A pair of unexpected first kisses highlighted this week's episode of Glee. As did the show's typical array of funny quotes and outstanding song performances, of course.
We go over a number of topics related to "Never Been Kissed" in the following edition of the Glee Round Table. We encourage readers to chime in via the Comments section below and/or the TV Fanatic Glee forum...
What was your favorite quote from the episode?
Matt R.: I'll always choose a nugget from Sue. This week, it was her response to Will's stunned reaction over Coach Beiste quitting: "I believe I just said that Annie Sullivan. You want me to sign it into your palm."
Steve M.: Gotta give Dot Jones props for coming through big time in such a major episode for Beiste. With that in mind, I'll point to this nonsensical, albeit hilarious, retort to Quinn: "Watch your tone with me, missy. You crap on my leg. I'll cut it off."
Eric H.: Sue's entire exchange with Quinn was a winner, but I've highlighted this take from the cheerleading coach: "Know what kind of disgusting images I'm gonna need to stare at now to get that out of my head? Gonna have to go to the wound care center. Gonna have to stare at some wounds."
What was your favorite song from the episode?
Matt R.: Teenage Dream may have been my favorite song this season, or at least in the top five. Darren Criss made an immediately great impression with that one.
Steve M.: Because I love me some Puck and was glad to have him back this week, I'll choose "One Love."
Eric H.: As Matt said in his review of the episode, I don't really understand why the guys felt a need to apologize. But at least it gave us that great mash-up of "Stop in the Name of Love" and "Free Your Mind"More surprising kiss: Kurt and the jock, or Will and Beiste?
Matt R.: I saw Will smooching Beiste coming as soon as he delivered the cheesy line about how she is beautiful inside and out. But I most certainly expected Kurt to get a knuckle sandwich in that locker room scene, not a lip lock.
Steve M.: I agree with Matt. It felt like the episode veered away from the topic of bullying in general, which unfortunately victimizes gays and straights, and tied together Kurt's storyline a bit too conveniently with that kiss. Still, it was certainly a shock to see.
Eric H.: Will and Beiste and here's why: I didn't think Will would be so presumptuous as to actually go through with that. The sentiment may have been nice, but who wants one's first kiss to be based around pity, not romance?!?
What is your take on how the show handles high school sex?
Matt R.: I don't think it's realistic. Sorry to be crass, but all the girls we know of are either slutty or prude. I'd really like to see Rachel and Finn go at a pace of awkward discovery in this area, something so many teenagers can relate to. Instead, we get countless jokes about how Finn must hold himself back because Rachel will only go to first base.
Steve M.: I've had this problem since the days of Beverly Hills 90210 and Donna Martin: if a show about high schoolers want to have its females refrain from sex, that's fine. But, to put it delicately, can someone tell these writers there is other... stuff men and women often do together? Like Matt said, many couples don't just kiss or quickly go all the way. There are things in between is all.
Eric H.: Yeah, I'm with my fellow Round Tablers. I understand that Glee is a show about extremes, but it's also a show that aims to teach lessons, right? That said, I fail to see why it only focuses on two sides of female sexuality. It's funny when Santana says "if everyone just put out, we would have a winning football team," but absolutely no teenage girl is this open and care-free about sex.