“Glee” wasn’t at its best this week, though Jane Lynch‘s return was very welcome. I got that “after school special” feeling again, and the writing didn’t seem as sharp as usual. Or, more likely, the prominence of the pregnancy-faking storyline just cast a cloud over the rest of the episode for me.
Lead-up to Sectionals: Will is convinced that Sue is leaking Glee Club’s set list and videos of their practices to the schools they’ll be competing against. One of which is a school for the deaf, with the show choir director played by Christopher Guest favorite Michael Hitchcock (also Ira Gilligan on “Arrested Development”) . Jane Addams Academy, with Eve playing the director, is basically the Supermax of girls’ high schools. That’s a pretty small “section,” for the Sectionals, no?
It comes out that neither of the other schools has an auditorium, so Will offers them the McKinley auditorium, suggesting a “scrimmage” of sorts. Jane Addams performs “Bootylicious,” and Will thinks our heroes may not be ready for that jelly. And wait, isn’t it only a scrimmage if the other side performs, too?
Although there’s at least some “scrimmaging” with the school for the deaf, they don’t do it in the auditorium, which I thought was the whole point of this thing. The deaf students perform “Imagine,” with sign language and one student talk-singing until Mercedes and the rest of Glee Club join in. Or should I say butt in? It’s lovely, and I understand the symbolism, but isn’t it a little insulting for them to just take over the other students’ performance? I’m feeling echoes of the wheelchair episode, here. Good intentions, but cringe-y outcome.
Rachel labels the Jane Addams performance “Hairography” — using their hair to distract from their average dancing and vocals. And Will, rather than frowning upon it like Rachel, is inspired into finding their Sectionals Number of the Week: a hideous (if you ask me) “Crazy in Love”/”Hair” mashup. With even more hideous wigs. Is anyone else wishing they’d give the mashups a rest for a week or two?
Sue convinces him to be confident in his kids’ talent without the distracting wigs, just before she leaks the setlist (“Don’t Stop Believing” and “Proud Mary,” plus a new addition) to the other schools, forcefully suggesting they each steal a song. The new addition is “True Colors,” and while it’s a really sweet song, it’s not a showpiece like the other two. But Tina gets the solo, which is nice to see.
The Storyline that Wouldn’t Die: Quinn feels under siege from everyone from Puck, and wants to give him a shot. To distract Finn she sics Rachel on him by arranging a Kurt-designed makeover for her. Kurt somehow didn’t know that Rachel was in love with Finn, and when he finds out, he uses Sandy’s prude to “ho” transformation in “Grease” as makeover inspiration. Sadly, as Kurt knew, Finn doesn’t go for the “sad clown hooker” look. Ha. Kurt claims it was for her own good, since they’re both nothing but a distraction to Finn. Quite literally, in this case. I liked seeing Kurt with a bit of an edge tonight, and it reinforced the fact that Rachel truly is at the bottom of the food chain.
Terri’s also in the distraction business — in this case, she distracts Will from his sexless marriage with a vintage car. But then, Quinn drops the bomb: She’s keeping the baby. Terri’s psychotic sister Kendra hires Quinn to babysit her kids because “five minutes alone with those little mongrels and she’ll have her tubes tied,” but the plan fails when Quinn invites Puck to come babysit with her. They improbably tame the beasts with a “live music video”: an acoustic version of “Papa Don’t Preach.” And huzzah for an actor looking and sounding like she’s actually singing, instead of lip-synching to a studio track.
Domestic bliss doesn’t last long, though, since Puck is completely unwilling to keep it in his pants. He was even sexting Santana while he and Quinn were “playing house.” He says he tried to resist, but “you haven’t given it up to me since the night I knocked you up, and baby, I’m a dude. I have needs.” Whoa, talk about a complete 180, character-wise. We haven’t seen this side of him in weeks, so that conversation was pretty jarring.
Quinn goes back to the adoption plan, because the baby needs a good father. That’s what this is about? And Quinn doesn’t think Finn would be? She’s not wrong, but then why has she been going through this whole charade with Finn if she definitely doesn’t plan on keeping the baby, and doesn’t think he’s father material? She just wants him as a boyfriend? This plot is driving me bananas at this point. Perfect future father Will sells the vintage car to buy a wood-paneled minivan. And perfect future husband Finn, for his part, confesses going over to Rachel’s but tells Quinn how much he loves her. So basically, he’s the opposite of Puck.
Odds and Ends:
- Brittany’s lesson in Hairography = hilarious. “Pretend like you’re getting tazered…Like cool epilepsy.”
- How is their sectionals playlist only three songs? I thought they needed a Broadway number, a ballad, etc., etc. to impress the judges. Not so? I feel like we’ve been tacking on a song a week!
- Will and Terri actually sleep with a pillow between them? For real? I guess that explains some of the obliviousness, then…
- Kurt: “Rachel somehow manages to dress like a grandmother and a toddler at the same time.”
- Kurt: Rachel’s room “looks like where Strawberry Shortcake and Holly Hobby come to hook up.”
- School for the deaf choir director: “You think I’m rolling around in deaf choir money?”
Kendra: “You got the beauty, but I got the brains and the beauty.”
- “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child, performed by Jane Addams Academy
- “Papa Don’t Preach” by Madonna, performed by Quinn and Puck
- “Crazy in Love”/”Hair” mashup by Beyonce and “Hair” the musical, performed by Glee Club
- “Imagine” by John Lennon, performed by the school for the deaf choir and Glee Club
- “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper, performed by Glee Club
- FOX.com claims “Don’t Make Me Over” by Dionne Warwick was in the episode, performed by Mercedes, but unless I’m taking crazy pills we only got a bit of instrumental. They don’t have a link to the recording on iTunes yet, but here it is on YouTube, since you were deprived of it in the episode.
How did you feel about tonight’s episode? Are you ready for Quinn to pop, already?
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