Emma – I Could Have Danced All Night
Sophy says: Oh man. Remember these days, you guys? When the Wemma was soft and sweet, and all you wanted was for Will to run down a darkened corridor to the strains of My Life Would Suck Without You, and kiss Emma like she was the only one in the world for him?
What’s that? You don’t? You never really liked Wemma anyway? They were always kind of just ~there, for you?
OKAY FINE, THE QUEUE TO GO FUCK YOURSELF IS FORMING TO THE LEFT.
Seriously though, everyone in the world loved this just a little bit didn’t they? It was so adorable, and I’m pretty sure it’s also the first time we heard Jayma sing. And she was perfect. They were both perfect. And why couldn’t we have had some of this action all up in the Finchel wedding preparations? RACHEL COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT WITH QUINN AND STILL HAVE BEGGED FOR MORE, JUST SAYING.
And although this was the clear winner for this episode, we did also love Bust A Move, even if it was probably the most inappropriate song Will could have sung to a group of high school students, but whatever. And check out this random adorableness, you guys:
Rin says: Oh my god, Emma.
This was so gorgeous and adorable and tugs at my heart for all the ways in which old Glee will always be really special to me. And everyone just seems so young and full of joy and Rofl, fuck, now I’m just seeing Quinn done up in a dress shirt with a tie, dancing around the room with Rachel. It’s definitely the best scenario I’ve ever seen play out in my head. Especially the part where we get a close-up of their face as they’re twirling and singing. Best.
Also, I’m just going to come out and say it. I’ve always loved Will’s rapping, I DON’T EVEN CARE. I find it hilariously tragic and awesome at the same time. I love Matt Morrison, and I love that he gets to be ridiculous like this, and break dance and all of that. So yeah, I loved Bust A Move. AND HOW CAN YOU NOT WHEN HE PICKS UP A RELUCTANT QUINN AND FORCES HER TO JOIN IN AND DANCE AND ENJOY HERSELF? Especially because Will knows about the pregnancy, and wants her to enjoy however much of her youth she has left. Plus, he spins her, which is just… ANYONE WHO SPINS QUINN IS ALRIGHT IN MY BOOKS. And smooshing her cheeks. THE BABY FACED QUINN FABRAY CHEEKS. AHHHHH. Oh Glee.
And yeah, whilst I absolutely adore that little Will/Quinn moment, I have to say the highlight of the performance was this little bit here:
“You sunk it hard.”
Sophy says: Jane Lynch was on fire in this episode. I sort of want to dress up as Swing!Sue for Halloween. Or just for Christmas. That could work too.
Rin says: AHHHH, well back then Jane Lynch was pretty much permanently on fire, like some kind of weird circus trick. I was always floored by the things that would come out her mouth, but these moments were definitely some of the classics. WHEN SHE MAKES THE EXPLOSION SOUND WHILST PLAYING BATTLESHIP. I DIED. And the fact that they’re even playing battleship at all, so absurd, so best.
AND JANE LYNCH IN A ZOOT SUIT IS NEVER NOT GOING TO BE CELEBRATED.
“I want everything too much.”
Sophy says: This was a no-brainer. This scene is one of the most classic Rachel scenes of all time, containing one of the most classic Rachel lines of all time, namely “I want everything too much.” Really, that right there is the key to everything Rachel is. She. Wants. It’s why she’s going to be a star. And it’s also why she’s always going to have difficulty negotiating romantic relationships. Everything about Rachel is overdrive, and nine out of ten people are going to find that exhausting – intimidating – overwhelming. It’s nice to feel wanted. It’s a little terrifying to feel wanted the way Rachel Berry wants.
What I love so much about this scene is how naked Rachel is – emotionally, lol. Puck was a really interesting foil for her, precisely because he’s so guarded. Almost nothing he says in this scene is honest, almost everything is designed to drive her away. Rachel, in contrast, is an open book. And given how knotted up she got in season three, denialling the hell out of everything to hold onto her relationship with Finn – to cleave unto childish things… it’s kind of interesting to see how much insight Rachel has about herself here.
Because she hits the nail on the head when she says she wants everything too much. Not just Finn, you guys. Everything. Early on Rachel recognized her fierce devotion to Finn as a product of her own personality, rather than a sure sign of True Love. And I do think Finn is special to Rachel, and I think he always will be. But he’s special first and foremost because she chose him to be, and once Rachel has chosen you, you can’t be anything other than special.
And right now she wants to make Puck special. Maybe not as her boyfriend, because that position is already filled – the want-clock has been started and cannot be stopped. But as a friend. As someone she can relate to. I find it adorable how Rachel tries to reach out to Puck in this scene and find companionship in him. And he’s just not having a bar of it, because he has too many secrets, and wanting Quinn to want him the way Rachel wants everything? That isn’t the half of it.
Oh yeah, and Rachel sees Puck watching Quinn while she watches Finn? LOOKS LIKE SHE’S EASILY DISTRACTED.
Rin says: Wow. Flashbacks to this Rachel is like being a willing participant to having acid thrown into your eyes. IT JUST HURTS. Why oh why has this Rachel disappeared from our lives? I adore this scene to pieces, because like Sophy said, “I want everything too much,” is pretty much what Rachel’s character is built upon. Everything she is, stems from that single confession.
And you know what I love about what this brief, yet very satisfying, foray of Puckleberry brought about? The parallels. Puck wants Quinn, and is jealous of Finn because he’s with her. But in a way, he also wants to be Finn. Puck’s the ‘bad boy’ and he probably wouldn’t trade that for anything in the world, but he still wants to be liked. And Finn has that.. everyone likes Finn, HOLD YOUR HORSES, everyone at McKinley likes Finn. He’s ‘THE GUY’ you know? And Puck would just love to have that. And this is one of those rare insights we get into Puck, and unfortunately we don’t get many of them. But yeah, it’s very much in his character to want to feel worthy, when everything else in his life makes him feel worthless.
And god, I’ve never really even thought about Puck that much, but now I’m starting to really want a whole lot more Puck in my life.
So yes. Puck would love to be Finn, or at least wants to be the idea of Finn. And on the flip side? Rachel wants to be Quinn. We don’t really need to talk about that though, because THAT topic has a well-documented history.
AND HAHAHAH. RACHEL. SERIOUSLY. You might want to look into why whenever you’re looking/thinking/talking about Finn, you tend to focus on Quinn 200% more than Finn. Just in this conversation she talks about Quinn more than Finn. HI, I’M RACHEL BERRY, I OPEN MY MOUTH AND OUT FALLS A QUINN!
And ahhaha Sophy, I love how practically everything you said was laced with Faberry undertones.
Nine out of ten people, you guys. Nine out of ten.
Sophy says: ………………….
Faberry is just like that french fairytale where the girl is like, super nice to this old crone, and so she makes diamonds and pearls fall out of her mouth whenever she talks.
Schmiamonds and schmearls.
RACHEL GETS QUINNS.
Most Retrospectively Ironic Moment
Rachel and Puck are Jewish and amazing.
Sophy says: YOU GUYS THEY WERE SO JEWISH. AND SO AMAZING.
Really, Rachel appearing at Puck’s window in the white nightie with the star of David round her neck will never not make me die of lols. And “We’re a couple of good-looking Jews. It’s natural.” JUST.
I’m a Faberry shipper, always, at the expense of anything and everything… but I really did love Puckleberry back in the day, long before I’d tuned into the amazingness of Faberry, and I remember being extremely surprised the writers canned the relationship. I’m not saying the two of them were ever going to be endgame, but they could have kept it going for more than one glorious episode. Lea and Mark had bags of chemistry and on top of that the characters had chemistry. By which I don’t mean that they were any better suited to one another than Rachel and Finn – almost certainly less so – but they were definitely more entertaining to me, such that even at this stage, only eight episodes into the show, this whole development felt like a breath of fresh air. And this was back when Finchel were actually kind of adorable and only intermittently extremely problematic.
Puck/Rachel was funny. Really funny. And actually rather sweet. I mean…
“Have you seen my guns?”
“Your arms are lovely.”
CUTEST. AND SHE’S ROLLING HIS SLEEVE DOWN.
And I mean, I could watch half an episode of them walking down halls like this alone:
Rin says: This is easily one of the better things Glee has done.
“It was more than a dream– it was a message from god. Rachel was a hot jew, and the good lord wanted me to get into her pants.”
I adore Puckleberry, and really wish they had explored it further outside of this episode. Further cheating-kissage doesn’t count you guys. They have a really interesting dynamic and their lives are more intertwined than you’d originally think. I would have loved to have seen a Rachel/Puck scene during the whole Puck/Shelby thing. I find it hard to believe that Rachel wouldn’t have confronted Puck about it, and called him out on how gross and wrong it was. First, Puck sleeps with Quinn, gets her pregnant. Then he and Rachel have a thing. Then Puck sleeps with Shelby, who is Rachel’s BIOLOGICAL mother, and Beth’s mother. I JUST. It’s gross, okay? But it could have been a really great thing to see unfold, rather than them sweeping it under the rug where most of Glee’s unfinished stories go to die.
And I love the scene where Rachel cleans Puck up. It’s so sweet. And pink.
Rophy says: It’s also kind of ironic how even at their least gay, Faberry are still, well… Faberry.
Rophy Says No!
Sophy says: This was just… brutal. And I’d be saying that even if it wasn’t my DARLING QUINN. AND BABY QUINN. WITH HER BABY FACE. AND HER LITTLE FEET IN HER LITTLE SNEAKERS. OH GOD.
What I loved – IN THE VOMITTY STOMACH ACHEY NOOOOOO WAY – about this scene was how subtle it was. Jane Lynch, certainly at this point, was the show’s number one source of bizarre and over the top. But they didn’t mine her for that here. They let her be straight-forward and real in the way she dismissed Quinn from the Cheerios and that made it all the more shocking and hurtful. We felt how Quinn felt – how Sue felt too, actually. As though we’d just been yanked down to earth with an almighty thud. Some realities are harsh and Sue will be just as harsh as them. And then the real kicker is the group of girls giggling past Quinn in their red and white just after Sue has delivered the news, to hammer home what Quinn has lost: status, fun, belonging, and more than anything else, her innocence.
Her MO since she found out she was pregnant has been a very typical one for teenagers: to simply pretend everything is going to be able to go on as usual. As long as it’s not happening now, it’s not happening at all. Well she’s just been cut off from that denial life line. And it hurts to see her standing there, all of a sudden, all alone.
Rin says: I really miss Skivvy Cheerio Quinn. WITH HER BABY FACE. AND HER LITTLE FEET IN HER LITTLE SNEAKERS. OH GOD.
This is actually kind of disgusting from Sue. I know Sue is 80% of the time not to be taken seriously, but here she was being seriously harsh in the way she kicked Quinn off the Cheerios.
I don’t think the thing that Quinn immediately tears up over is being thrown off the squad. It’s probably the way Sue, out in the open, calls Quinn a ‘disgrace’.
I MEAN, WOW. HARSH. Here’s a 16 year old girl, who is pregnant and afraid of losing everything, and her mentor — the one who has treasured her above all others, comes right out and disowns her in a blink of an eye. And she knows it’s only a taste of things to come, that most people in school will be just as cruel, but most of all this was a look into what possibly might happen when her parents find out.
Sophy says: What are you talking about Rin, it wasn’t that harsh. Quinn only had rich white girl problems, didn’t you know? SHE COULDN’T POSSIBLY UNDERSTAND LONELINESS OR DESPAIR?
PS. It’s a testament to the crazy excellence of this episode that we had to resort to something that hurt rather than something that made us angry for our No.
Head In Hands
Kurt slushies himself.
Sophy says: MAGNIFICENT. JUST. FUCKING. MAGNIFICENT.
His face. And his raincoat. And the girls rushing him off to the ladies’.
Rin says: All of them walking around school in raincoats was incredible.
Someday we shall reenact this. Frame for frame.
Sophy says: After the next Rophystock, expect a very special video.
Rin says: My absolute favourite is when Sue is clinging onto Will’s back and being dragged along.
That’ll be me on Sophy’s back, except my feet would be dangling a centimetre off the floor.
Quinn Glory Shot
Out of uniform!
Sophy says: ANNNND this is the first time we’ve seen Quinn out of uniform! (Costumes don’t count.) This is the first of many adorably demure little dresses and cardigans, and we shall glory in them all.
Also I just adore how she is sitting slightly apart from the others. Her little feet. HER LITTLE FEET.
HER LITTLE FACE.
HER LITTLE EVERYTHING.
Rin says: STILL ONE OF MY FAVOURITE QUINN-FITS, SHE WEARS BLUE SO FUCKING WELL YOU GUYS.
HER HAIR. HER LITTLE SHOES.
HER LITTLE STOOL.
HER LITTLE SAD SLUSHY.
HER LITTLE LEFT-OUT FEELINGS.