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You’re a Slut, Will

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Way to go, Emma!  I was so pleased to finally see Emma taking strides toward her own self-expression and healing.  She’s right – if her and Shu are to have a future, they need to start seeing each other for who they really are.  But she also needs to stand up for herself and communicate her feelings.  How strange, though, that this insight and advice would come from Sue, the school’s new counselor.  Sure, she was trying to humiliate Shu, but her advice was sound and it worked.  Of all the characters, Sue is becoming the most complex and interesting to me.

Which leads me to her relationship with her sister.  The presence of actors with Down’s Syndrome on this show has been questioned.  Some have wondered if it’s a gimmick.  Others have expressed concern that people with disabilities will end up mocked because the show mocks everyone.  Others have noted the weird seriousness that has the potential to develop when one particular group of folks is left off that mocking list.  But like I mentioned last week with regards to Mercedes, I think this might all come down to the fact that we as viewers don’t know how to view something like this.  We might be seeing mockery and weirdness that isn’t there because we’re uncomfortable seeing people with disabilities as important characters on a tv show.  The scenes between Sue and her sister were actually quite lovely, offering a humour that is sweeter than the rest of the humour in the show, but a humour nonetheless.  Jane Lynch plays the scenes perfectly, as does newcomer Robin Trocki as Jean.  I believe the two are sisters with a special relationship and genuine shared love.  I buy it.  I think it works.

Mike Hale of the New York Times has called the storyline with Jean’s character “smarmy and artificial” as it makes Trocki serve, in his opinion, as a prop for Sue’s developing humanity.  But most of the characters on this show serve as a prop for something!  And again, I wonder if it seems this way because we don’t know how to encounter such storylines on prime-time type tv shows.  Even with more avant-garde films dealing with disability issues, we most often get an actor without a disability playing one, but here Glee is working with actors who actually have disabilities – a good thing, in my opinion.

The musical numbers felt hit and miss last night.  I found Run Joey Run to be over the top and embarrassing (especially for poor wistful looking Puck, although it was great to hear his fabulous voice again…really, why do they always have Fin sing instead of him?!).  But Ice Ice Baby was awesome – seriously, I could not help but sing along!  It’s amazing how 20 years later I still know the words!  And Total Eclipse of the Heart is one of my favourite songs – that was fun.  In fact, Physical almost got lost in the shuffle!

It didn’t seem like we had any really hilarious lines last night…am I wrong, dear readers?  Were there lines that tickled you?  What were your favourite moments?  What do you think of the Sue/Jean/Becky storylines?

xoxo,
Natalie

Written by themothchase

May 5, 2010 at 9:34 am

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  1. Total Eclipse of the Heart was great!

    the “I love glee” shirt at http://tinyurl.com/i-love-glee

    susa1986

    May 5, 2010 at 10:19 am

  2. Sue has to be the most complex character on the show. One moment she’s angry, another moment she’s kind. Her emotions moves around so much during an episode that seeing a peek into her backstory is always welcomed. I’m interested in seeing why our favorite “29” year old is the way that she is.

    The music was alright, nothing really special. I did really like U Can’t Touch This because of it’s absurdity. I mean, who didn’t like the ‘Word’ pose at the end of that song and the genie pants. Craziness! The Bonnie Tyler number was great as well (Santana looked so hot (as always) even for the few seconds she’s shown).

    As far as quotes, I couldn’t really find one besides what Brittany says. That’s usually a given though. She’s becoming my favorite side character on the show.

    Jay

    May 6, 2010 at 5:58 am

  3. Unbelievable how well-written and ifornmaitve this was.

    Allayna

    December 5, 2011 at 7:51 pm


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