Last week on Glee, we had an engagement, this week, there’s a prom. Next week, everyone goes through puberty! After last week’s hectic premiere and the emotional drainage we know is coming next week, “Tina in the Sky with Diamonds” was…nice. It wasn’t amazing, it wasn’t terrible, it was nice. And we can all use some nice sometimes.
It’s also a big episode for the ladies. Well, and Sam.
We open with Sam asking Blaine how last names work in gay marriage – will they hyphenate, and if so, will it be Anderson-Hummel or Hummel-Anderson (which do you like better? Let us know in the comments) – but Blaine is just happy Kurt said yes and isn’t thinking about that yet. He steers the conversation to the upcoming prom, asking Sam if he’s as excited as Sam seems to be. The answer? Not really.
Schue tells everyone that this week they’ll be exploring the “experimental” phase of the Beatles, but Sue interrupts with the announcement that this year’s prom will be for all four years (a “brundleprom”), and that prom court nominees include Blaine, Artie, Stoner Brett, Neckbrace Cheerio, Kitty, and Tina. Sam is upset about not being nominated, but congratulates Tina. Who immediately dumps him as her prom date in order to get the “single girl” vote.
First of all, Tina, how dare you. Sam is the most earnest, well-meaning guy ever, and you just turned him into a kicked puppy.
Secondly, seriously, what happened to make the writers constantly write Tina as this angry, vindictive person? I know what they’re trying to do, to create this character that so desperately wants to be <i>seen</i> and appreciated, but I only even get that much because Jenna is a great actress. The writing is severely lacking and just makes her seem cruel and possibly psychotic. She ~learns a lesson~ every few episodes and then goes back to being terrible.
After dumping Sam, she tells the Glee club that this is her year and she needs all of their votes. Unique chimes in with a quiet “Awkward” from the back row, but Kitty throws her support at Tina since she’s a sophomore and will have more chances. Tina celebrates by launching into “Revolution,” and is promptly cut off by the bell and everyone exiting as if chased by bears.
In New York, Rachel agonizes over not hearing anything about her Funny Girl callback and Santana reveals that she booked a commercial. For something called Yeast-I-Stat. It is exactly as amazing as it sounds, mostly due to Naya’s ability to deadpan over the top cheese. “I like yeast in my bagel, but not in my muffin.”
Rachel says that if it were anyone else she’d be terribly jealous, but she’s proud of Santana. The amount these two have grown through their friendship with each other is amazing, and I’m so glad it’s getting more focus.
Oh right, they introduced a new mean character last week. Bree corners Kitty in the hall to complain about her supporting Tina’s run for prom queen. There hasn’t been a Cheerio queen in years but the Glee club has had winners, including “the Jewish girl and a gay guy.” She goes on a big angry ranty speech and it probably involves things about popularity and blackmail but honestly I tuned out because it’s always the same speech, just delivered by a different person in a Cheerios uniform.
Schue finds Sam having a crisis about being dumped and not making prom court, but Sue interrupts them to explain there’s a new mandatory vaccine policy to curb the number of absences due to illness. She wants to start with the Glee kids since they “wander in and out for weeks at a time.” I’m so glad Sue has become the meta voice on the show; she sounds as incredulous as I feel. Anyway, Sam is scared of needles and Will is outraged as usual but she’ll fire him etc etc.
Kurt tracks down ennui-laden Rachel in a piano-tuning party and tells her she’s lost her mojo – she wasn’t even furious about Santana booking a job before her! – and that she needs to get back in the game. What a perfect time to sing “Get Back” fully backed by all of those pianos. I love a Kurt/Rachel duet as much as the next person and they are doing everything they can with the song, but it is just a strange arrangement. The tempo is just a little too slow and it’s missing…something, but they sing the hell out of what they have. Although I can’t stop picturing Brad the piano guy from McKinley cringing in horror as they walk all over the tops of the pianos.