It’s a family affair on this week’s episode of Bunheads, starring two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster as Michelle Simms, a Vegas showgirl-turned-dance-teacher. Michelle’s brother Scotty (played by Foster’s real-life brother Hunter) takes her on a mysterious journey to reunite with her mother (played by Lolita Davidovich), construction begins on the Millicent Stone Performance Center, and Sasha has a housewarming party in her new apartment. Best of all, after a two-week unexplained absence, Madame Fanny (played by Tony winner Kelly Bishop) is back! Check out the highlights from this week’s episode below, and check back next week for more Barre Hopping.
Fanny’s Ballet Wisdom: "A closed mouth is a pretty mouth."
Millie’s Chorus Line Philosophy: "More lights will make it beautiful. It has to be beautiful. Everything is beautiful at the ballet."
Fanny’s Best Insult: "That shirt makes you look like a freeway underpass."
Michelle’s Burning Man Philosophy: "I’ve heard of Burning Man, but since I’ve never been to Burning Man I can only guess what takes place. Like, do they really burn a man? And who is this man? Is he annoying? Does he have it coming?"
Sasha’s Interior Design Tip: "People who cover up their hardwood floors deserve their own poorly decorated section of hell."
Best Musical Theater Shoutout:
[Millie drags giant chair across the floor.]
Fanny: "What is she doing?"
Michelle: "A very poorly staged version of 'Mein Herr?'"
Dancing Tune: "The Garland Waltz" from The Sleeping Beauty by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
On Planning the Performance Center:
Fanny: "I hope the stage is big enough. Do you think the stage is big enough?"
Michelle: "For the halftime show?"
Fanny’s Rant on Producers: "That is what is wrong with the arts today. People with no knowledge at all throw a wad of cash on the table like a drug dealer and then everybody listens. Well not me and not here. You are not Scott Rudin and this is not a Johnny Depp movie. This is my studio and my production and you have absolutely no right to give notes."
Scotty’s Take on Sasha: "That girl is not normal. There wasn’t a bong in the entire place—when I was her age everything in my room was either a bong or something you could make into a bong."