Or, as my sister calls it, "the one where everyone loses their V-Plates."
This episode was a vast, VAST improvement on last weeks' episode, yes? There were only a couple of minor things that I think were left out, and I thought the storylines were woven together so nicely through the cinematography and direction. It was a nice return to form for the production team.
So, here are my highlights!
Artie Is Inappropriate Multiple Times
Yeah...Artie's "directing" needs a little work. You don't tell your cast that they need to have physically experienced what they're acting out. I mean, would you tell someone playing a murderer to go out and kill someone? I think not.
Asking a teacher about their love life? SO INAPPROPRIATE. AND UNREALISTIC.
Uptown Girl is probably one of my all time favourite Billy Joel songs, so I loved this. Also, how obvious was it that Blaine misses the hell out the sausage fest that is Dalton? I wonder how long he's going to last at McKinley.....
Mike Chang, Jr and Mike Chang, Sr
I really hope the writers dedicate more time to this storyline. They're setting up a really interesting dynamic between Mike and his dad, and I think that done well this story could be developed really well.
West Side Story
I really liked the way they showed the West Side Story scenes. The focus wasn't too heavy and it has to be said that Naya Rivera was fantastic in her role. Although I do have to take issue with Puck's mohawk (which I unfortunately couldn't find a good picture of). There are many things in this life humans should not be able to to, and having a mohawk long enough to comb to one side is one of them.
Kurt and Karofsky
Another nicely done scene. Kurt and Karofsky could have easily reverted back to the bully/victim dialogue, but instead they kept things normal and had an actual adult conversation. I hope they get a few more scenes like this over the rest of the season.
Blaine is Drunk....off of one beer? Lightweight. Also, he was being a totally ass. Pressuring your boyfriend into doing It? Not cool, dude, not cool. I expected more from a bow-tie wearing sensitive soul like you, Blaine.
The Final Scenes
I really loved the way they interspersed the final scenes of West Side Story with the character's struggles and tender moments. Finn and Rachel in particular had some nice moments.
I'm also happy with the way they're treating Rachel and Finn's relationship when they talk about what will happen after graduation. It's realistic and both characters are showing uncharacteristic maturity whenever the top comes up.
Also, they treated the whole sex part really tenderly.
Well done, Glee writers, well done.