Finn – Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Rin says: The main reason this wins? Santana. And Naya’s face. And the thanking. And the hug.
Cause christ it was a sweet moment between the two of them. And what I really loved about it was the intimacy of Finn sitting right in front of Santana and singing it directly to her. Making it pretty hard for Santana to wriggle herself out of this one. The song obviously struck a chord with Santana, and honestly, I felt a bit teary over it. Cause it’s nice, it really is, that Santana was finally able to feel comfortable with herself amongst her friends, in a completely open and vulnerable way. This was ‘Songbird’ Santana, except with a room full of people.
I’m not that opposed to this slowed down arrangement of the Cyndi Lauper classic. At first I didn’t even recognise the song! And I was also a bit off-put by Cory singing a great deal lower than what he usually does, but all in all, I’m a fan of it now that I’ve heard it a few times. And it just.. NAYA’S FACE?!?!
Sophy says: Yes, Naya’s face is definitely the best song in this episode.
I have to admit, I am kind of choosing this song by default, because 1) I say no to Pink 2) I say no to Puck/Shelby serenades 3) Joelene belongs elsewhere in this recap 4) I’ve never been fond of the song ‘Constant Craving’ (AND ALSO I SAY NO TO PUCK/SHELBY SERENADES). So. What’s left?
Oh right. I Kissed A Girl.
More on that later.
Anyway. I’ve always liked this song, and it was cool that they chose to do the slow version that has such a different vibe from the original. It was interesting to hear Cory sing in a much lower register and with such gentleness and restraint, and the soft harmonies coming in at the end there from the rest of the guys were just gorgeous. And they kind of reminded me of Life Support from RENT. AND IT WAS JUST SO EMOTIONAL, YOU GUYS.
BECAUSE NAYA’S FACE???
I mean, yes, the whole Finn/Santana thing was laid on as thick and as sweet as an icecream sandwich made for a greedy giant, but it’s Glee, you know? Do not expect subtlety. You will be disappointed.
And yes, I’m aware that a lot of people are disappointed with the episode in general, but this time I’m just not feeling the lack of love. This episode left me with a smile on my face, because it was all about the kids loving each other and sticking up for each other, and keeping on keeping on against all odds – and that’s what I watch Glee for. That and lols. Which.
More on that later.
I was quite anxious as to how the fallout from the Finn/Santana drama would be handled, but overall, as Glee goes, I’m quite pleased with it. I’m not going to deny that I would have liked to see Finn apologise for his part in what happened, but the trouble is that if he had, I would absolutely have needed Santana to make a reciprocal apology for being so cruel to him. And the trouble with that is that it might have started to look like his foolishness and her bullying were linked in some insidious way – like the show was trying to say ‘Outing is good for teaching mean gay people a lesson’ or something vile like that. But the show was smarter than that and I for one was pleasantly surprised. Because Santana doesn’t learn a lesson from the wrong and undeserved experience of being outed against her will. She does learns a lesson from the love and support she receives from her friends in the midst of that crisis.
Yeah, Finn never apologized for his mistake. Yeah, Santana never apologized for her, um, “apology,” or for the slap. But what they both did do was show an awareness of each others’ needs, and at the end of the day, that is so much more important than the words “I’m sorry”.
Finn knew that Santana needed to feel accepted and loved, even if she couldn’t quite admit that herself. And Santana knew that Finn – everyone, actually – needed her to show a little bit less of Snicks and a little bit more of herself to them. And you know, even then, neither of them was perfect about it. Finn was manipulative in getting her into the choir room, downright cruel in subjecting her to Kurt and Blaine’s Pink song, and a little free and easy with his ‘tender’ faces whilst singing. Santana still made her jabs at people, she still struggled with taking responsibility for her actions – but she came through when it counted. She tried. And she let other people see her trying. And that’s a huge step for someone as angry and insecure as she is.
The wonderful thing about this song, or rather this scene, is the way these two are getting each other. And why wouldn’t they? They do have a history after all, and however fraught it may have been, I don’t see why it would have been all bad. Bottom line, they know each other. Finn knows Santana is a good person who just has a lot of pain and anxiety going on that she doesn’t know how to handle. And Santana knows that Finn is a doofus, but he’s a doofus who cares about people, and even if he fucks up their lives from time to time, he’s going to try his hardest to put them back together. And that’s why she thanks him.
AND THEN SHE HUGS HIM AND I ALMOST WANT TO DIE BECAUSE IT’S SO SWEET.
And you know, I meant it when I said the best song is Naya’s face. She’s an equal part of this performance, just as an actress rather than a singer, and it’s her little downward smile, her tears, her smacketly lips, her quick hand on his arm, her quiet “Thank you”… it’s all those things that make this pack such an emotional punch.
And you know, the more I think about it the more I think the song choice was kind of genius. Because it’s such a simple song, you know? And at the end of the day it’s such a simple thing that Santana wants – to be in the sun, having fun, not hiding any part of herself, and not feeling so damn angry all the time and so damn afraid. So when Finn sings all those happy-go-lucky, light-hearted things to her in such a solemn way… it makes sense that it touches a nerve – no, not just a nerve – the very innermost part of who she is and who she wants to be.
Naya sold that to me, absolutely. And quite frankly, I was fucking impressed with the show.
And to all those who are outraged that Santana’s coming out story didn’t star Brittany? Don’t be outraged. Be upset. Because you would have liked to see it star Brittany. And that’s completely cool and understandable – you’re a Brittana fan, why wouldn’t you want to see the story be about Brittana? But it’s not the way it necessarily should be. There is no reason why Santana’s sexuality should be all about her girlfriend. Personally I like that Santana has a plotline that’s about her as a human being, separate from her romance. And of course, the thing is that we all know Brittany already supports and loves her. Lord Tubbington thinks you’re purrrfect, anyone? That’s not what this episode was about. It was about the knowledge that her friends would support and love her too. And that’s why Brit had to take a back seat.
Having said that I loved all the small touches in the episode that showed that Brittany does care – she was stroking her back in the choir-room, making cute faces with her at the polling booths, dancing with her in IKAG, and gazing adoringly when she sang her final song. It was understated and sweet and holy crap did Glee actually give me subtle there? I THINK IT DID.
A final note to fandom: Finn was not pressuring Santana to come out in this episode. If you think he was, you’re having a failure of viewing comprehension. Santana has already been/is already being outed. All Finn was trying to do is get her defenses down enough to get a message through: there’s a group of people who care about you and respect who you are. I don’t see how that can possibly be interpreted as a negative.
Rin says: ‘Whoa, you went on for a while there! But it’s nowhere near as much as that time you wrote the MASH-OFF rant!’
“I’m trying, but your hideous bow ties are provoking me.”
“What is that animal you appear to be so noisily enjoying?”
Bieste. Singing. In shorts. And those socks.
Rin says: This episode had funny from start to finish, in the way where I kept wanting to say ‘THIS IS DEFINITELY BIGGEST LOL’ only to change my mind 2 minutes later. I definitely had that ‘feel-good’ feeling after the episode was over.
Santana being provoked by bow ties is perhaps, the best ever?
And EMMA. I need so much more Emma than what they’ve been giving us, cause I miss her! She’s so adorable and sweet and please don’t drop the ball with her, okay Glee? AND. BIESTE/CHICKEN. I thought they’d squeezed all the lols they could have out of that one, but as it turns out, you make a turducken and describe the whole thing as an animal she’s noisily enjoying? Comedy gold.
BIESTE SINGING. I never saw that one coming, mostly because I thought she was going to be thrown into the box with Sue labelled ‘never allowed to sing’. But I’m so happy they gave her a song because it was freakin’ hilarious. Dot Marie Jones, you win at life. You really do. Especially in your coaching uniform because jfc. Those shorts and the knee-high socks. I CANNOT. And then in the girls bathroom with Sue and Quinn I COMPLETELY SUPPORT YOUR DECISION TO THROW IN RANDOM QUINN BECAUSE OF ‘EYES OF EMERALD GREEN.’ There is always room for random Quinn in my book.
AND SUE MENTIONING DAVID BOREANAZ LITERALLY BROKE US.
Sophy says: I don’t understand how I’m supposed to choose a biggest lol from this episode. I mean, I was just loling all over the place. I was one big lol. I just.
Dot Marie Jones are you magic. And you/shorts honestly nearly rivals a certain special someone/shorts. Like.
I loved that they chose to have Quinn involved in that song, as the archetype of the gorgeous woman, because let’s face it, she really is. And it kind of made a nice parallel between Faberry and Bieste/Sue, with the whole Pretty/Unpretty vibe of it all. Although with less of the burning underlying sexual tension.
SANTANA’S CRACK ABOUT BOW-TIES WAS THE MOST ADORABLE THING EVER. I JUST. IF THIS IS HER NEW VEIN OF BITCHY, I AM ALL FOR IT.
But I also like regular bitchy Santana sometimes. Like when she tells it like it is about Pink. Because. Also her entire explanation at the start of the ep about her alter-ego Snicks and how she can’t be held responsible for anything Snicks does? And then how Figgins says he’s suspending her and this Snicks? And I die of lols? AND ‘WORRY ABOUT YOURSELF FETUS FACE’??? I CANNOT???
And meanwhile can we just talk about how amazing Rachel was in her opening monologue? “They’re all so lost in their own worlds that they can’t see how important this is to me!” + her face = my head in my hands. Oh and when she asked Kurt if he was going to shoot Brittany. I just.
AND OH. EVEN PUCK HAD A SHINING MOMENT IN THIS. HIS LITTLE SAD FACE AFTER HE’S TOLD TO STFU ABOUT GIRL/GIRL OR LADY/LADY.
And just one last thing.
“Kurt and I have a song we like to sing to each other in the car.”
I nearly died.
And it just goes to the point I always make about Blaine. He is so fucking lame. And I cannot not love somebody that is so fucking lame. I just can’t.
“I’ve tried so hard to push this feeling away, and keep it locked inside…but every day just feels like a war. I walk around so mad at the world, but I’m really just fighting with myself. I don’t want to fight anymore. I’m just too tired. I have to just be me.”
Rin says: Like there was any other choice?
I really enjoyed the opportunity to see Santana outside of school. In a way it really helps to round out her character, as they’ve rushed in the last couple of eps to create her family and give some insight into her home life. So when we came to this scene, it didn’t feel out of place, and it felt inherently like Santana. As in, yes, I can see how this is her grandma and someone who has been there for Santana her whole life and is important to her.
Which makes what happens all the more hurtful. But I think it was really important to have her grandmother reject her. Because according to her, telling her parents went pretty smoothly and the Glee club (i.e. her friends) have always been accepting of her. So there had to be someone in her life, who is important to her, that wasn’t opening up their arms to her. I think there is probably very little that is scarier than having a loved one reject you for being who you are, and I think Glee did well to choose to show this pain. I cannot imagine how many people went through what Santana went through right here.
I don’t want this to be the last we see from grandma. It’d be lovely to see some development between these two where it doesn’t heal overnight, but they give us some sliver of hope that she could turn around and be more understanding and loving.
Also Naya should look into becoming a carpenter because she NAILED IIIITTTTTTT.
Sophy says: Now I’m picturing her just running around everywhere with a nail gun flailing her arms and screaming about thinking she’s Jesus. I don’t know.
But yeah, seriously. It’s so impressive to me how every time they raise the bar for Naya as a performer, she jumps over it like it’s still a tiny bar made for a tiny person. The development of her character has been bumpy on a writing level, but on an acting level it’s been gorgeously smooth.
And this scene. This scene. In the brief glance I had at fandom, I saw that a few people feel the speech was too Dr Phil, and that it’s unrealistic that she was able to be so open with her grandmother when it is such a huge part of her character to be closed. But you see it’s all about context. First of all, I like to think that Santana wrote and rehearsed that speech. Because you would, wouldn’t you? You’d want to get it all out and get it all out right. I find it so endearing that she obviously worked on it beforehand, and you know, I’m cool with the cliches, because a) they’re cliches for a reason, and b) Santana’s not supposed to be a poet, is she? If she’d started digging around in the depths of her soul and coming up with all sorts of original and emotive ways of expressing what she was going through… I’d call bullshit on that.
And as for her uncharacteristic openness… Yes, Santana is harsh and tightly bound when it comes to the kids at school, with the exception of when it all comes down to Brittany (see Landslide). But I always assumed she would be quite different with her family. How many kids do you know who are the exactly same with their families as they are with their friends? I didn’t know many people like that growing up, and the few I did know… to be honest, their level of integration and self-possession kind of scared me. I think Santana would be different with her family. And I think she would be more open with her grandmother. Most open, in fact.
Because really, who’s the family member we immediately associate with unconditional love? It’s always gotta be the grandparents. Because they have a similar kind of love for you to your parents, which is huge and all-encompassing, and you-are-part-of-me. But then they don’t have to get cross, you know? They don’t have to do the disciplining, and if they spoil you a little, well, so be it, they’re your grandparents, that’s how they’re supposed to roll.
And I think that’s what makes this scene so agonising to watch. Because Santana’s abuela is probably the one person in all the world she expected to be loved by no matter what.
No matter what.
What she gets is the opposite. What she gets is someone who stops loving her right when she’s at her very best – brave, and beautiful, and wearing her heart on her sleeve.
And you know, this really touched a nerve for me personally. It was in a different context from Santana’s situation, but I do unfortunately know what it’s like to be suddenly and brutally rejected by a grandparent, for no other reason you can point to than being who you are. And sure, I told myself ‘She’s old, she doesn’t know what she’s doing, it’s not me it’s her.’ But that really didn’t help much with the crushing hurt and inside out of it all. Likewise, Santana can say to herself ‘She’s old, she’s bigoted, it’s not me it’s her.’ And she should say those things, and I trust that she will. But it’s not good enough. It’s really just fucking not good enough, and my heart absolutely breaks for her when she breaks down and cries at the table.
What is good enough is the love and support of her parents and her friends and her girlfriend. Hopefully that will be enough to get her through. And hopefully, please show, please, this isn’t he last we’ll see of Santana’s abuela.
I know people like her usually have great difficulty with the whole change thing, on account of having such great difficulty with the whole shame thing. But it’s not unheard of. Even people as screwed up as that can see the light.
So can we get an arc here, please?
With a happy ending?
Either way, I feel that Glee have handled the coming out plot line responsibly. They’ve shown that yes, there can be serious pain involved in being outed, from Santana’s right to choose being violated, to that monstrous ad campaign, to the horror of her beloved grandmother’s reaction. But they’ve also shown that on balance, in our growing world, it is a positive thing for a young gay person to be out of the closet and living proud in the sun – because Santana’s parents support her, and her friends do too, and maybe, on some level, she’s free. It’s a nice balance. Kudos to the writers.
MEANWHILE, HOW CUTE WAS IT WHEN SANTANA BROKE OUT THE SPANISH. SO FUCKING CUTE THAT’S HOW CUTE.
“I let you down. We all did. You just spent a whole week helping Santana with a secret everybody already knows, and not one person took ten seconds to help you. And you’re a frickin’ mess. You have been for three years. Ever since I knocked you up.”
Rin says: I love LOVE LOVE LVOELVEOVELVEO what they’re doing with Quinn. I really do.
She’s just leaping from life raft to life raft, trying to stay afloat. And failing miserably.
I loved her earlier scene with Puck at school where she tries to get him to get into her pants. Because oh my god, it was so desperately pathetic and sad — which is everything that Quinn has become. And you know, I was kind of surprised that she was legitimately offering sex, because somewhere along the way I had made up some head canon that she would never make the same mistake again. Or at least not regard it with such frivolity. And maybe for a while it was like that — but now with this Quinn? She’s scraping the bottom of the barrel (and we thought we couldn’t get any lower than trying to steal Beth!) and now all she has left to offer, in her mind, is her body. Which. Again. So sad.
ALSO. It’s that thing again where whenever Dianna tries to be sexy it just makes me cover my face and giggle. QUINN USING LINES LIKE, ‘RENT A MOVIE AND NOT WATCH IT??’ is just.
And can I just say that I loved the continuation? Not only about the time Puck said he loved her, but also reiterating how much Quinn just wants someone to love her.
This bit also had me squeeing a bit.
“You’re higher maintenance than Berry..”
Because I can’t even with how much Glee is intertwining these two. No matter where she goes, she can’t seem to escape comparisons to Rachel, whether it was back when she was with Finn, or recently with Shelby and Beth, and now from Puck. Sure it was probably a light joke, but if I was Quinn I’d be starting to get a Jan Brady complex.. ‘RACHEL, RACHEL, RACHEL!‘
Ok so! This scene!
Um. Amazing? Exactly what we wanted?
Because we were upset with Puck, and kind of everybody, for failing to see Quinn and her major cries for help. And they seriously hit the nail on the head when it came to Puck telling her how much they let her down. And you could tell how much he was getting through to her because good lord the amount of kicked puppy that came across her face is enough to make me want to kill everyone who ever hurt Quinn.
“Fine! You don’t want this? There’s 20 other guys at this school who would kill to give me what I want; they would kill to love me.”
I adored that line from Quinn. It just spoke to me of how incredibly lonely and lost she is. And also helpless. She seems to constantly be chasing after something, without really knowing what it is she’s chasing, or how to get it. She wants love, and yet, she hasn’t got the slightest clue as to what love is. She showed that with the way she casually told Puck they could ‘get that back’, and now by saying how any guy at school would kill to love her. And for someone who has lived through some things that were way beyond her years, she is emotionally immature. Which yeah, she’s 17, so that’s kind of normal. But I’d say even more so than expected. But maybe it’s because of the fact that she simply lived through the pregnancy and the adoption, that she’s the way she is. She’s never dealt with having to give up her daughter, so it makes sense that she hasn’t really developed, or learnt anything from it. I mean, she had her baby and then went straight back to being Head Cheerio Quinn. You’d think there’d be a bit of a mellowing period. Alas.
I’m really happy that Puck/Quinn is back to being something I can get on board with. “No funny business” was perhaps, one of the cutest things. Ever.
And I know this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Quinn’s bedroom, but I don’t think we’ve seen it whilst we’ve been recapping. So, I just wanted to say it’s pretty. And pink. If not a little grandma-ish. And pink.
Sophy says: Finally. I’ve been waiting for Puck to show some decency when it comes to Quinn all season, and I swear to god you guys, I was about ready to tear his stupid, fucking hair off after that earlier scene in which he went way further than he needed to when rejecting her advances. “You’re the most selfish person I know”? Really? You just don’t say that kind of shit to people you’re supposed to care about. Ever. For any reason. Least of all when it should be bleeding obvious to you that she’s having some kind of a breakdown. Ugh, ugh.
But enough raging. He redeemed himself. That’s what’s important.
And when he finally said what somebody so badly needed to say – basically a version of what I said in last week’s recap – I breathed a sigh of full-bodied relief.
Everyone is letting Quinn Fabray down. Her little world is falling apart in a big way, and nobody has been reaching out to help her, not even the people who happen to be up close and see it all first-hand.
(Well, nobody except Rachel Berry that is. And if that is not addressed at some point why I’ll. And stuff.)
But yeah, watching this scene I was struck by how much some of Finn’s over-earnest psychobabble to Santana applied to Quinn’s situation. Santana isn’t going to commit suicide – she’d miss herself too much (which, by the way, is the greatest response possible and I am still in awe). Not that it was a stupid thing for Finn to fear, quite the opposite – it was good to see that he understood how damaging the situation could potentially be for Santana. And you know if things had been different – if her parents had rejected her as brutally as her grandmother, if nobody from the Glee club had gotten the ‘We care’ message through? Who knows what could have happened ultimately? Sure, Santana seems like a pretty tough person, but there really is no suicidal ‘type’. Sometimes the people with the biggest smiles on their faces wind up taking MDMA and throwing themselves off a balcony. Um.
What I mean is, you really, really can’t say, from the outside looking in, that someone’s definitely not going to take the extra step when circumstances push them to the edge.
But sometimes you really can say when they might take that step. Quinn, to me, is exhibiting plenty of signs of being suicidal. Her self-esteem reserves appear to be completely depleted, she’s willing to do crazy things she would never have considered before just to feel better – steal a baby? Sure! Make a baby? Good plan! She feels completely worthless and futureless and also completely overlooked by everyone around her. It’s a recipe for disaster, and quite frankly I’m getting scared for her.
There was a moment there with Puck when I thought she might have turned a corner. She seemed to accept his kind words and his happier vision of the rest of her life. She reached out. She asked him to hold her. Things were looking good. But then, you know, he had to go and tell her how he had sex with the woman who has their baby. Spanner/works.
And boy, did you guys see the way Quinn was looking at Shelby and the world in general in that final scene? I sense more drama to come.
And another shout-out to Dianna Agron who continues to surprise me with her acting. Did she take a whole lot of acting classes over the summer or is it just that this material is really letting her shine? Either way, I was so impressed with all of her choices in this scene.
And, you know, with her face.
And on that note, exactly how is Quinn not the closet lesbian on the show? “I’m voting for the one who’s most girl?” Of course you are.
I don’t mean to denigrate Santana as our most precious resident recently decloseted gay cheerleader, but couldn’t we just have two?
I mean, obviously:
SO MUCH SMACKETLY, MRS THOMAS IS SO PROUD.
Best ‘Brittany is random’ Moment
“I will make sure to have sugary treats available at all times. It helps the concentration. That’s what George Washington said.”
Rin says: I won’t lie. A big part of wanting this scene for this category was Rachel’s face.
Sophy says: MADAM PRESIDENT. Priceless.
Rophy Says No!
Rin says: I just. Don’t. Understand. What Glee. Is trying to do.
It’s so incredibly inappropriate on more than one level. But what I’m most pissed off about is that they’re ruining Shelby by doing this.
And also. Puck had a thing with Rachel.
So. Let’s all think about that.
Sophy says: I cannot tell you all the ways I hate this.
But I can try.
I hate it in the way where it’s just yucky, obviously. And then I hate it in the way where it’s possibly illegal and certainly immoral. And then I hate it in the way where it is so fucking hurtful to Quinn that I can’t even. And then I hate it in the way where it will be so fucking hurtful to Rachel, too, if and when she finds out. But most of all I hate it in the way where it prevents me having any respect for Shelby as a woman or as a mother. I’m sorry, but just no. No. NO. There is no excuse for this shit. None for you, Shelby.
I mean, she gets on her high horse with Quinn about putting Beth first, which, okay, great. But how is this putting Beth first exactly? How is it putting anyone but herself first? Shelby’s weak and selfish behaviour has the very real possibility of ruining any healthy relationship Beth may have been able to have with her biological father and mother. It also has the very real possibility of hurting and confusing the fuck out of Shelby’s own biological daughter. Not to mention the damage it could do to Puck, who for all he is played by someone pushing 30, is not, himself, pushing 30. He is a high school student, and Shelby is his teacher, and if it had stopped at that kiss last week I might have been able to look past it. But this?
Beth cuts her lip and Shelby has to call Puck because she’s too weak to deal with it on her own? I mean, even if it had been that she felt Puck had a right to know, I might have let it slide. But no. It’s for purely selfish and pathetic reasons. Oh and also the reasons where she needs an emotionally overinvested teenage boy to fuck and dump. Because she’s like that, apparently.
Honestly, they have a long way back if they ever want me to respect Shelby again. And to all you people out there you feel that the Glee writers suck at women? In this case, I 100% agree with you.
This Cooter asshole whom Beiste has to ‘fight’ for.
Rin says: SO ANGRY. This Cooter guy is obviously a douche-bag who deserves numerous punches in the face, and yet? No fists in sight.
It really didn’t sit right with me, and I was happily shipping these two until this came along. And I kind of thought they weren’t really going to go there with, ‘but oh my god I like Sue too! And now I can’t choose Mummy don’t make me choose ‘ I JUST CANNOT. It’s deeply upsetting that they’re making Bieste practically grovel for this guy.
And let’s not forget that any guy who could like Sue Sylvester is probably someone you really DON’T want to be with?
Sophy says: I was so profoundly disgusted with this. Initially I wanted to give biggest lol to ‘I tried to hold your hand and you punched me’, because honestly, I laughed and laughed. But then I just wound up hating this man and this whole plotline too much and I couldn’t. Shannon Bieste is better than this, and I hate the show for subjecting her to it.
Dear feminists, me again. If you think this ‘Fight for your man’ stuff fucking bites, we are on the same page.
The only reason I will condone this storyline is for the brilliant Sue it gave us. Jane Lynch playing a straight woman who gets annoyed at being taken for a lesbian is the best thing.
Sophy says: This is us not surrendering.
This was such a tiny moment but it had the might of a thousand moments when it came to making me angry. Kurt who is a) Mercedes’ close friend, b) the only one with a campaign that isn’t ridiculous, and c) the person who really needs the win to help secure his future happiness… and Mercedes’ reason for voting for him is… SANTANA WILL BE REALLY ANNOYING IF BRITTANY WINS.
It made me sick that she thinks she needs to vote for Brittany because she’s her “Troubletones Homegirl”. Even if she’s angry with Will for not making her the star of New Directions, what the fuck did Kurt ever do to her except be her friend? Like?
And this on top of the fact that she’s probably killed his dream of performing at Sectionals on account of the whole 12 person rule?
Oh except now the 12 person rule doesn’t exist? Or something? I DON’T KNOW?
I don’t know whether I should be angry with Mercedes for being a horrible person, or the show for choosing to write her as a horrible person.
Rin says: Agreed. Whatever happened to Mercedes/Kurt being best friends? I mostly want to blame the writers for this one, but then again they made Mercedes into the horrible Trouble Tone woman that she is today.. so.. I guess it’s on par with her character at the moment. Petty-ness > Any development she ever had.
Head In Hands
Rin says: QUINNTANA HUG! I love that after the song Quinn just opens her arms and pulls Santana in. AND HER FACE SQUISHES AGAINST SANTANA’S HEAD AND I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING CUTER IN MY LIFE??!!
I think last recap we mentioned how we were sad that we hadn’t seen more of these two because, hello, supposed best friends? So it was nice that we got this moment between them after the girls rallied together in support. It leaves me wanting more.. preferably with words next time. They can hug after.
ALSO. I CANNOT WITH JENNA IN THE BACK. Oh sure, be in the back all smiley. But if this was a Faberry moment, she’d be sandwiched between them in a heartbeat.
Sophy says: THIS. WAS. SO. WONDERFUL. And if Santana doesn’t get to be involved in Quinn’s story at some point I’m going to get nowhere near as angry as if Rachel doesn’t get to be. But I’m still going to get fucking angry.
Rin says: And we have to mention,
CAUSE MARKING THE BOX WITH A HEART IS JUST, HEAD IN HANDS-WORTHY, CUTE!
Sophy says: FSDH;LKSLKH. Giddy Santana is my favourite Santana, I think.
Lea Michele. For being Lea Michele.
Rin says: It kind of seems appropriate that this episode really showcased the female talent on this show. Naya, Lea and Dianna all killed it this week, and I really just wanted to give props to them for that. So this is kind of a head in hands for all three of them. (And we couldn’t not include these caps of Rachel? Cause???)
Also, do you think we can deem this the Faberry hat from now on?
Sophy says: YES, YES WE CAN. I hear she even wears it in bed.
And yeah, a lot of the singing was done by the guys, but the big acting moments were all woman. Naya, Dianna and Lea all shone this week and it was so satisfying to watch. And seriously, Lea’s face when we found Rachel again in the hallway after wondering where the hell she was and what the hell she was doing? Absolutely breathtaking.
And I’ve got to say, isn’t Miss Berry the most wonderful? Yes, she’s ridiculous, with the reckless overstuffing of the ballot, but she’s damn fabulous too and has the biggest heart. I applaud her for wanting to help her friend, and I applaud her for standing up and taking the blame. Also I find it ironic that I’ve seen so many people complaining about Figgins/Will/Shelby wanting to suspend Santana for slapping Finn, but very little about how horrifically disproportionate the punishment is for Rachel’s crime, given as wrong as her actions were, she was trying to do a kindness.
I also want to put a little shout out here for Kurt’s face when he’s sitting in the office failing to celebrate with his dad and Finn. I’ve seen people criticise him for being self-involved, but really, wouldn’t you find it a little hard not to be dejected? It’s his whole future on the line, or down the toilet as he sees it right now. And yes, what his father has done is great, and I’m sure he’s very proud, because one of the things about Glee that I will never question is how much Kurt Hummel loves Burt Hummel and vice versa… but it is kind of salt in the wound, isn’t it? His dad succeeds so gloriously at the very thing he’s just failed at. That’s gotta hurt. And the way the song broke and slowed at that point worked so stunningly with the moment. A+++
“Where’s Rachel? She never misses applause.”
Rin says: Wait. Let’s be clear. We’re not Artie in this situation, we’re Rachel. Otherwise that would have made it twice that we chose Artie as Most Rophy, and that, would not be okay.
So yes. We’re Rachel/Tinkerbell.
And speaking of applause… ♥
Sophy says: Oh my god she is so cute. I feel like Rophy should probably imitate this. In cartoon form.
Rin says: … and I’m just going to leave this here. For no reason at all.
MOVE ASIDE, FABERRY COMING THROUGH.
We needed more gay?
Rin says: I’m still not over those two seconds. And don’t think I ever will be.
AS MUCH AS YOU CONSIDER THE SUN TO BE HOT.
AS MUCH AS YOU CONSIDER THE SUN TO BE HOT.
AS MUCH AS YOU CONSIDER THE SUN TO BE HOT.
Sophy says: I will never. Two gay cheerleaders. Give it to me.
(Brittany is bisexual, okay? It’s different. It doesn’t count towards the quota. WE CAN HAVE MORE. SAY WE CAN???)
And here’s where I get on my soapbox and talk about I Kissed A Girl. I hate that song, okay? I really hate it. I feel that it glorifies faux lesbianism as a means of titillating your boyfriend and that is just a bit obscene and will never be okay with me.
But Glee handled it so damn well! Throughout the song Rin and I were sitting there dreading the oh la la kiss that was going to come at the end, and… well okay, sort of hoping it would be Faberry because we’re shameless like that. But. We were so pleasantly surprised when nobody kissed anybody and it was all hugging and fun and fun-poking and not that kind of fun-poking and oh. Yeah.
It was such love. They really looked upon it as an opportunity for some tongue-in-cheek fun rather than some tongue-on-tongue exploitative ratings-grabbing grossness. And I applaud them for that.
Quinn Glory Shot
Or maybe it’s.. the more Quinn the better?
Rin says: This is exactly how I like my Glee.
And can I just say that someone really got into the IKAG performance a little more enthusiastically than the others? (refer to group shot above)
Sophy says: Dear Quinn you are ridiculous I love you Goodbye never.