As Valentine’s Day approaches, love is in the air at McKinley High — but not for everyone.
The Feb. 14 episode of Glee kicked off with Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison) giving the New Directions this week’s assignment: find and perform the world’s greatest love songs. Right from the start, you knew it was going to be a real love fest. Because there were so many storylines this week, I figure the best way to run through what happened is to break it down by couple.
Finn (Cory Monteith) and Rachel (Lea Michele):
When Rachel’s gay dads (Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell) found out about her engagement, they only pretended to be supportive, while secretly planning to break it off using reverse psychology. Following Valentine’s Day dinner theater with the Hudson-Hummels, Mr. & Mr. Berry invited Finn to stay the night. Before long, Rachel and Finn were arguing about everything from bathroom privileges to their future in New York City, which had me thinking their plan might work — but we weren’t so lucky. They kissed and made up shortly after, and decided to get married after Nationals in May. Here’s hoping they don’t go through with it!
I’m really rooting for this duo, so I was truly disappointed when Mercedes professed her love to Sam — only to tell him she can’t be with him. After breaking Shane’s heart by telling him about her kiss with Sam, Mercedes couldn’t handle being with anyone. She doesn’t know who she is when she’s in love, so she decided to be alone. Then, in the moment we all were waiting for, Mercedes brought down the house with her performance of the classic Whitney Houston song “I Will Always Love You.” As Mercedes belted her heart out, there was hardly a dry eye in the choir room. The moment was made all the more tragic by Whitney’s sudden passing on Feb. 11. What a wonderful way to pay tribute to the music icon!
In this episode, we were introduced to Joe Heart, who’s played by The Glee Project winner Samuel Larsen. (Funny thing is, like Damian McGinty, Samuel is essentially playing an exaggerated version of himself.) The formerly homeschooled and devoutly Christian Joe had never met a gay person, so when Santana asked him and the rest of the God Squad to deliver a singing telegram to Brittany, he grappled with his beliefs before finally realizing that love is love. (While we’re on the subject of Santana, I really like the way the writers are developing her character this season. She’s softened somewhat while retaining her trademark edge.)
Kurt still misses Blaine, who’s been sidelined by his eye injury. Early in the episode, he started getting love letters from a secret admirer, who he assumed was Blaine. I didn’t think anything of it until — in a shocking twist — the admirer wound up being Karofsky! Kurt tried letting him down easy, but the reformed bully didn’t take his rejection well.
Artie (Kevin McHale), Rory & Sugar (Vanessa Lengies):
For some reason, Artie and Rory spent much of the episode vying for Sugar’s affections. I don’t have much to say about this storyline, except that I don’t understand why either guy would even be interested in Sugar, who could very well be the most annoying character in television history. Watching them fight over her was almost as painful as watching her reactions whenever one of them would try and surprise her. In the end, Rory got the girl. Not much of a prize, if you ask me!
Happy Valentine’s Day, HollywoodLifers! What did YOU think of tonight’s episode?
— Josh Rosenblatt
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