The Astronaut and the Ballerina

Season 1, Ep 14, Aired 1/28/13
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  • Episode Description
  • All the girls deal with massive stress loads differently. Ginny turns to Melanie for support with her mother, but Melanie isn't there. She's escaping her father's pressure with roller derby. Boo depends on Carl for help with her brothers, but he's not happy with the extended boyfriend duties. Meanwhile, Michelle's brother visits and challenges her life and responsibilities.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Amy Sherman-Palladino

  • Daniel Palladino

  • Sutton Foster

    Michelle Simms

  • Kaitlyn Jenkins

    Boo Jordan

  • Bailey Buntain

    Ginny Thompson

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • (Michelle places a small package on the bar.)
      Godot: For me?
      Michelle: Yep.
      Godot: Guilt gift?
      Michelle: Yep.
      Godot: I like the wrapping paper.
      Michelle: It's my 2004 tax return.
      Godot: Nice. (unwraps gift) Finding Nemo.
      Michelle: See, it's the perfect thing for us 'cause you're an expert on the ocean, and I like talking fish.

    • Michelle: Can I give you a piece of advice?
      Scotty: Sure.
      Michelle: If you keep getting engaged to perfect strangers and then bailing on the wedding night, you have to buy a tux.
      Scotty : I keep marrying the wrong girl.
      Michelle: You keep marrying mom.
      Scotty: Well, that's not too disturbing of a statement.
      Michelle: Well, if the creepy psychological profile fits...

    • (Melanie talks to Cozette after refusing to acknowledge her in front of Ginny.)
      Cozette: I get what's going on.
      Melanie: What's going on?
      Cozette: Group dynamics are naturally resistant to alteration.
      Melanie: What is that, like, physics?
      Cozette: Madonna.

    • (Ginny reaches her breaking point after weeks of corralling her mother.)
      Ginny: I don't think you understand what it's like. Your parents are normal. They do normal things and eat normal food, and even though your mother counts the peas on everyone's plate to make sure everyone has the same amount, I think that's thoughtful. More thoughtful than wandering the house at night like Lady Macbeth.
      Melanie: Oh, shoot. I forgot my shoes.
      (Melanie runs back upstairs to the changing room.)
      Ginny: You did not forget your shoes. I drove you off. (to no one in particular) I drove her off, just like my mother drives everyone off. "We mock the things we are to be." You know who said that? Mel Brooks — 2000 Year Old Man. He was talking about how we make fun of our parents and then we grow up and turn into our parents. And that line popped into my head yesterday, so I started looking through old photo albums of my mother trying to figure out exactly when her crazy set in so I can be prepared. I think it started around college. That's the first time I saw her do that really wild-eyed thing she does. So I guess I've got about three-to-four years before I go barking mad. Which is good. Now I'm ready for it. I can plan ahead. You know, have a lot of rounded corners in my house; wear soft, bouncy clothing; stock up on tissue, ice cream, voodoo dolls…

    • Ginny: Where are we? What is this?
      Melanie: It's roller derby.
      Ginny: Roller derby? You're in roller derby?
      Melanie: I'm Cleo-Smacktra.
      Ginny: How did this enter your world?
      Melanie:That night at the Oyster Bar when I pulled the chair out from underneath Godot.
      Ginny: Godot got you into this?
      Melanie: Not Godot. She gave me a flier.
      Ginny: She?
      (Melanie's eyes look toward Cozette; Ginny looks up at Cozette.)
      Ginny: You!
      Cozette: Hi?
      Frankie: Should you run?
      Ginny: You stay out of this! You're ruining everything! I don't know who you are or where you're from or why you know French or why you're so close with Mitch Alvarado, but Melanie is my friend and it's the four of us, and you need to stay the hell away!

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    Notes (7)

    • The song Michelle and Scotty sing together is Gene Austin standard called "Tonight You Belong to Me."

    • Cast Relations: Hunter Foster is Sutton Foster's older brother. He comes to Bunheads, just like Sutton and Kelly Bishop (Fanny), from a Tony-nominated stage career and performances in musicals such as Footloose, the Producers, Little Shop of Horrors and Million Dollar Quartet.

    • Product Placement: Scotty calls Michelle a Mermaid and Tinkerbell in their argument. The Little Mermaid and Tinkerbell are properties owned by Disney who also owns ABC Family.

    • Julia Goldani Telles is credited but does not appear in this episode.

    • Crew Additions and Clarifications: Salli Newman (Produced by), Lisa Nash-Jones (Department Head Make Up Artist), Voni Hinkle (Department Head Hair Stylist), Sherry Whitfield (Music Editor), Level 3 Post (Post Production Services), Todd-AO (Post Production Sound), Marat Daukayev School of Ballet (Production Assistance Provided by), California Film Commission (filmed on location in the State of California with assistance from the)

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    Allusions (2)

    • Scotty: (after meeting Godot) Seriously? Even Mrs. Robinson's giving you a weird look right now.
      Michelle's brother mocks the age difference between her and Godot by referencing the 1967 Mike Nichols film The Graduate, in which recent college graduate Ben Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) is seduced by one of his parents' friends, and wife to his father's business partner, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) while falling in love with her daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross).

    • Frankie: (to Ginny) Hey, "Genius is often touched with madness." It's what makes them fun.
      Frankie uses a line attributed to Aristotle by Roman philosopher Seneca in his dialogue "Of Peace of Mind (De Tranquillitate Animi)" to reassure Ginny about her impending lunacy.

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