New Directions & The Warblers – Bad
Rin says: LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!
But let’s be serious. This category could have ANY of the songs.. well, not the Finchel one. More on that later. Because, WOW. Glee, you outdid yourself with your MJ tribute because damn. They did a really great job in providing a mix of copies e.g. Scream and completely new interpretations, e.g. Human Nature.
What I really loved about Bad was that it was very much a nod to the original music video, but the vocals were pretty different. What with the Warblers throwing in their signature WAH-WAHS to replace the bass, and then SANTANA’S VOICE I CANNOT? Naya suits MJ so ridiculously well and I loved that she was showcased heavily throughout the episode. But I can’t talk about Naya without mentioning Kevin and Darren, who are shaping up to be the perfect little MJs. After their amazing job on Control, they really pulled it off again in Bad. Love love love.
Oh and can I just say that I just about died when they included the little pitter patters of their footsteps just like the music video? Adorable.
Also, I cannot with Blaine being ‘bad’. He’s SO LAME and when he tries to be badass I just giggle and giggle and giggle. And then pat his head. I mean, when he gave the intro to the song by saying MJ would ‘take it to the streets’ I JUST COULD NOT. Oh Blaine. You nerd.
AND THEN SANTANA AND BLAINE WERE IN THE PARKING LOT WITH HOODIES MEETING UP WITH THE WARBLERS. And then the rest of the Glee club show up clad in leather jackets? Oh my babies. Please never stop being you.
I mean. THEY ALL STOOD ACROSS FROM EACH OTHER, AND HAD A LITTLE DANCE OFF, BUT ALSO THREW PUNCHES AND KICKS. I JUST.
The faces Mark Salling pulls might be my new favourite thing.
I need to mention how much I freaking loved Black And White too. That is my favourite MJ song, in the way where there’s a home video of me and my brother performing this song when I was about 5. I honestly would have loved it a whole lot more if I wasn’t already trapped in a cloud of rage at what happened just before that performance and unable to fully appreciate it. But after I had calmed down I rewatched it and there’s so many great things about it. Quinn turning into Artie is not one of the great things about it.
And can we just kill the Meerkat now? Please and thank you?
Sophy says: OKAY YOU GUYS. Do you have any idea how hard it is to pick a ‘best song’ for an episode like this? I pretty much loved each and every one of them for reasons ranging from ‘Goddamn Artie can dance when it’s all in his head’ to ‘Oh my fucking god, Ben,‘ to ‘Samcedes stop stealing all the CHEs, Emily is pissed’ to ‘Santana/fedora OTP’ to ‘FACE. FREAKING. MORPHING.’ to ‘EXCEPT THE FINCHEL ONE.’
But ultimately Bad is just too much of a classic to be ignored. I mean, this song. I did a choreographed dance routine to it with my best friend at my eleventh birthday party. I remember it being pretty awesome. But it probably wasn’t quite as awesome as this.
You guys, let’s just start with Santana and Blaine in their hoodies in the parking lot, okay, and how they are the absolute epitome of odd couple amazing and should have more scenes (and songs) together. And just. THE WAY SANTANA IS STANDING. WITH HER LITTLE CHEERIOS UNIFORM POKING OUT OF HER BADASS LEATHER BUSINESS. I JUST. It’s honestly one of the cutest images Glee has ever given me?
And then, you know, the Warblers providing the backing was just outstanding. And the punching and the kicking, just. And then Artie comes in and he’s so perfectly Michael and just the most necessary choice for this song, but then Santana comes in on “I’m bad” and there are ways in which it is not the obvious choice at all and yet ways in which thematically it is so obvious and overall it is just damn magic.
And okay, this performance did get several bonus points on account of having an excessive amount of BLAINE FACES.
Seriously I don’t understand Blaine haters. Don’t they like lame?
Anyway, those are the reasons I chose Bad, but there are also a few reasons why I didn’t choose some of the other performances despite loving them to bits. ‘Smooth Criminal’ was a real showstopper and pretty much perfect in every way, except for Meerkat Face and the amount of shots there were of him when we could have been admiring Santana/Fedora instead. I mean, I get it. It made sense. And I know it wouldn’t have made sense if it had been, say, a Santana/Puck duet. But it probably would have made my top spot anyway?
And just on that, why did Mark Salling not get more to do in this episode? Of all the delightful MJ-ing that was going on in Sixteen, his probably delighted me the most, and he is long overdue for a solo that does not involve serenading a baby or a baby mama or singing about the size of his girlfriend’s arse. I don’t know. Maybe I’m just cranky at the treatment Puck’s character has had over the whole Shelby thing, but it feels like he hasn’t had a seriously memorable performance in… forever.
Anyway. Black and White was tremendous, but I couldn’t even enjoy it at all the first time around because, like Rin, I was still, shall we say, processing what had just happened with Finn and Rachel. And even when I watched it again later it still sort of felt tainted. By the Finn and Rachel. Regardless, as much as I love the song, I didn’t think it was the strongest performance of the episode. I’d be inclined to rank the opening number above it, actually, which… more on that later.
“In any case, I taped it to my underboob…”
“Why? Kurt, this isn’t violent. This is clever. I taped it to my underboob.”
Rin says: I think so much of what is great about the writing for Santana is that they’re always coming up with these words that you never hear. Or at least, never expect to hear. I mean, ‘underboob’????? I was already laughing like a fool when she first said it, AND THEN WHEN SHE REPEATED IT AS IF EVERYONE’S ARGUMENT BUT HERS WAS INVALID, I found myself falling in love.
Sophy says: FUCKING HELL. JUST. Those caps are special enough even if you’re not hearing the word ‘underboob’ in your head as you look upon them. But if you are, they’re just even more special.
I agree with Rin, it was hilarious the first time but it was the repetition that really tipped it over the edge into a biggest lol kind of lol. And then she went ahead and said that if Kurt had taped it to his junk we would have had songs about it for a week.
And I didn’t just laugh out loud. I squealed out loud.
SOL. Let’s make it happen.
Also I need to say how much I love that Santana is the one being so pro-active about things when Blaine gets hurt. It’s such a lovely contrast to the dodgeball incident and really shows how far she has come. Santana isn’t a bully anymore, by anybody’s standards. She is now able to embrace the caring side of her nature along with the badass side, and you know what that makes her?
SANTANA LOPEZ. CLASS PROTECTOR.
Rin says: I hope this actually happens during their senior prom. And that Jonathan presents it.
Sophy says: Omg, I’m having this fantasy where someone suggests Santana should take poor Rory to prom and she’s all ‘What am I Saint Santana? He’s like three feet tall!’
“Well, you can’t.”
Rin says: Um.
Sophy says: Okay, before I dive in, how many people agree that that second cap is a contender for best cap ever in the history of caps?
Oh Quinn. So fabulously blunt. First with the “You can’t,” then with the too quick, too smooth, too eager “You have to break up with him,” like she’s rehearsed it in front of her mirror a thousand times or something. And okay, all Faberry goggles off, Quinn pretty much has rehearsed this – maybe not in bed at night, clutching a pillow and biting her lip and putting on a slightly higher pitched, deliciously grating voice to reply with “I know. And those things I dream about? They’re all you, Quinn Fabray.”
BOW CHIKA WOW WOW.
None of that ever happened, except on fanfiction.net, like, 6000 times.
But Quinn does know how this conversation goes – because she and Rachel have had it before. If Quinn thought Rachel was frustrating last season with her failure to see how little Finn matters in the grand scheme of her glorious lime-lit life, she must be about ready to throttle her in this scene. And you can see that alongside the obvious affection there is a degree of impatience. She dispenses her advice swiftly and bluntly, in pure black and white – her response to Rachel’s handwringing re: Finn being the love of her life is to hand her the acceptance letter from Yale, and tell her that she thought she was in love this one time too – and then she grew up. Because Quinn has tunnel vision right now – and the light at the end is a bright future.
I have to say, there are ways in which Quinn is very cynical in this scene, and there’s a part of me that feels like a real stick in the mud for agreeing so wholeheartedly with her. Because it sucks to say that just because someone is a teenager their love doesn’t count – or worse – that it shouldn’t count. But there it is. I’m a great big realist or a great big jerk, whichever you want to call it, and I’d say the chances are you’ll never meet ‘the one’ and you certainly aren’t likely to meet even one of the ones in high school.
I’m 100% with Quinn. Rachel needs to let go.
And yet letting go is something I’m so very, very bad at. And so I do sympathize with Rachel in her struggle to come to terms with hurting someone she does care about so much and who has meant so much to her. I don’t know if I could do it, to be honest. But I do know it’s the smart thing to do. It’s the brave thing to do.
And as much as I love this scene – and I love it a lot… in the back of my mind I’m just the tiniest bit disappointed that Rachel Berry even needs Quinn Fabray to tell her this stuff.
BUT WHATEVER RACHEL WENT TO QUINN FOR ADVICE ON WHAT WAS POTENTIALLY ONE OF THE BIGGEST DECISIONS OF HER LIFE. ALSO QUINN TOLD RACHEL SHE GOT INTO YALE BEFORE ANYONE ELSE.
ALSO THEY HUGGED AND I DIED.
Rin says: WHAT? I HAVEN’T READ THAT FANFICTION. LINK ME TO THAT PILLOWFICTION!
Look, okay. The thing is. Is that I remember not too long ago when we used to have to preface our Faberry love with ‘WE DON’T THINK IT’LL EVER REALLY HAPPEN LOL DON’T WORRY WE’RE NOT DELUSIONAL, WE ONLY SHIP THEM AS REALLY REALLY REALLY CLOSE FRIENDS ‘ And now? Practically everything we hoped for has happened, and honestly at this point I’m happy. OR maybe that’s just a bit of crazy self-preservation talk coming from me because I’m already starting to mourn what looks to be the end of Quinn Fabray on Glee. As in. Yale = No season 4. Which. I can’t even voice how much this upsets me. Because yes Glee is very much about Rachel Berry for me, but the other chunk of that is Quinn Fabray. It’s like.. if you’re going to rip my heart out, at least take the whole bloody thing out instead of leaving like, the left ventricle. (Rachel is the ventricle.) But now all I see is a ticking clock over Quinn’s pretty blonde head and it makes me sad. And I still don’t understand how they’re going to keep Rachel (and the other seniors) in the show, ’cause she can’t stay back in Lima because Rachel Berry, but if they do some kind of liaison thing with her then CAN’T THEY DO THAT WITH QUINN TOO? And didn’t this rant start off by saying how happy I am, but now I’m just spiralling into a pit of despair?
I’m sorry. My emotions. They’re all over the place. I’m just really happy that Quinn and Rachel have gotten to this place of real actual friendship, with all the fixings that come with it. Respect, support, trust, eyesex, etc. So in that regard I’m happy. Because this is what we saw from the start, that these two weren’t just your run of the mill high school enemies. There was always more to it. And if we want to get all subtext-y, I still think there’s more to it now. And that’s probably about half of where the sadness comes from if Quinn isn’t around, because no Quinn = no more Faberry. And it’s going to take me a while to be able to get past that. (I may never get past it.)
OKAY. SO NOW THAT I’VE VENTED SOME OF MY FEELINGS. Maybe I can actually talk a bit about the scene? Yes?
Actually. “Well, you can’t.” I love how she doesn’t even ask Rachel how she feels about the situation, and just tells her immediately that she can’t accept. Because, well. Because Quinn has a brain. ANY person that isn’t Rachel right now can see that she can’t get married before her life even begins. And the thing is… we can talk about how marriage can work at that age, and how there’s plenty of people, and why can’t she have it all? Yadda, yadda. But we’re dealing with Rachel Berry here. And Rachel Berry isn’t just people. I mean, yes, she’s “just a girl” (“That’s what I keep saying.”) but she’s also a girl who has had the same dream since before she could remember, as well as working towards that dream every day since. And if you think she’s going to find any kind of real happiness that doesn’t involve that dream coming true, you’re fooling yourself. And that’s something that Quinn has always known about Rachel, and why she tells her she can’t marry Finn.
“Rachel, you have an amazing life ahead of you. As hard as it may be, if you want everything that you’ve ever dreamed of, you’re going to have to break up with him.”
And isn’t it funny how it is like Groundhog Day with Rachel. Once again she’s telling her that she doesn’t need Finn because she doesn’t belong here. Except this time they’re actually friends and Quinn doesn’t have to hide behind subtext and can say outright how she feels. And I have to agree 100% with what she says. ‘Cause as much as I believe in fairytales, I also know they’re not real. And I’m the really optimistic part of Rophy. And I should probably stop this portion of the rant here, before I tread too heavily into ‘Rophy Says No!’ territory.
It was glorious.
Also I love that Rachel goes to Quinn because she trusts her to be straightforward and thoughtful. And Quinn responds by letting her know she can keep a secret, which.. now they’re each others secret keepers you guys. YOU GUYYSSS. And the face Quinn has when she hands over her acceptance letter? I can’t. And I think that even if Rachel hadn’t found Quinn first, Quinn would have found Rachel and told her before the others anyway. Because it’s like this has been between them the whole time, Quinn dreaming of a bigger future, and after everything it’s only right if Rachel was the one to know first. AND LATER RACHEL’S FACE AS QUINN TELLS THE REST OF THE GROUP. OH WORLD. Also this scene mirrors that first scene in Sixteen when Quinn goes to Rachel, telling her all about her plans to tell Figgins about Shelby and Puck. And we talked about how Quinn went to Rachel because she knew she’d tell her she can’t, because it’d ruin Beth’s future and in turn ruin Quinn’s. So here we are with Rachel, going to Quinn, and she has to know that there is no way Quinn would encourage Rachel to marry Finn. Apart from the obvious, this is Quinn I-Grew-Up-Too-Fast Fabray, she’s never going to agree to something like marriage at 18.
Lea Michele’s face does some amazing things during the hug too. At first she is genuinely happy for Quinn, and then there’s a moment where she has all this uncertainty and you start to see Rachel unravel because ‘WHERE’S MY LETTER, WHY WHY WHY ‘
The number of times Rachel and Quinn watch each other leave is ridiculous. And in matching outfits nonetheless.
And can I just say that I wasn’t even expecting a Faberry scene in this episode? I had no idea. Usually I accidentally (really, accidental!!) get spoiled that there will be Faberry, but this time I was completely BLIND SIDED. And I went into some kind of mini-hyperventilation. Actual shaking and screaming out might also have occurred.
Because this is the kind of stuff that Sophy and I daydream about when we talk about Glee and what we want to see happen. I think Sophy actually said at one point that this should happen. Rachel seeking advice from Quinn. And then this. And then the music started for Quinn’s song and we both had to pause to process.
I mean. Rachel didn’t even go to her dads.
Sophy says: And by “accidentally” Rin means she has such an addiction to the Faberry tag on tumblr that sometimes she doesn’t think and it’s just too late.
AND YOU KNOW. I thought Quinn and Rachel might interact over the proposal, but honestly I expected us to have to claw subtexty goodness out of Quinn being all nostalgically sad/possessive/jealous… over Finn. But no. The proposal is actually just all about Rachel for Quinn. Because the truth is that so very much is all about Rachel for Quinn. And I’m pretty sure that by the time the snow falls in New Haven next winter she will still know why.
Quinn – Never Can Say Goodbye
Sophy says: Probably the best thing about the whole Faberrypalooza is how closely it mirrors that time in season one when Rachel and Quinn had a rather passionate discussion which caused Quinn to burst directly into self-analysis via the means of song… except this time it’s part self-analysis, part Rachel-analysis, and the two go together like freaking peas and carrots.
But seriously, the whole set up from scene to song, coupled with that uniquely Dianna way Dianna has of singing the word ‘Baby’… I was flashing back to You Keep Me Hangin’ On like crazy.
Except no, you guys. The best thing about the whole Faberrypalooza is probably the way it goes into slow-motion to bring us into the song. Because, like. Quinn is walking away. And Rachel is gazing after her. And it’s slow-motion. And it’s stuff like that that makes Faberry a legitimate ship whether they will admit it or not.
CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW PRETTY DIANNA’S EYES ARE?
Did we talk about it?
Are we done?
The strangest thing about the fantasy sequence was
that there were no lesbian football players in it how well it put into relief the fact that Quinn has moved on from all three of these boys – despite the fact that she’s fondly dancing with all of them in her mind’s eye. I never really got on board with Sam/Quinn – to be frank, I’d nearly forgotten they were an actual couple – so it felt strange to me to have him alongside the other two. Her moment with Puck was really the only one that got me emotionally, because they still have – will always have – a profound connection, on account of Beth. He’s the only one Quinn will never truly be able to say goodbye to. But the others… the others are a study in how hard it is to let go, but how simple it is too. And how you just have to damn well do it – and keep on dancing.
Because this song isn’t really about Quinn’s feelings for Sam or Finn or even Puck. It’s about Rachel Berry, you guys.
What’s that? You think I’m a delusional Faberry stan? Yes, yes. I have a plaque on my door and everything. But that’s not the point.
The point is that this song was very clearly specifically chosen and sung by Quinn as a message to Rachel and that quite frankly turns me into a mess every time I try to wrap my mind around it. So.
Rin can wrap hers around it for a while instead.
Rin says: I’M NOT DONE TALKING ABOUT DIANNA’S EYES AND HOW BEAUTIFULLY GREEN THEY ARE AND HOW THE FUCKING CORSAGE THAT RACHEL TOLD FINN TO GET TO MATCH HER EYES IS IMMORTALISED IN PICTURE FORM IN HER LOCKER.
Now we’re done.
You know? I’d rather wrap my mind around a pole than try to wrap my mind around how Quinn basically sings this song for Rachel. I mean, why did they even bother changing the noun? LET’S CALL A SPADE A SPADE AND BE DONE WITH IT! Never can say goodbye girl…. /dreamy sigh.
Let’s talk about the locker. I know I already mentioned the SECRET LOVE CORSAGE, but there’s other pictures too! I loved that they included Head Cheerio Quinn, because I love that baby-faced, high pony-tailed girl. And it was nice to have that reminder of where this all started for Quinn. And then there was the photos of the 3 guys of Quinn’s life in a row at the bottom with a magnet over Rachel’s face — which okay, fine. It was just a quick shot, it’s not like they lingered. And then we got Pink Quinn! Which, yayyaayy. I can never have too much Pink Quinn. More development = lovely.
AND THEN THEY FUCKING LINGERED. THEY LINGERED HARD. And it was on the photo of Finn and Magnet-Faced-Rachel. And the whole point of that shot was not Finn. Because WHY on earth would it be? If they’re not going to show Puck or Sam, there’s no reason to show Finn. So the only other conclusion is that it was for magnet-face. WHICH. HELLO. The worst way to not show that you care is by CARING. This is that drawing of Rachel with the BAJILLION HEARTS all over again.
I can’t with how much these two are all about each other. Like, honestly, I’m starting to think Quinn’s got a bit of Sophia in her. Not literally, cause Sophia’s dead. Come on you guys, don’t be silly.
AND I HAVEN’T EVEN TALKED ABOUT HER PERFORMANCE.
I LOVED IT. A LOT. And I think this is the first time Quinn has performed by herself in front of the club, which makes complete sense, given that this is the most confident Quinn has ever been.
And I say this everytime, only because I MEAN IT EVERYTIME. Quinn/Dancing is the ship to end all ships.
And Rachel is sitting in the middle of the 3 guys. Again. So at this point it’s basically math and only a matter of time.
AND AND AND. When the song was over and Quinn looks up? We all know where she was looking, and it made us all feel things.
And they HAD SLOW-MO TOGETHER. YOU CAN’T JUST HAVE SLOW-MO TOGETHER AND NOT HAVE PEOPLE TALK.
Sophy says: Yes. A+ to Quinn’s performance. It really was kind of new for her in the sense that she was confident in such a relaxed way, and just so herself. She really did seem much more herself than she ever has. And that’s why it felt so genuine when Finn said it was incredible – because after everything Quinn Fabray has been through – after everything Quinn Fabray has done – it was kind of incredible to see her standing there, bright-eyed and shiny, singing her heart out for all to see.
And the magnet on the face is just the greatest thing ever. Because no matter how much she loves Rachel now, she’s never going to be at peace with everything she means to her – not the way she’s at peace with oh, say, those three boys she’s so quick to shrug off.
NO MAGNETS ON THEIR FACES.
NEW HAVEN. SNOW. RACHEL BERRY.
“You can’t change your past…but you can let go and start your future.”
Sophy says: OH DIANNA AGRON, THAT DELIVERY. She really, really nailed that moment as an actress – and Quinn really, really nailed it as a person who so desperately wants her friend to see how important it is to be free – and also how very allowed it is. It’s so allowed it’s a freaking order, okay?
“YOU HAVE TO BREAK UP WITH HIM.”
Can she make it any clearer?
Rin says: I keep tossing up which part of the Faberrypalooza is my favourite, and I keep going back to this moment. Because dear lord in heaven. I just. There’s something about how Quinn speaks directly at Rachel, in front of everybody else that makes me shake my head in wonderment over how these two aren’t the big love of Glee. Well they are in my mind, but for some reason not everyone agrees with my mind.
Cause she didn’t need to add on that last bit. She could have easily stopped at ‘I never would have dreamed this to be my future,’ and leave it at that — because she was just thanking everyone for being supportive over the years. BUT NO. RACHEL’S IN THE VICINITY, AND THAT MEANS QUINN CAN NEVER FUCKING HELP HERSELF.
And I’m sorry, but is Quinn physically unable to not tear up when she speaks with Rachel? SERIOUSLY.
And Rachel? Rachel can’t even look her in the eye!
The thing about what she says, about not being able to change her past? Sure, it directly applies to Rachel and her situation with Finn. But I can’t help feeling like there is a strong undertone of Quinn acknowledging all the ways she treated Rachel wrongly, and vice versa. She knows she can’t change that, but she can make up for it by changing the way she treats Rachel now. Which is exactly what Quinn has been doing ever since they became kind of friends.
That’s why she speaks with such weight, and why I feel like Rachel’s happiness is so important to Quinn. No matter how hard Quinn pushed her away, Rachel kept coming back. In a way Quinn’s returning the favour for all the times Rachel pulled her away from the edge. Yes, all these guys helped Quinn find her way home, but who was the one that kept telling Quinn that she’s “a lot more than that,” that she, just like Rachel, can have that bright future too.
Honestly. If Kurt’s cape won’t kill me, then Faberry will.
Sophy says: Oh my god, you’re so right about the undertone. Because isn’t it funny how unintentionally close these two are? For all the friends and boyfriends they have and have had, nobody has been more invested in Quinn learning to love herself than Rachel… and nobody is more invested in Rachel’s bright future than Quinn.
Faberry. Their story is the best story.
ALSO HER FACE WHEN SHE SAYS SHE GOT INTO YALE I WILL NEVER.
Best ‘Brittany is random’ Moment
Just. Please put your legs together.
Sophy says: 99% of my brain was busy swooning over Rachel’s reaction shots as Quinn sang to her, but I still managed to register the extreme lols of this.
JUST. OH BRITTANY. AND SHE’S A DANCER.
Rin says: Oh Hemo. /shakes head.
Rophy Says No!
Sophy says: Hi I’m Sophy of Rophy, you may remember me from previously Gleecaps, like that one where I said emphatically that I really liked the proposal scene as long as Rachel said no? And that she absolutely had to say no? And I shouldn’t have to list all the tentybajillion reasons why but then I sort of did anyway?
Yeah. You can imagine how pissed I was when the above happened. But ironically, it wasn’t so much for the reasons I thought I would be pissed. Because you see, the episode made it very clear that she was saying yes to Finn because she had convinced herself the future she really wanted was saying no to her, and that meant the engagement was always going to be on shaky ground – hell, she’s practically going back on it already by the end of the episode.
But see that pisses me off too. Because last time I checked Rachel Berry was not this fucking stupid and insecure, nor was she this much of a jerk.
Basically she used Finn just the same way as he was using her by proposing in the first place. And I blame her a lot more – or rather I blame the writers a lot more – because it just doesn’t make sense.
I gave Finn a pass last week when he proposed, because he was in a seriously fucked up emotional state, and I felt he couldn’t be held accountable for trying to cling on to the one thing that made him feel okay. I can’t give Rachel a pass the same way though, because quite frankly, possibly not getting in to a university is not on a level with finding out everything you treasured about your long-dead father was a lie. One somewhat excuses having messed-up priorities and treating the people you love badly, the other really, really doesn’t.
Further to that, it was just ridiculous for Rachel to go from ‘I haven’t received a letter yet and two of my friends have’ to ‘I didn’t get in my life is over all I have is my boyfriend wah wah I’d better get married.’
Honestly it would be stupid for anybody to react so hysterically, but Rachel Berry? Well… yes, she would probably react hysterically. But in the totally opposite way. The Rachel Berry I know and love would have been on the phone to NYADA administration the moment Kurt got his letter, informing them with a brittle pleasantness that they must have overlooked hers. The Rachel Berry I know and love would never assume that she’s down and out – certainly not with such paltry evidence.
And I guess that’s kind of what I meant when I said I wish Rachel didn’t need Quinn to tell her this stuff. Because really, it’s not who she is to be lost and confused and have difficulty finding her focus. We all know what Rachel Berry’s focus is, and as much as she adores Finn, it’s not him. It’s that gold star! Always has been, always will be.
I guess I could understand it better if the narrative was clearly pointing to Rachel having trouble saying no to Finn because she didn’t want to hurt him… but you know, this wasn’t about that. This was about Rachel being obnoxiously, absurdly ‘Me me me!’ to the point where she’s not even thinking about the consequences her actions may have for Finn at all. And that’s just sad. Yes, Rachel can be selfish. But not this selfish. And I don’t appreciate the writers throwing her under the bus to prop up their contrived storyline.
And now I need to talk a little about Finn. Like I said, I gave him a pass last week, because he was under extreme emotional pressure as far as I’m concerned. But this week… I was pretty seriously pissed at him for busting out that song. Rachel needed time and he didn’t care and that kind of pushes all the wrong buttons for me. Because it was already selfish, stupid and unkind of him to put her in this position where she has to give him an answer on the rest of her life at 18. But to then start using Michael Jackson to pressure her? It was… gross. And honestly, it was kind of gross that it was even a small part of what motivated her to say yes.
I DON’T KNOW.
Rachel has always been a peculiar mix of feminist icon and needy little girl… and I dig that about her as a character. She’s not just one way or the other – she’s a lot of things. And so maybe I can see her reacting this way. She is a romantic. She does love Finn. And I will admit that she isn’t the most self-aware when it comes to being emotionally manipulated.
But even if I try as hard as I possibly can to make it work with her character, it still grates on me that she responds with stars in her eyes to a scene that would have made me give a guy a piece of my mind, followed by ‘It’s a no,’ and me leaving the room.
The bottom line is that I’m never going to be okay with Rachel Berry/Teen Wedding. She needs to retract her acceptance and she needs to do it quickly – any further dithering and angsting is just going to tarnish her more and more and they need to stop tarnishing my favourite character, okay? STOP TARNISHING, START POLISHING.
And when she does retract her acceptance, it has to mean the end of Finchel, at least for the foreseeable future. Because if they just revert to being a couple, then it’s all been drama for the sake of drama, and Glee has far too much of that as it is.
SO IN CONCLUSION. I will only be okay with this plotline if: The yes turns into a no, and Finchel turn into Finn and Rachel.
Thank you and good night.
Rin says: Yeah, I kind of already talked about how Rachel can’t marry Finn above in the Faberry/Bathroom.
But now I can vent some anger along with Sophy about how I’m really angry at the writing. Because Rachel never gives up, and suddenly all it takes is her letter to be a day late and she’s MARRYING PEOPLE?! Like, what?! Okay, so they’re not actually married, and she’ll probably go back on it next episode, but you know what I mean.
I just. Do we really need to add on MORE drama? Now Rachel just comes off as the villain, because she obviously didn’t say yes for any of the right reasons. And now we’re going to have to sit through a bunch of Rachel feeling extremely guilty and sorry, when it could have all been avoided. Weren’t we just having the awesome Rachel a few episodes ago that ‘got a taste of what it’s like to do the wrong thing’ and being wise and talking about what the ‘adult thing to do’ would be? Like?? 360??? No???
Sophy says: Kurt please turn around and ask Mercedes to help you with hats.
Or, you know, ask this fabulousness:
Head In Hands
Blaine – Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
Rin says: FABERRY LIBRARYING. FABERRY. LIBRARYING.
Let’s just add that to the list of places Faberry hang out in school together. Bathrooms. Under the bleachers. Libraries.
This song was the perfect intro for the Michael episode. It was full of energy and got everybody involved and blinged-out on stage.
And it was so great giving them all their solo moment in front of that AMAZING light wall. Besides my obvious love for spinning Quinn (WHICH THERE WAS SO MUCH SPINNING THIS EPISODE I THOUGHT MY EYES WOULD FALL OUT), I really fucking loved Rory’s. It’s just so fucking cute.
Wait. I’m just realising that Finn and Puck didn’t have one. Whichhhhhhhhhh. What the fuck Glee??? I know you had room because there was double Brittany and Blaine.. so. CARE TO EXPLAIN? I don’t think I missed it…
And while we’ve all got our heads in our hands, let’s not forget this guy. Just, wow.
Sophy says: AHAHAHAHAHAH OH MY GOD THAT WARBLER IS MY FAVOURITE. Honestly, he was the best thing about Black Or White, and I really, really enjoyed Black Or White, so.
But yes, what a cracking opener ‘Wanna be startin’ somethin” was. I swear you guys, we really did head in hands over it, we’re not just using it to get Faberry/Library in there without looking any more desperate and obsessive than we already do.
THE SOLO SHOTS ARE THE ABSOLUTE BEST THINGS. LIKE.
And I also have to point out this epicness:
I don’t even care whether you generally like Blaine or not. You liked this. And if you tell me you didn’t head in hands over it, I’m going to assume it’s a filthy lie.
Rin says: He looks exactly like Number 2 from Austin Powers.
“Look, I want to see Sebastian’s head turning on a spit.”
Sophy says: YES.
See now why couldn’t Kurt just leave it at that? Seriously what is the deal with all this high road bullshit? Giving that tape to the cops would not be revenge, okay show? It would be justice.
But also I wouldn’t have a problem with a little revenge on top of it, just so we’re clear.
Rin says: I REALLY. REALLY. FUCKING HATE. THAT MEERKAT.
I’m talking Holly Holiday hate.
Quinn Glory Shot
Now with bonus, ‘lol Dianna, really??’
Sophy says: HIGHLAND QUINN.
Rin says: Scottish. Lesbian.
that can’t keep her eyes off Rachel and/or Lea Michele
She said “You can’t,” bitch.