Glee: Heart

Posted on February 17, 2012

The episode’s called “Heart,” but it really should have been called “How Amber Riley Singlehandedly Saved Glee.”

We don’t know if the show actually needed to be saved, but we’re pretty burnt out on it; there’s no denying it. The promise of the first half of the first season has not ever been fulfilled and it’s been nothing but a series of disappointments occasionally punctuated by high points to remind us of that promise. We were optimistic at the start of this season that the new writing staff would be able to inject some excitement into the proceedings and to be fair to them, they did occasionally manage it. But the show still disappoints from week to week, to the point where we’re seriously considering dropping it from our blogging roster, especially since it appears some of you need an intervention. Judging by the comments section, people only watch Glee so they can rail against how awful it is for the next week on the internet. We sympathize, because it gets harder and harder to write reviews that aren’t simply lists of the same complaints we’ve been making all along.

And given that we were awash in the world that is Fashion Week when this episode aired and didn’t get to see it until everyone else had already talked it to death, we weren’t exactly excited to sit down and watch it, and spent the first half or so bored out of our minds for the most part. Then a funny thing happened. Amber Riley opened her mouth and sang.

To say she NAILED IT or she SHUT IT DOWN when discussing her performance of “I Will Always Love You” is to do it a disservice. It was, quite simply, one of the most breathtaking performances ever depicted on the show. World-class-level talent kicking ass on a classic, two days after the singer who made it most famous passed away unexpectedly. Maybe Whitney’s passing had something to do with our emotional response, but for the first time in a long time, we actually HAD an emotional response to a performance on Glee. In short, we cried; oh, yes we did. And we don’t do that often; especially with the hetero-normative stuff. Amber not only nailed the performance, offering a slightly softer, lighter take than Whitney’s version, but with all of the powerhouse moments still in place, but she and Chord nailed the emotional aspects of that scene. We don’t really care about their future as a couple but that one moment was sheer perfection – and a reminder of what the show can be when its firing on all cylinders. It almost didn’t matter what else happened in the other 39 minutes of the episode.

But we suppose everyone wants to know what we thought of Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell as Rachel’s parents. In short, we were a bit confused by their performances. We fully admit that we may not have gotten the joke since, for once, Glee aimed its satirical cannons directly at the two of us and depicted a couple who could have been us, if you substituted fashion for theater and stuck a daughter in between us. Don’t get us wrong; we didn’t find anything remotely offensive about the depiction. We just kept waiting for something funny to happen. Goldblum and Stokes Mitchell are two incredibly charming performers but they both seemed to be as confused about what was expected of them as we were. When you introduce a parent or set of parents on this show, it serves as a way to contrast with or explain how their child became who he or she is. You can see this with Quinn’s parents, as well as Finn’s, Kurt’s, and Mike’s. A somewhat simplistic line has always been drawn connecting parent characters with child characters on this show. Watching the Berry family interact, we just didn’t get the sense that Rachel was being explained all that well. Sure, we got the theater-family aspect of it, but one would assume, given how she’s been portrayed since Day One, that she had parents who spoiled her terribly and constantly lifted her up over their heads in praise and pride. Instead, we got two parents who actually seemed like they had some common sense and didn’t automatically assume that everything Rachel does is perfect. It doesn’t really scan.

But hey, this was the LEAST heteronormative Valentine’s Day ever depicted in mass media, so we probably should be happy about that. A decent point about double standards was being made with Santana and Brittney, but again, we don’t think they quite followed through on it. We’re not saying that an evil Christian character needed to be introduced, but in 2012, if you’re going to have the gays come up against Christian attitudes in a high school setting, an entirely tolerant and happy ending tends to make the exercise a bit pointless and unrealistic. It’s nice that in the world of Glee, all the self-identified Christians have a wonderfully accepting view of gay relationships, but it doesn’t reflect the real world right now.

As for Kurt and Karofsky, this is breaking our hearts a little, as it no doubt is meant to. Suicide around the corner? It seems pretty likely – and we really, really hope the writers don’t fuck this one up. In both recent arcs dealing with Christians vs. gays and bullying that gets out of hand and sends a kid to the hospital, they dropped the ball on the final message. We have serious doubts about how well this is going to be handled.

But who cares right now? The only thing that mattered with this episode is that Amber Riley lifted this show up from its doldrums for just a few minutes and that was enough to keep us in the recapping game for at least another week.

 

    • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.j.donovan Samuel Joesph Donovan

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    • Sobaika Mirza

      Here’s the really odd thing about Sam/Mercedes – they got together at the end of a season and were broken up by the beginning of the next. I’m not sure why we were ever supposed to care about them being together because we never got to experience it.

      But boy, good for Amber Riley and Chord Overstreet. They’re really trying to sell this romance.

      • Anonymous

        “Here’s the really odd thing about Sam/Mercedes – they got together at the end of a season and were broken up by the beginning of the next. I’m not sure why we were ever supposed to care about them being together because we never got to experience it.”

        This. This times 1 million. My only correction is that I wouldn’t say it is “odd” because it is keeping in line with most previous character developments and plot points on this show. We are rarely ever given an actual reason to feel any of the feelings the show so desperately wants us to feel.

        • Renee King

          In fairness, they only ‘broke’ up because Ryan wanted Chord to become a guest star (in effect, he was demoted).  Chord refused to accept those terms which is why he was not in S3E1-7.  I guess they came to some understanding because he’s back (and still a guest star)….I think that they promised him a big storyline and he agreed with it.  Could the storyline have been better?   Sure!  I’m one of the biggest armchair storyline revisionists, but it is what it is.  I think that they have done a good job given the time constraints and their inability to calm down on the FInchel storyline.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/BKLDRKAA7Y3274SU24GPI6DO5U Tamica

        Most of the couples are like this…welcome to Glee.  At least Mercedes is the first person in the history of the show that felt bad because they cheated.

        • Sobaika Mirza

          I don’t feel that way. Whether it felt forced or not, we’ve witnessed a courtship for all of the show’s couples. Whereas with Sam & Mercedes the writers said: Welcome to Season 3! FYI SAM & MERCEDES ARE IN LOVE OK.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/BKLDRKAA7Y3274SU24GPI6DO5U Tamica

             Courtship? “Let’s get together so we can be popular.” is considered courtship? Come on, most of the relationships on Glee are superficial at best, we know that they started secretly dating and we know they had a summer fling and they broke up. Glee has always had a problem with character and relationship development so I don’t see why people try to use this as the reason why they can’t ‘care’. At least with these two there is something resembling real emotion displayed and we at least acknowledge a genuine connection.

            • Anonymous

              lol what are you talking about. All of the major love stories (Rachel & Finn, Kurt & Blaine, Will & Emma, Brittany & Santana, Artie & Brittany, Mike & Tina, Quinn & Sam, Quinn & Puck, Quinn & Finn, Tina & Artie) were given development.

              Anyway, the only reason Samedes (hehe) is working is because the actors are giving it there all. Its nice to see especially because there was a lot of noise in the Glee fandom about this coupling when it first began. Ugly stuff about why a guy like Sam would never be into a girl like Mercedes.

            • Sobaika Mirza

              I heard about that too (on Amber Riley’s twitter) and can only hope Gleeks have calmed down with that vitriol. Yuck.

            • http://profile.yahoo.com/BKLDRKAA7Y3274SU24GPI6DO5U Tamica

              Ask yourself seriously,why are any of those characters with each other? Quinn and Sam is probably the worse example there. She only got with him because she thought he was a Ken doll and dumped him as soon as possible and he used her for popularity. Note I said MOST, Mike and Tina, Will and Emma, Brittany and Santana, Kurt and Blaine are the exception. The reality is Glee DOES have a problem when it comes to developing relationships and characters which is why people can’t take the show seriously.

            • Anonymous

              BUT Quinn got with him in front of the audience. See the point? We got to see it and understand their motivations and it was plotted over an episode or two. Even if you don’t necessarily LIKE their motivations they DO make perfect sense for teenagers.

              I don’t think we had a single scene in Season 2 with Mercedes and Sam interacting until the finale, and then she brushed it off as a summer fling, but as soon as he came back, the characters were manipulated into being in love and have all these feelings they hadn’t articulated until that very moment. BAM! LOVE POTION.Also I don’t know how you can say MOST are an exception. By definition, MOST makes it the rule. Samedes are the exception. Glee has plenty of issues but nothing as forced and thrown together as Samedes. Amber and Chord are making it work though!

            • Renee King

              Oh, grasshopper….you haven’t been privy to the Samcedes ninjas…there are lots of instances where there were Samcedes interactions…not obvious though and I would love to detail it to you if you’re interested.  But I will lead with the Brad Falchuk helmed Prom episode where Sam double dated with Mercedes and Rachel (and this is after Sam shut her down when she asked him to go with her alone)…well until Jesse came back.  

              That is when their relationship started. We’ve caught scenes of Sam holding her hand when they were in Central park sitting on the bench with the others….it was went they all jumped off the bench and ran…but then again…everyone held someone’s hand in that scene.  At regionals, when they sang Loser like me, Sam descended the steps with his arm around Mercedes.   

              She didn’t say it was a summer fling to Sam until he came back in S3E8 (Hold on to 16).  She was in denial and didn’t fully realize that until S3E10 (Yes/No) when singing the First time ever I saw your face.  She still fought it and wanted to be true to Shane until she finally wanted to come clean in S3E13 (Hearts).  Sure, the storyline is that things got deep during the summer and that was off camera, but I think we’ve seen enough episodes to buy that “it was more than that” as Sam said.  To date, Samcedes has been a storyline much longer than Quam or Fabrevans….so if we are using a timeline to determine authenticity……..

      • MilaXX

         It’s working for me. At the end of the season when they initially hooked up, I wasn’t feeling it. It felt like a throw away pairing and an answer to the critics that Amber needed a boyfriend. This time around, I’m buying the attraction these 2 characters have.

      • http://twitter.com/bentley1530 F E B

        The reason why they were not together at the start of the 3rd season is that Chord Overstreet left the show when he was not upgraded to full time status so the show gave her another boyfriend.  Once he decided to come back (what the world was not waiting to offer Chord a big spot on another show?) the boyfriend and their relationship was shoved to the side to make way for the Sam/Mercedes match up. 

        • Anonymous

          All shows are bothered with behind the scenes casting and production issues, like Blaine sitting out an episode so Darren Criss could do Broadway. What matters is how the writers choose to deal with these issues and handle things onscreen.

          And for what its worth, I thought it was the other way around – Fox chose not to invite Chord Overstreet back for the third season, but after fan reaction they brought him on the show again.

          • http://twitter.com/bentley1530 F E B

             Nope, it was his decision to leave and his decision to come back.  I thought Sam and Mercedes had solid chemistry in the Prom episode and could have had a nice slow growth in their relationship at the beginning of the year but screen time lost on a show with this many characters can not be regained.

            • Anonymous

              How does an actor just ‘decide’ to come back? It’s up to the show’s discretion. Anyway, point still stands: it’s up to the creators to write a character leaving and coming back. I don’t think thats Glee’s strong suit lol

      • Anonymous

        Can we also give a shout out to Shane, who has had nothing to do and sold the absolute hell out of it? Seriously, all he did was look at Mercedes and cry but I understood and believed their entire relationship in a way I haven’t believed Rachel and Finn’s for two seasons.

    • erika dantas

      i liked amber riley version, but it didn’t sell well on itunes.

      • http://twitter.com/cornekopia Shawn EH

        It’s really bad timing, I think. Jennifer Hudson stole her thunder without trying at the Grammys.

        • Terence Ng

          I think Whitney stole her thunder. When a singer dies, people want to listen to the singer’s signature songs, and are less interested in owning covers of a beloved singer’s signature songs, no matter how good they are.

          • http://twitter.com/cornekopia Shawn EH

            Yes, that too, totally, I’m just already feeling “I Will Always Love You” overload this week. I need to go find Dolly’s original and listen to that. I can’t deny any of the divas in question made it their own.

            • Anonymous

              The original is on Dolly’s album Jolene. Which song should ring a gleek bell as well.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/6NQL7X25WHLJL46FGFVQP5SWGM Nazinga

          Actually,it was the other way around.

          • http://twitter.com/cornekopia Shawn EH

            I wish I could remember what I was talking about 6 months ago. I think I meant that I thought Jennifer Hudson did a better version of the song than Mercedes did, in the same week on my tv screen. Neither was meant to imply anything about Whitney herself, if that’s what you thought.

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.parker Sara Parker

        I think this sums up the show perfectly– the fact that iTunes sales matter more than giving a good, moving performance. It’s like one of those cartoons developed to sell action figures.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/6NQL7X25WHLJL46FGFVQP5SWGM Nazinga

        Actually,Amber’s version of ”IWALY” did sell close to 50,000 downloads when it was all said and done fact!

    • Anonymous

      I loved Amber Riley’s take on “I Will Always Love You.” I’ve always preferred Dolly Parton’s original version over Whitney’s, because she plays it simply and without histrionics. I love Whitney’s version too, it’s just a great song period. Amber Riley was able to take the best of both of those interpretations and make that song her own. I cried too.

    • Evy Colón

      I have an insane girl/talent crush on Amber Riley. I really want her red dress.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/6NQL7X25WHLJL46FGFVQP5SWGM Nazinga

        I also have a girl crush on Amber Riley she is an outstanding vocalist!

    • Anonymous

      I actually never liked that song when it came out (probably because it was overplayed like whoa.)  But I enjoyed her rendition and it certainly made sense. 

      I agree that it looks like Karofsky might be depicting one who comes to a sad ending.  If that’s the case, they better treat it well.  My fear is they won’t.

      • Anonymous

        I so hope that’s not true — first, I like Dave Karofksy (or at least Max Adler), second, a suicide would so totally throw the show out of kilter (but that’s been my complaint about the show from day one), and third, they would never handle it well.

        • Terence Ng

          You know, you CAN depict someone struggling against the difficulties of homophobia and it not getting better WITHOUT also showing them killing themselves. But, then again, I trust no level of nuance to the writers of Glee.

          Angels in America did a great depiction of some gay characters who come out fine and others who don’t and meet unhappy, NOT-DEAD, endings, like Joe Pitt.

          But again, the writers of Glee are no Tony Kushner.

        • Anonymous

          Max is cute, but I want to come in Ex Machina and tell Dave that it’s ok.  Take him for a walk and have a long discussion.  I admit it:  I have a god complex.  His suicide would be very painful for me.  (Which is saying something, because I’m normally a cold heartless bastard.)

    • Anonymous

      “It almost didn’t matter what else happened in the other 39 minutes of the episode.” Right, which is why I don’t watch the show anymore. Great moments like this can be downloaded for a buck (or for free!). And while I still appreciate  your recaps (for confirming each week that I made the correct decision to give up on the show) I also understand and support any decision to stop recapping it. Simply put, you two have better things to do than waste time, brainpower and bandwidth on Glee. But still, thanks!

      • Anonymous

        Totally agree. I checked out Amber Riley’s lovely solo after all the press it got, but I couldn’t care less about the show anymore.

    • http://twitter.com/DuckBitey Duck Bitey

      Suspension of disbelief is a necessary part of the show, but I will never be able to get over the idea that a glee club would not have a girl with Mercedes’ talent do more solos, especially during the competitions. If this is a team that really wants to win, how would you ever put a voice like that in the background?

      • Anonymous

        Because the show wrote itself into a corner. From day one the premise has been that Rachel is special, she’s their best, and Glee won’t work without her, and while that’s nice on paper the truth is Mercedes has an equal (if not stronger?) voice, Santana does too, and Tina needs a strong solo moment BADLY to remind people that she is a gifted Broadway baby also.

        The show did the same thing with Finn: he’s their leader and a major asset to Glee when really, Sam, Puck, Artie, and Blaine are all better dancers, have stronger voices, and weren’t clueless enough to believe a hot tub could get a girl pregnant. I don’t know about Irish but he’s probably more capable too.

      • Anonymous

        This times a million. Im like a broken record wailing this same thing at my tv (or the hubby if he cares to listen) every week when we get yet another powerhouse solo from Amber that goes unmatched in the history of Glee solos. Cause all of hers are and this last one was just the pinnacle of an unbelievably good track record.

        If its not body and color politics keeping her out of the spotlight consisitently reserved in this show for Lea Michele then I dont know what the hell it is.

        • Anonymous

          It’s not politics, it’s the backstory. Like @sassycasie said, the writers painted themselves into a corner making the whole show revolve around how special Rachel (not Lea, Rachel) supposedly is. They can’t feature any of the other females because it’ll make it obvious Rachel is no more special than any one of them.
          What would’ve been an ideal solution early on would have been to make Rachel a year older than any of the other girls so she could graduate and then have an entire season featuring the rest of them. 

          • Anonymous

            Or any writer/producer with good ears would have started rewriting the “central importance” of rachel berry when other voices started to blow hers out of the water… Again I still dont think we can blame “writing” outside of the mainstream pop culture context of who usually has leading roles in a popular primetime show.

            • Anonymous

              I’m not sure you could rewrite the central importance of Rachel and still have Glee. The whole Rachel-Finn-Quinn storyline is the central hetero love story of the entire show. And now it’s coming to an end with Rachel and Finn having to deal with her obsession with heading for New York. Rewrite any of that and you have another show altogether.

    • Anonymous

      I watch the show and still love it. I rarely comment on it here, though, because the first few comments are filled with people who hate the show or don’t even watch anymore but still hate it based on reviews. Which is fine but I’m not interested in wading into that. All that said, I still love reading your reviews. I often, but not always, agree with your criticisms even if I generally enjoy the show more and on a more regular basis than you two do.

      I really did love Amber Riley’s performance and I agree that Chord Overstreet did a great job too. I also am majorly wrapped up in the Dave Karofsky storyline and can’t wait to see where that goes. Although I admit that I’m also worried about how Glee will handle it.

      I will say that I think Glee did introduce an Christian/anti-gay component with the complaint filed against Brittany and Santana’s PDAs. Of course, that character is offscreen so it’s a very small thing. But still, they aren’t suggesting that all Christians are pro-gay. Just the ones that we like ;)

      • Anonymous

        well said.  i am one who still loves the show but also loves tlo’s reviews.  i am  glad they wont give up on it yet. 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/6NQL7X25WHLJL46FGFVQP5SWGM Nazinga

        Agreed!!!! Glee is a great show and I will always watch no matter what!

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

        I’m still a fan too. I think it’s fashionable to hate on Glee now but I just can’t. I sit on the couch with a big cheeseball grin on my face every week and re-watch my favorite parts. It makes me happy. So I keep watching. Simple as that. 

    • Anonymous

      I’m just tired of the caricatures & stereotypes they keep beating me over the head with.  Not every religious person is intolerant of others, not every conservative-leaning person is a redneck racist.  People’s internal belief systems are a lot more complicated than that.  As someone who is socially liberal, but leans conservative on fiscal issues, it is a real turn-off to me to have such an important and complex issue [how does 'different' become 'scary' and lead to hatred and other despicable acts?] be turned into yet another media exhibition on how Liberals are all good/accepting people and Conservatives are all bad/intolerant people. It’s stopped feeling honest and now just feels preachy, and at times, a bit insulting. 

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

         “Not every religious person is intolerant of others, not every conservative-leaning person is a redneck racist.”

        Seems like an odd complaint, since every religious character IS tolerant on this show and we’re not sure who you’re referring to when you cite “redneck racists.”

        • Anonymous

          Off the top of my head, I was thinking of Quinn’s parents, the Kathy Griffin judge at regionals/sectionals,  Emma’s parents [the "comrade obama" comment] and this new character who is not only a devout Christian, but they go out of their way to point out is homeschooled, cannot watch TV, and has parents who only listen to Talk Radio.   I don’t think any of these were terribly big leaps, but as mentioned, I am more sensitive to it than a lot of people, given the way my views straddle political parties.

          But, what I’m trying to say is — I think that by utilizing stereotypes to create these easy villains who are horrible/intolerant, it undermines what the message should be — that stereotyping and judgement should play NO role in how we decide someone’s self-worth.  They didn’t need to take those kinds of jabs to make their point.

          • Anonymous

            But the kid you’re describing as a stereotype of a conservative Christian (who plays into stereotypes of being homeschooled and supposedly only knows Christian songs) was actually very tolerant and, even though he had to pray about it, ultimately decided that love is love and he happily sang to two lesbians. Clearly, his parents hadn’t been teaching him to be intolerant and he came around to be accepting of love, regardless of orientation. So he’s actually an example of a tolerant conservative.

            The show does play into stereotypes for humor and if that’s not your style, then this isn’t your show. But it’s not just the conservatives who are stereotyped. They also do a lot of turning stereotypes on their heads.

            • Anonymous

              I agree — absolutely, but do you kinda maybe see my point that they didn’t need to attach the stereotypes to the character & his upbringing in the first place to end in the same, positive place?  Would it have not been just as satisfying had this character’s parents been devout Christians who were otherwise, mainstream “every day”  kinds of people?  He could have still been the kid who chose tolerance [despite growing up learning intolerance] without the cheap shot at homeschooling and talk-radio.  

            • Anonymous

              Sorry, but I actually think that by making this kid come off as even more conservative than the other Christians, it made it all the more refreshing that he was tolerant. We already have examples of more mainstream kids being tolerant. This is a kid we can peg as conservative but still tolerant.

              I can understand why stereotypes bother people but seriously, every demographic is stereotyped on this show. I’d prefer to see examples of stereotypical conservatives being tolerant, like this new kid, and stereotypical liberals being hypocrits, like Schue last week with the offensive Spanish lessons. Shows that both sides get it right and both sides get it wrong.

            • Anonymous

              I don’t disagree with you, but I guess that is more of a matter of taste. I found it extra preachy — and almost simplified the issue too much. I think it’s really easy to take someone SOOOOO extreme and say “See, this is intolerance and this is bad”.  I felt very pounded over the head by it. I realize, subtlety is not exactly Glee’s strong suit. But it’s starting to tire me out now…. 

            • Anonymous

              Well, that I understand. The way you had been presenting it, I thought you didn’t like that all the conservatives were intolerant villains … while using the example of a conservative who was a tolerant good-guy.

            • Anonymous

              Yeah. Reading my original comment, I see better now why you thought that. It just felt like the writers went “Hmmm, we need nasty/mean/intolerant characteristic to apply to [Quinn's dad / Emma's parents / Christian-kid's parent]“, and they always seemed to default to a conservative stereotype when they needed something to make the person *extra* bad. 

              I feel pretty strongly that if we are to have a new generation of adults in this country who are tolerant and accepting of all kinds of people,  we have to appeal to their humanity and the idea that we are all the same. When we take cheap shots at their social/cultural/religious background, we put them on the defensive and send a message that we aren’t actually interested in what they think, just that we are right and they are wrong.  Maybe in this case we’re right [at least I think so!] but that still isn’t a very convincing argument.  Peace out :)

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

            Every single character on the show is some sort of stereotype. You’re ignoring the other devout Christians depicted this episode, all of whom came from a range of backgrounds. Kathy Griffin’s character was a one-off and Quinn’s mother eventually came around and apologized to her. Gays, African-Americans, Hispanic people, lesbians, Asians, and a whole range of other groups, from redheads to the developmentally disabled, have been the butt of jokes or reduced to shorthand on this show. No character has come out and called themselves a liberal, that we can remember, but both Quinn and Sam have characterized themselves as conservatives.

            • Anonymous

              Fair enough, but I think the reason these bugged me more than other stereotypes was that they were tacked onto characters who existed for the clear and sole purpose of being villains.  It’s funny because now that you bring it up, I had a similar reaction to the episodes with Santana’s aunt and Mike Chang’s father.  But I still say you could have had the disapproving father storyline (for instance) without attaching it to the Asian kid, and it would have been just as effective.

              So, maybe it was not completely fair to call out the political aspect of the stereotyping over any other kind, but I still think it’s getting in the way of the earnestness of the storytelling, does that make sense?

              I hope you can you forgive a faithful bitter kitten. I love you guys :)

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

              Sweetie, there’s nothing to forgive.

          • Sobaika Mirza

            Every single character on the show began as a stereotype. It’s a big part of why it’s so clever, how through the course of the show these stereotypes are turned on their head.

            I thought it was kind of sweet how this new Christian character fit an extreme stereotype (home-schooled, etc.) but was never presented as hateful, mean, or intolerant. He did some soul-searching and did what he thought was right, all with love.

            Kathy Griffin wasn’t a character (and was mocking Palin/Bachman as opposed to everyday conservatives) and I don’t believe Emma’s parents ever identified as anything other than regular old racists.

            • Anonymous

              Yeah I get what you’re saying…but I think that’s part of why I’m starting to sour on the show… the writing don’t seem clever anymore as much as it feels full of cheap shots.

      • Anonymous

        Also seems strange since, other than the tea-party caricature and Quinn’s dad, we don’t know the specific political beliefs of these people. We assume that characters like Schue are liberal because they hold tolerant views but that’s our own biases speaking, not the show dictating that only the liberals are tolerant. Basing it on stereotypes, we’ve been led to believe that Burt Hummel is conservative in most ways but not when it comes to social issues.

    • http://twitter.com/jerseyemo Edwina

      Over at Jezebel, they called watching Glee as indulging in “hate watching” and a number of commenters agreed that this was their primary motivation for watching the show. I would strongly suggest that you guys pull the plug on Glee, kind of like a “don’t feed the trolls” strategy. Admittedly, Amber did give a great performance but Glee is a hopeless, unredeemable mess which doesn’t warrant your precious time and wit.

      • Anonymous

        That would make me sad, since I still feel fondly toward Glee and really enjoy the thoughtfulness of TLo recaps.  I think being so promising at the beginning was probably the worst thing that could have happened to this show, since it clearly can’t be that good consistently.  If it had always been the high school soap opera with songs that it is now, we would probably all be watching it as a guilty pleasure without all the anger.  Also, I’m willing to forgive a lot because of the way it features gay teenagers as prominent, real characters.

    • http://twitter.com/aStudiobytheSea a Studio by the Sea

      Fast forwarded thru “I will always…” cause I’ve always hated that grit-my-teeth sappy song.  Rachel’s dads were surprisingly dull.  The best I can say is that “Love Shack” actually looked fun and vocally right for Kurt.  Even my tween is saying “These actors should all go do something else because nothing is happening on this show.”  In fact she compared it to the final seasons of Project Runway.  

      • Anonymous

         Your tween is awesome.

      • http://twitter.com/cornekopia Shawn EH

        Project Runway hasn’t ended, you know.

        • Anonymous

          I’m kind of hoping @twitter-282162125:disqus is prophetic. Put us out of our increasing misery.

      • Anonymous

        Out of the mouths of babes…..

    • Anonymous

      Amber Riley is by far the best singer on the show. The Glee writers unfortunately have spent way too much time using her character as “frustrated fat black girl” instead of “beautiful smart talented girl”. Everyone on the show is a stereotype, and when the writers have someone act in a different way than we expect their behavior seems erratic and inexplicable, and the next week they are always back where they started. I hope they will let Mercedes be the star she is. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558631967 Ivona Foster

      Who cares about Glee, bring on Revenge :P

    • Anonymous

      I, too, thought of the suicide angle and I really hope they don’t go that route, because, honestly, I think that would just break my heart. Though, after this episode and the one before that, I’ve actually decided I am going to take this off the DVR. This year has sucked, and though I figured I would finish out the year, the last few episodes have been so boring yet ridiculous, I may take it off sooner. I don’t want to – I kind of want to know what happens and how they finish out the year – but if I find out that Karofsky dies I may just have to – awful pun ahead – pull the plug on the show myself.

      • MilaXX

         I may be in the minority, but from the moment they let us know Karofsky was gay, I saw teen suicide in his future. speaking of which did anyone see Southland this week?

        • Anonymous

          southland is one of the BEST shows on tv right now, and that episode was chilling. rather than putting out another “it gets better” outcome, the show offered the darker side of anti gay bullying. but this is a dark show, not concerned with feelgood storylines, which is I guess why it comes on at 11pm… Im also seeing this episode as a sign that they are slowly returning to a plot development of cooper’s homosexuality, and I cant wait to see what they do with it.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t share your Amber Riley love, but then again I never cared much for Whitney’s version of that song, either, and Amber gave an almost identical impersonation of Whitney’s version. It’s a sad, poignant little song and I like it better sung close to the original, without all the vocal bombast. Anyway, Amber has a helluva voice, but she’s still a terrible actress. Any small investment I have in the Mercedes/Sam storyline is thanks to Chord Overstreet, who has been surprisingly awesome since his return. Leaving did him a solid. Sometimes it seems like being on that show sucks all the natural talent out of the actors, or forms bad performing habits, or something.

      • Anonymous

         I love Dolly’s version. I put it on a *good-bye* mix tape once :(

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

      I’m not one of those people that watch to hate. I’ll just turn something off-why bother expending the energy? It’s been repeated ad nauseum that the series has never lived up to its first 12 episodes or so, which may very well be true. That said, I can’t help but think we were all blindsided by the newness of the series when it first premiered, because when I went back and watched these coveted first episodes on Netflix streaming I forgot how much a hated both pregnancy story lines and I was never a fan of Terri.

      So my thinking is that Glee has always had weird pacing and bizarre plotting but back then it was new and different so we overlooked a lot of the problems for the good stuff. Now we’ve just grown tired of it. 

      Which I haven’t yet, I still love it. Problems and all.

    • Rand Ortega

      AR beat the sh** out Jennifer Hudson’s Grammy tribute. Hack job if there ever was 1. Hated every second.
      Not a “GLEE”k, I’ve seen 2 episodes before this 1. Only watched because I love BSM (grew up around the corner from me, went to school together). I loved it. Maybe since I’m fresh to the party & haven’t seen the themes beaten to death, etc, but it certainly was a breath of air from the same old tired procedurals & medical shows. Person of Interest is just stupid. I’m tuning in next week.

    • Anonymous

      I’m making it through the season _which I think is just one or two more weeks -but then I’m out. Just not that interested anymore. 

    • Anonymous

      Good Lord, YES. YES YES YES, and thank you, Uncles. Amber Riley and Santana are the only reason I even watch Glee anymore.

    • Anonymous

      Yet another episode that proves Amber Riley and Chord Overstreet are really two of the show’s most talented and underused (of course) performers. Amber’s redition brought me to tears, too. I preferred her version to the version Jennifer Hudson sang on the Grammys. The chemistry between Amber and Chord is excellent and I hope this isn’t the last of their relationship. 

      Having been extremely excited by the promise of Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell, I was disappointed with the material the writers gave them. The dialog was lazy, almost like the actors were just improvising everything they said. Hopefully next week’s episode will give the two talents more to work with.

      • Anonymous

        They’re coming back??? HOORAY! I, too, was disappointed, but I figured that  cameo was a one-off.

    • http://twitter.com/cornekopia Shawn EH

      Rachel’s dads are too smart for their own good. In practising a kind of hands-off, generally encouraging view of their talented young one, they’ve created a monster (sealed in their own rather elitist world) without really noticing it.

    • http://twitter.com/threeblindmoose Erin

      Indeed!  I very well may finish out this season and retire Glee from my DVR list for good. 

    • Anonymous

      I would totally understand if you stopped blogging this show. That’s the beauty of having your own blog: You can do whatever the hell you want.

    • http://victoriapavlova.com Victoria Pavlova

      That’s what I thought about Rachel’s dads – they were so normal it is kinda surprising she’s such a bitchy perfectionist with lots of insecurities.

    • Anonymous

      Oh wow.  I’m not watching Glee anymore for all the reasons you’re thinking of not blogging it anymore.  There’s just better stuff on and only so much time.  But I just went over to THR and found the whole 4 min clip.  And day-um, gurrrl!  No disrespect to Jennifer Hudson.  But when I watched her sing it I thought to myself “It really speaks volumes about Whitney’s talent and gift that Jennifer Hudson sings her song and showcases that she can’t do it justice.”  I liked the arrangement Jennifer Hudson sang.  I thought it was creative and struck the right tone for the tribute.  This is clearly different, and is meant to be stylistically identical to Whitney’s performance, down to the “I eeee I” modulations.  But Riley brings that bell-like quality along with the powerful, belting vibrato to the song and mixes the two so beautifully.  Hudson did not bring the bell, she brought the belting vibrato.  And an interesting arrangement.

      In the end, I prefer Whitney.  But Amber owned this head to head.

    • butter nut

      im almost desperate for the show to end, so that mercedes & santana can start recording non-glee albums.

    • Anonymous

      Who is the actor who played the dreadlocked Christian kid on this episode? 

      • Anonymous

        He was one of the winners of the Glee reality show that aired last summer. Sam something.

      • Anonymous

        I forget his name, but he was one of the finalists on Project Glee or whatever that show was called. The Irish kid was the winner. I thought the dreadlocked dude gave a pretty fine performance. 

        • Eta A Isiorho

          Actually there were 4 winners: Damien (the Irish kid), Sam Larsen (the dreadlocks), Lindsay (Harmony) and Alex (he has yet to appear).

          • Anonymous

            Thank you!

          • Noelle Haland

            I think the dreadlocked kid was really quite good, certainly a head and shoulders above the Irish kid, who I think is mostly horrible. Of course, the poor Irish kid hasn’t had terribly much to work with, but I have not been impressed with his singing or his acting so far.

        • Anonymous

          Seriously? I thought he was a pretty terrible actor, and his voice wasn’t well suited for “Stereo Hearts.”

    • http://twitter.com/drnels Nels P. Highberg

      I have long defended this show when it’s gotten all its hate, calling it fun and saying just let go and ride along.  But I’m about over it, too.  I thought this episode was preachy and all over the place and just plain boring.  And I actually thought that “I Will Always Love You” was badly timed.  I’d heard Whitney’s version too much that day, and Riley is not Whitney even though she’s amazing.  And there was just too much crap going on, disconnected.  I’m thinking of watching 90210 and DVRing this.

      • Renee King

        How could the song IWALY have been badly timed??  Did RIB (the writers/co-creators) kill Whitney for the ratings?  The show was filmed weeks before her death….there was no way to predict nor control that.  Now if you really want something to complain about…complain about the upcoming Whitney tribute show…… that is so unnecessary.

        • http://twitter.com/drnels Nels P. Highberg

          I didn’t say they planned it to coincide because of course they did know.  Maybe I should have written it was unluckily timed because I’d been hearing the song for days and just thought the Glee version was a bit eye-rolling.  And, really, the song didn’t help the plot.

    • Anonymous

      i was actually kind of hoping you two were going to guest-star as Rachel’s dads.

      • Anonymous

        How awesome would that be? But the lads wouldn’t put up with lame storyline and dialogue.

        Speaking of TLo, last night, late last night, I was channel-surfing, and could swear I saw *tomandlorenzo.com* flash by me on the small screen. I have no idea what was the context.

    • Anonymous

      “if you’re going to have the gays come up against Christian attitudes in a high school setting, an entirely tolerant and happy ending tends to make the exercise a bit pointless and unrealistic.”

      This really bugged me too. During the big dance scene at the end, I was on pins and needles expecting the worse – some Columbine type drama or Karofsky drunkenly stumbling in with his “straight” friends to ruin everything. Eeek! 

    • Anonymous

      hate to be a hater…but glee is now like a bloated reunion show of a show that everyone formerly loved. You just turn in to see your favorites. I would totally understand if you didn’t blog it or only blogged it on occasion. 

    • Anonymous

      OMG, I just watched her performance. Girl shut it down.

    • MilaXX

      I must be the last of the Mohicans, I still enjoy Glee and actually look forward to it week after week. At this point I expect it to be uneven, even as I cringe when it gets it really wrong like the Christmas ep this year.

      Back to the show. Amber SANG that song. It’s a difficult song to sing and singing it means being compared to not only Whitney, but also Jennifer who sang it during the Grammy;s in tribute to her, and Amber held her own admirably. I have to admit initially I wasn’t that into the Chord/Amber pairing at first, and especially with them revisiting it now that Chord is back, but this week sold me on these two.

      As for Rachel’s parent’s. I don’t get it. I like both actors, but I don’t think these are the ones I would have cast as her parents.

      • Terence Ng

        I wouldn’t have either. The parents that they used for the pilot photos looked far more interesting. They look young and fun and youc an find funny ways of seeing how Rachel became the sort of girl that she is. Casting Goldblum and Stokes Mitchell as her affluent, older, mature gay dads is uninventive and boring. Given what i saw of their portrayal during the episode, those two would never crack those sorts of crazy smiles with their daughter in a photo booth.

        • Noelle Haland

          Really? I think I’m in the minority in that I loved the dads casting. I thought to two actors had a fun, easy chemistry that was quite convincing as a middle-aged married couple. I loved how weird Jeff Goldblum was and how Brian Stokes Mitchell was sort of the more ‘serious’ one who would rein in this partner when he was heading off into some strange tangent. Their family ‘dinner music theater’ bit was silly but funny. It also makes perfect sense to me that they would be older and affluent — this is true for many (not all) adoptive parents.

          • Terence Ng

            Technically, she’s a surrogate child. Anyone can have a surrogate child, so long as they have a willing surrogate like Shelby. Adoptive parents may be more likely to have affluence, since they have to prove sustainable income to some threshold.

      • Anonymous

        There are a few of us Mohicans. I cringe. I laugh. I cry. But I never miss an episode. Best to keep the analysis of this show to a minimum–because it’s all kinds of ridiculousness.

    • Anonymous

      I started to seriously fade out in the “proposal” episode and then after 15 minutes of the Michael Jackson episode something snapped.  I turned it off, deleted Glee from my Tivo season pass list and have not looked back.  I just can’t with it anymore.

    • Anonymous

      She brought the heart and vulnerability of Dolly and the powerhouse vocal chords of Whitney. Perfection. She and Chord nailing some nice, surprising subtle and real moments in the acting department is what really brought it home in terms of emotional connection and waterworks.

      • http://shootingshoes.wordpress.com Amanda Gun

        Yeah, those two are really selling that romance, which is really impressive considering how little has actually been shown about their relationship. I think I was crying from note one and then throughout Amber’s entire performance of that song! She’s so amazing.

    • Anonymous

       I too can smell a Karofsky suicide coming. And they are probably gonna sing something quite horribly inappropriate and everything will be fine fine fine. And we will bitch about it afterwards. And continue to tune in next week.

      So, yes, an intervention is called for.

      • Anonymous

        Bohemian Rhapsody.  ugh.

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

      I really hope they don’t betray all the work Max Adler has done with his character by going the suicide route, however a gay-bashing from that guy who played Beaver on Greek seems very probable.

    • Anonymous

      Well, thanks for blogging it guys.  I find Glee frustrating–it can be so good and so awful.  I never know what I’m going to get.  This episode was kind of a relief.  It wasn’t terrible and it had some unexpected performances.  Amber hit it out of the park, but I was also really charmed by Tina’s and Mike’s duet–they are very sweet together.  I also liked the God Squad, with its different grouping of performers.  Dreadlocked Glee Project guy at least has a character set up that stands out.  I liked, too, how Quinn’s character is already dressed for Yale.  

      As for the dads . . . mildly funny, but, of course, I remember that one of her dads was supposed to be African-American.  So I was sort of hoping . . . but I’m one of those viewers who’s always relieved by some sort of adult presence on the show–makes for some sort of balance.  Now that Will and Sue have been pretty much destroyed by the writers, I’ll take Rachel’s dads for a bit.  Though, what *are* they doing in Lima, Ohio? 

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

        Brian Stokes Mitchell is African American.

        • Anonymous

          Duh.  Okay, time to hit the optometrist.

        • Renee King

          Thanks for taking the words out of my mouth on that one.  lol  The pic that Rachel had in her locker in S1 were actually two guys who worked on the crew…so naturally they had to cast two ‘real’ actors when it became storyline dictated.

      • http://twitter.com/nkk Nikki

        I was hoping there was going to be some explanation about how the whole “swirl in the cup so we don’t know who my real dad is” thing would be played out… does that mean one had the Michael Jackson treatment? I don’t know. Oh is that frustrating, it was such a good show, and then this! and to be wasting that Perrier-Jouet on Lima, hmmmm you are right. 

    • Anonymous

      I admit that I still love the show – not for the storyline, but for the performances. I don’t care much about the characters (with a few exceptions: Mercedes, Santana, Brittney, Bieste, and Kurt. Sorry, but Sue got boring), but I still love the voices that Mercedes, Santana, Kurt, Tina, Brittney, and Artie can put forth. (and I have hopes for new guy. he was hot…)

      Glee is a bit like eating Cheetoes – totally unsatisfying, but addictive nonetheless

    • http://www.facebook.com/bethanypurdue Bethany Mavronicles

      I have dropped Glee off my DVR in favor of Smash, which is so well written, performed and delicious, I wish my favorite bloggers were recapping it. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/bethanypurdue Bethany Mavronicles

      … and I’ve been reading your blog for 4 years religiously (seriously 5-6 times a day and at home on my phone) and this is my first comment. That’s how much I love Smash. 

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

         We’re picking up Smash for the blogging roster, just as soon as we get caught up on our backlog. Expect a recap of the next episode.

        • http://www.facebook.com/bethanypurdue Bethany Mavronicles

          I just squealed and my manager gave me the side eye. I didn’t think this day could get any better. Maybe I should reach into my jeans pocket and see if there is an errant, freshly washed $20 in there. THANK YOU!!!!

    • Gabriella Soza

      How CUTE were Mike and Tina??? 

    • http://twitter.com/Miri81 Miriam F Diaz

      Well, I for one, am sad that you are considering giving up on Glee. I still enjoy it every week and I enjoy reading your recaps on it. :(

    • Anonymous

      So very bored now by this show. I only keep watching because of my kids – i want to be in the room when the sex/gay/bully/whatever stuff comes up. Amber is wonderful but it was a note for note copy of Whitney — lighter, yes, but every little trill and run was a copy – as so many Glee songs are. (Not the mashups, which I quite like.)   I think the tone is so wobbly, so much of the time – I was confused by the dads, and confused by Karofsky popping up in that way – his actions seemed so incredibly out of character, even as the character has evolved. But why even bother to complain.

    • Anonymous

      I read some other Glee recaps and two of those gave it up a few episodes into this season, both citing a sort of “life’s too short and this is just too frustrating” view.  These are also well-known blogs that started reviewing the show in S1 and, while I miss the snark (and recaps, so I don’t have to actually watch), packing in the Glee blog seems thoroughly reasonable to me.  Were I you, any desire to spend time on this would have died long ago.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=668425491 Daniela ‘Dani’ Weiss-Bronstein

      I see the show screaming towards a suicide it just can’t handle.

    • http://twitter.com/astrosexy e l i z a b e t h 。

      Amber’s performance was fantastic but that relationship didn’t warrant the world’s most iconic love song. I like Sam/Mercedes as a couple but I was a little confused at how much they were playing up their romance considering it didn’t get developed all that well.

      • Renee King

        I think the song worked because of all the angst that had been built up with Mercedes not wanting to betray Shane nor admit her true feelings about Sam.  For Samcedes shippers, we’re ok with the fact that ‘the relationship’ occurred off camera…we have vivid imaginations, so we’re drawing our own conclusions.  lol  I don’t think RIB is trying to say that their love is the greatest on the planet, I think it was just the perfect opportunity to show off Amber’s well oiled pipes, so they ran with it.  I do believe that when the Senior skip day episode airs where the cast filmed at Magic Mountain….we may get to see some tilt a whirl flashbacks going on.  At least, I hope so.

    • Anonymous

      I guess I’m the only one, but I really liked Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell as Rachel’s dads, but then again, I really like both actors.  I thought Jeff Goldblum’s character had just enough kookiness to explain Rachel’s personality.  I also really liked Burt and Carol as their dinner guests – especially Burt’s reaction to dinner.   

      Welcome back from NY guys! 

      • Noelle Haland

        I agree on all counts!  I really loved that casting — they had such a natural chemistry together, and I really bought them as a couple and as Rachel’s parents. I loved how Brian Stokes Mitchell (or is it Mitchell Stokes?) was sort of the more ‘serious’ one and reined in Jeff Golblum occasionally, usually with just a glance. I hope we see more of them!

    • Pinup Ghoul

      Why doesn’t Amber Riley have an album of her own? I would buy it without even previewing it first. Her voice is just freaking incredible. 

      • Renee King

        Her album is supposed to drop in May……she’s tweeted several times about it and is excited…..I just hope it doesn’t get delayed.

    • http://twitter.com/bellalynne25 Amanda Morrissey

      SO agree about Amber Riley.  That was one of the most stunning performances I have seen in a LONG time, particularly on this show.  I get what you’re saying about the dads, but I still can’t help but like them, just because it’s Jeff and Brian.  Really interested to see how this all plays out.  

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

      You’ve got me wondering why I still watch Glee. I’d like to think I’m not just doing it because I like to complain. I watch it because I love musicals. And sometimes Sue is hilarious. And sometimes there’s some nice, non-ridiculous bits like some of the parental relationships (Burt & Kurt, Finn & Carol). I’m really liking Quinn’s new maturity now too. But, overall, yes I think the plotting is bad and inconsistent and self-sabotaging (still can’t get over Will, the avowed moral center of the show, a 10+ year Spanish teacher who can’t speak Spanish).

      But onto this week’s episode: I was SO EXCITED when I found out Jeff Goldblum was going to be one of Rachel’s dads–I’ve loved him for 20 yrs!–but alas, I was disappointed and uncomfortable. He & the other dad just seemed so awkward. Like they were aware they were stunt casting and weren’t quite sure what they were doing there. It was just weird and uncomfortable.

    • Anonymous

      Amber did an amazing job with “I will always love you.” It’s the best rendition I’ve ever heard after Whitney and Dolly’s versions. The only reason I’m even watching Glee now is because I want Mercedes and Sam to get together. They have great chemistry and an interesting storyline. It’s shocking how far Glee has fallen in just three seasons. Today’s Glee bears almost no resemblance to the snarky, funny and sometimes dark show from the first season.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

      Amber is awesome!

    • Anonymous

      amber made me cry too, i didnt fully understand why either!! I couldnt care less for her story line with sam, so it obviously wasnt that…. It must have been a mix of Whitney Houston’s death and her breath taking performance. 

      It’s a shame it was in the confines of a Glee episode. She was beyond a sensation in that scene, and for it to just cut to commercial break and then be continued straight to finn and rachel being annoying… it just didnt seem right. She has never sounded better, and she sang it to absolute perfection.

    • Anonymous

      I actually really enjoyed this episode, from start to finish. It’s funny but I seem to be getting into Glee just as everyone else is tiring of it. I didn’t used to like it much but it’s been growing on me.

      Please don’t stop recapping it, at least not till the end of the season! Yours are the recaps of this show I most look forward to reading.
       

    • elzatelzabelz

      I have to say that, while Amber sang the song well, she paled in comparison to Jennifer Hudson’s version just a couple days before. I know that the comparison is probably unfair. BUT, I just couldn’t help it. The whole time Amber was singing, I was thinking of Jennifer’s version.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe it’s just me but I found Rachel’s dads to be really obnoxious……

    • Anonymous

      Oh my god. I didn’t watch the show – took it off my ‘record this series’ after last show – but went to You Tube to hear Amber….SO moving. Excellent. Up to now, my favorite version of that was by Linda Ronstadt – more low key and more to my tastes. I loved Whitney’s version as well and up until now didn’t think anybody else could sing that version as well…until Amber. Girl got pipes.

    • Anonymous

      she did a great job singing it, but to me, it’s incredibly too soon, and the arrangement is way too close to the original. i won’t be able to listen to that song by anyone else for quite a while. no one can touch whitney’s version, really. i know it was perhaps not the intent, but it was a bit too manipulative/calculating a move on the producers’ part, for me. if you want to tribute whitney, you can choose among a billion other of her hits. it just hurts right now, to hear it being sung by anyone else – and i perish the thought that the tweens watching will have no idea that whitney is connected to that song whatsoever!

      • Anonymous

        edited to say, by original, i was erroneously referring to whitney’s. i know that it’s dolly’s song.

      • Anonymous

        This episode was taped before Whitney Hudson died.  They decided to leave it as it was and put the card at the end.

        • Anonymous

           Ah, thanks for the note. I didn’t realize this. That definitely changes things, then.

    • http://twitter.com/adleredneko Aki

      Kurt and Dave were most definitely the high point of last week’s episode.  But as a huge fan of Dave, him dying would really upset me.  Though the idea of him getting beat up by a bunch of bashers at school is no more appealing, I’d rather have that than an attempt at suicide.

    • Anonymous

      ok, all I could think was that in one of the first episodes, Rachel Berry shows someone a picture of her dads and one is white and one is black.  Then she makes the comment that they mixed their semen so they wouldn’t be sure who was the true father (/rim shot).  What happened to Black Dad?

      • http://twitter.com/aieoh Ash

         Yes! They even played it for a gag, where Rachel says that both dads donated sperm but they didn’t know which sperm was actually inseminated, so, she says, “Now we’ll never know which one is my dad!”

      • warontara

        Brian Stokes Mitchell is of German, Scottish, Native American and African heritage. So I guess he’s supposed to be Black Dad.

    • Xuesong JIANG

       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DojoQ9xQf2o
      Take a look at this, this is the perfect rendition of that song.

    • Anonymous

      Amber Riley’s song was what bothered me the most about the show this week. I felt very manipulated. It was beautifully sung, no doubt, but it seemed like an awful lot of powerful song and emotion wasted on a relationship we haven’t been shown much of.  I thought the little snippet they showed of her telling her boyfriend about her cheating was more wrenching. I kept thinking of better uses for that song – if she sang it to the old boyfriend; if Rachel sang it to Finn after their (I hope) inevitable crash and burn at the altar.

      • http://twitter.com/EunjuMom Christeen Conrad

        Why should Mercedes have sung it to Shane her ex-boyfriend? You don’t even seem to know his name and the fact there was even less screen time for their relationship, doesn’t seem to bother you? I think the song was perfectly placed and was able to show people that even though we didn’t get to see a whole lot of their screen time love, he (Sam) is the one for her.

        • momogus

          I stand by what I wrote. It’s just my opinion about a tv show, and you have your opinion, and they’re not the same. No worries.

          • Renee King

            It would have been nice to have heard your point of view just the same.

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      The funniest moment was when Finn – so clearly enjoying the rendition of ‘You’re the Top’ by the Family Berry – turned to his Mom and said, ‘how come we never do this at home?’ 

    • Anonymous

      You know, I realize that it seemed very unrealistic on the show, but I was so happy that for once, Christians weren’t depicted as judgmental and heartless. Most of us are very tolerant, loving people. It’s a shame that the ugly hatred of some Christians is what gets the most attention in the media. I can tell you that I am a Christian from Kentucky, and I am a supporter of gay rights and gay marriage. It felt good to finally see some people who were more like me on the screen.

    • Glen Coleson

      Amber Riley and Naya Rivera are the only reason i’m still watching the show. As soon as they are gone, so am I.

    • Glen Coleson

      All in all though, i felt musically this episode was above average. With the exception of the song the irish kid sang, which i skipped, because I didn’t understand why i was supposed to care about how he felt, much less where this sudden heartfelt feeling towards Sugar came from. Amber was amazing as usual, but the standout number for me was Stereo Hearts, which i personally felt was the best number the show has done since ‘One of Us.’ It was a stellar performance, made sense in context of the story, and i’m a sucker for the ensemble numbers which Glee has more or less entirely abandoned these days. It made me love a song, that i disliked before, and i actually went and downloaded it. 2 things that Glee hasn’t done for me in a long time. Reminded me why i fell in love with the show 2 years ago.

    • Anonymous

       One thing I disagree on – and FAR be it from me to defend the nearly hated (by me) Murphy – I think it is SUPER smart to have a reasonable Christian voice out there…There are a lot of perfectly supportive and reasonable Christians out there but they have no point of view represented on the media, maybe one on such a watched show will give them the gumption to finally speak out.

    • http://twitter.com/geekheat richard edmond bell

      since this show is about teenage relationship musical chairs,can kurt just cheat on blaine with Karofsky instead,scrap that whole suicide they might pull…

    • Bill Archer

      I’d love to know just how you guys come by your ignorant views regarding “Christians”. I’m betting TV, movies and left wing blogs.

      Living here in flyover country, half the people I know are rock-ribbed Christians, and I have never seen or heard a single bigoted, anti-gay word spoken or eye ball rolled.

      You really need to stop wallowing in New York sophistry and discover that, for the most part, the bigotry you run into most of the time is narrow, hate-filled and disdainful anti-Christian prejudice.

      Oh wait” you APPROVE of that kind of bigotry, blind ignorance and intolerance.

      Sorry.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MN3NQ262BP3YF2RQJ4DYQQBDMA Shalia

        Oh, yes.  The poor, oppressed, victimized White Heterosexual Christian Male.  We can never understand how TRULY HARD it is to deal with that level of privilege.  It’s a tough road, and the bigotry you have to deal with is just so painful.  There’s nothing and no one more picked on in today’s society than White Heterosexual Christian Males.  Just so tough to be them.  Hard to realize that everyone asking for equal rights and privilege isn’t reducing your rights or being bigotted toward you at all…  so hard to handle sharing the pedestal you’ve been on since the creation of the nation (and, frankly, longer.)  

        I feel so, SO sorry for you all.  You know, except not.

      • warontara

        Hmm…did you read their post? I think what they said is… ” It’s nice that in the world of Glee, all the self-identified Christians have a wonderfully accepting view of gay relationships, but it doesn’t reflect the real world right now.” which means that they don’t think it’s realistic that ALL of the Christian characters are tolerant and accepting.

        But oh wait, never mind, you didn’t want to read and comprehend- just needed to get on your little Oppressed Christian soapbox and complain about the mean New Yorkers being mean to you. Carry on.

        • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

          Our favorite part was the grand offense at our perceived stereotyping, which he responded to with far more stereotyping.

    • tallgirl1204

      Glee is a fantasy.  that said, the “new” Christian kid in the class reminds me more than anything of the Jesus Freaks of the early 1970’s– before Reagan and the “moral majority” co-opted the teachings of Jesus regarding tolerance and seeing each individual as worthy of respect and love just as they were.  I liked him, and I liked how it went.  I want to think it’s happening more and more.  

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6NQL7X25WHLJL46FGFVQP5SWGM Nazinga

      Yup,Amber Riley still has the best cover of ”IWALY”.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6NQL7X25WHLJL46FGFVQP5SWGM Nazinga

      Also,Samcedes forever!<3