whispers) Have you had sex?
Michelle: (whispers) Ever?
Fanny: (whispers) Don't be smart.
Hubbell: Mom, that's none of your business.
Fanny: (loudly) This is my party! I did not throw this party so the two of you could have sex during it!
Michelle: Okay, clearly we've dropped the whispering.
(Michelle brings the old man's dog into the bar, and sits down on a stool.)
Rico: That a service dog?
Michelle: Like a marine?
Rico: Like a seeing-eye dog, that kinda thing.
Michelle: Yeah, he is my service dog. When I get really drunk and pass out in the gutter, he is my pillow.
Rico: (long pause) Okay.
(Fanny and her friends plan Hubbell's memorial.)
Sculptor Friend: I remember years ago when the husband of a friend of mine died. My entire Wiccan group went down to the ocean at midnight, sang a song, threw our clothes off, joined hands and ran into the sea. It was really beautiful.
Fanny: There will be kids there.
Sculptor Friend: They can wear floaties.
Vi: You were in a Wiccan group?
Sculptor Friend: Well, I was living in Vancouver. I didn't ski, so
The opening Vegas show scene is danced to "Jet Set" from the Broadway musical Catch Me if You Can. "Leap Toward the Earth" by Sam Phillips plays as Michelle drinks in her apartment after the audition fiasco. The girls' sample audition music is Mike Viola's cover of the Silver Beatles' version of "Ain't She Sweet." The music heard as Michelle and Fanny walk into the bar is "Tempted" by Squeeze. Fanny and Michelle dance to Jim Croce's "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" in the final scene.
The episode was dedicated to Amy Sherman-Palladino's father, Don Sherman "who couldn't dance at all but damn, he was funny." Sherman, a stand-up comedian, gag man (Joey Bishop) and sometime actor (Rocky franchise) passed away on May 23, 2012.
Gilmore Girls Connections: Rose Abdoo (Sam) played Gypsy throughout Gilmore Girls seven seasons. Alex Borstein (Michelle's hooker neighbor) played Drella the harpist in season one, and Miss Celine – Emily's Stylist – in seasons three and five.
Original Show Title: Strut
Bunheads began its development as a cast-contingent pilot greenlighted in September 2010 by ABC Family's new president Michael Riley (who took over from Paul Lee when he moved to ABC Entertainment Group as its new president in July 2010). Created by Lamar Damon, who would have been an executive producer with Anna Mastro, Karey Burke, Charlie Stratton and Norman Buckley, Strut was about a "Las Vegas showgirl who unwittingly gets married to a stranger after a wild night and becomes a high school instructor for a misfit drill team in a small Texas town."
A year later, on September 16, 2011, ABC Family announced another round of pilot orders and Strut, now Bunheads, was included in the list. No longer cast-contingent, Amy Sherman Palladino had taken over the project and had reworked it as "a Las Vegas showgirl, who impulsively marries a man and moves to his sleepy coastal town, and takes an uneasy role at her new mother-in-law's dance school." The new title reflected the dance genre change. She was listed as the sole executive producer; Damon, Stratton, Mastro, Burke and Buckley had all exited the project. Lamar Damon retained a creator credit and he kept his "story by" credit in the pilot episode.
Special billing was given to Kelly Bishop (and) for this episode.
Crew Additions and Clarifications: Tim Marx (Produced by), Lisa Nash Jones (Department Head Make Up Artist), Colleen LaBaff (Department Head Hair Stylist), Level 3 Post (Post Production Services), Todd-AO (Post Production Sound), Marat Daukayev School of Ballet (Production Assistance Provided by)
Filming on the pilot began April 13, 2012.
There is a town called Paradise in Northern California, however the town isn't on the shore.
Michelle's reference to being a "Sadie" comes from the Funny Girl soundtrack, the song, Sadie Sadie. It is Sadie Sadie Married Lady.
The title of this episode, "What's the Damage, Heather?" is in reference to the 1988 film Heathers.
Hubbell: Marry me.
Michelle: Oh, Hubbell, no.
Hubbell: I can make you happy.
Michelle: No, you don't understand. I suck at relationships. I'm like Godzilla. Men run from me. They flee. Not just Japanese men, all nationalities flee.
Hubbell: I won't flee.
Michelle: Buy some comfortable shoes.
Hubbell: I promise you, I won't flee. I'll be the one scientist who understands you. The one who knows that you're not burning the city down because you're evil. You're burning the city down to protect the giant lizard eggs you just laid in a cave by the ocean. A cave no one knows is there, but me.
Hubbell appears to be combining at least two of the many Japanese and US Godzilla films. The original Godzilla movies included burning the city down, while the Godzilla vs. Mothra films had the egg in the nest in a cave.
Michelle: "There's no crying in baseball!" …or ballet.
Michelle uses Tom Hanks' line as Jimmy Dugan from the 1992 Penny Marshall film A League of Their Own to stop the girls' waterworks.
(Michelle is amazed to find out everyone has her phone number.)
Michelle: Thornton Wilder should have mentioned the creepy side of small town life.
Michelle: No one. He was in Menudo.
Michelle: I'm gonna go be old now.
Michelle refers to Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1938 play Our Town, in which the audience learns all about the sleepy town of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, through narration by the stage manager, and traditional action and dialogue of the play. Wilder was never a member of 80s Puerto Rican boy band Menudo.
Nanette: Kettle corn!
Boo: Keep moving, keep moving.
Nanette: Popcorn's a whole grain. The Southern lady with the diabetes on the food channel said so.
Boo's mother is talking about Paula Deen, a cook with several shows on Food Network. On January 17, 2012, Deen announced her diagnosis along with a hefty endorsement deal with a diabetes drug manufacturer to much criticism. Much of it was directed at the fact she'd had the diagnosis for three years, had adjusted her diet for the disease and lost weight, but had not changed the fatty and sugary foods she promoted on her shows her network brand.
Michelle: Okay, we're fine vetters. They should put us in charge of finding vice-presidential candidates.
Michelle refers to Sarah Palin and the rush job done vetting her for her 2008 candidacy, part of which story was told in the HBO movie Game Change.
Boo's real name Bettina most likely is a take on the clumsy blonde Bettina in the 1991 children's Little Golden Book Bettina the Ballerina written by Mary Alexandra Nelson.
Michelle: (sees the new guy behind the bar) Who is he?
Sasha: His name is Godot.
Michelle: Oh, so you're all Waiting for Godot?
(The girls look at her blankly.)
Michelle: (scoffs) You're so lucky you have fries.
The girls don't recognize the title of Samuel Beckett's 1953 play.
(Fanny is about to abandon Truly to the wind-swept mess that is now her bills.)
Michelle: You can't just leave.
Fanny: Truly can handle this.
Michelle: The place is a wreck!
Fanny: She's fine. (crouches by a frozen Truly) You're fine.
(Truly can't answer.)
Fanny: See, she's fine.
Michelle: She not fine. Look at her eyes. She's the girl who hides the chicken under her bed in Girl, Interrupted.
Michelle compares Truly to Daisy Randone (Brittany Murphy) a character from the 1999 James Mangold film that also starred Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie. Daisy, a bulimic, was allowed by staff at the psychiatric hospital to store carcasses of the roasted chicken her father brought her under her bed.
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