February 24, 2011

Glee Review: Blame It On the Alcohol

Those glee kids go hard, man!

So, for some reason, there's an epidemic at McKinley. It's not, as Will fears, head lice, but rather, public drunkenness. Kids are showing up intoxicated left and right, since there are now drinks out there being marketed to kids (Not so subtle Four Loko skewering FTW). Figgins, ever the righteous sword of truth that he's deluded himself into thinking he is, declares that this week is Alcohol Awareness Week, and enlists the help of the glee club to sing a song about the dangers of alcohol. Cue kids getting drunk.

Meanwhile, Rachel is hard at work composing the original song to win Regionals, but is stuck on the idea that you have to write about what you know, and apparently, the only things she knows is her head band. Her parents are out of town for the week, so Puck puts the idea of hardcore rager at the Berry house in her head. She's hesitant at first, but folds when Finn says that living a little will help her song writing. Cue people getting drunk!

In other news, Will is still trying to move past Emma, and Bieste decides to take him out to let loose. She takes him to a honky tonk bar, complete with gold-top Gibson Les Pauls, more cowboy hats that you could shake a tail feather at, and a fully stocked bar. Cue people getting drunk!

My God! There was a lot of booze consumed in this episode. Like, seriously! It was practically Skins up there, those kids were acting so crazy! I actually kind of appreciated this. Up till now, the show had painted most of the glee kids as saints (with the exception of Puck, Santana, Brittany, and Quinn), showing them behaving like good little school children. But, at the end of the day, they are teenagers, and teenagers go out and drink on the weekends. It was nice to see the club in an environment where they could act like real people, outside of the preconceived notions the show has created for them.

Apart from that, nothing really happened in this episode. We had an interesting tryst between Blaine and Rachel, which saw Blaine questioning his sexuality, but it ended up exactly where you knew it was going to from the start. Will preaches to the club about how drinking is bad, then goes out and gets plastered himself, and then lectures the club about how he learned with them. Same! Old! Song! And! Dance!

Music this week was also "meh". The show stopper came at the end with Brittany leading the club in a tantalizing rendition of Ke$ha's "Tik Tok" but that was about it. The clubs take on Jamie Foxx's "Blame It" was alright, but it was the choreography that did it; the singing was nothing special. Rachel and Blaine's drunken duet of The Human League's "Don't You Want Me" was surprisingly weak, given how strong the two of them have been in past weeks. And don't even get me started on Will and Bieste's version of Amos Milburn's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer". That song is just all kinds of not good!

Humor wise, however, this episode was aces! The party scene at Rachel's house was HILARIOUS, and Finn's counting down of the kinds of drunks (Santana is the weepy drunk, Brittany is the stripper drunk, etc.) was great. The best moment came when Brittany, who had finally had one too many, spews all over Rachel in the middle of their number. Rachel's face on that was absolutely perfect!

Also, Figgins referring Ke$ha as "Keh Dollar Sing Ha" was excellent.

But booze fueled humor can't really save this episode, since the stories and songs aren't up to snuff. Since nothing happened in this episode, there's really nothing to speculate on. Oh well. Until next week then.

Also, Brittany wearing almost nothing? Yes please!

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