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Glee Recap, "Blame It on the Alcohol"

Glee-Ful Highlights From Episode "Blame It on the Alcohol"

Now this is the show I fell in love with last year! Glee has all the right moves this week: entertaining performances that fit nicely into the story, the kids getting up to typical (OK, slightly exaggerated) teen mischief, and Mr. Schuester showing that he's only human (without steering too far into creepyville).

The latest "epidemic" to sweep McKinley High is underage drinking, which prompts Principal Figgins to declare Alcohol Awareness week. To help scare the students into sobriety, he enlists Mr. Schue to get his glee club to perform a song about the dangers of drinking. Rather than take the assignment to heart, the gleeks decide to explore the benefits of drinking instead. It kept me laughing and entertained from Principal Figgins's first mention of "the wet devil" to Santana asking Mr. Schuester what he'll live for if he can't drink. More of my favorite highlights and one-liners when you


  • Rachel moves forward with her songwriting plans and invites Finn to have the first listen. They share a genuinely sweet moment — their first in awhile that doesn't end with Rachel trying to make a move on her ex — and it reminded me that these two had some pretty good chemistry at one point. I was half expecting Rachel's song to be a thinly veiled ballad about losing the quarterback, but the result is even better. I cracked up when Rachel gets to the chorus of "My Headband," and though we all know that she'll come up with something profound in time for nationals, for now I'll take the ode to accessories.
  • Finn convinces Rachel that she needs to let loose and live a little more so she can tap into her emotions as a composer. With her dads away on a Rosie O'Donnell cruise, Rachel throws a party for the glee club (plus Kurt and Blaine), complete with drink tickets and wine coolers. Of course, the restrictions are lifted after about 10 minutes, giving us good gleeks gone bad.
  • The party scene is absolutely hilarious, chock-full of slurred one-liners like Blaine commenting on how tall Finn is, and Rachel's first response to wine coolers: "It tastes like pink!" Finn points out that each member of the glee club embodies a different drunken cliche (stripper Brittany is kind of expected, but who would've thought Santana would be the weepy drunk?). When Rachel cozies up to Finn, he accuses her of being the needy drunk (wet blanket alert!), so she sets out to prove him wrong.
  • I somehow never thought about what a duet featuring Blaine and Rachel would be like, but this week we get our answer: amazing. After a spin the bottle smooch, they drunkenly take on "Don't You Want Me," which proves to be poignant for Quinn and Kurt as they eye their oblivious crushes with pangs of unrequited love. I'm hoping to see two of Glee's best vocalists paired up again, but their couplehood is fleeting, as Blaine realizes after a bit of introspection (and a kiss at the coffee shop) that he's definitely gay. There's still hope, Kurt!
  • The kids aren't the only ones experimenting with booze this week: Mr. Schuester's been feeling lost without Emma and Teri, so Coach Beiste suggests that he unwind with her at her favorite Western-themed joint. It doesn't take more than a couple of drinks to get the teachers on stage belting out "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," and one night of harmless fun quickly turns into bad behavior for Will. First he gets buzzed while grading papers (sadly I have a feeling he's not the only teacher who's ever done this), but things really get out of control when he drunk dials Emma — or so he thinks.
  • All of the drunken good times come to a breaking point when the kids perform at the assembly. (Principal Figgins gets in some quality screen time, but introducing New Directions performing "Tik and also Tok by rapper Key-dollar-sign-a" is priceless). Rachel passes out some homemade giggle juice to calm the nerves, and all goes according to the plan. That is, until Brittany's killer dance moves get to be a bit too much, and she starts spewing gray vomit all over the stage, and her fellow club members. The rest of the kids follow suit, leaving their classmates stupefied.
  • Sue mostly stays in the background of this episode, which is exactly how I like her. She delivers a few good lines, explains how she pushed her way to the top of Aural Intensity, and then disappears. However, she comes back for a grand finale at the end of the episode, revealing that Will had actually left her the drunk voice mail, and plays it over the loudspeaker. (Did anyone else catch the Grease reference as Becky plays the xylophone?) The message made me cringe more with each sentence, and it seemed like Emma feels a similar pain.
  • The episode ends on a moral note, as Mr. Schuester vows not to drink before nationals and asks the kids to pledge to join him. They're reluctant at first but are touched when Will offers to give them a ride any time when one of them has a relapse. Bonus points for no gooey closing number.

Did you love this week's episode as much as I did? Which performance was your favorite? Did you like hearing Coach Beiste show off her pipes? Leave your comments below, or take them over to the Glee Club group.

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sendo03 sendo03 6 years
DCBaxter DCBaxter 6 years
The best part of this episode was Artie running into the locker while singing "Blame it on the Alcohol."
KateAthens KateAthens 6 years
Tik tok number was great. I love don't you want me baby but they didn't give it justice. What i don' tget. Why Blaine didn't sing the "i kissed a girl" song??? It would be a perfect choice, you know a gay guy find out he likes girls. And i didn't really agree with the stereotype that bisexual guys are just "closet homos". Why women can be bisexual and guys arent allowed to, they can be only this or that?
RachLA RachLA 6 years
I loved the one-liners more than the musical numbers last night. Everyone had great zingers, from Santana to Figgins... and the Grease reference was perfect!
BlackKitty BlackKitty 6 years
Brittany killed it with the Tik Tok number, and I really enjoyed Glee's cover to blame it on the alcohol.. Fun episode! Is it just me, but Finn is becoming more arrogant and less likable.
peatree peatree 6 years
I loved when Finn was pointing out the different versions of being drunk to Rachel (Rachel is the needy drunk, Santana is the weepy drunk, Brittany is the stripper drunk and Tina and Mercedes are the happy drunks). I liked when they performed Blame It (on the Alcohol) and how Mr. Shue thought they were really good at acting drunk.I also liked when they performed Tik Tok and Brittany got to take the lead in singing. I thought it was funny that Brittany threw up on Rachel, because she could have done it on anyone, but she went and vomited on Rachel. The party in Rachel's basement had to be my favorite part because you got to see everyone calm, relaxed and having fun, for the most part.
stephley stephley 6 years
Hated this episode, giving up on Glee. Writing is awful, Sue is a parody of a parody, there's no continuity (last week Amber was at a sleepover at Rachel's, this week, she was dissing her before the party).
Shannon-Vestal Shannon-Vestal 6 years
I loved this episode too, and somehow Artie has become my favorite character. I think because of lines like "Hair a the dog that done bit yo' ass." :)
smileet147 smileet147 6 years
My favorite song was definitely, Don't You Want Me Baby. Darren Criss is much more handsome when his hair is messed up. It was nice to see him, and Kurt out of their uniforms. This episode was an improvement from the last, but still felt a bit too heavy handed with the alcohol subject. Check out my full review here:
millarci millarci 6 years
I did catch that Grease reference! It made me smile.
demarco11 demarco11 6 years
I thought Emma seemed kinda excited/happy about the message -- no so much cringe-y... My fav part was the grading scene! Hilarious. A+
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
Even though Rachel wore her most hideous outfits last night, overall I thought she was a lot less annoying than usual, even when she was still sober in the beginning. I've been over the Will and Emma thing since it started, so I was glad he drunk dialed Sue by mistake and I hope that we don't have to revisit his feelings for Emma again (although I'm sure we will). I love the Will-Bieste friendship dynamic. They make a good team. Music-wise, this episode was a lot of fun. My favorite performance was Blame It, but I thought Brittany rocked Tik Tok as well. That gray vomit was hilarious.
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