Editor’s Note: I was late enough on last week’s Glee post that I decided to wait and post it as a double-header with this week’s. But please, like we could totally ignore it. It was the Lady Gaga episode, for fuck’s sake! So I apologize for the delay, and enjoy commenting–I missed hearing your thoughts last week! –SB
Tina’s mom FTW!
Alright, so after the quasi-disappointment that was the Madonna episode (with obvious exceptions–Ray of Light on stilts was BOSS, and Like a Prayer can never disappoint me), AND because I definitely know more Madonna songs than Lady Gaga songs (I know, I’m totally not cool), I wasn’t ESPECIALLY looking forward to this episode. I mean, I look forward to every Glee episode, but I wasn’t looking forward to this like I looked forward to say, Joss Whedon and NPH. Does that make sense? I need to shut up now.
But I really, REALLY liked this episode. The costumes were amazing, and thanks to my intense love of internet celebrity gossip, I know every single outfit they showed … except maybe for Brittany’s lobster glasses, which were gloriously weird. The girls looked INCREDIBLE for Bad Romance–loved the bubble outfit (which might be my favorite Gaga get up ever), Mercedes with the hair bow, all of Vocal Adrenaline with that crazy ass motherfucking red lace thing, and both of Rachel’s outfits were amazing too.
Speaking of that, I was really expecting to see the Kermit the Frog dress, but my guess is that there were some licensing issues and I thought the stuffed animal thing was a good and funny way around it. I ALMOST caught myself calling bullshit on the gay dads not being able to sew, because I was all, BUT I’VE SEEN RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE! and then I caught myself and remembered that all gay men are not drag queens. And the triangle dress that Shelby made for Rachel was totally awesome and she looked great in it.
Obviously the Rachel and Shelby thing was one of the two major stories this week (the other being Finn and Kurt, which we’ll get to), and … did anyone else think it was a LITTLE weird? I wasn’t sure how Rachel knew that Shelby was her mom because last I knew, she hadn’t listened to the tape, right? Did she just see her on the stage, hear the voice, see the resemblance, and recognize herself in Shelby? Or WHAT? Still, okay, this is Glee. I can get over that part. What I really didn’t understand was why exactly they couldn’t keep hanging out? I never really felt from Shelby that she wasn’t as into it as Rachel was, and it just seems like by staying apart, you lose MORE valuable time. You know? They seemed to really like each other and even if things wouldn’t be exactly how they had dreamed about in an ideal world, well … when are they ever?
Now I feel like the big moment was supposed to be them singing together and YES, obviously, they’re both really awesome. It’s just … okay. I told this story on Facebook to one of my friends who thought that was the greatest version of Poker Face ever (and for the record, I still think Leslie Knope did it better but feel free to agree to disagree). I wasn’t that into it, even though their voices were both so good, because it’s like when I was in high school and I had a friend who was in show choir and very good, and he liked to take pop songs and turn them into show choir songs to be funny, and it was, it was really, really hilarious, almost in a Robert Goulet on SNL sort of way, and that’s what this reminded me of and I just couldn’t really take it seriously when “bluffin’ with my muffin’” sounded like it could be straight out of Oklahoma or something. (And don’t you think “surrey with fringe on top” sounds KIND of like a muffin, now that we’re on the subject? Fringe being pubes. In case you didn’t catch that.)
What I DID love about that song was how Rachel called Brad over to play the piano and then commented that he’s always just hanging around. Hee! It was a funny, kind of meta nod to the fact that he just shows up totally inappropriately to play the piano and made me completely not care how out of nowhere it always is. But what was TRULY hilarious is when Billy was all, “But should he REALLY be hanging around all the time, given the sex offender laws?” HAHAHAHA! It was just really well-timed. I almost spit my drink out.
Okay, last thought on Rachel/Shelby, and then we’ll move on. Where the fuck was Jesse St. Sexy? I mean, thankfully Puck really stepped up the sexiness this week, but still, I can always use more. I just don’t understand where he’s been if he specifically goes to school there and is a member of the glee club. I know last week he was on Spring Break with his Vocal Adrenaline friends (suspect!), but this week it was like he didn’t even exist and no one noticed he was missing, and it was weird. It’s like he just didn’t fit into the story, so … everyone suffered from group amnesia or something?
Alright, moving on to the second main story of the episode, which was the whole Finn and Kurt thing finally coming to a head. The scene with Finn using the word “faggy” and Kurt’s dad coming down and catching him was INCREDIBLE. Everyone was amazing there, especially Mike O’Malley. He seriously adds SO MUCH to this show. And that entire scene was intense, because you knew he understood where Finn was coming from because he’d been there, but he wasn’t that person anymore and Kurt is the most important thing to him. For all of Kurt’s jealousy over Finn, and all of Finn freaking out over Burt and his mom, ultimately, nothing is more important to Burt than Kurt and that he has a home where he feels safe and comfortable. And when I really died was when he told Kurt that the room looked great. Oh, Kurt’s dad. You totally get it.
Forgiving Finn was much easier than you might think it would be, and I think that’s because … well, Finn made it so understandable, all the building frustration and anger and you know he didn’t really mean it, he just didn’t really understand the full extent of his hurtful words. But I also felt like he was instantly and truly sorry, and you get the feeling that Finn is going to be a much better person on the other side of this thing. It was supremely well played and I agree with Billy that it was possibly the best acting we’ve seen on this show.
There were a lot of C-plots–Tina not getting to dress how she wanted, Figgins believing in vampires, the football assholes threatening to beat up Tina and Kurt (and Finn), the boys doing KISS as sort of the heteromale Gaga (also, TOTALLY), etc., but the best one for me was Puck trying to convince Quinn that Jack Daniels, and then Jackie Daniels was a good name for a baby girl. When he finally came around and conceded that Jackie Daniels was a great name for a power boat (and it is) but maybe not for a baby girl, I DIED. You guys know how fucking much I love Puck, and that destroyed me. I loved that they did Beth (and the other one–I like KISS but I wasn’t familiar with the first one–but I really with they’d done Rock and Roll All Night because that shit is my jam), and I was amazed at again, how intense that was and how wonderfully emotional Quinn was. She had on those crazy pink eyelashes and there she was, looking totally beautiful and overwhelmed, and I loved her so much right then. I hope those crazy kids figure it out–I’ve always liked Puck and Quinn together.
What did you guys think of the Gaga episode? Everything you hoped for and more? Thoughts? Take it to the comments!