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?


Editor Rating: 4.1 / 5.0
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For once, this actually wasn't preachy!!
The pledge they took in the end was less about a moral and more about focus! This review sort of sucks.
It spends three paragraphs whining bout how it's like a PSA, and barely a sentence on each song. TV Fanatic needs to spend more time reviewing the music on Glee cause hell, that IS the show. And Don't You Want Me was AWESOME. Lea and Darren singing together! Finally! And not a predictable power ballad, but a catchy song. Loved it :) I think the music overall was ace. Damn, Heather Morris can sing.


Not their best effort. Honestly, I fastforwarded through half of it. Parts were entertaining, but as per usual with Glee lately, the message they were trying to send fell flat and I just didn't care. And for the love of all that's holy, PLEASE, PLEASE give Rachel someone decent as a love interest. Not a gay guy, or a jerk that's gonna stab her in the back the second it's turned, or...well, that pretty much sums up who she's dated, actually. On the bright side, Gwyneth Paltrow's coming back, so yay!


For a few months once I lived in a cheap hotel in Florida off season where there were a lot of different groups of us offbeat types personalities, including a group of gays who all worked at the dinner theater in town. Nice guys all. One-guy-I-got-to-know-pretty-well's roommate was all of a sudden not only NOT exclusive, but went out with girls or anyone. His whole thing was sex, and taking advantage of opportunities as they presented themselves -- but it wasn't the state of things when the two moved in together and the one guy who was pouring out his unhappiness to me, because he was so much more invested in the relationship, had very much the same kind of attitude as Kurt, saying about the same things. He was really hurt, but believed his slut boyfriend would come around to the same final conclusions as Kurt thought Blaine would arrive at. That is, the Rachel-Blaine-Kurt thing seemed real enough to me. Keep in mind, Rachel and Blaine already had a lot in common (Kurt and music, for instance) and probably would have a lot of fun going out. The drunken kiss just opened up some other possibilities / opportunities.


I didn't feel like it came across too much like a PSA -- they undercut the message by admitting the kids wouldn't actually stop drinking. Check out my full review here.


okay... this episode was very different. I did like how they handled the underage drinking problem, it was fun and entertaining. Did noone notice the kiss between coach Beiste and Will? Is that leading somewhere or are they just good friends?


Well frankly, my only problem is the reviewer having such a damn problem with the word "preachy" and using it whenever Glee might tackle a serious issue. Yes, in past episodes it has been a little over the top, but i've never felt they were "preachy" or like a "Public Service Anouncement" and i was actually worried the reviewer would say something like this when i saw the preview because, yes, they did an episode on Alcohol, whic a lot of teen shows do...but hey, guess what? Teens do drink a lot and the only sense of a public service announcment is when Will was telling them how bad drinking was and all that. But Will annoys me anyway. I have to say i like drunk Will much more than sober Will.


Didn't really love this episode either but the songs and performances were wonderful.


this epi was soooo funny!!! :D i love Pucker and Artie song hahaha


as far as the Kurt, Blaine and Rachel scene, actually many young people ARE going thru this and are confused and searching. I actually thought it was cute and handled in a good way.


I thought this was the funniest episode yet!!!!

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Glee Season 2 Episode 14 Quotes

I suggest you pre-actively check into rehab, as you are a future alcoholic.


I love hearing about the glee club, but I'm actually more interested in you.