Glee Recap: Here Comes That Drinking Feeling

Maybe I’m just looking at the glass of sauvignon blanc as half-empty, but this week’s Glee didn’t quite leave me with my usual post-episode buzz. Don’t get me wrong, there were some genius one-liners (“Unfortunately, Kitty Dukakis could not be here because of disinterest”), and I’m not ashamed to say I laughed out loud when the acrid smell of teen vomit pervaded New Directions’ big set piece. But plot-wise, “Blame It on the Alcohol” was the equivalent of flat champagne, and its musical numbers felt a little watered-down, too. Let’s dive headlong into our central story arcs:

Principal Figgins was in a tizzy about an uptick in teen drinking at McKinley High, and enlisted New Directions and a certain former First Lady of Massachusetts to bring an anti-alcohol message to the upcoming assembly. Sue, however, had other ideas, and tried to convince Will he was the one who was headed for a battle with the bottle. “You’re revisiting the details of your failed marriage with the very lemur who rejected the bestial horror of your sexual advances,” she hissed, as Will and Emma rekindled their friendship in the teacher’s lounge.

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Rachel, meanwhile, found herself home alone after her still unseen dads headed off on a Rosie O’Donnell cruise — Seriously, without their diva daughter? What kind of gay dads are these guys? — and failing miserably in her attempt to write an original song for New Directions to perform at Regionals. Now while I realize that everything in the Rachel Berry universe is heightened for maximum comedic/dramatic impact, I simply couldn’t buy that she’d write something as lame as “My Headband.” Come on, this is a girl with a refined sense of the theatrical, who’s coming off an epic breakup with her football quarterback boyfriend, and she can’t dig deeper for inspiration than her accessory drawer? Surely, Glee‘s writing team could’ve/should’ve come up with a more plausible rationale for making its good girl go bad, no? Nevertheless, under the guise of seeking out experiences that would make her less of a “total bore” (Puck’s word choice), Rachel procured some wine coolers, slipped on a seafoam green home-sewn dress from 1978, invited over her New Directions buddies, and began the “journey from little princess to natural woman.”

I’m not going to lie: I was thoroughly grossed out by what happened next — and no, I’m not talking about Blaine’s bi-curious kiss. Alas, I’m referring to Finn schooling Rachel on “drunken archetypes” that apparently only pertain to females. Yep, we’ve got weepy/hysterical (Santana? Srsly?); angry (Lauren, Quinn); stripper (Brittany); happy (Mercedes, Tina); and needy (Rachel). Geez, at this rate, maybe Glee can tackle teen sex in an upcoming episode and explain the plethora of options available to today’s young women: Virgin Cards to the left, Whore Cards to the right. (Quick, somebody get Ryan Murphy & Co. a subscription to Ms.)

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Oh, and yes, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the game of spin the bottle that happened down in the Berry Family Oscar-Party Room. After Sam and Brittany’s kiss scored a “no me gusta” from Santana, Rachel took her turn and ended up locking lips with Kurt’s heretofore gay crush Blaine. “Your face tastes awesome,” she chirped, as “Johnny Are You Queer” played in the background. Cut to a bouncy duet of Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me”; Rachel phoning Blaine while drinking something fizzy called “Lady Sparkle”; a dress-in-character date to go see the 1970 Ryan O’Neal-Ali MacGraw’s weepie Love Story; and mounting tension between Kurt and Blaine, Kurt and Rachel, and Kurt and Burt. (Oh how I wish someone in this triangle had the common decency to declare “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.“)

I liked the idea of the fight between Kurt and Blaine, although I have to admit I was somewhat distracted by the prominently placed elderly couple sitting behind them during the scene. (Did anyone else half-expect one of these folks to interject a saucy remark into the conversation?) After all, Kurt is still experiencing the altogether new surge of being completely open about his sexual orientation, and having a gay friend to share that with is half the fun; to see Blaine suddenly exploring even a fleeting heterosexual attraction for Rachel, well, you can see why young Mr. Hummel might be experiencing abandonment panic. Still, Blaine laid down the snap card — “I’d say bi bye, but I wouldn’t wanna make you angry.” — when he pointed out  that Kurt’s anger over his possible bisexuality isn’t so different from Karofsky’s rage against Kurt’s own homosexuality.

Kurt’s tête-à-tête with Rachel was a lot less tense — although who would’ve blamed him if he’d been furious at his friend for putting the moves on the one guy he’s into? “Blaine is the first in a long line of conflicted men that you will date that will later turn out to be only the most flaming of homosexuals,” Kurt sighed, predicting that Rachel and Blaine would soon be debating which one would “make the better Rum Tum Tugger.” Kurt also squared off against his dad, who (in a scene that felt weirdly disjointed) had accidentally walked in on Blaine waking up (platonically) in Kurt’s bed the morning after Rachel’s party. Burt squeamishly tried to outline some rules for his son’s overnight guests — “I sat through that whole Brokeback Mountain: From what I gather, something went down in the tent” — while Kurt pointed out it might be nice to have a dad who could answer sex questions for a gay son just as easily as a straight one. Touché. In the end, though, Rachel’s decision to plant a fully sober smooch on Blaine led to his swift realization that he’s “100 percent gay” and Rachel’s realization that she probably won’t end up with “vaguely Eurasian-looking children.” Hey, she may not have felt the Earth move under her feet, but as far as songwriting inspiration goes, the experience turned out to be “amazing.”

Because the drinking theme couldn’t just end with Rachel’s party, we had the New Directions squad, still hung over 36 hours after the soiree, imbibing in some “hair of the dog” therapy in the McKinley hallways, then tipsily workshopping Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It” as a possible assembly option. Ultimately, though, our protagonists settled on “Tik-Tok” — and some of Rachel’s home-mixed hooch — for the big day. “Ke$ha’s been a cultural icon for weeks, and I really want to do her justice,” worried Brittany, before gulping down the dregs of Rachel’s dads’ liquor cabinet, mixed with Oreos and Kool-Aid and cough syrup. Brittany’s spew of vomit into Rachel’s face — and Santana’s subsequent projectile spray into center stage — may have been predictable, but the blue-gray color and silky texture were a hilarious shock. Lucky for New Directions, Figgins mistook the whole debacle as cautionary performance art, rewarding the kids with discount yogurt coupons.

Mr. Schuester, however, did not fare as well. After a work-night bender with Coach Beiste that featured mechanical-bull riding, karaoke singing, drunk-grading, drunk-dialing, and possibly not entirely platonic Beiste-on-Schue kissing, New Directions’ hypocritical coach showed up to school doing his best “Corey Hart imitation.” Oh yeah, about that intoxicated booty call: Turns out Will accidentally left his message for Sue, not Emma, and his bitter rival played the damning recording over the McKinley P.A. system (with a toy-xylophone assist from Becky).

Will returned to his New Directions kids and asked them to sign a pledge swearing off alcohol until after Nationals, even if Quinn was right that he was engaging in “a fair amount of the pot calling the kettle black.” (“That is so racist,” gasped Brittany, with a knowing nod to Mercedes.) But Mr. Schue agreed he’d take the pledge, too, and promised to give a ride to any glee-club member who slipped and wound up drunk, no matter what time of day or night they called him.

To which I can only offer a moderately cynical groan. Look, I’m not saying it’s Glee‘s job to provide today’s youth with a stern lesson about underage imbibing — that’s a job for parents, not a television program — but somehow it feels a little disingenuous for the show’s writers to take such a firm stance on bullying one week, then turn around and present such a flip message about drinking during school hours. (The same could really be said of last week’s Sue-icide jokes, too.) At the end of the day, really, Glee needs to make a choice between its desire to tackle social commentary and its inclination toward offering up totally pat/happy endings before the start of Raising Hope.

Anyhow, let’s grade tonight’s musical numbers:

“My Headband,” Rachel | Like I said earlier, I’m not buying a ditty this tone-deaf from New Directions’ supremely theatrical diva. Even worse, the lyrics weren’t funny! Musical grade: D Relevance to the plot: D

“Don’t You Want Me,” Rachel and Blaine | I was hoping for more from the combination of these Glee powerhouses. There’s nothing wrong with Human League’s catchy ’80s classic, but a few too many liberties with the melody and a little too much bouncing around by Darren Criss and Lea Michele kinda took me out of the moment. Musical grade: B- Relevance to the plot: B-

“Blame It,” New Directions | I enjoyed the all-black outfits, the shot-glass choreography, and the moody red lighting, but there’s no getting past the fact that “Blame It” is as lame a hit as there’s been in the last five years, and as with most “urban” songs on Glee, this one could’ve used about 50 percent less Auto-Tune. Musical grade: B- Relevance to the plot: B

“One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” Schue and Beiste | Okay, so Beiste can kinda sorta carry a tune. But would anyone in their right mind listen to this on iTunes in the morning? Minus an additional half-point for Will chewing on a piece of straw in the song’s aftermath.Musical grade: C- Relevance to the plot: C+

“Tik-Tok,” New Directions | Who’d have thought a track from Key-dollar-sign-ha would yield the night’s most pleasing results? Then again, with Heather Morris’s absolutely sensational dancing at front-and-center — that bouncing split! whoa! — all you need is a great beat and a passable vocal. I’ll cop to it: I was chair-dancing like Principal Figgins. Musical grade: B+ Relevance to the plot: B+

What did you think of this week’s Glee? How would you rate the musical performances? Do you feel like there were better alcohol-related songs the show could’ve licensed? And did you feel like the writers were a little flip about the whole issue of teen drinking? Sound off below, and for all the Glee news you can use, follow on Twitter @TVLineNews.

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  1. lisasp says:

    I watch Glee every week with my almost 12 yr old daughter and I had a feeling going into last nite’s ep that I was going to feel a little squirmy. I think the episode glamorized the teen drinking issue and that really bugged me. Not that I think teens aren’t drinking (I certainly did), but I think the episode made it seem like a very cool thing to do (blue vomit and 2-day hangovers notwithstanding). The show always leads to some interesting discussions between us but I was way less comfortable discussing last night’s episode with my kid than some of the more edgy/sexual episodes! As far as the performances go, I really loved Rachel and Blaine’s duet despite the annoying bouncing. But I am a sucker for 80s music!!

    • Juliana says:

      I think you shouldn’t be watching a show like Glee with a 12 year old just because it has cute musical numbers. But whatever, let’s blaime it on Ryan Murphy!

      • lisasp says:

        I don’t watch it with my kid “just because it has cute musical numbers.” The show is clever, funny, thought-provoking, and has led to great discussions that we normally would never have had yet–about bullying, homosexuality, bisexuality, teen sex, etc. And in my opinions, all of those “issues” have been handled really well by the show. I think they dropped the ball on this one, though.

        • Juliana says:

          I think i’ve been a little harsh on you ’cause i read a lot of comments similar to yours today: moms who watch Glee with kids younger than the recommended age and think that the show is aproaching some themes in a too edgy, too risqué manner.
          What i meant was that if your kid is 12 and he watches Glee which is, since the very first episode, inapropriate for kids that age, you should expect some themes that you wouldn’t be to confort discussing.
          So moms, that TV-14 is there for a reason.

          • Jo Mama says:

            For those of you commenting on how kids under 14 shouldn’t be watching Glee (especially those of you who don’t even have kids) – please know that most children are exposed to these things without watching Glee or any other TV show for that matter. Elementary and middle schools are full of kids who talk about these things all the time – they call each other “gay”, they talk about getting “high” and “drunk”, they threaten to beat up other kids…much if it is just talk but they know more than you realize. I welcome the opportunity to watch shows like this with my kids because it gives me the opportunity to open up a dialogue with them in a non-threatening way. If you don’t talk to them then you better be more worried about who they are talking to than what they saw on TV the night before.

    • Renee Gough says:

      I agree with this mom. I am not a conservative gal but I felt so upset about the glamorization of teen and adult drinking I thought I was gonna be sick. I kept waiting for the punchline of a great teen lesson while the rage built up inside me. Why on earth do I have to be dissecting right from wrong while I watch a network television show?! I finally stood up and much to the verbal dismay from my kids, turned the tv off. For goodness sake. I miss Seinfeld.

      I don’t normally use my column, The Mediocre Mom, to make social commentary on TV shows but I feel a story coming on! Will try to make it light. Tune in next week!

      Renee Gough
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      Wednesdays on Elmhurst.Patch.Com!
      ( under construction)

      • Kei says:

        Glee is not a show for kids. TV-14. Why would you watch it with a 12-year-old? It constantly features adult themes (premature ejaculation, homosexuality and teen pregnancy) and dark humor. It’s not a family show.

        • lisasp says:

          There are many answers to your question but I will just say that I would rather watch the show with my child, answer her questions and have intelligent discussions with her that impart our family’s values about the issues in the show BEFORE she is at school the next day hearing everyone discussing *their* spin on it.

        • Dee says:

          The type of stuff Glee shows is either going to pass over the 12-year-old’s head, or if it doesn’t, NEEDS to be a topic of conversation in the family. It’s a lot easier to discuss such topics in relationship to the television show that brought them up, rather than to launch into them without context. I can’t see myself ever forbidding the kid from watching something like Glee as long as I’m watching it too. Because if you don’t think that 12-year-olds aren’t facing situations like what you see on Glee, you’re being a fool. Really, that’s what I’ve always found the weakness of shows like Glee–they claim to be representing high school, but they really more resemble what goes on in late junior high/maybe the freshman year of high school. Because parents would riot if a tv show accurately portrayed high school.

          • Kei says:

            I think we had a misunderstanding here. I wouldn’t forbid a kid from watching Glee, I was pretty smart and receptive at 12 too (I’m 19 now). Having intelligent discussions with them? That’s great. But parents complaining about its adult themes scarring children should just turn off the TV. Sorry for not making myself clear.

        • mark says:

          I’ts interesting that Ryan Murphy lashes out at musicians who decline to let him use their music on the show with the charge that they are ruining arts education because “a 7 year old child” (that’s murphy’s quote from the hollywood reporter) can see someone singing their songs on the show and and want to join a glee club when they get older.

          It’s rather hypocritical for Murphy to claim his show is almost single handedly making it safe for 7 years olds to want to get involved in music and then on the other hand, claim his show is not for kids. But then again, I suppose it does make sense as the guy is close to borderline delusional about his own talent and the importance of this show…

      • Ruby says:

        Aw, are you mad that you weren’t able to allow TV to parent your child this time? How about instead of getting all offended you use the show to teach your child your own values about teenage drinking instead of expecting a (not child friendly) TV show to do it for you?

    • kiki says:

      I, for one, enjoyed the opportunity to talk to my kids about underage drinking in a non-threatening environment. We had some really good discussion surrounding the way Finn treated the girls by labelling them, and what the realistic consequences of drinking are (hangovers and barfing!!!). It gave me the chance to make the same deal as Mr. Schue – call me anytime and I will come and get you. We had some excellent family communication over this episode…

      • secondbecky says:

        Am I the only one who actually found Finn’s stereotyping hysterical!? I am a 32 woman now, but in high school and college, there were times when I was all of those stereotypes. It’s funny cuz it’s true. (ducks while feminists throw things at me)

        I laughed at this episode, enjoyed Blame it On the Alcohol, and was kind of shocked that Glee didn’t put a more “after school special” twist to it. Which is why I liked it! The point of Glee is not to be an after school special, but to be realistic. Same as the bullying and the gay storylines, the drinking storyline was REAL.

        I think it’s cool that parents are watching with their kids and saying, “bullying is bad,” “gay is okay,” and “drinking has these bad effects, but sometimes, it has good effects too.”

      • Kalie says:

        I also found Finn’s classification hysterically funny because it had a ring of truth to it. In fact, some of my friends fit into those categories quite well. We’re all responsible drunks but sometimes letting it go is fun.

    • Cin says:

      As a daughter of a 13 year old, I thought the message was right about on track. Teenagers are going to do it (like you, I sure did too) but opening a dialogue about it is my #1 concern. That and showing that even with the super awesome fun that CAN be had, it’s seriously not cool in the morning. I think they did the best they could without getting too preachy.

    • Fiona says:

      As a 26 year old non parent who does get drunk when I want to, I too was bothered by the amount of glamorization of drinking that went on in this episode.

    • ladyhelix says:

      A lot of TV shows cover teenage situations with realistic consequences, however Glee does not. Part of the fun of GLEE is that it doesn’t follow any rules – things that should NEVER happen do – there are seldom consequences – and we never know what’s going to happen next.

      This is a show you pretty much have to watch (with a kid) saying “in the REAL WORLD how would that work out”? If your child is young or hasn’t had a lot of “real world experiences” it’s hard. Luckily there are great TV shows out on DVD that are a lot of fun to watch, and that do show real world consequences. Good luck!

    • Renee Gough says:

      I tackled this episode in this week’s Mediocre Mom! Lots of interesting comments followed. Please read and comment yourself!

      To Glee or Not to Glee; THAT is a very personal question!

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  2. jay says:

    Awww I loved the Bieste, Will song.

  3. Gina says:

    Didn’t like it, and I rarely think Glee totally tanks. I don’t have kids and was worried about the “message” the show was sending. And I know the argument could be made that the show is not, technically, a kid’s show (or ONLY a show for kids)–but, who are they marketing all their stuff to? And who will be showing up (by the thousands) at their concerts?
    I really thought it was not enough to just slap on a “well, it’s unhealthy, unprofessional and dangerous” line at the end and that made all the fun and hijinx suddenly uncool. I would have liked to see, for example, maybe Artie totally abstain and have an issue with this because, we find out, his car accident was caused by a drunken driver. He could have been caught between not wanting to be a party pooper and his own feelings and really touched the kids later. Still, the only credit I will give them is for the passing references to not driving while intoxicated.
    Plus, I thought it was ridiculous for the kids to call out Shue on his drinking. He’s an adult. They are not. And those boundaries need to be drawn. Even with Kurt and his dad. I mean, come on. He’s not your neighborhood sex expert. He doesn’t have to allow sex in his house no matter who the sex is with. And I actually don’t know a whole lot of guys who need (or want) primers from their dads on sex.
    Glee is a little too chummy-chummy sometimes and forget that there is a difference between the adult world and the teen world. And there is some parental guidance/consequences to actions. Not completely absent parents going out on cruises and leaving their teens completely alone and unsupervised.

    • Jen says:

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. God knows I’m no saint, I was a little uncomfortable with the ending, which seemed to say that drinking is only bad if it’s something gross that makes you vomit in public and that there’s no difference between adults and kids drinking.

      There is a line though. Bieste and Shue almost got there, but not quite. They didn’t really hit it home though that teenagers are more likely to make stupid irretreivable decisions that can hurt the rest of their lives, and they’re especially likely to make worse choices while drinking.

      But also? I have to say, I did NOT get the whole “drinking during school” thing. Does any one actually do that?
      Principal Figgins, I have a GREAT way to curb school day drunkenness. It’s called SUSPENSION. I guarantee that once you start handing out punishments… and, you know, CALLING PARENTS… that the public drunkenness will fall off on its own.

      • JBW says:

        Figgins expelled the kids who were drinking at school. It states that very clearly in the beginning of the episode.

        I actually agree with the reaction of the kids in Glee once they heard Mr. SChue’s drunken message, because that’s how teens think. They see an adult they trust and respect drinking and they don’t understand why they can’t do the same. Sure, it’s illegal, but they think they’re responsible enough to handle it. I don’t think Glee handled the drinking issue to “teach a lesson.” It’s not Boy Meets World. They did handle in a realistic way, though.

        • Jen says:

          Ok, I think I might have missed those first minutes regardingh the expulsions (even though – really? Are there really no parents in this town?)

          Just because that’s how kids might actually behave doesn’t mean that it’s a good portrayal for this show– Glee’s not about real kids in even a semi-real environment. It’s insanely non-real. I probably wouldn’t blink an eye at the same type of storyline on 90210 or Gossip Girl or a similar teen-oriented show.

          But Glee wants to have it both ways. The DO want to be an afterschool special when it’s convient, but then they turn around and eschew that kind of responsiblity when it’s not convenient. And the ending was tied up so weakly, it appeared as if the show was basically saying, yeah – those laws about the drinking age are bull$***, there’s no difference between adults acting responsibly, and kids binge drinking during a school day.

      • Fiona says:

        Yes! Don’t drink on the job. Don’t drink at school. That’s just common sense.

        And as for kids versus adults drinking, there’s something to be said for enjoying the kid experience as a kid. Learn how to have fun without alcohol. Learn how to be responsible. Enjoy your prom sober. There will be plenty of parties in the future where you will be drunk.

    • katie says:

      Totally agree. Shue needs to grow a pair in general, but when your students publicly ridicule you for your totally legal, outside of work drinking, that’s when you need to draw the line, not agree with them.

      As for the drinking message, the moral of the story for me was “drinking while at school isn’t the best idea, but weekend benders are awesome.” (And seriously, do kids really drink AT school between classes?)

      • Dee says:

        This is why I’m bewildered that bottled water is now being allowed at schools. I was in high school during the 1990s, and bottled water wasn’t what was in a lot of the students’ water bottles–which is why they eventually ended up banning them. And this was a school that sent a good percentage of its graduating class to tier one universities.

        So answer: yes, kids drink at school, or at least they did during the mid 1990s and I doubt it has changed. Based on what I’ve seen and heard, it’s become easier as water bottles and backpacks carried to class have been explicitly permitted.

        • elle says:

          to answer your question: i graduated high school in 2009 and YES, people drank at school. for the most part, it was second semester seniors in the morning and no one was getting wasted… but it happened.

          on an unrelated note, i love glee. no offense to any parents out there, but chances are you don’t know everything your kids get up to. by the time you’re 12, you’ve heard of drinking (some kids have tried it) and you’ve heard of sex and you’ve probably met someone gay. these are all issues that happen to everyone everyday and kids are learning them younger and younger. just accept that it’s a tv show. if it makes you uncomfortable, don’t let your kids watch it…

      • Steph says:

        Seriously, Kids DO drink at school. There were many high school kids expelled or arrested for bringing alcohol (and drugs) to school. (not to even mention the amount of sexual encounters that happen in schools…not just hight schools but elementary too) It happens every day at EVERY school. Rich, poor, city schools and in the stix… Kids that are going to drink are drinking EVERYWHERE believe me I’ve seen it, and whats even “better” is that when these kids get to college in many places it is perfectly acceptable and unquestioned that 18+ year olds are drinking in class…I think the bigger issue isn’t how TV shows portray or glamorize these events, its that today the “line” between child and parent are constantly being crossed. Parents aren’t being parents anymore and they are not being held accountable for their actions either. Its a snow ball effect that maybe is happening because so many “kids” are having children. How can we expect these “parents” to act like an adult when they are so far from exactly that. Good for all these parents watching the show with their child and discussing things…but don’t forget there are always going to be topics that are uncomfortable to talk about. As for adults, Sue is the out of control one. Playing a message like that was just ridiculous.I think Shue responded very well with his idea. Glee is just like real life, every situation is handled differently…learn and grow

    • Ruby says:

      They are “marketing their stuff” to people 14 and older. It’s right there in the WARNING.

  4. matt says:

    I thought Kurt’s attitude towards his dad was pretty despicable. His dad is clearly on his son’s side and supports him in every way that he can, but Kurt often acts like such a snot in return. Expecting his dad to have all the answers about gay sex is about as reasonable a request as demanding that his dad understand everything fashion-related or everything related to Broadway musicals… The concept is foreign to him, yet Burt is clearly trying and doing the best he can to understand his son.

    As a gay man myself, I know I would have appreciated a parent like Burt Hummel as a kid. Instead, you have Kurt, who gets into a self-righteous little snit every time his dad doesn’t give him everything he wants or goes along with him 100%, treating him like he’s an ignorant homophobe in dire need of Kurt’s “enlightening” wisdom.

    Having a lack of answers does not make one a bad parent. Kurt (and/or the writers) needs to recognize that.

    • Michael says:

      Expecting your father to have all the answers is wrong. Expecting him to have some is not. We’re all praising Burt because he broke stereotype, the gruff manly man supporting his ultra-fey teen son. There’s a hell of a lot more to being a good parent to a gay teen than that. He’s not the second coming of fathers. He’s just a good guy who still has a lot to learn about having a gay teen.

      Presuming that your son had sex just because he was in the company of another gay man IS a little homophobic.

      • Sorry, Michael, but I have to agree with Matt here. If Finn brought a girl home and they both slept in his bed, no one would think twice about Burt being upset. The same rules apply to Kurt, who is still an underage kid living in his dad’s house. Just because Kurt is gay doesn’t mean he gets special “sleepover” privileges. That would’ve never flied at my house (and, yes, my parents were 100% accepting and awesome when I came out to them at 16). Kurt should be grateful he has such an open-minded father!

        • Suz says:

          I’d have to disagree with you, Brian. For me, what bothered me was Burt’s hypocrisy. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Burt. I think he and Kurt have one of the greatest relationships on this show. But remember last season, when Kurt decided to pretend to be straight (I think it was in “Laryngitis”) and started dating Brittany? Burt walked in on Kurt and Brittany getting it on downstairs. Kurt even says, “Oh hey. We were having sexual relations” (one of my favorite lines, ever. So hilarious!). All Burt says “Oh yeah use protection” and then leaves them to it.

          Now, admittedly, it was pretty clear Kurt was acting. What if he did end up having sex with Brittany in the basement though? Why wasn’t that possibility such a big deal but the possibility of hooking up with Blaine was a huge, “this is so inappropriate!” deal? Personally, I think both situations were pretty bad so I don’t see why one is so much more worse.

        • Michael says:

          Brian…I never said that Kurt was completely in the right. My problem with Burt, and I love Burt, was the presumption that he made, despite evidence to the contrary(a fully clothed and obviously hung-over Blaine). One gay plus one gay doesn’t equal sex. More importantly, and thank you for Suz for pointing this out, Burt had no problems whatsoever when he thought Kurt might get busy with Brit. Double-standards don’t teach a kid much. Burt jumped to all of the wrong conclusions and that has everything to do with Kurt being gay. He still has a lot to learn about his son and his sexuality.

          • liberty says:

            I was really uncomfortable watching the scene between Kurt and Bert, but was also touched by its awkwardness. This wasn’t the first time Kurt tried to get out of trouble by playing the gay card, and it’s exactly what my kids try to do when they’re trying to admit wrongdoing–try to divert attention from their own behavior. Totally realistic. And, although it took waaaay too long for Kurt to get schooled on his harassment of Finn, Bert finally got it. I like that the Kurt storylines tend to be played out on a long arc, and I like that the show isn’t treating Kurt with kid gloves b/c he’s gay and misunderstood and we need to feel sorry for him. He’s still a kid, and he’s still going to be less than perfect as he figures things out. Of course, I’m still waiting for Terry to show up pregnant, so what do I know?

      • da says:

        completely agree with you, but unfortunately it seems we’re in the minority in our viewpoint. I think Kurt was quite misunderstood in this episode, both in the discussion with his father and the scene with Blaine in the coffeeshop. I wish Burt would have at least given Kurt credit for making sure that Blaine didn’t drive drunk. Kurt WAS being responsible. I think its also meaningful that Kurt didn’t take advantage of Blaine’s inebriated condition, but that wasn’t mentioned.

      • Liz says:

        Uh, Kurt wasn’t just “in the company” of another gay boy… he was in bed with him. I’m surprised Burt handled it as cooly as he did. If the same situation had happened to me, either of my parents would have hit the roof.

        • Michael says:

          Um…no he wasn’t. Kurt was sitting in front of the vanity mirror. The father didn’t walk in on the two of them in bed together. More importantly, Blaine was fully clothed in what was obviously his ensemble from the previous day. The father made assumptions and they weren’t even in various states of undress.

    • Ashley says:

      I so agree with you. I also didn’t like how Kurt seemed to “win” the fight wheh his dad was clearly right. He would’ve been just as upset if he’d found a girl in Finn’s bed. It wasn’t about Kurt being gay at all.

      • Suz says:

        I don’t remember Burt being at all upset when he caught Kurt with Brittany last season. Remember “Laryngitis”? I believe all he said was to be safe.

    • clio says:

      I thought that scene was brilliantly acted, and reminded me of the earlier argument that Kurt and Burt had about the way he behaved with Finn. How many times did you, as a teen, get into an argument with a parent in which you decided (mid-argument, when you realized you were losing) that the point of the fight was not the content or logic, but the tone or emotion, with the ace card of, ‘you’re my parent you’re supposed to support me/my emotions’ to be used when you wanted to stop everything cold?

      Colfer sold all of that, and O’Malley went toe to toe – you know they’ve had this kind of shifting sand argument time and time again, and Burt’s not going to let Kurt get away with any more than he can manage.

      I actually saw Kurt leaving the kitchen as the win going to Burt, which was why Kurt comes back to add that snarky and so perfectly snotty teenager comment about reading up on gay sex – it was a parting shot designed to disarm his dad more than anything else.

      • Michael says:

        The way he said it was snarky/snotty, but that doesn’t make it untrue. Just because Burt is a wonderful father doesn’t mean that he knows the first thing about being gay. He does need to do a little more homework than he would have had Kurt been straight.

    • KSM says:

      I thought that was a pretty typical response from a teenager. Technically, Kurt knew that having Blaine in his room was probably going to be considered inappropriate (because, really, most parents of a teenager would not be pleased to find their kid’s crush/bf/gf in their room overnight), but, he’s a teenager, and he doesn’t want to admit that, so he turned it around and started a different argument with his dad. Just because his dad is cool with him being gay doesn’t mean he’s going to stop being a snotty teenager. My parents were cool with me dating a guy that was older than me and lived alone and I was still a snotty teenager.

  5. Aimee says:

    I liked that Kurt pointed out to Rachel that this was the first in a line of questionably straight boyfriends for her, which happens to many a small-town theater girl. I’m glad these two are staying friends.

    Even though I was worried about drunk Beist and Shue (kept thinking, please don’t end this by making out…), I was surprised how sweet and natural their peck turned out to be. This friendship is slowly growing on me.

    I agree, overall I was disappointed that the message of the show seemed to lean towards the positives of drinking rather than the negatives. I was hoping for a fresher take on the subject than what kids already hear everyday.

  6. S says:

    Thank you so much for your comment on the drunk archetypes. Ryan Murphy is probably the most misogynistic writer/exec producer on primetime TV and it’s been bugging me for a while now, but last night, he outdid himself. Ugh.

  7. JustMe says:

    I LOVED this episode! It was cute and funny and light.. This show is musical/comedy it doesn’t have to have a deep meaningful plot every week.
    As for the wrong message being sent to teens… if teens are learning their life lessons from Glee, they (and their parents) have a whole larger set of issues~!

    • Jen says:

      “if teens are learning their life lessons from Glee, they (and their parents) have a whole larger set of issues~”

      You’re absolutely right – but that doesn’t change the fact that they DO emulate TV.

    • cc says:

      my thoughts exactly..dont turn to a TV SHOW to teach your children what you should be teaching them yourselves. I loved this epsiode!!

    • Katie says:

      Agreed. I loved this episode too. The music was amazing, they did two of my favorite songs (“Blame It” and “Tick Tock”) and I was so relieved that Kurt and Rachel’s friendship remained intact. This one was one of my favorites.

  8. Jen says:

    That whole business with Sue and Becky and the xylophone made me spit out my drink laughing. That was a scene right from Grease! and came completely out of nowhere. Fantastic.

    • Dan says:

      Agreed! May have been the funniest scene of the show. The look on Becky’s face was classic and the tone in which Sue spoke on the PA system was perfect and reminiscent of the scene from Grease. I liked the directing/editing that showed the characters reacting to Will’s message as it was being played. Highlight of the show for me!

  9. Em says:

    This was the first time I really watched an entire episode of Glee and thought it was awful. It sounds like this is not a typical episode – but it was terrible. I did not find it well written at all. The voicemail message over the PA system was ridiculous. And to consider that an adult over 21 is “hypocritical” because he has something to drink is stupid. How about a discussion that a growing person’s brain is affected differently than someone in their 30s. Of course if the teacher had half a brain he would have learned moderation by now and would not get completely wasted. And grading papers while drunk? Maybe if he was really an alcoholic maybe.
    Made me want to watch Degrassi. Maybe the writers should.

    • Greg says:

      I’m guessing you’re either someone’s mom or someone over 30. I think they handled the storyline very well. Not only was this episode one of my favorite’s this season but I like the way drinking was addressed unlike some other shows ala Degrassi where someone takes one beer then ends up in a horrible “drunk” driving accident.”a growing person’s brain is affected differently from someone in their 30’s” yes probably but you make it seem like adults are so safe when there’s something called “alcohol poisoning” So it was a bit hypocritical of Will. I myself is 18 and have said I plan on never drinking just because I don’t see the appeal. but I still think they handled it very well.

  10. lrb says:

    My 15 yr old daughter loves Glee. She owns Season 1 and has the cds. But she was very upset about last nights episode. She said, “I’m so mad at Glee right now! They gloried teen drinking. They have a responsibility to the teens who watch the show to not make it look so cool to drink. They should have shown more of the bad side besides a little bit of vomit!” I was so very proud of her for feeling this way. She has a Glee group at school who review the show the next morning and I can assure you she is sounding off about it this morning. Is there any way for her to express her feelings to someone who “matters” on the show? It won’t do any good but it would make her feel better if she took a stand.

    • Katie says:

      When did they glorify drinking? Was it at the end of the auditorium performance when Santana hurled all over her fellow Glee-clubber? Or 36 hours after the party when everyone was still hung over? Or Rachel kissing-and-subsequently-falling-for Blaine in an alcoholic daze? Or perhaps at the end when everyone agreed to sign the sobriety pledge?

      Get real. My only issue with this fantastic episode was how sugary-sweet the end was.

      • Bailey says:

        I totally agree with you, Katie! This episode’s purpose wasn’t to lecture kids, it was about the effects of alcohol, good and bad! Everything that happened was realistic, along with everything you said about how they so called glorified drinking, the whole party scene, everyone was acting like obvious idiots, so if these people complaining that it “glorified” drinking think that looks cool and fun, maybe they should question their own judgement. I’m 16 years old, and have never drank. and that episode turned me off to it without being preachy! it showed how stupid people look when they drink and the lousy effects of it. These moms needs to calm down and if they’re good parents, their kids will see the stupidity that happens with drinking.

    • Jennifer says:

      I agree with your daughter! You must be proud that she is so grounded and aware.
      I’m sorry but a bunch of kids hung over and vomiting is NOT a serious consequence of drinking. They made too much light of it in my opinion. I remember when I was in High School- yes I drank and by the time I was a a Senior just about everyone did. The consequences were much more serious and happened all of the time- football player having to sit out a big game, alcohol poisoning, unwanted sex at a party b/c you were too drunk to object, kids killed driving drunk. Yes these all happened in my town and I bet in real life this happens in most towns. So I think they could have showed a more serious consequence if they wanted to tackle this subject.
      They DID glorify it.

    • KSM says:

      I didn’t think they glorified drinking at all. I mean, as a 28 year old that remembers drinking wine coolers in high school, it was funny, but it was funny because they all looked so stupid – just like we did. I didn’t think they looked “cooler” when they were drinking. Also, Glee is a TV show. It has no responsibility to anyone to show drinking in any way. If it gave parents of teens an opportunity to talk to their kids about drinking, that’s great, but at the end of the day, this isn’t a show that is teaching life lessons, and it has never pretended to be about that at all.

      • Jen says:

        “this isn’t a show that is teaching life lessons, and it has never pretended to be about that at all.”

        if that’s the case, then what do you call Kurt’s whole storyline? This show has been about life lessions since day one!

  11. Doris says:

    Beiste continues to grow on me; I think she’s my favorite adult character. I thought the scene with Schue & Beiste at the roadhouse was the funniest of the entire show. Please, please, please get rid of Sue; she’s absolutely horrid to the point of being a caricature.

  12. Marcus says:

    Blaine comparing Kurt to Karofsky killed his character for me. Sorry, but believing that your friend is confused because they made a drunken mistake is not the same thing as stalking, harassing, assaulting, and threatening to kill someone. If this guy is an oblivious moron AND completely insensitive, I don’t even want to continue seeing him on the show. Write him out with the all-boys choir.

    Also, I found Burt very hypocritical, since he didn’t seem to give a damn if Kurt was “inappropriate” with Brittany under his roof in season 1.

    • da says:

      Wow, great point about Kurt and Brittany! Yet another inconsistency in the writing. And I agree, the character of Blaine has been pretty much ruined for me. I so wanted Blaine and Kurt to get together, but not anymore. What a waste of a great beginning and fantastic chemistry between two characters. The writers could have made Blaine less perfect without ruining him. I am one of the biggest gleeks on the planet, but if this means that Kurt and Karofsky get together, I really think I’m done with the show.

    • JBW says:

      Maybe Burt’s reaction would have been different if he had found Brittany in Kurt’s bed in the morning.

      Also, in season 1 he found is recently declared homosexual son making out with a girl. . . I’m sure he was more confused than anything. Still, two completely different situation.

      • Marcus says:

        Yes, they are two completely different situations, the difference is that the reactions are totally freaking backwards. Your kid lets someone crash in their bed – fully clothed – because they were too drunk to drive and you throw a fit, but your kid flat out tells you that he’s planning to engage in sexual relations with someone you caught him making out with and your response is to back out of the room awkwardly?


  13. Alicia says:

    I loved last night’s episode! I also loved that they made Santana the weepy drunk…it fits with her character. She is a dramatic crier (tanning privileges revoked, no free breadstix, free car, etc)and I find it hysterical!

  14. Dawn Venitz says:

    When Rachael kissed Blain I actually was waiting for her to sing “I Feel the Earth Move”, so I was surprised you even commented about the Carole King song. Thought the “chewing straw” was ridiculous. And I agree with you totally about Fox’s “Blame It”.

  15. My favorite part of the episode? Becky on the toy-xylophone a la Blanche from Grease!

  16. Emma Oneill says:

    I loved tonight’s episode. I thought it was funny and a good 40 minutes of TV. As far as people freaking out about the message it sends? Maybe try parenting your kids yourselves and not leaving that up to a TV show?

    Teens drink. Its life. Glee was passing on a message that said, fair enough your gonna drink we’re not stupid, but at least be responsible at it! Having just gotten out of the awkward teen years I know that if someone said to me don’t drink its bad, I would have done it 20times worse, just cause I was told not to. At least they were passing on the message of dont be stupid. And if Im correct I heard at least 5 times someone mentioning they were the designated driver.

  17. Katherine says:

    Count me as one of the viewers who loved last night’s episode! I thought the way they approached the alcohol awareness message was totally realistic and not in-your-face preachy. As a 17 year-old, I know that when adults get overly and blatantly righteous, it only makes me less inclined to listen. That aside, I just thought the episode was hilarious and fun. Lots of great one-liners, songs, and character interactions (how awesome are Will and Beiste?) However, I do have one complaint. I really feel like the writers are making Sue more and more of a caricature. Her cruelness is becoming too violent and repetitive. I definitely don’t want to see Sue turn into a saint or anything, but I’m also getting tired of the writers re-setting her character every episode, wiping away any progress Sue had made in the episode before.

    • Marcus says:

      Everyone gets reset every episode – there’s very little continuous character development in Glee that doesn’t get retconned for the sake of putting in yet another asinine and poorly-written plotline. It sucks, doesn’t it?

    • Suz says:

      Totally agree!

      Also, regarding Sue: I don’t get the need for all of the violence. She has so many great one-liners (seriously, last week’s “Sweet porcelain” was the best part of that episode) that she doesn’t need the violence to be funny. I’d prefer her to remain a secondary/background character who pops up to terrorize the glee club/make awesome criticisms.

  18. Lily says:

    Personally I loved last nights episode. I’ve loved this entire season. I thought the story line was honest and interesting, and the musical numbers were amazing. I think the Burt/Kurt argument was actually very realistic to what one might expect in that situation, and I thought they both have valid opinions.

    As for the teen drinking situation, I thought they dealt with it quite well. They were trying not to glorify it – they pointed out several times that as long as you weren’t an idiot, it was fine, which is pretty much true. Mistakes happen. Alcohol can be dangerous. But at the same time, the main audience of the show are teenagers, and that’s the way teenagers see alcohol. I should know, I am one. They said it right in the episode. You cannot tell teens to stop drinking and expect them to comply. You have to educate them about drinking and hope they make positive decisions. It’s not the shows job to tell teens what those dangers can be.

    Having said that, maybe I view it differently because I am English at the drinking age is eighteen.

  19. Michele says:

    The show sucks without Finn and Rachel together. I miss them. Can’t wait for brittana next time. I want finchel back…the need to bring some unity to the club.

    • Lainie says:

      Yes, I’m counting the days until Finn and Rachel get back together again. It’s not the same show without those two being all cute together!

  20. Molly says:

    My issue with this episode (and really, Glee in general) is that for weeks now, we’ve heard Ryan Murphy go off on how this show is geared toward kids and opening their eyes to new music and arts education. He has even publicly cursed out bands who choose not to make their catalogs available to Glee (“Murphy’s message to nonbelievers the Followill brothers? “F- you, Kings of Leon,” he says, raising the volume of his monotonal interview voice ever so lightly. “They’re self-centered a– holes, and they missed the big picture. They missed that a 7-year-old kid can see someone close to their age singing a Kings of Leon song, which will maybe make them want to join a glee club or pick up a musical instrument. It’s like, OK, hate on arts education. You can make fun of Glee all you want, but at its heart, what we really do is turn kids on to music.”” (See Hollywood Reporter).

    So here you have Ryan Murphy basically saying that his show is for 7-year-olds, and then producing an episode that basically says it’s okay to drink on weekends as long as you know might vomit and you don’t bring alcohol to school, and that there’s no difference at all between adults drinking and high schoolers drinking, other than that pesky legality issue.

    I’m not saying that Glee hasn’t done great things publicizing certain issues, but from season one this has not been an appropriate show for 7 year olds or anyone close to that age (Push It? Toxic? And all during school assemblies?). It’s irresponsible of Murphy to label this a kids show without considering the content, and just as irresponsible of parents who let their young kids watch the show w/o making sure that a particular episode meets their approval.

  21. Danouk says:

    I for one thougt this was a very good episode! The plot was good and there were some really good oneliners. The song between Rachel and Blaine was good and Will and Beiste are so mutch fun together. I think that the message about Alcohol was there I mean: they were hangover, felt sick and the message about do not drink and drive was there. There isn’t much else that they could tackle. At least they kind of showed the effects of Alcohol it isn’t the same as shows like OC and Gossip Girl were underage teens drink and drive and have a glass of alcohol in like every episode. But maybe thats just me.

  22. Molly says:

    My issue with this episode (and really, Glee in general) is that for weeks now, we’ve heard Ryan Murphy go off on how this show is geared toward kids and opening their eyes to new music and arts education. He has even publicly cursed out bands who choose not to make their catalogs available to Glee (“Murphy’s message to nonbelievers the Followill brothers? “F you, Kings of Leon,” he says, raising the volume of his monotonal interview voice ever so lightly. “They’re self-centered a holes, and they missed the big picture. They missed that a 7-year-old kid can see someone close to their age singing a Kings of Leon song, which will maybe make them want to join a glee club or pick up a musical instrument. It’s like, OK, hate on arts education. You can make fun of Glee all you want, but at its heart, what we really do is turn kids on to music.”” (See Hollywood Reporter).

    So here you have Ryan Murphy basically saying that his show is for 7-year-olds, and then producing an episode that basically says it’s okay to drink on weekends as long as you know might vomit and you don’t bring alcohol to school, and that there’s no difference at all between adults drinking and high schoolers drinking, other than that pesky legality issue.

    I’m not saying that Glee hasn’t done great things publicizing certain issues, but from season one this has not been an appropriate show for 7 year olds or anyone close to that age (Push It? Toxic? And all during school assemblies?). It’s irresponsible of Murphy to label this a kids show without considering the content, and just as irresponsible of parents who let their young kids watch the show w/o making sure that a particular episode meets their approval.

  23. JBW says:

    I’m a little annoyed to see so many people upset that the teens on the show compared their drinking to Mr. Schue’s drinking. THIS IS HOW TEENAGERS THINK! When they see a parent or adult they look up to drinking, they don’t see anything wrong with emulating that behavior. They don’t understand that it’s a illegal and they’re too immature to understand that. What really gets me is that one of the messages Glee seemed to be trying to get across is to adults who drink and the affect it can have on the kids in their lives. What’s worse is that the adults watching the show really seemed to have missed that message. Trust me, the argument “It’s okay for me to drink because I’m old enough.” Goes in your teenagers ear and out the other. . .

  24. Mia says:

    why do they have to sound like Cher all the time? that sucks

  25. Simba says:

    Personally, this was one of my favorite episodes. Sure, it’s nice when Glee goes out there with a positive message. I have cried like a baby when they got that just right. However, in it’s core, Glee is a portrayal of high school. The show isn’t trying to paint a fantasy world with happiness and unicorns. Kids in high school make mistakes, they drink and they have fun while doing it. Nobody drove, thanks Finn! What they did right was have Mr. Schuester. He didn’t sugar coat it. He played it straight. Kids will be kids, but he doesn’t want them to make mistakes, and he will be there if they need him. Kids need good role models and I think that this episode says that best.

  26. glee fan says:

    PEOPLE It’s fiction also known as entertainment get off your high horse and just take for what it is fake. It’s not up to Glee to teach children about the dangers of drinking its up to parents. I think the episode was funny and left with the message of I can’t stop you from drinking but ask for help instead of making bad choices,ie drunk driving. Remember people its not up to tv to teach lessons its up to parents. Glee was great and is always great!

    • anna says:

      While I agree with you that it’s a parent’s reponsibility to teach life lessons to their children, it must be said that as of this season, Gles has only occasionally great and frankly, has been less and less great as this season has worn on. It’s sad that it actually peaked creatively halfway through its first season. Hopefully, the writers can get their head back in the game.

  27. Jonathan says:

    I figure I should chime in. Glee comes under fire for its misteps all the time (GQ photoshoot, suicide jokes) and its questionable subject matter. When I first saw the preview for this week’s episode I thought maybe it was going to be a lot to handle for a lot of people, and I figured the “glorifying teen drinking” card would be played.

    It’s true the show is rated TV-14 so it’s not geared toward children, true, but everyone’s after that 18-49 age group for ratings, and part of that group is still underage to be drinking. But I do think the characters noticed the consequences of their actions, since Rachel said a few times she would never drink again because it would hurt her voice, and Brittany’s half realization of how bad it made her feel. It’s up to parents to lead a good example. The adults on Glee don’t always behave well either. Didn’t Sue and Holly Holiday drink wine at school? And Will and Emma sang “Toucha Toucha Me” suggestively in a classroom.

    I think the whole Kurt/Burt thing was a pretty decent conversation for them to have. After all Burt told Kurt he’d treat him the same way as he would treat Finn with a girl, and didn’t he tell Kurt to behave himself while the girls were in his basement? I’m not really sure if I made any valid points in my comment, but I will defend Glee because it’s better than a lot of television out there. And isn’t it the point of entertainment to engage? At least Glee is leading to important discussions and not just working out of shock value like Skins or a lot of other things on MTV.

  28. Tess says:

    Memo to Darren Cris: I just watched your career crash and burn in my living room last night. I witnessed three teenaged girls jump around the room in delight with the “tease” that your character might not be gay after all. Then, with your “Yep-definitely gay” line, they all slumped to the floor and began tweeting to all of their friends about how done with you they are. By this morning everyone was saying the gays can have you. Why would you agree to play “gay” when you are really straight? Remember the straight guy who played Will on “Will and Grace”? Neither do we! (PS-These are all girls who want Kurt to get a boyfriend -just not you!) The gay director at Glee is killing your career and you are letting him!

    • Ruby says:

      Absolutely disgusting comment. Maybe some actors don’t really feel the need to impress homophobic, squealing teenage girls and their creepy mothers.

    • Katie says:

      I was halfway through your comment before I realized you weren’t getting. Get a grip. No one is going to cry because a couple of teens got a reality check.

    • Rosa says:

      Wow, I thought you were kidding at first.

    • iKitty says:

      You have some serious issues.

    • Suz says:

      Wait, seriously?

      You should probably have a talk with these teenage girls about reality versus fiction. There’s something wrong if you’re in high school and can’t tell the difference between real life and make believe. No one will ever have a chance with that character because Blaine is just that: a character! Not real!

    • Hannah says:

      That’s an insane comment. It’s called ACTING, and he is actually amazing at portraying Blaine. I’m a straight girl and I am absolutely in love with Darren Criss, both as a person and as Blaine. I’ve known of him for a while, before Glee, but even if I didn’t I’d probably love the character and the actor because he’s so good at it. Whoever those teenage girls are are ridiculous for “tweeting to all their friends” that they are over him because he’s gay. Also, regarding his career- Darren isn’t one of those types of people who is only doing it for the publicity. He actually enjoys it, and says all the time in interviews that even if Blaine was written off tomorrow he’d be fine with it, as long as he did the chracter justice. And his career will not die out- he had gigs before Glee, and has a huge fanbase without Glee (Go Starkid!). So get over yourself, he’s going to have an amazing career, and an amazing life, with or whatout Glee.

  29. Ruby says:

    After “Run Joey Run” last season, I found it perfectly plausible that Rachel would write a terrible song like “My Headband”. She may be a great singer, but if there’s one thing Rachel Berry does not have a handle on, it’s the art of subtlety.

  30. NanCeE* says:

    Don’t You Want Me is one of my FAVORITE 80’s songs, so I was thrilled to hear it last night! Laughed a lot, thought the Ke$ha pronunciation and “from what I gather, something went down in the tent” lines were hilarious, as was the drunk dial phone message. The after school special message re: drinking was lame, though – completely off the mark in my opinion. And they missed another drunk category, the “I love you” drunk (yes, I am describing myself – ha) – the girls who just looove everybody – “I love you, you’re my bessss frennn. We’re gonna be frennns forever and everrrrrr.” Haha – it’s been a while, but that’s definitely me! Maybe it’s a subcategory to the “happy drunk”….

  31. Ruby says:

    I find it interesting that everyone is all up in arms about either the drinking or the view espoused on bisexuality in this ep, yet you are the first person, Ausiello, to mention the misogyny in naming ONLY the girls in Finn’s “drunk types” speech. Personally I found that more offensive than anything else in the episode. Thanks for saying something about it.

  32. Doug says:

    So, what’s it like to have Ryan Murphy lie directly to your face? From reading here, it was stated that Blaine would question the existence of bisexuality….just watched the episode- never questioned it- in fact, leapt on the prospect he might be. I guess the spoiler was right. Screw Murphy- he’s a total liar- and the end where Blaine ‘decided’ he was gay….looked totally tacked on/last minute. What a crock of sh*t!

  33. Katie says:

    Wow…. You’re angry because the episode description was off? Don’t you think you’re grasping at straws here?

  34. Ben Phelps says:

    Good point about Glee needing to decide where it stands on providing social commentary. i thought the drinking stuff was actually handled pretty well, and in a much more realistic manner than “We’re never going to drink” would have been. But coming off the heels of taking such a firm anti-bullying stance, Glee does need to get its story straight on whether it’s going to be a soapbox or not. (Personally, I’d prefer not.) Check out my full review at my blog!

  35. Karen Eyers says:

    Whether they intended it or not, Glee has a HUGE audience of young teen and pre-teen girls. They really let them down with this episode. Besides the many scenes of drinking, the messages that came across were:

    1. parties are dull without alcohol, so get some from your parents’ liquor cabinets
    2. you might feel hungover and maybe throw up, but other than that it’s no big deal
    3. drinking is inevitable when you’re a teen – just make good decisions
    4. adults have a lot of fun when they get drunk and let off steam, even if they just told you they don’t get drunk
    5. it’s all quite funny and cool

    The judgment centers of teens’ brains are only about halfway through developing. They will NOT make good decisions when drunk. We need to stop conveying the message that it’s understandable and inevitable, and start conveying the message that we do expect them to refrain until they are of legal age.

    • Bete says:

      Amen to that!

      When I was a teenager I didn’t drink and I had a lot of fun and had lots of friends. I would go to parties and alcohol never made a difference. This idea that a party is only fun when you drink is bs!

    • Lynn says:

      Sorry but no matter how “developed” a persons brain they still are going to make stupid choices. A drunk 16, 21, 30 or 40 year old can all make the same fatal decisions to drive drunk. Happens everyday! Not that it is by any means excusable but its going to happen. Kids make the choice everyday whether they are going to drink or not. My husband for example does not drink he had a sip of champagne at our wedding and that was it. It is a personal choice from seeing the effects alcohol has on others. I on the other hand occasionally drink socially…sure in HS and college I drank myself stupid, never once thought have I driven drunk or had someone drunk driving the car. Teach kids to make smart choices, The more you rag and harp on kids not drinking the more likely your kids are going to sneak around. Let them know you don’t approve but shouldn’t they know if they make a bad decision that you would rather they tell you and call for a ride then to hide it and get behind the wheel drunk or with someone else drunk.

  36. iKitty says:

    I absolutely disagree w/ Slezak. I thought this episode was hilarious. I loved it from beginning to end. My stomach hurt from laughing at this episode. And seriously can I get through one day of my life reading a blog without some pretentious parent rambling on about how they were offended for their kid. I am soooo tired of it. Not everyone’s lives revolve around children (even YOUR children) and every once in a while tv shows are totally allowed to reflect that. Hello? There are other people in the audience in addition to you and your kid. People just need to shut their pie holes already. Life is life, even on TV. ACK! seriously I’m about to go crazy here with all this stuff. Politics do not need to be inserted into every part of everyone’s daily lives. I can’t even enjoy a well made show without waking up the next day to the parent patrol talking about the seriousness of it all. It was funny. Hilarious. Deal with it. I doubt Ryan Murphy is sweating your viewership.

  37. Bete says:

    I thought the episode was hilarious! Figgins pronouncing Ke$ha (Ke-dolar sign-ha) was genius. Sue was hilarious, Brittany’s one liners were back. Oh, and Blaine looks good without the uniform too. I was missing this: Glee is a comedy and lately there is too much drama going on (Burt’s ilness, bullying, the romances). But I have to say I was bothered by the way they portrayed drinking, Glee shouldn’t be trying to send messages all the time, when they don’t have something of importance to say.
    It’s not right to send a message that it is ok for teenagers to drink as long as they don’t drive, just because we know some teenagers drink. Not to mention the fact that it sends a message that if you don’t drink you are a bore, because Rachel only became “fun” when she started drinking. And I know thinking Will was a hypocrite because he drank is the way teens think, but the fact that Will agreed on that is not; what they did was illegal for instance. The younger you are exposed to alcohol you have more chance of becoming an alcoholic and that is a fact. Not to mention that inebriation exposes you to risks such as unsafe sex and violence, for example.
    And please don’t say that TV doesn’t affect society. If not, why don’t we see people smoking on TV anymore and most of the times when smokers are portrayed in TV they are “bad guys”? Isn’t this part of an effort to educate people that smoking is bad? I don’t like this exageration sometimes too (I know tons of great people who are smokers) but when TV changed the way they portrayed smokers slowly the public changed their view of smoking too. If TV and midia in general is not influencial why all this effort to show that bullying is not okay and that gays are here and have rights just like every human being? I know that when I saw Jack tearfully come out of the closet on Dawson’s Creek, my heart when out to him and for the first time I considered that gays had the same rights to love as I did. I was just a teenager back then and it was just a TV show…

  38. Kri-dollar sign-tin says:

    Jeez people. I’m both over 30 and someone’s mom (shudder at the thought there, Greg) and I thought it was hilarious. And I’m sorry, but those stereotypes were dead-on. It’s called a sense of humor.

    But if you’re expecting Glee to provide the life-lessons section of your parenting, you misread the manual.

    • girlinterrupted says:

      I thougth it was hilarious too! But the thing is: they were trying to send a message about the use of alcohol and that’s where they failed.

    • bluepooch says:

      Ditto. This show is complete satire and hilarious. The stereotyping is often completely correct. If TV shows open topics for discussion – especially TV shows that reflect our current culture and society, such as Glee…then it is parental responsibility to engage in those discussions. It is not the goal, mission, or responsibility of public television to take the place of parenting. That being said, I find it refreshing that a show such as Glee is able to combine satiric humor with fun music and interesting multi-dimensional characters to reflect what is actually going on in society. Life really doesn’t have to be serious all the time…and if I have learned this from anyone…it is my two stepchildren…who are 11 and 13. They learn better how to deal with serious topics if a little humor is thrown in…because then they feel more comfortable to bring that topic up and ask questions. If you don’t want to do this with your kids…or feel that they are not ready…then don’t watch the show with them.

    • Greg says:

      Lol I sure did :P. When I said that it was because of all the moms and older people writing like adults get to do whatever they want without consequences just for the simple fact that they’re adults;so I apologize if I offended anyone. Ohh yeah and your screen name is funny, it makes me wish I had an ‘s’ in my name :( …oops I mean a ‘dollar-sign’ :).

  39. Patrick says:

    I thought it was great. The party scene was one of the funniest they have ever done. Lea Michele’s willingness to look a fool for the sake of her character is amazing. Her dress alone was enough to make me laugh out loud and her rules of the party were awesome. No sitting on ANYTHING!!

  40. kts says:

    Oh, THANK GOD!! I was beginning to think I was crazy–reading all these reviews of last night’s Glee, “There’s the Glee we fell in love with” and so on…I thought, “Am I the only one who thought it was terrible?” Now, you’re not saying it’s terrible, I get that…but you agree it was Not Good. I actually would rate it one of their all-time worst. From the idiocy of the Rachel dress–what the hell was that? And Sue throwing the teacher down the stairs and making jokes about his coma? Glee is becoming more and more of a live-action cartoon but frankly, Jose and the Pussycats was more entertaining (maybe even The Rick Springfield cartoon!)

    • Rachel says:

      Agree. I know the show is suppose to be off the wall and silly, but now it’s getting way out of hand. Another problem is storyline consistency. They never build it up. One week they’ll do something the next it’s like it never happened. I was really looking forward to tonight’s storyline and it just kept on getting worst.

  41. Andrea says:

    This week’s episode was not good. I was super bummed coming off of the 2 previous weeks….

  42. ladyhelix says:

    I hate to be negative…. but I have to admit I’m growing weary of all the things Kurt feels others must DO for him, BE for him, LEARN for him, and UNDERSTAND about him. If Kurt ever “GAVE” to anyone else it would help – but so often he’s only willing to give when it’s part of a selfish manipulation that he will benefit from. I’m finding Kurt increasingly un-likable.

  43. uncirish says:

    Pronouncing Ke$ha “K-dollar sign-ha” is something Joel McHale has been doing on the Soup pretty much since Ke$ha came on the scene. Kinda a sad commentary on the writing when one of the only good lines last night is completely stolen from another television show.

    • alec says:

      I noticed that as well. The writing hasn’t been terribly original for a while, but when you’re down to “borrowing” from other bad TV shows, maybe it’s maybe time for a upgrade to the writing staff.

    • Hannah says:

      Michael Buckley on YouTube has made the joke as well, I’m not sure before/after McHale did it (I don’t watch the Soup) but it is still a common joke. It’s sort of unfortunate though, cause the joke completely fit Principal Figgin’s character so it would have been hilarious if it was original!

      • Harmony says:

        It made complete sense for an educator not to be up with pop-culture. I can totally picture the administrators at my high school talking like this. (Minus the accent)

    • iKitty says:

      that would be totally relevent if more than you and 10 other people watched either of Joel mcHale’s shows.

  44. lovetorun says:

    I agree about the way they handled the drinking theme. they made it look a little too cool. I also reeeaaally hate it when they autotune the way the songs are recorded. I don’t really care if they do it to correct pitch, but to do it so that it ends up sounding like t-pain is just annoying.

  45. Chris says:

    I really agree with you, Michael. The part about Blaine being confused about his sexuality worked for me but the drinking stuff was awful. They clearly showed that if you want to have a good time–adults or teenagers–you have to drink. It was annoying that they didn’t treat the subject seriously. I also don’t get what I’m supposed to feel about Sue. Is her violent behavior supposed to be funny? Should I take the story about violence toward gays seriously if I’m supposed to laugh about girls fighting or Sue trashing the school or throwing someone down the stairs? This show sometimes feels like its being written by a confused, immature teen rather than about confused, immature teens.

  46. Princess Adora says:

    Not my favourite episode, but I have to say, those drunk girl stereotypes are very true!

  47. Maggie says:

    Way harsh, Tai.

  48. Harmony says:

    I did feel that last week’s sue-i-cide jokes were poorly placed in a show about teens when so many real teens contemplate and attempt suicide. It was making light of something that should never be taken lightly. As for the teen drinking, I think with teens drinking being dangerous isn’t going to sink in until someone almost, or does, die from alcohol poisoning. Which makes me think that in a later episode one of the New Directions kids is going to call Mr. Shue for help, and it’ll be too late. I can’t say what Ryan Murphy and Co. have in mine, it might be something completely different. But I just have a feeling that those pledge sheets are going to be put to good use. Although I would really hate for one of these kids to end up dying of alcohol poisoning. :(

    • iKitty says:

      seriously? You do know they aren’t “real” people, right? tip: get. over. it. It’s a COMEDY not a political debate. This can’t be a real comment.

  49. Kristina says:

    I have been to parties and have seen every one of those drunken archetypes on display so I actually think Murphy got it right. Obviously not every girl gets like that when drunk, but I’ve seen all of them at one point.

  50. TokTik says:

    Oh come on people. The show was HILARIOUS.
    I’m over 30, and a mother, and laughed myself sick for 40 odd minutes.
    This show is a comedy, not some educational special. I certainly wouldn’t be letting a 12 year old watch it.
    Loved Finn’s stereotypes, but yes, shame he missed the “I loooove yoooou” drunk!
    Blaine and Rachel – awesome. Trying to figure out the dress, it was familiar (showing my age here), maybe something Streisand wore?