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Recap: A Very Glee Wedding

Not one, but TWO weddings on Glee this week! And a Carol Burnett sighting! So many great things I’m just going to get right to it:

Favorite Moments of Furt

*Best Song of the Night: Marry You — The Youtube Wedding “Forever” video has been parodied on TV before (oh hi, The Office) but this was a REALLY great take on it. Everyone was all couple-y and adorable! And honestly, no one was cuter than Burt and Carol!

*Carol Burnett was hilarious as Sue’s Nazi Hunter mom. “Good news, Sue: We finally caught the last Nazi!” bahaha. Also, it was interesting as always to learn about Sue’s crazy past and see why she’s such a bully — she was basically abandoned with a mentally disabled sister, and when her mom was around she was a huge jerk. I like how the show gives us these moments of understanding, but doesn’t use them to soften the character — Sue is the same old Sue, we just understand her better. I also am just a huge fan of Carol Burnett, so this was a really fun cameo.

*Speaking of Sue’s wedding to herself — what a great funny/kinda sad moment. Also, that dress! A track suit dress, everyone. Amazing on so many levels.

* Burt and Carol’s wedding was so great too — it kinda seemed to be way more about their kids than them, but I guess that’s sorta understandable when you have teenagers and are getting married for a second time? It was sweet, nonetheless. I love that they bombarded Finn and Kurt at school to tell them, and that Kurt immediately commandeered the planning.

* Sam & Quinn are incredibly adorable…that said I would freak out like Quinn did, too, if Sam got down on one knee and tried to give her a promise ring when they weren’t even officially dating. Yikes. It’s not like she wants to be “that girl who’s practically married” immediately following her year as the pregnant cheerleader. It was cute that she broke into his locker to get the ring at the end though.

*Kurt. SO much Kurt stuff going on this episode. Again, I love Mike O’Malley to death — I literally gasped when he found out from Finn about Karofsky and ran into the hallways and shoved Karofksy into the wall. Karofsky seriously freaks me out whenever he gets in Kurt’s face — that moment where he stole the wedding topper from Kurt was really disturbing. This is such a well-executed storyline (even if it has made Glee a little overly-Kurt-centric lately)

*Even better was that this week, the Glee kids FINALLY come to Kurt’s defense — first the girls (thanks to Rachel) gather together to figure out how to be the most effective. They decide that a little muscle never hurt (maybe not the best plan…) but get all of the guys to help out — except for Finn who starts out the episode being kind of a scared little jerk. And Puck, because he can’t risk getting sent back to Juvey.

*Somewhat surprisingly, Kurt’s bullying brought out the defensive from (Principal) Sue. She met with Kurt and his parents multiple times, and even offered to start calling Kurt “Porcelain” after he balked at “Lady” as a nickname. Finally, she stepped down from her role as Principal so that she could keep a better eye on the hallways, since expelling Karofsky didn’t work (I felt SO bad for his dad, by the way) and he’ll be back to terrorizing McKinley soon.

*That led to the biggest shock of the episode, in that Kurt’s parents are using their honeymoon money so he can defect to Dalton Academy with Blaine. It’ll be interesting to see where that leads — he can’t possibly stay to compete against the New Directions, can he?

*And, the Brittany quip of the week (To Tina) “When you guys fooled around, did he ever just lie there?” So bad…but so funny.

Next week (*edit…last night. Sorry!) Glee is going to SECTIONALS!

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I graduated from the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill. Like all schools there was a popularity hierarchy, at least to some extent, with members of clubs and sporting teams, before it melded into the-everyone-elses (which is bound to happen at a large school.) Ours started like this:

1. Men’s Basketball Team (Go Tarheels!)

2. The Clef Hangers, the predominant Male A Capella group on Campus

3. Football Team, The Achordants (male a capella group #2) etc etc

So last night, The Warblers were pretty much a flashback to one of my FAVORITE parts of college. Impromptu concert? Oh you mean like the ones the Clefs used to do around campus before a concert? Like on my dorm steps, or during dinner at my sorority house? Swoon.

Anyway…

Favorite Moments of “Never Been Kissed”:

* Best Song of the Night: I liked the mashups this week, but Teenage Dream won by a long shot thanks to my aforementioned adoration of A Capella groups. They were so cute! And it was such a good rendition of the song! Sigh. Loved it SO MUCH.

* This was basically a “and now…a very special episode of Glee” kind of episode. But it was a REALLY GOOD very special episode of Glee, and incredibly topical, given all the stories of teen (predominantly gay) bullying in the news lately. I honestly did not see the big kiss coming until about 2 seconds before it did. The whole thing made me just feel…sad, for everyone. Kurt, because things may get better with Blaine around, but it doesn’t seem like things are really going to change that much. Karofsky, because he’s an angry closeted homophobe and that sucks. Everyone else, because Kurt is right — they never really notice or do much to prevent bullying at McKinley. Why doesn’t anyone check on Kurt when he’s shoved into lockers like 5 times in one day? Argh.

* If that storyline wasn’t depressing enough, there was slightly-funny-but-not-really subconscious bullying of Coach Bieste. Tina’s vision of her smoking a cigar in a tutu WAS funny, but they play Coach Bieste as such a softie that I felt really bad for her. Especially when she found out what was going on. I know Mr Shue felt like he had to tell her…but come on! Awful. Also kinda awful was that pity kiss he gave her so she could say she’d been kissed before. At least he was showing effort that he was trying to not be a rude creep per usual…but it still came off as a pity kiss to me.

* I love that Tina was the one that needed cooling off instead of Mike though — it was really funny. Also funny, how Mike felt the need to pipe up that it was Tina, not just “the guys” every single time it was mentioned last night.

* I love that since they were supposed to be as opposite to themselves as possible for the Boys (singing girl songs) vs Girls (singing boy songs) competition, that Rachel wouldn’t say a word or really do anything at all. Hilarious.

* Finally — we learned who the new competition is going to be! I really hope we see The Hipsters perform. Anyone want to bet that will be a Betty White guest appearance?

* Puck was back yay! Though of course they had to make me feel bad for him too, with his little outburst about how no one cares about him (kinda true…no one really acted differently when he was in juvie) and about how much juvie sucked for him. “They kept taking all my egos” Poor Puck. Hopefully his friendship/community service agreement with Artie will make them BOTH better people though.

* “Looks like he’s not coming out anytime soon” — Thanks for breaking up the tension, Blaine.

* Sue’s confetti canons. Awesome. I like that she had Becky take Will a note, instead of dragging him to the auditorium herself, so that she could maintain the theatrics of the moment (at least that’s how I saw it).

* WE BE GOING TO BREADSTIX. I love Breadstix almost as much as Brittany and Santana anymore. Great scenes. (Side note — since the Brittany/Britney episode, I for some reason feel like I’m always spelling Brittany the wrong way. Sigh)

*Artie’s face, when the guys called Coach Bieste “a chocolate turtle with a nougat-y center” was priceless. You could tell that was not exactly the tough-but-sweet metaphor he would have gone with.

So…what’d you think? (Sorry this is a day late btw!) How excited are you for next week?! TERRIBLE TERRI RETURNS HOORAY! Also, Gwyneth Paltrow?! And also — that song with the umbrellas is apparently going to be a mashup of “Umbrella” and “Singing in the Rain”, which I am ridiculously excited for. Did anyone notice the Donald O’Connor “Make Em Laugh” homage that was briefly shown? I’M SO EXCITED, YOU GUYS!

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Recap: Du(v)ets

I think this week had my favorite overall group of songs out of any episode in a long time. Almost every single one made me smile or laugh out loud. I don’t know how I’m going to pick a favorite!

Favorite Moments of “Duets”:

* PUUUUUUUUUUUCK! How long is he going to be in juvy for?! This is not acceptable. I did not know that to add Sam (“Sam. I am. I do not like green eggs and ham” !!) they would subtract Puck. This is not a deal I am in favor of or that I agreed to, Glee!

* Favorite Song of the Night: I’m going to call a tie between “Sing” (Tina/Mike) and Rachel/Kurt’s homage to Barbara Streisand/Judy Garland, because those two made me smile the most. Sing was perfect for dancer Mike, and too many kinds of adorable. And Rachel and Kurt really belted out that final number and everyone just looked so, well…happy. Really though, all the songs were pretty spectacular, even the hilariously bad song Rachel and Finn did to throw the competition.

* Character development. Character, character, character! There were SO many good moments tonight:

Rachel, showing that sometimes she is only a little bit selfish (throwing the competition to keep Sam around, which will of course still benefit her because it helps win nationals) and occasionally she can be not-selfish at all. Her moment with Kurt at his locker about how he “may be lonely, and I get that, but you’re not alone” along with the duet she sang with him…*melt* SO sweet, and such a great friendship moment for the show.

Brittany! First – they actually showed more of her apparently incredibly complex relationship with Santana. I’m honestly really confused by what’s going on with them, since Brittany is a little slow and doesn’t really speak in anything but cutely stupid one-liners and Santana only speaks in bitch. THEN, to get back at Santana for abandoning her to sing with Mercedes she pairs with Artie and “do it, before they duet” (ha). You could tell how very bad she felt when Artie backed out of their partnership and it made me so sad! Because honestly, yes, she didn’t really think about his feelings on his virginity before she slept with him, but his reaction is (while in character) way off base. He could’ve said no, and he probably shouldn’t have listened to Santana anyway. Tina was right back in episode 1 of this season – Artie is kind of a jerk.

Kurt. I really like how they dealt with his feelings of loneliness and with the whole Sam thing tonight. While Finn is still not exactly in the right — he shouldn’t be pushing everyone to avoid anything that could be slightly taken “wrong” because that’s just the way their world is; he is right that Kurt is being part of the problem, because he pushes himself on other people too much without considering their feelings. I felt bad when his dad called him out too, but they have a fair point. And both of Kurt’s songs were excellent and played really well into his plot.

* Sam is adorable and surprisingly uber nerdy. Nav’i language, REALLY? Hilarious. Also hilarious that Kurt totally called him out on dying his hair, and was right.

* Rachel and Finn attempting to plot was beyond hilarious. They are really amusingly clueless, but were also effective. So there’s that.

* Everyone’s obsession over Breadstix. “Cuz weez be goin’…to Breadstix.” – Santana. Also hilarious when Santana described carting a wheelbarrow into the restaurant and getting the manager fired because he initially refused to fill it. They said BOTTOMLESS breadsticks!

* Best Brittany moment: the visual gag of her practicing rolling the meatball across her plate like Lady and the Tramp. Alone (sad) but SO funny!

Next week, there’s no Glee, which is unfortunate, but the following week is their big much-talked-about Rocky Horror episode. *Disclaimer: I’m only vaguely knowledgable of Rocky Horror, having only heard snippets of songs and seen a couple of photos…luckily I have two weeks to brush up so I can figure out what’s faithful recreation, what is lame, and what is funny*

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