Blaine and Rachel – One Hand, One Heart
Sophy says: Yeah, Lea and Darren are particularly combustible together as performers. This is a fact we all know, and it is one of the many reasons why Artie’s whole spiel about the two of them lacking passion was so ridiculous. I loved that you were left at the end of the episodes thinking “Seriously? ‘Blah blah blah America’? That’s all we get?” and then Oh wait. The flashback is here to show us what we all knew – Artie is a fool, Blaine and Rachel are fabulous, and there is absolutely no reason why a virgin can’t knock sexual awakening out of the park.
And Lea’s voice when she hit that note? You know the one. It was like… clouds bursting into pretty soft silver rain. Honestly.
I think I know why Mercedes flounced the musical. No way she was ever going to be able to pull this shit off.
Rin says: Lea’s voice in this song. WOW.
And I think this is exactly why Lea is my favourite singer on the show. She yet again caught me off guard with her voice and the places she can go with it. I can’t recall a previous song where she’s sounded like this, so much so that I almost can’t hear the Lea in it. I don’t know if that makes much sense.. but that’s what I’m going with.
I’ve rewatched this particular scene a few times and I’ve decided I’m pretty pleased with how they handled Kurt, Blaine and Rachel’s first time. It was subdued and sweet and not over the top, which is unlike Glee! So yeah. Happy.
Sophy says: I thought the montage was so lovely. Classy, simple and sweet. And I loved that you had the straight couple and the gay couple and they were treated exactly the same.
“They’re for you…”
“I’m not sick??!!”
Sophy says: BIESTE YOU ARE THE CUTEST I CAN’T. That’s a direct quote from my notes at this moment.
Rin says: I loved Bieste SO MUCH throughout this episode. She’s a complete sweetheart. Apart from all those other times she was clueless, I particularly liked when the scout said that he asked her to Applebee’s but she said she didn’t like fancy restaurants. Srsly. LOL.
Sophy says: OH LOOK AT YOU BEING ALL ‘I UNDERSTAND HOW AMERICA WORKS’.
Truth in advertising.
Sophy says: ONE WORD? GLORY?
Rin says: PUT A BERRY ON TOP!
“Come here. Give me your hand. Hold it to your heart.”
“Just like the song?”
“Like the song.”
Sophy says: BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL. Can I just say that Darren Criss is a wonderful actor? And I’m not a stan. I’d never seen his Harry Potter thingy, and besides, I’m always too busy stanning for Lea Michele when it comes to Glee, so. My completely unbiased opinion is that the kid has serious talent, both in terms of the musical numbers and the straight acting. Um.
AND THE GAY ACTING
He and Chris have such a wonderfully easy physicality together and a complete sincerity when they say the sappiest things. It just works.
And the writing for this scene was really lovely, too. The way they had Blaine bring Kurt into the song even if he’s not performing it with him – because regardless of who else he’s singing and dancing with, Kurt is his one hand, one heart. And the whole idea that Kurt tried to be his “gay bar superstar” but couldn’t because try as he might he’s still a “silly romantic”. And “It’s not silly.” Because it’s really not. It’s actually rather brilliant in that it subverts the stereotype not just of the young gay male as being necessarily highly sexualized, but of the young flamboyantly gay male as being necessarily highly sexualized. Because what you find with a lot of people is that there’s this kind of subconscious equating of dressing gay with dressing slutty. I think the fact that gay person’s sexuality can make them stand out in a crowd tricks people into thinking it is somehow a bigger or more fundamental part of who they are than a straight person’s sexuality is. But I don’t think that’s the case at all – and really, why would it be? At the end of the day sexuality isn’t all about sex for most teenagers, whatever way they swing, and that’s why Kurt is really not what a lot of people, including that smarmy douchebag from Dalton, would expect him to be. And that’s why it doesn’t matter that Rachel and Blaine are virgins; they still understand sexual awakening just fine, thank you very much.
So I loved this scene on a broader level, as well as loving it on a Kurt/Blaine level. Because really, those two have been nicely developed by Glee standards, and the conflict and its resolution in this episode were deftly handled – Blaine’s transgression was painful to watch, his apology truly meant. And you could feel how heavy things have gotten for them when Kurt said he was proud to be with him, and Blaine, all strangled throat and gleaming eyes, said “I hope so. I want you to be.”
It’s not puppy love anymore, you guys. It’s enormous wolfhound love.
I also thought the corresponding Rachel/Finn scene that followed was nicely done. Except that I’m a bit twitchy at the whole ‘I don’t have big dreams like you’ angle. Are you trying to muscle in on Faberry’s plotline, Finn? ARE YOU??
I’ll be watching closely.
Rin says: lol. You’re my favourite Faberry fan. Period.
I’m not sure where to mention this, but this seems to be the most relevant place. Earlier when they were about to do the sex, Finn tells Rachel if she’s sure/ready and that he’s “been saving up for us to go to a hotel – somewhere nice like a Marriott.” I thought that was kind of adorable of him (it was a total Beiste/Applebee’s moment too with the Marriott)– because he wanted it to be special, and not just for himself but more so for Rachel. I don’t know.. I’ve been feeling sorry for Finn for a while now because he’s become like the Freddie of the Glee fandom. Except worse, because the writers are using him as the punching bag, not just fandom. And Rachel and Finn may not be THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL TIME but they obviously care for each other, and that matters. They’re the kind of high school sweethearts that will part their ways on good terms — happy that they were a part of each other’s lives and wanting the best for each other.
So yes, Finn will be there at the Faberry wedding giving his full support.
Sophy says: HE’LL BE THE FLOWER GIRL. And yes, I am with you, 100%. I mean, on the one hand, you have the fact that Finn, you know, accidentally feeds Rachel meat because he knows her so well, and the fact that she actually, honestly, really did want the sex for her performance rather than for the Finchel of it all… that sort of thing points to ‘Not the love of your life’. But on the other hand, does that mean they’re the most sick, demented, despicable thing TV has ever thrown at us? No. That was Cuddy in a schoolgirl outfit!
I’m not the biggest Finchel shipper around, but I did enjoy their scenes in this episode. And I thought it was super adorable that even after Rachel had been so hurtful to him, and even after he’d had, like, the worst, most dream-crushing day ever, Finn still went to watch her perform – and got her flowers. Fundamentally, he’s a good guy. Aint nobody going to tell me otherwise.
Rin says: Yes. The fact that he still went to the performance after receiving the bad news.. and the fact that he’s still in awe of Rachel, which.. ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY, but it’s still nice to see it.
AND OMG THE KLAINE. This scene between Kurt and Blaine brought it home for me, because it was the perfect resolution. There were no bells/whistles, no grand gestures. Just an honest, heartfelt apology, nothing less and nothing more.
In my opinion these two have the truest love of all the ships, and I’m not even a big Klaine shipper. They have the chemistry and the story was built from the ground up, as in foundation first and then piece by piece. As much as I wanted to punch (multiple times) Sebastian in his smarmy face , I quite liked what they did with Blaine as he strayed a little. It made a huge amount of sense as Sebastian came in at the very moment Blaine was feeling insecure, and even though you could see all the wrong unfold before your eyes, you could also see how easily it led to drunken dancing.
And oh Kurt. You being a silly romantic is the best thing about you. Never change.
Best ‘Brittany is random’ Moment
Rachel spins too, you guys.
Rin says: So fated, I can’t.
Sophy says: I’m trying to stare whilst also spinning. It’s difficult.
Rophy Says No!
Seriously, just, what the absolute effing hell?
Sophy says: HE JUST CRAWLED INTO MY TENT? ALIEN INVASION? WHY WHY WHY?
Last week we learned that Brittany needs help not getting E. coli. This week we learn that Brittany needs help not getting raped.
Rin says: Sometimes I’m completely baffled. ARE THERE NO LINES??! THE LINE IS A DOT TO YOU???
We will never surrender. Brb fighting on beaches/in trenches.
Sophy says: I will never be okay with the Troubletones being okay. I don’t even think Santana should be in the musical. It was a Glee Club initiative funded by the Glee Club. She shouldn’t be able to just wantonly betray them (again!) and still be one of the gang (again!)
And Mercedes can smile in the audience all she likes. She’s still a dumb bitch.
There I said it.
(And I’ll say it again.)
Rin says: YES. Seriously. Why does she get to partake in the joy? YOU MADE YOUR DECISION TO WALK OUT ON THE SHOW. You weren’t EVEN RIGHT FOR MARIA. And yet???
Also, I want to say a big NO to Artie and his talk with Rachel and Blaine about how could they expect to portray their characters accurately as virgins. Like. What. So stupid. I raged.
Sophy says: Yes, I agree. I would say a bigger no to that, except that I feel like the show kind of already did. Still it was a bit ridic how he just started basically peer pressuring Rachel and Blaine into sex and the teachers bailed because that’s what teachers do when students are being peer pressured into sex? And how he managed to put 2 and eleventy million together and know that Bieste was a virgin. Like.
Head In Hands
He’s dancing. By himself. In Kurt’s room.
Sophy says: OH MY GOD THIS WAS SO CUTE. I WAS JUST. How does Blaine make second-hand embarrassment such a warm, fuzzy experience? It’s quite a knack.
And I have to give props to the writers again here for their wonderful dialogue. I mean. “That’s why they invented masturbation” was just hilarious and adorable and curiously refreshing. And “Because of the layers?” “Because of the layers.”Sweetest.
Rin says: I know. I have no idea how he pulled off the dancing. It should be incredibly awkward and ‘wtf why Blaine why?’ but it’s not. It feels natural and believable as something that Blaine would totally do.
AND LAYERS FOREVER. Adorbs.
She’s like three feet tall!
Sophy says: How cute is this? I actually squealed out loud when the camera panned down to her little feet.
Rin says: So so cute. Oh my little Rachel-bear <3
On another note, I’m fully expecting a gif of this moment followed by Quinn looking on rather forlornly and/or with disgust. It’s just what Tumblr would do.
Sophy says: So Quinn wants Rachel to wait. Interesting.
LOOK AT HER, SMIRKING TO HERSELF.
Rin says: I don’t know how she could make herself anymore obvious.
And oh my god Rachel you can’t just look at her like that when she’s telling you to wait. All hopeful and breath taken. Jesus.
ALSO LOOK AT HER DRESS. IT HAS BUTTERFLIES ALL OVER IT. Precious.
Sophy says: She’s an angelic?
WHAT, YOU KNOW SHE WOULD BE.
Bossing people around sounds like us.
Sophy says: Yeah, don’t get used to it Artie.
Rin says: I guess The First Time is as good a time as any for this to happen.
Quinn Glory Shot
The less scenes you give us, Glee, the more caps we’re gonna make.
Sophy says: Omg she is so channeling Betty Draper in that second cap. Amazing.
Rin says: She was so amazing styled like that. And also she somehow managed to upstage the dancers of the group in that performance. I also didn’t expect her to be in the musical, but I guess once Rachel got the part of Maria she didn’t exactly have a choice.
Also. Heather Blockorris much?
Sophy says: GO BACK TO YOUR OWN GAY, BRITTANY.
She told you to wait, bitch.