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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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It did not sound preachy to me and really didn't seem to address the dangers but only accented the "fun" aspect of it. This was not the best episode. I like Glee because usually it really drives home a point in a positive way but also in a fun way. This episode did not do that. Teens should not drink, although I know they will and the sexual aspect of this show is going way too far given who is watching and the time it is on but I know sex sells so I am sure it will continue. I still love Glee and the music!

Ace

Dude, how much am I loving Burt more and more? For a guy that still considers himself completely in the dark regarding parenting a gay teen, I think he's doing a great job. It was excellent that he shot down the gay aspect of Kurt's argument. Burt has the same rules if Finn had Quinn or Rachel sleep over. I think Kurt, for the most part, was deflecting his anger and frustration on Blaine onto his dad. All he heard was "You're gay and it's inappropriate and you should apologize for being gay," when Burt's actual message was, "It's inappropriate to have a potential sexual partner in my house without my permission. You should apologize for that." Because seriously Kurt, had he had Mike or Artie sleep over, his dad would not have any issue.

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Is it just me or does it seem like the more episodes in the second season seem like preachy PSA's the less interest I seem to hold in watching it in it's entirety. In season one, I'd be captivated from start to finish for the whole hour; now? Now I'm bored of it. They always make the promo for the next episode seem more amazing than it actually is. Which I know is suppose to be the job of a promotion but.. either live up to it or stop trying. Which, really? Tik tok? Isn't it Ke$ha's job in almost every song she's ever preformed to sing about intoxication or drugs? Seems like it's defeating the purpose. Plus that vomit? What in the world were they drinking? I know it was a mixture of random things but.. it all looked faker than it was probably meant to be. As far as the plot of Rachel/Blaine/Kurt. Uh wow, I'm sorry. I'd excuse her acting like an idiot when drunk but how in the world does she just get over one situation and jump onto another like nothing was ever wrong? Don't people normally take time to themselves and instead not sing a song [Firework from Katy Perry] that doesn't remotely represent the current situation. That song's meant as being inspiring yes, but not to be belted out after a bad break up. Seems kind of.. ridiculous. Though the thing with Will and his possible Alcoholism.. Sue trying to say he needs help but him saying he isn't one only to the next day got out and get wasted with Bieste? Wait what? Doesn't that defeat the purpose of what you were JUST denying the day before? It's just these episodes anymore seem rushed and glorified.. and little by little.. i'm losing interest.

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I thought this week's epiosde was funny, I really liked it. Sure it had it' preachy moments but that's to be expected. I agree that alcohol is a touchy subject for TV and is hard to really get right. But I'm glad they touched on it because it is a really big deal in teen life and it almost doesn't seem realistic to have a whole series about teens and never see them party. Someone mentioned feeling left out because they didn't address any charcters not being drinkers. I didn't think of that until now but it would make sense for Emma not to be a drinker because when your drunk you can lose so much control of yourself. It definitley would have made sense to mention that. I think it was kinda messed up for Rachael to be interested in Blaine when she has just started really getting close with Kurt and knows how much it would hurt him. But I can't blame her cause their kiss was really hot. It gave me hope that they can pair her with another guy besides Finn and I would like her with them. She's hot with Puck too but he would never treat her well enough so I am not on team Puckleberry. I loved the arguement between Kurt and Blaine. While I feel Blaine was a little dumb for not realizing a big part of Kurt's disapprovval was because of his feeling for Blaine, I was happy to see him put Kurt in his place for once. I love Kurt but he does have a tendency to act all high and mighty sometimes. Like later with his dad. That scen made me so mad. I adore Burt and I hate when Kurt treats him poorly and gives him a hard time. Burt accepts Kurt and loves him and tries so hard to let him know it. He was just being a good parent. I still hate Finn. It annoyed me that they made it seem like he knows so much about drinking. I don't feel like that fits into the original character. And I'm sick oh him acting like he's better than Rachael. Does anyone else feel like he's belittling her a lot now?

Lawrie

i really liked this episode!
i just enjoyed it and to me it didn't feel preachy at all. it was just one of many topics the show made an episode about.
and glee is always a little over the top and likes to exaggerate things, like when sue started calling will an alcoholic. we all know it's not true but sue kinda lives in her own (fantasy) world and so it worked for me.
i actually didn't mind the things kurt said because he was just upset and didn't think about what he was saying. when you're upset you just sometimes stop being rational and say things to try to hurt the other person. that's a normal fight to me and perfectly understandable. even if it sucked for blaine and burt.
people should stop being so serious about glee and just enjoy it.

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Oh and I didn't care for the rest of the episode either. Felt too forced and ALL the characters were annoying (need a least one likeable one). I enjoyed Becky and the xylophone, Tina and Mercedes being happy drunks, Brittany puking on Rachel and Mercedes reaction to Brittany's comment at the end, other than that didn't like it at all. Hopefully next week will be better. It seems lately we get one good ep and then 2-3 bad ones before it redeems itself again, that's getting beyond annoying (never happened in season 1). >:(

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So disappointed, I have been waiting for another epic Artie/Mercedes duet (since 'Proud Mary') and when they finally sing together and it's cruddy 'Blame It On The Alcohol' (one of the worst songs I've ever heard in my life!)?!! I still hold out hope of them doing a duet and helping NDs win regionals. Music this episode was dreadful and I can't believe I'm going to say it but I actually preferred Justine Bieber song selection!!!

Matt-richenthal

@Ella: I still enjoy the show. I think I make that clear in my reviews. I'm a critic and my job is to analyze. Sometimes, that means picking apart the aspect of which I'm not a fan.

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If you think GLEE is too preachy, why do you (still) watch it @ the person who has written the review? Every other time you say the episode was too preachy. My God, so what? Get over it already.
I loved the episode, the songs were amazing and I don't have a problem with teenage tv shows that are "preachy". I liked the outcome of this episode, that kids hopefully do the right thing by themselves.
And I'm so in love with Blaine, he could sing every song and that'd be alright with me. :D Great episode!

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totally agree Lex.
Dont forget that Kurt had his own Hetero stage (he dated Brittany in an ep).

Glee Season 2 Episode 14 Quotes

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

Sue

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

Emma
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