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Glee 1.18 – Laryngitis

Grade: A-

Ok, I can say it for sure: Glee is back.

After a string of poor episodes, last week’s Bad Reputation was the best episode since the show came back. It still wasn’t perfect, mind you, but did a good job setting the stage for this week’s Laryngitis. And since next week gives us a Joss Whedon episode with Neil Patrick Harris, I think we can safely say that the show has found its back-9 footing.The reason that Glee is so fantastic is that there is a great blend of satire, campiness, and drama. This week’s episode does all of that and amalgamates them all so well.

Everyone was on their game this week. Rachel begins the episode by bugging the rehearsal (“Who is this guy? Who is this guy?”) to prove that the other members of New Directions aren’t pulling their weight. It gives the story a reason to gives solos to all of the members of the club, something that the show has been accused of (even by its cast).

Also, Puck gets a haircut. I know, right? His story of trying to go for Mercedes to regain his popularity is a tad ridiculous (when did Mercedes get popular?), but the way he goes about it is hilarious. Trying to act like he knows her because she’s black was typical Puck and worked so very well (Black and jews have a history of helping each other). It’s too bad that this storyline was put on the backburner; Puck is one of the most underutilized character on the show (and then there’s Tina and Artie) and deserved more screen time. Not to mention that he’s got a great voice.

Kurt is gay, yes, and everyone seems to be alright with it, but we also got to see Kurt attempt to be straight. With some great lines from Brittany (“Call me if you wanna tap this”) he attempts to “straighten up” in order to impress his father. I love Pink Houses and Kurt did a fantastic job with it (why haven’t they added it to iTunes? Dammit). He also does an incredible ballad of some showtunes song that I’ve never heard of that was both fitting and powerful, especially with the scene afterwards.

If I have one complaint from the episode is that it got a little too much at the end. I do recognize that it’s a comedy drama, but it was a bit too heavily on the drama near the end. Not to mention that weird disability story… sorry, was I the only one that thought it didn’t fit in with the rest of the story?

Either way, a great episode for Glee that should inspire a sigh of relief for its fans. After a rocky start, the back 9 of season 1 is getting back to where it needs to be.

Also, here are some great quotes:

Does he mean like a burglar alarm?

I’m a sex shark. If I stop moving, I die.

Yeah, you know what? I checked out of this conversation about a minute back. So good luck with your troubles. And I’m gonna make it a habit not to stop and talk to students because this had been a colossal waste of my time.

You’re like a toddler with a loose lid on his sippy cup. No more juice.

I’m like Tinkerbell, Finn, I need applause to live.

Now I know what it’s like to date a baby.


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