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“Right now I don’t want a heavenly father, I want my real one back.”: Grilled Cheesus (2×3) Gleecap

October 6, 2010
Finn and his Grilled Cheesus

Are you there, Grilled Cheesus? It's me, Finn.

I’d been warned by the media that this episode would be a tear-jerker, and wow, were they right. Not only that, but it was also my favourite episode so far this season and one of my favourites of the series as well. One thing that I must note from the get-go is how impressed I am that Glee tackled the topic of religion in such a frank and real way and not shying away from the controversy of doing so. Let’s break the episode down, shall we?:

Favourite character: How could I give this to anyone but Kurt? From his insanely fantastic emotional scenes, to his amazing performance of “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” to his brutally honest speeches about religion, Kurt blew me away this week and made my vision get blurry more than just a few times. Chris Colfer gave his best performance in this episode, and I loved the flashbacks with young Kurt! Could that kid be any more identical to Chris? I swear they went back in time and filmed those scenes with Chris himself 10 years ago.

Kurt Hummel

I want to hold your hand...

Favourite song(s): This was such a strong episode musically, not only because each actor completely rocked their assigned songs, but also because for the most part the songs excellently fit into the episode. But although I could almost give this honour to almost every song in the episode, I’m going to call it a tie between Puck’s “Only the Good Die Young” and Kurt’s “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” While the first was an even sexier Jewish artist tribute than last season’s “Sweet Caroline,” the second was incredibly beautiful and tear-jerking (and it fantastically borrowed Across the Universe‘s arrangement of the song). I know I’ll be re-listening to both of them about a billion times over.

Favourite quote(s):

Kurt: “I think God is kind of like Santa Claus for adults. Otherwise, God is kind of a jerk, isn’t he. I mean, he makes me gay and then he has his followers going around telling me it’s something that I chose, as if someone would choose to be mocked every single day of their life. And right now I don’t want a heavenly father, I want my real one back.”

Kurt: “I don’t believe in God, Dad, but I believe in you. And I believe in us. You and me – that’s what’s sacred to me.”

Sue Sylvester

Sue explains to Emma why she doesn't believe in God

Favourite scenes that didn’t involve Kurt (because Kurt rocked all of his): Sue only played a minor role this week, but she knocked her few small scenes out of the park. Her love for her sister always manages to blow me away, and while her scene with Jean was amazing, I think my favourite scene was actually Sue’s conversation with Emma in which Sue told Emma why she isn’t religious. Her story about her continuous prayers as a child was incredibly heartbreaking.

Weak point: Considering that this was an episode on religion, Quinn’s lack of screen time was startling – especially since she commented on her desire to “give thanks” at the beginning of the episode. To only have her sing back up on one song for Mercedes was a huge loss in my opinion, and I think it would’ve been great to have Quinn let out some emotion in a song this week. Both of Mercedes’ songs were excellent, but I would’ve liked one of those solos to go to Quinn.

Next week: To make up for all the crying you did this week, how about a fun duet-contest episode next week? Check out who’s singing with who and who’s joining the glee club in your first look at “Duets”:

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 6, 2010 10:12 am

    I loved this episode. Made up for the horrible Britney Spears spectacle from last week. Every song was good, if not great, and Kurt and his Dad made me cry pretty much the whole way through. Finn was hilarious, praying to Grilled Cheesus.
    LOVED IT.

  2. Sara permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:32 pm

    I loved it too. I cried.
    It was great how they let a lot of the characters express their views on religion, but I only wish we’d got to hear what Will’s thoughts are.
    Applause for Emma for standing up to Sue.
    The songs were great but they were pretty much all solos.

    YAY, GRILLED CHEESUS! GRILLED CHEESUS, HOORAY!

  3. Ashleigh permalink
    October 7, 2010 5:45 am

    We didn’t get that episode because of Commonwealth games 😦

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