‘Glee’: Tell Me More, Tell Me More
Oh Glee… I wish I knew how to quit you. But it’s hard to stay mad at you when you come back from a hiatus with a Grease number. How did you know that “Summer Nights” is one of my all-time favorites? Seeing Chord Overstreet rocking that leather jacket, dancing on the bleachers with his T-Birds…I was in love. Also, how perfect was Santana as Rizzo? But enough about Grease.
“Yes/No” was a strong start for the second half of the season, but I’m a little biased because it featured three of my favorite songs. One of the things I loved about the first season of Glee was the voice overs from the central characters, and they’ve been bringing that back a little bit in the third season. It was fun to hear Becky’s inner dialogue (which sounds like the Queen of England, naturally), especially her thoughts on Puck’s squirrel mohawk. While the Becky/Artie plot line was a little contrived (how is Artie dating Becky that different from him dating the clearly challenged Brittany?), I thought the ends justified the means. (“The ends” being character development for Becky and the increasing humanization of Sue.)
Sue was actually surprisingly helpful this week. Not only did she help comfort Becky when Artie shot her down, but she gave two pieces of good advice: the first to Emma (“For God’s sake Amelia, it’s 2012. If you wanna marry Will Schuester, ask him”), and the second to Artie when she told him to just treat Becky like any other person. I have to say, I really enjoyed the lunchtime trio of Sue, Emma, and Beiste, not to mention their hilarious wedding sequence when Emma sang “Wedding Bell Blues.” It was worth sitting through the lackluster song just to see Sue and Beiste in their ridiculous bridesmaids hats. Am I the only one who thought the biggest twist of the night was actually the fact that Cooter and Beiste eloped? (Who knew Taco Bell could be so romantic?) I’m really happy for Beiste. Of all the possible upcoming marriages on the show, I hope hers lasts.
About the whole marriage thing… As much as I love Emma, I’m a little concerned by her apparent lack of scruples when it comes to marriage. She married Carl after just a few months, and remember when she almost married Ken, even though she didn’t really like him? Emma, honey, you need to just calm it down with the whole marriage business. I think it was a little early for her to be worrying about whether or not Will wants to marry her, but hey, I don’t write this show. Despite my skepticism, I couldn’t help but get caught up in all the infectious–for lack of a better word–glee, brought on by Will’s impending proposal.
Will’s love for Emma seemed to get the rest of the Glee Club thinking about their own sweethearts, which of course lead to ballads and montages. I was fully prepared to hate the overly sentimental “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” number, especially when I saw that Rachel was already crying after only making it through the first verse. But then something happened…I heard a sound…it was Tina! Tina was singing! Remember Tina? She can sing! (Her voice is one of my favorites on the show.) And then Santana sang a verse too, and Mercedes, and they all had slow-motion flash-backs to their first time ever seeing their honeys’ faces. Rachel remembered her first glimpse of Finn, Tina with Mike, Santana with Brittany, and Mercedes thought back to the first time she locked eyes with–gasp!–Sam! (As opposed to her boyfriend Shane.) This actually turned out to be a pretty nice number, and I’m really impressed that they shared the wealth, giving the other girls a chance to sing instead of making it another Rachel Berry ballad (which they saved for later).
I think the best decision the Glee show runners made this season was bringing back Chord Overstreet. I wasn’t sold on the Sam/Mercedes romance at first, but this episode won me over. (Mostly because of the Grease factor.) Surely we can all agree that the synchronized swimming theme of this week’s episode was nothing but an excuse to have Chord Overstreet take his shirt off (again). And you know what? I’m totally okay with that. Do I think the entire Glee Club could have learned that swimming routine within a reasonable amount of time for Will to propose to Emma? Not at all. But then, do I think any aspect of Glee is particularly believable? No. More importantly, is Glee really trying to be based in reality? Not in the slightest. So when the Glee Club slaps on matching swim suits (complete with frilled swim caps) and performs a musical number in a pool while their Spanish teacher proposes to his girlfriend, it’s best to just go with it.
Another reason this episode goes in my “pro” column was the fact that it had plenty of Finn. He had a big week. He learned that his father hadn’t died in Iraq, but had returned home only to lose his battle with PTSD and drug addiction. That’s rough stuff, but luckily he had two great father figures (Will and Burt) to help be there for him. I “awwwed” when Will asked Finn to be his best man. It reminded me of season one, when these two really did help each other through some tough times. Their relationship is definitely one of the stronger parts of the show, but it hadn’t been touched on in a while.
Not only does Finn have two great paternal role models, but he has one only-slightly-annoying girlfriend who loves him, and will start singing in the middle of a restaurant while he’s still talking about his daddy issues. And even though Santana was totally right about Rachel making everything about her, I was totally in love with her rendition of “Without You.” Then things got kind of crazy. Finn proposed(!) which I feel like should’ve surprised me more, but come on, it’s Ohio. What else are they going to do? It was pretty cute how Finn called Rachel a “gold star” in his life. Still, that doesn’t mean you should get married at eighteen. Obviously the episode veered into the overly saccharine during both proposals, but I’ll take nauseatingly sappy over unsympathetic and inconsistent characters any day of the week. I’m loving the whole kumbaya, we-all-love-each-other dynamic much more than last season’s everyone-is-awful-and-not-in-a-fun-way vibe. Keep up the (mostly) good work, Glee. You’re on your way to being forgiven. But it’s going to take some time before I trust you again.