'Glee': 'Big Brother' recap
Published Apr 11 2012, 14:13 BST | By Clarissa Place
In the US, it has been quite a wait for this episode, but for the UK it has been a matter of a week. So the main question on everybody's lips is: what happened to Quinn?
You don't have to wait long to find out as she rides down the McKinley High corridor side by side with Artie, in a wheelchair. Many fans won't be surprised if they have seen the photos of Dianna Agron
in a wheelchair, but with this revelation in the opening two minutes, the drama of the last episode has fizzled.
It then takes a turn for the bizarre when Quinn tells Finn and Rachel that this is "the happiest day of [her] life" before bursting into 'I'm Still Standing' by Elton John.
For me, it was a cringeworthy choice due to her predicament. However, vocally Kevin McHale and Agron execute the number with spirit and you can't help but smile.
The pairing of McHale and Agron is brilliant as they have a good chemistry, but Agron is the star of this episode. She is funny ("Don't text and drive - it was the stupidest thing I've ever done, besides sleeping with Puck") yet she was able to act both accepting and self-absorbing at the same time as she is determined to walk again by Nationals - despite Artie and The Glee Project
's Samuel Larsen telling her otherwise.
The title of the episode, 'Big Brother', refers to the introduction of Blaine's famous sibling Cooper, played by Matt Bomer of White Collar
Bomer is charming and charismatic and suits his character. One of his many highlights includes a homage to Zoolander
with his many (similar) poses. He also has a good voice in the two duets with Darren Criss, especially in Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know'.
The tension between Cooper and Blaine came through Cooper's constant criticism of his little brother. Darren Criss as usual displayed his breadth of talent and in Christina Aguilera's 'Fighter', fans will be delighted to know there is a shower scene while Blaine vents how the criticism has made him stronger.
I would disagree as the scriptwriters have portrayed Blaine as whiny and uncomfortable that he has this famous brother. However, the Gotye number was excellent; the mood was dark as the brothers sang together to show their frustrations.
The flashbacks to their childhood may be predictable in regards to where the tension began, though you can't deny that young Blaine was quite cute. That said, the script falls short at various points this week, with the writers often resorting to clichéd background music or images to tell us when we should be feeling sad. The actors are capable but they have been short-changed recently. Max Adler as Karofsky does not reappear, suggesting his storyline may be over.
Thankfully, Sue was back to her old self as she took over 'Booty Camp' and in the process smashed Mercedes's phone and insulted every glee member.
But you also saw her vulnerability, first with a war of words with Coach Roz (an in-form NeNe Leakes) who made more remarks about Sue's 'vajayjay' than you could count. Roz is made co-coach of the Cheerios as Figgins needs a team to win at Nationals. Sue then uses this as a motive to help the glee club and offers her services to hilarious results.
All around, Jane Lynch puts in a stunning performance especially when she learns that her baby has a condition. Later, when Sue is hugging Becky she says her daughter is going to be "just like [her]".
For Finchel fans, all might not be looking well as Puck of all people provides Finn (Cory Monteith) with some food for thought. Puck asks Finn to be his business partner in his pool cleaning business and says that they should go to California but Finn refuses without hesitation. Puck tells Finn he should start thinking about his future and not just Rachel's. It's a good point but how does Rachel take it? Not very well.
Monteith's performance in this scene is strong as Finn is standing up to his fiancée for the first time. He tells Rachel: "I just feel the conversation has been a little one-sided lately."
The episode ends on a little ultimatum from Mr Hudson but not before Rachel has another 'me' moment. She acts unreasonable and I agree with Finn when he says: "Of course you care, as long as they don't interfere with yours." It looks like it will be a rocky road to the altar.
Elsewhere, at the meeting for the 'Senior Ditch Day' everyone is deciding where to go for their special day out before Rachel destroys the mood by claiming fault for Quinn being confined to a wheelchair. It just seemed so out-of-kilt that it wasn't emotional. However, Agron was on hand to save the scene and acts gracefully to let the gang go to a theme park.
For Quinn and Artie, though, they go and have their own day at a skate park for disabled riders. There should be more scenes between McHale and Agron as they perform well together. The scene where Artie encourages Quinn to try the big ramps is a great moment - he is genuinely looking after her.
But then an argument ensues. When Artie tells Quinn that she might not walk again, Quinn lambasts him, saying: "I'm not like you." It's heartbreaking for Artie. Joe later tells her the same thing when he is walking with her to class. It raises the question if Quinn is in denial or not.
The episode was a mixed bag of tricks. You had excellent performances from Bomer, Agron and Lynch, but as the instalment finished it felt a little overwhelming with so many plots happening and with the writers not really deciding which ones they feel are the most important.
That said, it was good to see Puck make a positive impact after being sidelined since the Shelby story (what happened to that?), while I also loved the Quinn/Artie dream team. Glee
is pelting towards its season finale and with Nationals and graduation approaching, I feel that fans are going to be taken on a rollercoaster in the last few episodes.Gleek Out!
What did you think of the episode? Leave your comments below.
- Is it possible that Quinn won't walk again? She seemed so sure, but others aren't.
- Is Sue's daughter going to be born with Down's Syndrome, and how is Sue going to adjust to being a mother?
- Plus, who is the father?
- Cooper was tough on young Blaine from the beginning. Cooper: "You're off balance." Young Blaine: "I only learnt to walk three years ago."
- Sue to Cooper: "Sign my breast." Classic Sylvester.
- Apparently, Kurt "poops rainbow glitter". He should probably have that checked out.
- "Screw Optimus Prime" - Blaine's advice to Cooper if Michael Bay comes knocking again.
- Point the finger - just one of Cooper's amazing acting techniques!