“The Big Leap” 1×06 recap: “I should have gone to Motown”


In preparation for the show’s premiere, Nick and the producers are to host a live aftershow. The episode really belongs to the Lovewell family, however. When Mother Tonya blows into town, everything falls apart. Adam Kaplan and Anna Grace Barlow steal the show this week, with help from the ever-delicious Missi Pyle. Read on for my ‘The big jump‘1 × 06 recap!

“Love against the world”

This week takes a look at the Lovewell backstory. The episode opens with a flashback to the 2005 ballroom dance finals where the approximately 11-year-old twins dared to finish second. Tonya becomes completely off balance and berates them with the help of an unwitting fast food worker.

Throughout the episode, we learn little facts about the Lovewells that explain so much. For example, they were entertainment on board a cruise ship when they were children. Their mother dated a guy who was jailed for harassing Vanessa Hudgens. The twins were completely isolated from anyone growing up, with only each other for support.

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As soon as Tonya blows into town, any growth of the twins fades away. Simon describes her as a “cult leader”, and it is true. Right after Simon first kissed Justin, Tonya tells Simon that he has to end things because the twins “aren’t interesting” as individuals. It goes completely into his head, and Simon crushes Justin’s hopes later.

In the last five episodes, Adam Kaplan has been the comedic relief and he has been a delight. This week, however, was when he impressed me the most. He was fighting so hard to follow the line of the company by being the twin, instead of being Simon. He begs his mother not to do anything crazy about the live show because the show is important to them. The layers he’s putting on Simon this week are phenomenal. I could spend hours unpacking everything we learned about him.

“Find a way to showcase her”

Dancers are forced to dance in “unusual pairs” for a Motown package. Gabby and Brittney, Mike and Reggie, and Julia and Paula are the ones we see. At first, it looks like Gabby and Brittney might start to find peace. They find common ground as devoted fans of Rhythm Rhythm Dancer (the totally unprotected copyright version of Dance Dance Revolution).

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Brittney comes over to Gabby’s for a pizza party with her mom Nina and Sam. It’s awkward, and Brittney has no idea how to talk to people. As Tonya constantly reminds Simon, he has to be careful with his sister because she doesn’t know how to make friends. It is completely a self-fulfilling prophecy. Anna Grace Barlow did a great job in the stereotypical bitchy role, but she shows so much more vulnerability when she’s at Gabby’s. She seems to be trying to find a way to be Gabby’s friend, although she can only find similarities with her by dancing to “High School Musical”. When Brittney colors with Sam and finds the note Reggie wrote her, my heart breaks a bit for her.

Unfortunately, even though it almost seemed like Brittney was making progress, it all fell apart when she found her grade. It looked like she was going to keep Sam’s parentage a secret. As soon as it appeared Gabby had wronged her, however, all bets were off. She ran straight to her mother and reverted to the worst version of herself. Tonya told Brittney to find a way to steal the show from Gabby, and Reggie’s love note sent her sailing overboard into the arms waiting for her psychotic mother.

There isn’t enough things I can say about Missi Pyle’s awesome casting shot here. She is one of those actresses where I am always delighted to see her. She’s really just one of the greatest character actresses we have right now, especially for comedic roles. Tonya was a joy to watch as she tried to compete in wit with Nick to take control of the twins’ participation in the live show. His whole relationship with Simon and Brittney was fascinating. I’m torn because Tonya is a monster, but she brings so much to the show.

“Don’t tip in season”

Most of the episode is spent preparing for the aftershow, which network director Zach has decided needs to be live. It would go a long way in ensuring that Nick was received “warmly” after the whole Atlantis fiasco where he was sued. Understandably, other producers think it foolish to do a live show on two days’ notice, but Nick won’t listen to any negative speeches. At first things seem to be going well. Ally gets Jennifer Lopez to host. Media training shows that at least Paula can craft a cohesive Q&A response.

Then everything collapses. JLo gives up as a host. The live truck may not arrive on time. Monica comes to get Nick out of his existential crisis that he will never work again. He thinks his daughter is going to be ashamed of him, and no one will applaud him during the In Memoriam segment at the Emmys. It’s a delicious comedy when Scott Foley can’t pronounce the word “memoriam”. But nothing could have prepared me for Monica to shout her morning mantra at Nick. And if it weren’t for the fact that my husband could get a divorce for this, I would change my alarm clock to be Monica screaming “Get up, you stupid little bitch.” ”

The next morning, Nick and Alan get ready for that night’s live show. They haven’t slept and more than a little Adderall. They are the definition of unbalanced. Then a light falls on Nick’s head. So now he can add a concussion to his disorder. He refuses to go to the hospital. Former Raging Waters rescuer Alan thinks he should probably go to the hospital, but he can be fine as long as he doesn’t look at the screens. Nick decides he doesn’t need medical attention, much to Wayne and Monica’s dismay. Before the show starts, Monica sprinkles Nick with a water bottle to keep him from falling asleep. I mention this only because it was a great chemistry moment between Scott Foley and Mallory Jansen.

The live show is finally starting. Monica is the queen of the “fake horny” voice. It’s like she’s a whole different person. Reggie becomes the host. Monica asks Reggie to “let off steam” on the backstage romances. He’s a whole different person, and it’s hilarious. During the clips, the cast members chat with each other. Gabby lets Brittney know that she gave him a present for the premiere. Julia asks if Paula is okay, because Paula got a call from her doctor and then got weird.

Simon breaks slightly with his mother’s demands when he says that Justin is the person who surprises him the most on the show. Mike and Paula are asked about the state of their relationship. Mike tries to stretch out an olive branch and says anything is possible, but Paula says they’re just friends. Reggie and Gabby talk about how much they’ve supported each other, and the fiery looks the man sends Gabby makes me melt. Then it all falls apart when Brittney says her inspiration was Gabby, whom she follows by dropping the bomb on Sam’s dad.

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The spectacle turns into chaos. Producers keep asking Nick if he wants to upgrade to the Motown dance package, but he refuses. Literally everyone is going after Brittney. A bottle of water flies in Brittney’s face. Brittney and Raven almost got into a fight. It looks like Simon could calm his sister down. Then Brittney lets out that primal scream, pulls the chair off the floor and hoists it above her head as if she is going to pull someone out. And then Nick finally switches to the Motown package.

After the show, Nick sits down with Monica and Wayne as they have a “Funeral for Dignity”. Nick admits he feels bad for Gabby, and it’s a huge growing moment for him. Sadly, the network is thrilled to see how hot a mess this was. Zach literally jumps into the room with glee to announce that the show is all the rage.

Producer Jessica finds Brittney to give her the gift Gabby gave her. It’s a picture Sam made of him with Gabby and Brittney. If it’s like a stab in his heart, then so much the better. It should. Simon sees Reggie’s note and asks if that’s why Brittney did this. She tries to blame their mother, but Simon finally stands up to his family and leaves. It’s so much more triumphant when you see how hard Simon has to fight to stand up to his family.

“You have to move on. The rest of the world did.

Before we get to the end where all my ships set sail at the same time, we need to talk about Mike. The episode begins with him and Reggie practicing their Motown moves together. All of Mike’s friends are there. I’m going to need Mike’s friends to be regularly available to give Reggie love advice because it’s delicious. Mike’s friends aren’t happy Mike is still angry with Paula. They congratulate Reggie for making a thoughtful gesture by writing a note to Gabby. No one believes Mike when he says he is thriving. Luckily, Mike’s friend Joel wakes Mike out of his never-ending pity party by literally slapping him in the face. He tells Mike that Paula loves him and makes him happy, so he has to embrace life and pursue it. And again, I repeat that Mike’s friends are my favorite tertiary characters.

Meanwhile, Paula and Julia are on their way to becoming best friends, which I fully approve of. Anything that involves Piper Perabo and Teri Polo together is a delight. Paula persuades Julia’s daughters to come to the premiere, even sending her driver to pick them up. Unfortunately, Paula receives a call from her doctor. All we need to know is that she brought up her cancer diagnosis in this episode, so it’s definitely back.

After the show, Mike goes to Paula’s house and tries to tell her that he wants to get on with his life. He hopes she could be a part of what the rest of his life will be like. She tells him she wasn’t lying. They are friends, and she shuts the door in his face.

While Mike’s declaration of love at home doesn’t go so well, other couples are doing better. Simon catches up with Gabby as she leaves the studio with her mother. Nina comforts an upset Gabby and apologizes for not being there for her for Sam’s father. Simon runs to apologize for Brittney (even though it’s not her fault) and hands Reggie’s note back to her, that she had clearly not seen yet.

Simon then runs directly to Justin. They talk about their respective damage and then they kiss as the door closes. Gabby goes to Reggie’s with the note and asks if he wrote it. When he confirms that he did and he thinks it, they kiss and the door closes. This episode taught me that I shouldn’t put on a face mask for the last 20 minutes because it’s pretty hard to scream for joy while wearing one, so I had to internally explode while this was all happening.

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