Mercedes, Santana, Kurt, Rachel – How Will I Know
Sophy says: One of the best performances on Glee, to be honest. The four vocalists sounded wonderful together, and the a capella, the staging and lighting and the sudden costume changes, the spotlight and ‘Glee’ and just. Perfect. And I can’t get over how inspired the colouring of their outfits is. It’s not the most obvious colour combination – the soft gold, the muted purple, the smooth silver-grey and the stark white… and yet it works like nobody’s business. Inspired.
This number made a really effective start to the episode, swiftly and unequivocally introducing the themes: Whitney, and doubt. Normally these tribute episodes don’t work so well, but I feel like this was nicely set up and Emma’s explanation of the Princess Di effect, and the way we sometimes grieve for the things that are far enough away not to hurt so much instead of looking at what’s actually tearing us up? Pretty clever way of giving Whitney a Glee send-off and not having it be entirely gratuitous.
PS. Emma’s singular “my friend” was the cutest thing.
I have to say though, I really enjoyed all the performances in this episode. Except the one with dread-locks. Because.
But yeah, Blaine’s, Kurt’s and Brittana’s performances in particular were all superb in every way.
Rin says: This was. Breathtaking.
BECAUSE. I MEAN. ‘How Will I Know’ is one of my favourite Whitney songs, and this interpretation of it was just stellar. You get four of the most amazing voices that Glee has, and they basically just let the voices speak for themselves. As strange as that sounds.. voices speaking for themselves… BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. No over-production, just beautiful beautiful voices. The harmonies, the simple choreography. All brilliant and wonderful and subtle and such a good opening for the show.
And when the beat eventually kicks in, I cannot. I just.. it gives me chills and makes me want to achieve things. Or something.
Also I have to say that I might still be smarting from that time Blaine had 3 major songs in Big Brother, and then opened Saturday Night Glee-ver.. so when It’s Not Right started, I was like… okay… BUT THEN. THEY HAD THE REST OF THE GLEE CLUB BACKING HIM UP IN BOTH THE CHOIR ROOM AND THE DREAMY MUSIC VIDEO AND OH MY FAR GO. I love it so much
BECAUSE THEY’RE ALL GLOWING WITH THAT MAGICAL 80s GLOW AND HAHAA. It’s so cuuuuuuute. And I love how they’re all pissed off and accusatory of Kurt and banding together and awww <3 My babies <3
So I have to include a cap.
LOOK AT THEM!
Also, when Dianna sings and puts her hand out, it’s one of the best things in this world. It just is.
Oh and I really like ‘My Love Is Your Love’ too. Because.. the kids. Singing stuff like, ‘My love is your love, and your love is my love. It would take an eternity to break us.’ Is.. well. It’s my kids, and friendship and and.. donuts.
Sophy says: All Blaine overkill aside, you can’t resent that number. Resenting it is NOT RIGHT AND NOT OKAY EITHER.
AND JUST. TINA AND MIKE WITH THEIR MATCHING CROSSED ARMS.
SAY SORRY WITH A SONG
Sophy says: Oh god, I SQUEALED it was so cute. Just. Vintage Emma.
Rin says: EMMA. You are a prince among men.
Sophy says: Oh please. We all know that in the real world Rachel fixes Quinn’s makeup for her in the fabathroom.
I also loved how Quinn spilled her emotional guts in this scene and everyone kind of looked on and Santana especially looked like she was plotting a good old fashioned Quinntana heart to heart and then… they just left it all up to that guy with the dreadlocks.
Just like everyone left her senior ditch day up to Artie.
So. Much. Fail.
Rin says: I love that you just turned this into another No.
BUT HAHAAH. I don’t know. It’s just a funny image with all the girls looking one way and Quinn off by herself, using the shiny hand dryer. It’s an adorable detail that I didn’t want to go unnoticed.
“Yeah, but these kids changed my life.”
Sophy says: See this is one of those times where I forget everything douchey or ridiculous that Will Schuster has ever done or failed to do and I just look at him and it’s like we’re meeting for the very first time all over again and oh.
Basically the whole ‘let’s put the wedding forward’ plotline was flawless in every way, from Don from Big Love making a cameo as Mr Lavender, to Will actually being the neurotic one in the relationship, to Emma’s face in that final cap? All of it, perfect. And that moment when Emma tells him that he’ll get a new group of kids next year, and he’s all BUT THESE KIDS CHANGED MY LIFE. I just. I FUCKING JUST.
Rin says: THIS SCENE MAKES ME TEAR UP, OKAY? It really does.
Because this is that moment in Don’t Stop Believin’ and it’s that moment when Will is off stage watching his Glee kids perform in competition for the first time… and it’s that moment when he’s on the phone listening to them sing ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’. It’s everything that I love about Will and his relationship with these kids and how they really did change his life for the better.
So as much as they try to turn Will into a joke, or whatever, I will still love him.
Also, I have to say I was completely caught off-guard as to why he was being such a prick about not postponing the wedding. Maybe cause I’m not that familiar with the American school year, or what kind of timeline Glee runs on.. but yeah. When Emma knew that Will wanted the wedding earlier so the Glee kids would attend.. I just. It was like a slap in the face because AW OMG WILL THAT’S SO ENDEARING AND SWEET AND AW I WISH GLEE WOULD STOP MAKING YOU DO STUPID THINGS BECAUSE YOU ARE AWESOME AND AMAZING AND AND AND.
And Emma is the best.
And does this mean that their wedding is going to be a S4 thing? I’m really happy they’re putting it off because as much as I look forward to it, these last few episodes should be all about the kids that are graduating.
Sophy says: Yeah, I didn’t pick that it was about Will wanting to do it before Graduation either, and so I spent the whole episode in a state of cat-like readiness in case it was just plain old douchebag Will rushing things to get some season-ending nuptials. But then it wasn’t. It wasn’t douchebag Will. It was weak Will. It was frightened, small Will, who needs Emma to sort him out and set him straight – and who knows it, and appreciates it. And I like that Will a lot.
And really my heart totally broke when I realized that he thinks maybe the kids don’t love him like he loves them… or they don’t need him like he needs them – not anymore – because he will be left behind – because they are on their way.
LOL well except Quinn. She’s sitting in a wheelchair worrying about how no boy could want her.
And there I go, turning it into a no again.
Best ‘Brittany is random’ Moment
“And Quinn, you’re still dancing in my dreams. And you can fly and breathe fire.”
Sophy says: Honestly one of my favourite random Brittany’s ever. It was just the sweetest, cutest, most hilarious thing. And Quinn’s darling face when she said it. Perfect moment.
Also it immediately made me think of one thing and one thing only. And then Rin went ahead and made all my dreams come true as usual. See below.
Rin says: OUR KHALEESI!
p.s. Dianna Agron acts the pants off that reaction shot. Stunning.
Sophy says: Just like how she “acts” the pants off you.
Also, I’d like to congratulate Brittany for knowing Quinn is a big gay. She thinks Joe’s a girl. She thinks it’s perfectly normal for Quinn to be into her. Kudos, Britt. Now I’m definitely siding with the people who think she’s a secret genius.
Rin says: HAHA that line from Brittany was pretty genius. And ALSO. WE FORGOT TO MENTION LAST WEEK.
AND NOW THIS.
THEY KNOW! AND THEY’RE JUST TEASING US NOW. ASSHOLES.
Rophy Says No!
Quinndependence? Where art thou?
Sophy says: No. Just no.
And not because I want Quinn to be gay. Sorry, not because I firmly believe Quinn is gay, and the googly eyes are and “something new” are merely her enjoying the attention from dreads in a Look, don’t touch way.
SHUT UP, OKAY. SHUT UP SHUT UP. JUST SHUT UP AND LEAVE ME ALONE.
Anyway, let me explain the real reason why I hate this so very much. It’s because it’s a repeat of what happened in that episode in which everyone went to Six Flags and left Quinn to chill with that other guy who never gave a crap about her previously. Because, you know, Teen Jesus is Quinn’s best friend these days. He’s the only person at the school who would offer to help her with her physical therapy, let alone insist on helping. Santana, Brittany, Rachel, Puck and Mercedes apparently all do not care.
And that is probably the most offensively OOC place this show has ever gone to. And okay, I know it’s all just sloppy, lazy writing, and we’re supposed to believe they’re really still Quinn’s friends, it’s just they’re busy with other plotlines and the show really needs to find a cheap and cheerful way to shove Teen Jesus into Quinn’s path. But if anything that makes me resent it more. Because it’s like they just don’t care. It’s like they think this miserable contrivance is good enough for Quinn Fabray.
And it’s not.
Quinn Fabray deserves better than this.
And yeah, I’ll say it. My beloved Faberry deserves better than this.
AND OKAY, I KNOW QUINN IS GAY AS A WINDOW. Right? RIGHT/
LEAVE ME ALONE.
Anyway, let’s take a trip into the whacked out minds of the Glee writers in which she’s apparently supposed to be straight these days. Wouldn’t she vastly prefer not to have a horny teenage boy she barely knows fondling her limbs? Because sure, Quinn’s a trooper and all, but physio-boners are not okay. They’re really fucking not okay, oh my god.
If I were her, I would sure rather have, oh, I don’t know, my close friends,or maybe that family I’m supposed to have tucked away somewhere, doing this for me than some random who may or may not have the hots for me?
HATE. HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE.
And another thing, Teen Jesus’ reason for helping, aside from the fact that Quinn is pretty and vulnerable and if he helps get her parts working again he might get to use them someday –
GIVE ME A BREAK, I AM SUFFERING.
Um. So Teen Jesus’ reason for helping Quinn is that he cares about her and is a Christian who believes in taking action to help people when they need it.
You know who else fills all of those criteria and actually Quinn’s friend?
WHY COULD THIS NOT HAVE BEEN HER PLOTLINE WITH QUINN?
BECAUSE QUINN’S NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE FRIENDS ANYMORE?
BECAUSE TEEN JESUS NEEDS TO USE HER PARTS?
EXPLAIN YOURSELF, SHOW.
EXPLAIN YOUR FUCKING SELF.
I’ll be licking my wounds for a while on this one. Mostly because I made the mistake of imagining how fucking adorable it would have been to see the whole Glee club taking turns helping Quinn with her therapy, and all the laughing and singing and loving that would have gone on with it.
There will always be a hole in my heart where that montage should have been.
And can I just mention how fucking depressing it was to see Quinn saying things like how nobody would be into her and it doesn’t matter what she wants and she’s said goodbye to that part of her life? Can I even express how gross it was to watch her singing about how her friends tell her she needs a boy of her own but she just cries and ends up alone? Worst song choice ever? Can I get an amen to that?
And then, insult to injury, salt in wound, when she starts to turn her frown upside down it is all about a boy and the fact that he valiantly finds her attractive despite how “grossed out” he should naturally be by her and her chair.
What happened to the Quinndependence, show? Did you hate it that much? What do you hate more, Glee? Quinn being an emancipated awesome female or Rachel being an emancipated awesome female? Maybe that should be the subject of our next poll here at rophydoes.
Rin says: Yeah. I have to say, the most frustrating thing about this is how they’re backpeddaling. They’re taking everything that they’ve spent this season building upon, Quinn going crazy as a result of her lack of a future and pretty much having very little self-worth — to eventually turning around and finally finally finally believing in herself. She was standing tall and had come to a place where she was finally accepting herself for who she is, owning it, and actually liking it. Quinn Fabray was LIKING the person she was.
AND THAT is huge. It’s everything for the character. She was proud and was starting to ask for things that she wanted for herself. Quinn Fabray never did anything for just her. You can argue that all the boys and scheming and all of that was for her, but it wasn’t. It was for someone she thought she should be. But as she went through hell etc, she grew up and started to be okay with just being her.
And that’s what Quinn’s entire story has pretty much been for me. Take away everything and she’s just a girl really. She never had the big broadway dreams, or the talent like Rachel. But then to see her grow and realise she could be so much more, maybe not BROADWAY more, but just.. someone who would succeed in whatever she set her mind to, and finding her drive and her passion and setting goals.. that THAT can be just as big as broadway in its own way. Her dream is Yale and NOT-LIMA, and that’s beautiful.
SO WE HAVE THAT.
And now we have this.
Quinn Fabray with none of her Glee club family supporting her through her recovery because they’re apparently too busy or something to care. How is it that Brittana aren’t there with her every step of the way? That Rachel isn’t? That Judy or even her sister isn’t? Seriously? The only person who wanted to go to physio with Quinn was a guy who turned up a few episodes ago????
Why. WHY GLEE? WHY?
That really pisses me off because, ok, if you’re going to skip all of the hospital stuff where we would have seen the Glee club in agony over Quinn’s accident, then you better give it to us later. And instead we get a WHOLE LOT of fucking off from the Glee club.
There was ONE moment from Rachel, in a total of 3 episodes, that showed that ANYONE was even upset that Quinn almost died. SHE. ALMOST. DIED.
BUT IT’S OKAY. CAUSE WE GET A ROMANCE OUT OF IT.
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME????
I just. I don’t want it. I really don’t.
Is it really such a big ask to want Quinn’s storyline to be about QUINN and not QUINN AND JOE? IS IT?
Quinndependence. It’s a beautiful thing.
Also, I would have absolutely died if we got that montage of all the other kids helping out and taking turns supporting Quinn through physio. And that Rachel would have drawn up a roster so that Quinn was never alone. I just. I will always have a heart-hole too.
p.s. There is something so ridiculously cute about her little feet in sneakers. I cannot. And her physio outfit in general.
AND CAN I ALSO ADD, THAT WHEN SHE ASKS JOE IF HE WANTS HER TO BE HER GIRLFRIEND, IT’S PERHAPS THE MOST BUTCH QUINN FABRAY HAS EVER BEEN?
“Finn sends me cutesie text messages all the time. Usually, they’re puns about my boobs, but I still appreciate the effort.”
Rin says: Wow. Really?
Quick. Marry him. Wouldn’t want that one to get away.
Sophy says: This is even less cute or acceptable than physio boners.
I would urge anybody whose boyfriend thinks it’s sweet to send them text messages sexually objectifying them to break up with said boyfriend. And if they think it’s sweet I would urge them to seek professional help.
“Blaine and I are on the rocks. I honestly don’t know what’s up with him.”
Sophy says: Wow, Glee, you’ve really been making me put my angry-pants on a lot these days, haven’t you?
Okay, let’s talk about the bullshit that was happening with Kurt Hummel in this episode. I should preface this rant by saying that I consider what he was doing to be cheating. A guy flirted overtly with Kurt and asked for his number. Kurt gave him his number. Kurt then proceeded to greatly enjoy the overtly flirtatious texts he was sent. In secret. As far as I’m concerned physical contact isn’t necessary in order to cheat. Nor is a sexual element. The worst kind of betrayal, to my mind, is an emotional one. And that’s what Kurt did here – he was selfish, and callous, and he betrayed Blaine emotionally.
And maybe that’s okay, because last season there was a time when Blaine was selfish and callous and betrayed Kurt emotionally. But the difference is that Blaine got it – he understood what he’d done wrong, and he apologized for it unreservedly.
But somehow Kurt doesn’t get it. Or he just pretends not to get it. He’s a pretty smart guy, so I tend to think it has to be the latter.
And you know, I’m a big Kurt fan, because he’s hilarious and brilliant and adorable and Chris Colfer is a perfect individual etc etc. But it really is starting to rub me the wrong way that he never ever has to get off his high horse about anything. There have been so many times when I’ve felt Kurt has owed people apologies and the show has not had him make them – and this one takes the cake, perhaps because I expected it to be different when it came to Blaine. I spent all episode waiting for that magic moment when Kurt would have to explicitly recognise how wrong what he’d done was and actually apologise out loud.
AND THAT MOMENT NEVER CAME.
Instead we got a cop-out of the ‘it was both of our faults slash neither of our faults’ variety. And you know, maybe it’s nice for Blaine to try and be a little more romantic with the texting and whatnot. There’s nothing wrong with that. But it kind of clouded the fact that Kurt was 100% the one at fault here – from the oblivious gushing about NYADA, to giving a guy who obviously liked him his number, to the secret messages, to treating Blaine’s pain so casually and dismissively.
‘I Have Nothing’ was amazing. The scene in Emma’s office was amazing. But if I were Blaine, Kurt would not have gotten back into my heart that easily.
Also can I say major kudos to Darren Criss for this episode. I really felt everything Blaine felt, every step of the way, and ‘It’s Not Right (But It’s Okay)’ was the most glorious mix of Blaine-lame and big flamey righteous gay fire.
Rin says: KURT. YOU JUST HAD A MASSIVE ARGUMENT WITH BLAINE. WHERE HE CLEARLY STATES WHY HE WAS UPSET. AND YOU JUST GO ALL CASUAL AND SAY THAT YOU HONESTLY DON’T KNOW WHAT’S UP WITH HIM?
HOW ARE YOU GRADUATING?
But for real. Kurt never had to say ‘I’m sorry.’ Not once. And it seems like he never has to. WOULD IT BE SO BAD IF KURT HAD TO ADMIT HE WAS WRONG? ESPECIALLY WHEN HE IS? Ffs.
The song was beautiful and glorious and Chris Colfer you are sublime, but you can’t just sing a song as an apology. No matter how many phamplets there are about it. You have to at least tell Blaine that you were wrong for engaging with that dickface because there was nothing innocent about it at all.
Also Blaine and Meerkat is NOT THE SAME THING WHATSOEVER. Can we just make that clear? Not once did we see Blaine giggle and head in hands over Meerkat. They had a Warbler bond, so it was obvious they would talk, but like Blaine said, he didn’t LIKE the guy. Kurt obviously liked dickface and the attention he was receiving. He basically encouraged it.
BUT YEAH. WHATEVER. I guess they’re all patched up, but I just don’t agree with how Kurt, ONCE AGAIN, didn’t have to pay his dues.
Sophy says: I feel the need to point out that you especially can’t apologise via song when said song contains the lyrics: “Take me for what I am, I’ll never change all my colors for you.” Not that Kurt should change his colours for anyone, but it really reinforced the message of ‘I really love you and need you, please love and need me, and by the way I didn’t really do anything wrong, so stop whining, guy’.
Head In Hands
“Will you do me a favor? Will you put this up in your locker?”
“You want me to put up a picture of you in my locker?”
Sophy says: AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.
Harmony/Willow parallel, anyone? “Oh crap, I think I just realised I’m going to miss you. Oh god. Say something irritating so I can get the taste of this out of my head, please,” was the kicker.
At first I was really indignant because this should have been a Faberry scene, but then I remembered that Quinn already has a photo of Rachel in her locker and was somewhat soothed. But then I thought that that would only have made the scene even cuter, because Quinn would have had to blushingly explain to Rachel that she already had a picture and that it had a tack over her face and they would have laughed and hugged and made out and wheeled home in Quinn’s chair and.
Anyway, this scene was completely adorable. I have to admit some of the writing didn’t quite ring true for me. Since when has Santana spent the past three years trying to make Rachel’s life a living hell? She’s been pretty mean sometimes. To everyone. But I would not characterize her as having seriously victimized Rachel. Nor would I exactly say that Rachel is half as feisty as Santana these days. She’s hardly likely to kill her best friend to get to the top if she’ll give up New York for a boy.
But regardless, Pezberry. And I enjoyed this scene more than their number together, to be honest, just because that seemed so much about their significant others, whereas this was definitely about each other.
And meanwhile it absolutely killed me that despite the fact that they probably have a zillion photos with each other in them given all the performances they’ve done together, Rachel still gives her a headshot. Because she would.
And I think a part of Santana wants to put it in her wallet.
Rin says: Oh gosh, okay.
This was so lovely, and sweet and awww totally something that would happen as the days to graduation count down. I’m hoping there’s more of these reflection scenes between the other kids too!
And agreed about the writing not being completely spot on. I feel like they could have said some more specific things about them that would resonate more, but all in all, it was great. After that moment in ‘We Are Young’ where Rachel takes Santana’s hand in hers and leads her back into the group, this really was an expansion on that. So I appreciate that. <3
AND THE PHOTO. RACHEL’S PHOTO. IT’S JUST. SO LOL. LIKE REALLY RACHEL, YOU HAVE NO CANDID PHOTOS? NONE FROM PERFORMANCES OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT? YOU GIVE HER A HEADSHOT?
I fucking love you Rachel Berry.
Uhm. When you’re not being stupid.
Polkadots and stripes.
Rin says: If you’re not going to give us Faberry, then we’re going to make our own Faberry.
Sophy says: They just match.
Locker shrines are not a foreign concept to us…
Rin says: That picture of the Glee club from S1 makes me so nostalgic. LOOK AT THEM. SO YOUNG AND FRESH-FACED AND PREGNANT.
I also really like that Kurt has a picture from Last Friday Night with Faberry dancing on the table together.
He ships it.
Sophy says: Of course he ships it. He’s only standing between them in that photo so their loins don’t touch and start a fire.
Quinn Glory Shot
Rin says: Um.
When I showed Sophy these caps she was confused. Because.. like. Does she just get prettier as time goes on or something? We don’t.
Sophy says: Crinkly. Eyes. Smile.
Is it worth this Teen Jesus malarkey?
I think it might be.