Not a bad episode. It was rather enjoyable frankly. Glee is having a few decent individual episodes this season but I’m still not sure what that means for a serialized show where the “major” plot lines either go no where or are completely absent.
Kurt and Bert
This was the first time I completely disagreed with Kurt. He was 100% wrong with the way he reacted to his father. Bert went into Kurt’s room to ask his help with something and he see that Blaine has slept over. Bert isn’t too happy about that and rightfully so. Later in the show when the 2 are talking, Bert tells him that from now on, if he has a guy sleep over, he needs to ask his permission and clear it with him first. Sounds perfectly reasonable to me…a little too reasonable some might argue. Kurt takes this as his father being homophobic again. Bert very clearly and fairly lets him know that he would have a problem if Finn wanted to have a girl sleep over in the same bed. Kurt then tells him it wouldn’t bother him as much though. In the end, Kurt gives his dad a half assed apology and walks out.
Kurt clearly did not understand his father’s issue. Someone you are sexually attracted to, cannot sleep over in the same bed as you when you are in high school!! Oh and by the way, the same rule applies to Finn with girls. How is that being homophobic? That’s being a parent laying down some ground rules in their home. I hope the writers don’t go down this road with Kurt. You know the road that every time something doesn’t go his way someone must be homophobic. First off, it would completely cheapen all the amazing stories they have done with his Kurt’s sexuality. Second, it would also cheapen the character. Kurt is smarter than this and he and his dad have gotten through a lot together in this area. Don’t minimize that by going down this road! Bert was right and Kurt was wrong. Let’s chalk it up to that happening sometimes and moving on from it.
The funniest most cringe worthy part of the episode!!! Will and Beiste go out to her country western bar and tie a pretty good load on. They seem to be having a great time blowing off some steam and also crank out a nice rendition of “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.” Beiste gets Will home and I like that the show keeps building on their friendship. Will starts to grade papers and gives everyone an A+…love it! But then another classic drunk move happens…Will goes to drunk dial Emma. But we all know, it wasn’t Emma. The husband and I were pretty sure it was Sue but when she didn’t say anything to him in the hallway, we thought, maybe it was Teri. Nope it was Sue!! And what does Sue do (during alcohol awareness week mind you) she plays the drunk message from Will on the school PA system!!!!! It was fantastic!!! If I were Will I would kill her for that!!!! See now this is the out-of-line Sue I can deal with because the material Will just threw right into her lap was priceless!!! She still should have NEVER done that to him in front of the students but it was so great, I can forgive it.
Mr Schue/Glee Kids/Drinking
I know I’m getting old when I side with the adults and I have MAJOR issues with how some of these things were handled!! Ha!!! Rachel’s dads are out-of-town and Puck is planting the idea of having a party at her house with a beer ball, booze, the whole nine yards. Rachel of course says no but after a little peer pressure (and a really bad song about headbands) she decides to live a little and have the party. Everyone comes over and she is serving wine coolers (I’ve been to some of those parties!!) The party stinks and everyone wants to leave. Rachel isn’t happy (maybe her God awful Little House on the Prairie dress has something to do with it) but Puck offers a solution of breaking into her dads’ liquor cabinet and replacing it before they get back. She says ok and the party really gets underway. This I have no problem with because this is normal teenage experimentation and fun. I also loved the part where Finn broke it down for Rachel how girls can get a parties when they get drunk. It was so true!!!!
The next day, they are all hung over in school. (Don’t worry I didn’t forget about the Spin the Bottle portion of the party, but that’s for another segment.) By the way, could they be anymore obvious with the big sunglasses? But Artie’s genius plan…drink Bloody Mary’s! In school? Are they crazy?? And by the way, didn’t anyone smell alcohol on them? Well apparently the bloody mary’s got them all loopy again but no one in the school noticed. This is where writers annoy the crap out of me. You mean to tell me not ONE school official noticed about 16 kids walking around school with a buzz on? Then you take the same 16 buzzed kids and put them in a closed auditorium where their behavior is really off, and you can’t smell alcohol on them? And even if you can’t, you don’t notice that something is severely up when certain kids are slurring their words a bit?
The final kicker is when the kids have to perform in front of the school and they are all nervous. Are you serious? You perform live in front of people all the time and NOW you are nervous? It was a completely ridiculous reason for them to be able to introduce alcohol again into the show. So to calm their fragile nerves, Rachel happen to have a concoction of 7 different alcohols, cough syrup, Hawaiian Punch and some other gunk that probably would have poisoned or killed most people. They all drink, go on stage, and Brittany ends up puking on Rachel and Santana ends up puking on stage as well. It was like the pie eating scene from Stand By Me all over again!!!
Finally Will is clued into what is going on and in the Glee room tells them that they have no right to drink and act like that ever again. Quinn tells Schue that’s the pot calling the kettle black (which Brittany thinks is totally racist…ha!) He has them all sign wavers that there will be no drinking leading up to regionals but that if any of them “fall off the wagon” his cell phone is at the top of the page and they can call him anytime of the night to come and pick them up and drive them home.
Ok here’s the thing. I liked the cell phone element. When Will and Beiste were talking in the lunch room about being hypocrites telling kids not to drink when they did it, Beiste brings up a realistic point. Kids are going to drink and experiment no matter what they say. So you hope to give them the best guidance and direction and pray they make the right decision. What she should have also said was that if they make the wrong decision, you punish them to the point that they will think twice about doing it ever again. So Will giving them his cell phone in case of an emergency, I have no problem with because it’s a matter of safety. I would rather young kids feel like they have a safety net if they get themselves in trouble so something worse doesn’t happen as a result of bad judgement. I don’t believe that is condoning the action but merely looking out for someone’s well-being. That’s not a bad lesson to teach.
What I did have a problem with is what Quinn said to Mr Schue and the fact that none of them were punished in some way. If I were Schue and my students started coming back at me for my drinking this is how I would have handled it: #1. I’m your teacher and you can’t talk to me that way. #2. I’m over 21 years-old which is the legal drinking age. You are not. #3. I’m an adult. You are not. Therefore I can have a drink, responsibly, when ever I chose and I don’t have to answer to any of you. It really pissed me off that Will backed down to the kids coming after him. He has NOTHING he needs to apologize for. And there is one HUGE fundamental difference between him and them…he is over 21 and therefore it is perfectly ok for him to have a drink. They are not!!!! How was this point completely missed in all this?? Also, Will should have made them have some sort of detention or after school project to pay for what they did. They should have had some kind of punishment to show that what they did, wasn’t cool and won’t be tolerated. I thought it was handled very badly and was very lazy on the writers part.
To wrap up quickly, at Rachel’s party, they played Spin the Bottle and Rachel and Blaine ended up kissing. It was a pretty good kiss. So good, that since Blaine liked it, he started wondering if he was really gay. When he opened up to Kurt about this (because he is going on a date with Rachel as a result) Kurt was hurt because of his feelings for Blaine but I think felt threatened that he was a losing a great connection with him so he blew off Blaine’s feelings. Blaine put him in his place by telling him how disappointed he was in Kurt because he of all people should be supportive of Blaine trying to figure out who he is. He’s never had a boyfriend so maybe he isn’t gay or maybe he’s bi-sexual. Either way, Kurt should be supporting him not reprimanding him for being confused. Kurt is always preaching about being tolerant and not being judged so I was glad Blaine showed him that Kurt is doing exactly what he gets on other people about.
The end result was pretty funny since Rachel and Kurt had a bet over Blaine being straight or gay. Kurt thinks it was all because he was hammered when they kissed that he is confused and Rachel is convinced there is chemistry between them regardless. At the coffee shop, Rachel goes right up to a very sober Blaine and plants one on him. He then steps back, says wow, and thanks Rachel for clearing everything up….he’s gay!! You think Rachel is going to be crushed but she isn’t. Instead she hugs Kurt and thanks him for giving her some new material to be able to write about since she dated a gay guy. Ha!!!! Kurt’s happy all around. His friendship with Rachel is just fine and the love of his life is still gay. Yeah!! Although to nit pick a little, I think that would have been a great storyline of Blaine questioning whether or not he is gay. I was hoping that was going to drag out longer but it didn’t. Most importantly for me though, Rachel and Kurt’s friendship is still in good shape. They took so long to get to this place and Rachel really needed a good friend that I’m glad this didn’t bust them up. Now if he can only give that girl some party attire fashion advice!!!