Review: Glee - Ballad
by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 19th 2009 2:16AM
(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
Did you guys like this episode?