GLEE “Blame It on the Alcohol” Review

GLEE “Blame It on the Alcohol” Season 2 Episode 14 – On tonight’s alcohol-fueled episode of Glee, Principal Figgins attempted to raise awareness about the dangers of underage drinking. He enlisted New Directions to sing for the school despite their history of disastrous performances at assemblies. With their performance of “Tik and also Tok” by “Ke-dollar-sign-ha” cut short by purple projectile vomiting, I think their record of train wreck school assemblies is intact, although apparently it was enough to scare the kids of McKinley High straight.

Speaking of train wrecks, the “Rachel Berry Train Wreck House Party Extravaganza” got off to a slow start, but things quickly got crazy after the kids decided to bust into Rachel’s dads’ liquor cabinet. The spin the bottle kiss between Rachel and Blaine was surprisingly intense and led to an awesome duet of “Don’t You Want Me.” It reminded me a little bit of the days of Rachel and Jesse St. James, and hopefully Glee will find a way for Rachel and Blaine to sing together again. The unexpected kiss also led to Blaine briefly questioning his sexuality. I was sure Rachel the drama queen would freak out on Blaine after he declared “Yep, I’m gay. One hundred percent gay” but she was excited to channel the experience into her songwriting. Good for her!

While the kids were partying, Will and Coach Beiste did some partying of their own at Rosalita’s Roadhouse honky tonk bar. Coach Beiste made her singing debut on “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” with Will, and she was totally in her element. Unfortunately, Will ended the night by drunk dialing Sue instead of Emma. But Emma looked happy when she heard the call, right? Maybe there is hope for Will and Emma yet.

Some random observations and quotes:
Loved Becky playing the xylophone before Sue’s announcement—a shout out to Grease.

I think Brittany does Ke$ha better than Ke$ha herself. And she can do the splits!

Finn’s five archetypes of drunkenness: The Weepy Hysterical Drunk, The Angry Drunk, The Stripper Drunk, The Happy Drunk, and The Needy Girl Drunk.

Rachel: “It tastes like pink! It tastes like pink!”

Brittany: “Ke$ha has been a cultural icon for weeks, and I really want to do her music justice.”

Finn: “Most of our assembly performances end in some kind of riot.”

Santana: “Oh, you’re one to talk. How about you crack a Four Loko, Count Boozy von Drunk-a-ton.”

So what did you think of tonight’s episode of Glee, “Blame It on the Alcohol?” Did it glorify teen drinking? Or did the “drink responsibly” message come across? Personally, I feel like they managed to show the downsides of drinking without getting too preachy, but I’m curious to hear your thoughts.

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