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GLEE 2.12 “Silly Love Songs” Review

Love is in the air and Glee is spoiling their fans with its second episode in a week. With Valentine’s Day approaching, Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) has the glee club sing love songs to each other.

Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) and members of the glee club watch Mike and Artie perform

Finn (Cory Monteith) sets up a kissing booth to raise money for the glee club but he has an ulterior motive; to kiss Quinn (Dianna Agron) again after they shared a kiss at the end of the last episode. Finn has often made a point about how both Quinn and Rachel (Lea Michele) cheated on him with Puck (Mark Salling) but he has no issue with Quinn cheating on Sam (Chord Overstreet); would he feel differently if Sam was his best friend? Finn and Quinn are obviously confused about their feelings but it opens up other possibilities. What will this now mean for Finn, Rachel, Quinn and Sam.

There might have been plenty of kisses but there is also tears; Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) crying while she sings to Mike (Harry Shum Jr.) because everyday is Valentine’s Day. There were also tears from Santana (Naya Rivera) after Rachel insults her. I liked seeing these sides of Rachel and Santana but it doesn’t last long in Santana’s case. She figures it out about Finn and Quinn and schemes to catch them out. Her determination to uncover their secret has no limits as she uses mono to do it. One line sums up how little she cares about having mono herself, “I’ve had mono so many times it turned into stereo.”

It’s nice to see Lauren (Ashley Fink) being used as more than someone who’s making up the numbers. What I like about her is her no nonsense attitude and how she’s no pushover. Puck’s pursuit of Lauren bears some resemblance to when he chased Mercedes (Amber Riley). I hope his intentions are good as she hurts the same; the example being how she felt from Puck’s song choice.

Kurt (Chris Colfer) performs with the Warblers on Valentine's Day

My favorite scene has to be Santana and Lauren’s fight; how Santana thinks she can seriously take a wrestler on, is beyond me. I love her determination to keep going like she actually has a chance. I’m sure she thinks she actually did some damage to Lauren. Now that Santana has once again picked a fight with another female over Puck, I think its time for her to focus her attention on someone else and the look she shares with Sam seems like she’s already found a target.

After mentioning a couple of times how the writers need to use the Dalton Academy members as more than a 3 minute musical interlude, we finally get a something more. Kurt (Chris Colfer) and the rest of the Warblers help Blaine (Darren Criss) sing to a guy he likes. I like how an actual story was given as I feel the episode flows more if they either have a story or aren’t featured at all. Just showing them sing and nothing else, feels like they are just appearing to clock up appearance numbers.

With such a big cast, the writers have a hard task trying to juggle everything. I was a little disappointed that Mercedes didn’t have more of a role but I know something is coming up later in the season. Mercedes, Rachel and Kurt regularly hang out together so I can’t wait for the upcoming episode which pits Mercedes and Rachel against each other.

“Silly Love Songs” is a fun episode with plenty of performances. Not everyone ends the episode happy, but there’s the sign of possibility for others.

All photos courtesy of © Fox Broadcasting Co.

Originally written for The Voice of TV

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