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Since the beginning, Glee has been cracking down on tough social issues. For a while, the show got a little soft and perhaps that’s the reason it lost some of its appeal. But last night’s episode “Bash” went back to basics, and focused on gay bashing and dating stereotypes.

The Players:

  • Director: Sanaa Hamri
  • Writers: Ryan Murphy
  • Cast: Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, 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, Dean Geyer, Melissa Benoist

Episode Title: “Bash”

Rachel takes the next step in committing to her role in Funny Girl. Meanwhile, Kurt is the victim of an attack because of his sexual preference.

The Good:

  • Black and White: Mercedes and Sam decide to give their high school fling another go, but soon run into a number of problems. When Sam meets Mercedes’ friends, they point out the elephant in the room: “He’s not just white, he’s blond,” says one friend, “He’s practically albino. You can see the vein in his temples.” The friends also reminds Mercedes that she’s trying to make a name for herself and dating a white guy won’t be very appealing to the black community. When Mercedes breaks the news to Sam, he reminds her that she’s not one to care about what others think. In the end, Mercedes ignores her friends’ advice and gives Sam another chance. Is this the right choice for her career? Probably not. But this is Glee, and the writers are trying to make a statement about not listening to what society deems right or wrong, especially when it comes to dating.
  • The Bash: It turns out that the streets of NYC are as dangerous as the ones in Ohio. Kurt gets beat up in an alley while trying to defend another victim of gay bashing. He ends up with some bruises on his beautiful face. Though the writers didn’t go deep into it, it was a good reminder that gay bashing is still a thing. Just because laws have been passed, it doesn’t mean this social issue has disappeared, if anything people are getting more aggressive.

Best Lines:

  • “He’s not just white, he’s blond. He’s practically albino. You can see the vein in his temples.” –Shenice
  • “It’s really hard to be a straight white male these days.” –Sam

The So-So:

  • College Dropout: And just like that, Rachel became a college dropout. Tired of the classes and rigorous time schedule, Rachel quits NYADA. This is totally out of character for her because NYADA was her dream school for so many years. But the big questions is, where did this decision come from?
  • Sam and Mercedes: Although Sam and Mercedes are tackling an interesting issue by dating each other, they have zero chemistry. Most of their interactions are awkward, and their relationship doesn’t feel genuine.

The Music:

  • “No One Is Alone,” Stephen Sondheim – Kurt, Blaine, Sam and Rachel pay tribute to a victim of gay bashing.
  • “You Make Me Feel (Like A Natural Woman),” Aretha Franklin – Mercedes sings about her feelings for Sam on a merry-go-round.
  • “Broadway Baby,” Stephen Sondheim – Rachel and Blaine perform as a duet for their Spring Critique.
  • “Not While I’m Around,” Stephen Sondheim – Blaine sings to Kurt/performs a solo for the Spring Critique. 
  • “Colour Blind,” Stephen Sondheim – Mercedes sings to Sam inside a legendary recording studio.
  • “I’m Still Here,” Stephen Sondheim – Kurt performs his solo for the Spring Critique.

Overall:

“Bash” had the same tone as an episode from the first seasons of Glee. It dealt with a lot of important issues but there was a good amount of humor. Let’s keep it up.

Rating: 8/10

Glee airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.

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