Love is in the air
This week’s episode, as you may have been able to guess by the title “Heart” and the fact that it aired on February 14, was Valentine’s Day themed. Keeping with the theme, it featured some classic (and some not-so-classic) love songs and lots of romance.
In this episode, we finally meet Rachel’s dads! Hiram and Leroy Berry (played by Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell, respectively) surprise Rachel and Finn in school, declaring their support for their recent engagement. They decide they should have dinner with Finn’s parents to celebrate. At dinner, they eat quickly, then send Rachel and Finn upstairs, apparently thinking they
should get used to spending the night together if they plan to get married. It’s not the sort of behavior you’d expect a parent to be encouraging of their children.
Not an hour into their little sleepover, Rachel and Finn have their first fight as an engaged couple — Finn is not allowed to use Rachel’s bathroom. This quickly escalates into full-on shouting, and Rachel’s dads listen on happily. Their encouragement had actually been a bit of reverse psychology, so that Rachel and Finn would not want to be married if their parents were all for it. However, the plan backfires: they quickly make up, and actually set a general date of May for their wedding. Maybe next time, Finn’s and Rachel’s parents will sit down and talk to their children, instead of going the petty, manipulative route.
Rachel’s dads are not the only new characters this week: we also meet Joe Heart, played by Glee Project winner Samuel Larsen. Joe is an uber-religious former home school student, who is introduced in a meeting of the “God Squad.” The God Squad consists of Mercedes, Quinn, Sam, and Joe. They decide to do singing telegrams for Valentine’s Day, because 3 of the 4 are in Glee club (and of course Joe can sing — come on, it’s Glee).
Their first vocal valentine recipient is Rachel, to whom they sing “Stereo Hearts.” The singing part is lovely, but when Sam starts rapping it all goes downhill. I’m not a huge fan of the rap in the original either, but Sam is just… bad. Also, they bring in a gospel choir that apparently has nothing better to do. Santana sees this and asks them to sing to Brittany for her. (Earlier, Brittany and Santana had been sent to the principal’s office for kissing in the hallway, even though straight couples could get away with it.) Mercedes, Sam, and Quinn agree, but Joe says he needs to think about it.
Amid all these vocal valentines, Kurt has been receiving valentines of his own from a “secret admirer.” Kurt, of course, thinks it’s Blaine, but it becomes increasingly obvious that it isn’t. Kurt shows up at Breadstix for what he thinks is a date with Blaine, but turns out to be Karofsky! I don’t know who I thought it was, but I never would have guessed it was him. Karofsky declares his love for Kurt, but Kurt very gently rejects him. As Karofsky walks out, embarrassed, he is spotted by a kid from his school (where he has yet to come out as gay) and despite all the things he’s done, I think my soul died a little here.
Mercedes tells Sam that she finally broke up with Shane, but that she can’t be with Sam either because she feels so terrible. What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by declaring you don’t want to be with anyone? Of course, Mercedes still cares for Sam, and she sings Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” (See, I told you there were classic love songs.) That is some crazy timing — just 3 days after the iconic singer’s death. They added in a quick, last-minute dedication for her at the end of the episode.
Sugar invites the entire Glee club to a couples only Valentine’s Day party at Breadstix, and Rory and Artie both want to take Sugar. In a montage set to a Mike and Tina rendition of “L-O-V-E,” my favorite song of the episode, the two have a little battle of one-upmanship. They both shower Sugar with more and more extravagant gifts, a dream come true for a materialistic girl like Sugar. (This part bore an uncanny resemblance to the hilarious BriTANick sketch, “The Kiss.” Be warned, the video does take an extremely dark turn at about 1:30; it’s all for comedic effect, but maybe stop watching there if you’re not one for dark comedy.) Artie and Rory both sing for her, but Rory ultimately wins her over when he sings “Home” after announcing he has to return to Ireland next year.
Everyone is at Sugar’s party, including (finally) Blaine. He and the God Squad finally deliver Santana’s vocal valentine to Brittany, by singing “Love Shack.” It’s a really cute ending, and you have absolutely no idea how glad I am to have Blaine back.
Next week’s episode is “On My Way.” I don’t know much about the episode, but from what I can tell they will not be singing Rusted Root’s “Send Me On My Way,” which is a shame; I could totally see the Warblers singing that song! Oh well, of course I will be watching anyway. It airs next Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Fox 43. Don’t miss it!