Glee aired an episode about sex and relationships this week, as two couples went through with their first times; Coach Beiste snagged a man; and viewers were introduced to an evil Warbler.
Join panelists Matt Richenthal, Steve Marsi and Eric Hochberger now, as they respond to questions regarding "The First Time" and debate various points from the installment...
What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: Coach Beiste bench pressing, no doubt. First off, there were 405 pounds on that bar. That's the equivalent of like six Emma Pillsburys! I also just loved how dense she was when Cooter asked her out, soon followed by waterworks when she realized he was serious.
Steve: The concluding montage, featuring both couples going through with their sexual experiences. You can call it cheesy. I call it perfectly done on Glee's part.
Eric: Probably the gay bar because I know how much Matt hated the Karofsky storyline. I, conversely, thought this was also handled and gave us a realistic look into another aspect of that culture.
What was your favorite number from the episode?
Matt: "Uptown Girl," definitely. Sorry to say it, New Directions, but the Warbler are sort of amazing.
Steve: Gotta give West Side Story some love. "America" all the way!
Eric: I can't really break it down by number, but the way the show interspersed Rachel's sex dilemma with shots of her and Santana rehearsing for the show was VERY cool. Unlike anything Glee has done before.
What was your first impression of Sebastian?
Matt: Deliciously evil. He ought to make for an interesting foil, though I was very happy to see Blaine not seeming interesting at all. In fact, in reference to the first Round Table question above, my second favorite scene was when Blaine took Kurt's hand and assured him he didn't care about Sebastian at all.
Steve: My very first impression? Talk about straightforward! He might as well have jumped Blaine over the table based on the way he immediately came on to him. But, like Matt just said, it is nice to know Blaine would have fought off those advances.
Eric: Desperate, both for fame and affection. Why go after Blaine, who made it so clear he has a boyfriend? Just because he's a talented singer? Because Sebastian wants what he can't have? Makes me wonder if there's another agenda going on with this guy.
Did Glee handle the topic of teenage sex well?
Matt: Absolutely. Like I said in my review, not sure how I feel about heavier episodes such as this - I'd be excited just to see Sue walking around insulting everyone on a weekly basis - but at least I was aware going in that the episode would be serious in nature. And, yes, only positive, realistic messages were sent.
Steve: Sure. We heard from all sides - easy Santana, clueless Brittany, regretful Quinn, loving Tina - and the characters involved weighed the pros and the cons before making a decision. What else could you ask for, the show to act like teens don't have sex? That's just silly.
Eric: Who cares?!? It's a TV show! It's job is to entertain, not educate. People have got to relax.