This week on "Glee," the NYADA and McKinley students channeled their inner divas. Kurt (Chris Colfer) was this week's MVP, as he put an increasingly self-entitled Rachel (Lea Michele) in her place, and took control of his social situation at NYADA.
Diva Off: Part II
Ever since she won the Winter Showcase, Rachel had become an insufferable nightmare, asking Kurt to take her calls because she was "saving her voice," asking her nude-walking boyfriend to move in without consulting her roommate, schmoozing with NYADAs sycophantic social climbers, and treating Kurt like her personal lackey.
In hopes of putting her in her place, Kurt challenged her to a sing-off. Rachel eagerly accepted, reminding him that she had won their "Defying Gravity" diva-off (ignoring the fact that Kurt threw that competition in order to protect his dad).
Kurt entered the sing-off as the underdog, with most of the student body placing their bets on Rachel. A few students made disparaging remarks about his wardrobe and suggested that he had only gotten into NYADA because of Rachel.
However, in a performance of "Bring Him Home," Kurt won the sing-off by one vote. But unlike Rachel, he didn't allow success to turn him into a diva monster.
When the students (who had previously disparaged Kurt) suddenly decided to curry his favor, Kurt saw through their motives and decided to stick to his true friends. He also defended his man by challenging anyone who insulted the Adam's Apples again.
Kurt also took the high road by comforting the despondent Rachel, and reminding her that she was talented and unique. He also reminded her that it was possible to channel her inner diva without turning into a nightmare.
Santana Upstages Tina
After hearing about "Bram," Santana (Naya Rivera) returned to Lima to reclaim her lady. During McKinley's version of the diva-off, Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) walked away with the trophy, but not without being upstaged by Santana.
Santana had three solos and a compelling story line this week, compared to Tina's one solo and a degrading story line.
After a sing-off between Santana and Sam (Chord Overstreet), Brittany informed Santana that she was not breaking up with Sam, but that they were still best friends.
After learning that Santana dropped out of college, Sue (Jane Lynch) offered to train her to coach the Cheerios, even telling Santana that she was always her "favorite." (Really? I thought Quinn and Becky were Sue's favorite Cheerios. And didn't she demote Santana for getting "summer surgery"?) However, after a pep talk from Brittany, Santana realized that she was owed it to herself to dream big. The episode close with Santana deciding to move in with Rachel and Kurt in New York.
I'm not even going to touch the Tina and Blaine (Darren Criss) story line. Jenna has been on the show from day one, and been getting nothing but painful story lines that demean her character. She's talented and she deserves better than what the writers are giving her.
Finn is a Mini-Will
Although Emma (Jayma Mays) was caught-off guard by Finn's (Cory Monteith) impulsive kiss, we viewers saw it coming from the beginning. This season, Finn has slowly morphed into a mini-Will (Matthew Morrison). He's even starting to look the part, with those cardigans with age him about 5 or 10 years.
And this week, Emma and Finn were each other's confidantes. Emma's OCD was rearing its ugly head as she struggled to plan a wedding while Will was away. And Finn was at a low point after learning (through Facebook) that Rachel and Brody (Dean Geyer) had moved in together. (See this is why you shouldn't be Facebook friends with your ex!)
As Emma was having a panic attack, Finn, in an effort to comfort her, impulsively kissed her on the mouth.
Jayma and Cory (and Chris) are arguably the strongest actors on the show. It's a shame that Jayma has been reduced to a recurring role in order to make room for these dead-weight New Kids.
It will be interesting to see if Will and Emma go through with their wedding next week. Somewhere off-screen, Terri Schuester (Jessalyn Gilsig) is probably jealous that she didn't get to kiss Finn.
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