Another dramatic week, with tons of love, tension and even a little Nazi humor! Kurt’s dad and Finn’s mom tied the knot on last night’s episode of Glee“, but the drama did not start or end with the wedding. “Furt” delivered some romance, some action, and a few surprises for the students, teachers, and parents at McKinley High. Overall it wasn’t a bad week for the gang…

The Players

  • Directed by: Ryan Murphy
  • Written by: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan
  • Cast: Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer, Dianna Agron, Mike O’Malley, Kevin McHale, Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Jenna Ushkowitz

The Plot

When Burt Hummel and Carole Hudson announce they are getting married, instead of hiring a band the couple gets New Directions to perform at their wedding. At McKinley, Sue’s mother (guest star Carol Burnett) arrives unexpectedly, and Kurt’s ongoing confrontation with his bully comes to blows.

The Good

  • Family matters: “Furt” featured a some family drama that gave excellent insight into the characters’ dispositions and provocations, and showed how far these characters have come throughout the show. Sue’s mom Doris (Carole Burnett) returns to Ohio after her Nazi-hunting duties are finished, but her daughter does not exactly welcome her with open arms. The more we learn about Sue, the more her abrasive and often absurd behavior makes sense. Her “life is tough, get a helmet” attitude is a result of having to basically fend for herself and parent her disabled sister while her parents were off doing something, in their minds, more important.
  • The Gay Issue: Finn has long been reluctant to befriend Kurt let alone rise to his new brother’s defense, because he is uncomfortable with Kurt’s homosexuality. When Mike, Artie, and Sam take on Dave Kronofsky in Kurt’s defense, Finn’s absence from the ensuing fight raises more than a few eyebrows in the choir room. This is an ongoing issue on the show that it well addresses and much like real life not easily solved. This weeks episode once again raises the stacks on the issue once again. One wonders how far they will go?
  • Love in the air: Burt and Carole’s wedding prompted examination of the many couples on Glee, and how each are
  1. Rachel and Finn’s relationship seems almost perfect these days, but may soon be rocked by a revelation about Finn’s (nonexistent) virginity and his one-night stand with Santana. Though Finn dealt with Santana, how long will/can he keep the secret from Rachel?
  2. Sam offers Quinn a promise ring, which, among other things, promises to catapult the adorable golden-haired couple to Brangelina status on the McKinley social structure. What are Sam’s real motivations, though? Early on in the episode, he confesses to Finn that his desire to be popular that made him want to be with Quinn; later on, he tells her he loves her, and sounds convincing.
  3. Sue, on the other hand, has identified the person who she most wants to spend her life with: herself. Though played for laughs, this declaration of proud single-ness was refreshing in the midst of a couple-centric ep. This was another example of the genius of Sue Sylvester- though harsh, she is who she is without apologies and embraces her life for what it is without complaint.

The Good/Bad

  • Major Plot Maneuver: After suffering extreme emotional and physical distress because of Dave Kronofsky’s repeated bullying, Kurt decides its time to make a serious change. *SPOILER* He, along with his parents, decide it is best for him transfer to Dalton Academy after Kronofsky’s expulsion is overturned by the school board. This signals a major change for Kurt and for the show, and will certainly heighten the stakes at Sectionals, where as Rachel points out, Kurt will compete against New Directions.

The Music

  • “Ohio,” from Wonderful Town: Mother and daughter duet in a hilarious, theatrical performance on the auditorium stage. The two casually trade barbs between verses, and we finally get to hear Sue really sing!
  • “Marry You,” Bruno Mars: All of the glee couples dance and sing down the aisle at Burt and Carole’s wedding. It started out slightly awkward, but overall was a charming performance featuring great character moments and solos from almost every member of New Directions.
  • “Sway,” Michael Buble: Mr. Schue sings this Michael Buble tune for the newly married Hummel’s first dance. It is a great solo performance; Matthew Morrison’s voice is totally suited to the song and he radiates confident charisma.“Just The Way You Are,” Bruno Mars: This tribute to Kurt, led by his new brother Finn, was a solid cover of the Top 40 hit. It was an emotional performance- the look on Mr. Schue’s face really said it all.

Overall

Though “Furt” had its sentimental moments, the major character insights and developments, couple with swift plot movement kept the episode from getting too sappy. It was definitely a game-changing hour for “Glee” on a multitude of levels, most prominently Kurt’s decision to leave McKinley High and Finn.

Rating: 8/10

The next episode of “Glee” airs on November 30th at 8 p.m on Fox.

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