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Glee: Ballad

I know it may start sounding like a habit every week but this episode was one of the best yet. Last week and this week the episodes really pushed the now established characters into things outside of their comfort zone. Although it's impossible to get to everyone in each episode, some of the primary conflicts they established early one were finally starting to mature and bear fruit.

It's easy for the audience to groan when Shue starts matching people up. But this time the usual pairings that we've grown accustomed to do not occur, rather
fate" serves us up with new pairings to break the monotony. Due to one of the football players being out sick Shue is partnered up with Rachel. Instead of the usual Rachel vs Shue we're treated with a twist on the conflict as she now gets into a schoolgirl crush on him. This of course is short lived as it only lasts for this episode but in doing so Rachel learns a lesson from Shue that hating him didn't. In falling in a crush with him opened the pathway for Suzie Pepper to teach Rachel things she needed to know. Ironically Suzie Pepper was a metaphor speaking in metaphor to Rachel. Shue reinforces it and drives it home, possibly opening Rachel up to be less grating and self centered in the future. She has a lot of potential as a person and honestly doesn't realize her biggest obstacle is herself. Sarah Drew was perfect as Suzie Pepper. Reminds me a little bit of Nancy Roder

The unlikely coupling of Puck and Mercedes allowed both of these characters to grow much more than if they had continued on their usual path. Mercedes served up some honesty by...well I'll let her say it. "You need to get something through your mohawk real quick. You're the baby's daddy, it takes a helluva lot more to be a father and that role's already been cast, because Quinn chose Finn. And you need to accept that and move on, because you have no business messing up that girl's life more than you already have. You need to back off. You owe her at least that much." This is only after Puck reveals to her that he is the father of Quinn's baby and not Finn. The pairing worked as the elephant in Puck's room is finally a point of discussion. This also serves as a way to establish Mercedes as more than just the big voiced belter of the group as we've not seen her do much poignant stuff since she busted some windows.

Kurt and Finn was the other unlikely pair. Kurt's affection for Finn broke Finn out of his comfort zone in several different ways. Besides the discomfort of having Kurt crushing on him, he was also challenged to be a man in a way that the constant Quinn badgering could not. This lead to Finn not only breaking the news to his mother but also Quinn's parents. finally, the cat is out of the bag and now new possibilities can emerge. Quinn's parents were simply brilliant in the dinner scene played by Gregg (two G's) Henry and Charlotte Ross.

The two big tear jerker songs of the night were Finn singing the Pretenders song "I'll Stand by You"

and....

The Big Finale

the Bill Withers great - "Lean On Me" was performed by the rest of the club (minus the sick football player) In a show of support they sang a song telling their friends that they are there for them in their time of need.

Incredible, incredible performance by Kevin Mchale and Amber Riley during this number. It takes on such a powerful new life seeing it visually as opposed to just hearing it.

In the beginning of the episode. Shue defines the exercise (and subsequently the episode) as a way of saying something they normally cannot say. All the primary players in the episode were forced to live within those parameters with little to no compromise. The shake ups allowed everyone to air out what the audience had already known.

Although it may have been lost in the later part of the episode, Jayma Mays as Emma was absolutely hilarious in trying to help Shue with the Rachel situation.

Two more episodes remain for the original 13 episodes and I have to say. It's been nothing less than magical.

Nominees for quote of the night:
"I love the days when I don't wear underwear -- full commando."
"I could totally sing this song with Finn, but screw him if he thinks he's taking the Diana Ross part from me."
"I have to go, they'll think I'm pooping."

and my personal favorite - "Other Asian"


The episode featured covers of "Endless Love" by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, "I'll Stand By You" by The Pretenders, "Crush" by Jennifer Paige, "(You're) Having My Baby" by Paul Anka and Odia Coates, "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers, and a mash-up of "Don't Stand So Close to Me" by The Police and "Young Girl" by Gary Puckett and The Union Gap


Later Gleeks!

- @ZorbaTheGleek


Posted by Zorba the Gleek on November 19, 2009 1:05 AM
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