Never mind that it may not have been her fault, what happened at the opening performance of The Nutcracker was understandably enough to tell Michelle it may be time to leave Paradise -- or at least distance herself from the dance studio -- on the mid-season finale of "Bunheads" (Mon., 9 p.m. ET on ABC Family). What was originally a season finale with an uncertain future for the show became a mid-season break when the network ordered additional episodes to flesh out this first season.
The Nutcracker Suite is the centerpiece of Fanny's summer performance season, and where she makes most of her money. So it was an unmitigated disaster when Michelle maced all of the dancers backstage during the performance. While it appears "The Ringer" switched Michelle's hairspray for her mace, the fault still lies with Michelle, who maced herself pretty good as well.
Especially in the eyes of the parents, who were threatening lawsuits and demanding Michelle never go near their children again. Despite a "Dead Poets Society" shout-out from the students, who all stood on their chairs in the hospital hallway and shouted, "O Captain, My Captain!" Michelle had to go.
She'll be back, of course, when the show returns in 2013.
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