They open with the studio kids dancing to "Oh So Quiet” (known to many as the "Bjork shh song”), so that's a very good sign. Michelle joins in with the girls, though it pains her. She's old and doesn't understand why any of these people want to dance, but she kids. Except, they're not doing this live. Fanny is watching a tape of the dance happening. She looks begrudgingly pleased but sad at the same time. Her revery is interrupted by Truly, who apparently had some vision of what Fanny's kitchen remodel should look like. She made a just shy of life-size diorama of the kitchen she imagined. It's kind of amazing. Fanny expresses unhappiness with her life. She's had a crappy year and she's unsure of her direction.
Poor Ginny and Boo are not having a great time. Ginny is having to work her mom's real estate listings because her dad is finally marrying his lady friend and mama ain't taking it well. Boo's mom is having another kid and is on bed rest, which means Boo is being shouldered with a lot more responsibility. Melanie is babysitting her grandpa who is in a wheel chair. The girls are doing their respective sad things instead of dancing because Fanny has closed the studio.
Meanwhile, Michelle is a magician's assistant in Henderson, Nevada. It's sad and all but she kinda kills it. She is living with Talia who has an old suitor. Ginny and Melanie are at the Oyster Bar when Fanny shows up. She talks to the girls but they are very uneasy because they ordered a ton of crap to eat. They tell her that Sasha still has a few more weeks at the Joffrey. They ask about Michelle and she says that she's fine. Then, she takes their junk away. Boo rushes in with news. First of all she has some package and it's fine, though we don't know what it is. She doesn't want to say what it is, but Jeffrey the waiter comes by and makes a crack about her being a superstar.
A video mash-up of Michelle macing the Nutcrackers has gone viral. They made a song out of an interview that Boo gave to the local news. At Boo's place, Sasha is hiding. She apparently blew off Joffrey and has just been hiding at places. Michelle is kind of a real jerk to her magician boss. Truly is helping Fanny redecorate her whole house, not just the kitchen. She seems like she's very good at it. Fanny watches the video of Michelle and Hubell getting married all drunk in Vegas. The next night, she goes to the magic show. Michelle leaves the stage in the middle because she's such a professional. Fanny tries to bring her home, but Michelle resists. She says that Fanny doesn't want her there. Fanny says that she's trying to honor Hubell by honoring their marriage.
Sasha is SOL because all of the girls are otherwise occupied and can't house her. Michelle watches the wedding video and it conveniently features Hubell candidly saying a lot of really beautiful stuff about her. Sasha breaks into Fanny's guest house and is visited by the cute boy that she met in the ER. They are about to kiss (nothing too heavy) when Michelle arrives. She is about to scold her for having a boy there when Sasha runs into her arms. The next day class is in session and Michelle comes in. She tells Fanny that she is back but may move back to New York. Truly goes blonde. To conclude, Fanny presents a dance that the kids do to the mash-up of the macing. It's pretty darn catchy.
The last time we saw these guys, Michelle had maced all of the dancers at The Nutcracker. She left in disgrace. But things are looking up. Here she is overseeing the kids dancing to "It's Oh So Quiet." I'd like to point out that we have a dancer of color on the premises, so that's nice. Sasha and Boo are performing a combination with two other girls when Ginny and Melanie pop up beside Michelle (who is watching the dance with her face really close to the mirror -- it's a nice effect) and tell her that they need her to show them the next step. She's like, "Fine." She doesn't get as much joy from dancing as you would hope, this Michelle. Still, she performs the chorus jazz stuff expertly. Then, when it's back to the quiet verse, she stumbles around in pain as the four girls return with a ballet combination. Suddenly, the camera backs up and we see that Madame Fanny is watching this performance on TV. It was taped. I wondered about Sasha. Isn't she at the Joffrey? The dance ends with a grimacing Michelle in the middle of all of the jazz handing dancers.
Fanny is watching the dance with a mix of sadness and admiration when she hears something break. It's Truly. Also, her house is a mess. Truly has tangled herself up in plastic tarp and tape accidentally because she is very excited about the design of Fanny's kitchen. She had a vision involving gerbils and she woke up in the middle of night and feverishly put together a miniature version of her vision kitchen in a cardboard box. So, Truly seems to suffer from some sort of manic pathology. I mean, there's electricity in this box. Fanny doesn't know what she wants though. She tells Truly that she feels like everything in her life should change, especially after this helluva year. I hear ya. 2012 was the PITS. Anyway, Truly hugs her and Fanny asks if she has ever been blonde.
Ginny is wearing her mom's real estate uniform and is showing a young couple around an open house. Ginny is gangbusters. She suggests that it is best to have the crappiest house on a nice street and the couple is lucky because they are definitely in the crappiest house. Boo phones her while she's making English muffin pizzas and watching after screaming children. Apparently, her mother is pregnant again. Boo's life is going to get considerably harder. She has to babysit, her mom is on bed rest, her dad is canceling the movie channels on cable and she's going to have to reduce her hours at The Oyster Bar. Ginny agrees, Boo's life sucks. Ginny is working the open house because her dad is getting remarried and her mother is handling it poorly. Boo's mom comes out and is tone deaf about how wretched Boo's life is about to get. She's so psyched about bed rest. She says she's finally going to get to see the finale of Friends. She's going to be let down by that.