Glee! 3.13 – Heart

Meet: The Daddies Berry, and get a glimpse of who Klaine will become.

Holy cow, gang, we caught a glimpse of Kurt and Blaine as fathers. Rachel’s Daddies = Future Klaine (and nothing hurts). It’s Valentine’s Day! Oh, manufactured holiday, I love you for making chocolate 75% off on the 15th. Thank you. Our episode cocktail is crazy delicious and crazy appropriate: Besame Mucho!

 

Get your Season Three Bingo Card and play along. There’s enough tonight that we won’t need the free space.

 

Everyone is feeling romantic in the choir room, what with all the hearts and streamers decorating the place. Finchel is kissing, the Cohen-Chang-Changs are making goo goo eyes, Britanna is slow dancing [DRINK!], Sam and Mercedes are shooting coy looks across the seats, and poor Kurt sits all alone, missing the Dread Pirate Blaine, still  on Broadway being a success home healing from surgery.

On the whiteboard [DRINK] Will has written: World’s Greatest Love Songs. Weirdly enough this week’s assignment is to find songs about family pets. Seriously, he’s not a good teacher. Since the Gleeks need to raise money to pay for hairspray and costumes (I’m looking at you, Kurt) they are going class-to-class singing in order to raise–

“NO.”

The kids are not having a repeat of Shoe-Throw Christmas, Mr. Schuester. What else do you have? Well, Sugar has this one in the bag. Did everyone forget that she’s rich? (Artie and Rory didn’t forget that she’s adorbs, that’s for sure.) She hands over a mafia-tissue (a few Large) which Will pretends he doesn’t want. Kurt snipes at him, “TAKE IT.” Will grabs the roll of cash. Whew!

But there’s more! Sugar has put something under everyone’s chair (not you, Artie, you wouldn’t stop rolling. Go look in the trash can) and it’s chocolate! Aww, Sugar’s good people. Her daddy (her Sugar Daddy, that never fails to crack me up) bought out Breadstix on the 14th, so it’s an All Couples Skate! No fatties. Or singles (they’re depressing). Rory and Artie start sniffing each other’s butts, wanting to assert their dominance; one of them will be taking Sugar to the Shack.

Rachel shows up later at the stage to find Finn there. They both were instructed to come and surprise! The Daddies Berry have arranged this little tête-à-tête (er, tête-à-tête plus tête-à-tête) to give their blessing to the engagement! Yes, they know — as do Burt and Carole, and everything’s coming up roses and daffodils! What the huh? The Daddies Berry are in full support of their little girl and her lunk making it honest!

(Sidenote: Jeff Goldblum as Hiram Berry, and Broadway-vet Brian Stokes Mitchell as LeRoy Berry are a stroke of genius. They’re fabulous, handsome, witty, and play well off each other. The one liners were flying fast and furious. But without Vin Diesel and exhaust fumes.)

Hiram has wedding magazines, LeRoy has love in his heart, and they just support everything Rachel does. She was raised to be proud of her decisions, after all. That’s…nice! (But she’s a child!) Hey, if it’s what she wants, they want her to shout it from the rooftops. Rachel is over the moon. Finn is trying to figure out who was the father he was supposed to have asked for permission in the first place.

Mercedes is evidently President (and client!) of the God Squad at McKinley, along with Quinn, Sam, and a dred-locked pretty boy with tattoos and Jesus shoes named Joe Hart. (This is Glee Project winner Samuel Larsen, and he’s super cute for being a dirty hippie.) He was home-schooled, thought he should get out in the world, and here he is. Mercedes abuses the word “Praise!” when she means “cool!” and Sam preens when he realizes that Shane isn’t there. PRAISE!

Puck tells the group that he’s taking an entire Sorority to Sugar’s party. He’s done with true love. Kurt has a Valentine’s Day card from “A Secret Admirer” that is clearly Blaine. He’s gotten one every day this week, in fact! Aww. Then, a Gorilla Gram is delivered to him with another “From Your Secret Admirer” tag and some balloons. The gorilla won’t give up who’s sending them, but it’s Blaine, right? RIGHT? (Anvil!)

Rory tells them that he’s taking Sugar to the party to which Artie puts out a “Hells to the Naw!” because he is going to take her. Besides, she won’t even understand what Rory is asking her, what with that ridiculous Oirish accent o’his. She’ll only hear, “Clean as a whistle!”

Rory narrows his eyes, adjusts his poipe and his cap, an’ tells Artie tha’ he needs ta take this far leaf cloh-ver, this blue duy-mond, and a par-ple HARSE shoe, and keep his hands off me Lucky Charms! Meaning, Sugar! (Only 17 grams per sarvin’!)

Mike and Tina sing “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole [DRINK! Yay Tina!] Mike has really done some work on his vocals! He sounds great. During their performance is a cute one-up montage of Rory and Artie battling for Sugar’s affections.

  • Artie with a candy heart; Rory with a bag of candy hearts. RORY = 1, ARTIE = 0
  • Rory with a box of chocolates, Artie makes it rain glitter hearts from the sky. ARTIE = 1, RORY = 1
  • Artie with a stuffed dog toy, Rory with an actual dog. ARTIE = 1, RORY = 2.

Oh, it was close, Artie. (But he’s not done yet!)

Brittany comes to Santana’s locker with her Valentine: a playlist of all of the songs that she hears when she thinks of Santana. Oh, they are just the sweetest. And highly featured all episode long, NICE JOB, FOX! [DRINK] The playlist is awesome, by the way:

  • Purple People Eater
  • Disco Duck
  • Monster Mash
  • On Top of Spaghetti
  • Pac-Man Fever
  • Osama ya Mama
  • Dif’frent Stokes Theme Song

Excuse me while I crack up and mock the writers for their mid-80s bias. As they move in for a kiss, Principal Figgins interrupts: “TEEN LESBIANS: In my office.”

Santana thinks it’s crap that they’re being singled out for a PDA. Well, Figgins has a rule: if someone reports something, he has to take a stance. (Unless it involves bullying, slushies, dumpster tossing, slurs…) But what about all the making out Rachel and Finn do?

“Believe me I’d rather see you two than that so-called Finchel,” Figgins says, and no, that’s not inappropriate at all. See, someone called in with a religious complaint. Santana happily (read: angrily) points out the stupid double standard.

Back in Glee Club, Rachel and Finn tell everyone how they’re getting engaged, cue: excitement!

[crickets] 

Um, Rachel said cue excitement? Puck wants to know when she’s due, Quinn wants to know where her brain is, Mr. Schue thinks it’s upstaging his upcoming nuptials, and Kurt thinks they’re idiots. Oh, and he’s the one who told their parents. Because they’re being idiots. Well, fine, Kurt and Quinn. I guess you both won’t be bridesmaids after all, hm!

Artie shoves them aside so he can sing a song to Miss Sugar Motta. He busts out “Let Me Love You” by Mario and [DRINK] for Kevin McHale’s soulful vocals. The guys provide backup and Sugar is totally feeling it. She loves the attention and says, “Wheel me to class, baby!” as she hops in his lap. I guess a song was worth two points? Sorry, Rory.

After class, Santana tells Rachel that she fully supports her right to be miserable with Finn for the rest of her life. Aw, that’s nice! Mercedes and the God Squad show up with a Singing-Valentine from Finn to Rachel. Perfect time to showcase new kid as Joe starts singing, “Stereo Hearts” by Gym Class Heroes. He’s really good, and I kind of want to gnaw on his jawbone. Even though he’s a dirty hippie. (True story: I followed the ‘Dead and Phish when I was in college. Don’t judge me. It’s in the name of the website, people. What I’m saying is that I got better. Take your balancing sticks and hacky sacks and get a job, brah! Selling vegan hemp burritos off the back of your Westphalia doesn’t count, either.)

Joe sounds great, Sam raps and I actually liked it! I had to close my eyes because he’s so white, but his voice had depth and funk to it. I get it, Mercedes. You left a little stank in ya boy, didn’t you? I approve. The whole crowd outside gets into it, and why are the Glee kids geeks? The school digs their singing. A choir joins them and Rachel is positively giddy with excitement.

Santana approaches Dreds McJoe and confirms that: a) he’s Christian, b) 10 bucks gets a song sung, and c) it can be her girlfriend Brittany? As in hot kisses and love girlfriend, not comb hair and talk about mud masks girlfriend? Uh oh, crisis in Bible-country.

Kurt has another card delivered (and [DRINK] for his awesome outfit of red pants, knee high boots and black jacket) and it’s again, from “Your Secret Honey.” That…doesn’t sound like Blaine. They don’t use those words. Maybe that’s why Kurt’s so over the moon? Anyway, Blaine is romantic and perfect and ANVIL.

Rory asks for the attention of the class. It seems he can’t get an extension on his visa to stay next year, and even though he misses his Irish family dreadfully, the Gleeks have been a family for him, too. He sings a number to them as a thank you, “Home” by Michael Buble. Oh, Rory (Damien) I’m so glad they’re letting you sing. He sounds wonderfully soulful, if young. His face is dreamy, he emotes well, and hey, he can act when he sings! Let the boy sing.

Britanna are cuddled up with goo goo eyes [DRINK], Finchel are all with the hands and love, while Sam and Mercedes exchange glances across the room. But Sugar? Oh, she is all anime-heart-eyes for Rory.

“I feel worse for you than for Artie. Will you be my date for Valentine’s?” It’s not the best proposal, but it’s the best one he’s going to get. Sorry, Artie.

The God Squad calls an emergency Homo Meeting. As in, are we okay with singing to The Gays? Sam gives Mercedes a look. “Um, we’re in Glee. We sing to gay people all the time.” No, no, but Joe is home-schooled! He’s never been around a (whisper) homosexual before, so what if this is offensive to him? Or to Mercedes’ choir?

Mercedes? If I may… Kurt is supposedly your best friend. Girl, you better stand up for your friend right now and enough with this “I don’t want to offend random people.” You don’t offend people in your life, you don’t worry about your mama’s hairdresser’s nephew.

They do the old song and dance of the Bible says this, but it doesn’t say that, and Quinn is the Leviticus quoter (see? I know things) and puts the logical smack down on err-body. They agree to let Joe think about it. Sam, meanwhile, pulls Mercedes off to the side as he has a gift for her. It’s a Christmas thing he’s painted in Valentine colors, but hey, the kid is homeless and crashing at the Hud-mels, give him a break.

Mercedes just can’t do this, Sam, she just cannot. Shane knows, knows all about their sordid church hayride dates, their shared prayers… It broke Shane’s heart. And Mercedes was wrong to have her cake and pray with it, too, so they’re through, Boo. THEY ARE THROUGH.

Woe, sobbity as Sam Charlie Browns away and Mercedes belts out The Song by The Voice that Just Died. (Too soon?) “I Will Always Love You,” and toss a [DRINK] back for Miss Amber Riley and her delicious vocals that would make the Devil himself weep. (I will say that Dolly Parton’s version is the best. IT IS. It’s plaintive and sad and makes you feel for her, losing her man and trying to make it on her own? Whitney? You know she’s going to be fine. It’s like how Jodie Foster was mis-cast in Panic Room. It didn’t work because Jodie Foster doesn’t panic.)

That makes sense, guys. Also, I’ve had a few cocktails. Hey, I’m playing the game, okay?

Mercedes belts it out and does a lovely job (as if you thought she wouldn’t) and there is a montage of her breaking up with a tearful Shane, a tearful Sam watching her, and a proud and triumphant, wait, no that’s just how the song is delivered, a proud and determined, albeit sad, Mercedes standing all alone. Sam is crushed, and come here, Sam, take off that shirt and let me hold you until you feel better.

Next: It’s the greatest dinner party in the history of Glee with the Daddies Berry and the Hud-mels. The Berry home is gorgeous, Hiram and Rachel are singing a little number at the piano, scatting and jamming to Finn’s delight, while Burt and Carole look on politely. Finn to his mom: “Why don’t we ever do this?” Carole’s look of “Are you effing kidding me?” is awesome.

Rachel explains that it’s a Berry family tradition to turn dinner into dinner thea-tuh, and boy, is it clear where she got it.

Cut to the actual dinner:

Hiram: Lube felt weird on the rubber, especially when I went faster, you know?

LeRoy: [walking in] SPUTTER!

Burt: Cars? Lube in cars?

LeRoy: Thank god, I don’t want to be that open with the in-laws….

The Daddies Berry explain how they met: they were both in the International Supergroup “Up With People” (omg) and have been together ever since. Mind, they were in their late 20s, but surely Finn and Rachel can make this work. And no time like the present! It’s time for dessert and teenage lovemaking!

I beg pardon? Haha, Hiram was joking. There’s no dessert! Time for the two lovebirds to make with the two-backed beast, off you go, kids! Finn? Mommy brought your toothbrush, your sleepy time tea (omg), and some jim-jams. Go learn how to bone your lady with the parents downstairs!

(Hiram, in a fabulous velvet jacket, reminds them that the key to a long marriage is to always moisturize before bed. Don’t you think Blaine will look handsome with a little grey over his ears like LeRoy? Me, too.) Burt and Carole toodle-oo, and Hiram says they’ll turn the music up loud so the kids don’t think they’re listening in. Hey, if they’re mature enough to get married, they can have relations in their house. Now go plow their little Rachelah!

Upstairs, Finn is stoked! Rachel isn’t quite there yet. She has a Kurt-level nighttime routine that she has to get started on. That’s cute! Except scoot over, because Finn needs to drop a few kids off at the pool, if you know what he means. WHAT!? Nice boys don’t poop!! Um, yes they do, and Finn doesn’t care, she can turn the fan on. Rachel gets angry and mentions how when she’s performing or in school and Finn…isn’t, that can be his poop time. This sets off a fight and the camera cuts to Daddies Berry, who clink champagne glasses. Ha!

It’s the Sugar Shack! Kurt is there early (in a fabulous burgundy quilted jacket, waistcoat, skinny tie, and delicious jeans [DRINK]) because he’s supposed to meet his “Secret Admirer” early. Oh, that Blaine! And there’s the gorilla coming in! Clearly that much taller than Kurt gorilla is Blaine. Clearly! Blaine pulls off the gorilla mask and IT. IS. KUROFSKY.

WHAT.

Oh, he’s in love with Kurt. (I can understand that. I can! I can’t understand him thinking Kurt would reciprocate. I digress.) Kurt wants to know how he can think anything could happen, what with all of the tormenting, name calling, physical abuse… What, they had a convo at Scandals and now Dave thinks there’s something there?

Dave is finally acknowledging who he is – he’s getting ready to come out, too — and he has Kurt to thank for it. And…Kurt’s pretty dreamy, come on. Dave takes Kurt’s hand. Kurt, being very nice, says that it’s sweet and all, but he’s with Blaine. They can be friends, though? Dave is upset, starts to flounce off when he runs into a thick-necked blonde dude (raise your hand if you thought they’d hook up). It’s someone Dave knows, Nick. And Nick overheard the exchange, and now Dave’s secret is out, it seems. Bum bum buuum!

Finchel is spooning in Rachel’s bed; they’ve evidently kissed and made up. They don’t want to dry hump in her room with the Fathers downstairs, so it’s off to the Sugar Shack they go! Hiram is frustrated by the lack of teen angst (LeRoy offers him a Xanax – after saying how he actually likes Carole after a few Chardonnays, ha.)

Hiram is just upset that they’re doing this reverse psychology thing in the first place. After all, “Honesty, respect, dance: these are the foundations of the Berry Family!” More Daddies Berry, please, they are my favorite. LeRoy doesn’t think Rachel will go through with it – they’ll put it off. It’s not that they dislike Finn, they just want them to wait. (Us, too.)

As Rachel and Finn leave, they tell the Fathers that they’ll wait until May, after Nationals. That’s when they’ll get married, yay! ‘Nite, Dads!

At the Sugar Shack, there is even more Britanna kissing and love [DRINK] and seriously, way to listen to the fanbase, writers/producers! Sugar points that there are more treats under everyone’s chairs (Not you, Artie. Go look in that potted plant) and it’s $200 gift certificates to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and Panda Express, whoo! Also, she would like to point out that her dad is not in the Mafia. Mm hm.

The God Squad show up and Joe says that God is love, so why wouldn’t he sing to Brittany for Santana? Nice work, kid. (Also, he’s a better actor out of the gate than Damien was.) He sings “Cherish” – a mash up of the original 50s number by The Association and Madonna’s early 90s number. It’s nice. Sugar tells Rory as they slow dance that she’ll miss him when he’s deported, but Rory doesn’t want to think about it. (Because…he’s not? Or is it that he’s too sad?)

Kurt sits alone while Britanna slow dance and kiss and are so damn sweet I’m getting a cavity. [DRINK] Sugar then introduces the next act, and….it’s Blaine! With a heart-shaped eye patch! He whips it off, Kurt is delighted beyond the telling, and Blaine starts singing “Love Shack,” by one of my favorite party bands, B-52s.

Now, if I may. This is a party band. They’re silly. It’s supposed to be silly. They have a song about butterbeans and Rock Lobsters and they wore satellites in their hair. Darren Criss’ voice – which y’all know I love – is wrong, wrong, wrong for this number. Fred Schnieder is what Paul Lynde would have sounded like if he could sing. I mean, okay. They clearly shoe-horned this performance in last minute, but they should have let Chris Colfer sing the song and vamp it up from the start. He sounds perfect on Kate Pierson’s [who sings the line live, which is how I like it], “Tin roof! Rusted!” though.

Beggars can’t be choosers, I suppose. (Side note: the group was formed at a Valentine’s Day Party in the 70s. Cute, right?)

And there was no Kliss. But hey, we didn’t think we’d get this much, what with Darren having been on Broadway, so at least Kurt wasn’t all by his lonesome on Valentine’s, right? Now Kurt isn’t living in his own Private Idaho. (That song and Quiche Lorraine are my faves. Wild Planet = party album of funtimes.

Finally the episode was dedicated to Whitney Houston, and we can start gearing up for next week: REGIONALS!

 

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  • amyryd

    So much goodness in this episode!!

    LOVE the Misters Berry! They were a laugh riot. I could watch a whole show with just them! Their “car talk” over dinner had me screaming in laughter. The family is built on “Honesty. Respect. Dance” HAHAHA LOVE THEM!!

    Thoroughly enjoyed the Tike duet on L-O-V-E (although in my head that will always be a Klaine song.)

    Sugar was fantastic in this ep (another review I read described her as a new and improved Brittany and I sort of love that description). My favorite was her constantly having to hide Artie’s gifts somewhere stationary!!

    The other Brittany’s love playlist for Santana was all sorts of adorable and hilarious. (Despite my NUMEROUS problems with the writers of this show, I have unceasing amounts of love for the set dressers on Glee. The little details that the Tumblr wizards pull out of the background of almost every scene are just spectacular.)

    I have to say the Karofsky scene made me nauseous. I literally watched it through my fingers like I was watching some sort of gory horror movie as I screamed “NO! NO! NO!” at my tv. I loved how in love Kurt was all episode and how confident he was in his relationship with Blaine, and I give many, many kudos to Chris for his acting choices in the Karofsky scene. I get why Dave thinks he loves Kurt, but I am upset with Glee for making us go there and forcing Kurt to be the bigger person, again, when it comes to Karofsky. His story was closed in “The First Time” ep and they should have left it there. They were very obviously setting up the next ep, though, with the creepy Nick character who saw Kurt and Dave together.

    And finally, the triumphant return “from the dead” (aka NYC) of Blaine!! I watched Love Shack and just mentally tallied all of the amazing GIF’s that I knew that scene would spawn. My disgust with the lack of a kliss was tempered by so many awesome Klaine moments in that scene, my favorite being Blaine offering Kurt the mic to sing, Kurt declining and then revealing his own mic, to which Blaine shrugs an unspoken “of course you have your own mic’. A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!!

    SO now we wait to see what song Blaine is singing to Kurt in the promo and what the big cliffhanger will be next week.

    • I would love the Daddies Berry to be a regular thing (or featured as often as the Hud-mels.) Sugar is such a fun character. I don’t see her as Brittany redone, but her own character. But that’s just me. Brittany has been severely played down this season, which is a shame. I miss her one-liners. (My liver doesn’t, as that’s been a square on the Bingo board since day 1.) But Sugar is blatant and obvious where Brittany just dances through life saying random things. (Just my take on it, obviously)

      I’m seeing lots of reactions like yours to Dave Karofsky every where. I will say this: I get why DAVE is feeling like he is. It makes sense. It makes sense that he has decided that he loves Kurt, that if he can come out, then maybe Kurt could love him, too. I get it. But it’s not going to happen. 1) Kurt has too much self-respect to fall for a tormentor. 2) He’s in love with Blaine. I don’t think this is the show forcing Kurt into anything, I think this sort of thing HAPPENS in real life. This is what happens in many cases, and it’s a good thing to address it – if only for Kurt to be able to say: “Are you kidding me? After everything you put me through? Thanks, but NO.”

      I think there’s a lot of value to putting that out there. I’ve actually missed Karofsky, because I think there’s a lot of good that can come from showing what it’s like for the closeted homosexual that was a bully to come to grips with his sexuality. I think that’s something that should have had more screen time, truthfully. This show, silly as it can be, does have some amazing moments that really teach people and force public discourse to catch up. So. My two cents.

      I remain spoiler free for future eps, which is how I like it. When I don’t know things that are coming (which can be cut due to editing needs, etc.) I don’t get my heart broken. (I’m looking at you, deleted scene of gum wrapper ring. I didn’t have to be sad that was missing, because I didn’t know about it until after the fact.)

      I LOVED the tear-away eye patch. That matched his bow tie. HA! Oh, Blaine, if Kurt didn’t love you before, your attention to accessory details would have cinched it. :D

  • amyryd

    I agree with you completely in that I see what is motivating Dave’s thought process, I get it, I do. I think I would have been MUCH happier if Kurt’s actual response had been exactly what you said: “Are you kidding me? After everything you put me through? Thanks, but NO.” He said that, sort of, but in a more muted way. Maybe what’s coming out here is my frustration with the part of the fandom obsessed with a Kurtofsky relationship. I have no worries that the writers are going to push a Kurtofsky relationship (in fact this episode made me feel much better about that). I just think the ep left a teensy, tinsey little door open for the Kurtofsky fans to latch onto. (Why am I spending so much time thinking about fictional characters and their fans?? Oy!!)

    I don’t know…I guess for me the whole scene just felt like a bucket of ice water being dumped on me after 50 minutes of hilarious awesomeness. So glad Love Shack was there to warm me right back up!!

    • If Kurt had acted that way, it would undermine the character, though. He *wanted* to go after Sebastian, but he wouldn’t. He’s a kinder, gentler Kurt that doesn’t want to hurt anyone, not after how he’s been hurt (and how happy he is NOW.) He was firm and made his point, and it wouldn’t have been more gratifying for him to be vitriolic, I think.

      And AHA, there’s the problem: the fandom! Oh, how I have a love-hate relationship with the fandom. There’s such umbrage taken and so quickly! I ignore everything online, etc. until after I’ve watched and written up the recap. THEN I see what people are saying/thinking. I don’t like for people’s opinions to cloud mine, if that makes sense. It makes for a much happier experience, I have to say. :D

      Eh, who cares about people that want Kurt to get kinky with his former abuser, we know better. KLAINE IS ENDGAME. <3

  • MP

    Dolly’s version and its performance in Best Little Whorehouse is the best forever and always. I… pretty much deny that Whitney ever sang it, or that Bodyguard exists. Amber, on the other hand, did the soulful version without everything I hate about the one Whitney never sang in that movie that doesn’t exist. (I love Whitney. I just don’t love her in that song. )

    Brittana playlist = best ever. Not that I love every one of those songs, but they are exactly what Brit would choose.

    I am with you, so, so with you when it comes to the Dave and Kurt situation. When he took the gorilla head off, I made noises that scared the cats. (And… I still think Dave and Thick-Necked-Blonde-Dude will hook up. I have the feeling they’re setting us up for “Oho, the bully sees what it’s like….PSYCH. Dude is interested in you.”)

    • I love Whitney, too, but that song is just wrong for all the reasons we’ve both listed. BUT AMBER, OH LORD I LOVE HER VOICE.

      I’m surprised they didn’t slip in any “Sweet Pickles” records on it. (lol)

      I think Dave and Nick will hook up, as well. I think THAT was the point of that scene fo sho.

      • MP

        Oh God, Sweet Pickles. Meeeemories light the corners of my miiiind…

        Britt is maybe too young to know Sweet Pickles, though? Looks like they went out of print in the mid-90’s.

        • But…Purple People Eater? Pac-Man’s theme? Everything on that list was mid-eighties, and if she’s “17-18” on the show, she would have been born in ’95. So…

          Mostly I just like referencing Sweet Pickles. It’s the poor man’s Richard Scarry!

  • Fabrisse

    Minor quibble — It’s Cindy Wilson, not Kate Pierson who says “Tin Roof! Rusted!” And I loved Kurt’s take on it. *G*

    There was tie-tugging! The whole Sugar Shack party was great, and I loved the medley of two different songs called “Cherish.”

    It was nice to see the double standard get called out.

    For my money, the missing scene we needed to see was Burt’s and Hiram’s initial talk with LeRoy and Carole chiming in. While most of that dinner was pure gold — that would have been platinum.

    • I really liked the Cherish medly, too, even though it took me a minute to figure out why I knew the lyrics, but they didn’t feel right. OH, BECAUSE IT’S TWO SONGS. Derp.

      I was very pleased with the Santana/Britanny representation this episode. They felt like a real couple that was on par with Finchel, so that was terrific.

  • Comedy Quiche

    Tina & Mike = <3! I loved, loved, loved their number and Mike's voice has really come a long way. Ah. Just yesterday he and Tina performed 'Sing'. I think it was my fave number in the ep.

    So! The Christian/Gay thing. That is a whole heavy topic and I think it was resolved quite nicely without either group getting the shaft. Being raised Christian myself (and having several close gay friends) it is an issue I struggle to come to terms with. At the end of the day, I realize should deal with the plank in my own eye before trying to point out the speck in my brother's eye, to borrow the saying. Focusing on love (The thing that Jesus preached about most vehemently) was a good choice. :) But I do resspect Mercedes for wanting to not force anyone to do anything they are uncomfortable with.

    • Really impressed by Mike’s voice, right?

      I think they did a great job of not navigating the ugly waters that can surround the Christian/Gay thing, for sure. I think my issue with Mercedes and her “I don’t want to make other people do things they don’t want to do” is a fine mindset. So don’t have them – if you know they may not like it, then don’t upset your friends by making an issue where there didn’t need to BE an issue, if that makes sense?

      But no, I don’t believe people should be forced to act in ways they find unconscionable.

  • out_there

    The daddies Berry are my favourite. Yes, they’re totally Klaine of the future, but they’re also exactly the kind of fathers that could raise a girl like Rachel. I love it like pie.

    Darren Criss’ voice – which y’all know I love – is wrong, wrong wrong for this number. …they should have let Chris Colfer sing the song and vamp it up from the start. He sounds perfect on Kate Pierson’s [who sings the line live, which is how I like it], “Tin roof! Rusted!” though.

    Actually, I agree. I’m not a huge B-52s fan, but “Love Shack” is one of my favourite ever dance-along songs and I was… not wow by Darren’s performance. I adore him, I really do, but it just wasn’t quite… it didn’t work. Chris’s lines worked better and he did nail the “Tin roof! Rusted!” line (which, you know, I’ve never quite been able to make out on the original version but I could hear the words clearer when Chris sang them), but… hmmm. I can’t really be upset about it when it had so many happy couples dancing, including Blaine leading that funny not quite a conga line and pulling Kurt by the tie (and Kurt’s entire ensemble in that scene was droolworthy. That makes up for so much).

  • Clint Eastwood’s Rubber Ducky

    what a great recap!! between this week and the ricky martin fest, I am soo depressed to be stuck in oireland with no fancy sky tv.

    rachel’s dads sound hilarious.. must find this on youtube somewhere.. I have big love for jeff goldblum and brian stokes mitchell.

    and I agree with you that 1. maybe too soon for all the whitneyness.. (the morning after she died, the music channel here was playing her ‘greatest hits’ all day.)

    and 2. YES to dolly parton’s version being better, because you can hear the pain in her voice, etc. lolcatz at the jodie foster example.

    I would say the same thing occured to me during repeated (over 30, I lost track at the end there) viewings of RENT.. I was such a little RENThead in the late 90s, growing up on lawnguyland. anyways, it wasn’t until I saw Adam Pascal reprise Roger towards the end of the run that I actually realized he had AIDS. I mean, I did, but Manley Pope et al just looked angsty and rockstar ish and hot, and not particularly sad or depressed about it. Adam brought that shieet HOME.

    anyhoo. LOVE THE RECAPS!!!

    • THANK YOU FOR LOVING THEM! They definitely are a labor of love from me. Gosh, what a hardship, watching a show I enjoy and talking about it… Ha!

      Oh, you HAVE to watch the episode. It’s so funny – Rachel’s fathers were one of THE best parts of the entire episode, not to mention the little snippets of Rachel being Season One Rachel again. So, so funny.

      I am SO GLAD someone laughed at the Jodie Foster reference: it’s funny because it’s true! Hahaha. See you next week! ;)

  • mrmonkeybottoms

    Jeff Goldblum has been on my list FOREVER so this episode made me squee with joy until my husband complained about how loud I was being. Whatever, it’s Jeff Goldblum! God I love that man.

    This episode had so many funny moments. I won’t even try to mention all of Jeff’s…well, ok, one: “You know who else, uh, just got divorced? Tony Danza! Yeah, did you hear that LeRoy? Ohhhhh, yeah, he’s single now, why don’t ya fire up those snow mobiles and give him a call? It’s ice fishing season!”

    HAHA DYING!

    Also: Finn and Rachel’s expressions as they leaned in for the kiss that Santana was disgusted by, Brittany’s expression when the Principal barks, “Teen lesbians! In my office”, Teen Jesus’: “We aren’t all just door to door bible salesmen like my dad”, Finn’s: “How come we never do this!?” and omg EVERYTHING about Rachel’s elaborate nightly routine with her insanely happy expression as she dunks her face into the ice bath.

    Ok ok, and Jeff’s: “Listen…listen. Listen. Silence. They’re not fighting anymore. It’s not working. What is he defiling our baby??”

    I don’t know if I’ve been this happy since Jeff stepped out of the steam shower in Earth Girls Are Easy.

    • Do you know how gratifying it is to find someone else that wants to roll in Jeff Goldblum until his scent bonds with mine? VERY. I adore that man and am slightly pissed that he gets sexier every year. His timing (and jazz-like speech patterns) are so damn funny in this episode.

      There were loads of funny, quippy lines, too. Dear Glee Writers: keep this up. Drop the lame stuff. (We’ve helpfully pointed out what we don’t like.) Love, Everyone.

  • Late to the party this week. Am I the only one who really loves Damian/Rory? Ok, so he can’t dance any better than Finn, but he’s really stepped up the acting thing. (You know, now that they’ve given him more than ten seconds of camera time.) Every scene he had with/against Artie was golden. If he really does get sent back to the old country, I will be extremely vexed. (Though, honestly, I think that was just a ploy to get him some Sugar.)

    I’m glad they finally got Samuel Larson on the show. I was beginning to think it would never happen.

    I’d love to see Karofsky back at McKinley, but not with Kurt. That pairing is just… icky.

    And I agree with the rest of you that Blaine it fabulous in all things except for that one song. He wasn’t horrible, just not quite the thing. But croons a mean Dean Martin (or Tom Jones) ballad and he’s toe-curlingly adorable with Kurt so my forgiveness is boundless.

    • Oh, Saturday morning is actually a busy time for us as far as comments go! You working gals are finally able to settle in. ;) And no, you are not the only one! I adore Damien/Rory. I think he is just as cute as a bug, and LOVE when they let him sing. He has improved vastly in the acting arena (I heard that Samuel went straight to an acting coach after winning, where Damien went straight to the set.) I don’t know what to think about his potential deportation. I don’t know if he’s actually done with his promised story arc (it was a #of episodes that he “won,” I don’t think it was a permanent role) or if he’s playing dirty.

      I like Karfsky a lot – I think he has an interesting story for sure (and one that can have a HUGE affect on a number of kids that watch the show.) And pairing him with Kurt would send the worst possible message. Fortunately Chris Colfer has a lot of control over the character Kurt, and I can’t see him ever allowing that to happen. Kurt has made huge strides since Season 1 – forgiving a tormentor is one thing (and totally in character) but loving them? Nope. He loves nice boys, always has.

      Darren, oh, Darren. I just want a fully body hug (not in a creepy way. Ha.) I think he’s pretty close to flawless. …with the exception of that song. Wrong song, he just got off the plane when they stuck him in costume so I can only imagine how exhausted he’d been, and… Well, everyone is allowed their One, right?

  • Heh, I work at home, so I have no excuse for not getting here sooner.

    I heard that Damien also had acting lessons, but the poor kid had to take them alongside working long hours on the set. I also heard that they extended his contract to “indefinitely”, which is where Darren was before they made him permanent. But I think his initial seven episodes are done.

    I love Karofsky (and Max Adler) and I want him on the show more, but the boy needs his own boyfriend, not Blaine’s. Speaking of Blaine’s Boyfriend…

    Did you hear the Chris Colfer made a movie? He wrote and produced it too! It’s got Allison Janney as his mother! I’m using too many exclamation points! In any case, the preview link is here: http://www.mjsbigblog.com/glees-chris-colfer-struck-by-lightning-movie-trailer-video.htm

    NOTE: That page is safe for viewing, but don’t look at the rest of the site, as it is full of the Glee Spoilers.

    And yes, everyone is allowed their one. Darren however, can have as many of anything that he likes.

    • Yes, Damien was learning how to act while being expected to act. Not a lot of time for him to stretch his legs, poor kid.

      Have I heard about Struck By Lightning?? I have been anxiously awaiting since it started filming last summer! I am a crazy (kind of) fangirl that keeps up with their side projects. (Also looking forward to Darren’s movie: Imogene, which made it into Sundance. :D )

  • Many rainbows

    Was I the only one that, when we saw who Rachel’s Daddies were, said ‘but, those arent the actors that were in the picture in her locker episode 1!’? I mean, OK, i get it, when the series started they didn’t know how long it would last and if they would actually NEED Rachel’s dads but.. still. continuity! :|