GleeHab Review: “On My Way”
Whoa. I almost feel like that’s enough to sum up the whole episode. Almost.
I’d just like to put this out there: this episode contained some seriously heavy material. A lot of people are upset that Glee, a comedy, dug so deep into this but I have to say that I applaud them. The only beef I have is that they did not put a major disclaimer before the episode warning the audience that some of the material could be triggering. At the end of this review, I have posted the phone numbers for several support lines. I beg of you, if you are suffering, please call them. And I’m not even joking when I tell you that my inbox is always open.
Young Barbara Streisand & Old Betty White
Oooh Sebastian you are so easy to hate. And I loathe you. I love Grant though, super cool dude I’ve heard.
Sebastian crashes Kurt & Rachel’s bridal bliss to threaten New Directions, and more specifically Rachel, with some mega blackmail. Finn Hudson naked…in heels…and Photoshopped. That little brat threatened to upload that picture to the internet if Rachel didn’t drop out of Regionals all together. He encourages her to come down with the Asian Bird Flu like Tina had (is that how they’re explaining her complete disappearance from one and half episodes?) and drop out of competition.
Rachel is of course horrified and is left in quite the conundrum. She knows they’ll win if she sings but she knows Finn will be mortified if she doesn’t drop out. Back in the choir room, Finn is livid and shocked that Rachel has decided to perform and Will tries to convince them all to take the high road.
Can’t say I blame Finn in this one and what Rachel said was a little harsh. I know he doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing after he graduates but she didn’t need to kick him in his ego by telling him that their future depends on her. It’s all just ugly.
Who Knocked Up Sue?
Quinn is summoned to Sue’s office to be the first to know that Sue is all sorts of pregnant. Was she asking for advice? Apparently not. Quinn however, thought she’d seize the moment and ask for her spot on the Cherrios back. Aaaaaand Sue shoots her down. I guess her “nice” preggo hormones hadn’t kicked in yet.
Gird Your Loins
And no, I’m not talking about Dreamy Darren singing his beautiful heart out. I’m talking about the sequence that goes on throughout his incredible performance of “Cough Syrup”. I have to say, I have not been the biggest fan of Darren’s solos to date but this one was absolutely phenomenal. I was literally shaking in my seat from the whole thing. I would post the whole performance and the sequence that goes along with it but to be honest, it is still hard for me to watch. The long and short of it is that Karofsky’s bullying hits its peak when his peers write “fag” on his locker. He goes home and gets online and sees all of the horrible things people have posted about him. He puts on his Sunday best, walks into the closet, and attempts to commit suicide.
I would like to stop right here and give major props to Max Adler who plays Dave Karofsky. I can’t imagine what an emotionally taxing role this was for him. He did a superb job and really needs his own shout out on this. You could actually feel his pain. Bravo, Max. Bravo.
Whose Job Was It?
Continuing with this heartbreaking plot, we now find ourselves in Figgins’ office where Bieste, Schue, Emma, and Sue are all talking about what happened. Emma asks probably the most poignant question, “whose job was it?” Something like this isn’t anyone’s fault. Figgins was right to want to tell the student body of what happened. The sick thing is, is that it takes something like this to make people understand the horrible repercussions bullying can have.
Cut to Kurt calling Quinn out on her bullshit. Dave was not being selfish and her comparing herself to be anything close to what he was going through was asinine in my opinion. I’m not discounting what Quinn went through but I didn’t agree with the reasoning behind her words. Thank God Kurt stepped in and told it like it was. We also learned that Kurt was holding himself responsible for what happened.
Let’s Get Married!
On to some lighter subject matter. So Finn & Rachel are still being stupid in their quest for premature marriage. Ugh I hate this storyline with the fire of a thousand suns. Love Finchel, hate this plot. So they agree to get married after they win Regionals…and blah blah blah.
Sebastian Has a Heart?
Sebby calls the gang to Lima Bean to institute a truce. He destroyed the photos and tells them that he wants to win fair and square. He then goes on to explain how he played a part in bullying Karofsky. And then he utters a sentence that makes me so mad that I want to punch a wall, “It’s all fun and games, until it’s not.” I have news for you, it is never fun and games. Okay, I’ll step off my soapbox now…
Will Schuester. Teacher of the Year.
THANK THE GLEE GODS that Will had a chance to redeem himself after that Spanish Teacher debacle. Now this deserves a playback.
This was perfect.
I’ll discuss the Regionals performances in a second but let’s all pause right here:
Yup, that’s none other that Glee co-creator, Ian Brennan. This made me giddy.
So, now on to Regionals. AMAZING! PERFECT! INCREDIBLE! And a much-needed lift after such a depressing first half. Whew.
I loved the Warblers’ performances but I have such a soft spot for the New Directions in competitions. I ALWAYS cry when they perform. Ugh it just destroys me in the best possible way. How cute was Finn making everyone get up? AND YAY!!! They won and they deserved it. Duh.
P.S. Long live the Troubletones
After all is said and done, Quinn gets her cheer leading cred back, Rachel gets her buddy at her wedding, and it looks like the wedding is on.
It Gets Better
Kurt brings this heart wrenching storyline to an emotional head when he visits Karofsky in the hospital. He apologized for not returning his calls and Dave apologized for making his life miserable. The saddest part about all of this is that this is not a storyline created by Ryan, Ian, and Brad. This is real life and every day people suffer like Karofsky did. What people don’t always see though, is that it really does get better and Kurt painted that picture for Dave. It was beautiful.
Going to the Chapel
Hold the phone…when I was pregnant I was never nice. But kudos to Sue for using her hormones for good and being genuinely happy for Will and New Directions. I always love it when they humanize Sue but I’m hoping we’re not seeing the last of her nasty ways. She’s the perfect villain and I’d love to see a balance of the two. My guess is that as she gets further along in her pregnancy (it’s going to be so weird to see this play out), she’ll resume her normal bitch behavior. Lord knows I did.
I’m asking this question again, can Rachel’s dads just stay on the show forever? I can’t even tell you how much I love these two. Add Burt and Carole to the mix and it is like an epic foursome of awesome. I love their plotting to stop the wedding. I was giggling so hard. They need a spin-off.
Soon we cut to Finn seeing Rachel in her wedding dress for the first time. He’s awestruck (she was gorg) and they seemed genuinely happy. I will say this about them, they are in loooooooove. I still don’t think they should get married though.
And perhaps they won’t because something HUGE happens that may indefinitely postpone the nuptials.
Cliffhanger, meet Cliffhanger
Quinn is rushing back to make it time for the wedding after picking up her bridesmaid dress. Rachel is bugging her to hurry and Quinn dutifully ignores the first text as while she’s driving. But it is the second one that causes the biggest cliffhanger in Glee history. She goes to answer is and is broadsided by a truck. And then it’s over. Fade to black. To be continued.
WHAAAAAAT??? We don’t know if Quinn is OK and we don’t know if Rachel & Finn got married. It’s like the biggest double whammy ever. And SO RUDE!! Now we have to wait seven freaking weeks to find out what happened. Ugh damn you Glee and your constant and painful hiatuses (is that the plural of hiatus?)
Well, there you have it. This episode emotionally drained me. I thought Glee was about opening yourself up to joy. I can’t say I’m particularly joyful after that but it was an incredible episode.
Tell me, what did you think? Hit the comments and let me know!
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