“Pot of Gold”

Posted on November 02, 2011

Here’s a poser: would we have hated this episode if it had followed directly on the heels of the excellent previous one, without the baseball-induced 4-week hiatus separating the two? Or would the high quality of “Asian F,” one of the best single episodes in the history of the show, have made “Pot of Gold” look all the weaker with only seven days separating them? Were we disappointed because we were experiencing a serious Glee jones and the fix was a letdown or would this episode have been a letdown no matter how much or how little we anticipated it?

Are you getting that we didn’t like this episode?

“Hate” is perhaps too strong a term, but we were bored, that’s for sure. And a boring episode of Glee is like a Law & Order where nobody gets murdered. What’s the point of the show if it’s not offering exactly what it’s supposed to? The big news, we suppose, was the introduction of Rory to the halls of McKinley High. We didn’t watch The Glee Project, so we’re afraid any excitement generated by his arrival eluded us. That one was for much harder-core Gleeks than ourselves. We guess if we were more into that show, we’d be more excited about his arrival, but we found ourselves annoyed that this awkward Chris Colfer look-alike (who admittedly can sing quite well) was getting so much screen time. Yes, the part about Brittany believing in leprechauns was cute (and to be fair, he did look like he hopped right off the Lucky Charms box) and in the end, gave her another moment where she stood up for herself. Brittany seems to grow whenever someone insults her and that’s a golden character trait. You can’t help but root for her. We don’t know about you, but Kurt and Rachel’s candidacies both look pretty freaking weak next to Brittany’s.

And yes, the “New Directions is falling apart and splintered” storyline isn’t exactly a fresh, new take on the show. In fact, it’s been pretty much the main storyline since episode one. As unlikely as the second glee club is, it’s the first time we’ve really bought the reasons behind a “fractured team” storyline. In other words, it all feel organic to us. Mercedes’ reasons for leaving made perfect sense given her character’s spotty history and now Santana and Brittany leaving make just as much sense. But we’re hoping the “It’s all Rachel’s fault!” trend doesn’t go much further than this. And if it does, we hope Rachel stands up and reminds all of these whiners that she’s worked harder than all of them put together to make New Directions work and win. There are valid reasons for certain members of the club to feel like they’ve been shoved to the side, but blaming the highly talented and hardest-working member for all of that is going to make people look like assholes.

And speaking of looking like an asshole, let’s all hear it for Shelby, who went from being likeable and, a rarity in this world, mature, to being just another fucked up adult foisting her shit on students. Worse, we’re back to characters doing things that make no sense just to move the story in a certain direction. We’re not talking about her kiss with Puck. That actually did make sense, in a certain respect. No, what we’re talking about is leaving her daughter in the care of her two teenage biological parents, when she made it quite clear earlier that she would only let them be part of her life if they straightened up their acts. Going from “You need to figure out your life” to “Okay, number’s on the fridge” with no scene serving as a bridge between those two contradictory ideas means that for all the improvement on the plotting front this season, Glee still moves its characters around like action figures in the hands of an 8-year-old.

As for the kiss, we’re not scandalized by it, but the show is FULL of parents, teachers, and other authority figures who are completely fucked up and foisting all their issues on a bunch of minors. We get why that is (a large audience of teenagers) and we have no issue with such a cynical take on authority, but it would have been nice to have one faculty member at McKinley High who isn’t grossly inappropriate with a student.

And speaking of grossly inappropriate, let’s hear it for Sue Sylvester. We have to admit, pitting Sue and Burt against each other is both brilliant and a little cynical. The former, because they’re the two most popular adult characters on the show and they’re polar opposites; the latter, because they’re the two most popular adult characters on the show and they’re polar opposites. It’s a little too neat and a little too obviously a practical solution as to what to do with these characters. But we don’t mind it too much. We have yet to see a real Burt vs. Sue throwdown, although we got a taste of one this episode, but we suspect such a moment will be highly entertaining. Sue is far more fun when she’s up against someone who really threatens her and Burt is too unflappable to let her razor-sharp tongue have any effect on him. It may be a practical and cynical move on the part of the writers, but it’s one of the better plot developments this season.

One of the worst, we’re sorry to say, is the attempt to turn Quinn from Mean Girl (after a short trip to Good Girl) into Crazy Bitch. Certainly, Quinn’s done a lot of shitty things to people; that’s her character. But trying to take a woman’s child away from her is similar to the Terri faux-pregnancy plotline from season one: you might wring some conflict and even humor out of the situation, but after a while, the sheer nastiness of it becomes un-entertaining to the viewers. We really hope this whole Shelby/Puck/Quinn thing doesn’t drag on all season.

As for the musical numbers, they were just okay. Blaine’s singing style still annoys the shit out of us, Lucky Charms got a big push, which must have made the Gleeks happy (although we were a little bored with the second number), and the TroubleTones had a fantastic number, staged with the school’s bottomless budget for putting on extravaganzas for empty auditoriums. It wasn’t an awful episode of Glee, but it wasn’t one that had us laughing and head-bopping all that much either.

[Photo Credit: fox.com]

    • Anonymous

      Yes sadly Quinn came off crazy but I give them props and acknowledgement for smarts to give her that small monologue of how desperate she is and how much self-loathing she currently has. Ironically in a saner state of mind Quinn could be a good mother

      Episode was okay overall

      • Anonymous

        I thought it was really poignant when Shelby was handing the baby over how the baby cried to be given to Quinn. As a mother, even as a mother not raising your child, that would be incredibly painful. And I thought the monologue was good in explaining her motives (which have never made any sense). I felt like I finally got her character: she is someone who tried to be perfect, who needed the external validation of having everyone else think she is perfect because she lacks any self-esteem. And then she failed spectacularly by getting knocked up. And now she has nothing that gives her any sense of self-worth, and is clinging onto a beautiful baby to give her some sense of worth, some sense that her life isn’t a complete failure.

        • Anonymous

          I thought the baby was crying for Shelby when placed in Quinn’s arms?

    • Anonymous

      I fear Glee jumped my shark awhile ago… I spent more time on other channels than I did at McKinley High… And now that Hulu isn’t offering the show until a week later… doubt I’ll care enough to catch up with what I missed.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I’m so glad this show is getting back on track. As average as this episode was, it’s better than a good portion of Season 2.

    • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

      The kid playing Rory is in Celtic Thunder! I’m kind of ashamed to admit that I know this (I watched it on PBS), but I remember because there, his voice is ASTONISHINGLY deep. I was not paying attention to the show and happened to glance up when he was singing, and I was like, “THAT’S who has this voice? That 14-year-old? HOLY CRAP.” So I’m disappointed they didn’t really use that, though I suppose it would be weird on Glee.

      • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

        Also, did they really have to put the Irish exchange student in exclusively green shirts? What’s more, green shirts that didn’t fit? It was sort of like they went, “Ok, he’s from Ireland, so he only wears green. Crap, we don’t have enough! Just grab anything! You, give me your shirt!”

        • Anonymous

          I think the green thing was a subtle aspect of the ploy to play up Brittany’s belief he was a leprechaun. Note at the very end his clothes were a different color

          • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

            Ah, ok. I wasn’t really watching his final performance because I was ironing a shirt, so I guess I missed that. Thanks!

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=18901391 Carolyn Daw

            Also because it’d be kind of hard for them to shoehorn in “It’s Not Easy Being Green” if he wore anything else.

        • Anonymous

          LEt’s see if they do it next week — I sorta thought Rory was was dressing up for Brittany — to get to her “pot of gold.”

        • http://twitter.com/warontara Tara

          Not to ever defend anything on Glee as making sense, but I thought he was wearing green on purpose since he was trying to look like a leprechaun to get Brit’s “pot of gold.”

          • Anonymous

            I was kind of hoping he’d granted a third wish so that we would find out that her “pot of gold” is a name of a dessert she likes to make, or Lord Tubbington’s cousin, or something other than the sexual metaphor we expected it to be.

        • Anonymous

          I think although it obviously referenced Ireland it was an aesthetic choice to make him look even more of an outsider because there is so much red in the McKinley halls. 

      • Anonymous

        Oh I thought he looked familiar. I’m kind of indifferent to Celtic Thunder but it is true the kid has an excellent voice in that group

        • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

          Yeah, I like Celtic Woman better. (WTF, self! You’re 22! HOW DO YOU HAVE OPINIONS ON THIS. At least I can say I haven’t spent any money on their music?)

          • John Larison

            I’m 24 and find no shame in admitting I buy every Woman and Thunder CD and DVD I see (and then sometimes foray into individual artists’ catalogues).  That’s normal, right?

          • Anonymous

            Whatever, my friends were obsessed with Riverdance and Gregorian chant when we were in elementary school. I still really dig madrigals (at the age of 23). OWN THE NERDERY.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      Quinn is the only character that I generally don’t mind when the writers mess with — because they set her up the first season with the pregnancy and adoption.  I know a couple girls who have gone through it, and frankly, for the first two to three years, literally ANYTHING they have Quinn do is believable, no matter how out of character or unexplainable.

      Though I’d love to know what kind of adoption laws Ohio has — in most states if a mother changes her mind early enough it’s not that hard to get the baby back.

      • http://ifyouseekamie.wordpress.com/ Amie

        It isn’t even CLOSE to “early enough”. It’s a year+ later. In order for Shelby to adopt, Quinn and Puck both had to relinquish all parental rights to Beth. Shelby is Beth’s mother. Even if they DID manage to get child services to step in and take Beth from Shelby, they STILL wouldn’t get her because she’d go to a licensed foster family. It’s SO FUCKING STUPID.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenna-Ryan-Boatman/583622701 Jenna Ryan Boatman

          Not to mention what might happen to Beth if Shelby is sent to prison for sleeping with a minor.

        • http://sedatusaequora.wordpress.com/ AlysonCoromandas

          “A consent to adoption is irrevocable and cannot be withdrawn after the entry of an interlocutory order or after the entry of a final decree of adoption when no interlocutory order has been entered. The consent of a minor is not voidable by reason of the minor’s age.”–Ohio revised code,  3107.084.  

          That being said, the way Glee portrayed Shelby’s adoption of Beth in season 1 wasn’t according to Ohio law, either–a birth mother can only sign her rights away after 72 hours have passed since the child’s birth.  It wouldn’t surprise me if the writers messed with Ohio adoption laws in service of a storyline.  

      • Anonymous

        It is (or was) 5 years in Ohio.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-John-Kostrzewa/1237573396 Paul John Kostrzewa

      Damian McGinty, who plays Rory, is so frickin’ adorable when he smiles. And he does have an honest-to-god twinkle in his eye too. Add to that his adorable Irish brogue, and it is just way too much for me to handle. 
      Squee!

      • Anonymous

        He is such a sweetheart it’s just dumb. Also, regarding TLo’s claim that The Glee Project is for harder-core Gleeks: I wouldn’t even consider myself a Gleek and barely watch the show anymore. But I watched The Glee Project, because it was good TV and I am a sucker for arts-based competitive reality shows.

        • Anonymous

          I never watched the Glee Project, but I am ashamed to admit that I watched the “Legally Blonde” reality show because I’m such a sucker for broadway. (And Legally Blonde was a god-awful musical from what little I heard in this show…)

    • Anonymous

      The best part of the whole episode was Mercedes in that costume for the “Candy Man” number. Smokin’! She should dress retro more often.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=18901391 Carolyn Daw

        SERIOUSLY! My father looked up from his computer when they started the song and said “Oh my god, they actually put her in something flattering for a change!”

    • Anonymous

      The crack just ain’t as good as it used to be! But I did have some 80s flashbacks! All that that cute, bashful, smiling on Rory’s part reminded me of Maxwell Caulfield from Grease 2. I guess I can admit it, since I’m among friends — I watched it a zillion times one summer. Oh, and either Brittany needs to stop mumbling, or my ears need to get younger!

      • Anonymous

        I thought it was just me but I have to rewind nearly every time Brittany speaks.  It’s worth it because it’s usually hilarious. 

      • Anonymous

        I can’t understand her, either. She doesn’t articulate her words very well. It’s a pity because she has some of the best lines.

        • Anonymous

          I think it’s part of her character. That way of speaking is a very typical “dumb girl” thing. (Note I’m not saying that all people who talk like that are dumb, or that all dumb people talk like that. It’s a socially constructed signifier, nothing more.)

      • Terence Ng

        This seems to be the sad moment when you realize that your good friend who’s been dealing you Glee!coke has been cutting your blow with 50% baby laxative and pixie stick sugar.

      • Anonymous

        I thought it was just me too!  I wish someone would tell her to enunciate!  Love her, but come on.  I also liked the Irish kid, but that is  mostly due to the fact that I watched The Glee Project.  His sweet smiles melted my cold black heart.  At least for a while.

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

        I usually put on closed captioning to catch what Brittany says. Have to do the same for Pan Am.

        • http://twitter.com/crush_onyou crush on you

          Same here. English is not my native tongue but I do try to understand, so I use English captions. Makes the world of a difference.

      • Anonymous

        Holy guacamole! I totally got the Maxwell Caulfield vibe, especially when he was singing in the cafeteria line. So glad I’m not the only one… 

    • Anonymous

      You forgot Puck’s fantastic Melissa Ethridge cover.  That was my favorite number of the night because it was a stripped, raw version.  Puck is probably my favorite male singer on the show.

      • Anonymous

        Am I missing something?  Was this song not “Waiting for a Girl Like You” by Foreigner (1981)?

        • Anonymous

          Got my episodes confused.  Sorry.  Changed!

          • Anonymous

            It’s ok – for a minute, I thought I had missed a puck song and i was going to go back and rewatch, because i agree – i love his singing too! :)

            • Anonymous

              It’s a shame TPTB don’t utilize his voice more.  

    • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

      Well, I guess I don’t feel so bad that my TiVo LIED TO ME and told me it was a REPEAT and DIDN’T BOTHER TO RECORD IT. 

    • Marti Thornton

      Yeah, I didn’t like it.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, but I thought thought that flash of annoyance from Kurt when Rory took the song upscale was priceless!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenna-Ryan-Boatman/583622701 Jenna Ryan Boatman

        A couple of the Glee Project guys were good at falsetto (and one of them was just plain annoying and I know without a doubt that he will eventually show up and make me want to rip my ears off). It was a v Kurt thing to do. :)

    • Anonymous

      I kind of liked Damian in the Glee Project, but I was annoyed by the part they gave him and sadly disappointed in his singing in the show. I felt like I was watching two different people. I liked It’s Not Easy Being Green and how that song related to the show, but didn’t really like the Rory character.
      I was turned off by the kiss. I know this stuff happens and it’s bad and all that, so I can only hope there will be repercussions for it down the line otherwise people (teachers and kids) will think it’s totally fine and normal to make out with a teacher. I thought it was a bit gross, actually, but I’m Sheby’s age and no matter how messed up I would be, the thought of kissing a teenager is all kinds of BLECH to me. I understand she’s in a fragile mental state right now, but I audibly said “ew!” when it happened. And it was in a VERY weird moment of the show.

      • Anonymous

        I didn’t really buy it either, but I will say that after my daughter was born, I have never been so in love with and turned on by husband as when I saw him being an amazing father to her. It totally surprised me that I was all hot and bothered by him in those first few weeks after the baby was born.

        • Anonymous

          And anyway, Mark Salling is like 29, so it wasn’t as creepy as it could have been if he were really a high school senior (or is he supposed to be a junior? cue major suspension of disbelief). But it was still creepy.

          • Anonymous

            Well, yeah…the actor is of age but he’s playing one of her students. Mark and Idina aren’t kissing, Puck and Shelby are…which is terribly creepy and, IMO, bad taste.

            (ETA: Unless they are going to use the kiss as some sort of lesson, or a way to get Shelby out of the show–not that anyone wants that except maybe Idina because her character isn’t a permanent fixture anyway)

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenna-Ryan-Boatman/583622701 Jenna Ryan Boatman

              Plot device to get Beth out of Shelby’s hands? I really hope they don’t go this way. While I think the moment was completely believable (mainly because Idina is a goddess of expression and she really is managing to portray the overwhelmed single mother), I really don’t want to see the obvious happen: Quinn blackmailing Shelby and then it eventually coming out and ruining her. I like Shelby.

          • Anonymous

            His character is not 29, beyond creepy, it is illegal.  I’m guessing this would get a much stronger reaction if it was a male teacher/female student.  It doesn’t matter the age of the actor, the character is underage.

            • Anonymous

              I guess if Salling were a better actor and I believed for a second he was a high-school student, the creepiness factor, not to speak of the total illegality of it all, would have been much worse.

              Totally agree they would never have Schue (speaking of creepy) kiss Rachel, say, and expect to get away with it.

            • Anonymous

              Well, how old is Puck supposed to be now?  Is he 18?  In which case, it’s not illegal.  Actually, a kiss isn’t illegal anyway.  Though it would get Shelby (deservedly) fired.

              I know I’m sick, but the two actors did have chemistry–but then Mark Salling is so clearly not a kid.

            • Emily Faber

              wait, he’s supposed to be 15? 

            • Anonymous

              No, as a senior he would be 17 probably.  I guess some states do have 15 as the age of consent for sex with adults?  Ew…… I thought it was 18 across the board but I could be wrong.

          • Anonymous

            I actually felt major chemistry between the two of them a few episodes back when he first went to her apartment.  I was distracted through the whole scene thinking “Would I be bothered by them kissing?  He’s nearly 30.  Has Puck been held back a few times?  Maybe his character is 20.”  

        • Anonymous

          That makes a lot of sense, but at the same time…I couldn’t stomach the thought of sleeping with an 18-year-old (I was recently propositioned by a very attractive one and I just couldn’t do it), and I’m only 23!

    • Anonymous

      WHY DOESN’T RACHEL’S SINGING STYLE ANNOY THE SHIT OUT OF YOU?!

      Sorry for the ZOMGCAPSLOCK, but her face (during singing, I mean; she’s cute otherwise) is the reason I had to stop watching the show.

      • Matt Hoskins

        The reason so many people find Rachel’s singing style irritating, and this goes for Blaine a little as well, is that she’s trained to perform on a stage, not in front of a camera. That means every expression and movement has to be bigger, which can translate to ugly or obnoxious when done close up with a camera versus far away on a stage. Granted, someone should have probably given them some lessons about working with a camera at this point, but that’s the basic reason behind it all.

        • Anonymous

          That makes sense, and probably should have been fairly obvious to me. Thanks for the explanation! I still can’t watch her, though.

        • Sobaika Mirza

          That’s exactly it. I do think that the reason Blaine irks a bit more than Rachel is because she generally has big emotional ballads, the face pulling and dramatic tears are a bit more acceptable then. As opposed to Katy Perry’s latest.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t hate this episode.  Rory is a cute character with some potential, but my god, the musical numbers were crazy this week.  I know it’s a TV show and not bound by reality, but there’s no way a high school show choir would be allowed to sing songs like “Last Friday Night” and “Candyman” without replacing the more racy lyrics, e.g. “Then had a ménage à trois” and “He makes the panties drop.”  I remember when my high school show choir sang “All that Jazz,” we had to change the line to “Where the ice is cold,” because we weren’t allowed to sing the word “gin.”

      • Lori

        I see what you’re saying but these are the songs the kids are listening to in real life so what would be the point.

        • http://profiles.google.com/grubhooligan J. Owen Dickson

          Yes, but there’s a vast difference between what kids listen to, and what schools should find acceptable.  Just because they listen to a song that includes lyrics about streaking, getting drunk, having a threeway, and getting thrown out of a bar doesn’t mean that the school should allow them to sing something about it.  That was a needle-scratching-the-record moment for me and my wife as well.  Didn’t mind Candyman nearly as much.

          • Lori

            There’s a vast difference between what schools should find acceptable and what entertainment programs about schools should find acceptable, and kids know the difference.

            • Anonymous

              I’m falling on your side of the fence, Lori, because it’s clearly Not Real in any sense.

      • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

        I have LONG wondered this. That’s a huge concern for public schools, since parents get all up in arms over the tiniest things. I mean, I loved both of those performances, but it actually kind of creeps me out to see Mr. Schu just sort of laughing and singing along as his 15- and 16-year-old students sing about getting blackout drunk on a weekly basis. (Note: I didn’t mind the singing itself. It’s a fun song! Of course they like it! And I LOVED the drunk episode! But seriously? I have never had a teacher who would let that go.)

      • emily mcginnis

        i totally agree with this. yes, i understand that this is what teens listen to. but there is no way that it would be acceptable for a group to perform, on stage, a song like “Candyman.”  i thought they did a great job and the song totally suited the three of them, but they were performing like it was a rehearsed number. i just don’t think that would fly in most high schools. now, i get that “Last Friday Night” was supposed to be a non-rehearsed number, but i still thought it was a bit odd that they didn’t change the lyrics a bit. 

    • Anonymous

      Does anybody know who the actress is who played the “cougar” in the scene with Puck cleaning the pool?  I recognize her but can’t place where and it’s driving me crazy!

    • Anonymous

      My first Glee of the season–I tried to watch the Fox rerun of Asian F because of all the praise but without Dish membership I was sunk. Rats! Anywhooo, tend to agree for the most part except I fell in love with the leprechaun (Rory?). And It Isn’t Easy being Green brought tears–My kids and I were truly Muppet movie freaks in the day. I agree, I hate the storyline with Shelly, Quinn and Puck–the kiss? Predictable. Sue and        Be(u?)rt? Good pairing, yes. Hope the writers can keep it together. And Sue’s argument about Special Ed cuts? That is the God’s own truth in real life! Arts and people without voices–yeah they can be cut. So I could actually see a meeting of the minds here.

      • Sobaika Mirza

        Get Season 1 on DVD! The first half of it is very strong.

        • http://twitter.com/NC_Meg Megan

          Agreed! The first half of season one is excellent. The second half, still ok. Season two, skip it.

    • MilaXX

      I was happy to see the show back, but I cringed when they introduced this Shelby/Puck/Quinn storyline and cringed again last night. it might be interesting to see Quinn & Puck deal with the fact that the child they gave up for adoption is so close by, but the rest of this storyline is just silly.
      I didn’t watch the Glee reality show either, but the leprechaun isn’t annoying me yet. I did love the look on Kurt face when he sang that high note, and pulling or putting that candybar near the litterbox grossed me out.
      HATED Blaine’s song. For one thing I’m tired of him trying to sing every single song Katy Perry has ever put out, and I also hate the way he overacts when he’s singing.

      • Anonymous

        I just hate that it’s become The Blaine Show (which I’m not sold is better than The Rachel Show) as dude has to have a BIG SOLO in every show. I liked having Rachel in the background this episode, but I’m kind of sick of Blaine. Can we sit him out of one episode, please?

        • Anonymous

          I have a theory about Blaine in this episode.  I just read an article that for the first 3 episodes of the season none of the Glee songs reached higher than number 60 on iTunes.  I can’t help but think that during the break they decided they wanted a song for the ratings so what better thing to do then to throw Blaine and Katy Perry together?  It seemed like it was an afterthought to the whole epsiode- I’m going to sing this song to show how fun Glee is?

        • MilaXX

          I was thinking the same thing. They’d moved from the Rachel show to the Blaine show. Both are boring.

    • Anonymous

      Haven’t watched the episode yet, but, boy–that kid sure does look like Kurt. 

      • Anonymous

        And of course Kurt’s reaction was priceless and kind of makes sense. West Side Story aside, he and Blaine wouldn’t be competing for the same songs. But he and Rory would.

    • http://twitter.com/karenwalsh Karen Walsh

      I agree it was a let down.  I liked the Brittany stuff and the always awesome Burt, but the rest just fell flat and didn’t ring true.  I hope this was just a momentary lapse and Glee will come back strong.

    • Anonymous

      I enjoyed the show, but I’m not as in love with it as I used to be.

      But that kiss…. oh, no, bad news.

    • Anonymous

      Nothing makes me sadder than seeing all the love for the Irish kid who won the game show to get on Glee. He has the acting chops of frightened toddler being told to do something while Daddy holds the camera. It’s amazing how some of you see a smile and fall in love. He smiles all the time because he has no idea what to do in the moment.The guy was awful last night performance wise. His voice is very good (although the falsetto did nothing for me) but everything he does physically is below par. 

      And forgive me but this is the best the writers can do? Another bullying storyline? I’m sure the Irish fans watching this felt that rang true watching the new Irish lad get beat up in the hallway. I don’t know, I see Irish guys coming over to America a bit different. Usually girls go gooey for them and usually they are a bit tougher and rougher around the edges than American guys. Instead they made him a marshmallow.

      Ryan Murphy’s tween girl fascination with Grease 2 is coming into this show big time. I got $100 that they do “Cool Rider” with him. 

      The rest of the show was okay. None of the musical numbers really resonated with me other than the splintered group led by Mercedes. That was a fun number and let you see what a Mercedes led group looks and feels like. It’s different than a Rachel fronted group obviously but it’s equal in power. 

      The Burt/Sue stuff turned out to be more fun that I thought it would be. The guy who plays Burt is such a good actor and watching him and Sue go at it is going to be a lot of fun.

      As for the kiss? First off, Puck is the one who needs eye concealer. Dude looked 35 in the show last night so any of the inherent creepiness wasn’t there since they looked like they should be dating age wise. As for where this goes? We all know where this goes. Quinn finds out about the hookup. Shelby gets canned and the 2 groups eventually merge. I have no idea what happens to the baby. Mr. Shue probably adopts it with the OCD counselor and they give the baby musical numbers starting next season. Quinn has turned into a nutty bitch which feels a little young for her character but she’s already been through a lot so I’ll let it slide. 

      The show was off last night. Nothing approached the real drama of the Mike Chang moments in Asian F. I’d give it a C- last night. They moved the pieces on the board a bit and introduced a new character (although horribly conceived). Would have loved to see the Irish kid not get bullied and be a little more of an instant rock star since foreign kids who look like him in an American high school would be received far differently than he was in the show. Bad job writers. 

      • Anonymous

        Hi, Alex!

        • Anonymous

          Being Irish, I was curious to see how they would place ‘Rory’ in the show. I get that he’s got a few years to grow in to his looks and is far from pulling off a Colin Farrell vibe, but that they made him so docile kinda bugged me a little. Wish they made him a bit more cheeky chappy. 

      • Anonymous

        It’s true — any kid from Derry can probably kick those doughy American football players’ asses. And most people’s first thought upon hearing “Northern Ireland” isn’t leprechauns, it’s sectarian violence. But we never heard that word “Northern”, did we? too bad.

    • Anonymous

      The thing about Quinn that ticks me off is that she’s all about wanting Puck to get a real job and talking about how her daughter is the one thing she can’t screw up but the entire time I was thinking, “Okay, I don’t see you exactly trying to do anything other than just get your daughter back in some of the worst ways. Let’s say that you do get her back? Then what?” I feel like Quinn is only thinking here and now and isn’t at all thinking about what will happen if she ever actually succeeded. And if somehow the writers do go that route and actually have her succeed I feel like they too well be saying “So now what do we do?”

      And we’re going to be seeing quite a bit more of Damien (Rory) because out of the 4 kids that won The Glee Project (yes, 4), he was one of the ones that got a 7 episode deal. But I don’t mind so much because I did like him on that show.

      • Anonymous

        I was laughing inside so deeply when she was talking about doing something perfect. One thing you have no illusion about as a parent is perfection!

    • Anonymous

      I had hopes after watching the last episode – giving Glee a second chance – but this episode was just really crappy.  Not sure if I’ll bother giving it a third chance…

    • Lori

      The episode was okay.  It’s hard to write a tight show when it gets ever more crowded on the canvas. 
      Rory is meant to replace Kurt (at least vocally), and at some point we’ll also get Sam (co-winner of TGP) who I’m  guessing will be Puck 2.0.  Then there’s another new main character who is gay, who will be a Warbler, and the return of Sam, and it makes me think the days where no words were wasted are gone.

      Loved Finn last night, and Brittany and Santana at Breadsticks.

      • Anonymous

        I keep hoping Sam will be Puck’s little brother…we’ll just have to wait and see.

        I would really like them to introduce a teenage girl who isn’t a total bitch or airhead. I’d love for them to bring in an honor student, super smart, maybe one who has skipped a few grades — or even a class clown type. The girl characters aren’t the best role models for young girls out there in the real world.

        • http://sedatusaequora.wordpress.com/ AlysonCoromandas

          They could do so much more with Tina.  

    • Anonymous

      All of the “kids” just seemed so old, they have lost their fresh-faced look. I had a glimmer of hope that Glee would return to some of its former charm but based upon this episode, that hope was unfounded.

      • Anonymous

        Fresh-faced? Most of these “kids” are in the second half of their 20s. Puck, Finn and Mike are all 29. It shows, too — not just the way they look, but the way they act resembles no teenager.

    • http://www.hilonwheels.blogspot.com hilonwheels

      I think you hit on some valid point here. I’m a little confused as to your uncertainty of the Burt vs. Sue storyline. I thought it rather inspired and it provided a much needed zip to the often lagging pace.  Both Lynch and O’Malley are such great actors, I can’t wait to see them blaze through their scenes together.

      I’m curious what would happen if they expanded the scoop of the show, something I see they are trying (mentions of services for special needs students) to make glee encompass other groups in the show. No one’s saying that a marching band member can’t break out into song (an instrumental a la the 70s!) during a half-time show at the football game.

      • Anonymous

        Agree, hilonwheels. The Burt/Sue storyline is an obvious nod to the recent cutting of Arts programs in schools and federal funding for the Arts. It’s the first thing to go, yet music and art programs are just as beneficial as sports programs – they  teach teamwork, public speaking, confidence, leadership skills and working together and it’s proven that kids involved in the Arts are less likely to be substance abusers and their overall IQs are higher.

    • Anonymous

      …Glee still moves its characters around like action figures in the hands of an 8-year-old.

      …but the show is FULL of
      parents, teachers, and other authority figures who are completely
      fucked up and foisting all their issues on a bunch of minors.

      THIS. I haven’t been very interested in following this season, and you’ve stated the reasons that work for me. I guess I like my fantasy shows to have more depth and maturity.

    • CQAussie

      My thoughts:

      – Will Rory be grinning idiotically and inexplicably after every sentence?  Because that got old after the third time.  But he does have a great voice, although I still do prefer Curt’s.

      – The TroubleTones’ number was fabulous.  The only fabulous in this episode that left me yawning and snoozing.

      – How nasty was Santana to Rory, telling him to do the school a favour and get lost?  Was that even necessary?  I get Glee Clubs rivalry – but that was a bit over the top….

      – I have run out of patience with the Quinn storyline.  I agree with you that it’s just too much to watch her character plant evidence of Shelby being a bad mother.  I didn’t sympathise, it pissed me off and in fact the whole bit had even my passive Glee watcher husband quipping “What?  What is that?  That’s really shitty.  Who would do that??!  What the hell is wrong with her??!”

      – Also….Glee Writers….what exactly will Quinn do once she gets her baby back?  She STILL has no job….no prospects….still lives with….uh…where exactly does Quinn live?  At home?  With Mercedes?  I don’t even remember.  This whole plot line is ridiculous.  Quinn is ridiculous as the crazy bitch.  Plus – now she’s all about how Beth is perfect?  She gave her up for adoption!  She never even had a moment’s pause before it happened!  Again – this whole plot line makes my head hurt.

      – I enjoyed the Sue and Burt match up =D  Interested to see how it all pans out…..Burt and Carol Go To Washington!  Will Carol have to don pant suits and sensible shoes?  Is that why she was already sporting Politicians Wife hair-do??  haha

      • http://twitter.com/Kamilaahh Kamil

        I’m pretty sure that the reason Santana was so awful to Rory was because of his attraction to Brittany. Santana is having no part of some other guy trying to take her girl away (or visit her pot of gold, even briefly), so she backed him right off. 

        As a former baby dyke (now a much older dyke) it made perfect sense to me for the character. Nothing makes you twitchier than being involved with someone you know doesn’t mind visiting boy’s town from time to time. 

    • Anonymous

      I’ve already stopped watching this show…it lost its appeal last season.  Now it seems its even more convoluted.

    • Anonymous

      I love Glee but I found myself reading my book more then watching the episode and I’m the one usually telling people to be quiet.

      The baseball break hurt this episode.

    • Anonymous

      Prediction:  we’re headed for a girls vs boys sectional.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HY37OQ6GEB5IMWUREVZ2KE5HYA Norita

      As a person of Irish Heritage, I found the whole leprachaun stereotype demeaning…..Christ on a cracker-it was Mickey Rooney does GLEE.   I do think it has jumped the Shark……and gone off the rails.  Damian McGinty is a VERY talented lad and paid a horrible price for TV exposure in the US…I hope he finds a better use for his talent…cause his “Pot of Gold” just turned into a “Pot of Drek!”

    • http://ifyouseekamie.wordpress.com/ Amie

      I think it’s more true for Rachel and Schue than Blaine. Lea and Matt are trained Broadway stars, so they have to emote to the back of the theatre. Blaine… not really trained as much, though still more used to stage than TV. However, I’d argue that three freaking years on TV should have given Lea and Matt (and two for Blaine) the time to learn how to play to television.

    • Anonymous

      A. The Troubletones number was fantastic!  Bring on more of these. B. – Rory has a wonderful voice and I hope they get a handle on what to do with the character. C. – Burt for President!  D. That kiss between Puck & Shelby was so expected and yet WILDLY inappropriate.  Seriously, the previous inappropriate student/teacher stuff has been bad but this goes to illegal.  I would be very interested in what the reactions would be if a male teacher had a kiss with a female student.  It’s just a little too far, in my opinion. 

    • Anonymous

      “Tlo said: As for the kiss, we’re not scandalized by it, but the show is FULL of parents, teachers, and other authority figures who are completely fucked up and foisting all their issues on a bunch of minors.”

      But it looked to me that Puck was manipulating her. Why did he take stuff out of her bathroom after talking to Quinn? I thought it seemed like he’s trying to set her up, and being a single parent, she’s too exhausted to see it. 

      And Quinn has never been a good girl. She’s always been a crazy, manipulative bitch (remember the paternity/pregnancy lies). She’s just a spoiled rich girl who feels entitled to do whatever she pleases to get what she wants – no one else matters.

      –GothamTomato

      • http://twitter.com/NC_Meg Megan

        “Why did he take stuff out of her bathroom after talking to Quinn?”

        I didn’t get that either. What did he even take?

        • Marie Drucker

          He didn’t want child protection services to find the stuff that Quinn planted. He’s on Shelby’s side.  And, yes, I paid far too much attention to the show last night.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FLKS47RHXPOFWQZYB4MMW43VPE RS

         I thought he was taking out the stuff Quinn put in so that she wouldn’t lose custody of Beth – a good turn because she supported him.

        I don’t think he was manipulating her, it’s just all he knows how to do to women being nice to him. Ironically, it’s probably what would/will get Beth taken away, instead of what Quinn tried.

        • Anonymous

          OK, I missed the part where Quinn planted stuff.

          –GothamTomato

          • http://twitter.com/NC_Meg Megan

            Me too. I need to go back and watch the whole thing.

      • Anonymous

        I thought Puck was removing the items that Quinn planted to frame Shelby.  When Shelby recommended Puck for the pool job, he had a change of heart about letting Quinn set her up.

      • Anonymous

        You missed it completely – Puck was trying to save Shelby from being set up by Quinn.  Quinn had planted various things (baby botox, hot sauce, books on baby sacrifice) in the apartment and said she was going to call child protective services.  Puck didn’t want Shelby to get in trouble – he said several times that he thought she was a good mother – so he retrieved the things Quinn planted.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, but TLo–you didn’t answer the one question on everyone’s minds: What was UP with Redhedded Mullet Football Player twins?

      • Marie Drucker

        Hockey, I think. Not being a hockey girl, I’m not exactly sure, but I figured mullets go with hockey players and that was part of the joke.

      • Brenna McClellan

        They’re hockey players. They showed up during the superbowl episode and now they’re supposed to be the bullies instead of the football team.

      • Heather Hayes

        THIS!!!  And the leprechaun’s hair is ridiculous, too. 

    • Anonymous

      The hiatus sadly wasn’t baseball induced. The entire season is supposedly going to run 3 episodes on 3 weeks off, 3 episodes on, etc. 

    • http://twitter.com/NC_Meg Megan

      I only caught about half of it so I missed the Quinn drama but hated the kiss between Shelby and Puck. Come on. I loved the Candyman number and found Lucky Charms a little annoying. As for faculty members who aren’t inappropriate, I think Emma is the only one who can claim that title. I can’t remember her doing anything inappropriate or questionable. (I just really love Emma.)

    • Joyce VG

      I couldn’t even finish your re-cap. I’m done with the show.

    • Brenna McClellan

      Can we talk about Brittany and Santana guys? Because they were adorable.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1445460261 Courtney Bolt

        They are the only reason I still keep up with this mess of a show. I skipped through everything but their part of the episode, and I love the way they’re making progress slowly. They’re so sweet.
         
        I just wish the “Brittany is stupid” and “Santana is a bitch” thing weren’t played up quite so much. The two different parts of their storylines don’t match up at all. They’re normal and sweet with each other and it doesn’t at all match up with the complete idiot and raging bitch that they are otherwise. I wish the portrayal of them outside of their scenes with each other didn’t detract from the sweetness and brilliance of their relationship. It’s good to have them on tv, I think. :)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FLKS47RHXPOFWQZYB4MMW43VPE RS

      I’m kind of intrigued by the Rory/Kurt set up – that last song, he dressed just like Kurt did when he sang for his family (I Wanna Hold Your Hand) and it included a lot of the same camera shots, too. I love Damian McGinty (I did watch Glee Project, and he was the only one I liked) but I don’t like the way everything Kurt has good in his life keeps getting stripped away, episode by episode. Unless this leads to some spectacular duets with happy endings, ala Mercedes and Rachel trying to fight via Take Me or Leave Me, I don’t want it set up as one counter tenor v. another! Give the kid a break and a better story.

    • Anonymous

      Even after the dreck of last season, I think this was the episode that jumped the shark for me.  I was bored.  I understand that they’ve got to introduce new characters to lay the groundwork for cast members who will be “graduating” this year, but the madly grinning Irish leprechaun was just ridiculous.  The cast is already too large to give ample time to characters we’re at least somewhat invested in.   Burt was the obvious choice to run against Sue and I’ve been expecting it to happen.  It’s the only plot point that interests me since you can never have too much Burt Hummel.  Loved the Troubletones’ number, though I was mildly shocked by the panties dropping to the floor line in a high school performance.  With Glee and Project Runway dropping off my radar, I’ve got a lot of free time for tv watching.  I’ll devote it to Homeland and catching up on Breaking Bad while I wait for Mad Men to return.

    • Anonymous

      Only thing that resonated for me was that fab dress Quinn had on in the ‘booby trap the apartment’ scene…the screen cap you have up there. It was the best part of this episode – sadly – except for the Trouble Tones number, which was fab. Plopping Lucky Charms into show was awkward and Blaine works my last nerve. So, that’s it…dress FTW.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720742723 Sarah Winningham

      The Irish kid is cute enough and a decent enough singer but MAN can he not act, it’s unfortunate that they committed to giving him one of the longer arcs, out of the four finalists. Quinn’s actions don’t bother me as I have always found her to be one of the worst human beings on the show- for most of season one she was running neck-and-neck with Crazy Terri for most deceitful life-ruiner. I will never get over how gross the eating candy out of the litter box was.

    • http://blue-again.myopenid.com/ blue

      My favorite part of this (boring) episode was when Sue commented on them showing up for nationals without a set list and then losing with songs they wrote the night before. I LOLed. Totally meta.

    • Anonymous

      AGREED…boring episode.  Thank goodness for DVR and fast forward.  That leprechaun was getting on my nerves.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1539480086 Rachael Dickson

      I agreed that it was a weaker episode. I was really annoyed most by the placement of some of the songs – most of the songs so far in the season made perfect sense in the plot and in the story – but Last Friday Night was /so random/ during this episode. I really felt like they just discovered there was some extra time to fill up and so they just threw in a Blaine/Katy Perry song in hopes people would buy it up. Candyman seemed out of place to me too – though I liked it.
      At least several plotlines and character stories were advanced in this episode! It could have been a lot better – but I can still see how it’s doing better than the mostly catastrophic second season.

      • Anonymous

        I for one am tiring of the Katy Petty songbook. 

    • Anonymous

      I’ve always felt Coach Beiste does a good job of acting like a reasonable adult while at school.

    • Cheryl Wade

      The only memorable line for me was

      Finn  “What happens when the Pope dies?”
      Kurt  “you’d think heaven.”

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CN4C3R54M4NZPD2644FRFP2UYU jennifuh

      I NEED Quinn’s eyelet dress in the photo above.  NEED.

    • Anonymous

      Oh it is official: Rory (actually Damien from GLEE project and the popular Celtic Thunder singing group) is my new TV boyfriend. That is when Mike Rowe is not around. Puck and Finn officially can not longer pass as teenagers. Puck looks older than even Mr. Shu.

      • Anonymous

        Rory is adorable, but I’ll always like the bad-boy Puck. Too bad they plucked off his balls this episode.

    • http://twitter.com/megelizah Megan Howard

      I gotta say that I am totally sick of Sue’s plotting to kill the glee club. Every. Damn. Season. They’re basically just rehashing the same crap that might have been tantalizing in the first season but has really gotten old and lazy. She was really funny in the first season, but now?  It’s the same thing all the time! To quote Mugatu, I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!

    • http://twitter.com/megelizah Megan Howard

      Yeah, I found it sort of laughable that Schu was so into it after “Blame it on the Alcohol” last season. I mean yeah, it’s just a song, and continuity has never been a major priority for Glee, but still.. maybe what was really amusing was Gee-Whiz Blaine initiating it.

    • http://twitter.com/megelizah Megan Howard

      Yeah, I found it sort of laughable that Schu was so into it after “Blame it on the Alcohol” last season. I mean yeah, it’s just a song, and continuity has never been a major priority for Glee, but still.. maybe what was really amusing was Gee-Whiz Blaine initiating it.

    • glennethph

      Damian!

    • http://jessieliz.wordpress.com/ Super Red

      I actually really enjoyed this episode. Not as much as Asian F, but come’on… Asian F was pretty fantastic.

      Love the Burt v. Sue (it would be too easy of a win for him to just record a convo with her, right?), and while I like brit standing up for herself, I completely sympathize with Finn. Cuz really? Kinda an idiot. And it’s not as if her self-proclaimed protector, Santana, hasn’t manipulated her either. If she grows from meanness, i almost hope more people are mean to her. Girl isn’t gonna survive very long if she’s manipulated this easily. She’s sweet and adorable, and she doesn’t have to lose the innocence, but as some point she needs to gain an understanding of how the world around her works.

      I enjoyed the numbers, but wasn’t particularly blown away by any of them. I highly agree that they need to stop trying to blame everything on Rachel. I’m not saying blame it all on Schu either (as much as the man makes my skin crawl) but it’s not Rachel’s fault that she was cast for so many solo’s. And it’s true that no other member has dedicated as much time and energy into the club or a singing career in general. In many ways the whole, “I’m going to go some where that appreciates me!” is just plain entitled and obnoxious. the real world doesn’t work that way. In the real world, you pay your dues, you work hard for years, and you still need a bit of luck on your side. Stand up for yourself, sure, but don’t turn your back on your friends because someone else is also talented and you don’t get as much spotlight as you like. That said, I love Santana and Mercedes voices’ so I’m all for hearing more of them, but I’m not really rooting for their club.

      Quinn… I think she’s having a bit of a breakdown. Given her position as a teen mother, it’s actually completely understandable, if sick and twisted, that she’s going to any lengths to get her daughter back. Her plan is flawed by a little thing called reality, but her actions make sense.

      I love that they keep referencing season 2 in a mocking manner… There were several hints of that throughout the episode, and as someone who stuck with the show I really appreciate it. Season 2 blew, and they knew it, and they’re making it better.

      Shelby and Puck…. I’m assuming that he’s 18, and she’s not actually HIS teacher, so it’s not a legality issue so much as an ethical and moral one. Given the moment and the circumstances, I can forgive it. If this starts some sort of illicit affair, not so much. (I saw “forgive” in the sense of the writing and plot direction, not that actions of a teacher kissing a student). As the child of an older mother and younger father who had a great marriage, the age difference doesn’t bother me, and since it was a bonding moment over “their” child, I’m willing to see what the show does next week.

      • Anonymous

        But High School isn’t real life either. A lot of times the hardest working, most talented person is pushed aside for the popular/mainstream kids. Not always, but in my high school the girl who got the best parts pretty much just bullied the teacher in to them. He even said to a student that she scared him. When I was in choirs in middle/elementary school and the solos were always evenly distributed (we also had to audition for solos no matter what).
        School should be about learning and fostering everyone’s talent. When I went to college the teacher was always very careful in how she distributed parts (in plays). Yes she was much more impressed by people who put in hard work than the people with lots of talent/no talent. She would take people under her wings and saw potential where others didn’t. I don’t know. It’s weird to have people compare High School to real life. Mine couldn’t have been any different.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenna-Ryan-Boatman/583622701 Jenna Ryan Boatman

      I came into this episode a little late and could not for the life of me figure out what was going on. Britney believes in leprechauns? Sure, I’ll buy that. But the running joke was annoying and I came to hate hearing the words “pot of gold.” I love Rory, but then I was v partial to Damian during Glee Project, if only because he was in Celtic Thunder and I am a sucker for Celtic music of any sort. He looks like a 10-year-old version of Kurt now, with the lighter hair. He looked a lot better before the hair bleaching. Still he’s a really talented guy, great with the swing style music (hopefully he will have worked on his singing face, though, because he looks a bit smarmy when he’s trying to aim for cool).

      The Shelby/Puck thing annoys me, if they are going to make Quinn blackmail Shelby into getting Beth back. (Of course, I’m sure it will all come out anyway, with Sue getting Glee shutdown due to teachers who prey on their kids.) Really, Shelby is a vulnerable character and I really buy the way Idina has been playing her. The scene was about the only scene that did make sense in this episode, but I hope it stops at a kiss and she puts Puck down as easily as she can. And that Quinn doesn’t get involved. I really don’t want to hate Quinn but if turn this into a Teacher/Student scandal and rip that baby away from her mother simply to give Quinn a chance to be a single mother? Yeah, that will be my shark jumping. Idina is too damn good to be treated like a Jerry Springer episode. And Shue is ten times creepier than she will ever be. 

      I want to like the Troubletones, but — really? I hate the Rachel bullying. If she and Blaine get more time its because they are better than the other kids. I’ve never been a fan of the “everyone should get a trophy” mentality; once you get out into the real world, people don’t award you for being a lazy diva, Mercedes. Beyonce et al? They work their arses off to get where they are. And Santana  speaking out about bullies is a joke.

    • Anonymous

      The episode was dire but it was a pleasure as always to hear a Northern Irish accent (very different from the Republic). I encourage the show’s producers to find as many ways as possible to get him to say the number “two”.

      Also, he looks just like eighties Scottish popstar Edwyn Collins of Orange Juice, right down to the giant quiff.

    • http://twitter.com/adleredneko Aki

      Pretty sure Britt and Santana’s leave was more exacerbated by Blaine than by Rachel at this point.  I’m so ready for them to stop handing Blarren solos.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=18901391 Carolyn Daw

      Actually, it probably still would be illegal since most school districts have codes of conduct that prohibit any sort of sexual contact between someone that works at the school and an individual that is a student.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=18901391 Carolyn Daw

      There’s also a vast difference between how people act in the real world and how they act on Glee. Television is shocking like that.

    • Anonymous

      Don’t we think that Beiste is the one faculty member who isn’t grossly inappropriate? Also I think that they attempted to explain Shelby’s change of heart with her exhaustion (Quinn said so herself something to the effect of how Shelby “barely knows her own name right now). 

    • Anonymous

      But Klaine sex next week! That makes up for everything.

    • http://fafafab.tumblr.com/ fafafab

      please don’t generalize, hardcore gleek does not mean “blaine lover/glee project watcher”

      I wasn’t as annoyed by Rori as I thought I’d be, but like you said, his introduction was way too aimed for people who knew him beforehand and were anticipating to see him finally in the show, I still don’t get what so great about him anyways, he looks like the transition pokemon between Kurt and Finn

      it’s sad to see New Directions falling apart, but if I were Mercedes, Artie or Tina, leaving the club was something I would have done a long time ago, specially after Blaine decided to attend to McKenley, I have a new found love for Santana cause she tells it like it is, The Blaine Show, hell to the no, and also Finn, he’s like an extension of my brain right inside the show, treating Blaine like the scumbag he is, all the numbers were boring except for Candyman, not coinditeally, all the other numbers were sung by either Darren Criss or the irish guy, so not surprise there

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JQSQJRAL4YYWB2OZNHNUHKZAEY Christopher

      Didn’t like this episode.  Felt like sandwiching in the new guy.  Big needle screech for the season so far in my opinion.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHWCJIMARF4OOW6PQZQS3RFOOA JillK

      It was clear that this episode was setting the audience up to get used to there being no Rachel, Kurt or Finn ahead of next season when there won’t be (since they’re graduating). They were so marginalized they may as well not have been in the episode. Did Rachel even have a single line? And where was Artie? Did I blink and miss him?

      I cannot even begin to tell you how unbelievably bored I was through this whole episode. Sorry, but that nasty Santana simply cannot carry this show the way Rachel could. As far as I’m concerned, they may as well shut the whole thing down when this season is over, because it’s toast.

    • http://twitter.com/ggore Glenn Gore

      Glee Project was a joke, supposedly a chance for a “newbie” to live their dreams for a spot on Glee.    But as it turned out, it was a professional singer, a member of Celtic Thunder, who won and got the role.     Not to diminish McGinty’s chops, he is a great singer and has the come hither looks that are perfect for the demographic who watches Glee, but the show was a lie in that it promised something it did not deliver. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7DDBWDEQZA3OUS4S6MEMDEKWQ4 chhivt

      Oh god, TLo, you guys are bitchy and funny.  Damn! lol.

    • http://toodles.yelp.com AWStevens

      It’s FRIDAY and I STILL cannot get through this ep.  It’s gonna be in my DVR for a while.  And judging from the first paragraph of this review (the only one I read because I don’t want any spoilers), it is soooooooooo not gonna be worth the wait… DAMMIT!

    • Anonymous

      I don’t care about ANY of these characters any more. Ryan Murphy is the M Knight Shamalamadingdong of television and we’re catching on. He is an exhausting creator…dumb and juvenile even the kids i talk to think so lately.

    • Amanda Burkett

      I thought Santana was the only one who treated Brit with some amount of respect. That was fucking disappointing. 

    • Anonymous

      I thought Santana was the only one who treated Brit with some amount of respect. That was fucking disappointing.

    • Anonymous

      It was so sad that I didn’t even enjoy Puck’s song with my usual relish, although I did wake up a little when he was shirtless and cleaning the pool.

    • http://sedatusaequora.wordpress.com/ AlysonCoromandas

      Ordinarily the age of consent in Ohio is 16.  However, since Shelby is a teacher at the school and therefore an authority figure to Puck, any sexual activity between the two of them (even touching) would be legally reportable to Child Protective Services.  (Meaning Shelby could lose her job and face jail time.)  It’s true that Puck could be 18, but even so, most schools (even colleges) have strong policies against student/teacher relationships which at the very least would cost Shelby her job.  

    • http://twitter.com/lareveuse lareveuse

      The show was worth every minute just for the scene of Puck in those pants by the pool. 

    • http://twitter.com/crush_onyou crush on you

      Agree. I actually liked Blaine’s performance as showcased: as trying to remember the ‘fun’ part of the glee club. If you get past the lyrics, the song can do that. 

    • http://twitter.com/crush_onyou crush on you

      I didn’t like the episode as a whole, because the Glee project kid was kind of meh to me and he got a lot of screen time, but it did have its moments. I liked the Sue/Burt confrontation (and the fact that Burt is getting more attention!), and Brittany is always enjoyable. Being a Klaine fan I did like Blaine’s performance, and it was fun that they all threw themselves into it. Loved the TroubleTones! They were absolutely great! And Puck’s unplugged version of Foreigner’s ‘Waiting for a girl’ was just beautiful. What I really disliked was the direction they’re taking with Quinn. I hope they stop that thing right there.