This week is deemed Alcohol Awareness Week by Principal Figgins on “Glee.” The glee club members indulge in a house party while Mr. Shuester and Coach Beiste have some fun of their own. Will the glee club be able to demonstrate the dangers of underage drinking effectively? Find out in our review…

The Players:

  • Director: Eric Stoltz
  • Writer: Ian Brennan
  • 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, Max Adler, James Earl

Episode Title: “Blame It On the Alcohol”

Students are showing up wasted to McKinley High, and Figgins calls upon the glee club to put a stop to it. They have an alcohol-fueled party at Rachel’s house, where she searches as inspiration for an original song, and Coach Beiste has the solution to relieve Will’s stress. Rachel, Blaine, and Kurt become entangled in a love triangle, and Sue publicly humiliates Mr. Shue.

The Good:

  • Types of Drunks: Finn informs a drunken, clingy Rachel that there’s five types of drunk girls: the weepy, hysterical drunk, the angry girl drunk, the girl who turns into a stripper, happy girl drunks, and the needy girl, of whom Rachel is the latter. Not only is Finn being honest with Rachel about her actions, he is touching on the effects of alcohol in a comical, but true, way.
  • Prize Fighters: The glee club members are a bit put-out at first when Mr. Shue asks them to stop drinking. But when he explains that he simply wants them to be focused on the task at hand, it builds a closer bond between them all as a group of like-minded individuals working to achieve the same goal: winning nationals. The members, especially Rachel, see that drinking can be an unnecessary distraction.
  • Flip-Flop: This episode was loaded with the irony/humor of a chaotic structure:
  1. The discussion between Kurt and Blaine prompts us to picture Kurt as possibly being un-accepting of Blaine’s sexual orientation, forcing us to consider Blaine as being straight…
  2. …But then we’re right back to the same old Kurt/Blaine (without Rachel) relationship as before.
  3. The glee club tries to look cool when they perform drunk, but end up embarrassing themselves…
  4. …Ironically, however, Mr. Figgins receives these “special effects” positively instead of scolding the group.

The Weird:

  • Honky Tonk Snog: It’s nice to see Coach Beiste try to cheer Mr. Shuester up by taking him out. But when she gave Mr. Shue a peck on the lips before she left, the action stood out as being out of place, even if he is the first person she kissed (check out the previous episode). Was this more of a date than a friendly evening?
  • The Music: We found out that a selection of drinking themes for an entire episode turned out awkward for everyone when their alcohol awareness performance is filled with vomit instead of pizazz.  The songs were left a hazy memory, as they didn’t speak to individual characters’ concerns like usual.

The So-So:

  • Open-Ended: Figgins recruits the glee club to end the underage drinking at McKinley High, which they inadvertently succeed at doing. More importantly, Figgins proposes that the students’ conduct is the influence of pop songs glorifying alcohol, but we aren’t offered a solution regarding how to handle this. Is the only solution to encouraging responsibility to overdose society so they are sickened and abhorred by the results? Or is there no solution?

The Music:

  • “My Headband,” Rachel Berry–  Rachel draws inspiration for her first composed song by singing about “what she knows” and turning to her idols Carole King and Gerry Goffin. Finn interrupts her to tell her the song sucks, but we thought it sounded pretty good. Obviously it wouldn’t be a competitive choice for the glee club to sing, but it showed Rachel’s dedication to draw upon her own experiences for songwriting, and her voice sounded beautiful.
  • “Like a G6,” Far East Movement – The glee club members sing this at Rachel’s house as a party-starter. The performance is lackluster for the most part, but works well with the scene.
  • “Don’t You Want Me” The Human League – Rachel and Blaine’s duet, which is sang nicely, and has the few glee members not making out with each other, swaying and singing with them.
  • “Blame It” Jamie Foxx and T-Pain – Showcasing Artie and Puck, the whole club sings this song hungover, providing a convincing effect for Mr. Shue that they are drunk when they’re singing it.
  • “So Far Away” Carole King – (plays on Rachel’s record-player while she calls Blaine)
  • “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” Rudy Toombs/Amos Milburn -Mr. Shue and Coach Beiste’s duet at the honky tonk bar.  This is Beiste’s singing debut on the show, and we can’t wait for more of Beiste’s alto country vibes to be showcased.
  • “Tik Tok” Ke$ha – The performance of the night, Brittany is front and center, showing off some mad dance skills and awesome vocals.  Ke$ha might be able to out-drink the Glee members, but they’re cover of her song was phenomenal.

Overall:

This week’s “Glee” puts on the beer goggles to put alcohol-related issues in perspective. The result is humorous and ironic, but leaves something to be wanted.

Rating: 8/10

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

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