Glad to see my girl, Mercedes, happy and smiling again!
This week’s installment of Glee might not have been the show’s most GLEE-FUL (Everyone was CRYING during it!), but it was certainly its most heartfelt. As you can probably gather from the title, the episode’s theme was “home” (and just in case you didn’t get the theme from the title, the entire cast hit you on the head with it, sledgehammer style, by using the word, about every 5 minutes).
The “home” in question, referred to a house, in the literal sense, like the one Mr. Schuester was trying to sublet, pending his divorce. It also referred to “home” in the more abstract sense, like the inner peace Mercedes had to regain, regarding her body.
“All this talk about HOME is making me HOMESICK, Toto!”
Let’s revisit, shall we?
There’s No Place Like Inside Will Schuester’s Pants . . .
When the episode begins, the Glee club is homeless, due to Sue Sylvester’s commandeering of the auditorium for use by her Cheerios (of which, by now, half of the Glee kids just so happen to be members). Ummm . . . to be honest, I’m not sure why this was such an issue. I always thought the Gleeks held their practice sessions in the music room, you know, the one we always see them practicing in. Anyway, as a result of this plot device unfortunate circumstance, Mr. Schuester (a.k.a Will) is forced to search for a temporary “home” for his Glee club, and randomly decides that the 1980’s would be a perfect place for them to go (last week, after all, was the Madonna episode).
So, our favorite Glee coach travels back in time . . . to a roller rink . . . and to a previous episode of the show, guest starring Kristin Chenoweth . . .
Yes, boys and girls, you probably remember Kristin’s guest starring role on Glee, during the first half of the season, as the boozy songstress, April. Well, now, apparently, April is back, and conveniently in charge of the roller rink that constitutes the “only possible” place for our Gleeks to practice (aside from the music room, of course). April gallantly lets Will use the roller rink as Glee Club practice space. She’s also willing to prospectively help him find a subletter for his home. Why, you ask? Because April is a girl, and everyone knows that all GIRLS on Glee (except for maybe, Sue Sylvester)desire a coveted spot inside the Schuester pantalones (a spot which is becoming increasingly less exclusive as the weeks progress)!
“Come on inside, ladies. There’s room in here for EVERYBODY!”
April swings by Will’s place, ostensibly to check out the apartment, but ends up spending the night. Surprisingly, these two don’t actually do it!
I know, Mr. Monkey, I was shocked too!
However, they did sing a couple of rousing show tunes together, about how lonely they both were. And nothing says foreplay like SHOW TUNES!
After the foreplay show tunes singing, Will goes into Daddy mode, and self-righteously lectures April on how crappy her life is right now. (Right, because YOU are the epitome of healthy living, Man Slut Will). And to his credit, Will Schuester must be REALLY good at singing show tunes, because one talk with him is all it takes for April to decide to clean up her life and head out of town, but not before she buys the Glee club its auditorium, of course . . .
Our Parents are Dating Eachother, So We Should TOTALLY Date TOO . . .
“You’re so TENSE future step-brother. Maybe a full body massage would help.”
Speaking of pantalones, I’m not exactly sure what gave Kurt the brilliant idea that, if you have a crush on someone, becoming related to them is the PERFECT way to get them to do it with you (particularly if that person is straight, and you are gay)! And yet, that was precisely our boy Kurt’s dastardly plan at the beginning of this episode. We watch as Kurt deftly orchestrates the coupling of his widower father (played by Mike O’Malley) with Finn’s widowed mom. And, wouldn’t you know it, these two fall completely in love, during the course of a SINGLE EPISODE!
Finn, who sees any “moving on” he and his mother might do, as a direct betrayal of his deceased dad, is not too happy with this new state of affairs. And he lets both Finn and his mother know it, in no uncertain terms. I love how when a very hurt Kurt sings “A House is Not a Home” directly to Finn during Glee practice, Puck mouths to Finn “Are you gay?” (It might have been wise for Kurt to ask Finn this same question, before he started going through all this trouble!)
To further complicate matters, when Kurt and Finn, and their respective parents, all go out to eat together, Kurt’s dad starts talking football with Finn, which makes Kurt, who has always desired a closer relationship with his “man’s man” father, extremely jealous. But . . . wait . . . isn’t Kurt on the football team too?
Did Kurt not WIN a football game for his school, by distracting the opposing team with his hypnotic “Single Ladies” dance, just a few months ago?
I mean that’s gotta count for something, right? During the episode, Kurt comes to terms with his relationship with his father, while Finn comes to terms with the loss of his. Ultimately, Finn allows Kurt’s dad to sit in his father’s sacred chair, while the two bond over a college football game. Kurt looks on wistfully, but with a new understanding of the situation.
What it takes to be Beautiful . . .
“Just for cheering, not for EATING!”
Poor Mercedes! The minute Sue Sylvester calls her and Kurt into her office, we just know she’s in for some trouble. “How do you two not have a show on Bravo?” Sue inquires, as the spunky pair banters with one another, just seconds before Sue rips their hearts out. (And, she’s RIGHT! I would TOTALLY watch a Bravo show starring these two!)
Check out Kurt and Mercedes in Bravo’s new hit show “Girl Talk,” on Thursday nights (right after Project Runway)
In preparation from an upcoming interview with a premiere journalist, Sue Sylvester has given her newest Cheerio an ultimatum: “Lose ten pounds, or you’re off the squad.”
To her credit, Mercedes initially goes about losing the weight the right way, by ordering a healthy lo-cal lunch at the cafeteria. Unfortunately, Mercedes’ “friends” intervene, giving her “advice,” ranging from the bad to the downright insulting.
“Don’t ruin this for me!” Kurt says.
“Would you rather feel bad and look good, or feel good and look bad?” Santana asks, after suggesting that Mercedes drink a “meal replacement” shake, that will cause her to instantly regurgitate all her food.
“We like you no matter what you look like,” says Artie (good sentiment, poor delivery)
“I’m pretty sure my cat has been reading my diary,” says Brittany.
(LOVE this girl! I’m so glad they’ve decided to upgrade her to series regular status. She totally deserves it.)
Mercedes soon begins starving herself, to the point where she faints in the lunchroom. Surprisingly, the only person with anything remotely supportive to say to Mercedes throughout this entire ordeal is Quinn.
In a very touching scene, Quinn visits Mercedes in the nurse’s office, offers her a granola bar, and tells her she is beautiful. “You’ve always been at home in your body. I admired that about you,” Quinn counsels.
Having had body issues in the past, and having gained a new understanding about healthy eating, as a result of her pregnancy, Quinn is able to commiserate with Mercedes, and provide her with some good advice. I love the journey the writers have taken with Quinn this season. She has certainly come along way from the shallow self-righteous girl we knew from the pilot.
At the pep rally, Mercedes surprises everyone by giving a heart-warming speech about the importance of feeling comfortable in your own skin. She then asks the entire student body to join her in a rendition of Christina Aquilera’s Beautiful, that, in my opinion, was by far, the best performance of the evening. (Then again, maybe that’s just because I’m not a big fan of show tunes.) You can hear Mercedes, in all her glory, here:
After the performance, a nervous Sue Sylvester . . .
. . . meets with the journalist, who she is convinced will berate her for the impromptu performance. And, initially, it seems as though he will do just that. “The minute I met you, I instantly disliked you . . . Twice you called me Rerun, and I was also beginning to think you were a little racist.”
NOT the journalist!
While the journalist initially had plans to expose Sue for her bad behavior, he was pleasantly surprised by what he saw during the pep rally. Assuming that Sue had orchestrated the whole thing, he calls her a visionary, and promises to “open doors for her,” by writing a highly laudatory article about the cheerleading coach. To Sue’s credit, she ACTUALLY looks like she feels kind of guilty about all the undeserved praise she is receiving. But just like the other few times us viewers have been made privy to Sue’s softer side, I’m sure it won’t last very long . . .
That’s all folks. It was definitely not my favorite Glee episode, but it had some good moments. What did you think? Are you excited about the prospect of Kurt and Finn as step-brothers? Were you as shocked as I was that Jesse St. James had NO lines during this episode, and Rachel only had one? Would you watch a Bravo show starring Mercedes and Kurt? If you were Brittany’s cat, would you read her diary too?