Bunheads doesn’t take place in the real world. I know this, and I appreciate it, but still its flights of fancy can occasionally stretch the limits of the world a little too far for my tastes. Take the way “Channing Tatum Is A Fine Actor” introduced the new characters of Cosette and Frankie. A little bit of the overbearing mystique and coolness I could understand, but it went so far over the top that it all deflated for me. Thankfully, most of the business buzzing around the edges was fun enough to pump the episode up when it needed it.
Unfortunately, I just can’t seem to bring myself to like the actor that plays Carl, Boo’s newly-returned-from-camp boyfriend, which is a real shame, because I really enjoyed almost everything else about their story this week of meeting each other’s parents. Boo’s family always gets me, and that little cowboy routine her brother did was kind of amazing. I even appreciated Alex Bornstein as Carl’s mom, and she usually grates on me something fierce. It’s just that smarmy way Carl delivers all his lines; there’s something there I can’t get past, and it’s especially jarring paired up with Boo, the most relaxed and fun of the bunheads.