The Best Episodes of Bunheads

Last Updated: Feb 2, 2019

Michelle, a Las Vegas showgirl marries a man on a whim and moves to his sleepy coastal town where she winds up working alongside her new mother-in-law at her dance school.

A Nutcracker in Paradise

#1 - A Nutcracker in Paradise

Season 1 - Episode 10

Michelle and Fanny begin to grow closer and enjoy each others creative input as they prepare for Fanny's annual production of The Nutcracker. Michelle is organizing the fundraiser, advising the girls on their boy drama and feeling more at home than ever before. But their newfound harmony is soon disrupted by honest mistakes. Meanwhile, Boo decides to make a move on the guy she likes.

star 8.21
88 votes
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Blank Up, It's Time

#2 - Blank Up, It's Time

Season 1 - Episode 8

Michelle is thrown for a loop when she discovers Fanny has a longtime, long-distance boyfriend. And Fanny surprises Michelle again by inviting her to see a play. Meanwhile, Sasha's rebellious behavior starts to affect Fanny's class. Fanny responds by giving Boo a coveted role in an upcoming performance.

star 8.06
91 votes
Writers: Daniel Palladino
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#3 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

Michelle Simms had a promising career as a classically-trained professional dancer but was drawn to the lights of Las Vegas. Now, with a dead-end job as a 30-something showgirl, she's found the excitement of Sin City has lost its appeal, and her persistent suitor, Hubbell Flowers, is gaining it. With promises of a cushy life in his coastal town of Paradise, CA., Hubbell convinces Michelle to marry him and move away. Once in there, Michelle discovers that Hubbell forgot to mention that he lives with his mother, the strong-headed, imperious Fanny Flowers, who is not pleased that Hubbell has run off and married a stranger.

star 8.04
120 votes
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino, Lamar Damon
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#4 - Next!

Season 1 - Episode 18

The girls secretly follow Michelle to a Broadway musical audition in Hollywood. Meanwhile, Fanny returns. Michelle's brother, Scotty, pops back up unannounced. And Sasha thinks the girls need to take their relationships with their boyfriends to the next level.

star 8.03
100 votes
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino
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Inherit the Wind

#5 - Inherit the Wind

Season 1 - Episode 3

When Fanny's attorney gives her shocking news, she takes it hard and makes the situation more awkward for Michelle. Making matters worse, Michelle has a run-in with the law when she takes off in Hubbell's car to blow off steam, only to break down in the driveway of a handsome, local recluse. Meanwhile, the girls compete against other dance studios in an "ugliest feet" contest.

star 7.99
111 votes
Directors: Kenny Ortega
Writers: Sarah Dunn
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For Fanny

#6 - For Fanny

Season 1 - Episode 2

Michelle's rocky start with her new mother-in-law finally seems to smooth out, until an unexpected occurrence turns everything on end. Michelle quickly finds herself back at odds with Fanny, but at the same time wanting to empathize with her. Inspired by Fanny's students, Michelle has an idea to help Fanny face the reality of the situation.

star 7.98
116 votes
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino
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What's Your Damage, Heather?

#7 - What's Your Damage, Heather?

Season 1 - Episode 7

When the dance studio springs a leak, Michelle lets the girls change for class in her house. But when one of them lies about stealing from her, Michelle puts her foot down. Meanwhile, the girls tease Ginny about dating the same boy since second grade.

star 7.93
92 votes
Writers: Grant Levy, Dominik Rothbard, Amy Sherman-Palladino
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Money for Nothing

#8 - Money for Nothing

Season 1 - Episode 5

Michelle is concerned when she discovers that Fanny's bill-paying method includes old hat boxes and unconventional payment plans. After she finds herself in the middle of the collection process, Michelle decides to help Fanny better manage her finances. But Michelle's efforts could end up jeopardizing the upcoming Spring Flower Festival and Fanny's original ballet, "Paper or Plastic."

star 7.92
104 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Amy Welsh
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Movie Truck

#9 - Movie Truck

Season 1 - Episode 6

When Michelle's friend, Talia comes to town, their plans for a raucous birthday road trip are derailed by Fanny, who has left for an unexpected vacation, putting Michelle in charge of her dance classes. Michelle's birthday plans go even further off-track when Talia discovers Truly's clothing boutique, Sparkles. Meanwhile, the girls sneak into the visiting movie truck to see an R-rated movie.

star 7.84
99 votes
Directors: Jamie Babbit
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino, Beth Schacter
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You Wanna See Something?

#10 - You Wanna See Something?

Season 1 - Episode 11

Michelle works as a magician's assistant; the dance studio is closed down; Ginny takes over her mother's business; Melanie cares for her grandfather; Boo helps to take care of her little brother; Sasha returns.

star 7.84
101 votes
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino
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It's Not a Mint

#11 - It's Not a Mint

Season 1 - Episode 17

Meanwhile, the girls react in different ways to the boys in their lives: Sasha and Roman get closer, Ginny can't stop staring at Frankie, Boo is caught in the middle of an unintentional triangle and Melanie is being stalked by Dez.

star 7.78
97 votes
Writers: Daniel Palladino
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No One Takes Khaleesi's Dragons

#12 - No One Takes Khaleesi's Dragons

Season 1 - Episode 9

Michelle is thrilled to discover that there is another option for coffee beyond the gas station: an award-winning barista, Bash. But she soon discovers that dealing with a coffee artiste has its challenges. And Melanie tries to figure out why Ginny has suddenly begun acting different. Meanwhile, Fanny and Sasha remain in a standoff, leaving the ballet class to suffer as Fanny casts for the lead role in The Nutcracker.

star 7.76
96 votes
Directors: David Paymer
Writers: Sheila Lawrence
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Channing Tatum Is a Fine Actor

#13 - Channing Tatum Is a Fine Actor

Season 1 - Episode 12

Truly is evicted from her shop; Carl insists that Boo meet his parents; Talia sets Michelle up on a blind date; the girls are intrigued by two talented young newcomers.

star 7.75
95 votes
Writers: Daniel Palladino
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Better Luck Next Year!

#14 - Better Luck Next Year!

Season 1 - Episode 4

A moving truck is being unloaded with everything that was in Michelle's apartment in Vegas, including things that were in the apartment that were not hers, as her landlord packed everything for her. Not having enough space for the things to be nicely put away, Michelle shoves them into the guesthouse and goes to sleep. Fanny wakes up Michelle in the middle of the night to talk and help her unpack or get organised and agrees to letting Michelle "borrow" her stove, as the kitchen in the guest house does not function. The next morning, Michelle gets caught eating chips and soda in her underwear by some of the ballet students.

star 7.73
98 votes
Writers: Daniel Palladino
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There's Nothing Worse Than a Pantsuit

#15 - There's Nothing Worse Than a Pantsuit

Season 1 - Episode 16

Milly is on the warpath when she discovers that the local town preservation society is arranging a meeting to discuss the new amphitheatre. Meanwhile, Sasha and Roman take their relationship public; and Talia shares some big news.

star 7.69
97 votes
Directors: David Paymer
Writers: Grant Levy
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Take the Vicuna

#16 - Take the Vicuna

Season 1 - Episode 15

Milly opens her checkbook-and her mouth-giving notes on how Fanny should run an upcoming dance recital. Meanwhile, Sasha throws a housewarming party and Scotty takes Michelle on a road trip that makes a surprising detour.

star 7.69
91 votes
Directors: Chris Eigeman
Writers: Sheila Lawrence
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The Astronaut and the Ballerina

#17 - The Astronaut and the Ballerina

Season 1 - Episode 14

Michelle's brother, Scotty, comes for a visit after yet another failed marriage. Meanwhile, Melanie's new interest in roller derby leaves Ginny feeling abandoned, while Boo and Carl are overwhelmed with child care duties.

star 7.53
82 votes
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino
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I'll Be Your Meyer Lansky

#18 - I'll Be Your Meyer Lansky

Season 1 - Episode 13

Michelle and Fanny need to come up with money to supplement the dance studio. Meanwhile, the girls continue to be mystified by the alluring new students, while Sasha deals with the decision to move from Paradise.

star 7.52
93 votes
Writers: Beth Schacter
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