Glee: The Rhodes Not Taken
by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 1st 2009 4:44AM
(S01E05) "Oh, Bambi, I cried so hard when they shot your mom." - A drunken Kurt to Emma
Ok, after hitting it out of the park since the debut (for me anyway), this episode sort of flatlined for me. At least, it didn't grab me as much as, say, last week's episode with the Beyonce song and the football team dancing on the field. I couldn't wait to get on here and right about that episode, but this week? Not so much. Maybe it's because there was not enough Kurt in this episode. Need.More.Kurt. Need more of Kurt saying lines like, "Glee Club has just been rocked with its first scandal..."
First of all, I love Kristin Chenoweth, so this is nothing against her, but her character didn't really do much for me. Oh sure, she has a gorgeous voice that I can listen to no matter what she's singing. But it felt like her people really wanted to get her onto this cool show (which I'm sure wasn't that difficult), so they created this wacky character who drinks and never graduated from high school, just so Will could bring her back to make the Glee Club great and do some zany stuff along the way.
The part with her winning over the Glee Club with her boozy sort-of charm didn't really get it for me either. Something about winning kids over with alcohol, vintage muscle magazines for the gay kid, and shoplifting tips for the girls, and then flirting with the football team didn't sit well with me.
All the musical numbers were nice, but my favorite was the end, with Rachel and Finn singing "Somebody to Love." It was almost as good as when the penguins did it in Happy Feet. And I mean that sincerely; it's one of my favorite movie tunes. A runner-up was Will and April's "How Do I Get You Alone," but mainly because the bowling alley guy was singing along.
Most of the rest of the episode was just "alright" for me. I didn't miss Will's faux-pregnant wife storyline, though the line the reporter said to Rachel, about getting her "sweater puppies" out of there was mildly funny. But then it made me sad because her indignant sadness always makes me want to beat someone up on her behalf.
I keep thinking this is a family show -- it comes on at 9 PM, after all -- but it's really not. Drunk kids, kids having sex, kids thinking about sex and making a funny face, a character who wins kids over by teaching them to drink and steal ... no, not family oriented at all.
What did you guys think of this episode?
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