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Gleeview: Silly Love Songs
mjacton

Spoiler Alert!

Two episodes of Glee in one week!  To celebrate, there's a quiz included in the Gleeview.  Here's the question.  The answer will be at the bottom.

Question:  In "Silly Love Songs," there were at least 3 allusions (video or audio) to earlier episodes of Glee.  What were they?  Bonus points if you know which episodes they alluded to and further bonus points for pointing out more (if there were any).

Now, on to last night's episode.  My overall opinion of the episode will come later, but upheaval was the word by the end.  It was the Valentine's Day episode, but very little romantic bliss was to be found anywhere.  I'd like to list all the affected couples, but I don't think I can do it because they're so tangled.  It seems the only semi-stable couples left for the moment are Brittany/Artie (Bartie) and Mike/Tina (Tike?).  Forgive me if you're reading this as a shipper of one of these couples, and I get it wrong.

Anyway, not even the above-mentioned couples are totally stable because as we all know, Artie and Tina seemed to be totally happy together by the end of Season 1.  Tina's meltdown while singing "My Funny Valentine" seemed, I thought, more like an "I'm making a huge mistake" kind of thing than a "I love Mike Chang so much" thing.  But, that's just what it seemed like to me.  It didn't play out that way.  And that's not the only thing with these two couples of course:  there is the whole Brittany/Santana (Brittana) situation, whatever that is.  It seems to me Santana is just bitter about losing at least Brittany's attention to Artie (plus not even being able to keep Puck), and that's why she's on this rampage to screw up everyone else's relationships.

So, where do we begin?  Kurt/Blaine (Klaine) is probably the easiest.  They're not official yet, but it looks like they're headed that way.  Blaine finally knows of Kurt's feelings and did not reject Kurt.  Blaine had a crush on the GAP cashier, but that blew up in his face because he made a spectacle of himself and got the guy fired (plus the guy is an adult; Blain is a minor).  So, he used that as an excuse to put off Kurt's advances for now.  But, they seem headed in the right direction.

Puck/Lauren are just getting started.  I don't know even know their couple name.  Lauren joined the glee club because she liked Puck, and he started liking her because she is apparently a good kisser.  But, he has a history with "curvy gals" because he dated Mercedes briefly.  So, we'll see where that goes.  I don't think it'll go too far.  Let's just say he doesn't have a great track record for sticking with one girl.  By my count, Tina is the only girl in glee club he hasn't had at least a makeout session with.

That brings me to the main event.  The Rachel/Finn/Quinn triangle is now some kind of amorphous polygon.  Quinn kissed Finn in the last episode and again in this one, which led to a rendezvous in the auditorium.  Finn, as I've said, has not been the best of boyfriends to Rachel, and even though they are broken up now, he didn't help himself.  Quinn is a cheater, but, in my opinion, there's more going on in her brain than meets the eye.  She just doesn't know what or who she wants.  The way I see it is that the only thing she knows is that she wants control over her relationship, and she wants a relationship that will keep her at or near the top of the social ladder.  She had that with Finn.  She thought she could have it with Sam.  But, he's no longer the quarterback, and I think she is noticing he isn't quite malleable as she thought he would be.  Sam, for his part, thinks he has Quinn secure (promise ring), but obviously he doesn't.  If he wants to keep her, he's going to have to be a little less arrogant.  Even that may not be enough.

The trouble with him is I don't think he's as committed to Quinn as he once appeared.  Whether it's because he saw a glimpse of Quinn slipping away or whether it's because he's just flighty, I don't know.  But, his eye has begun to wander a little, specifically to Santana.  I'm sure Santana is simply moving on to her next relationship victim, but, regardless, any meddling on her part will not be harmless, I'm sure.  Santana is wreaking havoc.  I haven't even touched her role in at least temporarily halting a reunion of Finn/Quinn (Fuinn).  That was the best part of the episode, I thought.  Conniving Santana manipulated it so Finn and Quinn would get mono from kissing each other.  You had to see it to believe it.  I thought it was awesome.

I haven't covered everything.  It was a very busy episode.  Considering all the drama, conniving, cheating, and subterfuge, it was a very light-hearted episode.  I liked it.  What I like most about the last two episodes is the return of the lightheartedness of Glee.  A lot of that has to do with less of Kurt's heavy storyline.  Kurt/Blaine are fun.  Also, the music has, in the last two episodes taken a more secondary role, which is good.  That's the way it's supposed to be.  It's supposed to fit into the story, not the other way around.  Also, Rachel Berry got some love, even if it was of the strictly platonic variety.  I feel like this is an inadequate review.  A lot happened, and that was good.  It made me really excited for the rest of the season.

Favorite Quotes:
Santana gets the prize today.  She got a monologue, which was funny but not my favorite.  Here they are:

Brittany  You can try rocking back-and-forth.  People do that in movies.
Santana:  No, 'cause I just try to be really, really honest with people when I think they suck, ya know?

Santana:  Please!  I've had mono so many times, it turned into stereo.

Musical Rundown:

"Fat Bottomed Girls" by Queen--I think this was my favorite of all the songs, though not necessarily my favorite performance.  Mark Salling (Puck) is a good singer, and he did rock it.  Lea Michele almost always tops my list, though.

"P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" by Michael Jackson--This was really sweet.  Kevin McHale (Artie) is a good singer, and with Harry Shum Jr's (Mike) dance moves, it was really fun.

"When I Get You Alone" by Robin Thicke--This was, in my opinion, the best number the Warblers have done so far.  It was fun, a good song, and well done.

"My Funny Valentine" from Babes In Arms--I'll just leave this alone.  I have no idea what was going on.

"Firework" by Katy Perry--This was my favorite performance.  The song wasn't Rachel's style, but she did a really good job with it anyway.  It's going on my iTunes today.

"Silly Love Songs" by Wings--This was good, too, for a Warblers performance.  Without the audience reactions and actions, it would have been boring, but they distracted from the dullness of the arrangement.

Quiz Answers:
1.  Lauren:  "I don't think you're ready for this jelly." (from "Hairography")
2.  "When I Get You Alone" sampled Beethoven's 5th Symphony, and that part of the song was used as background to a sequence in the Pilot.
3.  During "Firework," Rachel sang into a hairbrush, an illusion to her singing "Take A Boy" in "Showmance."