New Directions – Somebody To Love
Rin says: Well…this is just. What can I really say?
This is one of my all-time favourite Glee performances, for sure. And not because of what I’m going to go crazy over in a few minutes. But this is one of those moments where early on you knew these bunch of kids were something special. This is the first time New Directions, as we know it today (mostly!), first performed together and showed themselves as a force to be reckoned with.
And they’re all wearing blue shirts with jeans and black ties and oh my god they are so adorable.
Somebody to Love.
It’s an epic song, truly one of the greats. I made sure to watch the original music vid to remind myself of how amazing Queen are, and I really do believe Glee did the song justice.
Sophy says: Do you know how much I love this performance? So much that when I think of blue, this is among the first things that pops into my head. (RED IS DON’T STOP BELIEVING, YELLOW IS WALKING ON SUNSHINE, GREEN IS I WISH I HAD A RIVER, BLACK AND WHITE IS CHRISTMAS, PINK IS FABERRY, ALWAYS.)
Look, there’s a reason why this is a favourite with fans and cast members alike and it’s not just because of what Rin’s going to go crazy over in a few minutes. This is the glory days of Glee: a great classic to sing, costumes that are as simple as when you get your mum to buy a coloured teeshirt at target for your sports carnival in primary school, and so much fucking heart it hurts.
And like Rin says, it’s really the first time the group came together – the first time they stood together as a team. Many friendships are still to be made, there’s still so much falling in love to do, so many ways to get lost, so many places to break through… but when it comes to this moment, on this stage, in front of the world, the kids are firmly on each other’s side for the very first time. That’s why Emma looks like she’s going to cry.
And let the record show how much we love this performance: we let it take out the gold over that incredible duet Lea and Kristin did. So.
Rin says: OMG The colour thing So true
And that’s the thing, with this being a favourite amongst the cast. You can really feel that, ya know? I remember reading that, I think, Jenna? saying how this was the first time they all really bonded as a whole. And when these kids are having fun together, that shines through more than anything. This cast is amazing, their spirit is amazing, and that’s why this performance is a stand-out.
WHAT? Stopping at one gif? Have I grown as a human being?!?!
Sophy says: WHAT? STOP GROWING! I’M OUTRAGED.
“Oh Bambi, I cried so hard when those hunters shot your mommy.”
Sophy says: AHAHAHAHAAHAHA OH GOD HIS FACE. AND HER FACE. AND THE WAY HE SAYS IT. AND I JUST.
Rin says: I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that he’s wearing a business suit and looks like an old drunkard.
AND AW. Aren’t we all just missing Chris’ old hair? BABEH.
Sophy says: Someday Rin will have to have this talk with me…
Really though, I found this very relateable, at my advanced age. Trying to pretend you’re still a teenager just isn’t healthy and turns you into a bitter, orange-skinned alcoholic in a pink cowgirl outfit? And yet, I am still busy earning my fringes.
The thing about April is that she was just plain fantastic, and she should have stayed right here. She made a great guest star, but her connection to Will was too tenuous to warrant a recurring role. Idina Menzel? Sure, she can come back as much as she likes, on account of how she’s Rachel’s biological mother. But whenever they brought April back after this episode it always felt forced to me, like they wanted Kristin back, and it didn’t matter how they did it. But let’s stick to her first outing, which I’ll admit was terrific. I also loved that Will actually handled this with some sensitivity, though it did serve to hammer home to me just how poorly he treats Rachel by comparison, but I’ll shut up about that. For a couple of paragraphs.
Rin says: When I was rewatching this scene, I almost got a little teary when April was talking about how Will would never let what happened to her, happen to one of his kids. I JUST. YES. So maybe they overlook that from time to time, but I am in love with the idea of it all. That he’s the protector. And I think that’s why I’ve never fully been able to hate Will and everything that he stands for. Because I’ve always thought his intentions and heart were in the right place, … he’s just a douche bag sometimes!
Sophy says: Well, you’re better at compartmentalizing than I am. And also generally a less angry person.
Most Retrospectively Ironic Moment
“Can we please talk about the giant elephant in the room?”
Sophy says: LOL. WORRY ABOUT YOUR OWN GAY ELEPHANT, SANTANA.
I want a gay elephant. To go with my rage elephant.
GAY GAY GAY.
Also Rachel does this thing a lot in season one where she stands with her feet together and her shoulders slumped and it’s just all kinds of ridiculously adorable.
Rin says: Oh closet-Santana. We’re going to have so much fun with you.
Rophy Says No!
We don’t care how many babies you have to provide for, this is not okay.
Sophy says: I cannot fucking deal with how wrong this was. Looking back, Rachel actually got treated a lot worse than I remembered, and not by the people whose names get frequently paired with the word ‘bully’. Nothing Quinn or Santana ever did to Rachel compares with this. It’s like, off the cruelty charts. And no, it’s not an excuse that Finn’s girlfriend is having a baby. Rachel is not some kind of appliance that exists to be used by Finn in order to get ahead. She’s a person.
But as painful as this was to watch, it does prove that the whole wedding debacle in season 3 didn’t come out of nowhere. You guys, Rachel may know she’s a star, but she has never had any self esteem when it comes to relationships. A girl with healthy self esteem would cease pining after a guy when he did something like this to her. And the sad thing is… Rachel knows that. That’s why she pretends to stop pining at the end of this episode. She says all the right things – like that he’s not going to get his way – that he should have been honest with her – that her dreams are bigger than him… but ultimately it’s all a smoke-screen. Ultimately she’ll go back to Glee, overlook the lies, and in a few years’ time she’ll be telling him how she doesn’t need Broadway, she just needs him.
Rachel put Finn on a pedestal in the pilot, and nothing has ever been able to knock him off it.
She put Quinn on a pedestal too. And their story has been all about getting her off it.
Look, I know I go to that Faberry place about as easily as most people go to sleep when they’ve been drugged, but I do have a point here. It’s interesting to me how far Rachel’s been able to progress in terms of her relationship with Quinn, compared with how stagnant she’s been in her relationship with Finn. Finn is still the jock, whether he plays football or not. He’s still the ideal, no matter how frequently and patently he’s been revealed not to be the ideal. The thing is that Rachel is so concerned with loving Finn that she doesn’t actually see Finn. The thing is that she does see Quinn – she sees right through to the quick of her – to the point where she is a means by which Quinn finally began to see herself, perhaps for the first time in her life.
For three seasons Finn has been the one that Rachel wants – ooh ooh ooh, honey. But over three seasons Quinn has become “so much more” to her than the “Cheerleader Quinn Fabray”.
I think that’s why Faberry is so important to me. It moves.
Meanwhile I love how Finn was all “That’s Rachel’s part Mr Schue D:” when Will gave April the lead on Don’t Stop Believin’ whereas he didn’t bat an eyelid at Quinn being given the part when Rachel was still in the club. I could say it’s poor writing, but I’d buy that continuity is just too big for Finn’s brain.
Rin says: Since when did the Rophy Says No section become one of my favourite parts of the recap? Oh yeh, since you started turning everything into Faberry.
But you have a point.
Finn always stood for something else for Rachel, right from the start he was the hot male lead, who maybe had the decency to act like a human being towards Rachel. But then there’s things like this, and in episode five, where Finn abuses Rachel’s trust and takes advantage of her feelings for him. That’s pretty asshole-ish you guys. And meanwhile when she confronts him about it, and she’s all ‘I thought you liked me!’ he replies by saying he does like her. Which. WRONG ON SO MANY LEVELS. Even if that’s true, which it kind of is, FINN, you can’t go around liking Rachel, whilst also trying to use the excuse of ‘doing the right thing by Quinn and your ~child’ at the same time.
And let’s just go ahead and throw in an extra No in regards to Kurt’s outfit right here.
Go fuck yourself, Mercedes.
Sophy says: Seriously. SERIOUSLY. Okay. There’s the obvious fuckery of Mercedes being the biggest diva on the planet in the pilot and then turning around and judging Rachel for her ambition. And then there’s the fact that I don’t know where any of these kids get off looking down on Rachel, actually. It’s like Rachel started from behind with the whole group, and it’s been all about proving herself, over and over, and no matter how many times she does prove the hell out of herself, all it takes is for her to fail to please for her to be everybody’s whipping boy again. There is no neutral for her.
Rachel gave the Glee club more than any of the other kids did. She has fought way harder for it than any of them did. She loved it more. And the Glee club turned around and treated her like shit. I’m not saying it’s the kids’ fault that Will decided to single Rachel out for punishment and take away parts that are rightfully hers to give them to people who can’t actually sing them, just because. But it’s their fault that they’re acting like she should put up with it.
That’s the crux of the problem with the way Rachel is treated in season one. Everyone acts like she should put up with things. And it really rubs me the wrong way.
I’m not saying the kids can’t feel a little hurt that Rachel left them. But it’s like their feelings all get to be real and important and worthy of being aired… and Rachel’s don’t. She’s the one who has to bend to their perspective in order to be accepted, to the point where we end up in this ludicrous situation where Rachel is coming crawling back to two men who get to look on with condescending approval despite the fact that they’re the ones who were actually in the wrong.
It’s just INFURIATING.
And seriously, regardless of how she feels about Rachel’s choices, does Mercedes really need to be such a bitch? Rachel couldn’t have entered the room with a more gentle, constructive spirit. There was no need to be so aggressive with her.
Rin says: WELL. To be fair, Quinn was just as much of a bitch. All of them were kind of assholes for trying to stick it to Rachel, except for Finn. Then again, he was probably feeling guilty for BLATANTLY USING HER FEELINGS FOR HIM AS A MEANS TO GET HIS WAY.
“I realized being a star didn’t make me feel as special as being your friend.”
Oh Rachel. RACHEL RACHEL RACHEL. I adore that they managed to keep this as a running theme with her.
“I’m looking forward to being friends with all of you for the rest of my life.”
“But when I look back on my high school career the one thing, the one accomplishment that I’m gonna be so proud of is that I found a way to be your friend.”
I’m kind of excited to see what Rachel’s going to be like in season 4. I’m really hoping she doesn’t make friends right off the bat, cause that would feel very off for me.
Sophy says: Yeah. Me too.
Quinn was a little hostile with her “You don’t know the choreography” remark, but she was still within the realms of passive aggressive. Mercedes was just outright aggressive. She wasn’t talking about any possible practical difficulty in Rachel joining them, she was just openly passing judgment on Rachel as a person. And even if you feel that’s pedantic and they were both jerks in that moment… the issue is that Quinn is meant to be a jerk to Rachel at this point. The whole point of her is being a jerk to Rachel – and being pregnant. Whereas Mercedes is supposed to be one of the good guys. That’s why it pisses me off more that she’s a jerk to Rachel here – because I’m pretty sure that means we’re meant to agree on some level.
AND I DON’T AGREE. I JUST FUCKING DO NOT FUCKING AGREE.
Honestly, you make a really good point – the being your friend line is beautiful in and of itself and connects beautifully to those later lines. But… the basis for it is all screwy. If any of these kids had shown any interest in being Rachel’s friend, maybe I’d be okay with it. But they haven’t. None of them has given a crap about Rachel so far, but she has to pretend like they have so she can learn a lesson and prove herself and prove Will and Finn right even though they’re wrong.
Head In Hands
Sophy says: She is so cute. I just. How.
Rin says: I really really really miss her forehead.
And her animal sweaters.
Kurt/April for the win.
Rin says: I’m sure there’s fanfiction available.
Sophy says: WRITTEN BY TWIMOMS?
Now I’m just picturing Chris Colfer as a gay Edward Cullen. It sort of works, actually.
Always, always, always… kiss your bowling ball.
Rin says: DO I HAVE TO PUT MY FINGERS IN THE HOLES???
Sophy says: I’m willing to bet Quinn was lurking somewhere when Finn mentioned that pink was Rachel’s favourite colour. She filed it away. For future reference.
Quinn Glory Shot
Cowgirl Quinn Fabray.
Rin says: Definitely one of my favourite Quinns. (THEY’RE ALL MY FAVOURITE QUINNS)
And I don’t think any of us will ever rest easy until Dianna stars in a Western.
Sophy says: BOOTSCOOTING BABY DRIVING ME CRAZY.
Rin says: MY OBSESSION FROM A WESTERN, MY DANCE FLOOR DATE!
Sophy says: AND THE WHOLE WORLD LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER.