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Glee Review: Going Gaga!

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I've got a problem with Kurt.

I loved the episode "Theatricality." I was moved by Rachel and Shelby's reunion, I've already purchased their cover of "Poker Face," I laughed out loud at the Lady Gaga costumes, and I thought the Twilight/vampire references were hilarious and brilliant.

But let's talk about my problem with Kurt first.

He's a great character (played by a great actor), yet he was totally in the wrong last night. Yes, Finn crossed the line when he used the word "faggy," and I agreed with every word of Burt Hummel's speech regarding it. Still, take away that word and let's look at the fight that led up to it:

Finn was forced to adjust to a new family and a new living situation. He was sharing a room with someone attracted to him, which would be uncomfortable whether Kurt was gay, a girl or simply much older or younger than him. Finn had every right to be upset. So I wish the show had let Kurt realize the error of his ways for a change.

He's flamboyant and he's proud of being different and that's admirable. But Kurt is not always right. He's proud of being his own person, but he doesn't let others be who they are. His father is as understanding as can be, yet Kurt got mad because he took Finn to a baseball game. This week's episode concluded with Finn in a dress, coming to Kurt's rescue.

But why couldn't Finn be an athlete and a singer? Why couldn't he be someone absolutely accepting of Kurt and his lifestyle, yet want no part of it for himself? Sometimes, I wish the show would be less focused on standing up for the insecure minority and more focused on creating layered characters that break free from their stereotypes.

Simply put, Kurt owes Finn a major apology and I hope it comes next week.

Gaga-Like

But enough with my complaints (except this one: no Sue Sylvester?!?). I enjoyed this Lady Gaga-inspired hour thoroughly and here's why:

  • The outfits. Simply amazing.
  • Puck's serenation of Quinn and their baby was as moving as anything Glee has done. I was just like Quinn when it was over: speechless (but with fewer tears running down my cheek).
  • Tina to Will, regarding Figgins: "I think he thinks vampires are real." Will's response: "Me too." HA!
  • Also: Tina's mom thinks Kristen Stewart is a bitch.
  • The reunion between Rachel and Shelby was handled perfectly. It would be great if they met and instantly hit it off, but it would also be unrealistic. Instead, we get to see this relationship develop and, if we're treated to any more duets like "Poker Face," it will be an incredible journey.

What did you think of the episode? Enjoy the following Glee quotes from it:

Puck: While Jackie Daniels is a great name for a power boat or something, it's not great for a baby girl. | permalink
Kurt: What is your problem? It's just a moist towelette! | permalink
Finn: We live in Ohio, not New York... or some other city where people eat vegetables that aren't fried. | permalink
Brittany: You look terrible. I look awesome. | permalink
Rachel: When I was little and I was sad, my dads would bring me a glass of water. It got to a point where I didn't know if I was sad or thirsty. | permalink
Kurt: She changes her look faster than Britt changes sexual partners.
Brittany: It's true. | permalink
Tina: I know who I am and I'm not allowed to show it. It's like Communism. | permalink

Review

Editor Rating: 3.9 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (72 Votes)

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I completely agree with the Kurt part. I think the show is putting WAAAY too much focus on him. I mean, doesn't he have like more lines than Mr. Schue?! He's gay and proud to be different, we got that a while ago. I guess I'm just kind of getting tired of that storyline, it's time for something new. Finn had every right to feel the way he did, I would have TOTALLY freaked out in his position. And Finn in the dress was kind of a stretch, I didn't like that at all...
All in all I was surprised at how much I loved this episode, I honestly didn't think it would be this moving. I love Puck! "Jackie Daniels", hah! He's totally a high school dude!

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I was very upset about the lecture Finn received. I got the point of it, but it was also off the mark of what was going on (and so reduced the point to greeting card politics). Anyhow, I was glad to read this review and the comments because I work nights and kind of stewed this over all night! Kurt can be manipulative in previous episodes (after he screwed Rachel over by "helping" her improve her image to impress Finn, who was, surprise, the opposite of impressed, he answered her saying "I thought we were friends?" with approximately, "Who said we were friends?" -- like he has no responsibility if she's naive enough to trust him). That said, Kurt is still one of my favorite characters in, for instance, the expressions he goes through when Rachel is saying something Rachel or his conversations when he's fitting right in with all the disparate glee club members. And, I give the writers/producers credit for trying (and here I'm referring to Kurt and others as victims) to deal with bullying within the framework of entertainment. When a movie or tv show comes on that deals with bullying, I usually hear people saying that none of these really expose what bullying is like to someone because nobody would sit there and watch it in a theater or they'd change the channel on their tv. That's still true -- but they're trying. The one thing about resolving these viewer feelings (regarding Kurt's fault), is that the show's writers/producers do, by comments they've made in interviews, pay attention to what the viewers like and don't like.

Matt richenthal

@JWG: But the issue at stake and Finn's use of that word are two different issues. Yes, Finn was wrong to say it and I agreed with every word Burt yelled.
But Kurt has also been very much in the wrong for making Finn feel awkward and not understand why sharing a room would be incredibly uncomfortable for him. It would be nice for the show to depict Kurt as realizing the error in his way because he's often a hypocrite: if you want people to respect you for who you are, you must do the same to them.

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When I was watching the argument between Kurt and Finn I found myself siding with Finn. When he finally exploded and started calling the room 'faggy' I still was with him. Then the Dad came down and let him know why using that word was offensive I felt about two inches tll. And I am gay!

Lexii

Agree with what your saying. I felt very sympathetic towards Kurt when Finn called his room "faggy." (sigh)
About Sue, DID YOU NOT SEE THE PROMO FOR NEXT WEEK'S EPISODE?! :D
Oh my gosh... Will's going to seduce her... O.o

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Kurt is insane. Ish. We've all had that little crush that we know is unrealistic and stupid, those little schoolgirl things that take up too much of our time but eventually fade away... Kurt's the first person to act on it. And by act on it I mean jump it from behind, hold a razor to its neck and beat its legs with a hammer so it can't escape.
.___.; The thing is, I think people don't know whether to cheer for the poor kid's unrequited love or scream at their televisions "TAKE IT DOWN A NOTCH YOU CRAZY BASTARD." I think it has to be taken with a grain of salt, seeing as really, they're story would never progress without Kurt being a crazy person, but it's not going to go in the romantic comedy way we all want it to. ;-; Another thing I noticed about Kurt that I fell in love with. (Which, by now, is just stacking the cards) It's become obvious that Kurt plays the victim. When things don't go his way or he's out of his comfort zone (With the exception of standing up for Tina. D'aw.) he'll withdraw and make comments that make it about 'Oh, i knew you hated me and victim and sad', so that things don't have to delve any deeper than he wants them to. But twice this week when he really, really, had to face the fact that Finn had zero-interest in him, he made snap moves to move the conversation away. The Moist-towelette comment and the way he blew up with 'It's JUST a ROOM' was a way for him to get things more about the smaller details rather than face the fact that his conversation is going to have to happen at some point. Because it's always easier to pretend it's about something smaller. Something that can be fixed or apologized for. That's Kurt's defense mechanism, and at some point it's going to fail him. And then he's screwed. BAH. On to the rest of the episode. No Sue (Was Jane sick that week? D:!) Not enough Tina (She's yet to get her own episode. I was so let down by the lack of her.) and I loved the Rachel stuff. I didn't think I would, but it was handled brilliantly. I loved the thirsty/sad stuff. c: Good, not great, Finn in a dress, episode.

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I agree with you regarding Kurt - while I was sympathetic for the "fag" situation, he IS becoming pushy and definitely has a part in the wrong here. I also think Racchel and Mommy's reunion was INCREDIBLY unrealistic... the whole mom twist is to begin with, actually.

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If there is an apology from Kurt coming, it won't be next week. This episode was supposed to come after next week's. I do hope there is one in the finale though.

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I totally agree I started noticing the way Kurt acts when he was trying to force their parents together...I mean he pushes and pushes but the moment his father actually starts to bond with Finn he gets jealous...thats when I knew that Kurt was becoming a little selfish..I hope the writers start to fix his attitude cause I like Kurt.

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I loved the episode but hated Finn in a red shower-curtain dress at the end. It's out-of-character and a "jump the shark" moment. Finn wouldn't do that. I agree that he'd stick up for Kurt -- even with the football jocks. But in a red glam dress? No... just not realistic. Let Finn & Kurt work thru their issues in ways that are consistent with their two (different) personalities.