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It’s sectionals time in the Glee world. As already discussed, they are up against the reform school for girls and the deaf school (I’ve already talked about this pretty in depth, so I’m not going to go into it again). But, as we already knew, Sue had leaked the set lists to the competing schools, so they performed the numbers that our glee club was supposed to, leaving them with nothing to perform and an hour to come up with something (these numbers included that reform school girls performing “Proud Mary” in wheelchairs). Of course they pulled it off and won. I mean, were we really expecting them to lose?
In the side stories, Emma takes the kids to sectionals, moving her wedding to Ken back a couple hours. But that’s the last straw for Ken, and he leaves her at the alter. Emma then quits her job at the school because she couldn’t stand to see Will or Ken around the school. Rachel tells Finn about her suspisions about Quinn and Puck (all the secrects seem to be coming out). Terry’s trying to work on her issues and take responsibility for lying about the baby by going to a therapist, but Will doesn’t want to hear any of it. While the kids sing “My Life Would Suck Without You” (I hate that song) to him because he had to miss sectionals, he realizes that he’s in love with Emma and runs after her, where they share a kiss. And the principal finds out that Sue leaked the set lists so fires her from the Cheerios and suspends her from school (does she have a job other than Cheerios coach?).
This episode was filled with all the inspirational crap that the series started off with. I’m sorry, but maybe I’m just too cynical to take that kind of stuff seriously. It was all, “we’re facing difficult odds, but we can pull through” and “we can do this because we have each other” stuff. And there was a line that where they said they could win because “we believe in ourselves and what we’re singing.” I’m sorry, I just can’t handle that kind of mushy stuff, but that’s just me.
And I probably was not as happy as the audience was supposed to be to see Will and Emma get together in the end. We all knew that they were building up to this. And we were supposed to be happy when this happened because they were building Terry up as this evil wife whom Will should have left a long time ago, so it’s ok that he’s in love with another woman. And I don’t really feel their chemistry all the time, so the ending of the show felt a little forced to me. And just so we’re all clear, they are also doing the same thing with Finn and Rachel. They built Quinn up to be a lying girlfriend, so it was ok that Finn was in love with Rachel and now that Finn and Quinn are done, he is free to be with the person he really loves.
And speaking of Emma, I was quite proud of her during this episode (except at the end when she and Will kissed). At sectionals, she stood up to the other glee club’s supervisors. She told them off about the lessons that they were teaching their kids — that the only way they could win was by cheating. And told them that maybe if they would have believed in their kids more, they would have been amazing without cheating. Then later in the episode, she (briefly) didn’t let the men in her life control it anymore. After Ken left her, she realized that she couldn’t put herself through the pain of working at that school anymore, so she quit. And when Will realized that he didn’t want her to leave, she told him that she couldn’t be with him because he just left his wife. But apparently all that changed when he kissed her.
And did they seriously have to have the reform school girls do “Proud Mary” in wheelchairs? It would have been just as an effective of a steal if they had done it without the wheelchairs. I think they were trying to go for funny…that the reform school girls didn’t have anyone in a wheelchair so it was funny that they would do a number in wheelchairs. But it was bad enough when our glee club did it originally, but to have that school steal it and perform the number when there was no one disabled in their choir, I think that was worse.
I was happy for a while when Mercedes stood up for herself because she wanted to perform the ballad instead of Rachel. She did a great performance which even Rachel recognized as good and won that honor. But then the other school performed it, so she gave the ballad back to Rachel, even though Rachel just wanted to find another song for Mercedes to sing. I was happy for a while because it was a minority character who wasn’t just going to blend into the background. But then she gave it up to the white girl again, who already gets all the attention from the show.
Well, Glee is done for the fall. So I guess we’ll have to wait til January (or whenever it comes back on, I’m not really sure) to see how they are going to prepare for regionals. I wonder what kind of drama they are going to create now that Will knows Terry’s not pregnant and Finn knows Puck is the father. Maybe they’ll create drama away from pregnancy and making all women look decietful and petty. I can hope, can’t I?
This week’s episode of Glee is all about the glee club members trying to fit in…still. Sue gets the principal to take away the glee club’s yearbook picture, which the glee club is surprisingly ok with because a yearbook picture might bring more unwanted, negative attention to them. Except for Rachel, who desperately wants the yearbook picture. She ends up getting the glee club a commercial for a local mattress store. But what they don’t know is that accepting payment for a singing job would get them disqualified from sectionals. Mr. Shue ends up taking the blame for them so that the team can go to sectionals without him.
The day has come. We all knew it was around the corner. In the most dramatic scene that Glee has ever seen, Will finds out that Terry is not actually pregnant. There was yelling, Will got mad, and Terry looked like an emotional, irrational woman. I’m really glad that Will has finally found out because the whole Terry-hiding-her-pregnancy-from-Will storyline was probably my least favorite.
This episode did mark a return of the Will/Emma storyline, which I am also not a fan of. Just thought I’d throw that out there. Emma also proclaims that she identifies with Terry’s decision to fake a pregnancy because losing Will would just be too hard. Yet another example of how the show paints women as irrational and out to get the men. And speaking of that…has anyone else noticed how fickle Rachel’s emotions are? First she’s into Finn. Then she’s into Puck. Then she’s in love with Mr. Shue. And now she’s back to being in love with Finn. Because high school girls will fall in love with anyone who gives them any attention, obviously.
Honestly, I didn’t think this episode had a whole lot of storyline outside of Will and Terry’s fight. But one thing that really stuck out to me was the performance for the mattress commercial of “Jump.” Throughout the entire performance, everyone is jumping around on mattresses…except for Artie. But how could he, he’s in a wheelchair, right? Artie was just propped up in a mattress in his wheelchair off in the corner not really doing anything. And then there was a shot of him laying on a mattress while people jumped around him so that he bounced. Just another example of Glee portraying people in wheelchairs of not being capable of doing much of anything. I’m sure they could have worked some better, more active choreography into the number for Artie instead of him sitting there doing nothing and then having people bounce him.
I do have to say, though, that I did really like the Lily Allen song, “Smile.” I love Lily Allen, so it was great to see one of her songs in the show, even if it did catch me off gaurd.
Sadly, these are really the only comments that I have for this episode. I just wasn’t that impressed, positively or negatively, by much of anything.
Update: meloukhia brought up a really good point in her review. I can’t believe I didn’t talk about this originally, I remember being shocked about it when I was watching the episode…I guess I was so shocked that I forgot to write it in my notes. But I need to bring it up now. When Will finds out that Terry isn’t actually pregnant, we see him as an abusive husband. He yells and throws things. He even grabs her arm quite forcefully and backs her up against the counter with no way of escape.
Ok, yelling I get. He’s upset. I yell when I’m upset. But there’s no reason to be physically or verbally abusive. What she did was a pretty horrible thing (and I am glad the storyline is over because I hated it), but there’s never an excuse for abuse. I think this situation could possibly be grounds for divorce, but it would have been nice to see them talk about it rationally and without physical or verbal abuse. I can even understand Will leaving for a while. It was probably a good thing to cool down so as to not escalate the level of abuse. But can we ever see a mature, honest relationship based on communication in Glee? Apparently not because they can’t even show Will and Terry talking about the situation.
Again, I’m sorry I didn’t include this originally. MAJOR mistake on my part.
Oh Glee. This week Will is scared the Sue is leaking his set list and choreography to the competition but then feels bad about accusing one of the teams of cheating, so invites them to a scrimage — which of course leads to inviting the other team to a scrimage. Who are the competition you may ask. Well, they are a correctional school for girls and a school for the deaf. Let’s just throw some stereotypes and ableism in there for a good old time.
I have to be honest, I didn’t really think there was a whole lot of plot this week. Finn likes Rachel, but then Rachel changes her appearance because she thinks Finn will like her better. Quinn is confused about her feelings for Puck, so invites him to babysit with her. But he ends up “sexting” with Santana the whole time they are together. So Finn and Quinn decide that they are in love again.
But despite the lack of plot, there certainly was a whole lot of problematic things about the episode.
Ok, let’s start with some of the very apparent ableism. When one of the girls (the blond Cheerio, I don’t remember her name) is showing the glee club how to fling their hair around, she actually says “it’s like cool epilepsy.” But she’s the dumb blond who says stupid things, so it’s ok. Yeah, I’m sure people with epilepsy love being othered and objectified in this way. And then there was the glee club for the school for the deaf. I actually enjoyed the beginning of their performance of “Imagine.” There was one main guy vocally singing the song and the rest of the club was sign singing the song. It was actually pretty nice. But then “our” lovely glee club was so “moved” (I guess) by the performance that they felt the need to join in. They sang next to them and tried to join in on the signing. Why? Why do you need to take over their performance like that. I’m sure it was meant to be this touching moment of teams joining together to sing “Imagine,” but it just felt to me like some great appropriation.
But don’t worry, they also sang “True Colors” at the end of the show while sitting in a semi-circle with different colored shirts on. I’m sorry, sure “True Colors” has a great message, but I really don’t like that song. It’s just super-cheesy.
And then there’s Kurt’s makeover of Rachel. Kurt (by the encouragement of Quinn) makes Rachel think that Finn will like her more if she dresses more provocatively — or not like a combination between a grandmother and a toddler as they say in the show. Rachel is very beautiful and she already has a fondness for pretty short skirts. But let’s slap some more makeup on her and skin-tight clothes to make the boys like her more. This sends a great message. But, again, don’t worry…Finn tells her that he liked her they way she was, he liked the way she dressed, and he doesn’t like what she’s done to herself. So, yet again, Finn is the good guy and Rachel is just messed up in the head.
Which brings us to, yet again, the overwhelming theme of the show…boys are amazingly great and the girls are just crazy. But this wasn’t necessarily the case with all of the guys this episode. Puck shows us that he is still going to be who he is — which apparently a jerk. He’ll be a father to Quinn’s baby but he’s still going to cheat on her if she doesn’t “give it up” to him. I was really starting to like Puck, but then the writers had to go and do this. Because he is the “stereotypical” high school guy. All he really cares about is sex and doesn’t really care about anyone else. It would be great with we saw some more nuanced characters of Glee.
I was really disappointed with this week’s episode. Not only was there not a whole lot of plot and a whole lot of problematic content, the songs weren’t even that good. That’s usually what keeps me going, as those of you who regularly read these reviews know. But this episode, there just wasn’t really that much. Period.
Sorry about the late posting, but I actually had a life outside of the internet this week. I’m just going to start off by saying I hate hot for teacher story lines. This week’s episode was all about the power of the ballad to express emotions that you wouldn’t normally be able to express. Rachel gets paired with Mr. Shue for their assignment on singing a ballad to a partner and immediately falls in love with him. Mr. Shue is really concerned about this so he sings a mash-up of “Young Girl” and “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” to tell her that she should back off. Of course, she doesn’t get the message. But she finally does come to her senses and apologizes to Mr. Shue.
In the meantime, Finn is really stressing about Quinn’s pregnancy so Kurt (who is trying to turn him gay because he is in love with Finn) suggests that he sing “I’ll Stand By You” to his baby to get out his emotions. Finn’s mom catches him singing to a sonogram and then makes the connection that Quinn is pregnant. And then Finn decides that he needs to tell Quinn’s parents, so he sings “You’re Having My Baby” to her while at dinner with her parents and her parents kick her out of the house.
So this episode is just yet another example of how Glee portrays women in a negative light. All of the men are these great guys who put up with the crazy women in their lives. Mr. Shue has to deal with both Rachel’s love and Terry’s paranoia and non-pregnancy. Finn has to deal with Quinn yelling at him all the time and is a great guy for continuing to support her. But can we also talk about how Mr. Shue agreed to sing “Endless Love” with Rachel which is what made her fall in love with him (not that it’s Mr. Shue’s fault, but you can see where he has some responsibility in this). And then he thinks it’s a good idea to sing to her again to get her to back off. Really? You think that’s a good idea? And then Emma (the guidance counselor) was absolutely no help. It was her idea to sing to Rachel to back off. Then she was there and got so caught up in his performance that all she could say “he’s a great performer.” No help at all.
And Finn. He had no right to tell Quinn’s parents without her permission. And obviously she had a reason for not telling them because her father kicker her out of the house (luckily, Finn’s mom is pretty supportive and is letting Quinn stay with them). And even if it is the “right” thing to do to tell Quinn’s parents, that’s her decision to make, not his. Even if it did fit in the song “You’re Having My Baby” (which I was expecting at some point), it’s still not okay.
And then there’s Kurt trying to turn Finn gay — making comments like “girls are your problem” and “that’s enough to make you give up girls altogether.” I just really don’t like story lines where gay people try to turn straight people. I mean I’m all for expressing the sexuality that you feel, but you can’t “turn” someone, and I don’t think we should be promoting that idea.
As always, I enjoyed the musical performances. I really liked their rendition of “Lean On Me” (which the glee club sang to Finn and Quinn to show that they support them). It’s a standard glee club, a capella song, so I was expecting it to come up at some point. As much as I enjoy the musical numbers and continue to watch for said musical numbers, I really wish that the story lines would step up to the callibre of the musical numbers.
I saw this promotional picture before this week’s episode of Glee, “Wheels,” aired and I started dreading what was going to happen. Glee has a track record of using Artie’s wheelchair as a prop and not really respecting what people with disabilities have to go through on a daily basis. I have to say, though, that this episode was a mixture of using the chair as a prop and of actually having some semi-good things to say about disabilities.
It all started when the school wouldn’t provide the money to get a handicapped bus for the glee club to go to sectionals, which meant that Artie would have had to get to ride from his father instead of riding with the team. Mr. Shue wasn’t going to stand for this, but the other glee members didn’t seem to bothered by it at first. Mr. Shue had to put his foot down. The glee club ended up holding a bake sale to raise the money and they all had to spend at least three hours a day in a wheelchair so that they could better understand what Artie goes through.
One of the side stories was that Kurt wanted to sing the solo in the song “Defying Gravity” from Wicked. Mr. Shue had originally given the solo to Rachel, but after Kurt complained of discrimination, he agreed to hold tryouts for the solo. In the end, Kurt ended up blowing the high note in the solo on purpose because he was afraid of the harassment that his father might get if he sang a girls part. The other side story was that Quinn and Finn are coming to terms with what having a baby is going to cost. Finn is trying to get a job (which he ends up doing, but only by comvincing the manager that he was actually in a wheelchair — more on this later), and Quinn keeps bothering him about paying the bills. Puck tries to offer to help with the money, but Quinn won’t accept it.
So, there were lots of things going on in this episode. Let’s talk about disability to start off with since that is what the show centered around this week. I did like that they were trying to get the other glee members to realize what it is like to be in a wheelchair. There were some semi-good themes of not excluding people based solely on their disability. But in the end, I feel like the wheelchairs were just used as props again. Both Finn and Puck use their wheelchairs for their benefits — Finn to get a job to support Quinn and Puck to get marijuana to put in the bake sale goods to raise money to support Quinn. And at the end, they all performed a number, “Rolling Down the River,” in wheelchairs (get it…rolling…because they’re in wheelchairs). It was nice to see Artie take the lead in the song, but I felt like having the other kids in the wheelchair this time made the wheelchair the prop.
But on a positive note, we got to see that Artie is not asexual, that he is capable of a romantic relationship. I’m really glad that they included this storyline because there is often a perception in society that people with disabilities are not sexual. In this episode we see Artie and Tina connecting on a romantic level…if sometimes in a really awkward way. We see them on a date, racing wheelchairs, where they kiss for the first time. But then Tina reveals that she does not actually have a stutter, she just started it because she was shy and didn’t want to talk to people. Artie is not okay with this and ends up leaving because he cannot understand why someone would want to push people away like that, saying something along the lines of “I’m glad that you are normal now and I’m still in a wheelchair.” We also get to hear about how Artie ended up in a wheelchair, which I think is important to talk about.
I was very frustrated with Quinn this episode. Not only is she lying to Finn about the baby being his, she expects him to completely support her. She keeps yelling at him to get a job, even though he does seem to be trying, and she’s not taking any responsibility for the financial aspect of having a baby. I’m not saying that Finn (or Puck, since he’s actually the father) should not be responsible for the baby and the money, but Quinn needs to realize that she is also responsible. Quinn is just getting deeper and deeper into the writers need to portray pregnant women as crazy. It’s really annoying.
Puck is also really growing on me. I didn’t like his character at first, but now he’s become really sweet and you can tell that he does care about Quinn. He spends the episode trying to show Quinn that he can support that baby, that he would be a good father. He also tries to talk to Finn about his constant complaining. Puck tells Finn to think about what Quinn must be going through carrying the baby, that it’s not all about him. Which is important for Finn to hear, but it also falls into Quinn’s whole thing this episode where she doesn’t seem to be taking responsibility for the baby other than getting Finn to pay for things.
I also really liked Sue’s storyline this episode. She is ordered to hold open tryouts for the Cheerios, supervised by Will. She ends up choosing a girl who is mentally disabled and really excited about cheerleading. Will criticizes her for being too hard on this girl. Sue comes back by saying that she’s hard on everyone and that Will wants to “treat this girl like she has a disability, when it seems to me that she just wants to be like everyone else.” Sue brought up a really good point there. And then at the end we see Sue visiting her older sister who has a mental disability and being really sweet with her, which is a huge change of pace for Sue.
I came into this episode expecting to cringe the whole way through because of their continuing treatment of disabilities. While there were definitely some cringe worthy parts, it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. But, for such an Artie-centric episode, we didn’t really see him a lot. He had a solo song (“Dancing With Myself” — it was really good), he took the lead in “Rolling on the River,” and we saw him with Tina. But the show still seemed to center around how the leads dealt with being in a wheelchair and the whole Finn/Quinn/Puck romantic triangle drama.
In this week’s episode, Finn and Quinn aren’t popular anymore because of their involvement with glee club and, of course, they aren’t happy about this. On top of that, the football players are made to choose between football and glee club. Puck decides that he needs to start dating Rachel because his mother wants him to date a nice Jewish girl. Rachel goes for it as a way to make Finn jealous…and Puck really just wants to make Quinn jealous too. Finn chooses the football team over glee club because he really wants to be popular even though the three other football players, including Puck, chose glee club. But Will convinces Finn to come back by telling him that glee is where he belongs.
In other news, Emma and Ken have decided to have their wedding in Hawaii and Ken has conviced Emma to have a first dance. They ask Will to make a mash-up between “I Could Have Danced All Night” (Emma’s choice) and “The Thong Song” (Ken’s choice) as well as dance lessons. Ken calls Will out on his relationship with Emma and says that he knows that he’ll always be second place to Will but he loves Emma so much that he doesn’t care. Will ends up going wedding dress shopping with Emma to make sure that she gets a dress she can dance in and they, of course, dance around the wedding shop and sing “I Could Have Danced All Night.”
First of all, when Will sang “Bust a Move” at the beginning, I found it a little creepy. Singing “I want to sex you up” while dancing with teenage girls (and boys) was kind of creepy. But Will definitely got a lot of dancing time in this episode. It made me wonder if it was actually him dancing all the time because it was pretty impressive dancing…at least coming from me who is not a great dancer.
Finn and Quinn’s popularity storyline is just yet another example of the “be who you want to be and screw everyone else” storyline that is being exhausted by this show. It seems like every episode has that message. While it is a great message, I’d like to see some variety. Having to choose between football and glee club also had the same effect, especially in Will’s speech to Finn.
I really like Sue’s storyline this episode. She goes on a date with the news anchor on the show that she does Sue’s Corner for and starts to really like him. It seems to soften her…a lot. She gets will to teach her how to swing dance for another date with the man and seems kind of sweet towards him. But when she finds out that the news anchor is kind of a jerk (she caught him making out with someone else and him excuse was that he couldn’t be caged in), she becomes mean again — she’s mean to Will and kicks Quinn off of the Cherrios because she’s pregnant. I think this storyline spoke a lot to Sue as a person and why she is the way that she is. Her hostility towards others comes from a place of not wanting to be hurt herself.
I really hated the storyline between Will and Emma. Yes, we all know that they both like each other. I was glad that Terry wasn’t in the episode because I really dislike the characterization of her. The writers just wanted to make her seem as unbearable as possible so that the audience would think it was ok when Will cheats on her with Emma (because we all know that’s going to happen). But it’s not ok. It’s ok if Will leaves Terry for Emma. Everyone is entitled to end a marriage if they don’t think it’s working. But the way that the show characterizes both Terry and Emma to make Will less of a bad guy for ending a marriage to be with another woman is kind of sickening.
I also kind of liked the storyline between Puck and Rachel. You got to see a sweeter side of Puck, which doesn’t always happen. And he got to sing a solo. We all know that the relationship wouldn’t work out because they were both in it for the wrong reasons and both loved someone else, but it was nice to see them together, even for a little while, because they are so different.
And yet again, the minority characters are reduced to background. Mercedes had a couple lines and so did Kurt, but that was about it. I did really like when Kurt stood up to Finn, though. When Finn picked football over the glee club, the other players made him give a “slushie facial” (throwing a slushie in someone’s face — it happened a lot this episode) to Kurt, who quit football. Finn didn’t want to do it because he’s friends with Kurt but felt he had to to fit in with the football players again. Kurt knew this and ended up throwing the slushie in his own face and challenged Finn to think about if any of his “friends” on the football team would have done that for him. But then we have to be reminded of the fact that Kurt is gay when he freaks out about having the slushie all over him and needs to “get to a spa” (aka the girls bathroom).
Overall, I think this episode was pretty good. I enjoyed what seemed like an increase in the musical numbers, which are usually my favorite parts of the episode. I wasn’t cringing around every corner like I have with previous episodes. That’s not to say that there was nothing wrong with this episode, I’m just saying that I enjoyed watching it.
Also make sure to check out meloukhia’s review up at this ain’t livin’.
Sue is now the co-director of glee club and makes it her mission (as always) to divide and conquer the glee club and force it into submission. She does this by separating the members. Since Sue and Will are each choreographing their own numbers, Sue decides that they should have different people in each of theirs. She takes all the minority members of glee and eventually leaves Will with only three people for his number. The division and fighting eventually get to the members of the glee club and they walk out and Sue resigns. Will gives an “inspiring” speech about how they are all minorities because they are in glee and all is right in the world of the glee club.
In the meantime, Terry blackmails her obstetrician into faking a sonogram so Will can “see his baby.” And news about Quinn’s pregnancy is now all over school thanks to the blogosphere. Quinn’s crushed but sees in the end that she has the glee club to support her.
So it was great to see the minority characters in a main storyline, but this is not the way that I would have wanted it done. By separating out the minority characters, it is showing that they are different…not the same and not as talented as the white members. Of course, I think this is what the storyline was trying to show. I think it was trying to show that when people are grouped, separated, or identified solely based on their race, they are discriminated against. I really liked Mercedes line when the glee members got fed up with Sue and Will fighting and left: “I may be a strong, proud balck woman, but I am more than that.” She showed that she is proud of who she is but there is more to her than just her race. And I think that was supposed to be the moral of that storyline. But, as we see in most of the Glee storylines, what is intended by them and what they actually show are two different things.
I, of course, hated the storyline with Terry. I just cringe everytime she comes on screen because I know it is going to be something about how she is manipulating Will and faking her pregnancy, and generally being crazy. But I was glad that there wasn’t a storyling about the relationship between Will and Emma. Terry’s actions with her pregnancy are basically leading to it being ok for Will to cheat on her with Emma. But it’s still not ok, and I hate seeing all that flirting when I know what it’s leading to.
And I have to say, I liked the storyline with Quinn’s pregnancy this week. It showed what she really has invested in this pregnancy as well as the support network that she actually has (though she doesn’t think she has it or doesn’t realize that she does). And it showed that despite Rachel having feelings for Finn and those being her true motivations behind helping Quinn, that Rachel does actually care about what happens to Quinn because she feels connected to everyone in glee.
I feel like all that I talk about when I do these write-ups about Glee are race and pregnancy. But those are the things that really bother me about the show. And the blatant ableism. But I do have to say, I really do like Jane Lynch’s character Sue. She just says the most ridiculous, racist, ableist, sexist, etc. things. But we are supposed to realize that what she says and what she does are not appropriate and not right. She is the extreme that we are supposed to recognize as inappropriate.
I really liked the musical numbers this week. I keep watching Glee because a) I keep hoping it will get better and b) for the musical numbers. I felt like there were more than usual this week, and I was ok with that. It took away from the actual storyline. And I like how they incorporate the songs that the glee club is performing into the storyline between the characters. For example, Finn and Rachel singing “No Air” mirroring their actual feelings for each other. At the end, they performed “Keep Holding On” and it felt as if they were singing it to Quinn, telling her that they will support her in whatever she needs. I really do like that aspect of the show.
Also make sure to check out meloukhia’s analysis of “Throwdown” up at this ain’t livin’.