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Review: Glee - Hairography

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 26th 2009 1:34AM
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(S01E11)
Distractions abounded in this latest episode of Glee. Most of the characters were causing distraction or being distracted from the situation at hand, and we were back to most of the soapy aspects of the show. Teri and Quinn were both thinking about the baby, and Will and Finn remained as in the dark as ever. More on that and other complications after the jump.

Will learned a lot about New Directions competition. The Jane Adams Academy bad girls were hot dancers. When Will invited them for a scrimmage, their version of "Can You Handle This?" was impressive, although I agree with Rachel, it was a lot of hairography, i.e. a technique to distract from the singing and dancing. Yes, they all did splits (even the heavy girls!), but what was Will thinking when he decided to fight fire with fire?

The "Crazy in Love"/"Hair" mashup was energetic, but the wigs were out of character for the McKinley glee kids. Ironically, they were more at home joining in with the Haverbrook kids when they did John Lennon's "Imagine."

Meanwhile, on the soap front, Quinn continued to be a vexing character. Is she as shallow as she seems, or is there something there? She wanted to test drive Puck, thus making a deal with Kurt to have him give Rachel a makeover. But she also was sincerely thinking of her baby.

Of course, Rachel could stand a makeover. That blue pantsuit made her look like one of The Golden Girls. But I didn't care for Kurt being bitchy. It was a gay cliche, a la Mark on Ugly Betty. It's a stereotype, especially since his reason for undermining Rachel with Finn is because he loves Finn, too. This could have been done in a more clever, more original way. I expect more from Kurt.

Puck and Quinn's baby-sitting gig was illuminating; they do get along well. But, really, did you buy that those three little boys would sit still for an unplugged version of "Papa Don't Preach"? I loved Quinn's rendition, but the scene wasn't real.

The same holds with the choir director of Haverbrook being so deaf that every word out of Will's mouth was misinterpreted. It played like an old Abbott & Costello sketch, and it wasn't funny.

So now we know that Teri's keeping Will away in bed, denying intimacy. with a wall of pillows. At least she recognized that her actions are keeping her away from Will when she wants the baby to bring them closer. There's hope for Teri, but her sister is pure evil.

In the end, Quinn's decision to give Teri the baby came straight from her heart. After her own father threw her out, Quinn wants her daughter to have something better. That would be Will -- not Finn or Puck. "A girl really needs a good father."

As for the sectionals, Sue has her diabolical plan in motion ... if Haverbrook and Jane Adams do as she suggested. But New Directions' last number was not on the song list. "True Colors" sung simply on stools, could be their ace in the hole.

Other points of interest

-- After the makeover, Finn tells Rachel that she looks like "a sad clown hooker." Are there clown hookers?

-- Kurt describes Rachel's room as Strawberry Shortcake meets Holly Hobbie.

-- To get Rachel to understand the need for a makeover, Kurt put it in musical comedy terms ... It was Grease, and Rachel needed to get Finn the way Sandy got Danny.

-- Oh, those kids! Sexting, sexy texting.

-- Puck's book for Quinn, How to Raise A Baby on $5 A Day. What, they didn't have Raising Babies for Dummies?

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Aquarius121

I saw the deaf teacher scene differently. I think the guy was playing Will, trying to make the sad sap feel bad for him so he wouldn't question the "coffee? yes please." comment!

Anyway, I loved Kurts storyline. For me it seems like the show is actually taking homosexuality serious, but not too serious, just enough. It's believable, and they don't just use his gayness as something funny then throw it away. They still use it tho :)

And then there's Britney. Oh Britney. Every line she has is just hilarious!

December 12 2009 at 12:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SHANNON

Actually, Rachel's room is where "Strawberry Shortcake and Holly Hobby meet to 'hook-up'."

November 30 2009 at 8:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sue

hi! Well funny thing, my bf is deaf he did not want to learn sign language (he went deaf at age 7) so he is a master of reading lips, i speak super fast, rachel fast and he understand everysingle word that comes out of my mouth.

he speaks clearly but with an accent (as if he was from the a german speaking spanish, yeah we are from costa rica, central america) and he learned english all by himself, his jew school did not want to teach him either english or hebrew and he learn it. he can write and read english and write, speak and read hebrew.

he is a super succesful graphic designer, an arts director on an advertising agency.

that is his background and he still found super funny the deaf teach scene. It is a a joke on how we as hearing people perceive deaf people. when they talk it is like people don;t bother to understand what they are saying and keep reapeating "come again" just because most deaf people when they they have an accent and we are narrow minded to try a little and pay more attention to them. (thank god it's not my problem, i undertand everything he says too!)

what he found awful, was the deaf kids coreography... it was like a napoleon dynamite type of gimmick for him, but i did enjoy it. he would have like to see everysingle one of them "singing" at the same time.

another fun fact about my bf, he is the most musical deaf person i know, he loves musicals and he loves going to broadway and see the disney inspired musicals :P

November 27 2009 at 9:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kris

Just because they didn't show New Directions performing in the first scrimmage doesn't mean they didn't.

And the second scrimmage had nothing to do with the auditorium, but rather that Will invited the girl team and not the deaf team, so he was making up for it.

November 27 2009 at 1:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Yuck-Yuck

the choir director of Haverbrook being so deaf that every word out of Will's mouth was misinterpreted. it wasn't funny.

Gee I thought it was funny

November 26 2009 at 11:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
robert

"But New Directions' last number was not on the song list"

it was on the list... Sue just said that she didn't recognize the last song on the list.

November 26 2009 at 8:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
asullens1

"Are there clown hookers? " Why, are you interested? hehehe

random notes:
-Like hartbroknagn, I was also really touched during Imagine.

-For the first scrimmage, why didn't New Directions perform?

-I look forward to a happy Kurt ... let's get that boy a BF!

November 26 2009 at 8:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael

I think Kurt wasn't bitchy because he's gay, but because he's lonely. I think that look he and Rachel shared at the end kind of showed that. I also thought Rachel would've been more nice to him considering she has gay dads.

Anyway, I think this is the first Glee episode where I actually felt emotion--mostly with the scene where Quinn hugs Mr. Schuester. Usually, the show's funny (the "Single Ladies" football team was hilarious), but this is the first time I think I've taken the characters seriously. Rachel, Teri and Quinn all became a lot more likable in this one episode. And the Kurt and Puck characters also got a dose of reality, too.

And it seems like Sue finally got back to her evil roots. Jane Lynch really did good this episode--but when doesn't she?

For all its flaws, Glee's still has a lot going for it.

November 26 2009 at 7:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hartbroknagn

Love the show however, didn't like tonight's Kurt but the song with the rendition of "Imagine" made me cry.

November 26 2009 at 10:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jesse

You weren't the only one. That song is always very emotional but especially so considering the context of the performance.

November 28 2009 at 11:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Secret Asian Man

I'm liking the fact that Brittney gets more and more speaking roles. She's hot.

Like, "cool epilepsy" hot.

November 26 2009 at 2:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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