Glee Review: "Born This Way"

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Five stars for Glee's "Born This Way" episode and only because I'm not allowed to give it more. After reading a lot of criticism following last week's episode I have to believe that those left wanting had their prayers answered this week.

Spontaneous songs were back! I don't care if you are a Jackie or Marilyn, Peggy or Joan, Rachel and Quinn's I Feel Pretty/Unpretty mash-up was amazing. The choice of songs was made even more spectacular when we later learned about Quinn's past life as Lucy Caboosey.

While I could have done without the creepy child pageant scene, Lauren played a necessary evil this week as she was instrumental in exposing Quinn's past. 

Photo From Born This Way

Great Carrie reference from Quinn, by the way, when she mused about Lauren being soaked in pigs blood in front of the entire school.

Speaking of potential humiliation before an entire student body, Kurt's return on the steps of McKinley was anything but. The Warblers soared as they sang farewell to their friend with their rendition of Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know."

I know, I know, I couldn't believe no one clapped either. Very much like no one came to the concert last week. We just have to let these inconsistencies slide off our backs and focus on the more genius moments and overall greatness of the show.

Like as Kurt received hug after hug goodbye before finally coming face to face with Blaine, was it weird or amazingly appropriate that all I could think of was Dorothy when she said goodbye to the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and lastly Scarecrow?

Sadly though, I think this emotional farewell was a prelude of things to come. The way the camera held on Blaine as he watched Kurt being embraced by his friends sent chills through my body and not the good kind like I got at the beginning of "Born This Way."

I then recalled how just moments earlier Kurt told Blaine that he would never say goodbye to him. That sealed it, sadly, for me. I fear our beloved Blaine will join Pavarotti in the big music hall in the sky, by the end of the season.

For as much as I didn't want to believe my sad realization, I did want to believe Karofsky's apology was genuine. Even if it was scripted by Santana it was good to hear someone on the show talk about the dangers of bullying. She also deserved some snaps for her bevy of memorable quotes this week highlighted by her claim that the only kind of straight she is, is straight bitch.  

Fans of Finn were treated to a great solo complete with a healthy dose of his adorably awkward dance moves. Mike Chang accompanied him in green and black and reminded me of Jiminy Cricket as he helped Pinocchio learn how to act like a real boy should. Finn has certainly looked like he was made of wood in the past but he did Sammy Davis Jr. proud on all counts.  

Kurt killed it in the Flash Mob scene at the mall and looked smashing in that USA tank from Toddland that has gotten so much press. His real moment of course came as he belted out Barbara's "As If We Never Said Goodbye." Seriously, the first word that came to mind was Emmy! If that performance didn't scream Emmy I don't know what would. All this just days after the 50th anniversary of Judy Garland's famous performance at Carnegie Hall.  Kurt returned home from over the rainbow in a sense and will never again be alone. We will continue to watch him fly and teach the world new ways to dream. 

In addition to the many memorable quotes from this week, I just wanted to mention a few last things that I loved about this episode. 

- All of Santana's mean quips, Finn's puffy pyramid nipples included. 

- Sam's Hunt For Red October quote to Santana as she wore that fur Russian Trooper hat. 

- The whole fathers and sons meeting in Figgins' office. 

- Kurt as he demanded Karofsky learn about both Eve Harrington and PFLAG if he was to be gay. 

- How even Santana was moved by Kurt's solo. 

- Puck's Jewish pride.

- Emma for getting help finally for her OCD. 

- Rachel for realizing how beautiful she really is. 

- Lastly the shirts, all of them, Amaze! 

OK you've had your fill of Oz references for today, I have rambled on long enough. Lady Gaga you should be proud. As for the rest of you, I am dying to read what you all thought.


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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (213 Votes)

i could not have been more happy about this episode! after last week i was left doubting whether or not glee would ever return to its old ways this week was incredible!!! i had started rewatching season 1 and watching last nights episode it fit in perfectly to the old feel. was so happy about the random breaking out and singing by rachel and quinn...that was something that i had missed so much from season 1! great episode glee! you are back on the right track!
but btw. if blaine is killed off i will be more upset than you could imagine!


I think the flash mob scene was filmed in the EXACT same spot as the one from last year where Artie daydreams he can walk. This was indeed like the shows of yesteryear. I breathed a sigh of relief watching an episode that had a message and didn't beat you over the head with it. Two thumbs up.


I'm likely thinking too hard, but the flash mob or the students in the assemblies ... I've kind of figured those are fans of Glee (like weren't there an awful lot of "teachers", meaning older people, in the stands at the Tik Tok assembly[?], who through some promotion or another get to come in to be the audience or, in the mall flash mob ... I thought the scene was likely really filmed at a mall with the dance directors giving some brief direction to the mob and letting the fans go for it, and cutting the film to make it work. I'm probably wrong, but would they have really hired all those people when fans would do it for free? If anyone knows better, please correct me ....


Oops forgot Puck was wonderful and so was Santana that straight up bitch line is added to my favorites.


Loved this episode sang a long at the top of my lungs and cried when the Warblers said goodbye to Kurt. They have to find some way to get Blaine over to New Directions he fits in so well with the show it would be such a loss if he left.


Blaine won't die.... i remember reading it up somewhere that blaine's gonna audition for the new directions in season 3..... also.. he's a great character.... killing him off would be stupid!


wtf blaine can't die!


Anyone else find Kurt's motion during the "orient" phrase (which really, GaGa, why the fuck is that in there? There's accepting yourself and there's belittling others) rather derogatory? I mean, thank god he didn't actually pull back his eyelids in a "slant" motion but jeeze. No? No? Not surprising.


What a sad, sad world we live in. Five stars for Glee. Seriously? It's the worst written show on television. Possibly the worst written show in television history. But the world loves cover versions of songs they hear constantly on the radio, so . . . . Sigh.


I think "Born This Way" episode was by FAR the best episode we've had in a while. It was entertaining with surprising twists (with Quinn's Lucy kaboosey), I was pretty satisfied. However, the flash mob at the mall was totally uncalled for. I mean, wth was that? If I remembered the Safety Dance flash mob, even though it was only a fantasy, this one was boring, uninspiring and rather sloppy. Having said that, I love the Emma storyline, the acting, the dialogues, it was fantastic. My favourite performance was definitely the I Feel Pretty/Unpretty song. Kurt's singing was great, it could stand for an Emmy, but Rachel-Quinn's mash-up was just very moving. As for who I think might die, since rumour has it it's going to be female, I'm betting it on Sue's sister. She's bed ridden and Sue didn't even show this episode. I'm guessing she's gonna play a major part later and besides we haven't seen her sister in a while. If that's going to be true, I just hope the writers are able to make use of her death as best as they possibly could, really wring it dry to get all the juice out.

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