Quinn (Dianna Agron): “You can get married as many times as you want. You only have one shot at your junior prom.”
Artie (Kevin McHale) sings to Brittany (Heather Morris)
Emotions are running high in this week’s new episode. There is a surprise crowning (only if you didn’t know about the spoiler that was tweeted by an extra), a fight, attempted torture and a performance of a song about a day of the week. “Prom Queen” manages to cover a few emotional moments and set a few things in motion for the last two episodes of the season.
The episode is focused on one thing; everything leading up to and during prom. Mercedes (Amber Riley) isn’t going because she doesn’t have a date, Brittany (Heather Morris) is still mad at Artie (Kevin McHale) for calling her stupid so she turns him down and Jesse St. James (Jonathan Groff) is back to see Rachel (Lea Michele).
I was excited by the return of Groff; he’s one of my favorite guest stars but Jesse is not necessarily a favored character. The Groff/Michele combination was one of my favorites last season; they have great chemistry and their voices compliment each other. With Jesse you don’t know if you can trust his intentions and he manages to bring out the green-eyed monster in Finn (Cory Monteith). Finn is a guy that doesn’t know what he wants; call it youth or just him being human. The message is loud and clear, and should be to Quinn by now; Finn still has feelings for Rachel. A slap and a punch take place; Finn punches Jesse and Quinn slaps Rachel. We don’t get to see what happens after Finn and Jesse are thrown out of the prom but there is a moment shared between Rachel and Quinn after the slap in the bathroom.
When Kurt’s name is called for prom queen, I did think about Justin from Ugly Betty and his scene in the same situation.
Kurt doesn’t deal with it instantly like Justin; it takes a talk with Blaine (Darren Criss) before he composes himself to receive his crown. Both situations handle it with humor behind the obvious hurt but in Justin’s case, he has an emotional moment in regards to giving the crown to his mother.
Blaine (Darren Criss) performs at prom
A lot is made of Kurt’s (Chris Colfer) journey and the bullying story from his point of view. We get to see a little bit more of how Karofsky (Max Adler) is dealing with it. He gives Kurt a very heartfelt apology but he’s not willing to take the next step when it comes to the king and queen dance. Though Karofsky isn’t a main character, it’s interesting to see his development and journey compared to Kurt’s this season. With the last episode being devoted to Nationals, I wonder if there will be any further development for Karofsky in the next episode.
Whatever you might think of Rebecca Black’s “Friday,” I understand why Glee chose it. I did roll my eyes at the choice of song but there are plenty of songs Glee has done in the past that I’ve had the same reaction to. The show picks music from an array of genres and time periods. Love it or hate it, “Friday” has managed to become popular and has generated remix’s, parodies and other days of the week being sung about. You can look at it another way, Sue (Jane Lynch) didn’t want to hear songs she deems bad like “Run Joey, Run” so it’s like punishment to chose a song even worse.
- Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays) isn’t around and neither is Coach Beiste (Dot Marie Jones). I know she’s just a guest star but where has Beiste been lately.
- Will (Matthew Morrison) isn’t featured much so there’s no development on April’s Broadway offer.
- Mercedes gets to dance with Sam (Chord Overstreet). I plea on her behalf for the writers to create a genuine love interest/story arc for her next season.
- After Brittany’s talk with Santana (Naya Rivera), I was half expecting Santana to ask Brittany to dance but like Karofsky, she still isn’t ready to take the next step.
- “Dancing Queen” was never going to get the closeted Karofsky to dance with Kurt but I’ll take any excuse to hear the song.
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