Bunheads is a show that requires a great deal of willful suspension of disbelief to enjoy, as well as a large tolerance for characters that may be insufferable. Unfortunately, “Take the Vicuna” stretches too far on both counts in separate halves of the episode, and despite a fairly enjoyable sequel to last week’s Sims family adventure trying to buoy it all up, the episode as a whole was a bit of a letdown for me.
Let’s start with the most ridiculous: Sasha has her own apartment. She’s supposed to be what, sixteen years old? And absolutely no one brings up the legal or financial weirdness and implausibility of this situation, not to mention the total neglect of her parents in order to bring it all about. When it was introduced that Sasha’s parents were moving away, I expected the show to force her into living with Michelle as a surrogate parent, which also would have strained credibility in some ways, but could have kept me in the world. With this, I’m just lost, which is a shame, because the jokes about herhousewarming party are mostly on point (thanks especially to the Sims’ collective astonishment), and the emotional beats, centering around the way she looks up to Michelle, and bouncing off the parental strife happening elsewhere in the episode, are all fantastic, and excellently executed.