Tony winner Sutton Foster is back on TV’s Bunheads as Michelle Simms, a Vegas showgirl-turned-ballet teacher-turned-magician’s assistant-turned-ballet teacher (stop switching jobs, Michelle!). Now that she’s back in the dance studio, Michelle is doling out opinionated (and often unhelpful) advice to her lovestruck ballet students. When Boo gets ready to meet Carl’s parents for the first time, Michelle's words of wisdom don’t necessarily make the night run smoothly. Meanwhile, Ginny has a rendezvous with Frankie (Niko Pepaj), a mysterious new student from Bavaria, and the ballerinas are tested when his sister Cozette (So You Think You Can Dance winner Jeannie Mason) sashays into Paradise Dance Academy. We’ve highlighted the best moments from this week’s episode of Bunheads below!
Unexcused Absence: Fanny, played by Tony winner Kelly Bishop, did not make an appearance in this week’s episode.
Carl’s Gift to Boo: A Hunger Games bow and arrow.
Boo’s Confession to Carl: "I saw Magic Mike twice!"
Tap Student: "Are you saying people wouldn’t come to an adult tap recital?"
Michelle: "They might if it was an adult film star tap recital."
Gilmore Girls cameos: Alex Borstein (Miss Celine) as Carl’s mom, Liza Weil (Paris) as Milly.
Dancing Tune: Benjamin Britten’s “Cuckoo!” from Songs for Friday Afternoons.
Summer Reading Rant
Melanie: "I’m halfway through this thing and this stupid whale hasn’t even shown up yet."
Sasha: "There’s no whale in The Great Gatsby."
Melanie: "Are you joking? Where’s this stinker going if there’s no whale?"
Boo’s Mom’s Dinner Menu: Barbecue Paella, Bananas Foster
Best Pop Culture References: Bob Barker, Katniss, Channing Tatum, Donald O'Connor, Claire Danes
Michelle’s Meet-the-Parents Advice: "Keep an eye on your watch, because I’m telling you, 90 minutes in, to the second, evenings like this go south fast. You could slip and tell an off-color joke. I did that once. Or you could get drunk and call your boyfriend’s dad a picklepuss. I did that once. Or you could think it’s funny to move the dog’s mouth around and make him say dirty things. I did that once. You’re not drinking, so that’ll help, but at that 90-minute mark, cut it off!"