Blaine – Teenage Dream
Rin says: This is easily my favourite performance of the season so far, and will probably stay as one of my most favourite performances on Glee, ever.
I feel like it’s pretty obvious, and you all understand why. I kind of haven’t stopped listening to it since the episode aired, even putting it on my ipad immediately so it was portable and I could take the song with me. Even if it was just to go into another room.
There’s something so undeniably honest and pure about the way Darren delivered this, the way Blaine delivered it. It felt like he was literally bearing his soul whilst singing a Katy Perry song, and that is just not something that happens. It’s not. But that’s what an amazing vision can create, to have Blaine perform this song again and have it completely reworked for their current situation? It was honestly one of the more perfect things I’ve seen on tv. And I’m not even trying to be dramatic about it.
My approach to the relationships on Glee is pretty relaxed. I’m obviously excluding Faberry out of this, so in comparison, I’ve really never been that invested in any of them. Not that I don’t care or enjoy any of them, I do, I very much do, but I can’t say I’d be crushed if any of them didn’t end up being endgame. I don’t think it would change much of my watching experience.
Having said that, I feel like this episode, and particularly this performance, has shown me two ships that I might start to care about more than I ever thought I would. Which I’m really quite happy and excited about. Those two being Klaine and Brittana. I’ll speak about Brittana later, because right now I’m still trying to process Teenage Dream.
This is the part of the episode where I started getting pretty emotional. For me this performance was like Blaine mourning the inevitable end of his relationship with Kurt. And it hits hard, because he’s doing it with the song he sang when he first met Kurt. The layers that this performance gives, the stark contrast between then and now, wanting to go back, wanting to take back what he did, wanting life to be simpler, wanting to go back to being in love — there are so many things it represents, and so many levels on which it works. Which is why I think it’s so emotional. Aside from the fact that the performance itself was incredibly emotional. Again, I have to give props to Darren Criss for how much of himself he put into this performance, and how much he revealed. Also if I’m not mistaken, it sounds like he did this version live? Which is just plain ridiculous. I loved how towards the end of the song he starts to lose control of it, and the tempo jumps around and his voice cracks. It made it all the more real for me.
I don’t really know what else to say, or even think I’ve properly worded the reasons why I love this performance so much. Truth be told, I’ve been listening to the song whilst looking at the caps, and I’ve had a lot of trouble trying to keep my emotions in check.
The first time Blaine performed Teenage Dream, it was all for fun. It was all about being cheeky, carefree and celebrating your youth. This time around it just highlighted the fact that they’ve lost that. And that’s probably the thing that makes me incredibly sad. Blaine fucked up, he fucked up big time, and in the way where he’ll probably never be the same. He’ll probably never forgive himself. It’s needless to say that I’m strongly against cheating irl, and that there is no excuse for what Blaine did. But in tv world.. well, I can’t bring myself to condemn Blaine to a life where he is defined by the stupidest decision he’s ever made. I guess what I’m trying to say is that yes, what Blaine did was a scumbag move, but Blaine himself isn’t a scumbag, as in there’s room for him to make things right. Which is what this performance showed to me.
To be honest, I really hate that they made Blaine cheat. I really don’t think it was necessary or even within the realm of his character — especially after what they recently went through with Kurt texting that ridiculous excuse for a human being. But mostly? I hate that this seems to be the only way that Glee knows how to break up couples. Actually, it seems to be the go to reason for most shows to break up any couple, and I’m kind of sick of it, you know? I feel like the way Klaine was going, it would have been more impactful and also just more realistic to have their relationship fail over the fact that they were growing apart. It just seems that much sadder when two people who obviously do love each other, but can’t get it to work because it’s just not the best situation — you know that’s something that I would have loved to have seen with Klaine. But WHATEVER. It’s happened, I’ve accepted it.
OH AND OFC MY PANTS WERE OFF. THE COLOURED LIGHTS. Tears. Pants around my ankles. What a mess.
I’m looking forward to how they move forward from here.
What a fucking Naomi.
Sophy says: HE WAS SCARED. HE’S ALWAYS SCARED.
As soon as “I was with someone,” came out of Blaine’s mouth I was sure that our Rophy Says No would be Blaine cheating. And we still are saying a thoughtful, sorrowful kind of No to it, but it seemed wrong to put it in the same category as our actual No. Which is the Huddled-in-a-corner-screaming-and-clawing-at-the-floorboards kind of No.
Let me just say this: cheating is douchey. I like Blaine. I sympathized greatly with him in the last episode. But it doesn’t matter how insensitive or selfish Kurt was, it did not license Blaine to cheat on him. And cheating is douchey.
Having said that, in light of what I said about Rachel last week, I have to cut Blaine a little slack here. This situation has some pretty heavy parallels to the time Rachel cheated on Finn with Puck – Kurt and Finn both made their partners feel alone, the cheating was borne out of genuine suffering and confusion, not callous pleasure-seeking, Blaine is just a kid in high school like Rachel was, and both Rachel and Blaine owned up to their transgression and apologized, instead of continuing to lie. Those are all reasons I gave Rachel a pass. So I guess they’re reasons I’ll be able to love Blaine through his douchery.
But it still makes me unbearably sad that he had to go and be a douche in the first place. I don’t expect these kids to be perfect. Blaine certainly isn’t perfect. He’s the lamest kid at McKinley bar none, he’s kind of an attention whore, he can be bitchy when he’s feeling low – and he has a tendency to feel low, he bottles things up and then pops the cork, he’s needy, he’s whiney, and can be a major drama queen. And, you know, I’m not even sure that cheating is completely out of character for a guy like that. I don’t see why the fact that he showed he had a low threshold for what constitutes cheating in ‘Dance With Somebody’ means he’d never actually cheat himself. And he’s an emotional mess, you know? He doesn’t have the self-esteem to be his own best friend about things. I can see why Blaine would deal with rejection and loneliness by allowing some dick to emptily fawn all over him. But it felt kind of disrespectful to the character and to the relationship to have his hook-up with Eli C be so laughably sudden. I mean, really, show? He hops on facebook during a musical montage and bam, they’ve ruined Klaine, they don’t want anyone to care? That’s all the build up we need? I’m sure this wasn’t the intention, but it kind of makes Blaine look easy. No need for him to have a Brody wearing him down for three episodes, right?
For one thing I am grateful: Blaine definitely recognized the seriousness of what he’d done, both in terms of how at fault he was, and the extent of the damage he’d done to his relationship with Kurt.
Yes, he tried to make excuses in the moment. And I thought it was gross and immature and idiotic. But we all do it, right? How many of us have the guts to own up to a wrong-doing and lay ourselves completely bare about it? I know I always have to go through the stage of ‘But you said this,’ and ‘I didn’t realize that,’ and ‘Maybe if x, y, z and an elephant,’ before I get the point of saying, ‘No, you know what, I fucked up, and it’s nobody’s fault but my own.’ I’ve actually gotten a little better at getting to that place quicker over the years, but you guys I’m old! It takes time. And yes, the ‘In the doghouse’ card was probably a little on the cute side, but I really don’t think a misguided charm offensive can outweigh the look on Blaine’s face or the emotion in his voice while he was singing Teenage Dream at the club. He was manifestly devastated by his own actions and by the idea that he’d thrown away something so precious to him, that he’d betrayed someone he loved so much.
And you know, he did ultimately admit to Finn that there was no excuse for what he did. I just wish we got to see him explicitly admit that to Kurt too.
And here’s where we arrive at the messier end of my ‘No’. I hate that Blaine cheated because it means I have to feel sorry for Kurt.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Kurt. And I love Chris Colfer’s darling face – the way it went from loved-up to doubtful to agonized to emotionally depleted to resigned and aching and oh? I think he’s amazing, and I really felt for the character through all this.
But what bothers me is that Blaine cheating means that Kurt is the victim in their break-up – and Blaine is the villain. End of story. And that’s so damn reductive and boring. And like Rin, I don’t understand why they had to go there. The break-up between Kurt and Blaine was already perfectly set up. It felt like we were teetering on the brink of it last week, to the point where it would have felt organic to me if Blaine had shown up without roses and without a bright, faked smile, without kisses, and without any confessions… to simply tell Kurt that he couldn’t take it anymore, that he felt like he’d lost who he was, and that clinging onto someone who wasn’t really there anymore was only making him feel more alone.
And it would be devastating because it would be so real – because it would be all about Kurt’s carelessness and Blaine’s neediness – it would be all about who they are and how they are with each other. Two people with so much love for one another who can’t make it work.
Now it’s just one person being a dickhead. And it has to be that way, because if, as of Blaine’s transgression, Kurt is shown to reflect on his shortcomings as a boyfriend or confront the things he could have or should have done differently, there’s a danger it will seem like he is taking responsibility for Blaine’s actions. And the show really did seem to start as it means to go on, given that Kurt even got to deliver the smackdown to Blaine’s excuses, saying that he’d been lonely too, and that he’d had temptations too, but he didn’t go there because, well, he’s better than Blaine?
And to that I say: bullshit. Maybe Kurt is superior to nearly every person on this show. Maybe he would never cheat, regardless of the circumstances. Who knows. We haven’t seen him have any temptations while he’s been in New York. And for him to say he’s been lonely is laughable. He’s been having the time of his life in the greatest city in the world, living with his best friend, working at vogue.com with a boss who adores him. It’s been all onward and upward for him. The fact is that Kurt’s experience of the long distance relationship doesn’t remotely line up with Blaine’s. But I can get why in the heat of the moment, and stung by Blaine’s attempts to make excuses for something that really isn’t excusable, Kurt would want to stretch the truth there. I don’t have a problem with that.
My problem is that I’m pretty sure the smackdown will have to be the final word on the matter. And that means what could have been a really interesting opportunity for insight and character growth for Kurt is dashed.
And maybe Klaine is pretty much dashed too. Because without addressing the ways Kurt failed Blaine as well as the ways Blaine failed Kurt, the two of them are never going to get to a better place. I do believe a relationship can, in some cases, withstand cheating, or rather, can be rebuilt in the aftermath of cheating, but I’m not sure Glee have the consistency and dedication to write that story. I mean, I trusted Skins to do it, and they failed. I won’t make that mistake with a show that is famous for simply snipping off its loose ends.
Having said that, this episode really threw into relief the stark contrast between who Kurt is and who Blaine is. Mostly because hey! We’re already finding out who Blaine is. Kudos, show. I think it’s really interesting that they’re such opposites, and that for all Blaine has the ‘alpha gay’ tag, for all he fits in better with the boys… he’s actually a heck of a lot girlier than Kurt on an emotional level. Kurt can cry with the best of them, sure, but he’s always had a steeliness and a strength that Blaine really doesn’t have. As he says at the end of the episode, he’ll be okay. Because he’s the kind of person who gets on with things. He’s the kind of person who embraces tomorrow. Blaine is the kind of person who’s always looking over his shoulder. Blaine is the kind of person who always feels like second best, except in that split second when someone’s slapped on a ribbon on him that says ‘First place’.
He has always been the most comically joyous person in Glee club, and yet over the seasons I’m starting to put together a profile of a boy who is profoundly, structurally… sad. Which actually makes a lot of sense. Sometimes when people are that happy it’s to try to stop being so sad. When we met Blaine he seemed pretty together, his history with being bullied notwithstanding. But I think that’s because at Dalton Blaine was the centre of attention at all times, and then Kurt put him up on a pedestal for all to see… That’s how Blaine likes himself, I think – by being wanted. He’s quick to feel rejected when Kurt’s paying attention to other things – or other people, and he’s quick to feel excluded and overshadowed – see the debacle with Finn and Sam, see his life-long struggle with his brother.
And now? Now he’s just one kid amid many at a school that doesn’t think he’s particularly remarkable. Sure they elected him Class President, but who was he up against? The girl who wanted to ban not-School? That kind of shrugging approval was never going to fill the void for Blaine. Just like finding a friend in Sam wasn’t going to fill the void. Because his void is just so big and voidy and never-to-be-filled.
The way I see it, Blaine is emerging as possibly the most screwed up person on this show since Quinn Fabray. If the writers actually follow through on that, the cheating might turn from a random plot-sausage into a wonderful characterization-casserole. Um. It might turn from a No into a Yes. We shall see.
And now to actually discuss the song? Yeah, like Rin I am somewhat obsessed with Darren’s Teenage Dream. I’ve been listening to it pretty much exclusively since the episode aired. Really, I try to put on other songs, but they just seem like filler??? That’s how beautiful I think this is. That’s how tightly this has a hold of my heart. I’d say the last time I was this obsessed with a Glee track was way back in 308 with ‘We Are Young,’ and it’s not like there haven’t been some goodies since then.
On first watch this was already completely devastating, and made perfect sense. This despite the fact that I did not imagine even for a second that Blaine had cheated. Really, that business with Eli C was so throwaway that it didn’t even cross my mind that that was what this was all about. I thought Blaine was cracking up because he’d come here not knowing whether he was going to get a fix of being close and try to live off that for another few months, or whether he’d really come here to tell Kurt it wasn’t working and actually let go of something he’d been holding onto so hard for so long. That’s how I felt watching this performance – as though Blaine was coming more and more emotionally unglued as he became more and more aware that however sweet this weekend might be, it was not going to solve their problems.
And his face. And his voice. Like Rin said the fact that it was live made it all the more visceral, and I was really glad Darren didn’t fret about being as perfect as he is on the studio version, because this wasn’t a time when Blaine would care about keeping time or hitting notes cleanly.
And you know, watching this again after knowing about the cheating? It was just devastating on a whole other level. Obviously the lyrics already had a certain bittersweetness to them, partly because of the carefree back to the start context in which Blaine had sung them previously, but also just in and of themselves – a teenage dream was something the two of them were living together in season 2. Now it’s something they’re looking back on. But in the context of the cheating it’s even more specifically heartbreaking. Now you know why Blaine chokes so much over the words “Let you put your hands on me.” Because they’re not just an ode to the times he and Kurt “messed around,” they’re a self-flagellating reference to the time he let some other person do the same things.
And you know, what really hurts me the most about this is that Blaine has always been one for grand musical gestures. Nobody is as obnoxiously fond as he is of telling people things via song. Kurt needs to go to New York? Blaine will sing it. It’s Valentine’s Day. Blaine bursts in with a song. Blaine has a crush on a boy he barely knows? SERENADE HIM AT WORK. Santana just got outed? Maybe Blaine should sing?! Brittany’s having a break down? Blaine sings y/y…?! Blaine’s saying goodbye? Here’s a song! Blaine’s saying hello – HAVE A SONG! Seriously, he never stops.
And I feel like he was trying to do that here. To sing his feelings. To show off for his guy the way he always used to. And it’s just not working. It’s just never going to be the same again.
But yeah. Superb. One of Glee’s greatest musical moments, hands down.
Rin says: I only have one more thing to add.
Sophy says: Shane understands my pain.
PS. Did it make anyone else laugh that Brody shows up at the bar and proceeds to sit behind Kurt all night. The guy has no friends?
Finchel, Klaine, Brittana & Wemma – The Scientist
Rin says: Like I said, I had started crying during Teenage Dream, and from then on it was like I was on the verge of tears for the rest of the episode. And then the flashbacks started.
I haven’t cried this hard over tv for a while. I would compare it to when I watched the Angel episode, ‘A Hole In The World’ for the first time. The type of crying where it’s actually uncontrolable, and there’s yelling and you’re really glad no one is around to see you because there is no reasonable explanation.
The flashbacks hit me like a tonne of fucking bricks. The emotions had been building throughout the episode, and then OH HEY? WAS ALL OF THAT NOT ENOUGH? OKAY THEN.. HERE! And I’m trying really hard to not just say, ‘I died.’ But. I died. I can’t even really recall what happened because it’s all a blur.. but lots of pausing, lots of yelling, lots of looking around and wondering if this was the way I was going to go.
DO YOU SEE HOW FUCKING YOUNG THEY ALL LOOK? WHAT EVEN?!!?!?!
LOOK AT BABY FINN, ABOVE NOW FINN. BABY RACHEL BELOW NOW RACHEL. IT’S TOO FUCKING MUCH, OKAY?
AND THEN. LEA MICHELE SANG THAT HIGH NOTE AND IT CUT TO KLAINE RUNNING DOWN THE HALLS TOGETHER IN SLOW MOTION. AND IT FELT LIKE NOTHING IN THE WORLD WOULD EVER BE RIGHT AGAIN. NOTHING.
That moment worked especially well. Just, the swell of the music.. and yeah. It really hit close to home.
AND THEN BRITTANA. CHEERIOS UNIFORMS. CHOIR ROOM. SMILING. FML.
AND WEMMA. I don’t even really think they should have been included because they only had a fight ffs, BUT THEN THEY HAD THEIR FLASHBACK WHICH IS LIKE. THE FUCKING BEST OF GLEE. AND.
It felt like I was in the future or something, and watching a Glee tribute after the show is over and I would never get these lovely faces on my screen again. It felt like the way I sometimes watch ‘making of’ HP clips and weep over how it’s really over. That’s the kind of emotion I felt.
It was nostalgia city, and I never handle any sort of nostalgia well. I crumble.
So yeah. I really loved the ending. I thought it was a great way to sum up the episode.
Change can be so good?
Go fuck yourself.
(I DIDN’T REALLY MEAN THAT QUINN, COME BACK TO ME.)
Sophy says: This was just sort of cruel, really. CRUEL.
I mean just. Flashbacks are just mean??? Flashbacks are things you use when you’re just trying to hurt people???
All of them really, really got to me, even the Finchel, though probably more for Rachel reasons than for Finn/Rachel reasons… and the Wemma because even though, as Rin says, they weren’t anywhere near broken enough to really belong on this stage, that kiss represents everything that was perfect about Glee in those first 13 episodes, which makes it generalized nostalgia-city. And the Brittana was so perfectly chosen, too, because of how Brittany is giving Santana one of those smiles she counted, because of how they look thick as thieves, because of how they look so close in that ‘We were special’ way.
Probably the highlight, though, was the Klaine. That hit me like a fucking troll hammer. Just. I mean part of it was Lea Michele swerving up to that glorious high note, just as the two of them came running around the corner… but part of it is just how simple the moment was, how pure. Part of it was how awkwardly Blaine had hold of Kurt, how he has just grabbed hold of him without fear, without the slightest idea that this kind of pain will ever be waiting for them. In that moment he is leading Kurt into a brave new world. He’s saving him from sorrow and leading him into love.
And I can’t deal with how sad that is in the context of his actions in this episode.
By the way, did anyone notice that the flowers Blaine sent Kurt at the end were exactly the same as the ones Kurt gave Blaine back in season 2?
UGH, YOU BASTARDS.
Rin says: The red and yellow Naomily flowers
“I just heard there’s an elderly Japanese woman who fell down in the bathroom. She doesn’t speak English, and she needs your help.”
“I’ll be right back.”
Rin says: I thought the whole Left Behind meeting was a bit stupid among everything else that was going on.
BUT IT WAS WORTH IT. Because at least we got some comic relief from all of the ‘my eyes are leaking ‘ feelings.
Dottie is easily the best new character this season. Everything about her.
And she actually works really well with Kitty. I definitely want more Kitty/Dottie. THEY COULD HAVE RIDICULOUS EPIC PLOT LINES WHERE THEY JUST SPEND THE ENTIRE TIME TRYING TO FOIL EACH OTHER, LIKE TOM/JERRY.
And Kitty dramatically pointed again. She heard us. Good girl. Keep listening to us. We will never lead you astray.
Just fucking stay away from the train wreck that is the ship that must not be named.
Sophy says: AHHHHHHH OH GOD. I totally disagree. I thought the Left Behind thing was genius in the context of the episode, for two reasons. First because it reminded us just how trivial and ridiculous things used to be on this show, second because it went straight to the heart of what was wrong with Blaine, Finn, and Brittany. It provided the comical set-up for the intensity that was “You left me behind and it hurt – that’s exactly what it felt like.”
I swear my heart was in my throat when Brittany pointed at Dottie. And I mean, Dottie was wheezing like the hilarious motherfucker that she is, and a second ago I had been so busy giggling to myself… but then suddenly it was all so appallingly sad.
OH MY GOD YOU ARE SO RIGHT ON WITH THE TOM/JERRY COMPARISON. THAT IS SO WHAT KITTY/DOTTIE ARE AND SHOULD EVER BE.
And I totally agree. My feeling on Kitty is that I kind of like her, when she’s being as ridiculous as possible. When she is not anywhere near those two no-names. Really, she has no chemistry with either of them. Which is understandable.
STICK WITH DOTTIE, KITTY. STICK WITH DOTTIE AND KEEP ON POINTING.
Meanwhile, I’m really hoping for a scene at some point in which Tina gets all up in Kitty’s face and informs her that she has no right to treat her staff this way.
Rin says: I guess I was more in the mind frame of not caring about anything any more and wanting to trash everything in this room because GLEE YOU BASTARDS. Stop ruining everything. But I also love you for ruining everything (Rachel’s not included) so.. idk. And there I go making it sound like Glee and us are in an abusive relationship, again.
Sophy says: We should start some kind of Battered Gleeks Hotline.
“You know I will always love you the most.”
Rin says: Let me get my one main grievance out of the way first, and then we’ll get to the gooey centre.
I’m not sure if you guys feel it, maybe not, but Santana doesn’t completely feel like Santana to me. I chalk most of it up to the fact that she just hasn’t been around in the previous episodes, and then suddenly she’s BACK and having to carry out this really heavy scene. It was like a drive-by! I really wish there was more Santana before we got this episode, but maybe that’s just more that I missed her than anything else.
THIS SCENE. THIS SONG. SANTANA. BRITTANY.
It was really well done. I mean, really.
After the episode, someone anonymously sent me a friend-threat over Brittana, telling me that we better make Mine ‘best everything’ or else we can’t be friends. They also said Brittana was just a ‘poor mans’ Faberry to us, but I hope that’s not how you guys think we feel about Brittana. First off, Brittana are nothing like Faberry. It doesn’t even occur to me to compare the two because they’re so incredibly different. The thing with Brittana for me, is that they started off as such a throwaway thing. It was more of a fun background thing, you know? It was cute, but with where they started it was hard for them to get me to take them seriously. And then little by little they delved into them more, and it was like, okay.. I can totally see why they have such a strong following. I get it. But they’re still not my otp.
I hope you guys know that just because I ship Faberry, as wholly and as fiercely as I do, that isn’t the reason I’m not fierce about Brittana. I don’t have some kind of lesbiship quota, is what I’m trying to say. I’ve always wanted Brittana to forge a strong path of their own, and honestly I think they’re definitely heading in that direction of being a ship that has the potential to ruin lives.
Which are the best kind of ships.
Sophy says: THEY REALLY REALLY ARE. HERE’S HOPING BRITTANA LAY WASTE TO THE WORLD AND EVERYTHING IN IT.
Yeah. This was just… well… I’m still struggling with this to be honest. I cried. I mean I was already fucking crying by the time Blaine was singing Teenage Dream, but this was the other point where I really just couldn’t handle things. And, you know, I’ve always liked Klaine and Brittana, but I never thought I would be this… at sea… over them.
For me it was less the performance, here, than the scene surrounding it. Naya did a beautiful job, as always, and I really did like the ‘You are the best thing that has ever been mine’ lyric, but other than that I felt the song was a little dull and meandering, and I couldn’t stop thinking while watching how vastly superior Songbird was.
But the scene. The scene was superb, and Brittana got by far the best break up out of the three couples. I’m not saying this because Santana didn’t cheat. Frankly, the fact that she is choosing to end things cleanly with Brittany is possibly even more painful to me than if she’d just made a mistake out of loneliness and frustration. But you know, it was a good kind of painful. It was a well-written kind of painful. And you guys, I nearly had to curl into a ball and wait for my life to be over when Santana said that she counted the number of times Brittany smiled at her and died on days that she didn’t. SHE FLIPPING WOULD HAVE OH GOD MY HEART.
(Spoiler alert for A Spoonful Won’t Do: that line is scarily close to something Quinn thinks about Rachel in like, chapter 38594.)
And you know, Santana harking back to that time in her life really brought home the role-reversal that’s going on here. And when you think about it, that’s kind of the same for all three couples. When they got together Rachel, Kurt and Santana were the ones who were wanting Finn, Blaine and Brittany so badly. And now it’s pretty much the other way around. Kurt was too busy for Blaine and now he’s so hurt it doesn’t matter that he’s “the cutest”. Rachel is… I’m not even going to discuss Rachel here. But yeah. She doesn’t need Finn anymore. And Santana… I used to feel so badly for Santana because I was convinced that Brittany didn’t feel half as much for her as she felt for Brittany. But it’s actually been pretty gradually and believably established over season three and into season four that Brittany needs Santana a lot more than she lets on. That she can love a lot more seriously than I might once have thought she was capable of. Santana used to be so afraid of losing Brittany. She used to be so consumed by the fact that she never quite had all of her to herself. And now that she does… she’s letting go.
Honestly, Brittany kind of broke my heart in this scene. A lot. I’ve been feeling a lot closer to her emotionally this season, and I think part of that is down to her getting some screentime that isn’t about comic relief, and part of it is down to a dramatic improvement in Heather’s acting. I mean, back when Santana was emoting all over the place I remember feeling like Heather’s woodenness was single-handedly preventing me from really shipping the two of them. But now? Look at the faces she’s making, you guys. LOOK. AT. THE. FACES.
I think part of the reason I feel so heartbroken for Brittany, and for Blaine even though he’s a douche, is that for them… their girlfriend/boyfriend is their best friend. With Blaine that’s because he gave up all his friends at Dalton to pour his whole life into Kurt. With Brittany, though, it’s because the two of them have been together since day one and who knows how long before that. It’s because nobody has ever gotten Brittany the way Santana does. And sure, I can see that they’re setting up Sam as someone who gets her too, just like they’re setting Sam up as a friend for Blaine to turn to. But it’ll never be the same. I have a feeling Brittany is never going to feel as special and as safe with anybody as she did with Santana. Now she has loved and lost.
And you guys, she has lost.
This breakup isn’t any less painful or serious than Klaine’s, just because Santana had the maturity not to go flirty fishing on facebook when she felt down. Brittany’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer most days of the week, but she’s not an emotional imbecile. She knows she’s been cut loose. And she knows it means that nothing she had with Santana is quite as special and as safe as it used to be.
When Brittany, with all the matter-of-fact fervor in the world, says that she would never cheat on Santana, Santana says she knows, and is quick to say that she would never cheat on her either. But it’s little comfort. If it was really that simple she wouldn’t be concerned about winding up cheating on her in the first place. And beyond that… breaking up so you don’t cheat is better than actually cheating, but only on a moral level. What I mean is, yes, it means Santana respects herself and her partner more than Blaine respects himself and his partner. More than Rachel respects herself and her partner, too. But it doesn’t mean she loves her any more. It still translates to: a lot of someone else is greater than a little of you. And that fucking hurts.
So, Santana is not a douche. But I’d bet Brittany is in just as much pain as Kurt.
I do think this scene was really nicely done, but part of me wishes they’d just left the cheating concept out of it altogether. As with Klaine, it really wasn’t necessary. During this episode you could see things ticking over in Santana’s mind, and when Brittany finally snapped and told her she felt left behind… I thought that was going to be the catalyst. I don’t know. I just think it would have been enough to have Santana tearfully tell Brittany that she hasn’t been able to give her what she needs over the past couple of months and it’s not going to get any better. And she can’t bear to let her down like that, you know? Because I really do think that is at the core of why Santana chose to let her go.
AND I JUST.
YOU GUYS I JUST. I DON’T KNOW. OKAY. BUT I WON’T. AND. GOD.
I may have slight abandonment/guilt issues. But everything to do with the leaving behind going on in this episode really fucking devastates me.
And what the fuck was up with this:
“You know I will always love you the most.”
WHAT THE FUCK WAS UP WITH THAT?
JUST. WOW. WAY TO KICK THE SHINS OF MY HEART WHILST WEARING STEEL-CAP JERK-BOOTS, SHOW.
Rin says: That was one of my favourite parts. This scene actually gave me flashbacks to that scene in Lost and Delirious when Tori is breaking up with Paulie.
Okay, fuck, I just went to look up the exact quote and it gave me so many feelings and I really have to rewatch that movie soon, because…
“I will never love anyone the way that I love you. Never. You know that, and I know that, and I will die knowing that, ok?”
Yeah, so those are the kind of feelings Santana gave me when she told Brittany she will always love her the most. It hurts. And I’m totally on board with wishing that the cheating thing was completely left out of the Klaine and Brittana break ups. It’s jarring when Santana says they should just do the mature thing and break up because oh my god, she had an attraction (TO THAT GIRL? REALLY, SANTANA? HER??????) and she doesn’t know if in the future she’ll be able to keep it in her pants. It just seems like you’re wanting to be mature about possibly being really immature in the future. With the whole ‘cheating’ thing involved it just seems more selfish than sacrificial, you know? But if they’d just taken that out, it would be all about Santana feeling like she just wasn’t good enough for Brittany and the whole thing was being unfair to both of them. Which as Sophy says, was probably the main reasoning behind Santana’s decision. The cheating thing was probably more to do with Glee wanting to be clever and trying to make everything connected.
I also have to strongly agree with Glee being way more successful in allowing us into Brittany’s head in terms of her feelings towards Santana. They’ve always felt a little unbalanced in that respect, especially when they made Brittany kind of mute in parts of S3 when we really would have benefited from hearing from Britt. ie. 3×13 Heart, with the whole kissing debacle. I’m glad that they managed to pull all of it together in time for the big emotional punch in the gut, cause it worked really well. And both of their faces, but a special shout out to Hemo for really bringing it in this scene, like she’d never brought it before. I also think they’re getting better at the whole making Brittany more serious thing, without losing the essence of who Brittany is — like when Santana finished her song and her response was, “Wow. Sad songs make me really sad, and I don’t want to be sad.” It was simple and direct and sweet, which works for Brittany.
And there’s probably a whole bunch of you who might be angry at Glee for breaking up Brittana when you know that long-distance relationships can work and they’re just adding in unnecessary drama to them. And whilst I totally believe that long-distance relationships can definitely work, even though I’m someone who couldn’t handle it, I see this break-up as being a good thing for Brittana. And we’re talking about TV, okay? Not real life. In TV, break-ups can be a good thing because it gives them a chance to explore these two characters as individuals, and also gives them an opportunity to fight for each other. All of the stuff that happened in the past with Bartie and when Santana used to be in the closet? ALL OF THAT STUFF WILL BE CHILDS PLAY IN COMPARISON TO WHAT BRITTANA COULD BE IN THE FUTURE. And I’m really excited about that.
Sophy says: HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAHHAAHHA BARTIE.
And okay, you guys, if Britt is going to be paired up with Sam, I sincerely fucking hope there’s a Brittana-related reasons for it. Because exes dating exes is just upsetting and weird. It’s like, what if now that Rachel and Finn have broken up, she starts dating his other ex-girlfriend!!! How weird would that be!!!!!!! Poor Finn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Best ‘Brittany is random’ Moment
“I was up late last night, reading…”
Sophy says: Just the matter of fact way she delivered it. And the detail. Glorious.
Rin says: I didn’t know you could read. /malfoy
The OG’s (Original Gleeks)
Sophy says: HER OUTFIT. She looked like the saucy washer woman from a telenovela.
Rin says: I LOVE HER LITTLE BANDANA. It’s the best.
Like how this one was the best too:
AHah, that was a bit mean. Was that a bit mean? IDC.
Sophy says: Too soon.
Sophy says: Oh Finn. The show really took a dump on you this week, didn’t it? Turns out you weren’t in the army/gallant/in danger/anything but this. You were just being a coward. And childish. And shot yourself in the leg.
At least this episode should satisfy those fans who complain that the writers treat Finn too kindly? Because. Wow.
To be honest, it was kind of boring seeing Finn. Maybe because Rachel’s such a bore now. And Brody’s a bore. And so the three of them are just kind of boring together. But I can’t deny the sweetness of this callback to the hug between Will and Finn in season 1, when Finn found out Quinn was pregnant.
Rin says: I love Cory’s face.
That’s it. That’s my comment.
Rophy Says No!
Sophy says: Next thing you know she’ll be roasting a pig on a spit.
So. I’m at the point where I look at caps of “Rachel,” and feel angry. It’s a really horrible point to be at, you guys. I actually had to make a solemn vow to Rin after this episode aired that I still love Lea Michele and always will, no matter how much I bitch about her beautiful, wonderful, Lea Michele face.
IT’S THAT BAD.
If anything this episode has made everything worse – and I had thought that it might make things a little better. I didn’t expect Rachel to just snap back to being Rachel or anything, but I did have high hopes that Oops-Finn’s-at-the-door might be some kind of watershed moment for the character.
You know why? Because I naively thought she might feel bad about the whole Brody thing.
Because I naively thought there was still enough Rachel left in her for that.
She didn’t, there wasn’t.
Let me just say again for the record that I do think Rachel should feel bad. I do consider what she did to be cheating, but, you know, that’s a definitional issue. I’m happy to not call it cheating, if you’d rather I just called it being a tacky asshole? Either way, yes, I think she should feel bad, yes, I’m disappointed that she didn’t.
I’m not exactly sure what Glee was trying to achieve this week, but it seemed like they knew they painted both Rachel and Kurt as insensitive, selfish jerks in the last episode, and then decided they needed to counter-balance that in this episode… and they did a really, really shitty job of it. With respect to Kurt and Blaine they did a shitty job of it because they chose to counter-balance with a boulder. Thereby simply squashing instead of balancing. With respect to Rachel and Finn they did a shitty job because they counter-balanced with stuff that didn’t make sense.
In previous episodes Rachel has bemoaned the fact that Finn hasn’t contacted her on account of him trying to give her her freedom slash him being in the army. But when she and Finn are discussing her frenching session with Brody, she tells him – and us – that she’s in fact been trying to make contact with him all this time and he’s been ignoring her calls and texts – to the point where she didn’t know where he was or even if he was okay!
And if Finn could think on his feet this would have been his response: ‘Right! Good to know how much you cared.’
In fact, good to know how much Kurt cares. Good to know how much Will cares. Good to know how much Finn’s own mother cares.
Am I really supposed to believe that Finn’s mum, Finn’s brother, his father-figure teacher, his step-father, and this girl who calls him the love of her life, all spent four months not being able to get in touch with him, not knowing where he was, not knowing if he was even okay… and just got on with their lives like they misplaced their favourite slippers?
Rachel was not, as Will puts it in this episode, “worried sick,” about Finn. She wasn’t worried about Finn at all. She was lonely. She felt out of place at her new school because her dance teacher was mean and she didn’t have any friends. But never at any point did she seem afraid for Finn – or hurt by Finn for that matter.
So Rachel’s justifications for making out with Brody just don’t make sense on a narrative level. And even if they did, they wouldn’t absolve her from leaving a voice mail on his phone to say she was moving on. This means that she comes across as disingenuous in raising them – especially since it’s only when she’s backed into a corner that she bothers to do so at all. She showed no relief at seeing Finn (because she wasn’t actually worried). She showed no resentment either (because she hadn’t actually been feeling any). Funny how all those feelings only came up when she was called out on her lie about Brody just being her friend.
And hey, if Rachel really believed kissing Brody was either a core component of the freedom Finn said he wanted her to have, or so trivial as to be irrelevant to their relationship, she wouldn’t have been lying about it in the first place.
Rachel behaved like a douche and won’t admit it. And you know, I could be okay with that. As I mentioned with respect to Blaine, we all try to unfairly justify our actions in the heat of the moment. It’s human nature. But the problem is that Rachel’s justifications are the show’s justifications. As in the show wants us to pretend that she’s making sense when she’s not.
And this is my big problem with the Finchel break-up generally. Rachel is being false in order to move on from Finn without really moving on from Finn. The show is letting her be false because that is its goal too.
And that’s why Finchel-haters are in a fool’s paradise right now.
That final scene, in which the writers had not-Rachel throw a whole lot of woman-power around? It was completely shallow and contrived, and not worth any kind of victory dancing, you guys.
Glee sucked all of the fun and all of the pathos out of Rachel by reducing her to a feminist cliché, but they did not alter her overriding worship of Finn, nor did they even touch her commitment to the two of them as endgame. Maybe Rachel’s a bossy, humourless “grown woman” these days, but she hasn’t moved on from Finchel one bit. The only reason they are “done” is so that the writers can have fun shipping her around for a while.
For a while.
WITH PEOPLE LIKE BRODY.
And that’s why that whole final scene is the pits and it’s a miracle that I was able to enjoy The Scientist the way I did.
Because, you guys! This wasn’t Rachdependence! This was just ham-fisted fan-service. It felt like the writers had a look around fandom and saw all of us Rachel fans saying how we’d like her to grow up some and put herself and her ambition first, and they thought they’d play up to that in a really glib way. Basically it was a case of let’s have Rachel say ~all the right things, at the expense of her actual personality, in order to further Rachel/Brody, without damaging Finchel.
If Rachel actually concentrates on her studies now instead of Brody’s pants, and doesn’t ultimately end up going back to Finn with bells on, I’ll eat my hat.
In fact, I’ll eat ALL THE HATS IN THE WORLD.
And “I don’t need you to give me my freedom!” was probably the most embarrassing part of it. Because Rachel doesn’t need Finn to give her her freedom? Really?
Funny how she TOTALLY DID NEED HIM TO GIVE HER HER FREEDOM.
Look, a lot of us would have liked Rachel to make the choice to go to New York and pursue her dream instead of staying in Lima and pursuing her relationship with Finn. A lot of us would have liked that to be her decision. But it wasn’t. And that fact isn’t going to be altered by Rachel throwing Finn’s gesture back in his face like it was some kind of faintly misogynistic irrelevance to her. If Rachel doesn’t need Finn’s help to be free, it’s only because Finn has successfully helped her to be free. Pretending otherwise doesn’t make her look strong. It just makes her look deluded and kind of mean.
And I think it’s the meanness that really gets me here. Finn has behaved like an idiot, no doubt about it. But he also went through something that, all tasteless lols aside, would have been pretty fucking traumatic and humiliating and tough for him to deal with on multiple levels. And then he showed up in New York and found that the girl who says all these fancy things to him all the time, like how he’s the best one and she loves him and Finn/infinity and all that jazz… she was ready to move on to the next guy while he was licking his wounds. And so he runs away, back to where he feels safe, and he doesn’t really feel like taking Rachel’s calls, because from his perspective, why would he? He’s hurt and embarrassed and hiding, and it’s kind of pathetic but it’s kind of understandable too. And all he gets for it is Rachel showing up to chew him out for being immature about things. And okay, yes, it’s immature to just leave without talking to her. Yes, it’s immature to not take her calls. But Rachel really didn’t need to get on a plane about it. That was her choice! Except, well, no, it wasn’t. It was the writers’ choice. Because they couldn’t just have her send an email like a normal person. They needed to contrive the fuck out of everything and throw Finn under the bus in the process in order to give Rachel a reason to “dump” him – and more importantly in order to get her back to McKinley and on that stage for the big old singalong.
I also hated that she said “I didn’t do Brody – and don’t you think that I would have rathered be with you!” because it really highlighted one of the core concepts in this episode, namely that long distance relationships are impossible to maintain. Glee would have us believe that Rachel, Blaine and Santana, are all people who can’t keep it in their pants. All three of them are saying to the supposed loves of their lives that if they can’t be physically close to them, they’ll have to be physically close to someone else. It’s a case of ‘I love you, but I love having someone to snuggle more.’
Now I’m not saying that Rachel should have been faithful to the memory of Finn for the next three years or anything, but it really unsettles me that she’s suddenly seeing love so practically. First because seeing love practically is not just not-Rachel… it’s anti-Rachel. And second because it’s just cold. For Rachel – for this new and improved Rachel – the love of your life is someone you trade for a warm body if you get lonely. And that’s okay with her. It’s totally okay with her to tearfully declare that what she wants more than anything is for Finn to be her last love… it’s just that she doesn’t want him right now.
I’ve been told I’m cynical about love – by someone I loved. But this shit is too unromantic, even for me. As far as I’m concerned, if you ever arrive at the point where you’re telling the person you love that you want to see other people, that person has ceased to be the person you love. I know Ross and Rachel were everyone’s OTP and all, and I know that they suffered from sitcomitis more than anything else, but as far as I’m concerned, if you go “on a break”, it’s either a way of cheating without admitting it or breaking up without admitting it – or it’s just general passive aggressive fuckery. All I’m saying is, if anyone ever tried to put me on ice? They’d be dumped, in the permanent way.
Because it’s cold. And Rachel Berry is not cold. She’s not practical, either. She’s not sensible. Not about much and certainly not about love.
But “Rachel Berry” certainly is. I mean, my eyes were like dinner plates when she sang a love song with Brody as though absolutely nothing had passed between them, or as though what had passed between them didn’t matter a jot. She gazed easily and unnecessarily into his eyes as she sang, and pranced merrily back to Finn afterwards… she wasn’t even the slightest bit awkward about it. I’d like to say that goes to how she truly felt she hadn’t done anything wrong, but the fact that she was lying about it kind of rains on that parade, and that meant I was left thinking how this girl is a damn fine actress, and someone with a peculiar degree of control over her emotions. And, yeah. Again. That’s not just not-Rachel. That’s anti-Rachel.
And while we’re at it, she’s not obnoxiously mature either, okay? Christ, in this scene she came off like she was Finn’s haughty Aunt from out of town, who’d just flown into time to teach him how to treat ladies right and, you know, ~be a man.
AND HE’S NOT A MAN, OKAY? HE DOESN’T NEED TO BE? HE’S 18 AND FLOPPY AND MAKES STUPID CHOICES SOMETIMES AND THAT’S OKAY? AND WHAT DID RACHEL JUST KISS A MAGIC DONKEY, STOP WEARING PANTS, AND BECOME A 25 YEAR OLD?
UGH UGH UGH.
I think I mentioned something about Skins 6 in the last recap. Well I felt it even more in this episode: that the achingly insecure, fiercely ambitious, unerringly warm little crackpot some of us loved has been sacrificed to make way for something more palatable to people who found her “annoying” or “pathetic” or “over the top”. I feel like they’re pandering to people who never liked Rachel anyway – and screw all of us for whom she was basically the point of Glee.
And so that’s why it’s worse this week. Because far from bringing Rachel back, Finn’s presence was used as a means for Rachel to reaffirm her non-Rachel-ness once and for all. I finished the episode with this sinking feeling that it was over. That she was really gone and she was really not coming back.
And then I ventured online and knew that all hope was lost. There are simply too many people cheering this new Rachel. There are too many people seeing character growth where I see character annihilation. If there are people like me out there pleading for the real Rachel Berry to come back, I have a feeling we won’t be heard. I have a feeling there’ll come a day when I’ll have to stop saying ‘No’ to this character, and start, well, ignoring her.
YOU GUYS. I JUST WANT RACHEL BERRY BACK. AT ALL COSTS. THE REAL RACHEL BERRY. WARTS AND ALL. YES, INCLUDING THE FINN-WART. UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THE FINN-WART IS ABLE TO BE REALISTICALLY AND GENUINELY REMOVED, WITHOUT RIPPING HER WHOLE HEAD OFF.
Rin says: Sometimes I feel like the footnotes section of a thesis.
But seriously? Rachel Berry is gone.
I have a lot of issues with Rachel this season, and I don’t even know where to start because there are so many. Which really sucks.
I will always remember the way Sophy first sold Glee to me, when the first promo appeared. She pretty much said, ‘and the main girl is a little Idina Menzel’… and that was all it took. I watched the promo and was like, ‘yes.’ And then when the pilot got released it was instantaneous. I was in love with Rachel Berry. There are VERY few characters where it was as immediate as that, one episode and poof. I knew we would have a long and happy life together. Even with Quinn it took 2.5 seasons to properly fall in love with her. But Glee has always been about Rachel for me, in every way. Rachel was the girl who really would have liked friends, but at the same time it wasn’t something she was willing to sacrifice her personality for. She was just built that way, and she wasn’t going to change for anybody. And what happened over the years is that people came to accept Rachel for all her quirks, and respected her for her talents.
NONE MORESO THAN QUINN. She was that funny little kid who was strange, but she was proud of who she is. She loved who she is.
Come season 4, and all we’ve ever heard of is how much Rachel is embarrassed of who she used to be.
Glee is telling us that who Rachel used to be is something no one should ever want to be. Rachel hasn’t shown a single ‘quirk’ the entire time she’s been in New York (LIKE, WAS BEING A VEGAN TOO MUCH FOR NEW RACHEL?). She’s been so ridiculously normal and plain, as if she was the ‘girlfriend’ in a romcom — except the girlfriend who gets cast aside because she’s just so boring and bleugh. The single best thing about Rachel is that she never apologised for who she was. And now all they ever seem to be doing is apologising for who she was, and trying to feed us a Rachel who is less ‘annoying’.
And I hate it so fucking much. I really do.
It’s gotten to the point where I literally see no remnants of the Rachel Berry I love. THE ONLY time I saw Rachel was when she was watching Blaine perform. Even with the ridiculous amount of makeup they now have her wearing (can they please stop?), I can still recognise Rachel faces. I can almost pinpoint where I’ve seen those expressions before. And I’m not trying to say that acting is all about replicating past expressions or whatever, but it has been really bizarre this season feeling like I don’t recognise this character. I keep just seeing New Rachel, played by Lea Michele. I guess the closest thing I can compare it to was what they did with Skins 6, as Sophy so accurately pointed out. It’s so strange to me to be watching the same show, the same character, and yet almost hate everything about her.
And this isn’t just because I disagree with what her character is doing. Remember how furious we got over Rachel and the stupid Finn wedding thing? Even through all of that bullshit, I never once felt like, ‘Whoa, wait a minute. Who is this girl?’ It was still Rachel Berry, just Rachel Berry doing stupid things. I honestly have never felt such a severe case of OOC in my tv watching life, and that’s saying something.
One of the things that stood out for me was Rachel’s complete lack of remorse for what she had done with Brody in regards to Finn. I think the main argument people are using is that Rachel and Finn weren’t even together, so it’s not even considered cheating.
Well actually. In the first episode when Rachel is looking at pictures of Finn on her phone and Brody asks, ‘Is that your boyfriend?’ her reply is ‘Yeah, this is Finn.’
The fact of the matter is, that Rachel still believes Finn to be her boyfriend, and that is what counts. But after kissing Brody it’s suddenly, ‘oh nooooo you were gone how was I supposed to do anything other than fall on Brody’s lips in this completely planned romantic indoors picnic.’ And I get that her painting over Finn’s name was supposed to signify that Rachel was ready to move on, but SORRY. DID I MISS SOMETHING? HAS THAT BECOME THE NEW UNIVERSAL SIGNAL FOR ‘I’M MOVING ON, BYE!’ Like if I wanted to break up with somebody should I just paint over their name, and they’ll ~know? NO. Obviously Rachel didn’t tell Finn about the moving on part, otherwise he wouldn’t have just shown up at her door looking like the happy lost puppy that he did. And if Rachel still felt like Finn was her boyfriend up until then, she would at least have let him known. SHE CAN’T JUST SAY, ‘BUT I PAINTED OVER YOUR NAME FINN. I. PAINTED. OVER. YOUR. NAME.’ Odds are, Finn still wouldn’t understand.
It annoys me that this Rachel has no respect for Finn, or what they had. Our Rachel Berry is a whole lot fucking more sensitive and caring than what this Rachel did. Because it’s really not about what we think in regards to whether Finn is the right guy for Rachel, it’s not. It’s about the fact that NOT TOO LONG AGO Rachel was ready to MARRY Finn. Rachel loves Finn, truly loves him. That’s something I completely believe to be true of her character, despite me thinking Finn is entirely the wrong person for her. So the fact that Rachel can so easily turn around and pretend she didn’t just piss on Finn and everything they had in a moment, for this fucktard of a guy who spends every waking moment moisturising his stupid face? Then yeah, it fucking annoys me. I am completely in the boat that Rachel DID do something wrong. And it cuts me up inside that Rachel, AND GLEE, are saying she has nothing to be sorry for.
Which brings me to my next point.
The fact that Rachel being a dick, is just her being really ~independent.
It kills me that people are happy with Rachel now. That we finally got what we wanted, Rachel being single and free. If this is the way that Glee is going to go about it? I really don’t want it. If it means losing everything that we held near and dear to our hearts about Rachel? No, it’s not worth it.
Maybe I just have really different ideals about what it means to be a strong independent woman?
To me there is a difference between being independent and getting what you want, and being just plain cruel and trying to write it off as being mature. In my books, I don’t really give a fuck if you’re trying to be independent or not. Being a good person comes first. Which usually means you’re actually being way more mature anyway. I just hate the idea that in order to be considered strong and independent, you also have to act like a bit of a douche. They just shouldn’t have to go hand in hand — you always have the choice to take the high road.
I felt like Rachel was a dick in the way she treated Finn. I think the way they handled where Finn has been was really weak, and a cop-out in order for Rachel to get on her high horse and have an excuse to give us ‘BAD ASS RACHEL’.
Just everything feels like a really convoluted way to try and give us this really thin version of fake-feminist independence. It’s fakedepence to me. OH LOOK AT RACHEL! SHE DON’T NEED NO MAANNNNN!!!
I’m not saying Rachel had to coddle Finn or anything. But she should at least be treating him like he was actually, you know, the love of her life? I’D EXPECT THE SAME IF SHE WAS WITH QUINN, so don’t even try that heterocentric shit on me.
I have real troubles with how often the word ‘sexy’ is getting used too. LIKE IT STARTED WITH FINN, AND I HATED IT THEN. I HATED IT WHEN BRODY USED IT. I HATED IT WHEN RACHEL USED IT. Like, right, all Rachel Berry has ever wanted to feel is sexy. IT’S ALL ANY GIRL HAS EVER WANTED TO FEEL. Right. Just, that word should not have been used so many times as it has been, in regards to Rachel. I understand the sentiment behind it, I do, but it’s been freaking nailed into our skulls as if it’s the most important thing. When it’s not. It’s like they’re saying, RACHEL HAS FINALLY MADE IT! She’s in NY! The hottest boy in school finds her sexy. Look at how much Rachel is winning at life!
Also I feel like, “No matter how rich or famous or successful I become,” really missed the mark. Yes, Rachel has always had a lot of confidence in herself as a performer, and rightly so. It’s actually one of my favourite things about her, the ridiculous things she used to say. But this just came off as extremely condescending and obnoxious in context. She’s basically saying, LOOK FINN, I’m going to be huge one day. HUGE! But you’ll probably still be left behind and achieve nothing in life and live in a quaint little house, and we can be quaint together, as soon as I’m finished with my big Broadway show!! It’ll be so cute!
And I’m sorry but, it’s laughable that Rachel thinks she is a grown woman. You’ve been out of highschool for less than a year. You’re in university. You haven’t worked a single day in your life. How do you pay for your apartment? The flight back to Lima? The car you used to drive all around town to try and find Finn? When have you ever had any real responsibility?
p.s. I do not consider myself a grown woman. Not even close.
OH ALSO. I’m just letting you know now, in anticipation of future Faberry. If Quinn swoops in and is all approving of this New Rachel? I will fucking go ape-shit.
Sophy says: Long footnote. Long and painfully accurate.
And if Quinn approves of the new Rachel they’ll just be ruining Quinn too. And ruining Faberry.
STOP STOP I DON’T EVEN WANT TO THINK ABOUT IT.
Ugh. Too late. Now I’m going to have nightmares about the two of them wearing short shorts and discussing Brody’s penis size over cosmos.
I want to die.
Congratulations! We didn’t hate you?
“I don’t know what there is to be on the fence about, Dottie.”
Sophy says: TOM/JERRY FOREVER.
Rin says: It’s happening.
Head In Hands
“Come on, give me a hug before I go.”
Sophy says: You know how I said it was boring seeing Finn? This was the one exception. I love the chemistry between Cory and Chris, and you know, at this point in the episode I was feeling pretty much like Kurt was, as in, kind of wanting to die, and when Finn said to give him a hug before he went? IT WAS THE MOST COMFORTING AND ALSO THE MOST DEVASTATING THING EVER.
More of these two would be nice.
Rin says: OH MY GOD. This was so sweet and completely what the category was made for.
I’m so happy they haven’t dropped the ball with Finn/Kurt, and they managed to work it in really well. It wasn’t much, but it was enough, you know? AND LOOK AT HOW SMALL KURT IS WHEN FINN’S HUGGING HIM. Christ. Adorable. And Chris Colfer looked amazing in that scene. Something about his hair…. IDK. IF THINGS WERE DIFFERENT CHRIS. IF THEY. WERE. DIFFERENT.
I also thought it was super cute when Finn called Kurt ‘little brother’ earlier in the episode. Especially because they’re probably around the same age….and Kurt is actually really little.. and. Aw.
Sophy says: CHRIS HAS GOTTEN SO HANDSOME. I’ve been saying this every week since Glee returned, but it was never more apparent than in this episode.
“Six months ago, did you ever think that things would be like this?”
Sophy says: I MISS HIGH SCHOOL TOO, FINN. AND YOU KNOW, THE ISLAND. BUT THEN I ALSO MISS THE FIERY PITS OF HELL WHENEVER BROCHEL IS ON SCREEN. SO.
Quinn Glory Shot
Rin says: Thoughtful! Our Rachel wouldn’t be able to have all of that ice and whipped cream anyway.
Sophy says: She’s so embarrassing.