'Bunheads' recap: An Act Too Often Neglected
The leisurely pace at which the show moves continues to seem like an experiment or a dare of some kind, but it's a pleasant one. Sutton Foster and Kelly Bishop are fantastic, the former especially this week; there are still zero Sean Gunn sightings; and the humor is a lot more relaxed. A few scenes and jokes are still dodgy and/or anachronistic, but the emotional throughlines continue to be insightful and moving, even occasionally breathtaking. And during the moments that you're not utterly mesmerized by Sutton Foster doing her impression of a -- strikingly beautiful -- pelican on stilts, it's inordinately helpful to just think of it as if your friend's funny weird mom wrote a TV show. Because that is essentially what has happened here.
On the Bunheads side: Boo has a crush on Ginny's brother Charlie, so Sasha tortures her endlessly, so Melanie and Ginny talk about what a bitch Sasha is -- like that's a new thing they just noticed -- and Boo sticks up for her, which just pisses off eavesdropping Sasha even more. Melanie's mom is adorable, Boo's mom is fantastic, and of course Sasha's mom is a Real Housewife made of marble and plastic who is married to a homosexual. Sasha's got it rough, but not so rough that she deserves to be treated well.