Glee Review: Drinking, Vomiting, Tik Toking...

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Hey, did you know what over 400 people die per year from alcohol poisoning? And drunk driving is really bad?

If you weren't aware of these facts, Glee made it a mission to drive the points home on "Blame It on the Alcohol." Fortunately, there were enough fun songs and scenes thrown in so that the episode didn't feel too preachy - but I still wish all shows involving teenagers would ban drinking-related storylines forever.

Coach and Will

There's no way for a series to not come across like a Public Service Announcement when the topic is alcohol. This can be especially grating because alcoholism is a serious disease.

It's silly, and almost insulting, to suddenly pretend like Will has such a severe problem that he has to actually give up imbibing simply because he left one drunken message. Moreover, high school students will party and drink and vomit and repeat the process for as long as there is liquor and empty basements. They shouldn't get behind the wheel after doing so and they should be careful sexually and... yada, yada, yada. We've all heard these messages a thousand times before.

I'm not downgrading their importance. I'm just wishing they weren't the central plot of a show I watch for entertainment.

As I said, however, "Blame It on the Alcohol," did couch its PSA-like series of developments in enjoyable outfits (what were Kurt and Rachel wearing to the party?!?) and catchy performances (so nice to see the show go western for a change!). It's hard to take too much of an exception to an episode that gives us Beiste in a cowboy hat.

Just one more complaint, though: no way Finn knows the word "archetypes."

Now, on to the other major storyline of the hour: Blaine, Kurt, Rachel and the drunken kiss heard 'round the world. Or at least within the halls of William McKinley High School. I wasn't really sure what to make of all this.

I was on Kurt's side in his initial argument with Blaine. Yes, a friend should be understanding, but Blaine absolutely billed himself as a confident, out, proud, sure homosexual. Of course it was jarring for Kurt to learn that his role model in this area doubted his sexuality.

But then Kurt got on my nerves when arguing with his father. Didn't Burt say he'd also object to Finn having a girl sleep in his bed? Wasn't he instituting the same rules for both gay and straight? Kurt left the conversation by telling his dad to "educate" himself so Kurt could go to him with problems, just like a straight person would.

What does that even mean? Was Kurt asking his father to read up on various sex acts? And why did Burt ramble on about Brokeback Mountain? It's inappropriate for any 16-year old, male or female, gay or straight, to have a sleepover. Case closed. That's all that happened here. Why did Glee try to make it about something more?

As for Blaine questioning his sexuality, I can't pretend to be an expert in this area. I'll let others debate whether or not a young gay person might really wonder about such a thing following a drunken kiss, only to be assured of the opposite when kissing a girl sober. At least this resulted in a humorous reaction from Rachel.

And at least Gwyneth Paltrow is returning in two weeks! Hooray! Overall, this was a strange episode of Glee, one that clearly tried to send along a pair of messages, but one that got too tangled up in various viewpoints to make either one clear or sensible. What did everyone else think?


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I agree with mehh. When I watch glee I'm expecting to be empowered, entertained, and relieved that high school drama can actually be hilarious in some light. But a psa glee was really unnecessary in my opinion. I think that the Blaine/ Rachel thing would have been AMAZING and was sad to see that it lasted about a millisecond. It seems like the writers had some extremely great ideas the first half of this season and then couldnt move on. I mean seriously where's the character development? Rachel is still aggressive and pathetically in love with Finn, Santana is still a beezy, and Quinn wants to be prima girl at school. The only people who have really changed are Brittany and Will. Also, Chris is such a great actor and it really is a shame all they do is make him do the whole "wahhh i'm gay" problems. I totally understand it's an issue but there is also a lot of other things I'm sure bother him. I mean hello his mom is dead...


I thought this show was really well done. The fact that they took underage drinking in a direction that doesn't just preach to kids was the best way to handle it. You cannot sit there and tell kids not to do something, but if you educate them about being safe about it..chances are things will turn out for the best. As for Rachel/Blaine. Glad that's over. Rachel and Blaine would've been a horrible match. Yuck. Blaine is gay. End of story.


The point of this episode was to explain that kids are going to drink whether they're allowed to or not. It's a fact. It WILL happen with or without permission. Mr. Sheuster was not trying to preach to them. Remember he and Beiste (well, mostly Beiste due to his intoxication) were discussing that fact. They were just trying to show that, yes, drinking can be fun, but there are also issues that may arise from excessive drinking; regret, embarassment, vomitting, and most importantly legal issues. I liked this episode because they're not being naive in thinking that just because a kid is underage, all these bad thinks are going to happen to them if they drink. This show was being realistic. Drinking at that age is fun, however kids need to know responsibility, whether it be from remaining sober or not. It's their choice and they can suffer the consequences.


I was laughing until I cried. So I guessed the serious message was kind of lost on me.
and I think it's sad Blaine is gay because he could be such a good love interest for many girls. Don't missunderstand me, I actually think he and Kurt are really cute. But I'm a little in love with the character and I would love him with Rachel or maybe Quinn. So him being bisexual would actually be a pretty good storyline I think.


I was disappointed with the Blaine/Rachel storyline, because they DID have chemistry, and so much more could've happened!


In response to a previous comment, I totally saw that kiss between Beiste and Mr. Schue. I was like "Whaaaaaa?" Since when are they on kissing terms now? But I did enjoy Mr. Schue's drunk dial message, and the look on Emma's face.


This episode was kind of mehh for me. It actually almost made me dislike Glee. Not even the songs could make up for it. They really did glorify drinking too much, and it made most of them look like idiots because of how many times they got drunk. The part with Rachael and Blaine was unnecessary in my opinion; it was too short and really changed nothing (however I would love, love, LOVE it if Lea and Darren actually started going out.) I did think the way Kurt acted with his dad was unreasonable. I thought he could have tried a little harder to understand where his dad was coming from. Also, I noticed a lot of people were talking about how Sue pushed the guy down the stairs. I thought that was a little odd too, but i dunno. I remember Puck once pushed Artie down the stairs (which is just wrong; I mean he's disabled for Pete's sake).


I was very conflicted about this episode. It did not accomplish the goal of curbing under-age drinking. When you see all the glee club kids getting drunk, it looks cool to high school kids, even if they vomit. This episode did more to promote drinking than avert it. Especially when the principal doesn't realize that they were really drinking in school and instead of expelling them, he praises them.
Sue pushing the other coach down the stairs was disturbing. I agree with a previous comment that the scene was really uncomfortable to watch and really was attempted murder. She went too far. This wasn't funny. I laugh at many of her other antics but I couldn't this time.


I was dissapointed with this episode, and the way they glorified drinking was uncalled for. I loved the duet with Blaine, and Rachel, and the other songs, and i felt that Kurt had a right to be mad at Blaine because kurt looked up to Blaine because he was fine with who he was, and kurt had a hard time dealing with being bullied because he was gay. I felt like Mr. Schuster should have given them a bigger punishment for their actions, instead of slapping them on the wrist with a call if they slip up. I am 24, and i never engaged in underage drinking at all in my life, and the reason is my parents kept me grounded. BTW i am excited for GP's return i loved her in the first episode she was in, so im looking forward to it.


I'd like to point out that the show never tries to officially tell you that underage drinking is completely wrong. It shows how fun it can be, shows the precautions, but in the end Will tells the kids that he can't tell them how to live their lives and just not to drink until after Regionals, and if they did, to call him. It simply showed the issue of underage drinking as it was, without picking a side. No preaching was done at all, really.

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