Rachel & Quinn – I Feel Pretty And Unpretty
Rin says: Okay. I still can’t 100% process this. But. I have never been more excited for a Glee song, and I made sure to stay unspoiled for what they were going to sing, and JFC. I didn’t expect such a fucking gorgeous mash-up and performance and and and the two of their voices together are just sublime. I just said sublime.
It’s taken them 2 years to get a song together and gawd it was worth the wait. This might be my favourite song Glee has ever done. I don’t know. Where am I. What is fandom?
I haven’t stopped listening to it for 4 days. And I’ve rewatched the scene at least 10 times, and I still don’t know where to start.
Ok. My first reactions: When the music started I had to pause and prepare myself. I knew this had to be it and I didn’t want to have high expectations ’cause the last thing I wanted was to be disappointed by a Rachel & Quinn duet… as soon as Quinn started singing that went out the window. Second thing I noticed was the EDITING. I was kind of in awe of it, with the slow-motion and how the taking pictures was woven in and out, and then the close-ups of Rachel’s face as the nurse drew on the lines. GORGEOUS.
Then we see them in Glee club singing together in front of everyone wearing matching-but-not-matching outfits, and they’re adorable. And Rachel’s really emotional about it and almost in tears, whilst Quinn looks on. AND THEN!! THE MOST ‘HAHAHAHAHA’ MOMENT. Quinn walking down the hall and Rachel looking on singing ‘oh so prettttyyyy’ I JUST I LAUGH EVERY TIME BECAUSE IT’S JUST SO.. TEENAGER WHO’S LOOKING AT THE GIRL THEY REALLY REALLY REALLY WANT TO ASK TO THE PROM.
THE MIRRORS! And how it’s mirrored but not with their two completely different approaches to their use of a mirror. The splitscreen was also pretty awesome, something about the way it wasn’t directly down the centre and how it framed both scenes perfectly.
AND THEN THEY’RE SITTING NEXT TO EACH OTHER IN CLASS, YOU GUYS. You guys. You guys. They’re also mirroring some more with how their sitting, with their right arm out and their left arm on top. Srsly. Part of me wants to believe that they’re playing footsie under the table too..
And then their shared look at the end <33 Rachel is full of uncertainty as she looks at Quinn and Quinn is full of understanding as she looks at Rachel. OH YOU TWO SNUGGLE BUNNIES.
Now we can talk about the singing? This was easily Dianna’s best performance, and whilst I’ve always loved her voice anyway, this song/arrangement was perfect for showing her off. She has such lovely, delicate tones which I adore and her Oh oh oh’s are so precious. Lea obviously has never taken a wrong step in terms of singing, but something about this duet just brought out another shade of her voice. Something we hadn’t heard before which was really nice to hear, especially because she’s already recorded so much previously.
The song itself was wonderfully appropriate without being LOLOBVIOUS, and never in a million years did I ever expect Glee to do a TLC song. They’re such a nostalgia-inducing band to me, I used to go around singing Waterfalls with my brother and my best friend. I used to be Left-Eye and do the rap part. Yes, really. I’ve never seen West Side Story, but who doesn’t know I Feel Pretty. I was surprised when I heard the change of lyrics.. from ‘gay’ to ‘brave’ … and as a good Skins fan, that just made it even gayer. But honestly, why did they change it? Rofl. Maybe because they knew of the shitstorm it would create. I know I would have gone off the walls
Am I a Faberry shipper? Yes. Do I really think they’ll ~get together? No. But saying this from an objective standpoint, these two do have a relationship that is unparalleled in the Glee-verse. They’re the unlikely friendship-but-still-not-really-a-friendship-ship. And I love them for it. And let’s be honest, they have a total Mini/Franky vibe.
Okay. I think I’ve written more than I’ve ever written for any recap ever. But this is probably the first and last time we’ll ever get such a lovely Faberry moment, so there was no reason to not go all out! Now I invite you to, along with me, scroll back up and look at each cap and slowly put your head in your hands. They’re gorgeous.
Sophy says: Okay, so. This is something Rophy have been waiting for for a long time. Basically, to us, Rachel/Quinn is one of the most important relationships on the show – platonically speaking, okay, we’re not that delusional. I guess what I’m trying to say is that their funny little unfriendly friendship used to be such a big deal, and it’s nice to see the writers acknowledging that again lately.
I too was completely unspoiled for this. Normally I don’t really care about being spoiled for Glee, but since this is probably the biggest Faberry thing we’re going to get for a while – or possibly, ever – I wanted to make it ~special. And boy was it special. Seriously, the only bone I have to pick with it is that it came too early in the episode and everything that came after seemed like poo in comparison.
I was quite stunned by how great Lea and Dianna sounded together. I mean, not that I expected them to sound crap, but I didn’t think it would be that… sublime. I like Dianna’s tone, but I haven’t really enjoyed any of her Glee performances that much for whatever reason. This was the first song she’s been given where I’ve just been completely lost in it and head-in-hands. And Lea… despite her powerful voice, she really brought a vulnerability and a girlishness in this duet. I think both girls did a great job not just singing, but singing as Rachel and Quinn. Rachel was an emotional mess, because that’s who Rachel is – teary-eyed and hurting and hoping and hearts on a sleeve. And Quinn came off as more of a woman – composed, cool, but not hard, not quite – more sad. I think they both did an amazing job in getting across who their characters are in the way they moved and the way they sang.
In terms of the song itself, I’ve always had a fondness for that TLC song and whilst I’m normally not a mash-up kind of girl I thought this one worked exceptionally well. Great job all around.
The way it was shot was just ;LKSJD;LKSDJ. The Rent-esque photoshoot with Quinn, the close-ups of Lea’s face, them in class together and the mirrors and sitting side by side on those stools, looking at each other with fear and hurt and tenderness and envy and sadness and not a Gwyneth in sight!!! It was perfection
Can I also just say that Dianna was in top comedic form in this episode. Her delivery of “I’m surprised more girls haven’t asked me, my nose is awesome!” was A+.
AND UM. GAY. BRAVE. LOL FOREVER. AND RACHEL, JUST ASK HER TO THE PROM ALREADY. YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO.
AND DIANNA’S OH OH OH’S FOREVER AND EVER AMEN?
ALSO THIS PART MAKES ME DIES. I DON’T EVEN KNOW IT’S JUST SO PRETTY?
Rophy says: We are aware that the above may make us come off as crazy people. We’re at peace with that.
“Look, maybe Rachel’s fine with having an enormous beak. Maybe she needs it to crack hard seeds.”
Rin says: Oh my god, her whole speech was epic as she ripped into everyone. I particularly enjoyed the use of the word ‘deslanting’ in reference to Tina’s eyes. Win.
AND JUST. BEAK. HARD SEEDS.
I also love how Glee is more ready to make racist jokes than fat jokes.
Oh wait no. I don’t love that
I MEAN. I don’t have a problem at all with the jokes. It’s just interesting that Santana never says a word about weight and wow, since when did it become more inappropriate to comment on someone’s weight than their ethnicity? Skewed much?
Sophy says: Santana Lopez, are you trying to win yourself a regular section in the Rophycaps? Because damn, girl, you are on fire these days. I was giggling and squealing throughout this entire little speech and seriously, whoever wrote beak/hard seeds deserves some kind of trip for two to the Caribbean.
Also Santana’s outfit could not be more amazing.
“I just feel, um…I feel so ashamed.”
Rin says: I’m thrilled that they’re continuing to address Emma’s OCD issues, and that she didn’t have the OCD shirt at first. I love that they show how much she’s struggling with it, and Jayma’s acting during the therapy session was amazing. I also liked that Will addressed that in the past her OCD has been thought of as cute (like we’ve all been thinking), but we’ve never put much thought into how serious of a problem it really was.
And we’re getting back to the Will/Emma that we all love. <3
Sophy says: OH JAYMA. She is such an asset to this show. Honestly I loved her whole plotline in this episode. Will was a champ in the scene where he confronted her about her OCD. I know he came across as somewhat harsh, but honestly sometimes you have to be if you love somebody – cruel to be kind, all that. And it worked. She sought help. I really hope this is the start of happy times for Emma, because the poor little love really deserves some happiness and freedom from this illness that has plagued her basically all her life.
I nearly cried when she broke down in the psychiatrist’s office and said she was ashamed. Jayma for president?
Best ‘Brittany is random’ Moment
Rin says: Amazing and adorable.
Sophy says: So fucking cute, I just cannot.
Rophy Says No!
All of this fuckery.
Rin says: I can’t talk about this yet. Too upsetting.
Sophy says: WHAT THE FUCKING FUCKERY HELL. Okay, first things first. Lauren does not have a ‘bad attitude’ okay show? She’s a bitch and a bully and just generally unpleasant 99% of the time. Also, let’s be frank. Why does her shirt not say ‘Obesity’? Why does Mercedes’ shirt not say ‘Obesity’ for that matter? Especially seeing as how she has gorgeous hair? So like, what the ever-loving fuck???
Let’s be clear, I am not saying that any human being should be loved any less or admired any less or love themselves any less or admire themselves any less based on what they weigh. But the coy non-mention of the issue here? It’s political correctness gone mad and I find it nauseating.
The shirt is one thing though. Quinn’s little speech to Lauren about how she’s the true role model because she managed to be a bitch whilst staying obsese? I was just… in bewildered awe. And not the good kind.
I’d also like to say a quick no to Kurt’s return. It was way, way, way overblown as far as I’m concerned and I was pretty much cringeing my way through it. And this is coming from someone who goes straight into head-in-hands mode whenever Chris Colfer comes on screen. But seriously. It was like he’d come back from world war three or something and I just kept thinking ‘Are we there yet, are we there yet.’
It might have worked better if Kurt had actually been gone from the Glee kids’ lives and gone from our screens, and it might also have worked better if Kurt’s reasons for returning to McKinley were actually about missing the kids and the hallways and whatever it was they smell of, I don’t even know. The bottom line is that Kurt wanted to come back to McKinley because he wants to go to Nationals. End of story. Is anyone naive enough to think he would have come back if they’d lost and the Warblers were off to New York? Please. So enough with the schmaltz, show.
And another thing. I normally worship the ground Burt Hummel walks on, but I thought he was ridiculous in this episode. He wouldn’t stop yelling. Like. I think he even yelled at Karofsky for not being a bully anymore at some point??? LOL. WHAT. I don’t even. I actually kept rolling my eyes and wishing I could reach into the TV and smack him. It was strange and unsettling.
Rin says: Yeah, bad attitude and no weave was the biggest bullshit. If the writers actually wanted to be brave and send a good message they would have had ‘obese’ or ‘weight’ or whatever on their shirts. Because wasn’t that the whole point? Taking something you’re not exactly tippity-flicking-boo over about yourself, but then turning that on its head and not being afraid of it. Owning it. I honestly would have gained some respect for Lauren and the writers if they had done something to that effect. Oh well. She has ‘bad attitude’ which IS PLAIN FUCKING STUPID BECAUSE IT’S NOT SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN’T HELP OR SOMETHING TO BE CELEBRATED. It’s one of the most unappealing qualities a human being can have. Period.
And please Lauren. Never put your arm around Quinn again? Thank you.
Head In Hands
“They’re less Hebraic, and more Fabrayic.”
Rin says: Um. She might as well have said Faberry, you all know that’s what they were going for. And hahahahah how much did this immediately remind everyone of that Achele baby that Lea accidentally tweeted?
AND WOULD YOU LOOK AT HOW PLEASED/HAPPY RACHEL IS TO HAVE A PIECE OF QUINN ON HER FACE? HONESTLY. Be more lesbian.
Sophy says: I think there’s another piece of Quinn she’d like on her face.
Rin says: If blogs had ratings, this page would be NC-17 right now.
Sometimes we wish people would break into spontaneous dance for us at malls.
Rin says: I usually kind of hate this song, because I think it’s stupid, but the dancing was pretty damn cute. Even if they kind of ripped from the Joss Whedon episode. BUT THEY WERE ALL DANCING FOR RACHEL SO, I CAN DEAL WITH IT.
That second cap is kind of magic. And a bit creepy.
Sophy says: Someday, Rin. Some Rophy Day.
Quinn Glory Shot
“Shot” can mean many things….
Rin says: Oh Quinn, stop being so Becoming Pt1. Or you know, don’t.
I thought the music during it was PERFECT and I loved the slow motion (…Quinn in slow-motion should be a thing from now on), and her crazed expressions as she ripped down the poster and ran off. Oh Dianna :X:X:X
AND THOSE LAST TWO CAPS. ONE MAKES ME FAN MYSELF AND ONE MAKES ME GIGGLE TO NO END. You can keep guessing
Sophy says: I’m guessing. I’m guessing good.
Also yeah okay Quinn’s sudden backstory was a bit hokey. But everything on Glee is a bit hokey, so… at least she got something vaguely interesting to do? This is the first time I’ve actually been interested in Quinn for a long time. So as far as I’m concerned it’s a plus.
I’D LIKE A QUINN GLORY SHOT. IN MY PANTS.