'Glee' November sweeps wedding: We watch so you don't have to
WaPo Team TV's Emily Yahr filed this blog:
This week on "Glee," Kurt's dad and Finn's mom get married. Kurt decides to transfer schools. And Sue Sylvester's mom comes to town.
But unlike many guest-starring gigs on TV, Carol Burnett, who plays Sue's mother, simply sweeps in for a couple scenes as Doris Sylvester, Sue's absentee, retired Nazi-hunting mom -- then quickly sees herself out when Sue bans her from her upcoming wedding.
A wedding, you say? Evil cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester finally found love? Don't buy the Pier 1 gift certificate yet. After learning of the impending nuptials of her former fling (Rod, the news anchor with the impossibly coiffed hair), Sue delves into the wonderful world of online dating. Not finding much luck on "eDesperate," Sue decides she has only one, true soulmate -- herself.
Sue sends out the invitations -- she's going to marry herself. Cue entrance of Doris who largely abandoned Sue and her sister for much of their childhood to hunt Nazis around the world. Doris doesn't have much rapport with her daughter -- though she thinks Sue still has a chance to grow into her looks someday. She doesn't think too much of Sue's chosen partner in marriage. They take a stab at a mother-daughter bonding moment (dueting to "Ohio," from the 1953 musical "Wonderful Town") but Doris can't seem to stop hurling insults at Sue. Sue realizes that her mother has treated her terribly her whole life, and bans her from the wedding, giving us some insight into what makes Sue -- well, Sue.
Waaah! We don't want insight into Sue's lousy childhood! This is turning into one of those After School Specials that clogged viewers' arteries with treacle in the last century.
Meanwhile, Kurt is in high school hell. Scary Football Player kissed him a few weeks ago and is now horrified that Kurt could spill the beans at any moment. So he ratchets up the bullying -- just enough to make the glee club guys step in and defend their pal. After a locker room smackdown, the glee club guys leave bruised but triumphant. Sue, who is the acting school principal, expels Scary Football Player -- which is from the After School Special playbook.
Sadly, the school board does not support Sue in this decision and only gives SFP a verbal warning. Sue resigns in protest -- looks like Figgins will be back before the end of the November sweeps after all. Kurt, devastated, makes the decision to transfer to Dalton Academy -- home of his new BFF Blaine. The glee club is stunned, but practical Rachel points out that Kurt is now their enemy -- glee club-wise. And just like that, glee club rivalries are back!
Noticeably absent all this while: Finn. It's because he's rattled by the announcement that his mother and Kurt's father are getting married ASAP. Kurt, however, is thrilled with the idea and immediately starts planning the wedding. In "Glee" World, teenagers can not only plan an entire wedding but throw it together in a few days. Before you can say "Lazy Writing," the whole glee club is singing and dancing down the aisle to Bruno Mars's "Marry You," in a manner suspiciously similar to last year's Chris Brown "Forever" wedding aisle dance/YouTube sensation.
After Mr. Schuester, who had approximately two seconds of screen time in this episode, inexplicably hops up in front of the wedding guests and performs Michael Buble's "Sway," Finn takes the stage. Having apparently done some Serious Thinking about Kurt and Kurt's being the victim of bullying, and also about their newly blended family, Finn decides it's time to forget about their awkward past (you know, Kurt getting too close for comfort when Finn made it clear he wasn't interested) and become brothers. Bad After School Special! Bad! Kurt gets teary eyed, and the glee club performs a special rendition of "Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars.
So, to recap: Kurt gets a step-brother and a new school. Kurt's dad and Finn's mom are finally happy. And Sue is left without a relationship with her mother, without the principal gig and presumably with a marriage certificate ... to herself.
"Ohio" from "Wonderful Town"
"Marry You" Bruno Mars
"Sway" Michael Buble
"Just the Way You Are" Bruno Mars
Lisa de Moraes
| November 23, 2010; 11:05 PM ET
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