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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.