'Glee:' How Do You Solve a Problem Like Santana?

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Naya Rivera plays Santana on "Glee."

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Naya Rivera plays Santana on "Glee."

This week's episode of "Glee," "I Kissed a Girl," centered around the conflicted Santana (Naya Rivera). This episode seemed anti-climactic after her dramatic showdown with Finn (Cory Monteith) during "Mash-Off."

After learning that Salazar's campaign ad was set to out Santana on statewide television, Finn decided to stage an intervention to help her come to terms with being gay. Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss) performed Pink's "F.in Perfect" but failed to get through to her.

Santana quipped that she had enough crap going on in her life, and that now she had this to add to it. She also continued on her streak of insults, calling Finn "Hamburglar" and "Fetus Face." Finn, however, saw that her insults were part of a defense mechanism. After seeing one of the Trevor Project "It Gets Better" ads, he worried that she would turn on herself.

Finn eventually got through to her with a mellow version of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." The Troubletones also gave a sizzling performance of Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl," though nobody bothered to mention that Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) had made her "Glee" debut with that song.

The coming-out scene between Santana and her grandmother was one of the most stilted and contrived scenes we've seen on the show. How much do you want to bet that Santana's abuela is a closeted lesbian herself? This is a Ryan Murphy show.

Santana's abuela talked about how the sin was in the scandal, not the action, and that it was better to keep it a secret. Sounds like somebody's hiding something.

Murphy seems to be shilling for Naya to score an Emmy, but I'm not buying it. I loved Brittany (Heather Morris) and Santana when they were supporting characters, but too much of a good thing can backfire.

Speaking of secrets, Puck (Mark Salling) exercised poor judgment in telling Quinn (Dianna Agron) about his romance with Shelby (Idina Menzel). This could only end badly for the teacher, as the vindictive Quinn will probably get her fired.

Puck did redeem himself when he wisely observed that the glee club had spent a whole week helping Santana with a secret that everyone knew, but that nobody had taken 10 seconds to help Quinn who had been messed up for three years. He also pointed out that she didn't need a dude or a kid to help her get out of Lima.

One of the highlights of this episode was Coach Bieste's showdown with Sue (Jane Lynch). In an effort to dispel rumors about her sexual orientation, Sue made a play for Bieste's boyfriend, Cooter Menkins. Feeling like a character from a sad country song, Bieste performed Dolly Parton's "Jolene." She later told Cooter how she felt and vowed that she wouldn't go down without a fight.

Apparently "wearing track suits, coaching a girls' sport, and marrying herself" doesn't make Sue a "friend of Ellen." In any case, Sue lost the election to Burt Hummel, but vowed to hang onto her man.

Although his father was celebrating his electoral victory, "unicorn" Kurt lost the race for class president to "pixie" Brittany, leaving his NYADA application without an impressive extracurricular activity. To make matters worse, Rachel (Lea Michele) had been suspended for stuffing the ballot boxes in an attempt to help Kurt. This leaves her ineligible to compete in next week's sectionals.

This, of course, paves the way for Sam's (Chord Overstreet) return next week. Could "Trouty Mouth" help revive what has been a lackluster season on "Glee?"

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