There's a lot happening in Paradise this week. First of all, Truly is evicted from her storefront, so obviously her first recourse is to relocate to her arch-nemesis's bungalow. Michelle is a good sport about it and let's her camp out. She also realizes that Sasha is still avoiding her parents and let's her hang out. She also chases cute Roman away, which is probably a good thing. Carl is back from camp and tells Boo, who seems to have lost her reservations and is genuinely in hard like with him, that she has to meet his parents. They had apparently talked about it before he left, but she doesn't really remember. Also, Melanie is trying to get through The Great Gatsby and is having a very difficult time. Did anyone tell her that Leo is about to be in the new movie? Maybe a girl that age would care more about Carey Mulligan?
Talia calls Michelle and tells her that a friend of her old boyfriend Rick's is coming to Paradise and she took the liberty to arrange a blind date for him (his name is Marion) and Michelle. She's not excited. Also, she gives Boo the worst advice about meeting Carl's parents. And, it goes as awkwardly as you can imagine. Alex Borstein is Carl's mom though and she's fantastic and actually very nice. Michelle's advice really sent that down the wrong path. Her decision to let Truly store her stuff there was a mistake too, which she discovered when she came home and there was a full-scale retail party happening in the bungalow.
Oh my God, two new kids show up at the local high school one of whom is Jeanine, winner of that season of So You Think You Can Dance! Her final solo on the show is still one of the highlights of a series of which I haven't really missed a single second. Well, she's super intimidating and changes costume multiple times throughout the day. Rad. Her brother is this devastating type that only AS-P can write. Ginny is delegated as the person who has to find out about him and when she talks to him, he is sketching a picture of HER. I could die.
When Boo was at dinner with Carl's parents, she thought she heard him say that he wanted to marry her. So, when he came for dinner at her house (which was a much less organized affair), she said that she would marry him, though she wanted to finish high school first. He says that she misunderstood him, though he thinks she's fine marriage material. Things are good between them.
Michelle accompanies Truly to the Oyster House where she meets with her landlord, Millie, who has hiked Truly's rent by forty percent. It's Paris from Gilmore Girls! After a tense discussion, it is revealed that the two are sisters! Weird family. Apparently, once Truly stole Millie's boyfriend and things have never been the same. That boyfriend? Was Hubbell. The resolution? Truly stays at Michelle's.
The girls are foaming at the mouth about the newcomers, especially once they see Jeanine dance. She's still brilliant. Her name is Cosette. Perfect. Even Michelle is impressed with her technique. As Ginny is getting ready for class, the brother sends a paper airplane her way. It's a drawing of Mad Ludwig's Castle and instructions to destroy the drawing. I am ON BOARD for all of that. Later, Sasha was going to meet Roman at the studio again when Michelle catches her (she left her date with Marion early). Michelle asks her if she needs the “talk” about boys and whatnot. She doesn't. Her mother shows up though and tells her that she and her gay dad are breaking up and both are moving away from Paradise. Sasha screams that she's not going and her mother just walks away.
We open with Michelle leading her adult tap class. She jumps in to show them how it's done, though they really aren't so bad on their own. When they finish, it's the end of class and Michelle makes some crack about how the ghost of Donald O'Connor is smiling on them. This old lady, Maybin, because the baby naming books in Paradise have always been weird or a little literal (Truly? Boo!), comes up to Michelle and tells her that she must never utter Donald O'Connor's name. Never! One of the younger adults is nearby and when Michelle asks her what the big deal with Maven is, she asks if Michelle asked about Donald O'Connor. He's a sore spot apparently. This lady asks when the adult tap class is having a recital. They aren't, because they aren't kids and don't have a built-in audience. This lady suggests that they do something else special, like a tap dance flash mob. Hint: all the people walking around and towards their destination in taps would make it less of a flash mob and more like a nightmare. Before she leaves, Michelle asks the lady what the big deal with Donald O'Connor is. She's not sure but Fiorello LaGuardia and Bob Barker are also sensitive subjects.
Michelle locks up the studio and turns the lights out and leaves. The lights immediately come back on. She looks back inside and it's Sasha. She weirdly tells some tale about how she didn't get some step they learned earlier that day and she wanted to work on it. Michelle asks if her parents are still fighting. It doesn't sound good. She tells Sasha that she is proud of her and if she ever needs anyone to talk to, she's there. Then, she asks if Roman is outside. He is. She calls for him. He enters and asks if he's getting taller. Maybe. She tells Sasha that she has done everything that she has done and knows everything. Then, Roman asks if he can leave. For all the sneaking around he does, he knows when to exit.
The next day, the dancers are doing partner work in ballet. It gets worse and worse. She suggests that they do it over again and one of the boys cries, "Come on!" Fine, class is over. All of the boys walk off without speaking to Michelle. Maybe this is because they didn't have a budget for that many talkers for this episode? It seems odd that they are so upset with Michelle. Aren't they supposed to direct their anger at the girls. Those eating disorders aren't going to just create themselves.
Michelle gets a call from Talia. She tells Michelle to open an email on her phone. It's a fuzzy photo of a guy named Marion. He's a friend of Rick's, he's coming to the Paradise area and Talia has set up a date. Michelle is skeptical but Talia persists. In the dressing room, Boo is freaking out because Carl is coming home early and she had planned his homecoming perfectly. Meanwhile, Melanie is reading The Great Gatsby and not understanding it. Ginny is no help. Really? That book is not especially rigorous reading, at least not in a linear sense. Devices and whatnot, there's a lot of stuff there, but it's not difficult to realize that George Wilson is Myrtle's husband instead of his brother, which is a question that Myrtle has. They should have gone with Faulkner. I read it the same year and that shiz is still a freaking Rubik's cube. Ginny impresses to Boo that Carl coming home early to be with Boo is actually a sweet thing.