Let me start off by saying that no one has rocked a track-suit inspired wedding gown more than Sue Sylvester did on tonight’s episode of Glee. True, it is quite possible that no one has tried to rock a dress like that…ever, but I predict it will be all the rage in 2011. Don’t be surprised when Vera Wang shows one in her spring collection.
Glee this week was all about weddings, in this case Kurt’s father and Finn’s mother as well as Sue (Jane Lynch) and…uhm…herself. Sam (Chord Overstreet) also made his move with Quinn (Dianna Agron), giving her a promise ring that she wasn’t sure she could accept just yet. Do people still give those to people? I mean besides the Jonas Brothers?
This week also marked the debut of the legendary Carol Burnette as Sue’s judgemental and self-centered mother Doris, the famous Nazi hunter. Doris is in town for Sue’s “wedding” and has a few thoughts on the matter, mostly about how she can be featured during the ceremony. Personally, I don’t really get this whole storyline. Yeah, I suppose it would be in character for Sue to decide that the only person worthy of her love and devotion is herself, but I thought the wedding was a little much. Her online dating ad did list one of her hobbies as “poking the elderly with pins” so her options were a bit limited. I think they could have found a better way to bring the Doris character in. Weird subplot aside, Carol was perfection. I really wanted to see her tug her earlobe at least once. I am hoping this wasn’t the last we’ll see of her. The duet she did with Sue on “Ohio” was nice. I’d forgotten how well Carol can sing.
Amidst all the wedding happiness Kurt (Chris Colfer) is once again terrorized by Dave Korofsky, only this time the threat is much scarier and Kurt finally seeks help from Principal Sue. Even while Sue is referring to Kurt as “Lady” you can see that she is genuinely concerned for him but legally has no recourse. Kurt kindly points out that she too is bullying him and she backs off. I expected more of an “aha” moment (to quote Oprah) for Sue on that point but she just glossed over it and offered him several nicknames to choice from, including Porcelain, which didn’t make much sense to me either.
I’ve said it before but it bears repeating. Chris Colfer is doing amazing work on this show. He deserves an Emmy nod next year for sure. Despite the theatrics of his character I think Kurt is the best example of a real gay teen on TV right now. If he isn’t changing the attitudes of a generation of teens then someone isn’t paying attention.
Since the school can’t do anything to Korofsky Rachel (Lea Michelle) reaches out to the girls to convince their boyfriends to confront him. Finn (Corey Monteith) is resistant though, thinking that he can help Kurt more effectively by staying calm, but the need for calm has passed. Sam, Artie (Kevin McHale), Mike (Harry Shum Jr) and Puck (Mark Salling) corner Korofsky in the locker room and get into a fist fight that Coach Bieste breaks up. This means that Kurt’s parents and Korofsky’s parents end up in Sue’s office where Kurt once again shows more compassion that his tormentor deserves by refusing to reveal his secret. Korofsky gets expelled, but you know this isn’t the end.
With the bully managed the action turns back to the wedding. Burt (Mike O’Malley) and Carol (Romy Rosemont) read their own vows that won the award for best vows on a tv wedding ever! Unlikely families seems to be a theme with Ryan Murphy. Remember Brooke and Sam on Popular? Anyway, the Glee kids coming in to “Marry You” was amazing. That wedding video that tore up YouTube last year must have really made an impression on Hollywood. This is the second show that I know of to use it as inspiration. I also thought “Just The Way You Are” was perfect. Finn really stepped up. Who wasn’t crying by the end of this episode? I mean for real.
Sadly, the school board chose not to do anything about Korofsky and Kurt decided to transfer to Dalton Academy. I saw this coming and I hate the thought of Kurt not being at McKinley, but honestly I think he will really have an opportunity to shine there. Plus that means more Blaine (Darren Criss) and I am in favor of that. I was a little annoyed that in the middle of his big goodbye the writer’s chose to have Rachel ruin the moment with her selfish “does this mean you’ll be competing AGAINST us!?” comment. After her gesture earlier in the episode I didn’t buy her selfish response to the news of his leaving. Plus, you know that Santana is plotting to make sure that Rachel finds out Finn lied about having sex with her. That particular bit of info won’t stay a secret for long.
And now my favorite quotes:
Sue: “I like to think of the homeless as outdoorsy. So, shine on urban campers. You smell like adventure!”
Kurt: “I’ve been planning weddings since I was two. My Power Rangers got married and divorced in so many combinations they were like Fleetwood Mac!”
Next week is sectionals and Kurt is on the opposing team, but based on the preview it looks like we are getting a Glee version of that Florence and the Machine song everyone loves! Maybe we’ll find out what happened to Asian Sensation Sunshine Carazon (Charice) who blew our minds a few weeks ago. Tune in next Tuesday at 8pm on Fox.