This week's winter finale of "Glee" offered two important messages: it gets better, and don't text and drive. Actors Chris Colfer and Max Adler really stepped it up and turned in compelling performances.
It Gets Worse Before It Gets Better
Karofsky's classmate (Aaron Hill) had outed him to the football team, and it had gone viral on Facebook and Twitter. In a moment of despair, Karofsky (Adler) decided to hang himself. His father found him just in time and sent him to the hospital.
It's hard to believe that Aaron could play such a hateful character. I adored him as Beaver on "Greek."
While New Directions grappled with the ramifications of Karofsky's suicide attempt, Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison) revealed that he had once considered suicide in high school when his father found out that he had cheated on a test. He had the students visualize something that they looked forward to.
In a touching scene between Kurt (Colfer) and Karofsky, Kurt asked his former bully to visualize his life ten years from now. He is high-powered sports agent, living in the city of his dreams, with a fabulous partner and son. Is it just me or did this imaginary partner look like a cross between Sebastian (Grant Gustin) and Kurt?
Chris really throws himself into his character, and those big expressive eyes added to the poignancy of the scene. And Max is talented in his ability to show different layers of emotion and to portray a complex character. Given the on-screen chemistry, I don't think the Kurtofsky story line is over yet.
And Blaine (Darren Criss) seems to have a new-found respect for Sebastian. The villainous Warbler had threatened to upload lewd pictures of Finn (Cory Monteith) unless Rachel (Lea Michele) dropped out of regionals. They could have solved that problem weeks ago by sending the tape of Sebastian to the police. So much for Santana's (Naya Rivera) "under-boob."
Yet Sebastian had a change of heart after Karofsky's suicide attempt. He pointed out that it was "all fun and games until it's not."
Blaine really did seem happier at Dalton, and the writers conveniently made him a junior. The looks Blaine gave during the Warbler performances, and the handshake after regionals shows that Blaine and Sebastian aren't over either.
Rich White Girl Problems
I've always been back and forth about Quinn (Dianna Agron). Her comments about Karofsky's suicide attempt were pretty callous, yet she does have a point. People who commit suicide end up hurting the people they leave behind. Had Karofsky succeeded in his attempt, his father would have been left wondering where he went wrong and how he could have helped his son.
And Kurt was too dismissive of Quinn's rich white girl problems. Quinn got knocked up in high school, lost her reputation, and was disowned by her father. Gay teens aren't the only ones with life challenges!
Things were finally starting to look up for Quinn. She was looking forward to Yale. And Sue (Jane Lynch) had reinstated her on the Cheerios. Unfortunately, she was the casualty of this week's second PSA: don't text and drive.
She was running late to Rachel and Finn's wedding when Rachel sent frantic texts asking where she was. The teen couple was in danger of losing its spot at the Justice of the Peace. As Quinn answered the text, she neglected to see a stop sign. This did not end well. We'll find out what happens to Quinn when "Glee" returns in April.
Not Going to the Chapel
Quinn's car accident served as another pivotal plot device. Rachel's dads (Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes-Mitchell) and Finn's parents (Romy Rosemont and Mike O'Malley) had pretended to support the Finchel marriage because of reverse psychology.
Now that the couple was minutes away from saying "I do," the parents decided to intervene for real. It looks like they won't have to. Quinn's accident will likely stop the wedding.
I'm over Finchel these days. I loved them season 1, and still love Cory and Lea, but this story line is ridiculous. Rachel is supposed to be a career-oriented overachiever, and Finn is normally very grounded and reasonable. It's one thing to be in love, but it seems out of character for these two to throw their lives away on a teen marriage.
Speaking of ridiculous story lines, why do these writers insist on giving us more baby drama? Sue's pregnant, and these hormones are bringing out her softer side. But what will happen when Sue inevitably returns to her evil ways? Why should some poor child have to suffer as a result?
Were you shocked by the winter finale cliffhanger? Who do you think is the father or Sue's baby? Were you pleased with the way the writers handled the "bullycide" story line? Could "Kurtofsky" become a possibility in the future?
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- Chris Colfer