November 19, 2009By Joe Diliberto Posted: Nov 19, 2009
There has not been a more consistently wonderful show this fall than Fox's GLEE. What started as a lark of a musical comedy set in a high school has matured into a complicated drama with deep characters and layered stories. And songs.
Take this week's installment, which saw the choir kids assigned to work on ballads. The task uncovered hidden passions, some surprising, some not so much. Kurt tried to manage his crush on Finn by helping the football hero in his struggle to deal with Quinn's pregnancy. Kurt's romantic advice — which may have been colored by his wish to free up Finn for himself — led to a hilarious scene in which Finn crooned "(You're) Havin' My Baby" in front of Quinn's mortified parents (which included DAYS OF OUR LIVES' former Eve, Charlotte Ross). The staunchly conservative couple had no idea their princess was pregnant, and in a shattering scene, threw their wayward daughter out of the house! I felt sure Quinn would feel guilty enough to tell Finn he is not really her baby-daddy, but...no. The story also examined Kurt's and Finn's feelings for their dead parents (Kurt lost his mother at a young age, and Finn never knew his soldier father) in a heartbreaking sequence. Those heavy emotional sequences were contrasted with Rachel's loopy schoolgirl crush on Will, which resulted in a fun mash-up of The Police's "Don't Stand So Close To Me" with Gary Puckett and the Union Gap's "Young Girl." And it all ended with an uplifting (if ultimately misguided) version of "Lean On Me."
And that is what I like best about GLEE and makes it the most entertaining new show of the fall: It's funny and sad at alternating (and unexpected) moments, just like real life. But with songs.