by Jane Boursaw, posted Sep 17th 2009 3:12AM
(S01E03) "I'm gay." - Kurt to Mercedes
We're three episodes into Glee, and we continue to learn more about the characters' angst, drama, dreams and passion. Kurt told Mercedes he'd never said those words out loud, but -- like the rest of us (excluding Mercedes) -- he must have realized he was gay. I mean, come on, the kid is clearly gay.
There were a lot of great lines in this episode, but Kurt had some of the best, including this one about his car: "My dad got it for me for my 16th birthday if I swore to stop wearing form-fitting sweaters that stop at the knee. What he doesn't know won't hurt him." (He's wearing a red form-fitting sweater that stops at the knee.)
I continue to love the show, and one reason is because that while there are definite stereotypes -- dorks, cheerleaders, jocks, etc. -- it goes behind the facade so we can see there's more to these characters than meets the eye. That includes the adults, too.
Suffering with confidence issues, Will decides to do something about it and form a glee club of his own -- The Acafellas -- with some other guys who all have their own issues. In short, they're just like the dorky glee club kids, only older. I loved the scene where the guys are sitting around the table talking about how pathetic their lives are, and Sandy says, "My life is a disaster with no creative outlet other than writing my Desperate Housewives fan fiction."
Will's wife, Terri, is super annoying. She makes me want to claw my eyes out, and I wish Will would leave her and go straight into the arms of lovely Emma. But that's what they call dramatic tension, so we'll have to see how it all plays out.
Coach Sylvester, on the other hand, is also super annoying but in a fun way, and all the credit for that goes to Jane Lynch. Her character is so completely smarmy, and Lynch knows she's tall and gangly and dorky, so she just goes for it and puts it all out there in the form of Coach Sylvester. In that way, Jane Lynch is a complete and total goddess. She also had some great lines in this episode, including this one where she's talking to her Cheerios spies: "I learned a lot in special forces. I was on the strike team in Panama when we extracted Noriega. We took out the shepherd and then we extracted the sheep."
Wow, Amber Riley has a fantastic voice. Mercedes' solo after breaking the window on Kurt's car was reminiscent of Jennifer Hudson's showstopper in Dreamgirls, "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going," with some Rihanna thrown in there.
It sure didn't take the Acafellas long to throw a CD together. They're pretty entertaining, and I especially loved it when Will's dad said, "Son, this is huge. We sold all 17 copies of your CD!" And Will's mom said, "And I didn't even have to show any of them my bosoms!"
Other fun stuff and lines:
- Victor Garber!
- Rachel's "I'm Sorry Cookies."
- The kitschy 1960s filler music -- think The Graduate -- between scenes.
- Mohawk guy and his cougar love.
- "We are glee club. That means we are at the bottom of the social heap. The only thing that gets me by is the knowledge that we are superior to them." - Kurt
- "Josh [Groban] and I have become frequent pen pals since he accidentally friended me on MySpace. The blogs are all atwitter. They say he's looking for an opening act." - Sandy
- "We need to have a gay-vention. That's a gay intervention." - Rachel
- "Why don't you shut your face gash... " - Dakota Stanley to Rachel
- "What's wrong with me?! What's wrong with me is you're freakishly tall. I feel like a woodland creature. - Dakota Stanley to Finn
- "Where's this going, Yentl?" - Dakota Stanley to Rachel after saying she needs a nose job and she says everyone told Barbra Streisand that and she resisted.
- "I came here to tell you -- stop emailing me. Stop sending me nude photos. I don't know how you got my number after I changed it ..." - Josh Groban to Sandy
- "You made me realize it's never to late to grow a pair and go after your dream." - Will's dad to Will
- "I told Finnegan, you're going to have a school full of nancies unless you get some hot wood in those teenager's hands." - Sandy
- "You might wonder why a pop star like me would come talk to someone like you. But let me tell you, throngs of screaming teenagers don't do it for Josh Groban. No, Josh Groban loves a blousy alcoholic." - Josh Groban to Will's mom
- "I'm going to ask you to smell your armpits. That's the smell of failure, and it's stinking up my office. I'm revoking your tanning privileges for the entire semester." - Coach Sylvester to the Cheerios