Okay, overall, it was really good. And I loved the directions they were going. And I loved Kurt singing "Defying Gravity." I loved Puck. I loved the focus on Artie. I loved the hash cupcakes. I loved big dopey Finn. FUCKING LOVED Kurt’s dad.
What the fuck was up with Artie being in love with apparently not Tina but her stutter? Okay, actually I buy that, but not the way it was delivered. I mean, all the beats were there, but they didn’t sell it.
Of course, as I write this I’m listening to the sexual harrassment suit that is Will Shuester singing "Busta Move" to and with his high school girls. So clearly any attempt to ground this show in reality is a foolish gesture.
I liked the whole Puck-Finn-Quinn storyline a lot. And I loved the Kurt and his dad, but I did NOT buy the random phone call and so Kurt throws the solo. And really, this combined with the Tina/stutter/Artie love triangle sums up the whole thing. It was such a great concept, this episode. And if you squint and tilt your head, it’s still really, really good. But they stepped on too many of the arcs for me to really enjoy it. It’s still not topping "Preggers" as the top ep, despite the hype.
We aren’t even going to go into the Sue with Downs Syndrome sister. Okay, we are. I buy it, maybe, but this is the woman who euthanized her elderly mother. I like it on the one hand because it makes her less of a caricature and more real, but it is damn freaky every time they do that to Sue. I’m eager to see her turn back into a monster. Though I did like how she insisted on treating the Downs Syndrome cheerleader equally.
Bottom line: it was Glee. It’s often better when it’s bad, so I’ll just say pass me another has cupcake and maybe some of Kurt’s flask from that episode with Cristin Chenoweth and it’ll all be fine.