Glee Review: Baby Mama Drama
We’re heading for a showdown, folks. Actually, showdowns.
Showdown #1: Brittany v. Kurt
Brittany wants to be Kurt’s campaign manager for class president, because he’s a Unicorn. With glitter. Which I believe is some sort of metaphor for being special, and is her theme for his campaign. Kurt thinks it’s too gay (and it is). Meanwhile, he’s auditioning for the role of Tony in West Side Story, which is being directed by Emma, Bieste, and Artie this year. But his audition, “I Am The Greatest Star,” fails to impress because it’s too. . .gay. So he tries a second audition with a Romeo & Juliet scene, which also fails to bring the masculinity, especially as it’s performed in brocade, tights, and feathers. This puts him into a homosexual panic, but he’s bucked up by Burt who reminds him that he is who he is and he might as well be the best he can be. So he tells Brittany that he’s a unicorn after all.
But Brittany, with the help of Santana, has realized that she’s a unicorn too. She’s going to run against him. I’m looking forward to the debate.
Showdown #2: Kurt v. Blaine
Blaine, with the help of Booty Camp (Will’s dance workshop headed by Mike Chang), gives a great audition with “Something’s Coming,” and Artie suggests he goes for the role of Tony. Uh oh.
Showdown #3: Rachel v. Mercedes
Both Rachel and Mercedes are auditioning for Maria in the musical, which is setting up a real showdown for next week. Naturally, Rachel is pretty absorbed in herself, although she does have an encouraging talk with Finn about his future, telling him that he can be more than a mechanic in his stepfather’s garage, if that’s what he wants.
Rachel’s audition is pretty great; she sings “Somewhere” at the suggestion of her biological mother, Shelby Corcoran, who has taken a position at McKinley as a coach for a second show choir after being recruited by Al Motta, so that his daughter Sugar has somewhere to sing. Shelby’s return is particularly relevant because of. . .
Showdown #4: Shelby v. Quinn
There can only be one baby mama at McKinley, and Quinn has determined that it will be her. This, following a verbal smackdown by Will, who tells her that she’s been entirely too busy playing victim and needs to grow the F up. And apparently the best way to do so is to be a parent, because Quinn has never watched any episode of Teen Mom. This sucks, because. . .
Showdown #5: Me v. This Silly Show
It was fun watching Quinn as a pregnant teenager during Season 1, because back then it felt like Ryan Murphy & Co. were mocking teen drama itself, at least as it typically plays out on TV. But watching Quinn actually try and get custody of her daughter, i.e., ripping her daughter away from the only mother she has known, will essentially remove any sympathy I have ever had for Quinn, not to mention put a baby right in the middle of the show — and we all know that babies have no place on TV. If this is the best storyline the writers can come up with for Quinn, it does not bode well for the show. And it makes me feel bad for Dianna Agron, who deserves better.
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For another opinion on this episode, check out Baby Blue by Inisia Lewis.
Season 3, Episode 2: I Am Unicorn (originally aired September 27, 2011)
Glee airs Tuesdays at 8 ET/PT on Fox.
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