Season 1 Episode 14

The Astronaut and the Ballerina

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 28, 2013 on ABC Family



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (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!

    • Michelle: So that's why you're here, to crap all over my new life? I worked hard for this life.
      Scotty: You got drunk and married a guy, hard work.
      Michelle: Hey!
      Scotty: What? I've done it, too. No judgements.
      Michelle: Well, he was a great guy, and his mother has been really, really good to me.
      Scotty: You're living in a guest house.
      Michelle: What does that mean?
      Scotty: It means, it's a one-room guest house, for a guest.
      Michelle: Oh, so square footage is the measure of stability now? What's your square footage, Scotty, huh? Enjoying your six feet of my couch?

    • Scotty: You don't even deal with mom. I deal with mom. Mom needs money, I deal with it. Mom needs to move, I deal with it. Mom needs help hiding out from the Jehovah's Witnesses, I deal with it!
      Michelle: Why was mom hiding out from the Jehovah's Witnesses?
      Scotty: It's a long story. And they're a very non-violent organization, so it takes a lot to get them to the point where they're someone you have to hide out from.
      Michelle: Well, that's your choice. I washed my hands of all that a long time ago.
      Scotty: Yes, I know. How long's it been since you talked to mom?
      Michelle: Twelve glorious, fun-filled years.

      Scotty: Oh, very mature, by the way. Ah, not much has changed — your address, you go to a job every day, but not much else!
      Michelle: You don't know what you're talking about. Yeah, it took me way longer to figure things out than it should have, but look at the road map I had to follow. The birds ate all those bread crumbs, Hansel. And, boyyy do I not want to hear about all the stuff you have to put up with with that crazy woman, because I've put up with more than a lifetime's worth of crap from her. Her obsession with her face and her looks, and my face and my looks, and her completely fictional take on what our family was. And if you choose to continue having negative influences in your life, then you have to prepare yourself for the consequences. You know who told me that? Fanny, my mother-in-law. She told me that you make your own family, you make your own destiny, and there is nothing you cannot change if you're completely committed to it and I am. I am completely committed to it. And it doesn't matter if you believe it or not. The address has changed and my life has changed.
      Scotty: Fine.
      Michelle: I can do this.

    • (Boo and Ginny are talking over the phone.)
      Ginny: Boo, I'm looking for Melanie. Is she there?
      Boo: No.
      Ginny: No!? Are you kidding!? Look again! She's gotta be there! I need her here! She promised!
      Boo: Honey, honey, take off the frowny face and put on the smiley face.
      Ginny: What? Boo, listen...
      Boo: Do you have a juice box? Do you want juice?
      Ginny: Boo, listen! You've gotta lose those kids.
      Boo: I know.

  • Notes

    • 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)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: July 4, 2013 on FEM

    • The roller derby rink featured in this episode is an actual facility in Los Angeles called The Doll Factory. The facility has been used in other films and TV episodes such as Whip It and the most recent episode of Bones, "The Doll in the Derby."

  • Allusions

    • 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.