Quinn, with Brittana – Say A Little Prayer
Sophy says: BRITTANY IS HERE, YOU GUYS. SHE HAS ARRIVED. It’ll still be a little while before she gets random, but for now let’s just enjoy the fact that she’s here.
And hey Brittana really was there from the beginning. At least in the way where they liked to gaze saucily at each other whilst touching their nipples.
So much gay. And Quinn is just there, like the head gay, gaying away. Okay technically she’s not gaying so much as ped0-baiting. Seriously, no one will ever convince me that this routine wasn’t in some way inspired by the following:
Lucky Will is less of a creeper than Lester Burnham.
I find it really interesting how much of a contrast this performance makes with, say, um, Rachel’s performances. Yeah, I’m going to the Faberry place already, you can’t stop me.
Rachel is all bursting hearts and bloodstained skies and everything she sings is all the ways she wants and wants and wants. Quinn is all about the restraint – the containment – it’s all careful, neat – cold, calculated – and about a million miles from expressing anything inside her. Rachel is all about the emotion. Quinn is all about the repressing of the emotion. This is how they work. This is how they will balance each other. Rachel will inspire Quinn to let go of ‘perfect’, to pour out her heart, to care and trust that the world will care back. Quinn will help Rachel to reign herself in, to temper her emotion with reason, to follow her heart but take her brain with her for the love of god. At least she’ll try.
And I just. I’m trying to be a S1 Quinn and repress MY emotion, but I’m having trouble. JUST LOOK AT HER. LOOK AT QUINN FABRAY. SHE’S SO BABY-FACED AND HIGH-VOICED AND DEVIOUS AND CLOSED AND OH GOD. VINTAGE.
I love all the Quinns equally, but I have to say I’ve missed this one.
And let the record show that Quinn Fabray totally joined New Directions because of Rachel Berry. Yes, she did. Witness:
“You’re joining Glee Club?”
“I’m sorry, Coach Sylvester, but something is going on between Finn and that thing! You saw how it was undressing him with its eyes.”
Sure, technically she joined to keep an eye on Finn – but the funny thing is, she never can seem to keep her eyes off Rachel while she’s about it. And I love how desperate she is to desexualise her. Rachel can’t be a girl, she has to be a thing. Because Finn would never look at another girl. Because Quinn isn’t into girls.
Rachel must be some kind beast from beyond. With strange powers of pants-removal.
Rin says: I’m so happy we decided to go back and do Season 1. For moments like this alone. BECAUSE HOLY CRAP! I guess we’re so used to the Quinn we see these days, the wholesome and adorably dorky Quinn .e.g
..that sometimes we forget she was kind of a stud in the early days. Yes, I called her a stud. She’s studly.
I mean, look at her go! With her body rolls and thrusts, and how they all perform it directly into the camera. And I love how the performance is so structured and emotionless (unless PANTS PARTY!!! is an emotion?) and it’s exactly what you would expect from Sue’s Cheerios. I can imagine them practising and practising at Quinn’s house until they got it perfect. But I also love what Sophy said about how Rachel is all about the emotion and you kind of feel like she rips open her heart every single time she sings, whereas this is anything but that. It’s like Quinn is Vocal Adrenaline emotionally, and Rachel is.. well Rachel is New Directions.
But don’t worry. Rachel ignites the fire in Quinn soon enough.
And somehow that leads to even gayer cheerleaders. Funny.
Push it. Real good.
Sophy says: Okay, there were some things when I went back and rewatched that I had completely forgotten about. This was one of them and oh my god it hit me like a torrent of lols.
Their faces. And the gyrating. And the heads in laps and Kurt’s rawr face and the sex conga line. And the part that just about made me fall out of my chair: when they started the crawling because what even is that if not pure genius?
I love how Quinn is confused and moved by Rachel’s thrusting. Appropriate.
Other reactions that win at life: Figgins swaying mildly with his eyes closed, Emma’s little fist-dance.
OH GOD. Speaking of Emma. Her whole “Yay Glee! Glee kids hooray!” bit at the start was just magical.
Rin says: This is nothing short of fantastic. Really. Go back and take a closer look at every single cap, they’re perfect. Lea Michele’s FACES, Mercedes FLEXING, THE CRAWLING and their KNEE PADS. Like.
My kids. So precious!
And YES, the reaction shots are priceless. ALL OF THEM. But especially Quinn. Cause it’s Quinn.
And I can’t not mention how Dianna Agron must have felt left out, because she later sung Push It at this event. She sings the same bits as Lea.
Sophy says: Oh my god.
“I know you’re used to being the cock of the walk around here – ”
Rin says: Season 1 was the time when everything that came out of Sue Sylvester’s mouth was hilarious and absurd.
Sophy says: Just. Her weights. And offensive.
And then the perfect follow-up later:
“Hold on a second, Sue.”
“I resent being told to hold on to anything, William. I will not be treated like a second-class citizen because of my gender.”
When this show is funny, it is really, really funny. And it often involves Jane Lynch.
“Are you, um… are you a janitor?”
“A ja…? No.”
“Really? Because you’re dressed like a janitor and your shirt says ‘Will’.”
Rin says: It’s all of these early Wemma moments that make me unable to let go of them now, even with all the crap they’ve dragged them through. I still like them.
LOOK AT EMMA’S CHALK-COVERED NOSE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. Like we need any more to go on but that? But there is more and that’s the best part! Will lets Emma help him with his problems, and in turn Will wants to help Emma with one of hers. And Emma trusts Will enough to tell him the story about when she was little it was her dream to work on a dairy farm, and when she was 8 they visited one, but her brother pushed her into the ‘run off lagoon.’ And oh my gosh, baby Emma
And the loveliest part is that Will never judges Emma for her OCD.
“There. Ten seconds.”
Sophy says: I was shocked when I rewatched this scene, because though I remember really loving Will/Emma early on, I’d sort of fallen into this trap of remembering them as sweet and humdrum. But they were much more than that. They had serious chemistry, and real heart-fluttery tension. They were, at least for that first 13 episode block, the ship of the show.
And I really like what Rin’s saying here about trust. Because that was something that was completely lacking in Will’s relationship with Terri, and it’s something that I think Emma was completely lacking with, well, life and the whole world. And this is where they start to find a secret and safe place in each other. Because Emma can see Will at his smallest and most ashamed, and all she wants to do is roll up her sleeves and help him. And she can tell him what is perhaps the most tender, humiliating story of her life, and all he wants to do is touch chalk to her adorable nose, and help her.
And just. That story Emma told. The way Jayma told it.
“When I was a little girl, it was my dream to work on a dairy farm.”
“Um, when I was eight, we finally visited one, and after the tour and the yogurt tasting, my, my brother pushed me into the runoff lagoon.”
“And, um, ever since then I’ve just… I’ve had a little trouble forgetting the, uh, the smell.”
Glee cops a lot of flack, but really, when you look back, they’ve had some beautiful writing on this show. The above is the perfect example of how sometimes, even in the midst of all the camptasticness, there is an arresting subtlety. You sit there and you watch and you snort and giggle and sigh, and then just when you think things can’t get more ridiculous, along comes a moment so real it startles you into silence.
And the score, you guys. The tinkly piano of nostalgic doom? I just.
Most Retrospectively Ironic Moment
“And you know what that makes me? Your big, gay beard.”
Rophy says: It’s ironic because of how Quinn actually turned out to be a big gay. Except if we’d been paying attention that would already have been obvious in this episode. Because…
Sophy says: Rachel knows.
I love how every girl’s eyeline changes, including the bisexual, Santana-loving Brittany, except Quinn’s. Quinn’s eyes remain on the prize.
Rin says: Can we even pretend to be surprised at this point? This is hardly the first time Quinn’s eyes have betrayed her. Well I guess.. technically it is. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN!!
I kind of miss argyle sweater-vest Rachel. Just look at her! Adorbs.
By the way, the entire Celibacy Club scene is ridiculous, and SO GOOD.
“Now remember if the balloon pops, the noise makes the angels cry.”
And Puck/Santana are HILARIOUS, and Quinn being incredibly upset with Finn popping the balloon. Oh Glee.
And oh boy, here’s another big ‘Most Retrospectively Ironic Moment’ for you.
“That’s what contraception is for!”
“Don’t you dare mention the ‘C’ word!”
Well.. someone should Quinn. Someone. Should.
Rophy Says No!
We want to rip everybody’s head off.
Rin says: Anyone who makes Rachel upset gets a F. A BIG FAT ASIAN F.
That’s you Finn Hudson, and Will Schuester.
And singing into hairbrush Rachel Berry is such a classic that I cannot. I love her, I love her so much. And it’s killing me. SO I FUCKED THE DEAD GIRL.
But the scene in the auditorium was actually kind of cute, because of the air plane cups and how Rachel is such a doofus with her picnic on stage.
And there are no two other characters that look at themselves most in the mirror than Rachel and Quinn. I’M JUST SAYING THEY LOOK INTO THE MIRROR AT WHO’S INSIDE THERE. AND THEY SEE THE ONE WITH THE LONG HAIR. That’s all.
Sophy says: Looking back I was surprised at how early on I started wanting to punch Will in the face.
I mean. He’s not a greasy Gwyneth loving perve yet, so he’s still okay with me. But.
Taking the ‘Don’t Stop Believin” solo away from Rachel and giving it to Quinn? Are you kidding me? I didn’t notice him taking away Finn‘s part, due to his equal contribution to the assembly performance? Like?
There is nothing I hate more than when Will punishes Rachel for her talent, ambition and belief in herself.
AND FINN. FINN WAS EVEN WORSE. SERIOUSLY FINN HAS NO RIGHT TO COMPLAIN ABOUT ANYTHING RACHEL HAS EVER DONE TO HIM SINCE THIS EPISODE BECAUSE.
LOOK AT HER? SITTING THERE WITH HER CUSHIONS AND HER AIRPLANE CUPS AND HER LITTLE FACE IN HER LITTLE HANDS.
I HATE YOU FINN HUDSON. I HATE YOU I HATE YOU I HATE YOU.
I don’t know if it’s the fact that Rachel Berry brings out the protective streak in me or if it’s just that I hate seeing people who wear their hearts on their sleeves getting used and treated like they don’t matter. But.
Look, all of this stuff was good. It was all well done. Rachel/hairbrush/cryface is glorious. I’m not saying No to any of it in the sense of saying it sucked.
I’m just saying it hurt me.
Rin says: And perhaps there’s a bit of residual resentment left over from Glee’s current plot? Hmmmmm?
Head In Hands
Emma and Rachel, trying to steal Emily Fitch’s CHEs.
Rin says: I remember that gif of Emma crying in her car singing was literally EVERYWHERE on the internet after the episode aired. And rightly so.. it’s freaking ADORABLE, and appropriate in so many occasions.
And I don’t even feel the need to apologise when I say Rachel Berry standing with her balloon slightly hunched over is the cutest thing I have ever seen in my life.
Sophy says: HAHAHAAHAHHAAH OH MY GOD. The adorable. I sort of want to make that Rachel cap with the balloon into an icon that I will use for the rest of my life.
But Santana is giving her a run for her CHEs in that cap too. Just.
We would do this.
Sophy says: To be honest, I’m a bit hurt Rin doesn’t have a rophydoes license plate yet…
Rin says: I’m working on it..
Quinn Glory Shot
This is what happens when Quinn Fabray has her first scene with Rachel Berry.
Sophy says: Fucking embarrassing to be honest.
Rin says: Relax guys! Did you really think we’d go through this recap without addressing the first one on one Faberry scene? I WOULD RATHER DIE.
Maybe I should remind you that in this scene they’re fighting. And Quinn is angry and telling Rachel to stay away from Finn… and yet?
She looks like she’s watching an animal documentary on baby lion cubs. She has baby lion cub face.
Rachel goes on to say how she’s an honourable person, which haha oh Rach. And continues with, ‘I have plenty of suitors of my own. Every day Glee status is going up and yours is going down. Deal with it!’
And BAM! Slushie! By Puck and (who I assume to be) Matt nonetheless. Those guys Such class
And in the background Quinn is seen laughing and enjoying every minute of it. You bastard Quinn. But it’s okay, ’cause afterwards she felt so guilty for laughing that she went to go draw pornographic pictures of Rachel in the bathroom. IDK how that makes sense, but that’s what Quinn does, okay?
Also can I just comment on how ridiculously awesome Quinn Fabray is?
Cause of the things she says.
“Okay let’s compromise. If you quit the club, I’ll let you touch my breast.”
“Under the shirt?”
“Over the bra.”
WHICH, ALSO. She knew Rachel was listening. And yet? She didn’t make much of an effort to lower her voice or be discreet about what she was offering.
AND THE FABOLUTION. OH THE FABOLUTION!!
Sometimes I think Quinn’s whole purpose is to keep Rachel from Finn. Sure it starts out like it does here, because Finn is her boyfriend and fair enough. She has the right to remind Rachel that Finn is with her, and it’s not like it’s unfounded since that so-called Finchel end up kissing during this episode. So, fair’s fair. BUT THEN. It just.. it becomes completely not about Finn any more, and all about Rachel. And all the ways Rachel doesn’t need Finn, because she’s bigger and brighter and has an amazing life ahead of her. Original Song. Michael. On My Way.
And godddd. Faberry are the single shiny pink thread that runs through all of the 3 seasons that remains untangled and fray-free.
Sophy says: BABY LION CUB FACE IS RIGHT.
And really, Quinn wanting Rachel away from Finn is the most brilliant thing in that it’s a series long continuous thread that is also a twist. The mission never changes for Quinn. But the motivation does.
Or, you know, maybe it was never really about Finn in the first place. Valid interpretation of the text is valid.
And lol, “man hands”. Rachel isn’t really a girl, you guys.
Because Quinn isn’t into girls.