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‘Glee’: Blame It on the Alcohol (2.14) Review

Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and party are not words you would normally put together but in “Blame it on the Alcohol” that’s what we get. It’s Alcohol Awareness Week and Principal Figgins (Iqbal Theba) wants the glee club to perform. What leads up to the performance and what happens during are moments of hilarity.

The glee club performs

With her two dads away for the weekend and a subject needed for her song writing, Rachel holds an alcohol fuelled party. One of the funniest things early has to be Rachel’s attempt of songwriting; I couldn’t stop laughing during her song about her hairband. Lea Michele always has a way of selling her emotions through the song so it made it even more funny to watch her make it seem Rachel was passionate about her hair accessory.

The party sees the whole glee club in attendance with only Finn (Cory Monteith) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) staying sober. Two things stood out for me during this scene. The first is Blaine (Darren Criss) and Rachel singing “Don’t You Want Me Baby.” It helps that I love this song but the duet was fun to listen to and made me want to hear them duet again. The second thing that stood out during the party was Finn explaining to Rachel the different types of drunks. My friends have all been all of those types; I won’t admit to the ones I’ve been. I do have to point out that I think Finn might have been a bit of a jerk when he tells Rachel she’s being a needy drunk. Over the past couple of episodes we’ve seen small instances of him acting like this. This was mostly to do with him chasing Quinn (Dianna Agron). He always made the point about Quinn and Rachel cheating on him but he actively encouraged Quinn to cheat on Sam (Chord Overstreet).

Emma (Jayma Mays) and a hungover Will (Matthew Morrison)

When I heard the spoiler about Blaine questioning his sexuality, I had anticipated the storyline lasting longer than one episode. I thought it brought up something interesting between Kurt and Blaine on the subject of bisexuality. Though Blaine and Rachel kissed twice and had one date, at least their “relationship” gives Rachel a subject matter to write about other than her accessories.

Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) is in limbo; I don’t think he’s ready to move on from his feelings for Emma (Jayma Mays). Coach Beiste (Dot Marie Jones) takes Will out drinking and like the glee club, he walks into school with a hangover. I’ve not been a fan with the way they’ve written Will when it comes to his life outside of the glee club; I don’t think it helps the argument to why Will and Emma should reunite. If they are to think about reuniting Will and Emma in the future, I think they need to sell to why they belong together.

Other than Blaine and Rachel’s duet and I enjoyed Tik Tok as it brings Brittany (Heather Morris) to the forefront which we haven’t seen since “Britany/Brittany.” Another mention goes to Coach Beiste in her first singing performance.

Other funny moments:
Figgins’ pronunciation of Ke$ha
Sue (Jane Lynch) playing Will’s drunk dial message for the whole school to hear

“Blame it on the Alcohol” touches upon underage drinking but also how adults treat the subject in parallel with their behavior with alcohol. I found “Blame it on the Alcohol” thoroughly entertaining. Even though the episode is ladled with a message about drinking, it is great that the comedy didn’t take a back seat.

All photos courtesy of ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co.

Originally written for The Voice of TV

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