We begin with the ladies dancing at the studio. The girls all talk to each other under their breath. Ginny is still angry with Melanie for being involved with Cozette, however innocent it may have been. Fanny and Michelle are super-involved with Millie now, as the amphitheater is being built. Fanny manipulates Millie, a control freak, into paying for more and more stuff. Sasha is living by herself now and we see her bulk shopping for supplies.
Scotty is still staying with Michelle and is planning a big event for their last night together. He wants to take her to Burning Man. We find out that Fanny went to Woodstock. Millie wants to preview the studio’s next performance, which ruffles Fanny. Michelle reminds her that Millie is paying for everything. Of course, Millie starts taking copious notes throughout the rehearsal, which infuriates Millie. Fanny listens to the notes until she flips out and compares Millie to Scott Rudin. So, Millie decides to sue for all of her money back. Sasha has been ignoring Roman and he knows it. He also wears black eyeliner during the daytime.
Sasha has a housewarming party for her new place and Michelle takes Scotty. They are blown away by how put-together Sasha’s apartment is. Sasha has a barre installed in her room and tells Michelle that she did it to be more serious, like she is. Scotty hears that and tells Michelle it is dangerous how much Sasha looks up to her.
Millie visits Fanny and they make a truce about the whole rehearsal debacle. Millie wants to be known as important in the arts and Fanny agrees to tell everyone she is a great artistic mind if she just butts out. After Sasha’s party, Roman shows up and is very upset to find out that Sasha got an apartment without even telling him. It looks like they are splitsville but Sasha was just worried that she would be pressured to have sex in her new adult-free apartment. They agree to hang out later, even though he thinks she is crazy now.
Michelle wakes up in Scotty’s car and they are in Sacramento. They stop at a diner and their mother (played by Lolita Davidovich) is there. Things are chilly, to say the least, between Michelle and Mom. It becomes revealed that Mom had herself declared incompetent and named Scotty as her guardian in order to get out of a real estate deal gone bad. Michelle is NOT happy to see her, but is clearly very affected by seeing her mom. She gets home and Scotty leaves and she finds Sasha sleeping on her couch. She’s not ready to sleep in her own place by herself yet.
We begin with Fanny leading class with just the girls. Ginny is snapping at Melanie; she's still upset that Cozette is infiltrating their circle. Fanny intermittently tells them to stop talking, but you know how the not talking thing goes in Paradise. It's a non-starter. Melanie says that she didn't tell her parents or Charlie about roller derby either. Heh. This doesn't work for Ginny. She switches partners to Boo and continues her rant. Boo luckily doesn't say anything at all. Then, Sasha joins their part of the dance. This must have been a real bitch to stage. Now, Ginny is dancing and raging about Cozette. Meanwhile, Melanie is apologizing to Cozette about Ginny's behavior, but all she says is "Who's Ginny?" That's not going to be helpful for her. Sasha wonders when they even met Cozette, because, well, they haven't. She's just THERE. The dance ends and Fanny tells a story about how she and some slut got in an argument when they were rehearsing. The moral of the story is that they both watched opening night from the concession stand in the lobby, which probably didn't have a great view. That's my guess. Man, they cram a lot into those first couple of minutes.
Here's Sasha shopping for household supplies. She's very good at comparison shopping, but she needs to learn to ask people for help when getting stuff on the high shelves and she needs to present her own bags before letting the poor guys who work them bag them with the plastic bags. At the "future site of the Millicent Stone Performing Art Center and the Paradise Dance Academy", Fanny and Michelle are taking Milly on a tour, though she is preoccupied with a bossy phone convo. Apparently, surveyors have been there and the future stage has been blocked out. The girls are dancing on their future stage. Milly wants the stage bigger, which includes more time and more lights. Fanny and Michelle are worried that it's getting too expensive, but Milly thinks that it's important so that everything remain beautiful at the ballet. I must say, that is the RADDEST reference this show has ever made. As someone who knows every breath from the Original Cast Recording of A Chorus Line (what's it to you?), this warmed a very happy place inside of me. Fanny commends Michelle for getting Milly involved in the venture, and then tells her that her shirt makes her look like a freeway underpass. Yikes. Fanny manages to manipulate Milly into paying for new costumes and usher uniforms, though Michelle foreshadows that she's going to have to give something back. Michelle says, "As long as the lady's paying, why not take the vicuna?" Now, I'm guessing she means a vicuna fur? Wow, I don't really usually have problems like this, but I mean, I have never heard such a reference in my life. Well done? I love that there are always dancers in the background on this show. The boys are about to start their class.