Glee Recap: Sex and Some Ditties

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This week’s Glee used the theme of high-school sex-ed to explore…Will Schuester’s latest love triangle? Don’t worry: It’s not quite as creepy as it sounds. You see, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Holly Holliday was back in the halls of McKinley High School, subbing for the health and wellness teacher, who’d come down with “a mad case of the herp.” As Holly realized that her students, and in particular the members of New Directions, were woefully under-informed about the birds and the bees, we saw Will’s other ladycrush, Emma Pillsbury, struggling in her role as adviser to the school’s Celibacy Club, for teenagers and “those who are older and terrified of the hose-monster.”

I’m going to admit right up front that I was a little dismayed to see Ryan Murphy & Co. stage a retreat with regard to Emma’s character development. Since her relationship with/marriage to Carl (John Stamos), we’ve seen the emergence of a stronger, less neurotic, and altogether more appealing Emma — one who’s not just defined by her OCD and her schoolgirl obsession with Will. I had no issues with the sexually conservative Emma spouting the advantages of teen abstinence, but the news that she hadn’t consummated her marriage after four months seemed out of character and a little bit absurd.

As Emma pushed the celibacy agenda through the distribution of “chastity charms” (which were being used by students as “clip-on nipple rings”), Holly decided it was time to do something about kids like Finn, who wondered aloud after a demonstration on condom technique, “Cucumbers can give you AIDS?” (Was it just me, or did both of these punch lines strain too hard to achieve Glee‘s typical aura of breezy outrageousness?) Holly’s approach to teen sexuality was quite the opposite of Emma’s. “Are you, like, some kind of crazy pope lady?” she asked her rival, before drawing parallels between teaching sex-ed and sneaking vegetables into kids’ recipes a la Jessica Seinfeld.

Naturally, both women took their causes to glee club because, well, why not? I’m not sure what exactly Holly was trying to teach with her raucous rendition of Gary Glitter’s “Do You Wanna Touch Me,” but it was a hoot to watch Will hold up a hastily scribbled note: “Too much?” Emma’s sexual frustration, meanwhile, percolated through her efforts to one-up Holly’s performance. “I look forward to the opportunity to nail her to the wall,” she growled while planning her number. Alas, our fashionista guidance counselor chose Starland Vocal Band’s “Afternoon Delight” for herself, her hubby, and the McKinley celibacy club, thinking it was about a coconut, pineapple and marshmallow fluff dessert, not “sneakin’ a nooner,” as Holly informed her.

Somehow this led to one of those “this is Glee, so just go with the ridiculousness” plot developments: Emma and Carl sitting down for a therapy session with Holly. “We still haven’t done the deed,” complained the good dentist. To which Emma parried, “We watch the Housewives shows, which are so, so racy.” But it was Holly who cut to the heart of the problem: “Are you still in love with Will Schuester?” I’m not exactly sure why Emma hesitated with her answer — dude forgot her name while introducing her to Holly in the teacher’s lounge! — but hesitate she did, and now Carl’s staying in a hotel. Holly fled the scene, too, heading to another school after parents at McKinley decided she’d ruined the Veggie Tales series for good. “I’m damaged goods. That makes me terrific in bed, but it also means I tend to break nice guys like you into wasa crackers,” she told Will midway through the episode. But by the end of the hour, the sexy substitute had decided that maybe — mayyyybeeee — it was time to try a relationship for a change, and not just one that lasted 36 hours. That was enough to score her a dip and kiss from the self-described “excellent educator.”

In other plot-development news:

* Brittany survived a pregnancy scare of having a stork build a nest on top of her garage, only to find that perhaps her makeout sessions with BFF Santana were more than a physical thing. “I’m not interested in any labels — unless it’s on something I shoplift,” Santana huffed, but a sacred sexy sharing circle with Ms. Holliday changed all that. “I went to an all-girls college where the only industry in town was the manufacturing of softball equipment. I still feel a little tingle when I hear Ani DiFranco,” recounted Ms. Holliday, as Santana got the notion of singing Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” to explore her feelings.

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about a sudden and rather serious story arc for Santana and Brittany, a pair of lightly sketched characters who’ve almost always provided little more than comic relief/awesome dance moves, but Naya Rivera packed so much pain and longing into Santana’s eyes this week, that I didn’t dismiss her heartbreak when Brittany chose to stay with Artie rather than break his heart and “go to an Indigo Girls concert.” (Now, we’ll have to see what becomes of the men in their lives, considering how Sam accidentally propositioned his fellow football player following the “Landslide” performance: “It’s pretty cool that our girlfriends are such good friends, right? I wish you and I were that close.” Alrighty, then!)

* Puck and Lauren contemplated making a sex tape — “If I wanna see Kim Kardashian being classy, I’ll watch E!” said Puck, while doing research — until Ms. Holliday warned them it might lead to a child pornography charge. And just like that, our unlikely couple is playing footsie in celibacy club!

* And finally, we had Kurt lamenting that he had all the sex appeal and knowledge of a baby penguin after the Warblers tried/failed to unleash their inner heartthrobs in time for regionals. I’m sorry, but I wasn’t buying Blaine’s PSA/trip to visit Burt at the garage to convince the best parent in the Glee universe that his son was “not gonna know about protection or STDs.” Seriously? We’re supposed to believe that after Kurt had specifically asked Burt for a sex-ed lesson in “Blame It on the Alcohol” that it took a visit from Blaine — a kid Burt barely knows — to get him to do the right thing? Nonsense!

Still, Burt’s chat with his son was not only emotionally effective, but a pretty good outline for parents struggling to have  “the talk” with their kids. “This is gonna suck for both of us,” Burt explained, while imploring his son not to throw himself around “like it doesn’t matter.” I’ve got to hand it to Mike O’Malley: No matter how loopy Glee gets, his completely grounded performance helps anchor the show in reality.

And now, without further do, let’s grade this week’s musical numbers:

“Do You Wanna Touch Me There,” Holly and New Directions | I can’t think of many songs a parent would rather less hear their kids’ teachers sing to ‘em, but no matter. Gwyneth completely captured the track’s naughty spirit, and Brittany took it over the top with her bump and grind atop the music-room piano. Musical grade: A Relevance to the plot: B+

“Animal,” Blaine, Kurt, and the Warblers | Didn’t we already see the Warblers cover this territory with more panache and style when they did “Teenage Dream”? The warehouse rave setting — complete with bubble machine and beach balls — felt contrived as heck, as did the swooning response of those chicks from Crawford County Day School. No me gusta. Musical grade: D Relevance to the plot: C-

“Kiss,” Will and Holly | Matthew Morrison’s Auto-Tuned vocal on this track kind of felt like Prince’s might’ve — if it had been taken to the veterinary clinic for a quick neutering session, and the anesthesia hadn’t worn off. Gwyneth, surprisingly, maintained some of the sexual edge of the original. But if this was going to be all candelabras and velvet curtains and tango, why not slow the track down and put a fresh Glee twist on it? Musical grade: C Relevance to the plot: B

“Landslide,” Holly, Santana, and Brittany | The sapphic trio put a little Dixie Chicks slant on it, and I’m not mad at that. Can we please get a full-on Fleetwood Mac episode next season? Musical grade: B+ Relevance to the plot: B+

“Afternoon Delight,” Emma and the McKinley High Celibacy Club | Arrested Development did it better. That is all. Musical grade: B- Relevance to the plot: C+

What did you think of this week’s Glee? How would you rate the musical performances? Were you bothered that Sue was reduced to a single scene warning “Porcelain” that he’d made a powerful new enemy? Sound off below, and for all the Glee news you can use, follow TVLine.com on Twitter @TVLineNews.



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Comments (100)

  • Glee, in my opinion, is having their own landslide. Show is really starting to suck.

    Comment by Kevin – March 9, 2011 07:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Glee has totally gone downhill. Even musical selection, I hardly ever buy the songs anymore. They aren’t as good as the first season. The writers have run out of steam and are not giving the characters heart like they did the first season.

      Comment by Melissa – March 9, 2011 08:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Which, in and of itself, is really ironic, because if they’d just built upon the storylines from the first season that were already in play instead of scrambling to come up with brand new material, they’d have more than enough to play with.

        Comment by Michael – March 9, 2011 04:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Preach!

      I have been a fan since the pilot, but man, the past few episodes have really made me want to find something else to watch on Tuesdays.

      Comment by dreamr – March 9, 2011 12:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I agree with all of the above. It’s gotten terrible. I remember wanting the week to go by quicker so I’d have new Glee, and this week I didn’t even remember it was on. Their storylines were fantastic in season one, as well as their music selection, and now both suck. I keep waiting for it to get better, but alas, I think its quality is gone for good. I only watch it now for Lea Michele’s amazing voice and the occasional broadway song (even though the last one, Take Me or Leave Me, wasn’t that great, TBH.)

        Comment by Lauren – March 10, 2011 03:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can’t believe you didn’t like Animal that was my second favorite song after Landslide. Bubbles make everything better! And I thought you were too hard on Kiss also though I’m too young to really know the original

    Comment by Mel31602 – March 9, 2011 07:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really hate Holly at the moment so glad she only has one more episode!

    Comment by KC – March 9, 2011 07:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow. Super harsh on the Animal performance! I on the other hand thought it was joyful, and catchy. It was over the top for sure, but you do realize we are watching Glee right??

    Comment by Zach – March 9, 2011 07:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I thought Animal sounded amazing, but the performance was completely ridiculous and over the top.

      Comment by Rose – March 13, 2011 06:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Last night’s episode was amazing. So surprised by Santana!

    Comment by Rolfe – March 9, 2011 07:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • yeahhh!! agree with u there….

    Comment by vanessa – March 9, 2011 07:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So tired of the screentime Santana and Britney are getting. And their ‘relationship’ drama is ridiculous. With all the sleeping around both of them have done. This show should have dedicated the hour to the two of them dealing with their own STDs.

    Holly was funny though so that made up for all the pointless Britana crap.

    Comment by W – March 9, 2011 07:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Don’t hate on Britana. They deserve some screentime.

      Comment by Yourmom – March 9, 2011 10:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. It’s bad enough that the producers waste time with all the stunt casting, do they have to devote even more screen time to the LEAST two interesting characters (and really, they aren’t even that, they’re more like caricature) in the show.

      And I totally agree with the Blain lecturing Kurt’s dad thing. Totally idiotic.

      Comment by anna – March 9, 2011 12:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Try to say to the LGBT-youth that the Santana/Britanny plot doesn’t matter.

      Comment by Lily – March 10, 2011 06:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree not a fan of the minor supporting characters getting more screen time than the main characters, I really dislike Santana as well! I want the Rachel vs Quinn days back or the Mercedes, Tina, Kurt and Artie group things back! I want Season 1 storylines back!

      Comment by Kate – March 10, 2011 09:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • While this show is entertaining, its also frustrating as all get out, because the characters have no consistency. As you mention, where did this ridiculously naive Emma sprout from? And Santana is suddenly in love with Brittany? And that doesn’t even touch on the wild inconsistencies that is the writing for Quinn and Finn.

    The less consistent the characterization, the more the characters become caricatures.

    Comment by Valerie – March 9, 2011 07:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Look I am a HUGE Glee fan since day one….but last night seemed RUSHED all of a sudden Santana is contemplating these feelings…while this whole time it has just been this joke of her and Brittany sharing lady kisses…it just didnt make sense I did not understand why they put this episode right before regionals this whole season has been a big dissapointment for me i know not everyone is going to agree but what happened to letting the story lines follow thorough each week they keep bouncing around it just gets confusing! also please do not have platrow on again it just seems so random like the writers are throwing in a big guest star because they can not because it actually goes with the story line…hope the rest of the season picks up a little more and please give Mercedes something else to do besides sit next to Artie while everyone else is singing and dancing can the girl atleast have some sort of story line that doesnt involve food!

    Comment by Reena – March 9, 2011 07:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I don’t think it was rushed at all. This has been something that Santana obviously has been conflicted with for a while. And Santana and Brittany have been linked since season one.

      Comment by Rolfe – March 9, 2011 08:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • yea but why not hint at it before I know her and Brittnay have been together since season 1…but they have not been romantically involved for a while…and they never had any serious talks about it until last nights episode it just felt rushed in that way….plus next week is regionals why hasnt there been any mention of this new original song (besides rachel singing about her headband)

        Comment by Reena – March 9, 2011 12:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I totally disagree with all the chatter about brittana. That story has been in the show since almost day one. I for one would love to see it developed a bit more. No shock to me that they might come to this storyline.

        Comment by Gary – March 11, 2011 10:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Afternoon Delight… more like After-school Special. I felt preached to. I thought “Landslide” was good, the other songs, not so much. I expect the outrageous plots from Glee, but lately it’s just spiraled into stupid. Also, I am far from a prude, but why are the characters who share the view of abstinence always portrayed as crazy in these situations. The stance that you have to have sex to be cool, or “hey, everyone is doing it” actually leads to more unwanted pregnancies then not knowing how to put on a condom.

    Comment by AZDave – March 9, 2011 07:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OKayyyy, I thought this was one of the best written episodes of the season. Glee is supposed to be a campy, sitcomy/musical with a little heart and a nugget of wisdom or two. I’m so over the GP haters. Don’t care who is playing the role I like what the Holly character brings to the show. Its fun, funny,and usually irreverant to boot. Brittany’s innocence and naïveté are wonderfully reflected in the fact that love for her is genderless-she just loves, period. The characters are broad, exagerated, and hello: highschoolers are idiots half the time – they are literal beings. I remember one 16 year old girl I worked with once comment on whether or not your eyes would pop out if you didn’t close them when you sneezed…and she was serious, so the cucumber comment was sooo typical. Sit back and enjoy the ride people sometimes its slow, sometimes it builds, and sometimes it whips you around corners and makes you scream in joy out loud :)

    Comment by Kate – March 9, 2011 08:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Am I the only one that thought Afternoon Delight was kind of awesome? I was laughing the whole time and it made me think of A Mighty Wind.

    My only complaint about the episode was that I felt the ending Brittany/Santana scene was a little off because Brittany is so dumb that her reasoning of “Well I’m with Artie now, so I need to stay with him no matter how I feel about you” was really weak.

    Comment by Zayne – March 9, 2011 08:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh yeah. I was laughing out loud from the moment I recognized the song. The cherry pie back-drops and cute little country outfits made it even more hilarious. So did Puck’s expressions. I thought this was a really entertaining episode.

      Comment by Pfigg – March 9, 2011 08:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • LOL. A Mighty Wind is the first thing that came to my mind when I saw that scene too.
      For a different and more insightful recap of last night’s episode, check out http://goo.gl/8pRFH

      Comment by Jon – March 9, 2011 09:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wasn’t going to watch because I’m tired of see Singing Gwyneth being everywhere but I’m glad I did for the serious acting from Santana and Kurt’s dad. I liked the corny Warblers, so Gossip Girls. Are Tina and Mercedes still on the show? They NEVER get a plot line.

    Comment by Mimsy – March 9, 2011 08:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • When will Kurt/Porcelain get a solo again? Man can not live on Emmys alone!

      Comment by monte zello – March 9, 2011 12:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I am also soooo tired of singing Gwyneth. Weird show for me last night. Too many odd choices regarding character development this whole season (physically abusive Sue, Finn/Quinn reunion, skeevy stalker Will, etc). I’m on the verge of giving up Glee. Mike O’Malley has become the best thing about the show.

      Comment by sherimoonzombie – March 9, 2011 05:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I also agree – i’m tired of Singing Gwyneth too. I would have liked Brittany and Santana to sing Landslide on their own, without Holly.

      Comment by amylola – March 10, 2011 10:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hate Blaine and his super superiority complex.
    Who is he to judge Kurt so much.

    Comment by jay – March 9, 2011 08:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ok, you’ve got to admit, though … Kurt’s “sexy” face was the most unappealing thing ever …

      Comment by Dave – March 9, 2011 08:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • That’s the point: Kurt’s attempts at being sexy were intentionally unsexy, given Kurt’s skittishness. The whole point was to get to Kurt and his dad having The Talk. That Kurt wasn’t really convincing as “Sexy Kurt” wasn’t an accident.

        Comment by babble – March 10, 2011 12:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not enough Sue or Beiste. That is all.

    Comment by Karen – March 9, 2011 08:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My favorite part of the episode was probably Santana and Brittany, but even there I could feel the writers forcing the characters into an unnecessary position of drama that the show has done very little to earn. And that fact is only made more jarring by the time spent this season on other poorly developed storylines such as Quinn having feelings for Finn and Kurt still being over at Acceptance Narnia without ever giving way for new storyline developments being made. The last time we saw Santana and Brittany in any sort of romantic setting was way back in “Duets” and since then we’ve seen them in already established relationships. That being said I can’t complain too much about this storyline as it gave Naya Rivera some very good material, which despite the false pretenses, she nailed completely. That speaks to the valuable assets Glee has found in Rivera and Morris who consistently give out the funniest performances in the show, and last night managed to impress with unexpectedly poignant turns. Their performance of “Landslide” with Paltrow was ultimately one of the highlights of this uneven episode as it showed what Glee is still capable of doing, but rarely does any more, which is to use song as a way for these characters to express their true feelings, opposed to finding a popular song and hope that it fits, regardless of how out of place it might be.

    Comment by Jake Anderson – March 9, 2011 08:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The writing on this show has really slipped this season. As commenter Valerie state earlier, there is absolutely no consistency with the characters anymore. With that said, “Landslide” was one of my favorite musical performances ever on the show. Just a soft and beautiful rendition of a classic. But, Santana suddenly professes her love for Brittany without any previous clue that she even had feelings for anyone but herself? To be honest, I think the show has become way too preoccupied with the gay plot lines at the expense of the other characters who are becoming more and more irrelevant and inconsistent. On another note, did anyone notice Artie’s expression while watching the “Afternoon Delight” performance? Priceless.

    Comment by Mike M – March 9, 2011 08:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hasn’t it occurred to anyone claiming that Santana’s acting out of character is fairly divorced from real folks who use sex to hide from real intimacy? Really, is this so hard to grasp? Santana’s been running from real vulnerability from Day One, and last night we got to see behind the Fierce Bitch mask Santana uses to hide from everything that frightens the crap out of her (chief among them, her feelings – genuine feelings – for Brit). Sure, it may seem sudden, but it’s not at all unrealistic.

      Comment by babble – March 10, 2011 12:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This episode was a waste! Anyone else feel like the Finn/Quinn thing a) turns them both into jerks
    B) getting way too old?

    Comment by Kate – March 9, 2011 08:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I completely agree. It’s disgusting…. and I canNOT believe Quinn called Puck a mistake. After almost a year of the Quick fanbase being ignored and patiently waiting for SOMETHING, we get a slap in the face? Good job, writers.

      Comment by Brittany – March 9, 2011 09:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • It’s like the writers totally forgot how in the first half of season 1 even though Quinn chose Finn to be her baby daddy, she was secretly hanging out with and flirting with Puck, while Finn was busy doing the same with Rachel. Quinn and Finn were NEVER shown to be really in love with each other-their whole relationship was based on cheating and lies and wanting to be popular! And now Finn is just shown to be twice as shallow and stupid as we thought him in the past, cause Quinn obviously just wants him back for popularity’s sake!

        Comment by Maddie – March 10, 2011 12:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I totally agree with your take on Finn/Quinn! I absolutely HATE that they are trying to force their pairing on us again! It’s infuriating that Rachel was crucified by Finn for cheating (AFTER she found out that he lied to her), yet Finn had ZERO regard for convincing Quinn to cheat on Sam? Especially after Quinn cheated on Finn before?! Quinn was beginning to redeem herself early in the season, but throwing her into this storyline completely destroyed that redemption. And Finn.. I can’t even stand to see him on-screen right now. I can’t wait until they’re caught!

      Comment by Leah – March 9, 2011 10:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • UGH I agree with all of this! Quinn and Finn are my two least favorite characters right now. Seriously. Part of me wishes they’d just ride off into the sunset together just so they’d be gone. I used to like Quinn/Puck, but now I think Puck deserves SO much better. At least he seems to be having fun with Lauren. Rachel could also do a million times better. Actually, at this point, any of the characters could do better than date Finn or Quinn.

        Comment by Suz – March 10, 2011 06:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sometimes I don’t understand what people want when they come to watching Glee. I enjoyed last night’s episode -perhaps the best episode this season. The way I view this show is if it leaves me smiling and feeling good -then that is all that counts. I think people are over-critical and judge this show unfairly and compare it to other shows for reality. Glee is not that type of show -you can’t compare it to anything -because there isn’t another show like it to compare it to. Why people have to always critcize a show that brings joy and uplifts people is beyond me -maybe it needs more dead bodies or screaming reality stars to appease some people.

    Comment by Matthew – March 9, 2011 08:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree so much with everything you just said. People are starting to expect too much from Glee. And I’m sick of everyone praising the early episodes so much. Does anyone remember Acafellas? Or Terri’s fake pregnancy? Those were awful story lines (and episodes).

      Comment by Sam – March 9, 2011 09:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Fair enough, but this show shouldn’t be winning any awards.

      Outside of Sue (great character, though her storylines are becoming more and more ridiculous, i.e., becoming principal, throwing the head of New Directions down the stairs, etc.), the storyline between Kurt and his dad, and some of the musical numbers, the story writing is dreadful. It’s as if the producers pick what songs they want to hear on the show and try to wrap the storyline around the songs, no-matter how ill-fitting it may be.

      Comment by Rico – March 9, 2011 12:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I absolutely hated everything about this episode. I appreciate that Ryan Murphy is trying to explore issues that teens are dealing with but it’s gotten to the point where it’s ridiculous. If I wanted to watch a PSA, I would be watching after-school specials from the 80s.
    Also, where is Mercedes?! :(

    Comment by Samantha – March 9, 2011 08:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • While I liked some moments (one-liners and the Kurt/Burt talk, in particular), last night’s episode was a hot mess. It was all over the place, trying to jam too much into an hour, serving up Gwyneth’s Emmy nomination on a platter and making very, very little sense.

    The Warblers’ number was ridiculous, embarrassing and totally out of place. Teachers making out in front of the jazz band? Thirty seconds of Sue? Almost no screen time for Tina, Mike, Mercedes & Sam? Get the focus back, Ryan …

    Comment by Dave – March 9, 2011 08:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Glee is at it’s best when it is ridiculous and over-the-top. This episode was one of the best. However I wasn’t convinced by the Blaine-Burt scene. The show can get a little “afterschool special” when it comes to pushing it’s gay agenda. Not that it’s a bad message, but it gets a little preachy sometimes when it addresses these issues. Still, like Matthew said, this show consistently makes me smile and feel good which is all I’m looking for when I tune in.

    Comment by Rush – March 9, 2011 08:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • What exactly is their “gay agenda”? To be sexually inclusive? To try (despite its frequent ineffectiveness) to queer social silences? To dis/integrate broken American ideals with a more complete vision? Or do you see it as glitter and swatches?

      There is no “gay agenda,” aside from breaking out of a hetersexist paradigm.

      Comment by Scott – March 11, 2011 07:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I need to find the script from this show so I can use Burt’s talk with Kurt verbatim. It was so well done, brilliant, and focused on being sincere, to respect yourself. And, I agree we could have used a LOT more Beiste.

    Comment by Amanda – March 9, 2011 08:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree – I loved every bit of Burt’s talk with Kurt. I just loved that it wasn’t about the sex itself. Probably one of my favorite parts of the entire episode.

      And Kurt’s “sexy” faces ;)

      Comment by Nikki – March 13, 2011 07:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • One quibble I have about the episode is that the Warbler’s song seemed to be shoehorned in just to give them a song in the episode. Perhaps to sell more of their specific album?

    Comment by Rush – March 9, 2011 08:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really wasn’t thrilled with the episode, but I haven’t been loved most of this season. I agree with previous comments about the inconsistency of the characters. I didn’t like “Do You Wanna Touch”. Seemed too out there even for Glee. I know Holly is supposed to be irreverent and all, but really that clueless that this song in any way teaches them anything about sex? I was surprised that Emma hadn’t “done the deed” 4 months into her marriage. A real backslide from the progress she seemed to have been making. I know they probably did that to contrast her with Holly and make them more different, but I think it could have been a lot more interesting to see what I thought was the new Emma – more confident in herself and more comfortable with sexuality – go head to head with Holly. I thought Afternoon Delight was kind of funny. Also reminded me of A Mighty Wind. Puck’s performance was cracking me up. But, I don’t like the message that only nutcases believe in abstinence. Yes, it’s not realistic to think we can get all teens to consider it. But, there are many that do. Sending out the message that only lame, naive idiots are into abstinence was not really cool and I didn’t really find any of it funny.

    Love, loved, loved Burt having THE TALK with Kurt. I actually cried. Kurt’s used to be one of my favorite characters, but I haven’t liked him much lately. But Burt is one of the best characters on this show.

    Comment by Paula – March 9, 2011 09:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I enjoyed last night ep, but liked GP more when she made her first appearance. Last night she was kinda annoying and seemed to try too hard. Will has been bugging me all season and I had no idea Finn and Mercedes were sooo dumb.

    Comment by mary – March 9, 2011 09:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I feel like whoever is recapping Glee here really isn’t a fan of the Warblers. I don’t think he’s really praised any of their numbers (correct me if I’m wrong). not a criticism, just an observation.

    Comment by Sam – March 9, 2011 09:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hated the episode. I know teenagers are going to have sex and I’m perfectly fine with giving them the information they need to stay safe, and don’t judge them if they do, but to make abstinence a joke is annoying as you-know-what. Not all teenagers are ready for sex, and we shouldn’t reduce those who are self-aware and confident enough to know they’re not ready as jokes. And aren’t the Glee kids freshmen or sophmores at most? 15-16 years old? This may be a new century, but there are still plenty of kids who are not ready, and know they’re not ready, and I was really disappointed to see Glee call those who choose abstinence lame and frigid. I did love the Landslide performance, although I didn’t buy the Santana storyline. Glee is falling into “My Secret Life as an American Teenager” range – no real consequences for actions, teenagers speaking with the emotional maturity of 35 year olds…please. Very disappointed, Glee.

    Comment by NanCeE* – March 9, 2011 09:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I don’t think that they made abstinence a joke at all. In fact, Holly says to those practicing that that they’re making a good choice. (‘Cause everyone’s got a random!). This has been one of the better treatments of abstinence education. The point was that those that are promoting abstinence education insist on not providing ANY information to kids, regardless. Any sex educator worth their credentials will tell you that abstinence IS the best way to avoid STDs and unwanted pregnancy. And you’re right, some kids aren’t ready, but they don’t know that and will go out and have sex anyways. That latter fact seems to be lost on Emma, and abstinence educators in general.

      Comment by CMJ – March 9, 2011 09:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You are really reaching to say this was a good treatment of abstinence education. That’s a joke. Holly basically mocked them saying it was a good choice but naive. Her everyone’s got a random was about wearing condoms. The show handled the issue of religion pretty well in the Grilled Cheesus episode, but this was completely and utterly ridiculous and bordering on offensive, especially considering what time of night it is on.

        Comment by Grace – March 9, 2011 01:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT did do it better :)

    Comment by kewi94 – March 9, 2011 09:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Afternoon Delight performance had me laughing (yes, out loud)!!! Love Kurt/Burt, like Holly Holiday, just meh for Blaine this episode, confused about Santana.

    Comment by Denise – March 9, 2011 09:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thank goodness for Burt Hummel. The father and son relationship between Burt and Kurt is the best thing about the show right now.

    Comment by Amanda – March 9, 2011 09:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • An episode all about sex, sex ed, and becoming comfortable with one’s sexuality should not have made some of the Glee kids appear as clueless as the two kid leads in Blue Lagoon. (um..godawful movie with a young Brooke Shields)
    And you made an excellent point as usual, Slezak, about the segueway to Kurt’s sex talk. Burt is a great enough parent to go about educating his son without a nudge from a handsome warbler.
    And what was with Kurt’s lack of sexual knowledge anyway? He takes all the time in the world to inform himself on skin care, but can’t be bothered to do a little research on sex? I wasn’t really buying his squeamishness, even it was our darling and innocent “Porcelain”.

    Comment by Shannon – March 9, 2011 09:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Say what you want about Glee, but that hour was a gift to gay teens, boys & girls. Real conversations, real emotions.

    Comment by Ciara – March 9, 2011 09:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Too bad it sucked for the rest of us.

      Comment by Lettcie – March 9, 2011 10:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • kind of how every heterosexual episode (i.e. 99%) of prime time television sucks for gay people? seems like a small sacrifice.

        Comment by girlshaped – March 10, 2011 11:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Burt’s talk with Kurt was about the only good thing in this episode. I know Emma is a freak of nature already, so to have her be the voice of morality just goes to show how little you honor abstinence as a virtue. Granted, the message would probably fall on mostly deaf ears in any high school these days, but it should be taught nonetheless. I’ve got news for you, NOT everybody’s doing it and to assume so is very dangerous and irresponsible. I won’t even acknowledge the travesty of Santana’s sudden eruption of love for Brittany. What, now that Kurt’s gone (from the school) you have to fill the Gay/Lesbian quota in the glee club? Contrived, anyone? And for God’s sake already, put Sam and Mercedes together!

    Comment by Jeff – March 9, 2011 10:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’d hardly call the Santana/Brittany relationship a “sudden eruption.” In the first half of season 1, Brittany said the two of them were sleeping together. Then we actually saw them making out in “Duets.” So it’s not like it hasn’t ever been mentioned.

      Comment by Suz – March 9, 2011 09:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WHERE IS SAM!!!!!!!!!? He’s nowhere on the Volume 5 CD booklet either.

    Comment by Josie – March 9, 2011 10:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Afternoon Delight was hilarious. I love how into it Puck was. His expressions really made me laugh out loud. He had a lot of good lines in this episode. I always enjoy that. Santana was acting a bit out of character, I don’t really know what to make of that. But Landslide was beautiful.

    Comment by Petra – March 9, 2011 11:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • AD did not do it better their version was just creepy. Also I think Finn can forgive Quinn more easily because he doesn’t love or care for her, she just a girl who is easy on the eyes from him. She is like a cold gone after a couple of weeks in bed (thank you NPH).

    Comment by Mike – March 9, 2011 11:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • But that doesn’t make up for Finn’s character going downhill-breaking up with Rachel for cheating on him was the right thing to do, but then the next thing he does is convince Quinn to cheat on Sam with him? And there is such a double standard on this show cause Rachel and Quinn have repercussions from cheating, and Santana and Brittany are considered sluts for sleeping around, but Puck hooks up with everyone-including his friend’s girlfriend twice-and Finn cheats on Quinn with Rachel and then with Quinn on Sam-and neither of them have to really deal with it.

      Comment by Lilly – March 10, 2011 12:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As a fan of Glee from very first episode, this whole season is a massive letdown!!! And last night episode was a fine example of that. Rushed storylines (Santana just woke up and realized her feelings for Brittany??? C’mone, have atleast 1 episode lead in). Also, as a gay man, I am bewildered by Kurt’s reaction to sex. Being gay means you have sexual atraction to other males, not to Patty LuPone!!! And GP was a walking disaster. We get it, she’s an Oscar winner, and can carry a tune, and she was good in 1 episode. But to take her character so over the top was too much even for Glee. Also Morrison’s “Kiss” was an Auto-tuned disaster.

    Comment by alex levine – March 9, 2011 11:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As a fan of Glee from the pilot this show is as good as ever.

    Also how do you tell when a song is auto tuned? All sound the same to me.

    Comment by Mike – March 9, 2011 11:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If Matthee Morison’s voice is so high you can’t hear a difference between him and Gwyneth, that’s Auto-Tune. Or as Slezak said, he was neutered:)

      Comment by alex levine – March 10, 2011 04:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • full fleetwood mac episode ….yes please!!!! what a great idea!!! *fingers crossed*

    Comment by Kiki – March 9, 2011 11:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think some people forget that they’re watching Glee :l

    I’ve never taken it too seriously and I don’t think the show does either.

    LOVE GLEE.

    Comment by Marty – March 9, 2011 11:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • But then why/should it have won best comedy/musical at the Golden Globes?

      Comment by Vicky – March 10, 2011 12:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am frankly pissed at Glee! What happened to Sue? To Mercedes? Heck even Rachel and Finn? This show has turned into a caricature of itself – like a bad SNL skit. It started as a smart, funny, joyful show and now it’s an agenda-driven, slapstick, uninspiring show. While Landslide was a nice number last night, I haven’t downloaded a song in weeks and up until December, I had bought virtually every single song. Makes me very sad.

    Comment by Grace – March 9, 2011 01:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Michael Slezak, I like the way you think. I too would love a Fleetwood Mac episode, and I too could only think of Arrested Development during the Afternoon Delight song. I liked the choreography of the Do You Wanna Touch number a lot, but I think Joan Jett does the singing of that song the best. I’m not crazy about the Brittany/Santana romance. I’ve never liked it. It feels like a ratings stunt, and bisexual cheerleaders just seems like a two-dimensional caricature that should be kept to porn. And I hate porn because of its portrayal of women as sex objects, so even there I’m not cool with it. I don’t mind the girls having some more depth, and I think the relationship with Brittany and Artie could be fun if they really played with it, and I would like to see Santana continue her evil sexual reign on the school. Maybe they could bring in a new guy that she tries to seduce but who wants nothing to do with her, thus making him a challenge for her. That could be a lot of fun to watch.

    Comment by Amber – March 9, 2011 01:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Naya Rivera and Mike O’Malley were the only reason I liked this episode. Their performances were amazing. I was okay with the episode even though it felt like all over the place at times. It was only that final scene with Finn and Quinn that turned me off to it so fast, I deleted this episode off of my DVR before I could watch it again. They are making very sure since the Super Bowl episode to let the audience know that Finn and Quinn are only together for shallow reasons. There has to be more to this story on either Finn, Quinn or both of their parts or this storyline seems like a waste of time. I hope next week’s episode is a better one than this.

    Comment by Debra – March 9, 2011 02:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well that is good on Finn and Quinn it shows that this isn’t long term just short term and a distraction.

      Comment by Mike – March 9, 2011 02:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Are we really supposed to take Glee seriously? I loved this episode! The fact that Emma had no clue about what a nooner was. The sets that this small town high school can afford. I just like the fact that someone is acknowledging the music I listened too at my old age of 35. LOL
    Santana had me totally feeling sorry for her and I loved that Blaine was bold enough to talk to Burt, even if it’s PSA, hey at least it’s out there.
    I’m enjoying the hour they give me to forget about the crappiness of the real world.

    Comment by BJohnson – March 9, 2011 02:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I was gonna post a comment… but then you’d already posted it. So.
      What I mean is, I totally agree and I could not have said it better myself!
      P.S. regarding the Finn/Quinn-thing – that was exactly how my high school years were. Exaggerated of course, but that’s how tv-shows are supposed to be. Silly story lines or not, Glee still gives me a weekly break!

      Comment by Fiera – March 11, 2011 01:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OH MY GOD!!!!! SHUT UP!!!! YOU CRAZY, NEGATIVE, CYNIC’S!!!! Yeah, I’m talking to you Michael Slezak and half the commentators on this site who must have so much anger and hate in their lives that they haft to infuse it into all the rest of us. People, like myself, who watch Glee for an ecstatic escapism LOVE the show! Who cares if the plot lines don’t workout the way that YOU want them or if they’re a little improbable. Glee is one of the best shows of all time! With an unbelievably talented cast, performances unlike anything that has ever been bestowed upon our silver screens, a slew of guest stars that are to-die-for, great writing, and above all else the most infectious spirit that has won over millions. And yet somehow keeps on keep’n on with all the haters out there. So just keep hating, while I keep on LOVING Glee!

    Comment by Ethan – March 9, 2011 03:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I loved the Joan Jett cover, and ROFL’D at Afternoon Delight. That song is so cheesy, no matter who covers it. Seriously? If you’re going to make a suggestive song, listen to “Pictures Of Lily” by The Who. You wouldn’t know what it’s about until you Googled it, and it’s not even about that!
    Also, did anyone catch the Curling Iron and bath tub blurb?

    Comment by John – March 9, 2011 03:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So, what happened to Ryan Murphy dialing back the sex? I hope that he had to sit with his nieces and watch the scene with the cucumber and the condom!

    That being said, I LOVED Afternoon Delight and the HUGE step backward in Emma’s character. I am a hater on the change in the Britana storyline. And thought it was TOO much Holly Holiday even though I love the character. One song from her a show please and bring back Rachel to front and center with Mercedes! More Beiste!

    Comment by Swimmomma – March 9, 2011 04:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The problem with Glee is that it does well with standalone episodes, but when you look at it as a whole season its a whole mess. I just wish it would follow through with building up character development. I

    Comment by Rachel – March 9, 2011 05:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t understand why Michael Slezak is hating on Glee. If he hates is so much, why not let someone else do these ratings. I really don’t agree with his marking. And, why so many hard feelings for Glee? If you don’t like the show, then stop watching it! Its that simple. There are tons of people who still love this show and everything that it stands for. I understand that everyone deserves to have an opinion, but it seems like the posts get more and more negative every week. One week there’s too much Rachel, and everyone can’t wait for the next guest star, then there’s too much guest star and people want Rachel back. Glee has a huge cast, and for everyone to get enough of who they love, they’d have to make the show 3 hours long. Either accept the show for what it is, or stop your bitching and find something else to watch and let everyone else enjoy it.

    Comment by Ginger – March 9, 2011 07:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Good for You Girl!!!!!!!!

      Comment by Ethan – March 11, 2011 12:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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