The New Directions – Don’t Stop Believin’
Rin says: I’m not even going to lie. Watching this back after all this time put a tear in my eye, because this is where it all started. And I feel like there’s never going to be a time when I don’t feel goosebump-y because of it. This performance in essence is what I have always loved about Glee, and why I fell in love with it in the first place — it just makes me happy.
Sophy says: The classic. The only thing that will ever make me think twice about declaring Pretty/Unpretty the greatest musical moment on this show.
Because it’s Journey, you know? It’s the new directions. It’s Don’t Stop Believin’ and hope starts here.
I love the simplicity of the red shirts and blue jeans – back when Glee actually pretended these kids were real and budgets are not just something Brittany would try feed crackers to. It takes me right back to my own highschool days, when a costume meant rummaging around in your closet till you found the right colour, and rushing out to K-Mart in the morning if you didn’t.
I love the earnestness of Rachel’s face as she belts out her lines. I love the tears in Will’s eyes and his dopey smile when he realizes he can do this and he’s damn well going to. I love the derpy smile on Finn’s face when he holds out his hand. I love Tina and Artie. I love Kurt. I love Mercedes. I love the cheesy goodness of Puck in the doorway, and Sue with her cheerios up top. But probably more than anything I love the way Rachel’s face is small and hopeful and challenging when she looks up at Mr Schue after that performance.
I love the way that she’s saying “So?” and he’s saying Yes.
Rachel fondling her way to Finn.
Sophy says: Look at her, thrusting all over the place! Rachel Berry is such a Sophia. Which…
Rin says: Bahaha, she is the Sophia of Glee. A little lonely, a little stalkerish, a lot obsessed with the girl with the blonde hair.
Looking back on these, I really have to wonder why they didn’t go down the Rachel/Tina route. Rachel just FONDLES Tina’s chest, and then afterwards Tina is looking at Rachel all Like??
Also? I really fucking love Rachel Berry.
And this might have to be put in here, because.
I fucking, cannot. Every time I think I can deal with this, I look at it again and start uncontrollably flailing. How is this not everywhere? ALL THE TIME?
Sophy says: OH MY GOD THEY ARE JUST THE CUTEST THINGS. MY LITTLE DARLINGS
And you know, everyone’s all Brittana! Faberry! Where is Tina Cohen-Chang’s rightful bite of the homosexual pie?
Further to that…
Way better than the season 3 version to be honest.
Rin says: I love how they didn’t mention or even pay homage to the fact that Tina sung this when they performed it again in ‘I Kissed A Girl’. They should have had her do her .. what do they call that move? The crotch-slap? Idek. But she should have done that in the recent performance, and it would have been so glorious.
And I have to agree this was better. Except for the possessive-faberry-hold.
Sophy says: She definitely should have crotch-slapped.
This little moment reminded me how underused Jenna has been in terms of comedy. And, well, everything.
“Being a part of something special makes you special, right?”
Rin says: I adore this scene so much, because it’s Rachel and because it’s Rachel/Will. I have to say, I really miss this dynamic because I always felt like they had this level of understanding and mutual respect. It’s all very slayer-watcher, and I love that. Will is a mentor to her, not just another teacher, and I really miss that in s3.
AND RACHEL. I think we sometimes overlook the fact that Rachel was constantly bullied
mostly at the hands of her future soulmate-for-life-type-thing — and it wasn’t because of any of the reasons we’re usually up in arms over. Rachel is the ordinary girl — I mean, yes she has an extraordinary voice and there’s no way she’s not ending up on Broadway — but instead of that being something to be celebrated, it’s used against her because she doesn’t fit in that box we all try to fit into during high school. And I’m sure we’ve all felt like that at one point or another and we conformed, we fit into the box. But Rachel Berry? No. She fucking makes her own box. And I know I’ve said box way too many times, but you guys.
“Everybody hates me.”
“And you think Glee Club is going to change that?”
“Being great at something is going to change it. Being a part of something special makes you special, right?”
And that’s why Rachel is THE BEST. She thinks everyone hates her, and her only solution is to excel more at being herself.
And the line about being a part of something special making you special? Yeah. Upon rewatch that was the part where Sophy and I both keyboard mashed ourselves through the Earth and into China.
Sophy says: I’m just going to tenderly stroke the Faberry elephant in the room before I even start on this scene okay? This is Rachel’s big moment of truth. This is the moment in which she peels back the layers of ridiculousness that swaddle her and shows that she is human, that she does hurt and that most of all, she hopes – for so much. AND WHO OR WHAT IS SHE GAZING AT WHEN THIS TAKES PLACE? WHO OR WHAT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN?
Quinn Fucking Fabray, that’s who or what.
Like. Rachel Berry’s introspective private time is spent gazing at the Cheerios training. And okay, I know that that’s all about the being a part of something special aspect of this scene, but it’s also about the birth of Faberry, and all the ways these girls struggled from day one to define themselves in terms of each other.
AND THAT IS FUCKING MAGIC.
Okay now that that’s out of the way. This episode had so many great Rachel quotes, including one that came just before this – “There is nothing ironic about show choir!” – but I think this is her quote of the episode. “Being a part of something special makes you special.” I think it’s the quote of the episode. In fact, it might even be the quote of the show, in the sense that it aptly and poignantly sums up everything that Glee is all about.
And I have to agree with Rin: Rachel and Will’s bond was special, and it makes me sad that it was pretty much shrugged off in favour of Finn and Will’s bond, and then, you know, that bond was kind of shrugged off in favour of Will not being allowed to talk to either of them about the teen wedding issue. And just.
I do hope the show returns in some way to the ways in which these two are mirrors of each other by the time the show ends – and in a thoughtful way, not in a cheap, make-’em-cry way.
Rin says: Holy fuck. I hope you’re forever stroking the Faberry elephant. Forever tenderly stroking.
“Being a part of that… in that moment… I knew who I was in the world.”
Rin says: And this is such a parallel with the scene we just mentioned. Will knows exactly what Rachel means, because this was when he felt special, when he performed in Glee, he knew who he was in the world. And GOD this show, excuse me while I fall in love with you all over again.
Sophy says: SPEAKING OF RACHEL AND WILL BEING MIRRORS OF EACH OTHER. Parallels like this are a sure sign you’re watching quality television.
You know, these days people tell me how shit Glee is and always has been so often that a part of me had started to believe it till Rin and I embarked on this rewatch. But the fact is that though it’s had its wobbles and its crashes – most significantly in season 2 – the show really was special when it started out. And there are times, in season 3, when it feels special again. I do hope they can end that season and the next as well as they ended season 1. It would mean a lot to me to be able to say No, hater, overall it was a damn good show.
Also can we just look at Emma’s darling face and how openly and painfully in love she is? And not just ~in love. She’s in the kind of love where she admires Will. She’s in the kind of love where she cares about the long line of his life – all of it. Will/Emma was special when the show started too. Will was special. I mean really, you guys, watching this episode, I remembered when I loved Will Schuster, in a wholehearted and kind of aching way. Because I actually related to him, you know? And his face when he watched his teenage dreams flickering to life again on the screen just about broke my heart.
I don’t think they’ll ever be able to undo what they’ve done. I don’t think they’ll ever get me feeling quite that way about Will again. But they damn well ought to try, because for better or worse, he is at the core of the show as much as Rachel Berry is.
FIX IT, GLEE.
Best ‘Brittany is random’ Moment
Sophy says: Oh Brit. Look at the screen.
Rin says: She gets just about as much screen time these days too.
Rophy says: In all seriousness though, even when she does appear, Brittany isn’t going to be being random for a few eps, so. We decided a new category might be in order for the time being…
Most Retrospectively Ironic Moment
Worry about your own loins, Quinn.
Rin says: And you know the insult she actually types herself, “If I were your parents I’d sell you back,” with everything that has happened with her own adoption. I just. This show. The development and Quinn and Quinn and development and Quinn.
And seriously, worry about your own loins Quinn.
Sophy says: HAHAHAHAHAHAH I LOVE HOW EXCITED QUINN IS ABOUT
RACHEL’S BLOG BEING A MASSIVE BITCH.
Seriously though. Rachel’s loins are none of your concern, Quinn. Whereas yours.
Rophy Says No!
Rin says: Hahaha I didn’t know what this was from until I realised it was one of the cut scenes from the Pilot. AND I CANNOT.
ROPHY SAYS NO, FOREVER. Thank god they cut this.
Sophy says: I love that the only thing we could find to say no to is something the editors actually said no to as well.
Head In Hands
Sophy says: It begins.
Rin says: His face. Such a dork.
Sophy says: The dork of his face is everything.
Rophydoes would probably be a better website if we were Rachel Berry.
Sophy says: I’m not entirely sure whether we’re Rachel or Quinn in this scenario. Nor am I sure which is more awesome.
Rin says: Either way they’re both pretty enthusiastic with a computer. Quinn even brought hers to school just so she could watch Rachel’s video.
Something about there being only 1 view on Rachel’s video, and it being Quinn just gets me. IT ALWAYS GETS ME.
And this is Quinn’s first scene on the show, and what is she doing? Torturing Rachel.
And that’s why, right from the start.
p.s. I’m so excited that we get to take a closer look at the evolution of Faberry through season one, especially with all that we know now.
Sophy says: THE FABOLUTION. IT BEGINS.
I love that all the other Cheerios are just lolsing, but Quinn is making all these ‘aw’ and ‘ooh’ faces. The girl can’t help it.
Quinn Glory Shot
“Cheerleader Quinn Fabray???!!!”
Rin says: I find myself saying this out aloud way too many times than I’d care to admit. Just.. the way they used to always say CHEERLEADER QUINN FABRAY. Like, Cheerleader was her first name and Quinn was her middle name. Which.. it is. But. Um.
CHEERLEADER QUINN FABRAY??? PRESIDENT OF THE CELIBACY CLUB???
Sophy says: HAHAHAHAAHAH The way Rachel turns to Finn and earnestly checks that it’s CHEERLEADER QUINN FABRAY he’s dating. She was CHEERLEADER QUINN FABRAY long before she was Finn’s girlfriend and I think that says a lot about all the ways Rachel and Quinn’s relationship was never just about a boy.
Meanwhile, Quinn and Rachel, having more in common than they think since the pilot:
Rin says: Made for each other.
Rophy says: And one last thing. We decided we really needed a special one-off category for this episode…
The precise moment Rophy fell in love with Rachel Berry
“You might laugh because every time I sign my name, I put a gold star after it. But it’s a metaphor, and metaphors are important. My gold stars are a metaphor for me being a star.”
Rin says: It’s moments like these that I need to remember when I’m threatening to punch Rachel’s nose because of her recent behaviour.
A star. Being a metaphor for her being a star.
Although, I have to say it worked. I can’t look at a star without it reminding me of Rachel Berry.
And how she’s a star.
Sophy says: These levels of epic can never be made small, not even by teen weddings.
From her gratingly earnest yet undeniably soulful rendition of ‘On My Own’, to the smile on her face right before she’s slushied, to the gold stars after her name, to her little balled up fists as she powers down the hall to make psychotic cry-faces and falsely accuse a man of molesting her, all in the name of solos…
It’s Rachel Berry for Rophy. Always.