SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! ALSO – BAD SPORTS ANALOGIES AHEAD! THEY’RE JUST AS BAD AS SPOILERS!
To me, if I look at it without my Unabashed Gleek bias, ‘Glee’ seems to either hit the ball out of the park, or strike out every episode. There are no…ummm…crap. I don’t know anything about baseball so I’ve lost this analogy. What’s it called when your hit sends a runner or two home? Not a home run but something still good? THAT’S what ‘Glee’ seems to lack, just the basic good episode. To me? Last night was it.
First? The PERFORMANCES. I’m not a big fan of the song ‘Red Solo Cup’ but the sectionals performances? SCORE ON ALL FRONTS. I’m buying the Troubletones mashup and plan on singing it as loudly as possible when no one is around. And ‘Control’ – HOLY CRAP, I loved it. Actually, I loved the entire New Directions Jackson Family tribute. GREAT singing, dancing, and just all around Get OUT OF YOUR DAMN CHAIR, MR. CHANG! Performances.
Even the plot lines were good! Once you look past how easy it was for Sam to just come back to McKinley (Where’s his proof of residency? I had to practically give a blood sample just because we moved into a new house in the SAME DISTRICT.) it was just a nice episode to sit back and enjoy. I love Sam being back. I wasn’t uber-attached to him last year or anything, but I think his character adds a great dynamic to the group. I LOVE that they followed through and tied up nicely TWO DIFFERENT STORY LINES. Can you believe it? The resolution to the story about Mike’s Dad was well executed and felt solid and the Quinn finally gave up on the GET BETH BACK! crazy train. I like that Rachel was the one to show her how sucky it feels to screw up. I like that they didn’t do any dramatic TEACHER SLEEPING WITH STUDENT storylines. Simple, tied up, done.
I LOVE that they gave Blaine an opportunity to ask Finn WHAT IN THE HELL IS HIS PROBLEM? That’s been bugging me all season, why was Finn being such an ass to Blaine? They were buds last year! He’s dating his brother! They should be friends! And I’m glad Blaine got some scenes without Kurt, to let us see him as a character OTHER than Kurt’s boyfriend.
I LOVE SEBASTIAN. I mean, I hate the jerk for trying to breakup Klaine, but I also love him because he is so unapologetic about it and I think that is FUN. I mean, I love Klaine with all of my heart, favorite couple on TV right now, but it can’t be puppy love all the time, you know? So, getting to see Kurt pissed off and snarky? LOVELY.
And that brings me to my favorite part of last night’s episode. Kurt’s Background Moments. There are Tumblrs created just for Kurt’s background moments (WHAT IS OUTSIDE THE CHOIR ROOM WINDOW?) and they had tons last night. Chris Colfer can give a look that says 1 million words and he gave tons of them last night. His fake smile to Sebastian when he was talking at the Lima Bean was priceless. So good it overshadowed the eye-roll he gave when the guy with, “The CW Hair” first sat down. I loved his shock (and disgust) at seeing Blaine sing and dance to ‘Red Solo Cup.’ He was adorable stopping himself from doing what Sam was teaching once he saw Blaine was mad about it. His reaction to seeing the Unitards and then his enthusiasm for their performance? LOVELY. And my favorite part was when he stepped into the limelight for that one sassy hip-shake in their performance that was SO HILARIOUS that I just wanted to declare him the winner on his own.
Just a fun episode. The reason why I still stand by this show and probably always will.