This was an unexpected episode for me, even though sectionals — competition episodes in general, actually — tend to be filled with drama, I wasn’t expecting what we got. There is just so much stuff.
Now, a few thoughts:
- Sam’s return was also one of those things that caught me off guard — not in the episode but when I heard the news initially. He was never a character I fixated on, but now that he’s back, the show feels more complete again. And Mercedes, oh Mercedes! She feels wanted, which is all she’s been looking for since season 1, and that feels all kinds of good. Red Solo Cup was really great fun and Kurt’s expressions were priceless. Also, “White Chocolate”? REALLY?
- Quinn makes the inevitable decision to report Shelby for sleeping with one of her students, because she hates that Shelby has Beth, but also that she has Puck. Quinn feels like she has nothing. And of course, this is all a huge mess of agendas. While it would certainly be the right thing to do, to report a teacher having an inappropriate relationship with a student, Quinn’s reasons were not exactly concern for Puck’s welfare. And Rachel is understandably empathetic to her birth mother, and while their relationship isn’t what one would call close, she probably really likes having her around.It’s like the possibility of something happening. So Rachel convinces Quinn that this is a bad idea, and Quinn ultimately accepts that, although she seems to think the way to catch a teenage boy is to offer him a ready made family. Can’t see that working.
- I linked to Racheline’s post about a possible Blaine backstory that would go a long way to explaining a number of things, including his whiplash overreaction to Sam’s dance moves. While Blaine is usually so level headed about most things, he becomes super judgemental. Blaine’s never been bratty/judgemental rich kid. The first time Kurt meets him, he isn’t being an asshole when he says that not everyone can afford Dalton. So yeah, something’s afoot.
- More Blaine: “When I was seventeen, I did what people told me.” “I want to be in control”. Was he crying in the heavy bag scene?
- “I Will Survive/Survivor” is about Quinn, even if Mercedes is singing about Sam a little bit in it.
- Lindsay Pearce playing Harmony (GERBER BABY) is one of my favourite things about each episode she’s in. Interesting they’ve made her a sophomore, huh? Also, didn’t the “Buenos Aires” performance remind you of how New Directions did things in Season 1? There’s a stark contrast between the Unitards’ performance and the team performances of New Directions and the Troubletones.
- She’s not my favourite in this episode, however, because that is all about Mike and Tina and how amazing they are (Also, Tina going to Mike’s dad re: important stuff about your son, flashback!). When Mr Chang walked into the auditorium, I came unfashionably close to weeping. And that was on the second watch.