Man, this was a TOTAL relief after the last episode, which just about pushed me over the edge. I was genuinely entertained, laughed a lot, and enjoyed several songs. YAY!
Okay, so first good thing? More Puck. I loved the title line, obviously, but I also LOVED “Buddha! Allah! Satan! Help me!” Hee! Plus, I loved how it got Lauren into the glee club, even if it was temporary and even if only for the line, “I’m not nervous. You know why? Because show choir is stupid.” Double hee!
The only real drag for me, song-wise … well, no, in general, was Kurt and Rachel. I was so bored by their song, and then I got kind of mad when I realized it was Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina from Evita, which I kind of love. Do you remember when the Madonna version was on the radio, like … CONSTANTLY? Those were the days. So it was pretty disappointing when it was a snoozefest, although I did laugh at Billy casually commenting that Rachel makes a poop face when she sings, because totally.
Meanwhile, I can’t totally bitch about Kurt because this episode was much easier on the after school specialness, and it was nice that his new school wasn’t just a perfect fairy dreamland … pun not exactly intended, but also not avoided. The molting bird was pretty ham-fisted, as usual when it comes to the Kurt stories, and I didn’t really understand the concept of trying to to blend in and not stand out when auditioning for a SOLO, but … I did like the Warbler’s Train song at Sectionals, so that’s cool. And Blaine is still so cute.
As for the Hipsters … I mean, I liked the Peter Gabriel song a lot, especially for a bunch of old people, but … THEY’RE A BUNCH OF OLD PEOPLE. Has this been covered already and I forgot? Because I thought this was a school competition, and if it’s not … that really makes no sense. And if it is? That REALLY makes no sense.
Okay, now about Nude Erections New Directions’ song(s)–why did they get to do two (kind of) and everyone else only got one? I know, it’s Glee. Let’s ignore it. I really did enjoy Sam and Quinn doing I’ve Had the Time of My Life, and I love Quinn and her voice and her gorgeous cuteness, and my only beef with it is … again with the entering in the back and walking up separate aisles? Come on now.
So alright, at this point, me and Billy had an exchange that made me laugh my ass off. You probably had to be there, but I’ll share with you anyway out of the kindness of my heart.
Me: [about Sam] He is really not cute.
Billy: He kind of is. He looks like Shiloh Pitt.
I DIED, y’all.
So yeah, I was excited Santana got a solo, because I love her voice, and it was a really good and fun song. Brittany and Mike’s dancing was incredible, as always, and the whole thing was just really fun.
The tie was sort of a lame plot contrivance, but again, it’s Glee, and things were good enough this week to let this slide.
I think that the major reason that this episode worked is because the side stories were all good. They were kind of bite sized, which works for this show, and there was a good variety. Is anyone else kind of surprised to find themselves in love with Artie and Brittany? They’re so cute, and the magic comb story was oddly charming. Finn and Rachel worked for me because it made them interesting as opposed to the lame old married couple they’d become, and so help me god I died laughing AGAIN at the cat calendar callback. I also got a laugh out of the callback to Mike and Tina’s Asian relationship when he asked her for an Asian kiss. Just a lot of nice self-referential moments.
There was no Sue this week, but we did get a lot of Emma, and it was really good. I do love her with Carl, even when he’s not around, because you can just tell how good he is for her and how functional their relationship is, as opposed to whatever she had with Shue. And Coach Tanaka, for that matter. When she told Shue she got married in Vegas, I was like, good for Emma. I like how him being an asshole to her didn’t just work out in his favor, which is where I thought it might go. I feel like this was a nice, realistic direction for the story to take and I just hope that it ends with Emma living happily ever after and not mooning over Shue, because his creepy ass SO doesn’t deserve it.
But speaking of that, Shue wasn’t so creepy in this episode, and he actually acted like a teacher when Rachel was being a spoiled bitch with the duct tape. More of THAT Shue, please. And also, more of bitchy Rachel. She cracks me up, and I love when Quinn hates her.
Alright, I need to wrap this up. Overall, obviously, I was way pleased with the improvement over last week and THIS is the Glee I like to watch. What did you guys think? Were you as happy with it, or is Glee gonna have to work harder to win you back? Favorite moments? Opinions on songs? Things that worked and didn’t for you? Comment time!