Last night's Glee episode entitled "I Do" was chock-full of ups and downs. Old couples are reuniting, new couples are forming, present couples are in jeopardy. Let's take the synopsis couple by couple.
Will and Emma: Jayma Mays' portrayal of Emma's struggle with her Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is sincere and heartbreaking, particularly when she explains to Finn (Cory Monteith) why she could never have a birthday party as a child. So it fits that Emma would leave her own wedding, overwhelmed by being left alone to plan such an event, despite encouraging Will (Matthew Morrison) to leave town to follow his dream. Though, even if the reception was paid for in advance, it is hard to believe that everyone could be this carefree. Will and Emma's guests were all cutting a rug on the dance floor and having a grand old time celebrating a marriage that never occurred, and not one of them felt bad about it. Except, of course, for Finn, who blames himself, but the increasingly wiser Rachel (Lea Michele) quickly talks him down.
Kurt and Blaine: Sure, they're not back together. Right. But Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss) did more lip-smacking in this episode than they have ever done before. Take that, Victoria Jackson! The two shared a duet on Depeche Mode's "Just Can't Get Enough", which was perfectly adorable with the lovey-dovey stage backdrop and, by evening's end, Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) finally apologizes to Blaine for being a crazy stalker. This comes after Kurt scolds her with what we've all been feeling: "Just stop! It's creepy!" Tina briefly complains about being the "third wheel hag", but she doesn't get yet how good she's got it.
Rachel and Finn: This relationship is the Ross/Rachel of every sitcom. They slowly build to couple status, they break up but are still in love and they have multiple seasons (and mates) keeping them apart but, in the end, as Finn says, they're "end game." Though, even if you aren't a "Finchel" fan, Finn's flower-plucking was touching, and it was super cute that Rachel took the last petal. Their "duet" of the odd choice of Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's "We've Got Tonite" grew increasingly interesting as it slowly morphed into an ensemble piece with the other couples taking off together to their respective hotel rooms.
Jake/Ryder and Marley: Jacob Artist and Melissa Benoist have such great chemistry together. They are always interesting to watch - Marley just beams whenever she looks at Jake. We all knew Ryder (Blake Jenner) wouldn't go away that easy, though, so it was an interesting route to travel in having the best friend help his buddy with romantic ideas and gifts for the lady they both love; it was almost an '80s rom-com. Marley thankfully saw through the ruse before giving in to Jake's advances and gave Ryder the credit he deserved, though it makes sense for Ryder to be the more sensitive choice in an effort to keep his character interesting. And sure, Jake's a guy (and Puck's [Mark Salling] brother), so what did we expect, but when he wants to "get laid" with the girl he claims to be "falling in love with", he loses cool points. Marley is not someone with whom to "get laid", that's more Kitty's forte (Becca Tobin). Though, Jake does look damn good in a red tux. Marley also sounded worlds better than she has in the past on her and Jake's duet of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "You're All I Need to Get By".
Brittany (Heather Morris) and Sam (Chord Overstreet): Still in love, still cute. Their purpose at the moment is to remind Santana (Naya Rivera) that she needs to move on. Enter:
Quinn and Santana: This pairing felt like it was overdue. Santana and Quinn's (Dianna Agron) one-night-stand of two sex sessions does not seem like it will go further than this episode, though, Santana is on the market and nobody is a bitchier better half for her than Quinn. If anything, this could give the writers more of an opportunity to write Quinn back into the show on a regular basis.
Artie and Betty: So, Artie's (Kevin McHale) got a thing for the bitches, eh? Ali Stroker of The Glee Project Season 2 guest stars as Emma's niece, Betty, who won't be condescended or even treated as an equal to someone in a wheelchair. Emma entrusts Artie with keeping an eye out for Betty at the wedding. He keeps more than an eye on her, though, as they end up sleeping together. The joke is that they don't even know if the sex was good, but in season one, Artie had explained to Tina that his penis still works and he can feel everything. Continuity error. Artie has always had a higher moral ground than his peers, though, so for him to have a one-night stand seemed only to serve as a play into one of the episode's major themes.
Rachel and Brody: So the not-so-honest Rachel thinks she can get away with being with two guys in different parts of the country? Her uterus disagrees. Though, her unplanned probable pregnancy was predictable from the moment she left Lima. And of course it's Finn's baby. Sure, Brody (Dean Geyer) can turn an apartment into a love shack in only two days. And sure, he's more than decently hot, but, Brody does not possess the long-term staying power of "Finchel." Even if Rachel is pregnant (probably) and decides to abort (possibly), she's not out of the woods yet, as she stands a decent chance of contracting an S.T.D. from her gigolo boyfriend's escapades about town. But if she does keep the baby, does this mean we'll be seeing less of Cassandra July (Kate Hudson)? Surely, Rachel would no longer be able to participate in dance class if she's got a bun in the oven.
The songs in this episode were lackluster, and the ensemble songs have been sub-par as of late, but "Anything Could Happen"'s placement in the last two minutes of the episode fooled us. We were hoping for a Will/Emma reconciliation or worse, expecting a wordless break-up. What we got instead was a shot of Rachel poring over her pregnancy test and, if the next episode three weeks from now is any indication, the result was not a negative, proving that anything could, in fact, happen.
Worst Song of the Episode: "Getting Married Today"
"Getting Married Today" worked for the situation, and Mays' delivery of the Company tune was enough to make Savage Garden jealous (just take a second, if you will, to recall her incredible performance), but it would be hard to imagine this being on repeat on anyone's iPod after this episode.
Funniest Lines of the Episode:
Kurt: "Ooh, baby cupcakes."
Kurt: "You Vapo-raped my ex?"
Mercedes: "I need my arm gays!"
Jake: "I'm going to ignore the subtly racist overtones of that comment because you are my hero."
Artie: "I saw you two minutes ago. You took forever to get here."
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