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Gleeview: I Kissed a Girl
mjacton
Spoiler Alert!

This episode was very intense.  If last week's episode was the funniest so far this season, this week's was probably the heaviest.  It wasn't even because of conflict, though there was plenty of that.  There was even some repairing of relationships, and for Santana at least some good came of everything.

To quote the title song, I liked it.  The characters did some crazy things, but in true Glee fashion, there were reasons behind everything they did.  I thought the story was well-told with the characteristic non-linear style with great music.  We all knew what the main thrust of the episode would be, and yet I was engrossed the whole way through waiting to see what would happen next.

The episode was pretty much all about Santana, and Brittany by extension.  But, there were a couple important side plot lines.  So, I'll deal with them first.

Quinn/Puck/Shelby
Even though this is one of the most "out there" story lines, I personally think it's been well done.  Shelby's behavior may be stretching her character a bit, but on the other hand she has always been impulsive and somewhat oblivious to consequences just like her daughter.  She made out with Schuester within minutes of meeting him.  She pursued Rachel but then bailed as soon as she realized Rachel wasn't the little girl she had fantasized about raising.  She came back to Lima without really thinking the consequences through.  So, sleeping with Puck really isn't that far-fetched.  He's not a minor, so if this wasn't a teacher-student situation, it wouldn't be illegal.  She obviously doesn't have a problem with doing things without thinking about consequences first.  Oh, and this was that thing that was teased in last week's promo that Puck needed to tell Quinn.  It definitely delivered on the promise of something big.

As for Quinn, I was really satisfied with how this ended, and for those who were so critical of her last season her actions were motivations explicitly laid out this time .  I don't expect Quinn's problems to go away, but I do think there was a step taken in the right direction by the end of this episode, though obviously her knowledge of Shelby's indiscretions will probably distract her again.  It took another bad decision, but at least Puck's pointed advice made her re-evaluate for at least a little while.  It won't be easy for her, I don't expect.  Her parents still did a crappy job of raising her, and the two references to them in this episode didn't make me think any better of them.  I really think they screwed her up a lot to the point where she doesn't know how to find her place in the world independently yet.  Despite what Puck would like to believe, her identity issues didn't start with him.  Hopefully, though, she's on the right track.  On the superficial side, she looked great in this episode.

And, just a side note:  I thought the brief references to religion in this episode were actually more effective than the whole episode devoted to it in season 2, and I did like that episode ("Grilled Cheesus").

Kurt & Rachel
We don't have much indication of how this is going to play out, but Kurt obviously is down about not being elected Student Council President.  He thinks he needed it to pad his CV for NYADA.  I don't know if he did or not.  It depends on how hard it really is to get in.  How many spots really are available?  I think he's good enough, but he may not be good enough to get in ahead of people competing with him this year.  We'll see.

And, of course, to go along with that, now Rachel has been suspended and banned from Sectionals competition.  I don't know if something will happen to reverse Figgins' decision, but it doesn't look good for right now.  Spoiler Alert: Sam Evans, played by Chord Overstreet, is returning next week, and maybe he'll be the solution to their problem.  He's not as good as Rachel, but he might help.  But, the bigger issue is whether this will permanently derail Rachel's chances of getting into NYADA.  I certainly hope not, and if it does I hope she gets into some other New York musical theater school instead.

Finally, the whole Bieste/Cooter/Sue triangle is definitely fun.  It's the closest thing in Glee to a pure good vs. evil struggle.  It'll definitely be an interesting relief from all the more important drama happening with the glee kids.

Favorite Quotes:
Sue was deceptively meaningful and funny in this episode, pure Sue!

Sue:  Why would someone assume I'm a Friend of Ellen just because I'm mannish and highly aggressive and have short hair and I only wear track suits and I coach a girls sport and I married myself?  It just doesn't make sense!

Sue:  Cooter Menkins is the best thing to happen to me since a sophomore named Becky Jackson waddled into my life.

Honorable Mention (because Naya Rivera as Santana is pretty close to perfect):

Santana:  Abuelita, I love girls the way I'm supposed to feel about boys.  It's just something that's always been inside of me, and I really want to share it with you because I love you so much.  I want you to know me, who I really am.  When I'm with Brittany, I finally understand what people are talking about when they talk about love.  I've tried so hard to push this feeling away and keep it locked inside, but every day just feels like a war.  And I walk around so mad at the world, but I'm really just fighting with myself.  And I don't wanna fight anymore...I'm just too tired.  I have to just be me.

Musical Rundown

"Perfect" by Pink--This high school friendly version of the song was nice in this context.  Darren Criss (Blaine) got a further chance to show he's not all bubble gum.  We've already seen that Chris Colfer (Kurt) is a versatile singer.  Put them together, and they're pretty good.  I'd be interested ot know if they'd actually sing the original version of the song in the car.  I bet they would.

"I'm the Only One" by Melissa Etheridge--I must say, I was kind of blown away by this.  The performance, on screen, was heavily doused with Puck, and it's always a good thing when the characters come through the musical performances.  But, musically, this was really, really good too.

"Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Greg Laswell--I have to admit, I'd never heard this version of this song.  But, I loved it.  Cory Monteith (Finn) did well with it.  I like Greg Laswell's version better, but this was good.  And, I was moved by it, so that counts for something because it's Finn, whom I'm not a huge fan of.

"Jolene" by Dolly Parton--This was nice, but I thought the most interesting part was the inclusion of Quinn in the scene.  I don't really know exactly why she was there, but I found it kind of poignant.  I think it was just the mood, and the message of the song fit her too (less ironically than it did Sue) even though Bieste wasn't singing about her.

"I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry--This was obviously the centerpiece of the episode, musically, and it was definitely fun and hot!  It provided some much needed relief from the drama (some of which triggered the performance).

"Constant Craving" by k.d. lang--This is another example of Naya Rivera's brilliant portrayal of this character.  This was beautifully done and heartfelt.  Her brilliance was sneaky, but I fully appreciate it now.

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i have forgotten how angry i felt after i watched the episode (my laptop crashed 2 hours later lol). i'm downloading it rn but i don't think i'll be watching it again soon.

i'm sorry to say that for the first time, i got offended by a glee episode.

i have to admit, it was better than the previous one. but seriously, the way they have handled and portrayed the female characters on the show has become infuriating for me. as a woman, i (finally) felt insulted, offended, etc. and you know i don't get easily offended. this episode has convinced me that what most female faberritana fans have been saying all this time is true: RIB and company are your average male chauvinistic pigs. and i'm incredibly disappointed because ali adler is now on board and yet...

that's all. sorry for the rant. i wrote this from the memory of how i felt after i watched the episode on wednesday. i'm not angry anymore lol

Well, I am sorry you're offended. Obviously, I'm a guy, so I can't relate totally. I guess I could lay out all the reasons to think otherwise, but obviously it doesn't change how you feel. And, you're entitled to that.

I'll leave it there.

Also "most female faberritana fans"...you mean most vocal female faberritana fans.

Edited at 2011-12-03 03:56 am (UTC)

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