Welcome back to McKinley High,
Willy Wonka Kurt! Oh, how we missed your weird hats and increasingly bizarre wardrobe choices. May you never be saddled with the ignominy of a school dress code EVER AGAIN!
After last week’s “meh” episode, I think many of us Glee fans were hoping that this week’s Gaga-inspired 90-minute extravaganza would pack enough of an emotional, feel-good, punch to make us forget that “Night of Neglect” ever aired. And I’m proud to say, for this Gleek, at least, “Born this Way” delivered BIG TIME!
From the slightly preachy (but still important) overarching theme of acceptance, to the variety of fun and well-produced musical numbers, to the genuinely heartfelt, character-driven moments, this was an episode that hit every single mark that “Night of Neglect” missed.
So, what are we waiting for? Grab a chair, put on that unflattering white t-shirt that exposes your deepest darkest insecurities, and let’s get on with the recap!
It’s Booty Camp Time! (Sorry, Rachel’s Nose.)
Warning: Do NOT try this at home!
It’s almost time for Nationals. And our Glee kids need to work on their dance moves! This sounds like a job for Mister Schue’s Rump-Shakin’ Booty Camp!
Yep, Will definitely strikes me as one of those people, who always make weird facial expressions, when they dance. . .
Unfortunately, for one Gleester that shall remain nameless . . .
And shirtless . . .
The term “dancing” actually means “wobbling around Weeble-style, while flapping your arms impatiently, like a bird who’s too fat to fly.”
This, of course, is SUPER embarrassing for Finn. But it’s even more unfortunate for Rachel, who has the bad luck of dancing behind Finn at Booty Camp . . .
If I didn’t know any better, I would think she was laughing at Finn’s dancing . . .
Finn accompanies Rachel to the doctor, who confirms her biggest fear: Her nose is broken. (Way to go, FINN!) On the bright side, Doctor Schnoz says this would be a PERFECT opportunity for Rachel to get a nose job to fix her “deviated septum.” (Isn’t that what they ALL say?)
Finn is completely against the idea of Rachel getting a nose job. (Then again, he might just be afraid she will ask him to pay for it, since this is, after all, ALL HIS FAULT.) Rachel, however, upon hearing that having the surgery might actually expand her vocal range, while making her more marketable as an actress, due to her “enhanced appearance,” seems open to the idea . . .
I smell a Life Lesson approaching . . .
Puffy Pyramid Nipples (and other things we’d like to change about the Glee kids.)
“Come on Finn! Let me cop a feel! My first girlfriend was in love with YOU, and my second one ended up being a lesbian. You are pretty much my only hope of getting to Second Base, before I graduate.”
Rachel’s Nose Job Dilemma sparks controversy among the Glee kids. (Riiight, because whether someone chooses to have cosmetic surgery, should TOTALLY be up to the members of their after-school club.) Heading up Team Schnoz Keeper we have Mr. Schue, Puck, and, of course, Finn.
Batting for Team for Team Schnoz Chopper Upper are Mercedes (who believes that the thing that makes you different, is also the one that crushes your spirit) and Santana.
In classic Santana Style, the latter proceeds to detail all the things that, according to her, the other Glee kids SHOULD want to change about themselves . . .
Santana Lopez: Making people feel like crap, since 1994 . . .
You can always count on Sue Sylvester and Santana Lopez to fulfill Glee‘s weekly quota of Politically Incorrect / Slightly Racist / Definitely Prejudiced jokes. But since Sue was “absent” this week, Santana got stuck doin the job, all by herself. Fortunately, she got them all out of the way in a single scene. Always one for efficiency
(I expect she’s this way in bed, as well. Right Brittany?), Santana potentially offends the entire Asian, Jewish, and “differently abled” population, by calling Tina out, for the shape of her eyes, Rachel, for the size of her nose, and the wheelchair-bound Artie, for the generally not “useful” nature of his legs.
But my favorite diss of all, just so happened to be the one directed at Finn . . . and his “Puffy Pyramid Nipples.” But Santana didn’t just name Finn’s rare “nipular condition,” she went on to describe it in great detail. “They look like they’re filled with custard. You could dust them with powdered sugar, and they could pass for some sort of dessert.”
All this talk about dessert, must have made
Trouty Mouth Bieber Wanna Be Sam very horny hungry, because he uses this as an opportunity to fondle Finn’s man boobs. (See picture at the top of this section.)
Sam Evans: Inappropriately grabbing at other people’s nips since 1996.
Since we are already on the topic of equating food with sex . . .
Come on Baby,
Pop Scrub my Cherry . . .
Ever since LAST WEEK, when Will (1) got dumped by Gwyneth Paltrow; and (2) found out that Emma was single again AND had never consummated her marriage to Dr. Carl, he has CLEARLY been putting some serious effort into breaking the wrought iron padlock on Emma Pillsbury’s pantalones! I mean, why ELSE would he spend multiple lunch hours SCRUBBING EMMA’S FRUIT FOR HER?
“Rub my raspberries, Will, HARDER . . . HARDER!”
Alas, I think our Schue is starting to get a bit impatient with the virginal object of his affections. And so, he broaches with Emma the subject of her getting
laid professional help for her obsessive compulsive disorder. Unfortunately, like most addicts, Emma is not quite willing to admit that she has a Sex Grape Washing Problem. “I wasn’t born this way,” Emma explains, as if that changes ANYTHING!
But WAIT . . . maybe it DOES!
“The Glee kids shouldn’t be insecure about their trouty mouths, eagle beaks, and puffy pyramid nipples! Because they were BORN THIS WAY,” Will thinks to himself. (Hey, isn’t that the title of a LADY GAGA SONG?)
“I was born with a slab of raw meat on my head . . .”
And so begins Schue’s quest to teach his Glee kids a lesson about ACCEPTANCE . . . through singing, of course!
Santana Saves the
While most of the Glee kids seem to be struggling with insecurities based on their personal appearance, Santana is coping with a much deeper issue, her closeted homosexuality. Public labels aside, our Queen B*tch still wants very badly to reunite with the love of her life Brittany, who is still dating Artie. And, somehow, Santana thinks if she wins the title of Prom Queen, she will also win back Brittany. But how does someone so HORRIFICALLY MEAN get elected to Prom Queen? Well, by doing something REALLY nice, of course!
Santana decides that if she wants to win the support of her fellow Gleeks, she needs to get Kurt out of Dalton Academy, and back into New Directions, in time for Nationals. But to do that, she needs to “tame” Big Bully Karofsky. When Santana catches Karofsky ogling Sam’s ASS in the hallways at school, she develops an idea . . .
Santana invites Karofsky out to lunch, and gives it to him “straight.” “I know you are gay . . . I saw you checking out Sam’s ass,” she tells him matter-of-factly. Though Karofsky initially denies Santana’s accusations, when she comes out of the closet to HIM, and offers that the two gays be eachother’s “beards,” in order to use their joint popularity to win Prom King and Queen, Karofsky agrees. Of course, the fact that Santana threatens to OUT the guy in front of the whole school, if he doesn’t comply with her demands, certainly adds to the persuasion aspect.
“I SO want to Slushee you, right now!”
At Santana’s instruction, Karofsky issues a not particularly heartfelt, but VERY convincing, apology to the Glee kids for bullying them all. He claims to have been “cured” of all meanness, by the love of a good
lesbian woman. Together, Santana and Karofsky vow to put a stop to bullying in their school, by starting a sort of Anti-Bullying Guardian Angel Association called . . . get this . . . the “Bully Whips,” complete with RIDICULOUS UNIFORMS, who’s flashy hideousness would make Kurt proud . . .
“Those Bully Whips berets are ‘GORGE’, but a bit plain for my taste. Do you think they come in rainbow colors?”
Speaking of Kurt, in furtherance of Santana’s Master Plan, Karofsky reaches out to him, by way of an apology. Promptly, another school meeting is called to determine if Kurt feels safe enough under the same roof as Karofsky to return to McKinley High. Kurt’s awesome dad, Burt, is in attendance . . .
. . . as is
Doctor Arzt from Lost Karofsky’s dad, Principal Figgins, and the seemingly omnipresent Mr. Schue . . .
After hearing promises from both Karofsky, himself, and the “reformed bully’s” father, that he is a “changed man,” Kurt asks to speak to Karofsky privately.
“You’re not going to try and kiss me again, are you, Karofsky? Because, in case you haven’t noticed, I have an INSANELY HOT BOYFRIEND, now. Just sayin.'”
Kurt may be young, but he’s had enough life experience to know bullsh*t, when he smells it. And so, with some gentle
anal probing, Kurt eventually gets Karofsky to come clean about his and Santana’s nefarious plans to rule McKinley High from the inside of a closet. Kurt is admittedly impressed . . .
“It’s all so deliciously EEEEEVVVIIILLLL!” Mwah-ha-ha-ha!”
However, Kurt still thinks
the viewing audience Karofsky must become educated in the Ways of the Gay. And so, as a condition of Kurt’s returning to McKinley High, he makes Karofsky promise to start with him a chapter of PFLAG – Parents, Friends, and Family of Lesbians and Gays. Karofsky agrees, and the Public Service Announcement Portion of the Episode is almost over.
Cut to the next day, where all the paperwork has miraculously been filed, Burt Hummel received a FULL refund on his MASSIVE private school tuition payment, and Kurt is back at McKinley High . . . somewhere only he knows . . .
But WAIT! Blaine is there TOO . . . and so are the REST OF THE WARBLERS!
“How could that be? I thought the Warblers were only allowed off campus for musical competitions and select trips to the Gap?”
Random Warbler 1: “What’s with all these men in long hair, skirts, and makeup? Is this a Drag Queen School?”
Random Warbler 2: “Umm, actually . . . I think those are REAL girls.”
Random Warbler 1: “Blaine? I have a feeling we are not in Dalton anymore.”
Now, isn’t this sweet? Blaine, who by now has undoubtedly forced his poor enslaved Warblers to sing for so many of his crushes, they are probably all plotting to kill him in his sleep, has commandeered his posse to sing a fond farewell to erstwhile Dalton-ite Kurt, to the tune of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know.”
“Hop inside my Extra Large Mouth, and I will take you for a ride you will never forget.”
I’m going to paste a link to this performance here. Be prepared to be moved to tears, and Ugly Cry Faces . . .
“I can’t believe Kurt is leaving the Warblers!”
“I can’t believe they didn’t put me in this scene!”
After the song, Kurt gives Blaine one final embrace, before sort of, but not really, saying goodbye to him
until 3:00 p.m., when they will meet in Blaine’s bedroom and make sweet, sweet love to one another.
So, I guess it’s fitting that the next scene features Kurt singing Sunset Boulevard’s “As if We Never Said Goodbye.” (Although, actually, the song’s lyrics seem to more accurately reflect Kurt’s feelings about McKinley High, than Blaine.)
(To be honest, I was never a big fan of the “Show Tunes,” so I kind of tuned out on this one. I liked the sentiment though!)
In other news . . .
Follow Your Heart (Not Your Nose.)
So, remember when I told you that Rachel was considering getting a nose job to fix her “deviated septum?” Well, as it turns out, she doesn’t want just ANY OLD NOSE, she wants Quinn’s nose. Rachel even goes so far as to invite Quinn with her to her Rhinoplasty consultation, so that Rachel could ascertain what she would look like with Quinn’s nose on her face. (It’s kind of like that movie Face Off . . . only with less Nicholas Cage.)
Given all that, it makes sense that Quinn and Rachel decided to take time off from fighting over Finn and decided to
fight over Puck sing a duet mashup of TLC’s “I Feel Pretty” and Westside Story’s “I Feel Pretty.” Oh yeah . . . this one made me cry too!
You can find a link to their performance here. (Just be sure to have your Kleenex handy!)
It’s not until Rachel passes out PICTURES OF HERSELF wearing her new nose, that Team Schnoz Keeper REALLY starts to up its game. First, Finn tells Rachel she is beautiful. (All together now: “Awwww!”)
thenm, Tina tells Rachel that she has decided to be an Asian Sex Symbol, and proceeds to make out with Mike Chang in front of everyone!
(OK . . . so that wasn’t really helpful to Rachel. But, honestly, this is about as useful as we’ve seen these two character be, in the past season and a half.)
Then Puck accosts Rachel in the Lady’s Room to tell her that chopping off her nose would be an affront to Hot Jews EVERYWHERE!
(BTW, I’ve officially joined the ever-growing ranks of Team Puckleberry. And I’m proud!)
But what really seems to ultimately change Rachel’s mind about Schnoz-Gate is
the possibility of hot sex with fellow Hot Jew, Puck . . . . The Mall?
With Kurt’s help, Puck stages a Barbra-vention at
the Eagle Rock Plaza Mall in Glendale, California. some mall in Ohio.
What’s a Barbra-vention, you ask? Well, basically, it’s
a remake of Artie’s Safety Dance Number (which took place at the SAME MALL) where Puck, Kurt, and a whole bunch of strangers, dance around the food court to Duck Sauce’s song “Barbra Streisand.”
Rock on, PUCK!
Never heard of the Barbra Streisand song? Oh, it’s a very eloquent tune . . . and by “eloquent” I mean it contains THREE WORDS (well . . . actually, one name, one consonant, and one vowel). Please allow me to teach it to you. It goes, “Woooooooooo Woooooooo, BARBRA STREISAND.” And . . . that’s it.
No, I’m NOT kidding you, Damon Salvatore! It’s actually a pretty good song. But I must admit, hearing it didn’t make me not want a nose job. To each his own, I guess . . .
Long story short, Rachel ended up not getting a nose job. Team Schnoz Keepers, for the WIN . . . and, of course, Barbra Streisand.
In other sing-y and dance-y news (And, yes, I recognize what a LAME segway that was!), Finn and Mike showed off their respective lack of singing and dancing ability in their performance of Sammy Davis Jr.’s “Gotta Be Me.” During the performance, Finn sang well and danced REALLY badly, while Mike dance well, but didn’t sing at all. In other words, it was exactly like EVERY OTHER MUSIC NUMBER IN WHICH MIKE CHANG HAS TAKEN PART SINCE THE PILOT . . .
You can check out a link to the performance here:
(Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t have anything at all against Sammy Davis, Jr., may he Rest in Peace. But, since this week’s Glee song selection did appear to be a bit 60’s tune heavy, does anybody else think Genesis’ “I Can’t Dance” would have been a slightly modern (and way more fun) choice for this duo? Just a thought . . .)
But it wasn’t just the students at McKinley High who were staring down their insecurities, Emma Pillsbury was too!
Who’s Down with OCD? (Yeah, you know Emma!)
(By the way, special thanks MUST go out to the Wemma Love Tumblr for (perhaps unknowingly) helping me out MAJORLY with this recap. Every awesome Will and Emma GIF you see here, undoubtedly comes from THERE. So, if Wemma is your SHIP, you now know where to sail . . .)
So, as you recall, Will has spent much of the episode trying to get Emma to admit she’s got a problem with the Excessive Cleanliness Thing, and that it is keeping her from
having hot Schue Sex living a happy and productive life. But when Will encourages Emma to join the rest of the class in making a t-shirt that portrays her biggest insecurity, she DOESN’T (at least, initially) choose “OCD.” Instead, she chooses . . . THIS . . .
At lunch, Will REALLY lets Emma have it for the whole Ginger / OCD Thing! In fact, he gets all up her grill with his dirty, unwashed fruit, and accuses her of being an “expert of deflection,” who’s afraid to face her own biggest insecurities.
“My fruits may be dirty, but I assure you that my tongue is very clean.”
The Tough Love seems to work on Emma, who, at Will’s coaxing, seeks professional help for her compulsions, even going as far as to accept medication to minimize their symptoms. At the end of the episode, Emma DOES find the courage to proudly wear her “OCD” t-shirt. After getting INSANELY turned on by watching Emma “strip” into said shirt
(Dont’ hold your breath Schuester . . . those legs have been closed for 32 years. And it’s going to take a lot more than some choice words and a pill to pry them open.), Will happily grabs her ungloved (baby steps!) hand, and leads her on to the dance floor. And, for those of you wondering what WILL’s biggest insecurity is, well . . . wonder no more!
(It gives the term Butt Face a whole new meaning!)
Speaking of Butt Faces . . . In Lauren Zizes’ news . . . (I’m sorry, guys. She just REALLY bugs me.)
Quinn Gets the Sympathy Vote (?)
Now, if you went to (or currently go to) high school with girls like Quinn and Santana, you are probably not surprised that either of these girls has their heart set on Prom Queen. But you MAY be surprised to hear that Lauren Zizes wants the title as well. After all, she was Little Miss Toddler’s in Tiaras back when she was three. So clearly, she has the pedigree for the job . . .
Being the Whipped Puppy he seems to become, everytime he comes within three feet of Zizes, Puck decides to help Lauren win the crown.
PUCK: “Hey, Selfish! Ever think of doing something for ME, for a change?”
LAUREN: “Oh, you’re still here? I could have sworn our characters would be broken up by now.”
Initially, Lauren actually looks like she has a good shot at winning the title. After all, she’s clearly a fan favorite among the outcasts and misfits. But then, Lauren has to go and fight dirty, by digging up an old picture of Quinn from her middle school days, and posting it all over the school . . .
Ummm . . . yeah, so apparently Quinn’s real name is “Lucy”, and she used to be (gasp!) not-so-hot. She also was given the unfortunate nickname Lucy Caboosey, by some of her crueler classmates. So, when it came time to go to high school, Quinn changed schools . . . and her name . . . and her NOSE (How do ya like them apples, Rachel?) She also, obviously, went on a MAJOR starvation diet. And that’s how Quinn became the shallow biatch we know and love(?) today.
Well, of course, Quinn is MORTIFIED to have this intel out in the open . . .
As luck (and karma) would have it, however, Lauren’s plan to ruin Quinn’s chances at becoming Prom Queen end up backfiring!
(I know! I can’t believe I’m actually rooting for Quinn, either! I guess my frustration with Glee’s recent Zizes Overload does this to me.)
Once the school sees what Quinn USED to look like, they instinctively find her more likeable and relatable. Suddenly, she’s gone from being someone to despite and envy, to an Inspirational Figure. (Take THAT, ZIZES!)
In a sweet final moment of the episode, Finn turns to girlfriend, Quinn, and shows him the Lucy Caboosey picture he now keeps in his wallet. “This is the only picture I have of you, where I can really see you,” he explains.
Then they makeout . . .
. . . which kind of makes me want to go dig up photographs of MY AWKWARD STAGE (assuming I’m not still in it), so that I can show incriminating pictures of myself to hot boys, and they will start making out with ME too! (Hey, it could happen!)
Born this Way . . .
Moments before the final dance number of the evening, which, as promised by The Schue at the beginning of the episode, is to the tune of Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way,” we get to see what everybody put on their Insecurities T-shirts. I think my favorite of these came from Brittany (who’s shirt said “I’m with Stoopid, with an arrow pointing to her head) and Puck (who’s shirt ALSO said “I’m with Stoopid, with an arrow pointing to his other head). L
ess impressive was Artie’s shirt that said “Four Eyes” (Zzzzz), and Tina’s shirt that said “Brown Eyes” (Really? Because, last I checked, THREE QUARTERS of the population has those). Here are is a composite of the rest of the Gleek’s shirts . . . (Thanks oddles, GLEEIFS Tumblr!)
Not taking part in the dance number is a pouty Santana, who is still lodged firmly in the closet, despite the fact that Brittany made her a “Lebanese” t-shirt. (Get it? Lebanese? Don’t forget, this is Brittany we are talking about here!)
Santana: You don’t get a say in who I date anymore.
Brittany: Why not? Because I’m dating somebody? Because you’re Lebanese, and I think I’m bi-curious?
Santana: No, because I said I love you. You didn’t say you love me back.
Brittany: I do love you. Clearly, you don’t love you as much as I do, or you’d put this shirt on, and you would dance with me.
Wait . . . did she say “dance?”
Although there was no Horizontal Mambo for Brittana this week, there was a final tribute to Lady Gaga. And you can enjoy it, in all its “Be Yourself” Glory, by clicking on this external link:
So, my fellow Gleeks . . . tell me . . . what’s on YOUR Insecurities T-shirt? 😉