Love is in the air as this week’s “Glee” celebrates Valentine’s Day early by setting up a kissing booth to raise funds for the club, creating relationship drama (as usual), and of course, performing some classic songs that are “Valentines-y.”  So Who fell in love and who fell apart? Find out in our review…

The Players:

  • Director: Tate Donovan
  • Writer: Ryan Murphy
  • Cast: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Jenna Ushkowitz, Mark Salling, Matthew Morrison, Ashley Fink, Chord Overstreet, Harry Shum, Jr., Darren Criss, Dot Jones, Jayne Lynch, Jayma Mays

Episode Title: “Silly Love Songs”

Puck has a new love interest this week: Lauren.  Artie and Mike profess their love for girlfriends Brittany and Tina. Kurt is crushed when Blaine’s love interest is Jeremiah instead of him; but the two work it out.  Santana fights Lauren in the hallway. Quinn has a love triangle with Sam and Finn.  Santana comes up with an elaborate plan to expose Quinn and Finn, leaving Rachel hurt by Finn’s lack of feelings for her. She finds the courage and strength to move on, and The Warblers leave the Academy’s walls to perform, which allegedly hasn’t been done since the ’70s.

The Good:

  • Puck Woos Lauren: Although his performance of “Fat-Bottomed Girls” came across as offensive to Lauren, we like that Puck has stopped pursuing Cheerios for a previously marginal character.  Puck’s honesty (“I’m not into because you have curves…I like you because you’re a bigger badass than me.”) paired with Lauren’s brutal rejection and spitfire responses told in classic humor of pokerface and monotone (“I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly.”) make this couple the most interesting on glee thus far.
  • It Was All In My Head: Blaine’s solo to Jeremiah may have been a complete fail, but Blaine is open about his feelings and discusses them freely with Jeremiah and Kurt. He also listens to Kurt’s similar feelings for himself, and does not handle the situation awkwardly or uncool: he’s nice, honest, and open, which is a nice contrast to the deceptive and scheming “love pentagon” at McKinley High.
  • Cheaters: Quinn and Finn’s kiss stirred more than just fireworks, creating drama between Rachel and Finn and Sam and Quinn.  More importantly, it brought up the fact that Finn won’t forgive Rachel for cheating, yet he not only accepts Quinn’s similar actions when he is a participant, showing a double-standard in Finn’s morals that is worth considering.  Their suddenly re-blossoming relationship is beautifully ironic, seeing as how Sam’s jealousy wasn’t qualmed until he watched them kiss (somehow allowing him to determine that they had no feelings for one another), but instead it brought Finn and Quinn closer.  Moreover, Quinn’s acceptance of consequences is brilliant: “I’ve only cheated twice in my life. The first time I got pregnant. The second time I got mono.”

The Weird:

  • Tina’s Song: Simon Cowell might’ve said “What the hell was that?”  But we’re nicer, so we just wonder what made Tina break down and cry in the middle of the classic Rodgers and Hart song “My Funny Valentine” from the musical Pal Joey. We’re glad that a Frank Sinatra song was included, but the Broadway classic was utterly lost in a series of sobs and a wailing finale.
  • How Does Sue “C” Valentine’s?: The lack of Sue Sylvester in this episode went partially unnoticed due to all the relationship drama, but we did miss getting to see her send herself a Valentine.

The Music:

  • “Fat-Bottomed Girls,” Queen –  Puck’s rocking performance created hilarious awkward sideways glances from the fellow glee club members, particularly Santana.  Perhaps most entertaining and a fiercely independent response from Lauren was the best part: “That’s the first time anyone’s sang me a love song. And it made me feel like crap.” Unlike Lauren, we loved the performance for its high-energy and smooth vocals.
  • “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing),” Michael Jackson – Artie and Mike’s duet dedicated to Tina and Brittany.  They love having girlfriends in their lives and no drama in their relationships, and their cheeriness comes across in the song beautifully, Mike’s beast dancing coupled with Artie’s unique voice.
  • “When I Get You Alone,” Robin Thicke – The Warblers leave their sanctuary to sing at the Gap, supporting Blaine in his solo to a sales-clerk whom he wants to impress.  Although his performance unfortunately comes across as unprofessional, somewhat creepy, and gets Jeremiah fired, the Warblers went all out with gymnastics off of tables, beautiful harmonies, and well-planned choreography.
  • “My Funny Valentine,” Frank Sinatra – Tina’s solo directed toward Mike, announced heartily by Mr. Shue and then, well, oddly performed with sobs and tears.  Are her feelings for Mike simply that overwhelming?
  • “Firework,” Katy Perry – Rachel, heartbroken by Finn’s lack of feelings for her, pours her heart into this already touching song; a spine-tingling version that truly captured the essence of feeling unwanted.
  • “Silly Love Songs,” Wings – Blaine (and Kurt) assist The Warblers with a second performance out of their comfort zone (well, their Warbler sanctuary at the school) – a nice, sophisticated performance for the Lonely Hearts Club Dinner at-where else but-Breadsticks.  It was nice to see them bring some cheer to the couples in attendance as well as the singles.

Overall:

This week’s “Glee” brought us some lovely Valentine’s Day tunes and examined the aspects of successful and failed relationships, exposing the consequences of deception and the worth of honesty.

Rating: 9/10

“Glee” airs Tuesday nights at 8pm on FOX.

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