Artie and Quinn – I’m Still Standing
Rin says: Let me get this off my chest first.
I really, really, really, really, really, AND I STRESS ONCE AGAIN, really, wanted a hospital scene. I wanted that to be the reintroduction of Quinn, or at least have a flashback of her directly after the crash, getting wheeled into the emergency room. I HAD IT ALL FANTASIZED AND PLANNED DAMNIT. It would have been beautiful and glorious and all of the above. So that was my huge number one thing that I wanted from this episode of Glee, because I’m a sucker for hospital angst and I would have loved to have seen a bruised and battered Quinn Fabray and a waiting room full of tears. With Rachel possibly sitting on the floor up against the wall unable to comprehend anything because QUINN FABRAY GOT HIT BY A FUCKING TRUCK.
So there’s that.
We also had big dreams of a bedside Rachel softly cooing Quinn with a song.
Hey, 7 weeks is a long time to let your mind run wild, okay? We had a hard enough time waiting for the next episode each week without writing up ridiculous amounts of head canon between ourselves.
Anyhoo. Having said all of that?
If we had to forgo all of that, I would want it to be for this. Because oh my gosh it was adorable.
The first thing I thought of when I found out that Quinn was wheelchair bound was how it would affect my otp.
It’s true! Cause, really, I can’t live without Quinn/dancing and it’s a very important part of the show to me, so I was really unsure with how they were going to handle the obvious repercussions that would occur. And I have to say that Glee surprised me, and didn’t sink my ship. They actually managed to make me love them even more and also really appreciate the amount of effort they put into Quinn/dancing. The progression and the evolution is simply outstanding. They even added in a Quinn spin as a nod to what they went through together in 302 and 311. Marvellous.
I loved the routine because it basically threw us into the deep end with getting acquainted with roller Quinn. And it was reassuring that just because she’s in the chair, she won’t get shoved into the background during performances. Glee has always done really well to incorporate Artie into the routines, so I am rather excited to see what they’re going to do with a pair of wheelies.
I like that Rachel was kind of sulking throughout the song, save for a few escaped smiles when she couldn’t help herself. I liked it because it’s the build up for the outburst she has later on in the library. I don’t think Rachel will ever be okay with the sight of Quinn in a wheelchair, and she’s probably thinking about how the last time Quinn performed in the choir room she was dancing about with pure joy and freedom, and giving speeches about how she was so thankful for everyone and how you can’t change your past, but you can let go and start your future.
I usually side-eye and laugh a bit when Glee does the whole, ‘if you can’t talk about your feelings.. YOU SHOULD SING THEM,’ (which they did in this episode and I lol’d accordingly) but I do see embracing Glee club as something that Quinn would definitely do to help cope with her situation. Because she loves to perform, and time and time again they’ve been there for her when she needed them.
Well.. most of the time. MORE ON THAT LATER.
Oh oh oh and I have to say that one of my favourite moments of the episode is when Quinn steels herself for a moment and promises them all that she’ll be out of the chair and dancing on stage in time for Nationals.
You damn well will be Quinn. OR THERE WILL BE SO MUCH BLOOD SHED, I CANNOT.
Sophy says: Okay. OKAY.
This has been chosen for three reasons: 1) Quinn, 2) It was cute as fuck, 3) It was really nice to hear a new combination of voices, 4) Quinn, 5) Quinn’s face. Oh sorry that was 5 reasons. But they are all valid, no?
Seriously though, this is such a great song, such a great pick for Quinn’s re-emergence, and every time Quinn did that thing where she smiled like sunshine and sang “Feelin’ like a little kid” a part of me died inside in that way where it goes to heaven.
And the spinning. And the yeah yeah yeah.
It was really interesting to get to hear Kevin and Dianna do a duet, and I thought they sounded great together and was all ‘Aw they should sing together again sometime’ but I did not mean 20 minutes later. What, can Quinn only sing with people in wheelchairs now? What are Santana and Brittany to her now, chopped walking people?
Come on, show. Novelty is great, but so is common sense – and so is variety.
Speaking of variety, that’s the main reason the final duet between Blaine and his brother, which I thought was beautiful, wasn’t a contender. Because by the time I was watching it I was well and truly on Blaine/brother overload and anxiously checking to see how many precious minutes of screentime were left. I liked Blaine’s brother. I love Blaine. But once was enough.
Oh and I was pretty angry about the time jump too. In fact, when I think about it, I still am. But I’m trying not to focus on that. I’m trying to just be thankful for what we did receive. Because.
MORE. ON. THAT. LATER.
Rin says: Oh, I really love the rendition of Somebody That I Used To Know. I’ve been listening to it on repeat
“My commercial’s on hiatus.”
Rin says: As much as I didn’t appreciate all of the emphasis on BLAINE’S NON-EXISTENT BROTHER UNTIL NOW, I have to admit Cooper was hilarious. Hilarious.
Just the idea of him being a COMMERCIAL star is funny in itself, and that all of Lima are actually in awe of him is gold. BUT THEN HE WENT AND SAID HIS COMMERCIAL WAS ON HIATUS.
A COMMERCIAL. ON. HIATUS.
AND then he held a masterclass on acting and oh my god, all of his stupid advice and then acting out the NCIS scene with Rachel’s bad acting and Tina as the dead man wearing a dress.
Sophy says: HAHAHAHAH OH GOD. HIS COMMERCIAL IS ON HIATUS. I NEARLY DIED.
Blaine’s brother was a win. Well, until things went to sappy-town at the end. Guy, we’ve just met you, you don’t get to try to jerk our tears yet. Back off.
But yeah, this scene was superb. I think my favourite thing was how Rachel eagerly put up her hand to tell everyone that the most important thing about a dramatic scene was connecting with your scene partner. And then eagerly wrote down the opposite a few moments later, nodding all the while.
And how Rachel is basically this:
I specifically liked how he got really serious with Blaine at the end and it was still all about pointing.
Rin says: They are kindred spirits.
Rachel trying really hard not to think about Quinn’s plumbing.
Rin says: I just. I wasn’t thinking about your plumbing, but now that you mention it Rachel really really was.
And kind of dislikes that now Quinn got everyone else thinking about her plumbing.
SHE DOESN’T LIKE TO SHARE QUINN, OKAY?
NOT EVEN IN OTHER PEOPLES MINDS.
Sophy says: I think Rachel’s just unsettled because Quinn used to worry about her loins and now it feels like she doesn’t care.
Sophy says: So.
Rin and I knew we were likely to be in for a good time when the first sentence of the episode involved Rachel saying Quinn’s name. Always a good sign.
And then she was doing all the obsessing and sad-facing and not listening to Finn and it was all It’s not that, it’s Quinn, I can’t stop thinking about her again and I was basically clutching the keyboard and curling my toes.
And then Quinn was there. In the chair. And as she approached Rachel, she smiled her sunshiney It’s Rachel smile, and Rachel smiled back her tearful flutter-chested It’s Quinn smile, and Finn’s head was cropped out of the frame because? HE’S THE USELESS PART OF THE GROUP.
And then Quinn said it was the happiest day of her life and since she didn’t explain why I’m going to assume it’s because she was looking at Rachel, and then she wheeled off and burst into song because that’s the kind of thing a conversation with Rachel does to her.
Oh and Artie was there.
So, all time-jumps aside, we started well. Rachel and Finn were not married. Because of Quinn. Rachel was not interested in getting married anytime soon. Because of Quinn. Rachel was the happiest day of Quinn’s life, Finn’s head was out of the frame, and Artie was there.
And I was busy writing fanfic in my head in which it is later revealed that Rachel spent every afternoon since the accident sitting outside the hospital uselessly daring herself to drag the weight of her guilt and her love and her Quinn, Quinn, Quinn into the building.
But it was about to get better, you guys. In the way where everybody is cheerfully chattering about senior ditch day, and then bam, Rachel tells Quinn she’s so sorry, and the chatter stops, the score stops, and a dead silence carpet is rolled out for the Faberry, which is the way it should be.
And then Rachel’s face. The tears. The way she can barely bring herself to look at Quinn.
The way she could barely bring herself to walk through the hospital doors.
And I love that Rachel is the one, you know. THE ONE. Just as when Quinn was pink-haired and smoking under the bleachers with skanks and generally determined to waste her life, Rachel was the one who insisted that it wasn’t right and that she needed to come home… so here, Rachel is the one saying it’s not right, it shouldn’t be like this, and Quinn, Quinn, Quinn.
And then she says, as I absolutely needed her to say because I knew she would, that it was her wedding, that it was her text… and Quinn says, as I absolutely needed her to say because I knew she would, that what happened was not Rachel’s fault.
And then she says “Come here.”
And that’s where I started actually kind of hyperventilating.
BECAUSE YOU GUYS. LOOK AT HER. LOOK AT HER FACE AND HER OUTSTRETCHED ARMS. AND JUST. THE COMMAND. ‘COME HERE.’ BECAUSE, REALLY THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT.
RACHEL COMES RUNNING STRAIGHT TO QUINN.
AND I JUST.
One of the best things out of the sixty bajillion best things about this is how Quinn basically just says it like “Oh Rachel, I know what you need, proceed into my arms :-j”
And Rachel proceeds.
And that’s okay, you know. It’s super cute and all. It’s a third Faberry hug to add to our arsenal. And I may have been a smidge disappointed because for a split second I actually thought Rachel was going to sit in her lap about it.
BUT THEN I REALISE THEY’RE HOLDING HANDS.
THEY. ARE. HOLDING. HANDS.
LOOK AT IT.
I CAN’T AND WON’T.
AND QUINN KEEPS TALKING AND THE HANDS KEEP HOLDING.
AND I JUST.
And you know my favourite thing? The hands stop holding.
And then they fucking well start again.
And she sighed you guys. Quinn held out her arms and Rachel sighed with relief. Remember that time in the last episode when Rachel hugged Quinn and she sighed with relief? AND SEXUAL HEALING?
Maybe that’s why Rachel’s hand was in that secret pocket in her skirt.
Rin says: OMG THE SECRET POCKET. Honestly, when I first noticed it I looked around at my empty room and asked it if it saw what I did. BECAUSE OH LORD, WHY DIDN’T ANYONE ON GLEE TELL LEA NOT TO DO THAT??
Or maybe they did. And Lea didn’t care what it looked like.
I kind of expected a Faberry scene, or maybe I just hoped so bad that it turned into expectations, but I knew we’d get something. It was kind of unavoidable with the way things were left off before the hiatus. And we had so many dreams about how Rachel would be drowning herself in guilt over the accident, and then they ACTUALLY DID IT ON THE SHOW.. we died. AND RIGHT FROM THE START. It was Quinn Quinn Quinn from Rachel, which let’s face it, isn’t that out of the ordinary. But it’s really kind of getting obsessive to the point where she’s just plain distracted by all of her thoughts of Quinn.
And that’s twice now (in back to back episodes) that Rachel has been unable to focus on what Finn has been saying due to thinking about Quinn. Let’s hope this continues.
THEIR SHARED SHINY SMILES, OH MY GOD I CANNOT. They’re so shiny and positively beaming at each other and throughout the scene Quinn never acknowledges Finn once. I’m surprised they even talked later in the episode, and Quinn didn’t just roll right past him.
And Quinn interrupts Rachel as soon as she starts barrelling into how much they missed Quinn and Quinn doesn’t want to hear any of it because she doesn’t want to make a fuss. Plus her cheeks turn pink whenever Rachel talks fondly of her!
Annnnnnd now we’re onto the library scene.
Where Rachel couldn’t stand it any longer. And just about BURST with all of her emotions because she doesn’t understand how everyone is just okay with Quinn being in a chair. How Quinn is apparently just sunshine and lollipops about it all. The guilt has been eating her up inside, and she must have some serious angst about it because as dramatic as Rachel Berry is, it’s a rare occasion that she breaks down into tears in front of the whole group. Rachel had probably played out the scenario of how she would apologise to Quinn, probably in a bathroom, in private, but she literally could not control herself.
Let’s first take a look at how Rachel’s sitting with the love-of-her-life-Finn behind her, and how throughout her tears he’s been comforting her. Quinn and Rachel are sitting across from each other, not near each other. And the rest of the club are all just quietly and awkwardly trying to look at anywhere that isn’t Quinn and Rachel. All of this is kind of the situation you don’t beckon someone over for a hug, but QUINN DOESN’T CARE. Rachel has clearly been beating herself up over this and she needs to make it better.
Which, if you remember their very first scene together, Quinn was telling Rachel to stay away from Finn. And here we have Quinn taking Rachel away from Finn.
And even after the hug is done, she holds. On.
She. Holds. On.
Because she wasn’t ready to let go.
And I know this isn’t the first time they’ve held hands. But the other two times were during performances which for me, doesn’t count as much as it does here. Because they’re performing and protected under the veil of ‘well it was just the song :-??’ .. but now? YOU CAN’T RUN, YOU CAN’T HIDE. This is Quinn and this is Rachel. No veils here.
And that’s the real kicker. Because she makes a real effort to take Rachel’s hand in hers. And I love how casual she tries to make it look, by continuing to speak with the rest of the guys, but COME ON. WE’RE ALL LOOKING AT YOU TAKE RACHEL BERRY’S HAND.
THOSE VERY SAME HANDS YOU USED TO CALL MANHANDS.
CAN WE JUST?????????
That my friends. Is the beauty of the fabolution.
Sophy says: Oh God, the fabulotion. It’s starting to get so obvious everyone’s seeing it now – Santana, zimbio, even Finn!
Seriously look at his face.
That perturbed expression. Follow its eyeline. Follow its eyeline to Quinn taking his girlfriend’s hand. Like she owns her ass. Which she does. He’s seen the gay. He knows he can’t compete with the gay. That’s why he’s running away to California. Just saying.
And on that note I have to mention another scene while we’re about it. The runner-up for this category that never stood a chance realistically because FABERRY.
But still. We really loved the Finchel scene.
You know, I actually couldn’t help myself and watched the promo for this ep, so I knew that Finn was going to be asking Rachel how she felt about California.
And I thought I was going to be throwing things and screaming at him and capslocking my rage at Finn Hudson for being so insensitive and not understanding and supporting Rachel’s dream. And then I thought I was going to be writing a huge diatribe about how the writers have really failed with those two because until recently the one thing you could really credit Finn with in their relationship was that he absolutely did understand and support Rachel’s dream.
But it didn’t work out that way. The scene actually left me feeling really good about Finn and a lot better about his relationship with Rachel. And that’s because yeah, sure, he was was insensitive. He didn’t get it. But let’s face it, Rachel has been just as insensitive with regard to hisfuture lately. And it hit me, during that scene, how sad it is that she hasn’t been brainstorming for him in the midst of all this NYADA business, that she hasn’t been googling and listing and sitting him down and basically being the Tina to his Mike. And okay, it was easier for Tina, because Mike had a dream and all he needed was the push. But the fact that Finn lacked a dream was all the more reason for Rachel to be trying to help him create one. And she didn’t. She just tunnel-visioned on herself. Which was totally in character, after all – and is actually so often one of the reasons why I love her so much.But still. It’s felt like the more invested these two have gotten in each other as crutches, the less actual love they have shown for each other as people. And it was about time that was addressed.
Meanwhile, can we get a Rachel Berry gold star for Puck? Because he could have gotten anyone to go halfsies with him in his pool cleaning business, but he wanted Finn. And he wanted Finn because he wanted Finn to start clawing back some self-respect and some purpose. And maybe pool-cleaning in California isn’t it for Finn, but it’s a start. It’s something. And I love that Puck knew that he needed that.So yeah. Great scene. Very organic, very real, and a long time coming. It might spell the end for Finchel. Or it might spell a new, more balanced beginning.
Either way, it was good.
Rin says: Yes to all of the above. I loved the Finchel end scene because it was finally finally finally Glee dealing with them in a mature manner. And much healthier than going to the chapel to fix all of their insecurities.
And. Quinn owns. Rachel’s. Ass.
Best ‘Rachel is random’ Moment
Always one to stay in character.
Rin says: Because. What.
WHAT IS SHE EVEN DOING?
Is she continuing on with the scene by herself while Blaine and Cooper fight? Rachel Berry is the best fucking one.
Sophy says: She would.
And if you’re wondering, we thought Britt’s love of birth in springtime was cute, but guys, come on, can it really compare to this?
Rophy Says No!
“I’m going to Yale, I’m getting out of Lima, and I’m going to walk again.”
“And what if you don’t? When are you going to stop pretending that this isn’t really happening to you?”
Rin says: Oh my god. I physically jerked back at what Artie was saying because JESUS CHRIST.
I mean, if it was like, A YEAR FROM NOW, I can understand where Artie is coming from. BUT IT’S NOT. We don’t exactly know how much time has passed, but it can’t have been that long since the accident. Maybe a month or so? So this is hardly the time to try and nail some hard truths into Quinn. It really isn’t. It’s not being realistic, it’s just downright negative at this point. And I really don’t think Quinn needs that right now. She needs to stay positive and focus all of her energy on trying to get better. I’m not saying she can’t be sad, she has all the rights in the world to be sad, but if Quinn has decided this was kind of her own doing and owning it and has told everyone she’s made it her mission to be out of the chair for Nationals.. well, I’d like to think that ANY friend of Quinn’s would encourage her. You think Quinn hasn’t been thinking about the what ifs? Of COURSE she has! Her spinal cord was compressed ffs. I have no doubts she knows the severity of her injury, but she’s choosing to look forward and not dwell. And that’s the Quinn Fabray we’ve seen from 308 onwards.
Plus, I don’t think she’d just blatantly lie to the group and tell them that the doctor said she has a good chance to walk again with a lot of physical therapy, and that she was starting to regain feeling. I know that doctors can always be wrong, and maybe the doctor did tell Artie he would walk again — and that’s where this stems from, but in my experience it’s rare for a doctor to give out false hope. It’s usually the opposite.
And when Quinn said, “You’re not me,” I thought of this and omg, ~foreshadowing.
Sophy says: Deeply, deeply upsetting.
Okay. So I don’t even know what the writers were going for with this. Was I meant to be touched? Was I meant to be torn? Was I meant to be wheeling indignantly off with Quinn or gazing knowingly at wheely-Quinn with Artie?
I’ve rewatched it a few times and I’m still not sure. And you know, there are times when ambiguity is a good thing – a great thing, even – but I don’t think this was one of them.
The only way I can see this scene working for me is if we’re about to start on a journey that’s all about Artie, not Quinn. A journey that’s all about him coming to terms with the fact that even if he can never walk again it doesn’t mean Quinn can’t, and that just because hope is dead for him, doesn’t mean he should go around beating it to death for other people. We might actually finally see Artie/Tina get the wrap-up it deserved in a retrospective way, via an actual hashing out of Artie’s fear of opening himself up to girls who are not disabled or in some way “like him”.
I could get behind that storyline. Lord knows, Artie deserves something meaningful after all this time.
But so help me God, if this is about Quinn being in denial and Artie helping her embrace wheelchair life… or worse still, if it’s about Quinn being in denial and Artie helping her embrace wheelchair life AND THEN HER MIRACULOUSLY BEING ABLE TO WALK HAVING LEARNED HER LESSON.
I know it sounds too awful to be true. But I suspect Glee of these things, you guys. I really do.
Or let’s take it one step further into awful: Quinn and Artie fall in love with each other’s wheelchairs along the way, and then Quinn’s pins get their act together and it’s all angst, angst, our great wheelchair love, so star-crossed.
I would have to make some kind of petition for the end of the world happening right now because there is no point in any of us living.
The merest hint of “Quartie” and Glee will feel my embittered wrath in a way no other show has felt it before.
Let’s get this straight. I am in no way opposed to Quinn and Artie developing an actual friendship. It makes sense and is nice that Artie would reach out to her on account of her being in a wheelchair. Kevin and Dianna sound great together and make adorable faces. I love it, I do.
But like I said, I suspect Glee of these things. Wheelchair romances. Eyes opened. By the Grace of God. All that.
Be right back, scrubbing my imagination with hydrogen peroxide.
Anyway, I guess my main gripe with this scene, apart from the horror of the possibility of Quartie, is that Quinn Fabray knows what denial is like. She knows where it goes and it’s a damn dark place that she just recently hauled herself out of with all the strength and goodness she had in her. And she was a new person by the end. She was a grown woman, with a seriously awesome head on her shoulders and an even more awesome face on her head.
But really, at this point, I don’t want to see a rehash of Quinn being unable to deal with things. I don’t want to see Quinn revert to childish denial. Which means I need Quinn to be being 100% truthful and rational when she reports that the doctors have said there’s a good chance she’ll make a full recovery, and when she tells people she’s starting to regain feeling.
Which means Artie has to be wrong. Because, okay, false hope sucks. Setting yourself up for crushing disappointment is a sorry thing. But provided Artie doesn’t know something we don’t, that’s not what Quinn’s doing here. She’s just being fucking optimistic and determined, okay? And that’s a beautiful thing. That’s an important thing. And they really need to either get Artie to shut the hell up from this point on, or commit to a storyline about his issues – his innate loneliness, the disconnect he still feels from his fellow Glee-clubbers, his fear of rejection…
To sum up. Quartie would be the worst thing that has ever happened on television.
It’s not romantic when you want someone to never change, if you really just want them to never walk.
I’m also extremely resentful of the fact that Quinn didn’t get to go to senior ditch day with her actual friends. It’s nice for her to be getting to know Artie and all, but come on – Santana and Brittany didn’t want to spend the day with her? Dripping-in-guilt-and-worry Rachel was fine with going to the theme park and leaving Quinn to do her own thing with the other crippled kid?
When we were watching the episode, Rin got confused for a second and thought all the Glee kids had come to the disabled skate park instead of going to Six Flags, and you know, when you actually put that on the table, the idea that it didn’t happen seems ridiculous. Quinn almost died. She’s in a wheelchair. She’s just come back to school. It’s senior ditch day… and those kids leave her and Artie to chill on their own because rollercoasters are so important to them?
I don’t think so. That was contrived and OOC for the whole group, especially Rachel, Brittany and Santana.
Meanwhile, we checked, and disabled people like Quinn and Artie can go on the rollercoasters at Six Flags. But. Apparently the staff are unsupportive and the system is such that you wind up being separated from your friends and have a shitty time. We googled it, okay. I have no doubt in my mind that the kids would also have googled it. And I have no doubt in my mind that given that information, they would never have dreamed of patronizing the place.
And another thing. Remember that episode where Quinn got hit by a truck and how it was completely swamped by Karofsky and his suicide attempt? Nice symmetry with how the episode where Quinn comes back after being hit by a truck is swamped by a fringe storyline too – this time Blaine and his issues with his brother.
As I said above, I’m not a Blaine-hater. I am in fact a Blaine-adorer. And even I thought this was bullshit. Partly because it overshadowed Quinn at a time when she really, really shouldn’t have been overshadowed. But mostly just because it was so damn random! Really, I hope Cooper is going to be back and serve some purpose before the season is out, because as it is all that thick-iced angst was just a waste of my time.
AND OF FABERRY’S TIME ALSO. YEAH I SAID IT.
Really though, they should have cut Fighter. Not that I wasn’t watching through my fingers and giggling and giggling with unabashed lametastic glee… but I would have traded it for a song from any of the other kids. Really.
AND IN CASE YOU DIDN’T GET THE MESSAGE. ANY EPISODE IN WHICH THE AMOUNT OF QUINN/ARTIE ALONE TIME IS GREATER THAN THE AMOUNT OF QUINN/RACHEL ALONE TIME IS AN EPISODE THAT NEEDS TO LOOK AT ITS LIFE AND ITS CHOICES.
Rin says: I have to second the ‘Quartie would be the worst thing’.
I AM ALL FOR A QUARTIE FRIENDSHIP. Let me first make that clear. But if they cross that line, I am going to bring the fury of a thousand fists to the table.
And look, I know I’m pretty much a Faberry stan, but I’m hoping you don’t just at me and write me off as not liking Quartie because it’s not Faberry.
Because that’s really not the reason. PLUS I DON’T EVEN THINK RACHEL IS GAY.
The reason I don’t like the notion of Quartie is because Quinn’s journey this season has been all about her future and Quinn/Independence. And getting out of Lima and not dragging an anchor from her past into the bright lights of her future. And that doesn’t mean Quinn has to be single, not at all, but it does mean that if they’re going to pair someone with Quinn it needs to be with someone who wants all of those things for Quinn too. Someone who has been there with Quinn, through all the drama, and understands Quinn because of it.
That person is not Artie. Because the only time Artie has been interested in Quinn’s life, and vice versa, is when she turned up in a wheelchair. And yes, obviously that means they would bond and I love that Artie is taking all this time to make sure Quinn is comfortable in her chair. But it seems like that’s where it stops. Does he care about her future? Does he know what she’s been through to even be having a future? Apart from what he’s seen on the surface, because that’s all he’s ever seen up until this point. So that really irks me.
I mean, I just went to the glee wiki page to look at the Artie-Quinn relationship to see what interactions they’ve had previously.. and IT TURNS OUT THE PAGE WAS ONLY CREATED A FEW HOURS AGO.
IS THAT NOT CASE ENOUGH?
That noone has ever thought about Quartie before they happened to both be in wheelchairs?
I just. I can’t have a relationship based off of that. I can’t.
Especially not with a character I care so much about.
You don’t just have 3 seasons of development and suddenly pull something out of nowhere and expect people to be okay with it. Mercedes and Sam worked because they are side characters and have very little else going on.
And if it so happens they are just using this as a chance to give Artie more of a storyline, as Sophy said, then yay, I’m all for it.
JUST DO NOT HAVE THEM FALL IN LOVE OVER WHEELCHAIRS. OKAY?
It’s stupid and uncalled for and with everything that they’ve put Quinn Fabray through, it would be the worst of it yet.
Yes. Worse than getting pregnant, giving away that baby, being shoved into the background, lucy caboosey, big plans, trying to steal Beth, and getting hit by a truck.
Having Quinn fall in love with Artie would be the very worst of it.
AND NOW CAN I SAY MY BIG NO NO NO TO THE REST OF THE GLEE CLUB LEAVING ARTIE AND QUINN BEHIND AND FUCKING OFF TO SIX FLAGS?
One of the most appealing things about this show is how in times of need, these kids band together like nobody’s business. So it really pissed me off that they would be okay with spending a day that’s ALL ABOUT SPENDING IT WITH YOUR FRIENDS, without them.
WHICH BY THE FUCKING WAY. ARTIE IS A FUCKING JUNIOR.
A FUCKING JUNIOR. Who took away Quinn from having her SENIOR DITCH DAY, with the OTHER SENIORS. (Plus Tina??) Not to mention, her main group of friends.
And I agree that it is major OOC for Rachel, Brittany and Santana to be okay with not spending the day with Quinn-I-ALMOST-DIED-Fabray.
And the main thing being that, okay yes, if Glee wanted to show off the awesome talents of all the disabled skaters/chairers/etc then cool! But there was a perfect opportunity to have a very heart-warming and GLEE-CLUB-
DUCKS-FLY-TOGETHER moment by having them join in on the activities at the skate park. WHY WOULDN’T A SKATE PARK BE LOTS OF FUN? They would have had a picnic lunch and laughed and fallen over and at the end of the day they would have all stood at the bottom and cheered on Quinn as she conquered the biggest hill.
AND let’s not forget that the last time the group left out Artie, Mr Schue fucking made them all use a wheelchair to teach them a lesson.
I’m a rage elephant. I will never forget.
Sophy says: Rage elephant is literally the best thing you’ve ever said.
And one more thing, because I just can’t stop saying no to Quartie. I literally got chills of the bad kind when Artie butted into Finn’s conversation with Quinn with his inappropriately territorial “What’s going on?”
GET THE FUCK OUT.
I’D RATHER SHE DATED TEEN JESUS.
Back the fuck off Teen Jesus
Rin says: Teen Jesus can back the fuck off right into the friend zone and STAY THERE LIKE A GOOD LITTLE DREADLOCKED PUPPY. BECAUSE THAT IS HIS CHARACTER, OKAY?
Head In Hands
“That sounds familiar.”
Rin says: Two things make this head in hands.
The noises Quinn makes as she struggles up the ramp.
The throwing head back big belly laugh she has when she reaches the top.
Sophy says: So cute I die.
And that laugh.
Thought I’ve gotta say, when you put this scene into context with the one we said no to, it kind of leaves a bad taste in my mouth. It’s sweet that Artie wants to help Quinn, but also slightly unsettling how eager he is to encourage her in being optimistic and brave and tough about being in the wheelchair. But if she wants to be all of those things about getting out of it? Not so much. I’m trying, okay. I’m trying to reserve judgment until we see where all this is going.
BUT QUINN FABRAY IS IN A WHEELCHAIR AND SPENDING ALL HER TIME WITH ARTIE. TENSIONS ARE RUNNING HIGH IN ROPHYLAND.
Meanwhile Quinn is wearing a travel agent’s outfit from the 80’s and my head is in my heads.
I also like Artie’s jumper very much.
Rin says: Oh you mean the jumper that has tractors that would remind her of GOING TO THE CHAPEL? HMM?
OH YEAH. REAL NICE ARTIE.
And no, you have a real point. During this scene Artie specifically says, ‘I believe in you,’ …but I only believe in you when you’re in the wheelchair. I don’t believe you’ll ever get out of it.
Rin says: She’s even sticking out her leg a bit so we can see it clearer.
JUST IN CASE THERE WAS ANY DOUBT.
Rachel Berry loves pink. And we’re really not talking about the singer.
We’re talking about IT TASTES LIKE PINK, and the PINK HAIR and pink. Pink. Pink. It continues to be a thing.
ALSO, a big big big head in hands to the Unholy Trinity hug after Quinn gives her little speech in the choir room. Thank god they at least got something. Quinn is their best friend afterall, ffs Glee.
Sophy says: Oh my god, yes, yes, yes. The Unholy Trinity hugging was A+. I still think they should have gotten a song though.
And okay, okay. These were supposed to be saved for quinning very special comments… but we can’t resist putting them in the actual recap. Because.
And one last head-in-hands shout-out to Furt. “I love the big lug.” CUTEST.
“Rachel kept making him win stuffed animals for her, and at the end of the day, out of the 14 she had, I confiscated this little guy to give to you.”
Rin says: In this scenario, I would unfortunately be Finn.
But at least I fucking won 14 toys. I’d call that impressive.
AND HOW DOES SOPHY REPAY ME? BY SIMPLY GIVING ONE OF THOSE AWAY TO KURT??
Sophy says: This would happen to Rophy. This will happen to Rophy. Except I want 15. And they all have to be pink.
PS. On a scale of a million to a million, how cute was Kurt in this scene?
Quinn Glory Shot
SHE’S ALIVE AND WORE AN ADORABLE HELMET. There is no bad here.
Rin says: Look, I know it’s a bit ridiculous when there’s a wall full of glory shots, when I should just suck it up and choose the one but LET’S REMEMBER THAT SHE GOT HIT BY A TRUCK AND WE SHOULD JUST CELEBRATE THE FACT THAT QUINN FABRAY LIVES ON.
Can we do that?
And now that Glee has been renewed for a fourth season, and Dianna Agron has signed on for another year as well, I’ll probably be keeping the glory shots to a minimum next time. Seeing as we have at least another 27 episodes with our baby Fabray.
These are good times in Rophyland.
Sophy says: FORGIVE US, ROPHITES. WE CAN’T BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR OUR GLORY SHOT ACTIONS AT THIS TIME.
And oh god, 27 more episodes of Fabray. And a good chunk of those had better have Faberry in them.
What? YALE IS ONLY A COUPLE OF HOURS FROM NEW YORK. REMEMBER?