We're back with a new edition of the Glee Round Table. Given the events that took place in "Sexy" - Holly returned, Emma split with Carl, Santana came out - there's a lot to break down.
Below, lead Glee critic Matt Richenthal joins his esteemed colleagues Steve Marsi and Eric Hochberger to discuss the episode. Feedback is encouraged...
What was your favorite quote/scene from the episode?
Matt: We got a healthy dose of Brittany this week, highlighted by the following logic: "The key is to use your curling iron in the bathtub to keep you from being burnt."
Steve: Easily the speech Burt gave to his son. Forget words of wisdom about gay sex. This advice could easily apply to anyone just starting to experiment in this area.
Eric: Holly absolutely cracked me up. I loved her jab about Emma's close legs and also about her own sex tape with JD Salinger.
What was your favorite performance from the episode?
Matt: I didn't love the developments with Santana (read below), but I have to give credit to Naya Rivera, Heather Morris and Gwyneth Paltrow for the rendition of "Landslide." It was just beautifully done all around.
Steve: "Afternoon Delight." There was no major dancing, no especially creative twist on the single... but Emma thought it was about dessert! Hilarious!
Eric: You guys did see Paltrow during her cover of "Do You Wanna Touch Me," right? Easiest answer ever.Were you happy to see such a focus on Santana and Brittany?
Matt: No. Not all characters need to be three dimensional. I'd be perfectly fine with Santana and Brittany just being around to throw out the occasional one-liner and to serve as the slut and the ditz, respectively. While their scenes were very well acted by Rivera and Morris, the sudden seriousness between two people who earlier this season talked about their "scissoring" and have never seemed anything but casual just felt forced and unnecessary.
Steve: I disagree, Matt. Aren't you the same critic who sometimes complaints about a lack of character development? This storyline was all that (and a bag of chips!), so how can you look down on it?
Eric: Tough one. But I see Matt's side. One scene, Brittany thinks babies come from storks. Then, the show wants us to take her seriously enough to hold this kind of life-changing discussion? It can't have it both ways.
Is this it for Carl and Emma?
Matt: Unfortunately, I assume so. Emma had been showing such evolution over the last few episodes, too, standing up to Will and coming across as far more confident than ever. But now she'll clearly pine over him, while he's dating Holly, and the show will continue to keep these two apart.
Steve: It has to be. I'm fine with the couple splitting, but it would have been more effective if there was any build up to it. The series had Emma marry Cark out of nowhere, then we didn't see him for months, and then he showed up... and left again. A bit disappointing and mishandled.
Eric: Yes. Good rule of marriage: when your wife isn't sure if she's in love with someone else or not, it's over.