Celibacy Club – Afternoon Delight
Rin says: I just, the coloured lights, the dodgy overlays, the images of dessert in the background and their outfits. I think those were the things that pushed this into the lead for best song, even though this episode was slim pickings again. Anything with Holly was just plain annoying, and I found myself fast forwarding ‘Kiss’ especially.
Sophy says: Okay, let’s be real. This was already going to win by default on account of not having Gwyneth Paltrow in it. But even if Paltrow had managed to squeeze herself into every song I probably still would have picked this one. Because oh my god, the lights. And the outfits. The desserts. The cheesy smiles and hand gestures.
God, every time we see Emma again I realize how much I miss her when she’s not around. And I thought it was adorable that she managed to go her whole life not knowing the actual meaning of the song. I mean, I’d still be singing about hearts and toes if it weren’t for Rin.
“Can I make you some toast?”
“I think I’ll take it up to my room to eat while I look over my new pamphlets.”
Rin says: HE’S SO ADORABLE, I CAN’T. Just the way he said ‘while I look over my new pamphlets.’ Oh KURT! <3
Sophy says: HAHAHAHAHA PAMPHLETS. So cute.
“Don’t throw yourself around like you don’t matter. ‘Cause you matter, Kurt.”
Rin says: I really enjoyed the talk between these two because they punctuated how awkward these kinds of parent/child conversations can be, and how they’re both really not good at this type of thing. I love that we actually saw Kurt put his fingers in his ears and start LALALA-ing just like Blaine had said earlier. I loved the dialogue too and how it wasn’t this big well-articulated speech about love and sex and etc. It was just Burt making sure his son knows that he cares.
Sophy says: The actual ‘La la la’ thing was amazing and probably second in line for biggest LOL. Nice work, Colfer – as always.
I absolutely adored Burt’s speech – the fact that he started out so awkwardly and wasn’t quite able to express what he meant cleanly until the end. You matter. Best sex talk ever. And most effective sex talk ever too, I would imagine – everything else a kid can get from school or wikipedia. What they need from a parent is to be encouraged to care enough about themselves to find out.
I LOVE YOU BURT HUMMELL
Also, I’ve seen it said that it was completely out of line for Blaine to talk to Burt about Kurt’s lack of knowledge re: sex… I don’t see that. I think it was sweet and showed his growing protectiveness and how much he cares about Kurt as a friend – which is a nice change from last week’s fuckery, thanks writer-of-the-week. The part I did find ridiculous was that Blaine apparently thought Kurt wouldn’t even know he needed to use a condom. Like. Give him some credit.
Best ‘Brittany is random’ Moment
“Breakfast is confusing for you.”
“Well, sometimes it’s sweet, and sometimes it’s salty. Like, what if I have eggs for dinner? Then what is it?”
Rin says: I loved the setup, how you think Santana is just having a jab at Brittany but it turns out breakfast really does confuse her.
And if you have eggs for dinner, it’s called Brinner Brittany. BRINNER!
Sophy says: You’d call it an egg salad.
Rophy Says No!
Holly Holiday. Everything she does and says.
Rin says: Holly ruins everything. Everything. I was so pissed when she appeared on our screens again. Like, gawd, just get out.
“Although I think you’re naive and possibly frigid..”
EXCUSE ME? What adult says that to a teenage girl?
And she also ruined Santana and Brittany’s song. She didn’t need to be sitting in between them, and Gywneth Paltrow didn’t need to be holding a guitar. Would she stop trying to push herself as a country singer, for fucks sake. It could have been so much lovelier if it was just Brittana.
And the whole Holly/Will thing makes me want to vomit. Especially with how Holly treated Emma.
Sophy says: Oh my god I can’t. If I hated Holly Holiday less I could talk about it more? Yes, even more than I’m about to.
Holiday is a horrid character regardless of who’s playing her – one of those too cool for school, but sorta dorky! straight talking feisty “funny” blondes who ~touches people’s lives. Yuck. I can’t. JUST. YUCK. But it doesn’t help that Paltrow gives me second-hand embarrassment as an actress, a singer and a dancer. The woman has zero natural grace, sings about as well as the person next to you at a church service, and has an unpleasant simpering try-hard quality to her as an actress which is particularly apparent when she’s trying to do comedy.
So okay, Holiday is awful on paper. But maybe if they’d gotten someone less physically stiff, someone who can hit the high notes, someone with actual comedic ability and experience… she might have been a little more bearable.
Also, Glee people? I can understand you wanting Paltrow on your show and all. Each to their own, whatever. But do you really have to shove her into basically every song? I nearly had a rage blackout when I saw her sitting between Brittany and Santana for their duet. I can’t even… what were they thinking with that? It’s made even more egregious by the attempt to explain it away with ‘Oh that song needs three vocal parts’. Well no, okay? Stevie Nicks did just fine with one.
I get that they wanted to try to manipulate viewers into looking fondly on Holly by having her get Brittana on the road, and okay, that’s all nice and vomitty, but at least leave her out of the actual song.
And while we’re on that, what exactly are they trying to do with this character? Because it seemed like they were desperately pulling out all the stops to get us to like her… and then they turn around and make her an out and out villain at the end? At least I hope and pray that she’s supposed to be an out and out villain. Because her behaviour towards Emma was nothing short of disgusting. She put her on the spot about Will in a very emotional time, basically forced her to admit her uncertainty as to her feelings for him, thereby throwing her marriage into jeopardy… and then she goes and hooks up with Will.
I can’t. I mean. WHAT?
And it was made even more revolting by the fact that she didn’t actually tell Will about what happened with Emma and the feelings she may still have for him, but did make a callous little joke about how another woman wanting him made her decide to hook up. Um.
Die, Holly Holiday. Die a slow and painful death. OFF SCREEN.
Head In Hands
Rin says: SO ADORABLE. I CAN’T.
NEEDS FABERRY SCENES IN EVERY EPISODE PLEASE.
Sophy says: Always. And forever.
“And I think about how they were all kids once, and they all have mothers. And, God, what would their mothers think?”
Rin says: Srsly.
Sophy says: Hahaha oh my god. Kurt. We love you, and we know exactly what you mean.
Quinn Glory Shot
Rin says: I just, how is her hair so perfect. Okay sure, a stylist team always on the ready, but…still. So soft….
Sophy says: She’s so Charlie’s Angels lately. Feathery. *pets screen*
Rin says: I know a lot of you will be wielding pitchforks and torches at us for not making this best scene, but it was our decision not to make it best scene simply because the Brittana story has been pretty sloppy. So by the time this huge scene comes about, there’s not really much substance to back it, even though I think in and of itself this is a really wonderful scene. Naya absolutely kills it and I love her for it, because you can tell she really wanted to do it justice, and it was nice to see her given the opportunity to stretch herself.
And it’s entirely Glee’s lack of ability to build and develop characters over the span of more than one episode that has ruined any chance of any relationship to be taken seriously.
I’m interested to see where this goes, but I’m not holding my breath waiting for hiatus to be over just to see what happens.
Sophy says: YOU THOUGHT WE JUST WEREN’T GOING TO TALK ABOUT THIS, DIDN’T YOU?
Well we are. *clears throat*
Okay, here’s the thing with the Brittana in this episode.
It was beautiful.
And 90% of that is down to Naya Rivera who absolutely knocked our socks off with her acting. I really didn’t expect her to be able to emote the way she did; the character’s heart was on her sleeve because the actress’ heart was, and it brought the relationship to a whole other level of seriousness.
Which ironically is kind of what pissed me off? I guess what I’m saying is the unexpected depth Naya brought to Santana really drove home for me just how poor the build-up of this relationship has been. I mean… they kissed several episodes ago and there was no indication that it was anything more than no-strings fun for them and a cute joke for the audience. Since then they’ve had some nice friendship scenes, which have mostly been comical in nature and in no way point to romance. And then last week Santana didn’t want Brittany kissing Sam during Spin The Bottle which I guess we’re all supposed to take as being all about Brittany now but… I don’t know. It’s all pretty damn weak and wishy-washy, isn’t it?
And I suppose one of the other difficulties apart from the lack of build-up is that Brittany, and to a lesser extent Santana, are not characters who can fairly be used in a srs bsns romantic plotline. Santana is a joke character – she’s a mini Sue Sylvester. And okay, I kind of bought the idea that the cartoon bitchiness is a front for her pain and confusion, but again, that’s mostly just because Naya sold it so damn well.
Brittany on the other hand… I’m sorry, but they’ve just made her too comically stupid for me to believe that she could have any idea what Santana’s really feeling or even begin to ever feel it herself… which in turn kind of makes it hard to believe that Santana’s really feeling it. I mean, Brittany’s cute and all, but you scratch a puppy behind the ears… you don’t fall in love with it.
The problem is that Glee tends to use its characters as punchlines, and when you do that too often, your characters become punchlines… and it’s really hard to later buy them as actual flesh and blood human beings, let alone human beings in love, let alone human beings in messy, complicated, angsty love.
Alright. Brittana is not the only plotline to suffer from this shit. It’s more or less par for the course with Glee. And so if I can continue to watch the show, then I can put the issues behind me and enjoy the relationship for what it is. But it will always make me sad that the writers weren’t a little more careful.
Because if they had been? What we saw in this episode tells me Brittana could have been something really special.