Love ballads and chocolate covered kisses dominated last night’s episode of “Glee“. Everyone is in love and enjoying Valentine’s Day, especially Rachel and Finn who’ve recently decided they’re going to tie the knot. Rachel’s dads finally made an appearance, and they are exactly what we expected them to be – a pair of hilarious chatterboxes. In honor of the love holiday, Sugar throws a huge bash, complete with a balloon drop and musical numbers. Let’s see if ‘Heart’ captured the spirit of V-Day successfully .

The Players:

  • Director: Brad Falchuk
  • Writer: Ali Adler
  • 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., Cheyenne, Darren Criss, Jayma Mays, Jane Lynch, and Mike O’Malley

Episode Title: “Heart”

Will has a Valentine’s Day challenge for the glee kids: find and perform the world’s greatest love songs. Meanwhile, Rachel’s two dads, Hiram (Jeff Goldblum) and LeRoy Berry (Brian Stokes Mitchell), visit McKinley High.

The Good:

  • Rachel’s Dads: We finally get to meet Rachel’s dads, Hiram and LeRoy Berry played Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell. They are everything we expected Rachel Berry’s dads to be – understanding, chatty, stylish and smart. It’s a shame we didn’t get to meet them sooner. 
  • “Teen Jesus”: Another “Glee Project” winner makes an appearance on the show. This time it’s Samuel Larsen who plays the down-to-heart Christian kid, Joseph Hart. Larsen steals every scene he’s in. He plays a home-schooled sophomore who joins the bible club (a.k.a. God Squad) with Sam, Mercedes, and Quinn. He’s got a cool and relaxed exterior and what seems like an interesting story. We hope to see more of him. 
  • God Squad: There’s a new club on campus, and they are raising all kinds of awareness. First off, the club has four members – Quinn, Sam, Mercedes, and Joseph. Together focus on what it really means to be a Christian. They sing ballads and have some pretty interesting discussions on same-sex relationships.
  • Lesbians In Trouble: We finally see Santana and Brittany engage on some PDA. But their hallway kisses are interrupted by Principal Figgins, who calls them into his office with a few concerns. Apparently, students don’t like seeing a pair of girls making out around campus. Obviously, Santana gets upset and demands to be treated like any other couple.
  • Best Line: Mercedes tells the rest of the God Squad peeps, “They say one out of every 10 people are gay. And if that’s true, that means one of the 12 apostles might have been gay. My guess is Simon, because that name’s the gayest.”

The So-So:

  • Forbidden Love: Mercedes and Sam want to be together, but can’t. Like I said last week, it is hard to believe Sam and Mercedes are so passionately in love. Why? Well, we don’t really know their back story. Mercedes’ rendition of “I Will Always Love You” to Sam is beautiful, but we wonder, does she really? Still, Mercedes’ performance was a nice tribute to Whitney Houston.
  • Karofsky Shows Up (SPOILERS!): Someone’s been sending Kurt secret Valentine’s Day gifts. Kurt believes Blaine ha sent all of these, but when Karofsky shows up in a monkey costume at Sugar’s bash, Kurt is shocked. Karofsky confesses his love Kurt, and we’re left with a giant question mark. Unless Karofsky is coming back to McKinley, we don’t see why he needs to be in love with Kurt.
  • “Teenage Lovemaking”: The dads and Finn’s parents cook up a plan to get Rachel and Finn to call off the wedding. The whole thing backfires. Rachel and Finn realize that they love each other and marriage is really what they want. How did we get to this point? Aren’t teen weddings the most overrated plot line?

The Music:

  • “Chapel of Love,” The Dixie Cups – Rachel Berry’s dads roll in on a piano. This is is their first appearance on the show. 
  • “L-O-V-E,” Nat King Cole – Mike and Tina sing and dance over a montage. Cheesy, but cute.
  • “Let Me Love You,” Mario – Arty tries to win over Sugar with his version of ‘Let Me Love You’.
  • “Stereo Hearts” Gym Class Heroes – The God Squad sing to Rachel on Finn’s behalf. It was an elaborate number, but a teen girl’s dream come true.
  • “Home,” Michael Buble – Rory feels blue because the U.S. is sending him back to Ireland. He expresses his feelings for the Glee club, and in the process, makes an impression on Sugar. 
  • “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston – Mercedes pays homage to the late Whitney Houston with a beautiful rendition of “I Will Always Love You.”
  • “You’re The Top,” Anything Goes – Rachel and her Dad’s sing around the piano.
  • “Cherish / Cherish,” The Association/Madonna – The God Squad sings a love song for Brittany S. Pierce, from Santana.
  • “Love Shack,” The B-52′s – Blaine makes a comeback.

Overall:

From the performances to the story lines, this Valentine’s Day episode was pretty darn great.

Rating: 8.5/10

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

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