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'Glee' Season 2, Episode 8 Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 24th 2010 12:00AM

Carol Burnett and Jane Lynch in 'Glee' - 'Furt' on FOX['Glee' - 'Furt']

Tonight's episode was a strange one on a lot of levels. It was largely a music-free episode, and most of the music was backloaded in the second half. We had two characters get married in a near-instant wedding, and another character marry herself -- sorta. And in the only real plot of consequence, we got all of the hand-wringing and machinations, but not as much of the drama that we should have gotten.

It's tough to know what to make of tonight's episode. It was good to see Carol Burnett there belting out a song (without Auto-Tune, thankfully), but otherwise she seemed underutilized. Then again, what brought Doris Sylvester to McKinley in the first place was about as strange a plot as this show has ever developed.

All of this leads me to this question, which is painful for me to ask: Why is Kurt the only one who gets to have a meaty story?

It's not that I'm turning on Kurt, mind you; Chris Colfer has been my favorite part of the show since day one. But while all the other Gleesters are getting occasional bits of story in between song and dance numbers, Kurt has almost lost his dad, has found a possible romantic interest, and has suffered through some epic bullying at the hands of Karofsky. You start to wonder if most of the other characters -- even Rachel -- are just orbiting around Kurt at this point.

The prevailing theory, of course, is that Kurt is the character that's the most like Ryan Murphy. Since Murphy can identify with Kurt the most, he can write him with more depth. That would be great if some of the other kids got more than a half-episode's worth of story this season; right now, we don't know much more about most of the kids than we did at the end of last season.

And the bullying story is worthwhile. It was more realistic to see the terror from Karofsky continue and accelerate even after Kurt's locker-room confrontation. Karofsky's menacing stare at Kurt as he grabbed the wedding cake figurine was tough to watch. It was also heartening to see that his Glee-mates on the football team all had his back, even if it cost Sam a black eye. Well, almost all of his Glee-mates. Puck was understandably restrained, given the fact he was on probation, but Finn wasn't there either. He was still so unsure about his relationship with Kurt that he didn't want to sacrifice his rep as a "leader" for his soon-to-be stepbrother.

When Finn did his "Furt" toast at the insta-wedding of his mom and Kurt's dad, pledging that he'd have his "brother from another mother"'s back, you almost wondered if there was a going to be a confrontation with Karofsky at the end of the episode, especially after he was brought back from Sue's expulsion. But it didn't happen; instead Kurt is off to the Dalton Academy. We know he won't be there long; either Blaine is going to break his heart or he'll find out that things there aren't as idyllic as they seem (anti-bullying policies only go so far).

Speaking of the weddings, it seemed that Burt and Carole's wedding, as quickly-fashioned as it was, was at least borne out of a realistic relationship. Sue's wedding, where she decided to marry herself? That was pure plot contrivance, built to get her mother Doris in town just so a) we can see Jane Lynch and Burnett riff off each other, and b) so Sue can finally tell her mother that she was a bully to her and her sister Jean.

Yes, the bullying has made Sue so super-confident in herself that self-marriage might be a possibility. And, sure, she was hurt seeing the only guy who she's liked in decades get engaged to the woman he cheated on her with. But seeing Sue's sweats-gown, then seeing her conduct the self-marriage during the supposed rehearsal made her cross over to cartoon-character status. The whole plot was just silly, and there was no explanation of what happened after Sue sent her mother away or why Doris was really away for most of Sue's childhood. We all know that she really wasn't looking for Nazis -- Chad Braun? -- so did she go away because she was crazy? Or did she just leave?

More fun stuff:

-- Not too many Brittany lines today, though she was turned on by Artie defending Kurt. It seems like Tina's starting to get jealous. Look out, Mike Chang; you're about to get dumped.

-- Oh, and... Mike Chang! He led the charge on Karofsky and looked pretty tough in the process.

-- At what point do you think Santana is going to spill the beans to Rachel that she and Finn slept together? Not a surprise that Rachel never slept with Jesse, of course. Finn's not exactly lying to her, and he does seem sincere in his love for Rachel, but he's not stepping up to tell the truth anytime soon.

-- Sam giving Quinn that promise ring felt very 1980s, didn't it? But Quinn's a changed woman, and she saw Sam defend Kurt's honor, which isn't such a bad reason to start liking the guy, you know?

-- It seems fitting that Matthew Morrison can do a pretty good Michael Buble. But Finn dedicating Bruno Mars' 'Just The Way You Are' to Kurt was a little odd. Couldn't they save the hot song of the moment for a more appropriate time?

'Glee' airs Tuesdays at 8PM ET on FOX.

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Show jumping the shark so to speak? who cares!
I'm still enjoying hearing Carol Burnett sing for the first time in many years. No autotune? Of course not! She's "old school" where you learn to hold your own and you don't sing in public unless you are physically able to carry your own tune.

Loved this show so much for hearing that. It kind of makes up for some of the lewd crude and socially unacceptable antics that the show's been portraying lately with the kids fantasy lives.

November 25 2010 at 12:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sue marrying herself is not that contrived - a lady in Taiwan married herself recently (I think - or at least, the newspaper published an article that she was going to marry herself). She hasn't met the right person yet to marry, so she decided to marry herself (she was also planning to go somewhere for her honeymoon - I forget where).

The episode was just okay - it wasn't bad, but it wasn't all that interesting either. I didn't care for the musical numbers much.

November 25 2010 at 12:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think the situation that is happening with Kurt happens with some shows that are so BIG in the first season that the writers, ect. feel the need to make things even bigger. In needing to do that, they try too hard and end up ruining the show. I also feel that they use Kurt too much. I loved him last year, even if he was a creep sometimes but this year I am basically sick of him. Even though Lea Michele was up for an award, it seems that Chris Colfer got more media attention so the writers want to capitalize on it. I think it is dumb, keep the ensemble cast an ENSEMBLE CAST. (or just make the whole show about Mike Chang) :)

November 24 2010 at 4:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Absolutely the most boring episode to date. They are loosing what makes this show so great Sue needs to be a bully, the songs need to be up to date, if you get guest stars make them relevant. I think they have lost their way. Carol Burnett was absolutely useless.

November 24 2010 at 11:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Does anyone know who played the wedding planner for Sue? I thought it looked like Julianne Moore.

November 24 2010 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree with the recap. This was a bit of a weird one, and while I didn't dislike it, I did think there were a lot of out of character moments, especially with Sue. It also seemed like a very hasty goodbye for Kurt. Shouldn't there have been a 'I think I'll miss you most of all' scarecrow moment with Mercedes or something? The music completely faded into the background but while the Burt-Carol wedding was rushed, it was still sweet.

There has been an emphasis on Kurt this season, which I don't mind either, since I thought he was criminally underused last season and Chris Colfer is a wonderful actor, but it would be nice to see more of the other Glee clubbers AS WELL as Kurt. I am sorry that so many comments on most sites are against Kurt getting a storyline in general though, since its no more than Finn and Rachel had last year.

November 24 2010 at 9:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Couchtime With Jill

Finn lied to Rachel last season, when he told her he didn't sleep with Santana. This was an awesome episode, I can't wait for Sectionals next week! Check out my review of the episode at www.couchtimewithjill.com

November 24 2010 at 9:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This show is really starting to jump the shark, in only its second season. Why are we supposed to care about any of the characters when the plot is so rediculous and inconsistent? Oh, and I guess Kurt is the only person who was ever bullied in school, right?

November 24 2010 at 9:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

By far the worst Glee episode to date.

November 24 2010 at 6:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree 100% about the season turning into the season of Kurt. I also enjoy Chris Colfer, and think he has been doing a great job with the material, but with over 10 major characters on the show it does seem that the storylines have been spliced up too thinly. I feel like Rachel has barely been in it, when Lea Michele was nominated for Lead Actress for an Emmy last year. There have been bits and pieces of decent story but overall this season has definetly felt very off.

It's like they had a big season long storyline for Kurt and the rest are more week to week. I hope they change it up, because they are definetly in a sophmore slump in my opinion, at least story wise.

November 24 2010 at 1:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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