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Review: Glee - Ballad

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 19th 2009 2:16AM
Glee: Ballad
(S01E10) "What does a heart attack feel like?" - Finn, in a panicky call to Kurt after facing Quinn's parents at dinner

The subject of this episode of Glee was ballads. It was learned that the club must perform a ballad at sectionals in a few weeks, and the writers managed to weave the soulful songs into every storyline. The first was "Endless Love," sung by Will and Rachel. It set the tone for one of the storylines -- her crush on the teacher. In fact, the episode was filled with odd-couple pairings, thanks to a hat-draw for ballad partners.

Sooner or later, it has to come out that Terri's pregnancy is a fake. It nearly came up tonight when she mentioned something about having a rash on her tummy and Will wanting to see it. I realize married couples can go months without ever seeing each other naked, but you just have to think it'll all come back to bite her in the butt. Maybe it will be his way out of the marriage. He says he doesn't want out, but she seems like such a shrew. And making Rachel clean the bathroom? That's just wrong.

Meanwhile, you've got the drama going on in Quinn's house. Was Finn right to burst into song -- "Havin' My Baby" -- during dinner with Quinn's parents? Who knows? But the whole thing brought to light a lot about Quinn's home life: her dad watches Glenn Beck, is a heartless loser, and her mom won't stand up for her. That's all the important stuff. Oh, and nice to see Charlotte Ross.

But thank goodness Finn's mom is kind and willing to take Quinn in. That says a lot about her, as well as Finn's home life. He got the hug from his mom that Quinn so desperately wanted -- and didn't get -- from her dad.

On the pairing of Finn and Kurt -- what an unlikely but lovely pair. Finn talks to Kurt about the baby and suggests he sing his feelings out with "I'll Stand By You," envisioning his daughter sitting in the audience. Then it cuts to Finn singing to the little video sonogram on his computer. Such a sweet little scene. It makes me wish the baby really was Finn's. But I think Puck will make a good dad, too. Stereotypes are getting smashed to bits with this show.

And poor Kurt. He's going to get his heart broken unless Finn turns out to be bisexual. But Kurt says it's all part of his master plan, because he knows Finn will end up getting his heart broken. Still, it was really nice to see these two guys bond.

Will's mash-up of "Don't Stand So Close To Me" and "Young Girl" -- nice, but mostly because of the expression Emma had on her face while he was singing.

Loved the last song, "Lean on Me."

"Just remember the power of the ballad." -- Kurt

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My favorite line of the episode had nothing to do with stereotypes -- I have to go. They'll think I'm pooping.

December 20 2009 at 10:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow! Everyone needs to stop picking this show apart and look at it for what it is! ENTERTAINING! This episode was one of the best episodes I have seen on TV, on any show, in a very long time! The ballad numbers were brilliant and applied perfectly by this amazing cast! I was smiling throughout the entire episode! I am still in Glee heaven!

December 14 2009 at 10:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i wish kurt had got the chance to sing "i honestly love you" to finn, the perfect song for him "im not trying to make you uncomfortable, im not trying to make you anything at all, i honestly love you"

November 22 2009 at 7:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I agree--it seemed like a waste to have that moment, but then not follow it through with the song. After "Defying Gravity" (you've got to hear the Chris Colfer-only version on iTunes) I'm convinced Kurt would've knocked the song out of the park (if using sports metaphors with Kurt isn't completely wrong!).

It's not like there weren't plenty of other songs in the show that made someone hearing them uncomfortable...I just hope they don't drop this plot thread now. Unless it means Kurt getting a boyfriend.

November 22 2009 at 11:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Christians, the victimized majority. Anybody else fed up with this whine? I missed Sue but a pretty good episode.

November 21 2009 at 9:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hilarious w/ the ballads. Quin's dad over-reaction was a little to un-real though. Good show.

November 20 2009 at 10:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I noticed the reference to Glenn Beck right away in the scene with Quinn's parents. It didn't bother me, most everyone in Hollywood in liberal and even though I'm independent, I hate politics. It was a jab at conservatives, no doubt. Who cares? This show is so awesome, I'll overlook that stuff. My biggest gripe with this show was the scene where Puck tells Mercedes he's Quinn's baby's father and she advises him to basically keep it to himself because Finn will make a better Dad. Huh??? That didn't ring geniune at all to me, Mercedes seems like she wouldn't stand for that lie for a minute. I love Finn but can't Puck sing again??? Why can't he have a whole song to himself, Finn gets to sing every ep and often more than once! All I'm saying is, spread the singing around more! Puck is quickly becoming my favorite character, I find myself watching him every scene he's in, even if he's in the background. He has major charisma! Emma's expression when Will was singing to Rachel was just hilarious! But, what's with that ridiculous hairstyle they make her where? That flip has got to go!! I will like Quinn alot better when she's honest with Finn, it's just tearing me up to see poor Finn trying so hard and it's all a lie!! Bad Quinn, very bad. Love Glee, I'd give this ep a B+.

November 20 2009 at 10:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm slightly on this side of the conservative-liberal spectrum (though not Christian) and I wasn't offended by the "conservative Christian" stereotype of Quinn's parents. I actually took it more to be that a) regardless of religion/race/ethnicitiy/whatever, parents toss out their pregnant teen daughters and b) they were kind of drunkies. Maybe I should be outraged that they portray "conservative Christians" to be drunkies? I don't know - but I'm not. They reminded me a lot of George Costanza's to-be-in-laws (Susan's parents) because of all that liquor.

And I'm sure it would be a surprise to anyone to find out that your daughter, president of the Chastity Club, is pregnant. Regardless of how open-minded one is, it would be a surprise because of the context. Quinn's parents just clearly were thrown completely off guard. Will they redeem themselves? Maybe. Glee is a lot like Friday Night Lights, where just about everyone has a chance to redeem themselves (Buddy Garrity, anyone?).

Re: Mercedes comments to Puck - I took it more or less that she directed her comments to who (whom?) she was speaking to. For example, if she was talking to Quinn, I think her advice would be that Quinn should 'fess up. If you were in Mercedes' position, what would you have said? "You're totally right, Puck, it is messed up that you get nothing. You should totally tell everyone that you're the father."

Re: Kurt's crush on Finn. I don't think Kurt will get his heart crushed. Yes, he has a crush on Finn and everything, but I think Kurt knows deep down that Finn would not reciprocate. Plus, it's like a lot of crushes - once you actually get to know a person, you may not like who that person really is. Kurt likes Finn because he stuck up for him. But aside from that, do they have anything else in common? (Besides glee, football, and having one parent deceased).

November 19 2009 at 9:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Yuck-Yuck

missed the opening credits but when I seen Quinn's mum I was like EVE DONOVAN !!!!! days of our lives so it was great to see Charlotte Ross again. I thought Rachel was gonna burst out singing To Sir, with Love at some point to bad she didn't.

November 19 2009 at 7:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Religion is always a touchy subject....ALWAYS, Logan. Being a teacher in a public school is so hard in a small town of Christians, where they haven't often been exposed to anything else. Some had said before about people not agreeing with your beliefs. It's not necessarily religion at all. It's how you were raised and how much you expose yourself to the world and accept it. this whole deal is not about Christian conservatism. I know plenty of Christians who are not uber-conservative, and I know atheists who would kick their kid out if they were going to have a child out of wedlock. It comes down to someone's character. Notice how Quinn's mom was scared of her husband. She wanted to console Quinn. She's a Christian. She's willing to accept Quinn's situation, but her husband isn't. This show may base off of stereotypes, but it will break those molds. Character development doesn't happen all in one episode. Give characters time to open up and flourish. The same thing happened with Popular. The show was based on stereotypes and cliques, but it ended with messing all that up, and it was FANTASTIC!

November 19 2009 at 5:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Yes Sean, Religion is ALWAYS a touchy subject - but not one that I was asking about, or even mentioned. I was basically asking if anyone else noticed that the bulk of the negative comments seems scripted. I'm not talking about the quick points viewers made about being offended, (understandably). I'm talking about the ones that are rather long winded and seem to come from a writer/editor. Having a friend that once had that kind of job, I know they are out there. I'm was just ASKING if that was the case here - has TV squad made the list of sites targeted by them?

November 19 2009 at 8:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How many people here are paid to comment?
Just curious. Seems like all the negative comments here a very focused talking points. As if they've been scripted to inspire "conflict". I'm used to this on the news sites and avoid even reading comments there - but now I feel it's stepped over to the "marketing media" side and is showing up HERE. Super bummer.

November 19 2009 at 1:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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