I didn’t think it was possible, but I really did feel a bit bad for Santana in this episode. She has proven time and again to be an annoying bitch, but the writers somehow made me both dislike and like her within the same hour long episode that aired tonight. When Finn blackmailed her to rejoin New Directions, at least for the week with the rest of the Trouble Tones, I thought maybe she’d come around. Then, she proceeded to call Finn “fetus face,” to make fun of Blaine’s and Kurt’s bow ties, and to basically say that they were giving her more things to hate as they sang songs to her. She doesn’t seem to understand how to be nice. Except when it came to her grandma (and to Brittany, of course). When she said that she told her parents and they were surprisingly understanding, I knew that trouble was on the horizon for her telling her abuela (Spanish for grandmother). It became especially clear to me that this was going to be the case when they showed her telling her abuela.
When her abuela basically told Santana that keeping it a secret would have been the better way to go, and then proceeded to kick her out and tell her she never wanted to see her again, I felt terrible for Santana. Coming out is a trying time in any person’s life, but especially a young person who only wants to find her way smoothly through what she thinks will be an immense amount of backlash.
I was glad to see that the two glee clubs were there for her. They are always there for everyone no matter the trouble, so I didn’t doubt for a second that they wouldn’t be there for her, even after her slapping Finn last week.
I thought it was interesting how even though the episode centered around Santana’s struggle to come out, we also got a dose of many other storylines. When Figgins and Beiste told Kurt and his dad that the ballot box had been stuffed with 190 extra votes for Kurt, more than there are students in the senior class, I suspected Rachel. She seemed a bit off when she talked to Coach Beiste in the election room/gym. It does make for an extra good plot, though, making Rachel get suspended and unable to participate in sectionals during that week. Rachel is New Directions’ strongest female lead, so that will prove for an interesting showdown with the Trouble Tones and whatever other groups are performing.
Even though Kurt lost the Student Council election to Brittany for class President (I found it hilarious, by the way, that Puck wrote in for Ross Perot), Burt Hummel won as a write-in candidate for Congress against Sue and all the other people already on the ballot. I am so happy for him, and I hope he can make a big difference in Congress. I hope this doesn’t mean, however, that he’ll be mostly written off the show in favor of moving his character to Washington, D.C. most of the time, because his dynamic with the other characters on the show, and especially with Kurt, is vital.
With all the songs sung tonight, I was terribly happy that Sugar Motta did not sing. She has absolutely no rhythm, and from what we’ve seen in other episodes this season, a bad voice to boot! We did get a taste of Coach Beiste’s voice though, as she sang “Jolene” by Dolly Parton. She obviously cares for Cooter very much, and her rendition of this song as she watched Sue with Cooter was spot on. She has a nice voice too, which didn’t hurt any!
The part of this episode that upset me the very most was when Puck was stupid enough to tell Quinn that he had slept with Shelby. Even though they didn’t show that happen, it was obvious that it did. When he went to Quinn’s afterwards and she told him that it was stupid of them to ever try to get Beth back, so instead she wanted to make another “perfect baby,” I thought, for a split second, that maybe she had changed herself somehow. But when he decided to tell her what had happened between him and Shelby, I was flabbergasted. Why tell something like that to the one person you know has a bit of a screw loose and wants to have the perfect baby that she gave up two years ago? Stupid, stupid idea. I’m nervous to see where that storyline goes, because I hate to have Shelby in trouble. Rachel finally has some semblance of a mother-daughter relationship and I don’t know what kind of trouble Shelby can get in past getting fired, but that would suck for Rachel, not to mention Shelby, Puck, Quinn, and a whole bunch of other people who would learn of it.
Were you happy with the results of the elections? Do you think that New Directions can win sectionals without Rachel? Weigh in!