It Gets Better...I feel like that was the main theme of the week for Glee. With everything going on in our society today regarding LGBT bullying and suicides that seem have to increased; I think this is the best episode that could have aired during this time. I know that they film way before the show airs so props to them for thinking about this topic before it hit the mainstream as much as it has. The main subject this episode was Kurt and the “Neanderthal” football player who keeps pushing him around and harassing him.
Kurt went to the new all boys school to do a bit of spying on the new Glee Club when he met Blaine... I LOVE HIM! He is my favorite addition to the cast and really is going to be great for Kurt. His version of Teenage Dream was sweet - (I am a sucker for Acapella groups) and the way he was looking at Kurt while he was singing was A-DORABLE. I enjoyed the scene in the cafeteria with Kurt having the heart to heart - saying how he regretted fleeing his school and encouraged Kurt to stay and stand up to the bully that was harrassing him. I'm glad they went with that angle because my first inkling was that Kurt was going to go to the school; much like Jesse St. James did the switch last season.
Kurt then started to push back to the bully and ended up having a heated exchange with him in the locker room. I saw the look on the bully's face and I felt like I knew what was coming. Kurt finally got out what he wanted to say and BOOM - *SPOILER ALERT* the bully kissed him. I agree that it was right out of "American Beauty" where the closeted homophobe is actually gay himself, but since he's so in the closet that he's coming out the other side - in the form of violence and hate. At the same time I really loved that scene. There was silence in the house where my three friends and I were watching.
Glee definitely had a more serious undertone this episode and therefore I believe had less music. There were a few funny moments with Puck back from Juvie. I really look forward to Puck and Brittany every week and what they’re going to say. They have the best one liners and are what make the show so funny and random. I for one just sit there and think... "WHAT did he/she just say?" I enjoyed the new storyline with Puck befriending Artie and how they both need each other to get what they want in the end. I am excited to see this Bromance Blossom.
The other interesting topic this week which, again made for more character development regarded Beiste... the female football coach. Apparently the guys in the club had a hard time "cooling off" when they were making out with their girlfriends so they ended up picturing her in compromising positions and it helped them take their mind off of what was going on. Of course Quinn went right to Sue when Sam said Beiste's name while they were making out and Sue made sure everyone knew about this; so it caught on in Glee Club. Mr. Schue had to have a sit down with Beiste when she asked what was going on and she got very hurt.
This then led to the scene in the Locker room where she confided in Mr. Schuester that she was 40 years old and had never been kissed. I felt for the lady - having societies pressure on you to be a certain way must be really hard especially when you don't fit into that norm. Mr. Schuester then spoke to her and ended up kissing her... I had mixed emotions about that scene - it was definitely a shocker but it made me realize how nice of a guy Mr. Schuester is. My parents are faithful Glee viewers as well and one of their initial questions about Beiste was if she was really a woman... yes viewers... she is. She was actually an Arm Wrestling Champion - embedded is a video of her on the Jay Leno show talking about how she got started.
Best lines of the Night:
“You can’t punch the gay out of me as much as I can't punch the ignoramus out of you” – Kurt
“You crap on my leg; I will cut it off” - Bieste
Songs of the night:
“One Love” – Puck and Artie Duet
“Teenage Dream” – Blaine
“Livin on a Prayer/Start me Up” Mash up – Girls
“Stop In The Name Of Love/Free Your Mind” Mash up - Guys
I like that Glee moves between serious and funny each week. Each episode is different and even though it's a musical where reality has to be suspended at times; it shows you what high school is like and what teens are facing today. Bravo to Glee for not being afraid to push boundaries, having controversial topics and making it entertaining to watch. I for one... Can't WAIT for next week!