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Glee Recap Episode "Home" 2010-04-28 05:45:00

Glee-ful Highlights From Episode "Home"

While I was fantasizing about celebs I'd like to see on Glee, actual guest star Kristin Chenoweth reprised her role as April, Mr. Schue's washed-up former crush. I have to be honest — I didn't love this episode. I suppose that "The Power of Madonna" would have been a hard act to follow no matter what, but there were a few parts of this week's "Home" that rubbed me the wrong way.

That's not to say that everything fell flat — let's talk about the highs and lows of this week, and while you're at it, enter to win my sweet Glee giveway! We can chat when you

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  • My biggest problem with the episode is Sue's insistence that Mercedes lose weight. I'm glad that the show is tackling a real issue that teens face, and pressure to be thin is definitely one of them, but does Sue have to be so cruel and callous? (I might even get up on my soapbox to mention that listing off the ingredients for the Master Cleanse is a bit irresponsible.) The saving grace is that it's Quinn who talks some sense into Mercedes, recognizing that she'd once been starving herself. Hey Quinn! So nice to see you!
  • April Rhodes is back, but I get the distinct feeling the writers had no idea what to do with her character. The gimmick to bring her back into the fold — she's running the roller rink that Schue scopes out for a rehearsal space — is the silliest, thinnest plot point there could have been. Her drunken, scheming ways are no longer charming, and it also doesn't make sense that she finagles her way into Will's bed out of loneliness. Moving on, I do have one nice thing to say: I loved the duet of "Fire." Also, I kind of want to go roller skating now.
  • Oh, Kurt. We get lots of him this week, but it's not all good. In fact, I disliked him many, many times. Not only is he unsupportive to Mercedes when Sue is down on her weight ("Don't screw it up," he says. Don't screw it up?! Who are you and what have you done with my sweet Kurt?), but he's also made to look manipulative. It's cute that Finn's dad and Kurt's mom are together, but I don't like the creepy way Kurt's role in their pairing is portrayed. I get it, he has a crush on Finn, but isn't it time he moved on? Furthermore, I understand why it's tough for Finn to let another father figure into his life, but I don't like that Kurt's problem with it is that he's jealous of Finn bonding with his dad. In short: bring the old Kurt back.
  • Speaking of Finn's mom and Kurt's dad (they do have names: Carole and Burt): their romance gave me the warm fuzzies in an otherwise pretty bleak episode. Carole's confession to Finn of how she misses her husband broke my heart, and I was truly touched by Burt's speech to Finn about how he feels about his mother.
  • Yes, I am deliberately ignoring that snooze-fest of a song that Kurt began in rehearsals and was continued on at Mr. Schue's place. Let's just forget that happened, OK?
  • Besides "Fire," the only other song that didn't disappoint me was Mercedes's showstopper of "Beautiful." It was emotional and rousing — and how great was it to see the whole school getting in on the action? The performance was fabulous, but it couldn't redeem this episode (the words 'too little too late' come to mind). Adding insult to injury, I was infuriated that Sue doesn't get her comeuppance for the mental abuse she's inflicted on her students. Nope — the magazine writer thinks she's a visionary for cheerleading. Harumph.

Am I being too hard on this week? Did you enjoy it as much as the previous two episodes? Sound off, and don't forget to show your fandom by joining the Glee Club in the Buzz Community!

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lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I thought it was just kind of OK. I'm pretty much which you, Buzz. There were things I liked and things I didn't like. While I didn't mind that Kurt got jealous of Finn's connection with his dad, I didn't like that Kurt wanted to set up his dad with Finn's mom because of his crush on Finn. Something about it just really rubbed me the wrong way. And I don't necessarily think it's an age thing, either. My 59-year-old mother agrees with; it wasn't her favorite episode, either.
stephley stephley 7 years
I loved this episode, Especially That Rachel Was Quiet!! and that Kurt was less then endearing - he's got to have anger issues somewhere. I also see that this episode was about setting up situations.
kingdomxoblivion kingdomxoblivion 7 years
I don't know why people are finding Kurt's solo boring. It's always about Rachel or Quinn and her baby. I was happy that this episode focused on Mercedes and Kurt. I adored his solo, except at the end when Finn came in. (Back off dude, this is his time to shine). Though the "Dad loves other kid more than son due to hobbies" storyline is overdone, it WORKED. I could totally see them in this situation. MORE OLD SONGS PLEASE! I love the new modern remixes but it was so nice to just see Kurt standing there singing. It's more meaningful to me. CONGRATS QUINN, you're not a totaly jerk anymore. I loved her in this episode.
kingdomxoblivion kingdomxoblivion 7 years
I have to disagree! I loved this episode. Though I did find April's return unnecessary and a little annoying. I think this episode was more about the kids and it seemed Will was trying to shove in for attention. I adored Kurt. Every exchange with Finn made me all warm inside and the song had me smiling and tearing up by the end. I felt very bad for Kurt when his dad as bonding with Finn. It seemed as if he wished he could be as close to his dad as Finn. A House Is Not A Home was the only song I liked in this episode besides I Am Beautiful. I thought the emotion poured into the song was extremely well done. I am intrigued at this new romance between Burt and Finn's mother (whose name escapes me). All in all, one of my all-time favorite episodes.
esmerb esmerb 7 years
I LOVED LOVED this episode so much cause it was able to show the characters in a deeper way then that awful Madonna episode that just forced Madonna and her music at random times.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 7 years
I thought this episode was kind of slow, but I didn't dislike it. I also liked all of the old-timey Burt Bacharach songs. I really liked Kurt's song until Finn came in at the end. Yuck. And I liked that this episode didn't focus entirely on Rachel. And the Quinn/Mercedes scene made me cry! I didn't like that Emma wasn't in this episode. I love her.
pianoteacher1 pianoteacher1 7 years
Positives: -I actually liked ALL those "older" songs. Nothing pleases me more watching broadway divas and hunks (Kristin and Matt) singing the 2 duet together -Mercedes singing Beautiful is touching and an inspiration to kids with weight problems -Jesse looks very cute when he's not trying to be a "bad" boy. Rachel and him looks good as a couple! I actually do miss Rachel a bit.... -two words: Kristin Chenoweth. She should guess star on EVERY season. -Kurt's dad (who's also on Parenthood!!!) and Finn's mom are great actors and his speech at the end was very touching (this is the sort of stuff old Glee would do -I think Glee is at its best when it can blend comedy, great song numbers, a dose of touching emotion, a bit of reality. This episode was too much on the depressing side, but still touching! I know this is blasphemy,I liked the Madonna episode, but it's too gimmicky for me (my favourite would be Vogue and 4 Minutes). I wish Mercedes' storyline was used during last week's episode. So that we can use Madonna's songs to talk about weight issues and how we should be true to ourselves.
pianoteacher1 pianoteacher1 7 years
I do think you are being unnecessarily hard on this episode. I actually like how they flip the tone completely from last week episode from fun to realistic. Negatives: -I find Kurt's character manipulative and not sympathetic. He is the one who brought the parents together but got upset when his dad is ignoring him. However, you can say Kurt and Finn are selfish, but they are still teenagers, and they couldn't be rational about these mature emotional issues. -I immediately knew that Sue was not going to get her comeuppance because the black writer is soooo out of place on this show. He's serious and perceptive and I knew Mercedes will help Sue get out of trouble. No, Buzz, Sue is always that mean-spirited, racist, and cruel.
rara1106 rara1106 7 years
I enjoyed parts of the episode, but it was not my favorite over all
jvento jvento 7 years
you're pretty much on point except i didnt even like "Fire." mercedes' storyline and carole+finn's problems were the only redeeming part of the episode. and i noticed in that picture you have: why the heck does artie have skates on?? hahaha!
cupcakers cupcakers 7 years
It was a pretty good episode.
xocatiaxo xocatiaxo 7 years
sigh i have to say the only songs i liked in this episode were fire and beautiful. i like how Glee didnt focus on rachael this time....but all of the characters should be included more in general anyways. and i agree with needing the old Kurt back!
peatree peatree 7 years
This episode wasn't really amazing but it was good, to me at least. Plus you are being a little harsh on some things that happened in the episode, but most of it is kinda true of the episode. There were some things that didn't really make sense through out the episode. But this episode airring after the Madonna episode is a little disappointing not alot though. I still ♥ you Glee!
limelindsey limelindsey 7 years
I actually really enjoyed this episode. The first segment (before the first commercial break) had me laughing so hard! Sue: "I'm going to get rid of my driver's license. People should know me." Brittany: "I think my cat is reading my diary." Hilarious! Not to mention all the April Rhodes stuff in the roller rink. Then the episode turned into a treatise on loneliness. Who hasn't felt that way at least once in their lives? I found it very interesting how Kurt had masterminded this whole plan of getting his dad and Finn's mom together for his own nefarious purposes of seducing Finn - but then it backfired completely and he was left out in the cold. I loved the speeches from Finn's mom and Kurt's dad - so heartfelt, I had tears running down my face. Other faves: Mercedes' and Quinn's conversation about taking care of your body was spot on - those girls can act! And, though it was a big "deus ex machina" for my taste, April buying the auditorium for the Glee clubbers was pretty great. The April Rhodes Civil Pavilion, indeed. Can't wait until next week!
RyanRachelFan RyanRachelFan 7 years
I actually kinda liked this episode better than the last because it focused more on story lines than the music. Though the music was way better last week, but I felt like last week's episode only existed because of the Madonna songs.
animatedpunk animatedpunk 7 years
Ummmm, I agree with khameel and Anon. I actually LOVED this episode. Honestly, anything that has Kristin Chenoweth singing is going to be fantastic. I was way more impressed with the music in this episode than the Madonna episode. It was all beautiful. I hadn't been enjoying Glee as much until this episode... I felt there was finally some substance. I just wish Kristin was more of a regular.... and I really want her to sing something with Idina Menzel....
khameel khameel 7 years
I really liked the episode. The fact that it was more subtle; a break from last week. I also LOVED April and Will's duet of "One Less Bell to Answer/A House Is Not a Home." It was almost an homage to 1960s romantic comedies, they way they shot the scene. And the songs are classics, therefore introducing new music to some young viewers who have probably never heard of Burt Bacharach. Overall, I really enjoed the episode. It wasn't boring at all. I was annoyed by how selfish Kurt and Finn were, now that their parents have found love. I do love that Kurt's father's name is Burt LOL!
aschlesinger aschlesinger 7 years
Loved 'Fire'. Adored 'Beautiful'. The others? Not so much. I was super stoked for last night's episode only to turn around and be completely depressed through half of it... what happened to my sweet Kurt? And the whole incident with Mercedes and Sue? Yes, it happens every day but I actually expected something more harsh from Sue... not to make light of it, necessarily, but it's what Sue's character is all about. I could do with a little less April and a little more Quinn. Where the heck is she living nowadays, anyway? And I was somewhat glad to see Rachel and Jesse pushed to the side but lets get back to the KIDS IN GLEE... I'm really hoping the next episode is back on track.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 7 years
No, I have to agree with KissMeKate: Kurt's feelings of having his dad stolen were perfectly justified, and the actor did such a haunting portrayal. Also I LOVE LOVE LOVE Kristen Chenoweth ever since Pushing Daisies so she can do no wrong in my eyes. I do agree with you Buzz that the Fire duet was completely adorable! Loved it.
pinkflake2 pinkflake2 7 years
Buzz, you nailed it on the head!!
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