Bunheads "No One Takes Khaleesi's Dragons" Review: Sparks Fly

Bunheads S01E09: "No One Takes Khaleesi's Dragons"

Sean Gunn!

I just have to start off by shouting his name from the rooftops. Sean Gunn, Kirk on Gilmore Girls, made his Bunheads debut this week as Bash—short for Sebastian. Bash is an award-winning barista and a fussy pain in the ass: I didn’t care much for the character, but with Gunn in the role, I wouldn’t mind having him back. He’s just so good at playing weird. Also, the more Gilmore Girls actors show up, the more this starts to feel like some bizarre alternate reality spin-off—like Lost’s sideways universe in Season 6.

But I digress. "No One Takes Khaleesi's Dragons" was kind of about Bash and his painstakingly slow approach to coffee, but it was really more about relationships, particularly new ones. Boo and Carl. Ginny and Charlie. Michelle and Godot. All of these potential pairings got off to rocky starts: I’m pretty sure they’re going to happen in upcoming episodes, but it might be a little rough getting there. Yes, even for someone as smooth as Godot.

I’m saddest for Boo and Carl, because they’re adorable, and dammit, I just want these two crazy kids to make it work. But Carl spent most of the episode being grumpy because Boo’s friends had treated him so poorly (I don’t blame him), and then as soon as the would-be couple shared their first kiss, Boo had to go and start crying about Charlie. On the one hand, I’m glad Bunheads isn’t just dropping Boo’s Charlie obsession because she’s found someone else—that’s not how crushes work. On the other, what the hell does she see in Melanie’s tool brother? Carl is infinitely more charming.

Realistically, though, Boo is going to make a total mess of the first real shot she has at a relationship, because she’s a spaz and she’s also a kid. I love that the girls on Bunheads behave like actual teenage girls: It’s annoying sometimes, just the way that actual teenagers are annoying sometimes (always). You can’t do anything but watch them make stupid mistakes and get emotional about it—maybe you wish you could shake them, or maybe you remember what you were like when you were a teenager and you judge them a little less harshly. We were that dumb once. A lot of us still are!

I wasn’t as thrilled about Ginny and Charlie, if only because she’s way too good for him. Again, nice to see teenage girls behaving as teenage girls, but Ginny went from zero to spaz pretty quickly, didn’t she? (Everyone in this episode was unusually clumsy. Remember when Michelle basically destroyed Bash’s coffee shop?) At the same time, she’s been in a relationship for so long that she has no actual experience dating, so it makes sense that she would freak out that much over the first boy to like her. And I felt like Melanie was awfully hard on her: Ginny didn’t exactly seem in control of her emotions, or she would have done a lot less flailing.

And then there’s Michelle and Godot. Sweet, simple Godot. Like I said when he first appeared, I think this guy is kind of a nothing character, but he’s cute and he has a really nice smile, and honestly Michelle deserves to get laid by someone that attractive. There, I said it. I fully don’t care if they have a series-spanning Luke and Lorelei romance: I just think they should maybe make out a little. And as much as I think he’s full of nonsense surfer platitudes, his advice about living in the moment is good, if generic. Michelle spent a lot of the episode fixated on her career—which, let’s face it, isn’t going anywhere right now. She needs to focus on making the best of her life in Paradise, then worry about what the future holds.

There was more that I enjoyed about the episode: Sasha’s cynicism destroying the cheerleading team, Fanny describing brunch, the episode title being “No One Takes Khaleesi’s Dragons.” (This seemed like a weird thing for Michelle to say, but who cares? A Game of Thrones reference is always welcome.) Mostly, though, I’m looking forward to next week’s summer finale—I want some of those almost-couples to get a little closer.

QUESTIONS:

– Who will be the first couple to make it official: Boo and Carl, Ginny and Charlie, or Michelle and Godot?

– Does Boo have a right to be upset about Ginny liking Charlie back?

– How long would you wait for really amazing coffee?

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-I really want Godot and Michelle together in a weird casual public way...so funny

-they are teens. They have to live by that rules!

- I live in Italy. We do not wait for coffee more than 5 minutes. If it takes more than 5 minutes, I change bar.
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- Boo and Carl (I hope!)



- Yes Boo definately has the right to be upset about the situation! A real friend would NEVER do something like that... unless you give them permission and even then they should tread lightly!



- I would wait a max of maybe 30 minutes... because subpar coffee does the same job as really amazing coffee and I could still get on with the rest of my day.
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first off: KIIIIIIIIIIIIIRK!!! <3 <3 <3 !!!



- i'm hoping it'll be boo and carl

- yes she does!! bra code, dude!! but if she officially gets together with carl, then charlie is history

- don't drink coffee ;)
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Thank you for answering the one question I had: what "Khaleesi's Dragons" is from.



I was bugged that Godot didn't get her t-shirt; it was one of the things that made BOTH versions of Footloose. He couldn't be THAT out of touch...but, then again, he's a surfer.



The questions:



- I'm sorry, but I don't think that Michelle and Godot make a good couple. They're awkward together. Awkwardness is fine in a teen relationship; not so much for an adult one. Ginny should stay away from Charlie if she has ANY regards for Boo's feelings. That leaves Boo & Carl, but she may have blown that.



- Realistically, no, Boo does NOT have the right, because she liked Carl. However, these are teens, and "realistic" (read: logic) goes out the window. I remember being in high school and a friend liked a guy I was crushing on, and she still asked my permission (even tho it was painfully obvious that he was more into her than me)...and this was 30 years ago. The rules still apply.



- Not long enough to need a book, and I would report Bash to the BBB for mistreating his clients. The customer is ALWAYS right. I don't care how many awards he won or who he won over. Then again, I've always been annoyed by the concept of "food presentation" anyway.
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The new Footloose didn't exactly do big numbers in the U.S. It did okay, but it certainly wasn't a summer blockbuster you can expect a person picked at random to have seen. In fact, I don't think I know a single person who saw it, or at least who has admitted that fact to me out loud. Maybe my mother.
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Well, now you can say 2. Not only did I see it (along with my husband and daughters), but we LOVED it, and aren't ashamed to admit it. (Of course, one of my favorite movies is "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts' Club Band", so my taste in movies has always been questioned.)
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I love Boo to death, but she has NO RIGHT, are BOO and CHARLIE going out no, bottom line Charlie is fair game period!! Bash is a bit overboard with the wait!!
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I'm hoping this show will be like The secret Life of the American Teenager in that it's not just a summer thing but comes back year round with new episodes and the term Summer Finale indicates the possibility of just that. I stopped watching Secret Life because it wasn't as good as a lot of shows and I guess I just outgrew it. But there's no outgrowing Bunheads, it's just too good. That said, I haven't watched Dragons yet since it's the penultimate episode but I fear I won't hold out for long. I loves me some Bunheads - Thank You Amy Sherman Pallidino...
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finale? FINALE? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Current averages of summer views besides for PLL

Secret Life 1.395 M(Remember however that this is its 5th season....)

Bunheads 1.37

Baby Daddy 1.36

Jane by Design 1.28125

Melissa and Joey 1.195

Don't be sad, by the looks of it it will get renewed!
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I feel ya...
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Boo doesn't have a right. Ginny's been holding it in, not acting on it; plus Boo moved on to Carl. I love this show.
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What's not to love...
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LOVED this episode. I thought that those teens were all VERY and almost perfectly teen this episode in particular. Great stuff. And I enjoyed Sean Gunn's character. I think they can do some fun stuff with him as soon as we get him outside of that coffee shop. It took us a long time to see Luke outside of the diner, too (I think it wasn't until he drove Lorelei to the hospital).



-I say Boo and Carl, just because I love the girl to death. Such a great character, and well played.

-Yes. To an extent. She does have a right to be upset at Ginny, and Ginny should be aware of that. However if she is going to seriously start pursuing Carl, like it seems she will, she has got to let go of Charlie and be okay with Ginny liking him, you know, the more "adult" way to go about it (I think. Am I an adult yet?). Also, with Ginny, is it just me, or does it seem like she "likes" him simply because he likes her and not because she's even thought for a second whether or not she actually likes him herself? I have a feeling that she might not even like him, but simply his saying that he likes her means to her, with only her wacky-since-2nd-grade relationship to go on, she doesn't know any better and that he likes her doesn't necessarily mean that she likes him.

-I don't drink coffee. I had it once when I was 8, and that is it. So, I wouldn't wait even 1 minute for amazing coffee. But apparently I am not the norm.
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Yes, Boo totally has the right. BFF's crushes are OFF LIMITS and especially OFF LIMITS without a serious heart-to-heart first.
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you made that rule up!! not me, if somebody is available, they are fair game period, bottom line BOO has no right!!!
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ASP might have made up the term "Bra code," but that doesn't mean the rules aren't completely understood--by apparently only girls. xD
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Thanks for the insight...
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This episode felt like the one the week after ASP was told that if she didn't get the ratings up, the show would never get renewed. The script was a Hail Mary paen to Gilmore Girls fans. Hey look! She really is Lorelai! See how much she loves coffee! And look, here's Kirk! And we've got a wacky town meeting! Held in a dance studio, no less! Not to mention more of Sam Phillips' La Las than you can poke a stick at! And lots of Rory-eque teen angst! So tell your friends to watch, Gilmore Girls is back!
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The reason this show may not be getting ratings stems from the fact that no one listens anymore. I spent the weekend in the mountains where our hosts watch Pickers 24-7. It's probably true that Americans don't deserve TV this good and the Gilmore Girls were back and better in episode two. Season 7 without ASP left a bad taste in many mouths I'm afraid...



Bottom line is - I can't convince my friends to watch this and they're not stupid - well, maybe a little...
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