*Note: This was written by an Associated Content contributor. Sign up here to start publishing your own entertainment articles.This week on "Glee's" episode aptly named, "Grilled Cheesus", two events (one comic and one tragic) provided the catalysts for an ecumenical discussion on faith.
On the comic side, Finn's Grilled Cheesus (grilled cheese sandwich bearing the image of Jesus) spurred a spiritual conversion.
On the tragic side, Kurt's father, Burt, suffered a sudden heart attack leaving him comatose in the hospital. Kurt was filled with guilt because he had blown off their Friday family dinner, a tradition that began after the death of his mother.
Grilled Cheesus: Kurt
Members of the Glee Club sought to comfort Kurt with words of spiritual solace and songs of praise. Mercedes performed 'I Look To You" while Quinn talked about how Jesus had helped her through a difficult year. Rachel performed "Papa Can You Hear Me". The three girls prayed and sang by Burt's bedside. In keeping with the ecumenical spirit of "Grilled Cheesus", they explained that since they each came from different denominations, one of them was bound to be right.
Chris Colfer turned in a stunningly fabulous performance, including a heartfelt"I Want to Hold Your Hand". Yet I couldn't help feeling that "Glee's" writers are trying a little too hard to shove St. Kurt down our throats. Sometimes it's difficult to sympathize with Kurt's character and over-the-top antics. On the one hand, he yearns for acceptance. Yet he is consistently one of the most judgmental characters on "Glee". This week was no exception as he mocked the others for having faith, calling them delusional, and pushing them away when they were only trying to help.
Fortunately, Mercedes got through to Kurt after taking him to church and performing a heartfelt "Bridge Over Trouble Water." Kurt realizes that although he doesn't believe in God, he believes in his dad and the bond that they share.
Grilled Cheesus: Puck
Despite his secondary role in "Grilled Cheesus", I found Puck's take on spirituality to be the most sincere and refreshing. He likes Jesus, his No. 1 Heb. He just doesn't like it when people use J-Money to cramp other people's style. Spirituality, as he sees it, is about enjoying the life you've been given. This leads into Mark Salling's joyful performance of "Only the Good Die Young".
Puck, the "Jew for Jesus," has an appealing outlook on spirituality because he is able to appreciate the teachings of Jesus while being able to see God in simple pleasures (like making out with a girl). And unlike Finn who prays to Grilled Cheesus to win football games, reach second base with Rachel, and be reinstated as quarterback, Puck visits his temple to pray for Burt.
Grilled Cheesus: Sue and her Sister
While Puck's spirituality is the most appealing, Sue's crisis of faith is most human, something we can all relate to. Sue idolized her sister, praying continually for her to get well, but to no avail. Despite taking a backseat to the Kurt/Burt and Finn storylines, Jane Lynch manages to be poignant and sympathetic without being over-the-top or melodramatic. She is not only a comedic genius, but she is also a capable dramatic actress.
And in few words, Sue's disabled sister manages to hit the nail on the head when she assures Sue that "God doesn't make accidents."
Tune in next week as the Glee Club competes in duets while Sam attempts to kiss Quinn. "Glee" airs on Tuesdays at 8/7 central.
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