Vocal Adrenaline – Mercy
Sophy says: An amazing performance. I can see why the kids wanted their choreographer after watching that.
WHERE’S JESSE THOUGH?
Needs more Jesse.
Rin says: AGREED. NEEDS MOAR JESSE!!
But this was kind of the moment when we knew this show wasn’t kidding around, performance wise. And this was a really great setup for the ‘big bad’ of the season, and well.. all seasons to come? But Vocal Adrenaline were always the top club to beat, and I loved that they were so far ahead of ND. I’m kind of glad that it took them 3 years to beat them, even if I don’t agree with the way they won, it was a long journey for them in that regard. Lol. Journey.
Sophy says: Lol indeed. But ‘journey’ is the only word for it, really. One of the things that I love so much about season one of Glee is that you saw a clear progression with these kids from the bottom of the food chain to, you know, a place where they’re definitely getting to eat some of the smaller mammals regularly. The thing is that they did start small. They were a ragtag bunch. Okay they were a talented ragtag bunch, sure, but there wasn’t a one among them who belonged on stage alongside the members of Vocal Adrenaline in the early days – not even Rachel Berry.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to say Rachel isn’t better than everyone else or anything. It’s just that she’s not done baking yet at this point.
SHE’S COOKIE DOUGH.
Rin says: Quinn ain’t getting any older. Well, she is. But. Um.
Wrong. Wrong and amazing.
Sophy says: Om nom nom.
Rin says: This was so inappropriately good. And even better when they served him the thumb. And he ate it.
What. Was. This. Show.
Sophy says: Seriously it used to be a lot more gratuitously vile and ridiculous than I remember – a little more reminiscent of Popular that way.
And by the way, I’m still annoyed that no one from that show has guested on Glee yet. And by no one I mean Mary Cherry.
And maybe Cherry Cherry.
Rachel informs Dakota Stanley that he’s shorter than her, amongst other things.
Sophy says: Aw, see now looking back I can remember why Finchel used to be sort of lovely. Look at Finn’s little face looking at Rachel?
LOOK AT IT???
He looks like he’s just seen awesome for the first time. Like, really, he’s never used the word before because nothing has applied until now.
I also love that this is a turning point for the group. It’s when they really start to become a group. There’s nothing like, as Rin puts it, a big bad to unite people, is there? And you know what else I love? Rachel Berry is their leader, undeniably. This is the moment where we get to see that Rachel is not the stereotype of the selfish, driven diva that some of the characters and some of the fans like to write her off as. Sure, becoming a star means everything to her, but she’s decent enough to stand up to someone who’s not appreciating all of them for who they are and what they can do. And she’s smart enough to know that this little man has got it all wrong – that they had it all wrong when they hired him. They’re never going to beat Vocal Adrenaline by imitating them – they have to focus on their own strengths instead.
I’ll just be over here, ignoring their ultimate Nationals-winning performance.
Rin says: THEY’RE SUCH BABIES. LOOK AT THEM. LEA SANS FRINGE. CORY SANS MASS-GEL. <3
And oh god, I still don’t understand (and never want to) how people could hate Rachel after she does amazing things like this? And it was early on, so no excuses people. Rachel was always the best, okay? OKAY!
This may also be best scene because both of us have small dog syndrome and root for the little guy/gal. EVEN WHEN TRIUMPHING OVER A LITTLER GUY? IDK? WE’RE NOT SORRY.
Sophy says: We’ll never be sorry.
And may I just note how after that scene happens, this scene happens…
Sophy says: Quinn sees Rachel stand up to short-stuff and proceeds directly to conquer her own demon. She stands up to Sue Sylvester, who at this stage in the show’s history is far more frightening than any miniature choreographer could possibly be. But Quinn decides it’s the right thing to do – and if Rachel can be brave, maybe so can she.
Seriously, it’s amazing to look back and see how much paralleling went on way back in the earliest of days. Basically Rachel was making Quinn want to be a better man as far back as episode three season one.
Think about it.
Rin says: May you never stop noting, because these types of notes are always relevant and important to the cause.
It also allows us to have more baby-faced Cheerleader Quinn Fabray which you can never have too much of.
And I think maybe this was about the time when Quinn became much more interesting than when she first appeared. Still not on the omfgwhatilumarrymeneverleaveme levels of today, but it was a step in the right direction for sure. And yes. It’s also around about the time when Faberry started making it a habit to make each other want to be a better man.
Sophy says: I wasn’t flat-out omfgwhatilumarrymeneverleaveme with Quinn until season 3, but looking back I’m seeing all the ways I underrated her – all the ways in which large swaths of fandom still underrate her. One thing I learned rewatching season 1: it’s a myth that Quinn Fabray was ever a cardboard cut-out wanton mega-bitch.
I’m not saying she didn’t have her faults, but she was never Regina George, okay?
Most Retrospectively Ironic Moment
“They say it takes more certainty than talent to be a star. I mean, look at, um… look at John Stamos.”
Sophy says: OH BRITTANY’S DENTIST. You were totally Emma’s Jesse St James. I sort of wish she’d married you, to this day.
Rin says: Maybe he’s coming back… I mean, they ARE doing another Britney episode afterall. ONCE WAS ENOUGH. But if there’s more John Stamos, it might make it okay.
Especially if he’s riding motorcycles indoors again. Or something.
Sophy says: When you said one Britney episode was enough I read it as one Brittany episode was enough and I had this brief, horrifying moment of wanting to punch you in the face.
But as far as Britney goes, yes, I absolutely agree. You’re never going to top the first time, show – please don’t try.
Rophy Says No!
Mercedes and her rock.
Sophy says: This has got to be one of the lowest low-points of Glee. I mean. I was just face-palming the whole time whilst rewatching, and the fact that I’ve now bonded with Kurt and Mercedes and love them like my own children still wasn’t curbing it.
MERCEDES RANDOMLY DECIDING KURT IS CLEARLY STRAIGHT SLASH INTO HER ISN’T FUNNY RIDICULOUS IT’S JUST STUPID RIDICULOUS.
More to the point, Mercedes acting like Kurt has some ownership in that idiocy is just ugly stupid.
Her friend said liked another girl. So she threw a brick through his windshield.
And sang about it.
I will never.
Having said that, the screencaps of her holding the rock and Kurt watching her hold the rock? Pretty fucking adorable in spite of everything.
AND HELLO BRITTANY.
Rin says: LOL OH GOD. I almost wished this wasn’t here so it could remain in the land of, LET’S NEVER TALK ABOUT THIS AGAIN, MMMKAY? Cause, wow.
THE ROCK. AND. YOU’RE NOT EFFY. THE CAR IS NOT KATIE. SO LET’S NOT, OKAY?
And can we please note, how all of the cheerleaders (save Quinn. ) are in bikini tops and dancing all around Mercedes and touching themselves seductively etc. and I’ve never heard of someone accusing Mercedes of being gay. Or it being the most gay fantasy sequence Glee has ever done.
And yet when our girl Quinn has a similar fantasy number coming up (SPOILER ALERT!) it’s the gayest thing known to man. Probably because Quinn is gay.
It was cute when they referred back to all of this rubbish with Kurt in the s3 finale though. AT LEAST THEY ARE NOW AWARE OF HOW STUPID THEY WERE WITH THIS.
Sophy says: All you’re doing is making me wonder whether Mercedes is secretly gay.
You are not Homer Simpson, Will. Stop.
Sophy says: Seriously, I’m surprised I kept watching the show given how cringe-worthy this episode was. I mean, The Simpsons barely pulled this shit off. Glee should never have tried.
Also, I should mention that I really, really, really don’t care about Will’s dad. To the point where I’m not even going to discuss him beyond noting how disgustingly trite it was that his son inspired him via boyband, and how I hope we never see him or his wife again, not even for the wedding, thank you and goodnight.
Rin says: IT WAS AWESOME WHEN THE SIMPSONS DID IT. I LOVE THE B SHARPS. SHUTUP. BABY ON BOARD, HOW I ADORE. ETC.
But yes. LIKE. Why.
Pretty sure it was just a bad excuse to allow Matt Morrison to sing and dance. WHICH I’M NOT SAYING NO TO, but come on. We don’t need to see Ken Tanaka out of his gym shorts and bum bag.
Sophy says: Ken Tanaka’s bum bag was the best thing about this, to be honest.
Head In Hands
Sophy says: Can we just take a moment to absorb two things. One, let’s look at the difference in the way Quinn is looking at Rachel and the way Santana is looking at Rachel. AND SANTANA’S THE LESBIAN FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.
Now let’s observe the sweet, heartbreaking vulnerability in Rachel’s face as she looks at Quinn.
Oddly enough, her face kind of reminds me of Finn’s face when he was seeing awesome for the first time.
Rin says: SWEETIE, WE’RE A TEAM NOW.
LOL OH GOD. I bet Quinn has been wanting to call Rachel ‘sweetie’ for forever now, and finally saw an opportunity to do so. No matter how much she didn’t mean it. IT COUNTS.
And here begins Rachel’s obsession for Quinn’s approval. Sigh. So young. So in love. What.
ALSO, PREVIEW FOR NEXT SEASON, RIGHT HERE. IT’S HAPPENING PEOPLE. FABERRY…TANA.
PLEASE NOTE: NOT A THREEWAY. SANTANA IS NOT INVOLVED IN THE FABERRY SEX. SHE’S JUST A FRIEND. AN OUTSIDE, NO SEX, FRIEND.
Sophy says: You make it sound like she sleeps in a kennel.
Rin says: Bestiality. Not a fan.
“Who is Josh Groban KILL YOURSELF!“
Sophy says: We’re not saying we’re particularly invested in Josh Groban or anything, or that we condone pushing people to suicide because Faberry are the rightful heir to the throne or anything, but we fully appreciate the sentiment, Sandy.
Rin says: I don’t know.. I did like that You Raise Me Up song for a while. Not ashamed.
I’m all about the kill yourself sentiment when it comes to our loves.
Rophy says: It is our dream that someone will someday in conversation say “WHAT IS ROPHY KILL YOURSELF.”
Quinn Glory Shot
All those in favour of Quinn Fabray say ‘aye’.
Rin says: Always paralleling. Always mirroring. Always wearing pink.