Ever since the pilot episode, I have been continually disappointed by each episode of "Glee" (in varying degrees, mind you), and the latest episode attained a new low. While the concept of Hairography is brilliant and logical (though I think it should be Hairology), the myriad of sub-plots distracted from any enjoyment of the gang in ridiculous wigs. The episode was so spastic that when the big wig scene finally came up, I was completely unable to enjoy the comedy because of all the drama the writers tried to cram in.
And now, a rant:
WRITERS OF "GLEE": Why oh Why are you doing this to me? You know I want to love your show, these characters, the performances, and everything that comes out of Jane Lynch's mouth. So why do you insist on drowning these elements in ridiculous sub-plots? Attempts to explain the Faby nonsense to my brother only sound like some awful daytime soap opera! How ignorant is Will supposed to be? Assuming that Teri is successfully pulling off the pregnant Look (which I don't), won't he be worried when the due date is pushed back a couple months for Quinn to give birth? Assuming normal biology isn't a factor (which, again, I don't), WHY OH WHY would you present us with a love triangle this passionate and awkward and confusing and inappropriate and then just sorta drop it? Like it's whatever. Give me slow build-up and I'll accept slow conflict and slow resolution, but if you jam it down my throat then give me some instant gratification or I will throw a temper tantrum. For serious.
Speaking of jamming it down our throats, this episode tried to shove in every single character, minority, subplot, cliche, melodramatic twist, and even a freaking mashup in one go. Except for the Artie/Tina thing, which I'm grateful for, because that still stings. Artie, how could you turn on her like that? Anyways, this episode failed for me because each of the components could have been kind of awesome on their own, in another episode. Imagine a whole episode dedicated solely to picking through the teenage romances featured in this episode: Kurt's diabolical makeover of Rachel for Finn while Quinn babysits with Puck who sexts with Santana...we could have actually watched an awkward exchange between Kurt and Finn about Finn's ideal girl rather than see a quick glimpse of it, Quinn could have actually vocalized why she won't be with Puck (besides the obvious reason that it would reveal her infidelity), and maybe we could have understood these characters a bit more. The scrimmages could have been slightly more dramatic..."Bootylicious" was hardly a smash performance, and "Imagine" was offensive from the second Mercedes started singing along -- Just because they can't hear you doesn't mean you're free to hop on stage during their performance! Was it a scrimmage or a pity fest?
Brittany, in her longest speaking role yet (though I kind of like her as this beyond stupid drone....she's hilarious in the classroom scenes), describes Hairography movement as having a siezure, and watching this episode kind of felt like one (except that it felt nothing like one, obviously) -- scenes, stories, and insanely important plot developments whizzed by so fast that we could hardly catch them, and certainly too fast for us to actually appreciate them.
Writer's of "Glee," I beg of you, SLOW DOWN.