The Purple Piano Project
Glee’s first episode of Season 3 wasn’t perfect, but it did a lot of things right. Let’s get what it did wrong out of the way first—Emma’s still afraid of sex? Blaine wore a bowtie with a polo shirt? Quinn thinks Ryan Seacrest is erotic? Okay, now that those are out of our system, let’s take a deep breath and dig into the good parts, which is about 99% of the episode from my perspective.
First of all, isn’t a happy Kurt so, so much more refreshing than an angst-filled one?
The confidence he exuded did wonders for him, and I consider that a vote in favor of steady, consistent relationships on a television show rather than always going for drama. I laughed at the writers’ attempts to make Blaine’s transfer seem less rushed by slipping Kurt a line about how they’d been talking about it over the summer, and Blaine had said he’d make the decision on the first day of school. The couple’s competitive banter was pretty darn adorable—I wish my husband and I were half that witty when we’re gabbing over a cup of coffee. Heck, Kurt’s so joyful, he climbed furniture twice in this episode, just like his boyfriend always does. He practically threw himself on top of a piano when the purple monsters made their first entrance into the choir room, and both he and Blaine were seated on one by the end of “You Can’t Stop the Beat.”
Yes, yes, Kurt still ended up in tears at one point—would it be an episode of Glee if he didn’t? I must say, though, I loved watching Kurt and Rachel get their special snowflake status revoked. They both need wake up calls that they’ve got a lot to work on if they’re to have a chance at achieving their dreams. I really liked Lindsay from the Glee Project’s turn as Harmony, dripping every bit as much of Rachel’s blind ambition with every word she spoke. She and all the Kurt and Rachel clones were hysterical to watch, especially learning that they’d been meeting every month of high school to improve their chances at the New York Academy of the Performing Arts.
Crushed hopes are a great storyline, and if anything, it should make our two Broadway babes more driven than before to succeed.
Quinn’s had a bit of a makeover, huh? Because I sported my own pink do for half of last year, I must give the hair coloring points if only in solidarity.
My cut was way better, though.
Puck’s the only genuine rebel we’ve had on the show before, and seeing Quinn follow that path gives me hope that the two of them might rekindle their connection. What I liked most about Quinn’s new leaf, though, was how Santana, Brittney, and Rachel all reached out to her without judgment (okay, Brittany judged a little). All three extended open invitations to rekindle their friendships and rejoin Glee whenever Quinn’s ready. They didn’t pressure her about it, and I respect that.
However, if Quinn and Santana aren’t friends, then why did she help Santana and the Cheerios torch the piano at the end of “It’s Not Unusual”? That implied some mutual scheming to me. Granted, it could have been a coincidence that Quinn flicked her cigarette in that direction, but that looked like a determined stroll down the steps from my vantage point.
Speaking of the songs, I honestly don’t have much to say about them, except they were all fun. I’d never heard that “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” version before, and it strengthened my love of cheesy Rachel and Kurt numbers all the more. You all know I’m not getting this image out of my head anytime soon.
What I liked most about “It’s Not Unusual,” however, was the quick flashes of confusion Blaine showed as the Cheerios jumped up to join him and Santana gave him a reassuring pat. The confusion rolled into acceptance of his unexpected backup dancers so fast, I just know Blaine must have thought he found new Pips already.
Sugar Matta gets my approval as a new character. Her “self-diagnosed” Asperger’s is a stroke of genius as an excuse for her to act like an asshole. Her utter faith in her talent reminded me of Lauren Zizes’s confidence in her own bad-assery, though Lauren could back her claims up. That Sugar isn’t at all talented just makes it that much better. Also, I can’t dislike someone who wears the same pants as Blaine, if only a slightly pinker color.
Go ahead, scroll back up and compare them. I’ll wait.
The reigning consensus for Santana choosing Sue and helping sabotage the New Directions’ recruiting efforts is that Sue blackmailed her, threatening to out her if she didn’t place Cheerios first. I have to agree with that interpretation of Sue’s line “Santana, you like playing both sides, isn’t that right? What team are you playing for this year . . . losers or winners?” It even nicely ties into Brittany’s accidental outing of Santana last year, when she really did mean the Cheerios and Glee Club by saying Santana played for the other team. That’s the only motivation for Santana’s betrayal that I can accept, and I really hope that’s what it is.
I’ll end with my favorite one-liner of the episode, which came in the first minute, during Jacob Bin Israel’s postvacation interviews. After Jacob had a hard time believing Artie’s a junior, I cracked up at Artie’s explanation, “Optical illusion–the chair adds a year.”
What were your favorite lines? Did you love the episode? Hate it? I want to know!
See you next Wednesday for the next Glee-Full Gab when we can discuss “I Am Unicorn.”
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