Season 1 Episode 2

For Fanny

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jun 18, 2012 on ABC Family
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    The premiere of Bunheads ended on a dark note, but Episode 2 began to prove that the show is adept at walking the comedy-drama line.

  • Episode Summary

    Fanny and her friends plan an elaborate memorial to honor Hubbell, freezing Michelle out of the planning and sympathy until the event spins out of control leaving her to deal with a distraught Fanny and odd vendors. The girls, meanwhile, use the tragedy as an excuse to skip school until they encounter Fanny and their focus shifts to comfort.


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    Gregg Henry

    Gregg Henry


    Guest Star

    Ellen Greene

    Ellen Greene

    Sculptor Friend

    Guest Star

    Valarie Pettiford

    Valarie Pettiford


    Guest Star

    Stacey Oristano

    Stacey Oristano

    Truly Stone

    Recurring Role

    Kelly Bishop

    Kelly Bishop

    Fanny Flowers

    Recurring Role

    Angelina McCoy

    Angelina McCoy


    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (6)

      • (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…

      • Sasha: Why aren't we doing anything?
        Michelle: What?
        Sasha: We should do something!
        Michelle: Sasha, I—
        Sasha: Madame Fanny is just sitting there alone and sad, and you're just sitting here, and we're just sitting in the studio, and no one is doing anything! All day long we've done nothing. Well, Boo lost her mind and we went to a movie, but other than that, nothing. Someone should do something!

      • Fanny: None of this is your concern.
        Michelle: I am going through this, too, Fanny. I came here. I gave up my life.
        Fanny: Oh, what a sacrifice that must have been. No more getting paid in poker chips.
        Michelle: I am his wife.
        Fanny: And I am his mother! And I have been his mother for 48 years. And now I have to figure out the proper way to say goodbye to my son. And if that includes mariachi bands or circus tents or fireworks or the the damn Rockettes, then it is for me to decide, because my heart is completely broken forever. And when your heart is completely broken forever, you get to do whatever you want, no matter how crazy it seems to the woman who was his wife for 24 hours.
        Michelle: I don't know what you want me to do!
        Fanny: I don't want you to do anything. Ever.

      • (Michelle answers her ringing phone.)
        Michelle: Yeah? She's right here. It's for you.
        (She tries to hand the phone to Fanny who won't even look at her.)
        Michelle: Can I tell her what this is regarding? (to Fanny) Ringling Bros. says you can use their tent on their down day, but you have to go to Sacramento. (into phone) Yeah, I'm sorry, that's not going to work for us. The voice of reason has just re-entered the building. Thanks for calling. (she hangs up the phone)
        Fanny: What are you doing?
        Michelle: I'm cutting the crazy quotient in half.

      • (Fanny discusses Hubbell's memorial service with Michelle.)
        Fanny: It's going to be a traditional Buddhist ceremony — dignified, spiritual, not sappy. We'll need candles and incense and a beautiful book for people to write their thoughts in. I think it's going to rain tomorrow, so I'll have to have it on Sunday, though I wonder if there's a religious conflict in having it on a Sunday. Oh, well. Jesus will just have to share.
        Michelle: Well, he's put up with worse, so…

    • NOTES (6)

      • Crew Additions and Clarifications: Maria L. Melograne (Produced by), Lisa Nash Jones (Department Head Make Up Artist), Kim M. Ferry (Department Head Hair Stylist), Clint Bennet (Music Editor), Level 3 Post (Post Production Services), Todd-AO (Post Production Sound), Marat Daukayev School of Ballet (Production Assistance Provided by), American Humane Association (American Humane Association monitored some of the animal action. No animals were harmed in those scenes [AHAD 03196])

      • Gilmore Girls Connections: Gregg Henry (Rico) played Mitchum Huntzberger in seasons five through seven. Charles C. Stevenson, Jr. (the old man whose dog Michelle walks) made an appearance in season one as one of Richard's friends at the club who lunches with him and Rory after their first golf game. He made a second appearance in season four as the reverend who comes out of retirement to perform Trix's funeral.

      • "Flowers Up" by Sam Phillips plays as Michelle tries to sleep in Hubbell's chair, wanders the room and sits on the beach. The memorial dance uses "Picture In a Frame" by Tom Waits.

      • Special billing was given to Kelly Bishop (and) for this episode.

      • This episode introduces a new opening titles sequence with a theme by Sam Phillips influenced by Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from the Nutcracker ballet.

      • Original International Air Dates:
        Norway: September 11, 2012 on FEM

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • 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.