This was a depressing week on "Glee" as bad auditions, exam anxiety, and a contrived PSA rained on everyone's parades (including the fans).
The Rain In Spain
Puck (Mark Salling) needed to pass European Geography in order to graduate. Unfortunately, his middle-aged lonely teacher was not willing to be bought for sexual favors. She told him to study and earn his grades like everyone else.
Although Puck was ready to bail for Los Angeles, a visit from his estranged father reminded him of the importance of staying in school. He didn't want to end up like his dad.
The "Glee" men chipped in to help him study for his exam. After a rock-themed version of "The Rain In Spain," Puck felt confident going into his exam. Unfortunately, the test also consisted of questions that didn't involve Hartford, Hereford, or Hampshire. Poor Puck is still in danger of failing his senior year.
Rains On Rachel's Parade
Given the title of this week's episode, we had the feeling that either Kurt (Chris Colfer) or Rachel (Lea Michele) would "choke" on their NYADA auditions.
For his song choice, Kurt was torn between sticking with his safe choice ("Music of the Night") or edging it up. Seeing judge Carmen's (Whoopi Goldberg) underwhelmed reaction to this song choice, he made an eleventh hour decision to perform "Not The Boy Next Door." It was a risk that paid off, as this performance showcased Kurt's fabulously unique style.
Rachel was taking all the right steps to prepare for this crucial audition. She even imposed a no-talking rule on herself (unless William and Kate got pregnant). And given that she was performing her signature song ("Don't Rain On My Parade"), we were expecting her to go through this audition in a cakewalk. However, nerves got the better of her, and she uncharacteristically forgot the words.
Sometimes over-preparing and over-thinking can hurt a performer in the heat of a moment (as we saw with Rachel). Kurt's last-minute change worked in his favor because he was able to perform with freedom, spontaneity and abandon.
A Contrived PSA
"Glee" seems to be on a PSA kick this season. After enduring several weeks of Texting PSAs, the writers seem to have moved on to the topic of domestic abuse. While I appreciate the message they were trying to send, this whole Coach Bieste story line seemed contrived.
Santana (Naya Rivera) may be vicious and snarky, but making tasteless jokes about domestic abuse seems out of character, even for her.
We cheered when the beloved Coach Bieste finally found love. So we were on board with the writers' decision to turn Cooter into a wife-beater. This story line came out of nowhere. Why do these writers insist on raining on our parades?
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