Season 1, Episode 11 – .

Season 1, Episode 11 – .

Warning: this article contains spoilers from The big jumpthe Season 1 finale. Proceed with caution.

At the end, The big jumpthe production of Swan Lake really flew. But can the same be said of his dancers and their love lives?

The Season 1 finale opened with the cast and producers giving post-mortem faith-based interviews about the show’s live finale on a show, which was – in Mike’s words – “a real s-” tshow, a total clusterf-k ”. He’s not wrong: the power outage caused by Alan’s plugging into his mini Christmas tree sent the whole theater into chaos. As Nick was trying to get out of a panic attack, Aja (who is an electrician) and Mike ran over to the circuit breaker to see if they could fix things, and Brittney and Simon rushed to the drugstore for lamps. handheld, batteries and a home pregnancy test. (It turned out Brit was two months late.)

Eventually the show began, with the dancers using portable lights to illuminate their movements, the audience dragging their cell phone flashlights onto the stage to help, and the production trucks routing their energy inside to operate the cameras. . Nick lamented that the show had failed before it even started, but Monica hugged him and told him everything would be fine, which helped him.

Aja managed to restore the electricity in the middle of Justin’s first act, and Reggie returned just in time to surprise Gabby by standing backstage at her first dance. But the shock of his arrival made her fall, which made her so angry that she ordered her to give up her grand gesture and go watch the final from the green room.

Meanwhile, Nick was so committed to the reforming / restorative power of dance that he asked Monica to join him on a month’s vacation in the UK. She said she would think about it and seemed inclined to say yes. But when he discussed the matter with Wayne later, his hot mic caught his reflection that Nick was a “shady reality producer” – which was really just a gesture, because she really wanted to. accompany him on vacation. pseudo does not havet hear the part where she said she really wanted to go… and after Monica stepped in to join House of Lush for their number, Nick found her to cancel the invite, calling their relationship “transactional” after all. . Both of them pretended their hearts weren’t broken, and sigh.

Why did Monica join House of Lush on stage, you might be wondering? Because she fell through a hidden (and poorly maintained) trap door, injuring her foot and getting stuck in it… until Justin also fell through. They eventually got away with it and she found out that she was indeed pregnant with Reggie’s baby. But she admitted that she pushed Simon to break up with Justin and prompted Justin to tell his brother how he really feels about him.

In the midst of it all, Mike danced his number without Paula – but with a few young dancers from his standing program, which was adorable – and Gabby was a vision in her final empowered routine. “At that point, I felt for myself what I feel for Sam,” she later told faith-based cameras. “How I want to protect myself, and how I love myself. And I was proud of myself. And it was suddenly so clear that there is always another chance for everyone, and you can’t always see it right away. And when Reggie took the stage to replace the missing Justin, at Nick’s insistence, she wasn’t ready to back down so easily. “We can have coffee in the afternoon! She told him, which somewhat appeased the “Grabby” shippers in the audience. (Later, she dragged him backstage for a makeup session, of course. The woman isn’t crazy.)

Just then Justin rushed over to tell Simon he loved her, and they broke up. Later, in a sweet confessional interview, Justin introduced Simon to his father and brother, who were kind – if not completely comfortable with – Justin’s new man.

As everyone celebrated the end of the show, Nick found the pharmacy receipt and realized Brittney was pregnant. He offered her an increased role in Season 2, adding “Everyone loves to hate you,” which didn’t make her happy. Then Gabby, completely unaware of the pregnancy, happily accepted Nick’s offer to be a choreographer for Season 2 – not realizing he was planning another Gabby series against Brittney (and maybe Monica? ). And then Nick wrapped it all up telling Wayne he was absoutely in another season: “It’s going to be full of surprises. “

TVLine chatted with executive producer Liz Heldens about the highly meta-season finale – neither The big jump (real) nor The big jump (fictitious) find out if they come back for a second race –

LIGNE TV | This episode seemed like a much bigger production than most of your other episodes.
Oh my God. It was huge. It was huge. There were over 120 scenes in this episode. It was crazy. We had to really argue and make some tough choices about what to include, but Jason Winer – who directed the pilot and the second episode and was an EP on the show and was my partner through it all – is so talented. And he just wouldn’t let me make it too small. He kept saying, “Yes. You can do it. You can do it. You can do it. That wasn’t going to be a problem. Yes. [Laughs] It’s huge.

LIGNE TV | Tell me about some of those tough decisions you had to make about what to cut or leave out in the last episode.
Gabby’s son and mother weren’t on the final, which was a huge disappointment. And Mike’s three loving friends are so, you know, willing to talk about feelings. [Laughs They are not on the finale.

I don’t think you feel it watching it because it’s so stuffed with other things. But there were some things that we just were not able to include that were kind of a bummer for us. But I don’t think you feel it, watching.

TVLINE | I definitely did not notice until you just said that, which probably makes me bad at my job.
[Laughs] Well no. I mean, it’s really fast and furious, and it’s got a lot of scenes, and it’s really daring… Partly too, you only have 42 minutes and you change into a network show to tell n ‘ no matter what story you tell.

LIGNE TV | The show excelled at giving us fleshed out supporting characters. I wonder if there were any that you wished you had a better chance to dig deeper into or that could be prepared for more screen time in a potential Season 2.
Oh. Sure. What I’m happy about is that we were able to step into, like Comfort Fedoke, who is such a beautiful dancer, who plays Aja, who is part of House of Lush. It was really great that we were able to give him more and more things to do little by little. In fact, she’s also one of our choreographers on the show, so she does double duty for us. The House of Rush is a great example of characters who are totally ready to explore more in Season 2.

LIGNE TV | I don’t think I’ve ever spoken to anyone whose show is on the bubble for season 2 of a show that references getting a season 2 so heavily in its finale. The meta aspect here is real.
Oh my God. It sometimes makes me pass out. [Laughs] You can not not do it on the show. You have Thomas Lennon playing the network director and Scott Foley [as] know, Nick, who is the showrunner, who I identify with very strongly. It’s so much fun asking yourself these questions about a potential season 2 and what you need to do to get season 2 and the nights. [ratings] and all that. It was just such a low fruit for us in the writer’s room that we just couldn’t not do it.

LIGNE TV | Has Fox ever given you notes on this or just let you run with it?
They just let us run with it. They think it’s funny.

LIGNE TV | A few weeks ago, we learned that the show would not be repeated for a full season. But this finale feels like a definitive stopping point. Was it a fully formed season?
It was always going to be 11 episodes. We talked about it a lot before the [initial] whether we were going to be in the fall or mid-season, but it was still a closed season that ended with the final performance of Swan Lake.

the-big-leap-finale-recap-season-1-episode-11LIGNE TV | Let’s say you get a renewal tomorrow. What’s the first character or storyline that comes to your mind, for example, “Can’t wait to dig this? “
We set it up in the finale, with the pregnancy and the Gabby / Brittney / Reggie triangle, so that’s a story we were immediately starting to lean into.

LIGNE TV | Which reminds me: When we (and Gabby) initially saw Brittany with Reggie, we saw activities, to put it mildly, unrelated to making babies. But obviously there was more going on there that we weren’t aware of?
[Laughs] They were a bit together. They were connecting. For him, it was relaxed. For her, it meant a little more.

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