Happy Mardi Gras, y’all. I was at work for half the day, then when I got home later I fell asleep in the fetal position on the recliner in the living room… I was so tired.
But, not too tired to watch Glee tonight… it was the “Winter Finale” (i.e. the show isn’t going to be on now until April… sigh). Tonight’s episode was “On My Way” and was Season 3’s Regionals episode (among other plot lines…)
*note* i will post links to songs and videos as soon as I can
(SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN “ON MY WAY”)
Okay, to be up front with y’all… I’m a spoilers junkie, so I was well aware of all the plot lines that unfolded during tonight’s episode, including the last scene which left us with a “To be continued…”
That being said, I was pleasantly surprised, yet still very deeply affected by tonight’s episode. It was one of my favorite episodes of the season (maybe even of the show) and it had a lot to do with the heavy subject matter of some of the plots, as well as one of my favorite songs ever sung on the show.
The show opened with Kurt and Rachel in the Lima Bean, flipping through wedding magazines. This scene was released late last week, so you might have seen Sebastian approach them and threaten to upload a manip of Finn (naked) in red pumps onto the Internet if Rachel didn’t back down from Regionals.
After the “Glee” title card, the kids are in the choir room. Artie has the rulebook for glee competitions and points out how the Warblers should be disqualified for the threats of humiliation that Sebastian had brought up in the prior scene. Mr. Schue said he contacted Dalton’s headmaster, but Blaine shot back how he would likely do nothing after nothing was done when he was almost blinded a couple weeks ago.
Rachel says she’s still going to sing at Regionals and Finn takes offense, thinking the she would do this even though it was a threat to his reputation/image whereas if the situation was reversed, he wouldn’t sing. He stormed off.
We cut to Blaine pacing on the auditorium stage. Kurt walks in and mentions something about Sebastian. Blaine snaps at Kurt, but quickly says he’s not mad at Kurt, and that he doesn’t want to talk about Sebastian. He says he has an idea for a song for Regionals (theme = inspiration, or something like that) and he starts singing a solo version of “Cough Syrup”. His heart wrenching performance is juxtaposed against an equally heart wrenching scene of Dave Karofsky in the weight room at his school.
As Blaine sings, the pain in his voice is mirrored in the eyes of Karofsky who sees that the word “Fag” is scrawled across his locker in pink paint. Blaine pushes through his vocals, face screwing up with shear determination and passion, while Karofsky secludes himself in his bedroom. He sees messages of hate and discrimination aimed at him on Facebook and other social media sites. He cries on his bed, alone. Blaine continues to sing, a musical cry out to whoever is listening but at the same time, it’s like an internal monologue of someone trying to rationalize things out for himself, and Karofsky begins to set out an outfit. He looks so alone, but sadly determined. He tests a belt, pulling it between his fingers like his life depends on it… and maybe it does.
As Blaine’s song draws to a close, Karofsky is dressed up in his suit, steps into his closet (there is a chair nearby) and looks up at a rafter.
Cut to black. (This is where my mom asks me in utter shock, “Is he going to kill himself?!” To which I replied… “I think he’s going to try.”)
Luckily, try was all he did.
When we come back from break, Mr. Schue, Emma, Beiste, and Sue are in Principal Figgins’ office. He tells them that suicides and suicide attempts like David’s (he’s alive, thank God) impact other students and could cause copycats. The adults lamented how they didn’t do more to help him while he was still at McKinley. They were so worried about Kurt that they didn’t think to see if something was wrong with David.
The most heart breaking moment of this scene was when Sue mentions how she felt bad for Dave’s dad and there was a jarring cut to Mr. Karofsky holding his seemingly lifeless son and desperately asking him to wake up.
Meanwhile, the God Squad is discussing that they should pray for Dave. Quinn would rather pray for his parents and says the he was selfish to try and take his own life. Kurt comes in and some of the God Squad question why he’s there (Kurt is an atheist – this was established in “Grilled Cheesus” last season). Kurt didn’t know where else to go, and Joe invited him to come. Kurt called Quinn out and said she wouldn’t know what Karofsky was going through because even at her lowest point during her pregnancy and when she was a rebel, the world still loved her. Kurt broke down and said that be blamed himself for Karofsky’s actions. They showed a flashback of Kurt’s phone ringing multiple times (Karofsky each time) and him ignoring all the calls. (Karofsky harming himself was NOT Kurt’s fault, by any means… yes, he ignored him, but this one action was not the catalyst for Karofsky’s actions.)
All the Glee kids are gathered on the auditorium stage with Mr. Schue. They sit in a circle and Mr. Schue talks about how people get to low points where they don’t want to live anymore, but how it’s important to always remember that there is always something to look forward to. He confesses that when he was a junior, he almost jumped off the roof of the school after being caught cheating on his math test. It wasn’t the cheating that made him want to jump… but the fact that he disappointed his dad. Schue had all the kids share something they were looking forward to. Some things were more easily attainable goals (Tina wanted a song, Puck wanted to graduate) whereas some where going to take some effort (Santana wanted her grandma to love her again, Blaine wanted marriage equality in every state, etc…).
Sometime during this episode (I think it happened a bit earlier, but I’m just remembering it now…), Quinn met up with Sue. Sue revealed she was pregnant (how?!), but we don’t know who the dad is. Quinn asked to be back on the Cheerios. (More on this later…)
Inspired by Mr. Schue’s stage pow-wow and the over-arching theme of “life’s too short,” Rachel approaches Finn and says she wants them to get married now. His face scrunched up and he said, “But I have gym…” and she says she wants to do it Saturday after they win Regionals.
Later, Santana, Brittany, Kurt and Blaine march into the Lima Bean to meet Sebastian. Santana gets ready to threaten him, but he counters with an apology about hurting Blaine (who gives Sebastian an epic stank eye), and he also apologizes for how he’s been acting to everyone. As he talks, there is a flashback to a scene of Sebastian and Dave at Scandals. Dave shows some interest in Sebastian, but Sebastian brushes him off and tells him to stay in the closet. Sebastian shows some remorse for how he treated Dave and it appears that his character will be less douchey, at least with regard to teasing. He says he wants the Warblers to win, but he wants them to win fair and square. He also says that the Warblers are going to collect donations for Gaga’s “Born This Way” charity and asks if the New Directions want to participate.
(I wondered why he didn’t say they were going to donate to The Trevor Project, since The Trevor Project aired a commercial with DanRad during the show. If you haven’t heard of The Trevor Project, I highly encourage you to check out their website for more information. They do a lot of really great things for LGBTQ youth.)
And then it’s time for Regionals!!!!!
The Warblers are up first and they sing two songs (both with Sebastian on lead… and as much as I like GRant Gustin, I wish some of the other Warbler boys would get some face time too… alas). For their first song, they sang “Stand.” (audio only) Finn did stand up and start cheering. A girl from another glee club asked why he was cheering for the competition, and he said life was too short and that everyone should stand and cheer. And so they did… I liked this song the best out of their two numbers.
Their second song was “Glad You Came.” It was okay… like “Raise Your Glass 2.0” for me. (Remember the Warblers sang “Raise Your Glass” at last year’s regionals… right after Klaine became official and the boys bored our eyes and ears out with “Candles”?) I’m all for a cappella music, though. I’m going to miss the Warblers. Again.
After the Warblers were some madrigal group from the School of Perpetual Sorrow (or something like that…).
And then it was time for the New Directions (and Trouble Tones… although Sheby was no where to be seen… is she still on the show/a teacher at McKinley?)
First song they sang was a mashup of Nicki Minaj’s “Fly” and R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” (i.e. my jam from the present, and my epic jam from middle school… audio only, sorry). I would be content with Santana and Blaine rapping all of Nicki Minaj’s music. I was glad they gave Blaine the verse he rapped b/c it really reflected some internal/external struggles he’d been having with the Warblers and the New Directions over the course of this season.
The second song was the Trouble Tones singing Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”. I like this song and it was a good performance, but I wasn’t floored by it. I do appreciate a good girl-power number, though. Snaps to them.
The third song was a Rachel Berry-heavy version of “Here’s to Us.” (audio only) It was nice to see her parents and the Hudson-Hummel parents in the crowd (BURT HUMMEL, I LOVE YOU!), but what I didn’t understand was why Rachel’s dads were reacting like they’ve never seen their little girl sing on a stage before. UM, HELLO?! That didn’t make any sense.
While I like this song, I do not like when it’s a singing competition and Rachel is on stage by herself singing for half the song (or more, in some cases, during other competition episodes). To me, it’s a glee club competition… I would rather see all the kids on stage than watch Rachel Berry sing a solo at/about Finn (ugh, I can’t believe I shipped Finchel for all of Season One… shame on me).
At least halfway through the song, the glee girls came ons stage and the boys were up in boxes. But still… it was basically the Rachel Berry show. Boo.
When we got back from commercial, it was time to announce the winners. The madrigal group from Perpetual Sorrow placed 3rd (which they were super happy about…). Then, it was time to announce the winner. I would have bet even odds that the Warblers were going to win, but I was wrong… the New Directions are going to Nationals. While the McKinley kids celebrated, Blaine went over and shook Sebastian’s hand (because Blaine is a respectable young man with manners… BLAINE ANDERSON, I LOVE YOU!).
And now that Regionals is over… I guess it’s time for a wedding. And some updates on Karofsky.
Quinn goes into Sue’s office (Regionals was at McKinely, so this makes sense… also, Sue went to Regionals, which doesn’t make sense… but, she’s with child, so it’s like we’re in Bizarro World). Sue tells Quinn she admires Quinn for the ways that she is not like Sue. Sue hands Quinn her Cheerios uniform back and Quinn is back on the squad. Nationals, here we come…
Quinn (in her Cheerios uniform) meets Rachel in the hallway. Rachel and her make up (Quinn did not initially support Finn and Rachel’s upcoming nuptials) and it’s planned to meet up at City Hall (or where ever the Justice of the Peace ceremony takes place) for the wedding in a little bit.
(I think this scene came right after… I’m not super sure… but it was sometime during the episode, obviously)
Karofsky is at the hospital. Kurt comes to the door with a flower arrangement and asks if he can come in. He puts down the flowers and pulls up a chair next to the bed. Kurt says he’s glad Dave is alive and Dave says he’s glad he is too. Dave is off of the 72 hour watch and will go home the next day. Kurt apologizes to Karofsky for not answering his phone calls. Karofsky says he doesn’t blame him… he bullied Kurt for months and when people did the same to him, he didn’t even last a week. He also explains that his bff doesn’t want to talk to him anymore and that his mom says he has a disease that needs to be cured. Tears just fell from his eyes and my heart just broke over and over again. But Kurt, oh Kurt, reached out and said that screw the other people who can’t accept Karofsky for who he is. Kurt mentions how Mr. Schue had them all share something about the future that they were looking forward to. With Kurt’s help, Karofsky imagines that in 10 years, he’s a sports agent (or something like that), and his partner comes through his office door with their son and Karofsky is just really happy. He smiles through his own tears. It was really a beautiful moment. Karofsky asks Kurt if they could still be friends… Kurt reaches out and holds his hand and says yes. I’m good with this.
At City Hall (or where ever) Sue and Schue have a little talk. Sue asks/offers to help Schue prepare for Nationals. He gives her a look like “Really?!” but they hug and it seems she’s nice now (again, Bizarro World).
Meanwhile, Burt, Carole and Rachel’s dads are panicking in the hallway because their reverse psychology didn’t work and their kids are about to get married. Hiram comes up with an elaborate plan to distract the kids in time to kidnap Rachel and drive her to Broadway so she’ll remember her dreams. They all agree to object when it comes to that time in the ceremony.
Before or after this bit, Finn and Rachel meet up in the hallway. He looks dapperish in his suit. I’m not a huge fan of her wedding dress (nor do I think they should be getting married… but that’s me).
A little later, Rachel gets a text from Quinn that she went home to get her bridesmaids dress and that she’d be there soon.
It’s nearing 5:00 and Finn’s rushing to get them going so they don’t lose their slot. Rachel texts Quinn “where are you???” and Quinn, who is driving on a country highway, texts back “On My Way” and then gets slammed in her driver’s side door by a truck.
And then the screen cuts to black and “to be continued…” shows up and now we don’t have Glee until April.
Which means no promo.
However, in April, we’ll get an episode with Blaine’s older brother, Cooper (played by Matt Bomer… I can’t wait. They will be singing Duran, Duran. BE STILL MY HEART)
Anyway… I really liked tonight’s episode even though I knew all of the plot lines ahead of time.
Things I liked:
1. “Cough Syrup“- This is my favorite song of the season, thus far, and one of my favorite songs they’ve done on the show. I had never, ever heard this song before until last Friday. I purposefully didn’t seek out the original because I fell fast and hard for Darren’s version for tonight’s episode. His voice is uh-may-zing on this track… I think I liked it so much because it didn’t sound like a Blaine song… it sounded like a Darren song. But, after watching the episode, it totally is a Blaine song. One of the key words in this song is “control.” Funny… Blaine sang a song called “Control” at Sectionals. Even though the lyrics were really more for Karofsky’s plot, I think they very much apply to Blaine’s character. He might be in a good place now, but my head canon thinks that this wasn’t always the case. We’ve heard about scared/coward Blaine before (when he told Kurt that he ran from his last school before Dalton). We’ve seen angry Blaine (punching that punching bag in 3×8, his little shouting outbursts at Kurt and Finn). I am very, very much looking forward to more canon backstory on his character in the upcoming episode where we meet his brother. I know I probably wouldn’t care so much about Blaine if he wasn’t being played by Darren, but because Darren is just owning this character, I am in it for the long haul. Plus, I just love when Darren/Blaine gets solos. Darren nails them every time. And this vocal was just oiuadfshbjkneqwfhdqiuewfhdqw
2. Max Adler – You deserve the most epic of slow claps, sir. This boy has so much talent and he just brought it tonight… he is so capable of just tearing your heart out and ripping it up with a look. He’s so expressive he doesn’t need words to let you know exactly what he’s thinking because all of his feelings are spelled out for you with his eyes. That scene in the hospital was just so well done. I hope we get to see more of him this season.
3. Warblers – God, I love them so. I’m glad we got to see them a few times this season. I still wish we would have seen the “I Want You Back” number from the Michael episode, but it was really great to see them sing twice tonight.
4. Relevant plot points to important issues – Well, that last scene should drive the “Don’t Text and Drive” message in pretty good. I won’t even talk on the phone while I drive, let alone text. Yikes. But, I also was very glad they showed the negative consequences of bullying. More and more, people are using social media and the Internet to put down other people because it can be done anonymously, or at the very least, not face-to-face. However, those words still hurt people. Bullying hurts people. Bullying people based on their sexuality or sexual preference is cowardly, ignorant and intolerant. It’s unfair to put down others for a character trait that they were born with. Rolling Stone just had a really powerful article about a community in Minnesota (located right near where I live, sadly) that had horrendously high suicide numbers in their youth because of bullying and how the schools weren’t doing anything about it because of political intolerance. Glee may just be a show, but bullying in schools in a real issue that needs to be dealt with.
I’m bummed we don’t have new Glee for several weeks. But, when it comes back, we’ll get the last seven (eight? but I think seven…) episodes in a row. Woot.
For the record, though… I am pretty sure Quinn survives that car crash. Like, I’m pretty sure someone on the show tweeted that she just recorded a song recently. So, unless she’s singing from Heaven, she’s alive. So, yeah… at least the Finchel wedding didn’t happen yet. Maybe the car accident will postpone it. I sure as heck hope so.
Well… I’m gonna go read.
Have a good one