We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: Glee is one of the most important shows to ever appear on television. While people may dismiss it as a corny musical show with minimal plot and geeky, autotuned overly theatrical pretense, Glee is much more than that.
The social and political statements that the writers dare to take are profound; topics like gay bullying, interracial relationships, teenage sex, and feminism are just a few of the topics one can see while watching a single episode of Glee.
Tonight’s episode, “Furt,” is no exception. It starts with the proclamation of a big “gay” marriage, ends with a bigger “gay” marriage, and is padded with excellent one-liners and plot twists and not celebrity musical cameos.
Wedding bells are ringing! No, it’s not Mr.Schue and the somehow-sexy, obsessive-compulsive guidance consular; it’s Kurt’s dad and Finn’s mom. Awwwww. But wait, someone else is also getting married…Sue Sylvester! The Cheerio’s slave driver went looking for love online and it turns out she was looking for love in all the wrong places. The person who she was best matched to was none other than…Sue Sylvester!
This episode is all about different kinds of love. Sam asks Quinn to marry him “in the future” by offering her a promise ring; Finn has a run-in with satanic Santana over his love with Rachel; Sue is finding out that parental “love” can come back when she shows the world that she loves herself (feminist message to women?); Kurt is finding love from his once judgmental friends.
Intercepting one of Sue’s wedding invitations while on one of her famous Nazi hunting missions, Sue Sylvester’s mom, Doris Sylvester, randomly arrives after years of being M.I.A and shows that the crab apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Played by legendary comedienne Carol Burnett, Doris is a perfect comedic foil to Sue Sylvester and–for a second–television became as vaudeville as it’s origins. Sue and Doris did a sparkling, hilarious rendition of “Ohio” from the musical Wonderful Town. Kurt wanted a big gay wedding? Nothing is more big and gay than Carol Burnett’s sarcastic, quipping personality.
Our favorite part of the Glee episode was when Kurt’s bully takes his bride and groom cake-topper from him. This act of love and devotion was so subtle and well-played on the writer’s part that we actually had sympathy for someone who threatened to kill our beloved Kurt.
However, for those in New Directions that can’t see his big gay bully’s undying love, a machismo, old-fashioned locker room pummeling is what they serve up. Ultimately, this leads to the bully’s expulsion. Something tells us that this love is going to go primeval in the next few episodes.
Kurt did a fabulous job organizing the wedding, from the splashes of red to the tearfully-cheesy [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bruno Mars[/lastfm]‘ “Marry You” sung by the kids during the procession down the aisle.
There was a lot of crying that went on in this episode, not only from the actors, but from the audience as well. If you didn’t get a little misty eyed, you might not realize how important the wedding scene was for the gay community.
Being part of the gay community doesn’t mean you have to be gay and that is what this episode demonstrated. Feeling like he wasn’t doing his part to accept Kurt, Finn sang another Bruno Mars song, “Just the Way You Are,” to Kurt during the reception.
So, while this episode was all about different kinds of love, something tells us that some of these “loves” are neither here to stay, nor is that the last we will be seeing of the closeted football Neanderthal with the tortured, broken heart.
- What did you think of last night’s episode of Glee? Let us know in the comments!