Glee Review: Saddest. Hour. Ever.

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An episode of Glee does not have to be full of cheer in order to be full of quality, that's for sure.

But my goodness, "Home" made Dead Man Walking look like Happy Gilmore!

There were no numerous ballads, no big song and dance numbers, and no use of some of the show's most entertaining characters: Emma, Puck, Rachel and even Jesse.

Kristin Chenoweth returned as April and, trust me, you'll have difficulty finding a bigger fan of this adorable, talented actress than yours truly. However, this character was thrust into the spotlight after months away, featured in a whopping three numbers, none of which were especially uplifting.

Great Duet

It was a lot to handle.

In many ways, episodes of television shows are only allowed to have a set number of dramatic scenes. Otherwise, they begin to feel heavy-handed and overwrought. By the final tearjerking moment, viewers are often left numb.

This installment fell into that trap. There was Quinn bonding with Mercedes; Kurt complaining to his father; Finn pleading with his mom; Finn arriving a truce with Kurt's dad; Will and April sharing their loneliness with each other.

It was all too much for a single hour. Heck, Brittany and Sue were limited to just a couple hilarious quotes each!

Moreover, I adore Kurt and Chris Colfer's performance as this troubled teen. Yet this was the first time (I hesitate to say) I flat out didn't like a character on the show.

Kurt's dad has been nothing but supportive. The episode that featured these two most prominently, "Preggers," might be my all-time favorite. But what exactly was Kurt asking of his dad this week? To not be himself? To treat Kurt like someone different and special?

Burt Hummel's stance is simple and admirable: I love you, son, no matter who you are and what you do. I won't try to change you, please don't try to change me, and we'll be a regular father/son.

Isn't that what all kids want from their parents? I understand Kurt felt left out when his dad watched sports with Finn, but I took exception to Kurt actually making him feel guilty to his face.

Enough negativity, though! The episode featured a number of top-notch performances. I'm trying to decide if I liked "Home" or "Beautiful" more.

I also LOVE the fact that Sue's Down Syndrome friend is a recurring character on the show. That makes her more than a prop to make Sue seem more human. It's great that Sue treats her just like any other Cheerio, too.

As I outlined above with Kurt and his father, isn't this the goal of such a relationship? To just be treated like everyone else? Equality for all, says Sue Sylvester! Well, unless you're fat.

What did you think of the episode? Am I being too harsh? Or did you also yearn for at least one fun dance number? Check out a few quotes from "Home" below and sound off on it:

April: I haven't had a drink in 45 minutes. | permalink
Burt Hummel: I hate Duke like I hate the Nazis. | permalink
Sue: On assembly days, I arrange for the rest of the school to be fumigated, so the gym is the only place with clean air. | permalink
Santana: Weren't roller rinks outlawed in like 1981 for being totally lame? | permalink
April: I'm gonna go get myself a bikini wax. And I'll see you tomorrow. | permalink
April: Will Schuester?!? I just had a sex dream about you. | permalink
Brittany: I'm pretty sure my cat is reading my diary. | permalink
Sue: I will no longer be carrying around photo ID. Know why? People should know who I am. | permalink


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Great acting, although I agree the episode overall was a bit of a downer. I know it was supposed to focus on character development, but it felt like they tried a little too hard and it just ended up feeling over the top. It falls a little flat when you know they are trying to provoke an overly emotional response.


I hated the music, the storyline, the overfocus on Kristin Chenoweth. My least fave episode


Woops, wrong song. :P In the parentheses its supposed to be A House is Not a Home. OH I'M FALLING LOVE WITH THAT SONG! :)


I loved when Mercedes/Amber sang Beautiful. :D And when Kurt/Chris sang Home. Me and my mom couldn't stop laughing because we could see Kurt directing his emotions of that song to Finn. Beautiful song. I agree with Putie. I felt a lot of emotion in that one song (or is it two songs cause it combined a little of Home?) and I thought the Glee episode was awesome. Still, I wanted to see some big musical number. I still love Glee! :)


I found it annoying that Kurt wants to be seen as an honorary girl 99% of the time, but gets mad when his dad wants to talk sports and guy talk with Finn. "I'm a boy", he tells his father. I would have said then stop acting like a girl. You can't talk about facial cream, and then get mad at dad talking football. Dad loves him, and accepts his son. Kurt needs to accept that the world isn't going to change just because he is "out". Looking for acceptance, and wanting dad to talk about Jeans is asking too much. I thought the last song at the end was overdoing it. However, I loved that the choir was actually a choir.


anon- oh! true story! :)


i think that even though the episode was overly depressing and all that, it was still really moving- i actually cried when Will and April sang the song at his house. It was so sweet and you could FEEL how lonely they were
yes,Kurt is being dumb right now and he gets what he gets, but he did a great job at his story and especially his song! I loved it


The writer edited his main post after seeing the error, good that they pick up on these things :)


no one said it was her sister.


Worst. Glee. Yet. Go ahead. Look at them all and rate this one compared to all the others. This one made me want to jump off my roof when it was over. And what were they thinking with the musical numbers? Blech! Next week looks much better, btw.

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Glee Season 1 Episode 16 Quotes

Kurt: You shouldn't be embarrassed about your boy.
Mercedes: Embarrassed ? I'm worried about showing too much skin and causing a sex riot.

Mercedes, your vocal chords have had more fantastic runs than a Kenyan track team.


Glee Season 1 Episode 16 Music

  Song Artist
Song Beautiful Glee Cast iTunes
Song Homeward Bound/Home Glee Cast iTunes
Song Fire Glee Cast iTunes