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Gleeview: Never Been Kissed
mjacton
Spoiler Alert!

Woah!  Last night's episode was pretty ordinary, good by ordinary standards but only mediocre by Glee standards and then BOOM!  Bombshell!  Karofsky is gay???  I know.  I probably should have seen it coming, but they had me distracted.  I knew that Kurt was getting a boyfriend (well, maybe not technically yet) from a rival glee club in this episode, and then there's the whole thing with Sam (is he, is he not?), and then suddenly in a scared fit of desperation, Karofsky locks lips with Kurt!  Yeah, I know, if I look back on the bullying scenes, I'll probably notice that Karofsky was the violent one and that Azimio just taunted Kurt, and I did always think that it was particularly violent bullying so there might be something different about it.  But, still, I was taken by surprise.  I don't want to say I feel manipulated, but I do feel like this was one of those rare times since early episodes that I really surprised by something to the point where what I thought was true about the characters really isn't.  There are a lot Glee characters that are mostly good with some bad (Rachel) or the other way around (Sue, Quinn), but Karofsky was supposed to be one of the few really evil characters.  Now, he's still bad, but he just became a little less bad.

Beyond that, as mentioned above, the episode was pretty standard as Glee goes.  They rehashed last season's "Vitamin D" episode (Quinn even referenced it directly) with another boys vs. girls sing-off.  There were differences, of course.  Sam wasn't around last year, and he played a major part last night.  Rachel didn't play much of a role in the episode at all until the girls sang their number.  And, really there was no point to the contest this time as there was last time.  So, that whole storyline was fun but not all that earth shattering.  The thing with the glee clubbers thinking about Bieste so they could control themselves was pretty funny and predictably sweet at the end.  My favorite part of the episode I think was Artie's storyline with Brittany.  I like him with Tina, but I'd kind of like to see him continue with Brittany.  Nerd gets hot girl in high school is unusual.  It's a little cliché for TV, but I liked it anyway.  And, my favorite line came from that part of the story.

Favorite line:
Brittany:  I've been squeezing you're leg for like the last hour an a half.  Are you not attracted to me?

Honorable Mention
Will:  Look.  I'm not tossing the baby out with the bathwater here.
Brittany:  I've totally done that.

Musical Rundown:
For once this season, the music was not a major part of the episode.

"One Love" by Bob Marley
--Mark Salling (Puck) and Kevin McHale (Artie) are both good singers, and this song suits their voices, I think.  Also, their voices sound good together.  I liked it.

"Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry--This "men's choir" arrangement was actually my favorite of the episode.  The harmonies were great.  I always find it strange when the best number of an episode from someone other than the regular cast, but that's what happened here, at least in my opinion.

"Start Me Up" by the Rolling Stones/"Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi--This was pretty standard.  Good singing, fun dancing.  It was really fun to watch.

"Stop in the Name of Love" by The Supremes/"Free Your Mind" by En Vogue--This was actually pretty good.  It was a creative middle ground, putting a more "male" spin on some "female" songs.  Not too extreme one way or the other.  "Free Your Mind" has a pretty driving beat anyway.  So, that helped.

Next Week:  Gwyneth Paltrow guest stars.