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“I don’t want to fight anymore. I’m just too tired. I have to just be me.”: I Kissed a Girl (3×07) Gleecap

December 1, 2011

QuinnSometimes I really do think that Glee is best when it’s messy. “I Kissed a Girl” was all kinds of messy, from Santana’s storyline, to Puck/Shelby/Quinn’s storyline, to Beiste/Sue/Cooter’s storyline, to Rachel’s storyline…and while I’ve seen several reviews of this week’s episode that condemns it for its messiness, I thought it all worked surprisingly well. Sure, I’m getting a bit tired of the Puck/Shelby drama, too, but I thought that their complex drama was fantastic to watch, just like it was to see all of the emotions Santana went through this week. The main storylines that are currently on Glee aren’t ones that can or should be wrapped up in pretty, little bows, and I’m pleased to see that the show is properly acknowledging that. Quinn’s story, in particular, is an excellent example this – even two seasons later, Quinn still hasn’t fully recovered from the hell she went through in the first season. Even though this was frequently glossed over in season 2, I’m happy to see that the show is embracing its mess, and making much more well-developed characters in the process. But enough about the hot messes from this week, let’s break this episode down a bit more, shall we?

Favourite Character: Santana just keeps consistently blowing me away, week after week. The range of emotions she showed this week were stunning, and her scene with her grandmother was flawless. That speech…that speech! Getting to see so much of Santana’s true feelings about life and love was tear-worthy in and of itself, but watching her break down after her grandmother’s rejection was truly heart-breaking. Props must also be given to Puck this week, who gave a killer performance, delivered hilarious dialogue, and had some incredibly lovely scenes, particularly the one in Quinn’s bedroom, and his speech about how they all abandoned her.

I Kissed a GirlFavourite Song: Do I really have to pick just one this week? I thought that this was a particularly strong episode musically, with “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” being the only exception – I really liked the idea of it and it was definitely emotional to watch, but I just don’t think that Finn’s voice was right for the song. All of the other songs really worked for me though, especially Beiste’s solo debut with “Jolene”. Woman just knocked that song right out of the park! “Constant Craving” and “I’m the Only One” were also especially awesome.

Favourite Quotes:

Rachel: I haven’t been this worried about a vote since Lambert vs. Allen.

Rachel: They’re all so lost in their own worlds that they can’t see how important this is to me.

Sue: Better luck next time, David Boreanaz.

Puck (to Quinn): I see you somewhere warm and glamorous like L.A. or Miami or Toronto.

Beiste: If I had to bench press a wildebeest just to prove to you how much you mean to me, I would do it.

Artie: Where’s Rachel? She never misses applause.

Sue and BeisteSue’s Corner: How happy was I to see Sue’s Journal make a reappearance in this episode? SO HAPPY! That scene was completely hysterical, and Sue was once again really strong this week. It’ll be really interesting to see how she handles all the losses she suffered this week, and I really hope we get to delve into that story.

Student Election and “Real Election”: I love that there was actually a sign that said “Real Election” over the polling area for the congressional seat. Amazing. As for the results themselves, I was surprised how little I actually found I cared about them in the end. I’m happy for Burt, of course, but I think what will be more interesting is Sue’s defeat, rather than Burt’s triumph. (Which, by the way, is hilariously unrealistic that a write-in candidate actually won!) And it’ll be hilarious to see Brittany as president, of course, but obviously I’m also sad for Kurt…so I would’ve felt both happy and sad, no matter what the outcome.

Weak Point: I’m really getting quite tired of the whole “if I don’t have twenty billion awesome things on my resumé, NYADA won’t accept me” storyline. It’s getting almost as old as the “Figgins is shutting down the glee club” storyline. I’m hoping that now that Kurt has actually sent in his application, we won’t have to hear him or Rachel whine about that quite so much.

Next week: It’s Sectionals time! New Directions vs. Troubletones – who will come out on top? Also, it’s the return of White Chocolate! Don’t know who White Chocolate is? You will once you watch the preview…

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Alex J. Miles permalink
    December 1, 2011 10:49 am

    Hey, i loved the episode! And I so wish that Dave Karofsky had a story line [and screentime] like this. I agree with most of what you said in your GleeCap here, but I don’t think that the NYADA-nagging is a weak point. Au contraire – Kurt’s story should continue in a satisfying way – that he get the freakin’ thing he needs for the school. and gets in, of course.

    great episode, must say.

    and, here’s something that the internet spat out while searching stuff:

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