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Wednesday November 24, 2010 12:38 pm

Glee: Big Moments, Big Changes

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Comedy, Music, Prime Time, FOX, Video,

Glee’s latest episode had so much packed into it, our heads are still spinning. Burt Hummel (Mike O’Malley) and Carole Hudson (Romy Rosemont) had a big announcement for Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Finn (Cory Monteith) at the top of the episode: they’re getting married. Who else squealed with delight when Kurt announced, “you’re having a glee wedding!”?

Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) was also thinking of marriage. After exploring the wide world of Internet dating and finding only one match for her interests (extreme taxidermy, tantric yelling, poking the elderly with hidden pins), she began to mail out invitations…for her wedding to herself.

The video above shows Lynch singing “Ohio” with guest star Carol Burnett, who plays Sue’s Nazi-hunting mom. Rumor has it that Burnett suggested the song (which is from “Wonderful Town”) to Ryan Murphy. Sue’s mom is exactly what you’d expect - mean and tough as nails. We can’t wait to see more of her.

Finn’s mom wasn’t the only receiving a proposal. Another couple moved forward in their relationship this week …

Sam (Chord Overstreet) offered a beautiful promise ring, with several promises to go with it, in an effort to get Quinn (Dianna Agron) to be his girlfriend. If the girls weren’t already loving Sam, they are now. His speech was thoroughly romantic … and not wholly rejected by Quinn, who told him “maybe.” After Sam heroically helped out with a locker room problem we'll explore in a couple paragraphs, Quinn put the ring on and took their relationship to the next level.

Dave Karofsky (Max Adler) continued bullying Kurt in the episode, though things finally came to a head when Will Schuster (Matthew Morrison) saw a pale, trembling Kurt in the hallway. The two went immediately to Principal Sue, who explained that there is nothing she can do about the bullying. On the plus side, she did award Kurt with a new nickname: Porcelain.

Adler has gained a lot of attention for the storyline that’s been developing around his character, receiving thousands of Tweets and updates from fans who are excited about his portrayal of the sexually struggling young man. After a little digging, we learned that Adler was a First Chair All-State member of his Arizona high school. Will he one day express all his feelings in song? We can only dream …

Karofsky will have plenty to express. Once the bullying lid was opened, everyone in Kurt’s world began to react. Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) called a meeting of the glee club girls, asking them to persuade their boyfriends to send a message to Karofsky that his treatment of Kurt won’t be tolerated. Artie (Kevin McHale) and Mike (Harry Shum, Jr.) confronted the bully, who knocked them both over on the floor of the locker room. Sam reacted and began fighting with Karofsky, which led to another meeting in Principal Sue’s office. This time, Kurt’s parents and Karofsky’s father were all present. Sue immediately expelled Karofsky from William McKinley after learning that he threatened to kill Kurt.

But, it wasn’t that simple. After the wedding, which was sprinkled with musical numbers and a tear-jerking moment between Finn and Kurt, things went from bad to worse. About the wedding: it was lacking something very major. Are we expected to believe that Kurt didn’t stand up and bellow out a solo at his own father’s wedding? We don’t think so. Missed opportunity, Glee writers.

Meanwhile, Karofsky’s case has been taken to the school board…and he’s been reinstated to the school. Coach Principal Sylvester resigned her new job in protest, and in order ot patrol the halls and watch out for Kurt … but it seems that won’t be enough. In a startling about-face, Kurt has decided to transfer to Dalton Academy.

Which means New Directions has to compete against him -- and win -- if they want to advance beyond Sectionals next week. Egads!

The episode was light on music, heavy on story and big on big moments … and Karofsky is becoming more and more interesting all the time. Kurt is definitely a victim, and he should be kept safe and protected while he receives an education…but Karofsky needs help, too (and, a big musical number).



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