Jeez! Puck is one confused little man.
Picking up where Sunday's Shuffle left off, this week's Glee sees Finn enjoying his new status as official King Bee of McKinley, thanks to the football team winning the championship. His new fame has gone to his head so much, that he comes with a grand plan to help the club raise some money. He is going to open a kissing booth, and every girl who wants a smooch has to pay a dollar. What a douche!
Meanwhile, the spirit of the stupid holiday is rife amongst the glee kids. Puck, for some reason, has eyes for Lauren. However, this isn't like when he had eyes for Mercedes. He seems to genuinely like Lauren. Uhhh... ok then. Artie and Mike are high on life since they are both in drama free relationships. Wish I could say the same for Sam and Quinn. Sam is getting increasingly suspicious of Quinn and Finn, and rightfully so, as they are questioning whether or not to get back together. Rachel is desperately trying to win Finn back, but is slowly coming to grips with that fact that maybe he wasn't good for her in the first place. And Kurt's preconceived notions that Blaine was into him come crashing down when it is revealed that Blaine has the hots for some dude who works at GAP. And Santana, much to her surprise, is single, and can't stand it.
AGHGHGHG!!!! SO MUCH DRAMA!!!!
I can tell the writers were having a lot of fun with this episode. Puck schmoozing on Lauren was a piece of inspired lunacy, the high point of which saw Lauren beating the crap out of Santana. Finn was delightfully sleazy with his whole kissing booth thing, but showed some real heart when confronted by Rachel and Quinn. The whole Kurt and Blaine dynamic really progressed, as Kurt finally reveals to Blaine his feelings. It's good stuff.
Music wise, I'd say this one was pretty good, though not as impressive as Shuffle. I don't know what possessed Puck to serenade Lauren with Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls", but whatever, it was hilarious! Arite and Mike's rendition of Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" was alright, made better by Harry Shum Jr.'s awesome dancing. The Warbler's two songs were on point, if not as solid as "Bills Bills Bills" from last episode. But the one that stole the show came from, surprisingly, Lea Michele. Rather than sing a somber ballad as has become custom for her character, this week saw Rachel Berry launching into the fast and upbeat "Firework" by Katy Perry. FINALLY!!!
Humor wise, it doesn't get much better than Santana breaking down in tears because people just don't understand how honest she is with people who suck! The whole Puck and Lauren dynamic was absolutely hilarious, and the fight that saw Santana feebly try to fight back as Lauren tossed her around like a rag doll was great. I don't know if I should have been laughing when Tina broke down in tears during her song, but Will's perfectly timed "Alright then. That was... powerful" brought a huge smile to my face.
And this episode offered up the biggest "OH DAMN" moment of the entire series so far! It saw the entire club ganging up on Santana for, quite simply, being Santana, but it was Rachel's line that sealed the deal. "The truth is, Santana, you can dish it out, but you can't take it. Maybe you're right. Maybe I am destined to play the title role in the Broadway musical version of Willow, but the only job you're gonna have is working on a pole!"
I! AM! SPEECHLESS!
On the note of character, it was nice to Blaine display some sort of human emotion this week. I mean, I've always liked the character, but he could get really annoying with how friggin' cheery he is. Getting shot down like that really forced Darren Criss to show off some other emotion that wasn't blind optimism, and it was really nice.
Two rock solid episodes in row? Say it ain't so! It seems that the interim has been kind to Glee, and the start of the second half of the season easily trumps anything that came before it. Let's hope they can keep it up.