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Naya Rivera, Glee

Whether she’s delivering a brutal put-down (“I think we’d get further staging a gel-ervention for Blaine than singing lady music”), confessing her love for Britney via song (“Songbird,” swoon), or proudly parading down the halls of McKinley (“I kissed a girl and I liked it”), we can’t get enough of Rivera’s sassy Santana. And that means, no, we don’t care if she mispronounces abuela ‘ til the cows come home.

Glee Talks About Sex (Nov. 8)

Ten years ago, simply seeing Blaine and Kurt kiss on prime-time TV would have been the stuff of major scandal, but, always eager to push boundaries, Ryan Murphy went one big step further and shows the couple decide to have sex for the first time (along with the finally stable Finchel). At first, Blaine and Rachel only want to lose their V-cards for the sake of their performances in West Side Story, but when they each finally get down to the dirty deed with their significant other, there’s nothing staged about the emotion involved.

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GleeHab Review: “The First Time”

My oh my this Glee sure had a lot of hype.  Did it live up to it?  I’m not sure but it was a most excellent episode in my book.  You know, I have to be honest, I wasn’t that excited about it.  Thanks to the wonders of the internet, I felt like I had basically seen the entire episode before it even aired but I was pleasantly surprised.  I bet you Finchel and Klaine lovers out there were thrilled!  I have to say, my favorite parts were Bieste and West Side Story and Naya Rivera…but I digress.  Let’s review!

Artie the Director-man

Gosh I love Artie.  I was a little wigged out by the fact that he had a sex talk with Bieste but I’ll let it slide.  Artie puts it out there that neither Blaine nor Rachel can convey the passion needed for Tony and Maria because they’ve both never had sex.  Strange observation but I’ll go with it because it introduced the whole “first time” theme to the episode.  Best part about this whole scene?  Bieste crying.

Let’s Talk About Sex Baby

So Rachel is thinking that if she bags Finn she’ll be able to better play the part of Maria.  She leads him on a little bit in the hallway there, don’t ya think?  But regardless, he invites her over while his parents are on the campaign trail and I’m sure he’s thinking she’s totally ready for all the right reasons.

Cut to Blaine’s house where he is awkwardly dancing to 70s tunes and talking to Kurt about his love for those 70s tunes.  It is actually Kurt who brings up the sexy talk.  Maybe it’s just me, but I always thought it would be Blaine to question it first.  But no, Blaine is happy taking things slow.  UNTIL…

Warblers

Eh.  I’m not sure that it was necessary to bring back the whole crew but whatever, I’m sure people loved it.  Can’t say I was a fan of Uptown Girl – sorry folks.  But I did love that dude Sebastian.  As much as I hate when they bring random characters in to stir the pot (John Stamos?) I usually like the outcome so I say bring it on.  Besides, he’s pretty.

Can I just say that I LOVED LOVED LOVED how they worked in “A Boy Like That’ into the scene as that killer montage.  It was perfect.  And Naya killed it as always.

Anywho…eventually Sebastian tries to move in on Kurt’s man but Blaine stands firm.  It doesn’t go unnoticed by Kurt though so when Sebastian invites them to get crazy at a gay bar, it’s Kurt that says yes.  Time for a little healthy competition!

Welcome Back Cooter

Yes, I know we’ve never seen him before but I couldn’t resit the phrase.

Well well well, looks like someone has a crush on Bieste.  Cooter Menken is roaming the locker rooms on McKinley as a recruiter from Ohio State but it looks like he only really has eyes for Bieste.

Let’s Talks About More Sex

The tables have turned when young Blaine decides that he wants to take things further with Kurt.  After hearing the item on Kurt’s bucket list that involved “having relations on a dewy meadow”, Blaine all but begs Kurt for some action.

After Kurt & Blaine’s hallway confessional, Artie decides to take matters into his own hands when it comes to his director buddy Bieste.  He calls Cooter to his office for a talk.  Turns out all Cooter has been trying to do is ask Bieste out but she never gets the hint.  Bless that woman’s heart man.  She’s adorably oblivious.

Meat

Finn fed Rachel meat on their date.  This was wonderful.  That’s all I have to say about that.

Soooo, they start making out and BAM Rachel screws it all up.  I actually felt bad for Finn in this scene.  Poor boy was so nervous and wanted everything to be perfect and Rachel had to go and ruin it with her crazy.  Poor guy.  But then again, he prayed to a grilled cheese sandwich so he could touch her boob.  I guess they’re even.

OMG Mike Chang

Mike’s dad basically gives him an ultimatum and Mike chooses dancing.  It was a brief but heavy scene and it was played beautifully by both actors.  I love love love this storyline for Mike.  It is so heartbreaking but it’s pretty spot on.  Harry is doing such an awesome job with this storyline too.  I have to give major claps to the writers – they promised storylines for those that haven’t had them before and they have definitely delivered this season.  THANK YOU!

Bieste & Cooter Sittin’ in a Tree

I’ve said this many times before but I’m going to say it again…Dot Marie Jones is one of the best things to happen to this show.  Ever.  I adored the scene between Bieste and Cooter and can tell you that it was easily my favorite scene of the entire episode.  Maybe I relate to her character and that’s why I love her so much.  No, I’m not a female football coach but I think everyone has felt like they didn’t look good enough to get the boy they wanted.  Bieste broke my heart in this scene and Dot played her to perfection!

Let’s Talks About Even More Sex

I think there was more talk about sex than actual sex.  Not that that’s a bad thing – believe me.  I liked the way there was more focus on the discussion of the act that the act itself.  The writers did a great job of pinpointing what insecurities people have about sex and taking about it but still kept the snarky humor there.  I liked the way all the girls were talking about it.  Santana was hilarious, Quinn gave her two cents, Brittany basically said she got raped at cheer camp (omg), but it was Tina that really brought it home.  That’s how Glee does it – funny, snarky, irreverent, but totally awesome when it counts.

Sidenote:  The way the writers worked in the actual numbers from West Side Story into this episode was utter perfection.  More on this later…

Drag Queen Wednesday

Hello Karofsky!  So, we learn that he transferred to a new school so he could have a normal senior year but in order to have a normal life he hangs out at the local gay bar.  It’s a little sad that he feels like he can only be who he is at a gay bar and not in his actual life.  I hope they keep his side story going because it could be a really important one for people going through the same thing.  Regardless though, Karofsky has turned a corner when it comes to hating on Kurt for his sexuality and the two have a really awesome scene.  Once again, way to go writers.

Cut to outside the bar where a drunk-off-one-beer Blaine puts the moves on Kurt.  Uh oh – there’s trouble in Klaine paradise.  Blaine wants to get some with Kurt and Kurt ain’t having it.  In my opinion, Kurt was totally right on this one.

AMERICA

Ok, so West Side Story.  A modern-day Romeo and Juliet and one of this Broadway lover’s favorite musicals ever.  I was so excited to see how they were going to work the musical into the episode.  I played out a million ways they could do it from dedicating an entire episode to the performance of the whole show (wishful thinking) to just rehearsals.  The writers did one better and meshed them all together!  My absolute favorite performance of the night goes to Santana and the rest of the crew for “America”.  It was absolutely flawless.  FLAWLESS!!  Need reassurance?  Watch it again below!

The Deed

Tastefully done?  Overrated?  Personally, I was a little surprised they didn’t push the envelope further and after all the hype I half expected to see soft core porn on my TV.  The fact of the matter is that we barely saw them kiss.  And that is perfectly ok.

After Rachel drops by Finn’s house no doubt to apologize, she sees that he’s really hurting.  Turns out Cooter didn’t want him and he’s freaking out that his whole life has ended.  Cory did a great job in this scene.  Rachel comforts him and promises that whatever happens to him, she’ll be right by his side.  And there you have the Finchel turning point.

As for Kurt and Blaine, their love/sex connection happened on the auditorium stage where Kurt told Blaine how proud he was of him and how happy he was that they were together.  After Blaine invites Kurt to the cast party Kurt politely declines and instead says he wants to go to Blaine’s house.

And there you have it.

I really liked this episode.  I have to say that the flow of it was my favorite part.  The way the themes of the musical meshed perfectly with the themes going on with the kids was very well done.  My favorite parts were of course Bieste and the performances from West Side Story but overall I give the episode a solid A.

Now it’s your turn!  What did you think?

Oh and want to hear Naya singing Adele?  Watch next week’s promo!

Ryan Murphy defends tonight’s controversial teen sex episode, ‘The First Time’

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Last winter on the set of the show’s massive post-Super Bowl episode, Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy told EW that he wanted the gay teenage relationship between Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss) to be just as complicated as any of the show’s heterosexual romances. Now he’s making good on his word: Tonight’s episode of the Fox hit, “The First Time,” finds not only Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith) having sex with each other for the first time, but — in a groundbreaking move for an 8 p.m. series — McKinley High’s gay couple doing the same. (Warning: SPOILERS ahead!)

“We were talking about it [in the writers’ room] like, ‘Why shouldn’t [Kurt and Blaine] lose their virginity at the same time?’” Murphy tells EW exclusively. “Everybody has seen a straight couple losing their virginity, but has anyone dovetailed the gay and straight stories together and given them equal weight? That seemed like an exciting choice and a new thing.” According to Murphy, the four actors’ only worry was that they look good in the love scenes: “The first thing they all said was ‘Do we have to go on diets?’”

Originally, when there was talk this past summer of a Glee spin-off, the thought was that Rachel would lose her virginity after moving to New York. Says Murphy, “Some of the women in the [writer’s] room thought it was crazy and thought we should really give that moment this year to Finn.”

The Glee co-creator also reveals that network Fox expressed no concern over the episode’s potentially polarizing subject matter — though the Parents Television Council issued a statement today condemning the episode: “The fact that Glee intends to…celebrate children having sex is reprehensible. The gender of the high school characters involved is irrelevant.” Murphy, who isn’t surprised by the controversy, is staying focused on the bigger picture: In a year when bullying and teen suicides have grabbed headlines, he’s hopeful that Kurt and Blaine’s romance will continue to deliver a positive message to Glee’s audience. “I think what it says to a lot of young gay people who are confused and ashamed is that you can get love and are worthy of love.”

Viewers will also see the return of Kurt’s bully, Karofsky (Max Adler) in tonight’s episode. Surprisingly, Murphy says he gets a lot of comments, particularly from gay men, asking for a Kurt/Karofsky romance. Says Murphy, “We’re going to write something about it. I do think the reason why he attacked Kurt so viciously is he he had all these feelings that he didn’t know what to do with. I am interested in that, like what happens if he finally got to express that in the right way.”

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Another Episode Still: “The First Time”

GLEE: Brittany (Heather Morris, L), Mike (Harry Shum Jr.) and Quinn (Dianna Agron, R) perform in West Side Story in "The First Time" episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, Nov. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

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Sneak Peek: “Uptown Girl”

Don’t press play if you want to be surprised on Tuesday.  Otherwise, watch The Warblers perform “Uptown Girl” below!

Watch Sebastian Hit on Blaine — Right in Front of Kurt!

Oh hey look at that, another clip of the episode.  Just in case you don’t want to see the entire show before it airs, you need not read any further.  If you are a spoiler hound then feel free to click THIS LINK to take you to a lovely TV Guide article with a video clip from Tuesday’s “The First Time”.

Sneak Peek: “The First Time”

SPOILERS and Reviews of “The First Time”

GLEE: Rachel (Lea Michele, R) and Blaine (Darren Criss, L) perform in West Side Story in "The First Time" episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, Nov. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Many entertainment sites out there received a special screener of “The First Time” this week.  Below you will find links to E!, Entertainment Weekly, and TVLine’s reviews of the episode.  DO NOT CLICK THESE LINKS UNLESS YOU WANT TO KNOW PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING HAPPENS IN THE EPISODE.  In other words, MAJOR spoilers ahead…

Entertainment Weekly

TVLine

E!

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Promo: “The First Time”

Also, check out 2 new stills from the episode.

GLEE: Blaine (Darren Criss, R) chats with Sebastian (Grant Gustin, L) in "The First Time" episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, Nov. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

GLEE: Blaine (Darren Criss, R) invites the Warblers to watch West Side Story in "The First Time" episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, Nov. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

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