Finn’s Mistake: After hearing that Santana AND “Snix” (Her sassy alter-ego) is going to be suspended for two weeks and miss sectionals he decides to renege on him admitting that she slapped him. I would like to say “Thank You” to Finn for keeping Santana around her classmates. I don’t what I would do if I didn’t get to hear her verbally rip apart her peers on a daily (weekly) basis.
Kurt’s Election: After hearing that Brittany is ahead of him, Kurt tells Rachel that he plans to stuff the ballot with fake votes to ensure his victory. I know he is worried about getting into NYADA with Rachel but I can’t make myself believe that this one extracurricular is going to solidify his admission.
Santana’s Secret: After the New Directions barrage her with songs in support of her homosexuality, Santana tells them that she “came out” to her parents and they were fine with it. But when she tells her “abuelita” she tells Santana that “Everyone has secrets. They’re called secrets for a reason”. This upsets Santana…and ME! After watching this show since it debuted, the only thing that really makes me sad is when Santana is upset. It’s pretty much the worst thing in the world…like 4serialz. But I am glad that Santana is finally admitting who she is now but I hope that doesn’t take anything away from Snix.
Beiste & Cooter…& Sue?: Talk about your bizarre love triangles or whatever. Sue is trying to avoid losing votes due to her lack of a consistent male companion in her life so she takes Beiste’s new beau Cooter. Cooter says that he doesn’t need a buddy to lift weights with he wants a girlfriend. Beiste says that she will fight for his love but I’m sure Sue will eventually end up dumping since the election is over anyway.
Teacher’s (Heavy) Pet(ting): After Puck comes to Shelby’s aid when Beth has to go to the hospital for busting her lip they end up at her place in her bed. Puck eventually leaves after Shelby comes to her senses but is this already too much? I love how Glee goes from one controversial topic to another – even overlapping them in this case. But it’s not too far-fetched from reality so it’s not just ridiculously over-the-top. I’m not legally allowed to say that I like their relationship but I’m glad Puck has come to the realization that Quinn is psycho because of it.
Rachel Steals the Show: After Beiste and Figgins realize that the ballot was stuffed they tell Kurt that he could be suspended if they find it out it was him. Rachel tells Finn she stuffed the ballot because she wanted Kurt to win. Finn tells Rachel that she needs to make this right. After Santana is done performing Rachel comes in with tears in her eyes and tells the group that she told Figgins the truth and she has been suspended for a week and that she can’t perform during sectionals. I actually like this move for the New Directions. By now we all know that Rachel is bound to do something spectacular during the big performances, unless there is a conscious effort to give someone else a moment in the sun. I’m hoping that Blaine gets to solidify his spot in the group or maybe even Rory – but they may be a stretch at this moment. My first place vote: Trouble Tones FTW!!!
F*ckin Perfect – Kurt and Blaine (C)
This is the song Klaine sings to each other in the car? Really? I just can’t see that, which is probably why the first song of the evening failed to really move me. The overall sentiment was lovely, but their voices didn’t quite achieve orgasmic duet power. Kurt’s distracting ensemble aside, I found this performance incredibly ‘bleh’.
I’m the Only One – Puck (A)
I love this song. I loved Melissa Etheridge’s video for this song. Most importantly, I LOVED Puck covering this song. His voice had the perfect amount of ‘rasp’ and he did an amazing job of straddling the line between tossing Santana some solidarity and grrl power, while pouring his heart out to Shelby. Puck (and his weird little faux-hawk) is definitely one of my favorite characters this season.
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Finn and the (guy) New Directions (A+)
If you haven’t heard Mr. Laswell’s version, listen to it now. Finn did an AMAZING job covering that cover. It was beautiful and marvelous and flawless and a slew of other adjectives meant to express the perfection of this performance. Cyndi Lauper made this feminist anthem fun and up beat, but the slower version really pulls out the meaning of the lyrics. I was glad Santana didn’t ruin the ending with a smart-ass quip. I love when she does that, but it would have completely ruined the mood.
Jolene – Coach Beiste (B)
Great pick lyrically and the visuals really expressed how badly she wants her Cooter. Anything comments beyond that would be gratuitous.
I Kissed a Girl – The Troubletones and (girl) New Directions (C)
I probably wouldn’t have used a song about drunken girl-on-girl action to empower Santana. She’s not kissing her BFF at the bar for a free shot or making out with her roommate at a party for kicks and giggles. She’s a young girl in high school who is being shoved out of the closet. Alas, the performance was super PG, but maybe they had to tone it down after the enjoyably raunchy Toxic performance. I loved seeing the girls back together for a moment and this was one of the few times in the episode that Rachel didn’t look miserable, so bonus points for that. Also, did anyone else want Santana and Rachel to kiss?
Constant Craving – Santana and Shelby……and Kurt (A)
This performance was well on its way to A+ status. Santana was showing her emotional vulnerability again and that has proven to be the Popeye spinach she needs to really “go there” these last few episodes. Then Shelby came in and her interpretation of the lyrics enhanced the moment. And then….they awkwardly tossed Kurt in for the ending. I appreciate the many layers of the performance, but I would have appreciated Kurt’s contribution more if the segue was a bit more natural. Yet and still, this was another tear-jerker.
Note: This episode was directed by Tate Donovan aka Jimmy Cooper aka Mr. Love Potion #9. Also, Santana was consistently gorgeous this whole episode.
“If elected I promise to have sugary treats available at all times; it helps with you with concentration, that’s what George Washington said.” -Brittany
“I’d rather raw dog a beehive.” -Puck (to Quinn)