Airdate: Thursday 10th November 2011
Tonight we found ourselves watching two of Glee’s fan favourite couples finally doing the ‘deed’. It wasn’t easy and took until the end of the episode before both couples took that big step but it was worth the wait.
The subject of virginity was raised by Artie during a rehearsal for the school musical in which he questioned how Rachel and Blaine, the leads, could convey the emotions of a ‘sexual awakening’ if they hadn’t experienced it themselves. Making a fair point, the rest of the episode saw the two characters struggle with the issues that all teenagers face when deciding to take such a step.
The episode also marked the return of McKinley High bully Karofosky, who is found in a gay drinking establishment visited by Kurt and Blaine upon the suggestion of Sebastian. Sebastian, played by newcomer Grant Gustin, takes a shine to Blaine and looks set to cause problems for the much loved Klaine in future episodes. We first meet him when Blaine returns to Dalton Academy where the Warblers return for the first time this season, which was nice, and they performed an endearing version of Billy Joel’s ‘Uptown Girl’. Sebastian reminds me of Santana in a way, he seems to be someone who is not afraid to say what he thinks nor be concerned by what others might think or feel.
Back to Karofosky, and the scene between him and Kurt sat at the bar proved to be perhaps the most poignant of the evening. We learned that Karofosky has in fact transferred to a new school (hence his absence from previous episodes) and his presence at a gay club illustrated that he may just have come to terms with who he is. I have to hand it to Max Adler, who plays Karofosky – he has turned that character from a loathed bully to someone who not only is relatable but someone the viewer can feel sympathy for.
For Finchel, they attempted to do the deed the first time when Rachel headed over to Finn’s house when his parents were out canvassing for Burt’s congressional campaign. The first attempt stumbled at the first hurdle when Finn learned that Rachel had changed her mind so that she could become a better actress. However the deal was sealed between the two once Finn was told that he won’t be playing football after high school. Seeing Finn at his most vulnerable, Rachel offered him her virginity as a sort of ‘I’m sorry’ gift after telling him that he will need to think of different dreams.
When it came to Klaine, the idea of losing their virginity was a subject broached by Blaine, after the night at the gay bar in which he tried to convince Kurt that it isn’t about when or where but about the people (although I struggle to believe that the back of your parents car is a place even worth considering). Kurt was angry, and rightly so, by being propositioned in such a way. But when they made up after the opening night of the musical, Kurt turned down Blaine’s suggestion of attending the after party and instead suggested they go back to Blaine’s place.
The subject of teenage sex is difficult and I think Glee approached it in a good way. Not all the characters have had perfect experiences, which makes it more realistic and relatable. But for these two couples in particular, the different aspects of each character was considered at every point. This episode had all the heart that last week’s episode lacked, and the final scene was beautiful edited as the couples became more intimate based around Rachel and Blaine singing ‘One Hand, One Heart’. Considering the fact that the show is commissioned by, and aired on, the conservative station that is FOX I was surprised that gay sex was even included. Nothing was overdone though; it was understated, dignified, and the lack of nudity made it accessible for viewers of all ages. Bravo to all involved!
Other Memorable Moments
• When Mike Chang’s dad confronts his son about being in the school musical and pretty much disowns him as a consequence.
• We learn in the episode that Coach Bieste is a virgin as well who has a bit of a crush on the Ohio State football scout. With a little push from Artie we learn that the scout returns the feelings. There is a touching scene in which she states ‘that she doesn’t look how pretty girls look’
• There is a lovely moment between the girls in which they all discuss losing their virginity, with Quinn advising Rachel to wait after her own experiences. Brittany and Santana provide little support, but the most wise words come from Tina, who explains that she lost her virginity to Mike over the summer after the pair had discussed it and recognised just how special a moment it is in someone’s life.
• The gay bar was as stereotypical as it possibly could be, visiting on ‘drag queen Wednesday’ the bar seems to play only awful 70’s/80’s pop music and be full of questionable looking men.
• When the cast thank Artie as a director for bringing the musical together there is a lovely moment in which he returns the thanks for making him feel like a man for the first time. (the sort of character development that was missing from last weeks episode).
Favourite Line of the Week
“It was like being smothered by a sweaty, out-of-breath sack of potatoes that somebody soaked in body spray.”—Santana
Favourite Musical Number
‘Uptown Girl’ sung by the Warblers, I have missed them!