Glee Season 1, Episode 10: 'Ballad' Review - Featured

I've said it a hundred times, and I'll say it again: I. Love. Glee! And, yes RachelL, try to hold in your gasp, there wasn't even any of the incredible Jane Lynch in this week's insanely lovable and hilarious episode, 'Ballad.'



While I've adored every Glee episode except 'Acafellas,' I wasn't as crazy about last week's 'Wheels' as some others, but I was crazy about 'Ballad' from beginning to end - mostly thanks to yet another new crush! I thought Rachel would continue to be consumed by her Finn crush, but then the Puck relationship came along, and this time around, another surprising crush for Rachel - Mr. Schuester!


There were tons of fantastic moments throughout the episode since no one does crazy like Miss "Swim Fan" Rachel, but my absolute favorite was the first scene of crush development as Rachel and Will sang "Endless Love" to each other, after Rachel volunteered to demonstrate for the club's ballad assignment.


While Rachel pretty much held her over-eager creepy look as she sang and interjected her thoughts of Mr. Schuester's growing attractiveness to her, Will's expressions really took the cake as his face changed from slightly weirded out that he was singing a love song with a student, to confused, to really freaked out, to terrified! A-mazing.


The scene was also perfected by the other thought interjections from the club including Will's thoughts as he got more creeped out, Puck's note that he was going commando, Finn's thoughts about Rachel's butt and how Quinn probably noticed him staring at it, and also the various facial expressions of the club members also picking up on Rachel's growing crush.


The crush went on to get more creepy, yet perfectly Glee-larious, as Rachel dove into the crush full-on by showing up at Will's apartment to cook and clean for him, which surprisingly after Terri reamed Rachel out for a late night phone call to their house, Terri seemed to think was more funny than threatening, though there were some of those feelings as well.


This crush also lent to a hilarious scene of Will trying to get across to Rachel via song that she was being inappropriate, and brought Emma along for support... which, not so surprisingly, didn't really help. Instead, we got the fantastic scene of Will laying it out there singing "You're too young girl..." mashed up with "don't stand too close to me" which was about the most clear lyrics that could ever be sung in that situation, but only left Rachel to say she thought the message was that she was young, and it was hard for him to stand close to her. Plus, Emma went from supportive to her school-girl love for Will as she didn't give any aid but instead clapped right along with Rachel and babbled about what a great performer Will is.


Ohhh, love triangles! Or squares... or octagons... love 'em!


This thankfully worked out by the end of the episode with Rachel realizing she was being crazy and inappropriate with the aid of guest star Sarah Drew as Suzy Pepper who had a super-crush on Will a few years before, ending in her with a burnt esophagus from an insanely hot pepper.


So while that worked its way back to normal, there was plenty of other relationship drama around the rest of the group's ballads! Kurt and Finn were paired together, bringing out Kurt's huge crush on Finn, but also Kurt's excellent shoulder to lean on when Finn was in need of talking out his baby issues with Quinn. While Kurt was secretly hoping to turn Finn off to girls constantly noting how all Finn's troubles were because of girls, Kurt also helped Finn tell Quinn's parents about the pregnancy... in song. Yes... that really happened.


I didn't think even Glee could pull off someone standing up at dinner to sing a ballad about a pregnant teen in front of her parents, but somehow, it was really sweet, only a little weird, and made for a great scene, followed by some heartbreaking ones.


As one could imagine from what we've learned already about Quinn's perfect Christian family, her parents were far from thrilled as they turned from weirded out that their daughter's boyfriend was singing at dinner to realizing the meaning in that he was singing... "She's havin' my baby..." over, and over, and over.


Even with all their religious and strict views, though, I still didn't expect that to get as bad as them actually kicking not only Finn, but Quinn out of the house! I officially feel bad for Quinn, but still not fully since it's impossible to shake off during all this that Finn is going through all this when it's not his baby.


While Quinn is holding strong on not admitting it's not Finn's baby, and no parent seems to be listening or asking the right questions even when Finn burst out to Quinn's parents that they didn't even have sex, it seems Mercedes set Puck straight on being supportive of Quinn and Finn and this baby. Sure, Puck may be the dad, but that didn't mean he was the father as that took a whole lot more, and Finn was the one Quinn had chosen. So while it seems the true dad will remain a secret, now including Mercedes in the circle of trust, I still don't really believe Finn's not going to find out.


And, even though I do think Mercedes had a point about Quinn choosing Finn so Puck needed to let that lie, why does it really matter beyond Finn's life-long guilt about not being there for his daughter since Quinn is giving up the baby? Of course it's changing Finn's life, especially now that Quinn's parents have kicked her out, but in the end, none of these three kids are actually going to be raising the baby. But, considering Quinn's not even showing yet, and it's feeling less and less likely that Will will never figure out that Terri's not pregnant, maybe things won't go as planned, and all these secrets will come out... and maybe Quinn will even keep the baby.


But, all questions of the many pregnant months ahead aside, what did you think of all the romance and baby drama this week? Were you loving Rachel's craziness as much as I was? Were you heartbroken for Finn and Quinn? Are you hoping that somehow Finn will switch teams so Kurt will finally be the one with a realistic love interest?

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Nov 19, 2009 6:30PM EST

Awesome summary/review. One wrong thing though: Terri reamed out Suzy Pepper in a flashback, not Rachel. Glee is ridiculous!...in the good way.

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Nov 19, 2009 6:48PM EST

@RuthieO - thanks for the clarification! I was confused on her different reactions, that definitely makes more sense!

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Nov 20, 2009 10:18AM EST

One of the sweetest parts of this episode was Finn singing to the sonogram.

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Nov 22, 2009 1:55PM EST

god i love glee, no other show has me singing along with it more! :)(except for "once more with feeling" season 6 episode of Buffy and Dr Horribles Sing Along Blog, both concocted by the very talented Joss Whedon)I can't wait til wednesday!(namely because I work sunday-wednesday this week then have 4 days off to look forward to so as soon as i get off work at 12 am thursday morning im getting drunk and having some quality glee time :D

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Nov 23, 2009 1:09PM EST

Hey does anyone know if it's a crime to tell someone they are the father when they are not? Cause it should be! I hope finn dumps her when he inevitably finds out.
Suzy Pepper's scene crying and eating the pepper was amazing! Was she keeping an insanely hot pepper in her locker for just such an occasion?

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Nov 24, 2009 9:54AM EST

Nmjc666, I love that you mentioned OMWF! Glee is awesome, I couldn't stop laughing and feeling awkward when Finn sang that song to Quinn's parents! Can't wait for tomorrow's ep, I'm listening to the soundtrack right now! (my mom bought it on iTunes)

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Nov 24, 2009 10:11PM EST

This was hilarious--just a really good episode. But there is still not enough spotlight on the other Glee members. Really denotes a pipes-hierarchy here.

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