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Glee: Home

April: "Will Schuester?!? I just had a sex dream about you!"

I was pleasantly surprised by "Home". To be honest, my expectations were low. Actually - I don't know what I expected. Whether you loved it or hated it, you have to admit that "The Power of Madonna" was a dynamic explosion of pop culture energy. How could they possibly follow that crazy episode?

The writers were smart - instead of trying to top it, or even try to calibrate back to Glee's usual exuberance/absurdity, they went for a very low key, mellow episode. And hey, I admit it. I laughed, I cried. I bawled.

Glee: The Musical?

"Home" felt much more like a traditional musical than any other episode. I don't know if that's a good or bad thing. I enjoyed it a lot, because I really love musicals. But I also know that movie/tv go out of their way to not be all Broadway musical-y.

It felt like this episode had a lot more music than others. At least, a lot more of the story was told via numbers, especially that Will/April duet in his apartment. Unfortunately, I thought that the song was about 3 minutes too long... it was really good, until it kept going. That just felt indulgent.

Also, the music was a lot less pop cultural than usual. Even the Springsteen song, "Fire", was pretty mellow. Btw, I loved that number. I'm beginning to really appreciate the importance of having a musical/talent equal on duets. Matt Morrison singing with Kristin Chenoweth was just magic - just like Lea Michele singing with Jonathan Groff.

Kurt-Finn-Dad-Tears

I also thought the Kurt Dad/Finn Mom story was pretty well done. OK, I didn't love the awkward serenade Kurt sang to Finn in the music room - although Puck mouthing "Are you gay?" to Finn was worth the price of admission. But besides that, I thought the story had a surprising amount of depth. It could have easily just been Finn-doesn't-want-Mom-to-date, until Kurt's dad wins him over with sports. Kurt's visceral reaction to that bonding was unexpected, and heart wrenching. I'm not sure there's any sort of resolution for that either. His dad (Burt) clearly and openly loves him, and accepts his homosexuality. But neither are really going to be able to change if they want to love each other honestly.

Cory Montieth did a great job portraying all of Finn's conflicting reactions. For once, that wild eyed confusion - which I find adorable, but can sometimes be a bit much - worked very well in his favor. He doesn't want his dad to be replaced, but he clearly wants a father figure. His experience with Will, especially through the Quinn pregnancy, showed us that - but like Kurt and Burt, Will and Finn are just too different. They may both have a good heart with similar values at the core of their being, but Will just isn't going to hang with Finn and chat about sports. Not when Terri is the Jerry Bruckheimer fan in the (ex-) family.

I completely lost it when his mom put the urn in Finn's dad's chair. I haven't lost a parent, so I can't speak from experience, but the grief, mixed with the guilt of wanting to move on, was incredibly touching.

April v. Rachel

I did appreciate getting a week off from Rachel being the lead on almost every song. I love Lea Michele, but I agree with other fans who say that it was getting to be a bit much.

That being said, there was waaaaaay too much April. Everyone knows I adore Kristin Chenoweth, but come on - three songs? It almost felt like the writers were like, "Oh, we have Kristin for one more week, let's milk it for every minute!"

Walking Ice Cream Cones

No, I didn't forget about Mercedes and the weight-loss storyline. Just don't have much to say about it except that the scene where she saw Artie and Tina as gigantic ice cream cone and slice of cake was hysterical.

Bits 'n Pieces

-- Kurt: "You both have dead spouses... Maybe you should talk?"

-- Sue [to Kurt and Mercedes]: "How do you two not have a show on Bravo?"

-- April: "I finally realized my life long ambition of being a mistress to a strip mall tycoon."

-- Sue: "You're just like every teenage girl in America: obsessed with vanity. Before you know it, you'll be leaving baggies of vomit in your parents' closet."

-- Kurt: "I feel like the guy who set up Liza and David Gest."

-- April: "I'm gonna go get myself a bikini wax. And I'll see you tomorrow."

All in all, a solid, surprisingly low-key episode. I'd say 3 out of 4 gigantic slices of cake.

4 comments:

  1. This is a fine review, Serena. And thank you so much for hanging in there.

    I liked this episode, but didn't love it, for a lot of the reasons you mentioned. I loved the first Will/April duet and was thrilled to have her back, but you're right that it went on too long. And as much as I love people acknowledging that not everyone has to be shaped like a supermodel to be beautiful, the ending felt just a little After School Special to me.

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  2. I really liked the stuff with Kurt, Finn, and their parents. The show always manages to connect with me on a story-level with it goes to Kurt's relationship with his dad. Adding in some good stuff with Finn and his mom was a bonus. Those two parents and their relationships feel so real, and in a show where everything else is so over-the-top, it is nice to be truly moved once in awhile. I admit it, too, Serena. I laughed, I cried, I bawled.

    I also really liked the scene between Mercedes and Quinn. But I agree with everyone else that the show tune number with Will and April went on for waaaay too long. Maybe I wouldn't have cared if it had been a different type of song, but Burt Baccarach? Ack.

    I think I actually enjoyed this episode more than the Madonna one. Even though parts of it were a mish-mashed mess.

    Glad to get your thoughts, Serena!

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  3. Even though i really enjoy your typical very long reviews you can write shorter ones when you don't have enough time on your hands. Like this one. It didn't lack anything. :)

    The episode was a bit of a letdown. Too much April singing, too many songs i can't even remember after viewing, too much After-School Special using the only song i recognized. House used "Beautiful" far better in season 2 with a young canver patient pretending to sing it in a bathroom. Oh and Finn just hit his singing low-point during the urn sequence in Kurt's solo. My ears hurt.

    Overall i prefered the other episodes from the spring run (including the next one) over Home.

    As a side note, i can't wait for Joss and NPH. I won't mind if he sings every song in the episode. In fact that will be a couple of songs short of enough. :)

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  4. So glad to read your review Serena :-) I was really starting to miss your reviews - as I typically watch the episodes a few days after it airs and then want to go straight to billiedoux.com :-)

    Reading your review and peoples comments makes me feel like my Glee fix is complete.

    I enjoyed Home - Really got into Will and April's sleepover duet - the other songs were a bit Meh and definitely one too many April songs! Plotline-wise it was great to see Mercedes and Kurt getting some limelight even if there were some extremely cheesy moments!

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