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Glee 2.18 “Born This Way” Review

Before I watched “Born This Way” I was really nervous about how it would turn out. Glee has been very inconsistent this season and after last week’s “A Night of Neglect” and the fact this week’s episode was longer made me even more worried. I’m glad to say “Born This Way” alleviated my earlier fears and I found the episode very entertaining. The storylines seemed more fleshed out; the dialogue is better and more polished. The songs never take over the episode and unlike previous time, the songs were made to fit the story as oppose to the story trying to fit the songs.

“Born This Way” isn’t a Lady Gaga themed episode but Gaga inspired. The song choices and general message is to be happy with yourself and what you were born with.

Finn (Cory Monteith) and Will (Matthew Morrison) tend to Rachel (Lea Michele)

I’ve always considered Finn’s (Cory Monteith) dancing to be dangerously bad but this week it’s just dangerous; he manages to break Rachel’s (Lea Michele) nose in dance rehearsals. This leads to her considering a nose job following her doctor’s suggestion. While looking at the picture of Rachel’s possible new nose I couldn’t help but think of the actress Jennifer Grey and how much her nose job changed her face. Most of the club tries to get Rachel to change her mind but in the end it’s Puck (Mark Salling), Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Barbra Streisand who finally convince her.

Will (Matthew Morrison) tries to help Emma (Jayma Mays) with her OCD but it’s in overdrive. Their conversation leads to Will using Lady Gaga to help the glee club with their self-esteem. Will wants everyone to perform a song based on accepting the best and worst parts of who they are. The group number is to perform Gaga’s “Born This Way” while wearing a shirt with the word/phrase that best describes the thing they’re most ashamed or would like to change.

It takes a while for Emma to admit she needs to deal with her OCD; at first her shirt says, “Ginger.” She eventually seeks therapy but spends 48 minutes of a 50 minutes session disinfecting the chair. At the end of the episode she takes the pills she’s prescribed and wears a shirt with “OCD” on it.

Santana (Naya Rivera) is in full on bitch mode and I admit that I like it when she is. With her bitch mode she also schemes. First she tells the rest of the glee club they should change what they don’t like. Then she finds a way to gain votes from prom queen. Santana notices Karofsky (Max Adler) checking out Sam’s (Chord Overstreet) ass and uses it to her advantage to get Kurt back at the school. Amongst her scheming, you kind of forget a small form of admittance about her sexuality. Holly (Gwyneth Paltrow) was the only one outside of Brittany (Heather Morris) who knew about it but she tells Karofsky. Granted this is when she’s blackmailing him but it’s still a step.

Santana’s scheme is to use Karofsky as a beard and get him to stop bullying. Karofsky tries to convince Burt (Mike O’Malley) and Kurt that he’s changed but Kurt knows something’s up. Despite knowing the reason, he returns to school.

Lauren (Ashley Fink), Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Mike (Harry Shum) perform for Rachel (Lea Michele)

Lauren Zizes (Ashley Fink) runs for Prom Queen and at first she seems like the popular vote. As it tends to go, when a vote is on, someone plays dirty and that person is Lauren. She discovers Quinn’s (Dianna Agron) first name is Lucy and she wasn’t always the slim girl. My first reaction about Lauren is that, in this situation, she’s as much of a bully as Karofsky and Azimio (James Earl). Even though Quinn hid her past, Lauren posting the picture up is just as bad. In the end it backfires and it just makes Quinn more popular.

My favorite performance is Quinn and Rachel singing Unpretty/I Feel Pretty. It was great to have these two paired together; Quinn doesn’t get to do that many duets. I also enjoyed the arrangement and how they used the two songs together.

More noticeable shirts:

  • Mike (Harry Shum) – Can’t sing; I think we figured that out by the lack of solos.
  • Sam – Trouty mouth; it makes me want to hear the song again.
  • Will – Butt chin; I actually thought he might wear something regarding his hair.
  • Santana – Lebanese but only because Brittany misspells lesbian. Though she wears the shirt, she doesn’t perform with the others.

Other notes:

  • Mercedes (Amber Riley) needs a proper storyline before the end of the season. It’s either a silly storyline like “A Night of Neglect” or she’s like background with only a couple of lines. Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) also needs something. Opportunities to be at the forefront need to be shared out a bit more.
  • Sue (Jane Lynch) wasn’t in the episode and I didn’t miss her, which is a shame because Lynch is great but Sue, of late, hasn’t been.
  • Now Kurt has left Dalton Academy, does it mean less singing from Blaine (Darren Criss)?

Glee has covered the subject of bullying with a lot of care and out of all the storylines; it’s the one with the most development. I do wish they would take the same thought and care with their other storylines. They have managed to do some development with Quinn and we get to understand her more.

I have to reiterate how much I enjoyed “Born This Way.” There was a message at the heart but I don’t feel it was forced down people’s throats. There were many enjoyable moments and good performances from Jayma Mays and Dianna Agron.

All photos courtesy of ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co.

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