This episode was all over the map. Muppet cameos, ’80s references, gas-induced hallucinations, non-gas-induced hallucinations, pregnancy scares, Sue troubles, ball gowns, Madonna covers, and sexy superintendents. What a delightful rainbow of weird!
Everyone’s fighting in Lima. Why is the Glee Club so hate-filled right now? It started with Tina’s descent into vapid unpleasantness, continued with some Ryder homophobia, and trundled on with a Jake/Bree cheating scandal. Everyone’s such a bummer. Blaine’s just trying to help with some good suggestions (and just a tiny bit of ego), and all he gets for his efforts is derision and insults. Poor Blaine. (For the record, I would totally live under a Blaine Jong Il dictatorship. It would be like 1984, and we’d all have to do vocal exercises in front of those little TV screens every day and wear bowties and short-sleeved button-ups.)
So Blaine’s feeling underappreciated, and he’s missing his boo, and he just… snaps. And his life devolves into a world of sycophantic Muppets. He replaces real love and friendship with plush creatures. He’s losing it, until Tina has a rare moment of genuine human emotion that holds up long enough to help a brother out of his felt-lined depression. I’m still a bit worried for Blaine’s mental health, but hey – his downward spiral sure was entertaining!
Is it possible that Sue is actually doing a good job as principle of McKinley High (aside from the canings)? I’m not surprised. She always has to be a winner, and that principle (pun intended) applies to students’ test scores as much as it does to cheerleading competitions. She’s a dedicated woman. Sure, her dedication is mostly to herself, but it also extends to anyone who could reflect badly on her. In this case, that’s her students. So it turns out Sue’s ego is actually good for the whole school. Huh.
Speaking of Sue’s ego, you’d think her confidence would carry her through her relationships with men, too. But as we’ve seen before, it doesn’t. Her self-consciousness around dudes is actually pretty endearing, which I’m sure is why the writers keep going back to it. She’s basically a monster made of polyester and creative insults – we need the occasional reason to empathize with her so she doesn’t veer into completely cartoon territory. I liked her better in a zoot suit than in a ball gown, though. Remember when she wanted to swing dance with the news anchor?
Not much happened in New York this week. Kurt fought with the gang about the creative direction of their band, and they had two gigs (one lame one in real life, and one awesome one in Kurt’s imagination). What I really care about is this: How realistic is it that Rachel has this much free time? Afternoons to waitress, evenings to sing covers to empty rooms of Angela Lansbury fans… How rigorous is a real theatre production schedule? I feel like playing the lead in a big show would keep her busier. I mean, what I really feel is that I want to watch more of her rehearsals. So I guess I don’t really care how rigorous becoming Fanny would be in real life; I just want it to be super rigorous on Glee.
What did you think of this week’s episode? How cute was Piano Player Brad’s little moment in the sun? Do you hallucinate in Muppets? Have you ever been lonely enough to make an effigy of a loved one?
Hannah McIlveen is a freelance graphic designer and TV-obsessed writer living in Nova Scotia, Canada. She grew up riding horses and reading Roald Dahl books, got an art degree, and then spent the next several years moving around the country and watching television. Her greatest goals in life are to write good stuff, produce a web series, build a house with her husband, and have six cats at once. Hannah has contributed to BitchMagazine.org and is a staff blogger for the soon-to-launch TeenSized.com. She also writes her own daily blog, Click Watch Write. Hannah can be accosted on Twitter @ClickWatchWrite.