Well, the usual Glee
pattern of enjoyment (with judicious fast-forwarding) followed by total irritation has reasserted itself.
Okay, I'm sorry, but the nimrod who outs the girl in the hallway does not get to dictate how she copes! I find that beyond ridiculous. Not to mention that whole, "I care about you and will now protect you" thing is sort of ignoring the fact that he made the damn mess to begin with. Santana's scene with her grandmother--that was the center of this episode. And I really think it should have been structured more that way. Because while I adore Burt Hummel, and I think the world needs to see that character (just like the world needs to see two teenage boys in love with each other--we need to see the ideal, for a lot of different reasons), we also need to see the other side of coming out, because it's there. But, no, it all seemed super-centered on Finn and Finn being overbearing, but that was okay because that was what Santana needed. Or something. Ugh.
That said, one thing I think Glee
does really well is to keep scenes like Santana's outing in the hallway somewhat gray--because, yes, Santana is a bitch. But her being a bitch doesn't excuse Finn's outing her in the middle of the hallway. But Finn outing her in the hallway doesn't magically erase all the bitchy things Santana has done. There's a certain echo here, for me, of the episode where Kurt has decorated the room he'll be sharing with Finn, when Finn goes ballistic and starts spewing slurs, and Burt tells him off for it. Because, as jkason
pointed out, Kurt was
manipulating a situation because he had a crush on Finn. But, again, that doesn't excuse Finn; however, Finn's reaction* doesn't make Kurt an angel.**
The beauty in both of these things is Chris Colfer and Naya Rivera's performances. Chris Colfer makes Kurt's thoughts and emotions so
transparent--they're all there on his face. In that particular scene, what got me was that he looked hurt, guilty, and totally embarrassed--all at the same time. And Naya Rivera's face was amazing during the song in "The Mash-Off," but it was her body language that killed me. She was going on with the show, she was awesome, but she was just that tiny bit off. You could see she was getting lost in her head and coming back out of it.
But anyway, that stuff was not last night's episode. Last night's episode ... well, okay, first there's Finn. Who, really, I tend to fast-forward past, anyway. But then there's Puck. I loved Puck last season! I loved Lauren! And, okay, fine, they're not the thing anymore. But come on, people, if you break up a really neat, funny, not-cliched couple, then you have to replace that couple with something just as neat, funny, and not-cliched! (Let's call it my Oz/Willow/Tara Rule.) Puck and the Teacher is not
that something. Again, as jkason
pointed out, it was hackneyed when Dawson's Creek
did it--I don't care
that Puck's always liked older women.***
I was made very happy, however, by Rachel owning up and getting punished in a very real way for being an idiot. Rachel and Finn are both, to me, the least interesting characters on that show, but out of the two of them, I prefer Rachel. I'd like to see her mature a little.
I also really liked the meta of Sue Sylvester's journaling this week. Though the Sue/Cooter (ew)/Bieste storyline was pretty blah. Give Bieste a decent storyline! Give Sue more snark! In addition, all the girls ganging up on the doorknob in the hallway was pure joy--though why Rachel, and not Brittany, was dueting with Santana I don't know.
*Hmmm ... Finn, when backed into a corner, is vicious. Well, that's some
character consistency ... though he seemed a lot colder in the Santana scene.
**Kurt has matured a lot since then. Sadly, he's the only one. :)
***Plus, Puck, dude, you want that baby to have a better life than you or Quinn could give her--getting her adoptive mother fired for sleeping with a student? When you're a pool boy? Really? I know you're not a genius, but you're not that stupid.