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Bieber and Booze: “Comeback” (2×13) and “Blame it on the Alcohol” (2×14) Gleecaps

February 24, 2011

Sam as BieberOnce again, you’re getting a two-in-one deal, Glee fans! This week I’m gleecapping the episode with lots of Bieber (“Comeback”) and the episode with lots of booze (“Blame it on the Alcohol”). Incidentally, both episodes would probably earn a “B” rating, if I gave out letter grades. Instead of marking the episodes as arbitrarily as a drunk Mr. Schue grades his students’ tests in “Blame it on the Alcohol,” however, let’s get into the finer details of these two episodes, shall we?


My Thoughts on the Biebs: Justin Bieber has been getting a lot of attention lately: first he says that abortion’s bad, and then he cuts his hair. Yes, this episode was created before both major Biebs incidents, but clearly it was only a matter of time before the Stratford teen sweetheart made his way onto Glee, too. Even though I find his songs extremely annoying, I (like Puck, Mike and Artie) clearly “underestimated the power of the Biebs”. The Justin Bieber Experience performances were ridiculously fun and those gleek boys make excellent Bieber imitators.

RachelFavourite Character: Rachel’s attempt to stage a comeback was so classically Rachel – very similar to the Rachel in “Bad Reputation” and her plan to gain a naughty image in that episode. Her explanation to Sue on how to be a diva was brilliant and her duet with Mercedes…well, more on that amazing performance in a moment. Rachel is fabulously rocking the independent woman vibe.

Best Song: When I read that Rachel and Mercedes would be staging a diva-off to “Take Me or Leave Me” from Rent, I was ridiculously excited and had extremely high expectations. Fortunately, my expectations were met and surpassed – both ladies completely rocked this song, and it was particularly fun to see Lea sing from a part made popular by Idina Menzel (both in the Broadway and movie version of the musical), her character’s mother.

Best Outfit: Sue’s red plaid track suit during the “Sing” performance!

The Justin Bieber ExperienceFavourite Quotes:

Sam: Who’s more rock ‘n’ roll than Justin Bieber? No one, that’s who.

Brittany: Most teachers think that by cutting class, I might improve my grades.

Sue: I agree with Spongechair Squarechin.

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

Weak Point: I know I haven’t mentioned her on the blog very much yet, but I’m really digging Lauren. She’s an interesting new addition to New Directions, quite different than any of the other members. I’m not sure I can totally get behind a Puck/Lauren relationship, but I do love watching her make him work for it. All that aside…I rather hated Lauren’s performance of “I Know What Boys Like”. Sure, it was funny to see the group stripped down to their skivvies, but even seeing Puck and Mike topless couldn’t distract me from how badly she sang that song. I’m really hoping that it was just that the song didn’t suit her voice, and that they’ll find a better number for her to perform next time around, because I was really disappointed by this song.

“Blame it on the Alcohol”

WillEmmaMy Thoughts on Glee Tackling Alcohol Awareness: Just like I was suspicious of Glee‘s ability to successfully pull off an episode with two Bieber songs, I was also not entirely convinced that they could have an episode about alcohol awareness without seeming too preachy. Consider me wrong on all accounts. This episode’s message about “the dangers of alcohol” twisted and turned so many times and covered all its bases in the process. Mr. Schue’s right: teenagers are going to drink no matter what, so equipping them with the information to make smart choices is really the best advice of all. Oh, and I think Rachel’s right, too: “being thrown up on, it just does something to a person.”

Favourite Character: Two weeks in a row, Rachel’s completely stealing my heart. From her crush on Blaine, to her song about her hairbrush, to how absolutely hilarious she was while drunk at the party, Rachel went through all kinds of crazy in this episode, and I totally loved it.

Scene I Wish Had Lasted All Episode: The Rachel Berry House Party Trainwreck Extravaganza was amazing. I just loved watching all the characters and how incredibly funny each of them were. Even under the influence, all of the characters stayed true to themselves, and it was super interesting to see this looser side of them.

Ke$haBest Song: Much love to Brittany’s performance of Ke-dollar sign-ha’s “Tik and also Tok” (and much love to Figgins, too, for giving me a hilarious new names for Ke$ha and “Tik Tok.” She totally nailed it. A close second place goes to Rachel and Blaine’s duet of “Don’t You Want Me Baby,” mainly for all their drunken overacting while performing.

Favourite Quotes:

Quinn: There’s a fair amount of the pot calling the kettle black now.
Brittany: That’s so racist.

Principal Figgins: And now, performing the hit song “Tik and also Tok,” by rapper Ke-dollar sign-ha, New Directions.

Brittany: Ke$ha has been a cultural icon for weeks and I really want to do her justice.

Will: I used to drink a lot when I was their age, mostly to deal with Terri.

WillBeisteWeak Point: Let’s talk about how much Kurt pissed me off this week. I really do love Kurt most of the time, but his self-righteousness was way past the endearing line and far into super annoying territory throughout this episode. The way he treated Blaine, the way he treated Rachel, the way he treated his dad (the most upsetting part for me) – I mean, I get it, Kurt. You love Blaine and he doesn’t love you back. But stop taking it out on everyone else in completely unfair ways. You really lost a lot of points with me in this episode.

Most Token “Hey, Let’s Explore Teen Sexuality” Moment: Really, Glee? Blaine explored the possibility of him being bisexual for one episode? Although some fans were initially put off at the suggestion that Blaine might be bi when the news hit the web a couple of weeks ago, I thought it would be an interesting idea for the show to delve into. Sure, I love Blaine and Kurt together, but I also like the idea that Blaine isn’t quite as self-aware as he seems. And while this plot point highlighted exactly that idea, I also felt that it was cheapened by only being a single-episode story. I really would’ve liked to see the show take this exploration further and let us see Blaine discover himself more. But one sober kiss with Rachel and he realizes that he’s 100% gay? A bit of a letdown for me.

Next Week: There is no next week! Glee‘s taking a week off, but it’ll be back on your TV screens on March 8 with the return of none other than Miss Holly Holiday, who has a “Kiss” for Will…

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