Disclaimer: I barely slept last night. Not sure if it was thinking or feeling or just the fact that I was mysteriously hungry at 4am, but no sleep. So we have this episode and all the baggage that comes with it and me being exhausted and a lot emotional. You may have to take this with a moderately sized salt mine.
Let’s talk about Coach Beiste and why I’m getting annoyed by her recently. Annoyed, but infinitely fascinated. About Beiste:
I have never loved her storyline (except I want to be her drinking buddy) but I do love what she’s talking about … right up until she starts calling Kurt “a lady” and expressing her desire for the male lead in the student musical to make her feel things in her “lady parts”. Why is nobody else as creeped out by this as I am? Am I missing something? Please tell me. And until she started divulging her sexual history to Artie, I had a moment of hope that she was a teacher with boundaries. These do not exist in Glee-world.
Artie pissed me off initially but in the end it worked, and it was interesting how he ended up saying that two things had made him feel like a man — sex and being appreciated for the job he did. Except that one of those was bullshit posturing.
I have shipped Finchel since the beginning of time. I didn’t find myself reacting emotionally to anything that happened between them last night. But I still like Rachel, and I usually like Finn with Rachel. But this time — of all times — meh.
The Kurt/Blaine/Sebastian storyline was definitely front-and-centre and for good reason. It was beautifully executed. After Chris Colfer spent the summer telling press that Kurt and Blaine are fine, please,
like they have any other options suddenly they have other options. All three actors were brilliant. And we feel at the end, when Kurt and Blaine finally go to bed together to rub noses, that they’re doing it because what they have is special, and not because they haven’t other options. I hope Sebastian is going nowhere, though, because I have a new OT3 and oh man I love Kurt hating him.
Oh and let’s talk about the West Lima gay bar, Scandals. How perfect was it? If it had only been in the basement of a Christian Book Store, it would actually be the first gay bar I went to. Memories. Blaine trying to seduce Kurt was horrible, but in a fantastic kind of way, and the way Kurt cried “Blaine,” after his boyfriend was actually perfect. I had expected, from the spoilers, a “STELLA” kind of over the top yell, but instead it was real.
Oh and Blaine who dressed like Gilligan just last week pointed out that the drag queen was Ginger? Also, how weird was it that Artie mentioned Chaz Bono in the voice over intro and then Kurt’s fake I.D. was in the name of Chaz. What is that?
The on-stage kiss was magical, with Kurt somewhat out of breath. I love, love that Kurt was driving this whole idea, because the could so easily have put Blaine in that position and it would turn into all kinds of fail.
My favourite scene between them, though, was the one in Blaine’s room where they discuss things frankly, and oh, layers. Also, the fingertips shot. Watch again if you didn’t catch it!
There were a lot of hands in this episode.
That’s all until we talk about Blaine, but I’m waiting for someone else to blink first on that one. And yes, I’m ignoring America. And kind of waiting til someone posts something, somewhere, about Mike. Also Brittany. Also, have not yet had time/mental capacity to process the gender gender gender gender stuff going on everywhere.