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Football, romance, and a whole lotta tunes: “The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle” (2×11) and “Silly Love Songs” (2×12) Gleecaps

February 15, 2011

009Long time no gleecappin’, gleeks! My apologies for being remiss in gleecapping the last few episodes, but I wanted to be sure to get back in the saddle with a quick two-in-one post on Glee‘s first two episodes back since the break, “The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle” and “Silly Love Songs”. To me, both of these episodes had an early Glee feel to them – very reminiscent of the first 13 episodes of season one. With fantastic drama, great laughs, and excellent music, I really loved both of these episodes and am very excited for the rest of the season, much more than I was at the beginning of season two. Read on for my highlights of both episodes, and stay tuned for my gleecap of episode 13, “Comeback”, later this week!

“The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle”

Favourite Character: Somewhat surprisingly, I was most taken in by Finn in this episode. I say “surprisingly” because lately I don’t find that Finn stands out for me very much, and I usually am too distracted by his stupid decisions and poor judgment to become really interested in him. But in this episode his leader side stood out again, and it admittedly did impress me. It didn’t impress me so much that I think Quinn should have kissed him at the end, but more on that later…

Best Song: “Thriller/Heads Will Roll” was one hell of a performance and I foresee many dance parties in my living room to that song. I was initially somewhat hesitant on how the two tracks would mash together, but I fully admit that those reservations were completely unnecessary! A close second place trophy goes to Rachel and Puck’s super sexy rendition of “Need You Now”.

006Favourite Quotes:

Sue: You don’t go in that cannon and this routine will be all boom, boom and no pow. And that, Brittany, is so 2000-and-late.

Will: Rachel, have you ever seen a tackle football game? When they tackle, it hurts.
Artie: And not in a good, Mellencamp kind of way.

Brittany: I don’t wanna die yet. At least not until One Tree Hill gets canceled.

Kurt: Blaine and I love football. Well, Blaine loves football. I love scarves.

Weak Point: The lack of Kurt and Blaine! Really, I loved this episode, and I’m glad there were at least a few short scenes with my two favourite gay boys, but I only wish that there had been more! Yet on a related note, although the “Bills, Bills, Bills” performance was super cute, it was also extremely random and felt very awkwardly placed within the episode.

Most Adorable Moment of Gleeks Supporting Gleeks: I always love when the glee club members strongly support each other in unexpected ways (Rachel helping Kurt with his solo audition at Dalton, Puck and Finn slashing the tires on the Vocal Adrenaline kids’ cars as retribution for egging Rachel), and by joining the football team to help their male gleeks, Rachel, Mercedes, Tina, and Lauren stole my heart.

001“Silly Love Songs”

Favourite Character: It’s so hard to pick a favourite in this episode! Props are owed to Santana for being absolutely hilarious (see the quotes section below for proof!), as well as to Rachel for being one kick-ass independent woman. You don’t need a man, Rach, you’re gold-star-worthy all on your own!

Best Song: This episode was musically fantastic overall, but the highest honours must go to “Firework” by Rachel for making me fall in love with a Katy Perry song (the second time the show has done this!), and “Fat Bottomed Girls” by Puck for being hilarious and amazing all at the same time. I’m still not sure how Lauren didn’t fall for Puck hard and fast after that number.

Favourite Quotes:

Santana: I’ve had mono so many times I’ve turned into stereo.

Santana: I’ll just marry an NFL player. They’re super reliable.

Tina [to Santana]: Five minutes ago, you said Mr. Schue belonged in a 12-step program.
Will: Wait, what?
Santana: You’re addicted to vests.

Rachel [to Santana]: Maybe you’re right. Maybe I am destined to play the lead in the Broadway version of Willow, but the only job you’ll ever have is on a pole!

Weak Point: It’s incredibly frustrating to love a character so much in one episode, only to hate them so much in the next episode. I thought Finn was great in his return to the leader role in “The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle”, but he went right back to disappointing me in “Silly Love Songs” by encouraging Quinn to cheat on Sam with him. You’d think that a guy who has been cheated on twice wouldn’t really promote such actions, but no. He can’t forgive Rachel for cheating on him with Puck, but if Quinn wants to cheat on Sam for him? Yeah, he’ll egg her on. What an incredibly frustrating double standard.

Cutest Kurt/Blaine Scene Ever: Now, I always think Kurt and Blaine are cute. Well, usually always. I was ready to punch Blaine early on in the episode when it was obvious that he was oblivious to Kurt’s massive crush on him. His entire “singing to random Gap boy who isn’t out of the closet yet” storyline was incredibly frustrating to watch. But then, right near the end of the episode, my hope for a Kurt/Blaine romance was finally renewed. The When Harry Met Sally references, the coffee order knowledge, the adorable knowing looks – yup, I love these two.

Next episode: Rachel reinvents herself, the boys sing Bieber, and Sue joins the glee club?! Check out the promo below!

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