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Glee Recap "Silly Love Songs"

Glee-Ful Highlights From Episode "Silly Love Songs"

Consider me head over heels for this week's Valentine's Day-themed episode of Glee. Love is spreading (as is mono) as McKinley High students prepare to celebrate the romance-fueled holiday. The episode hits just the right balance of humor and heartbreak — and OK, I may have even gotten goosebumps due to Rachel's rendition of "Firework."

Maybe it's just me, but the episode took me back to those high school feelings of puppy love and loss, so it's hard not to empathize a little as you watch the characters struggle with their emotions. And boy do they. Finn continues to feel conflicted (what else is new?), and Puck forms a surprising crush on one of his fellow club members. Let's review when you


  • Puck has it bad for Lauren. It's quite the abusive relationship, really; she constantly insults him and his tokens of love, while he keeps coming back for more. He really seems to like it when women put him in his place (remember his brief flirtation with Mercedes?).
  • Speaking of crushing on someone you can't have, Kurt's still making goo-goo eyes at Blaine. So imagine how happy he gets when Blaine reveals that he has secret feelings for someone! I wanted to share in Kurt's excitement, but please, we can all see where this going: Blaine clearly likes someone else.
  • One person who could actually stand to be knocked back down to Earth is Finn. The football team's recent win has completely gone to his head. To "help" New Directions, he decides to lend his services with a kissing booth to raise money. I'm with Mercedes: this is clearly just a selfish way for Finn to get some (especially from Quinn), and I've got to say I like him better when he's a little more insecure.
  • Blaine tells the Warblers about his intentions to serenade his new crush at the Gap. Blaine's calling it — wait for it — the "Gap Attack." Kurt suddenly realizes the performance is not intended for him, and he's understandably bummed. In one of my favorite scenes of the night, he relays the story to Rachel and Mercedes at a sleepover, as Kurt mutters, "Oh my god, I made the whole thing up in my head, didn't I?" We've all been there, Kurt. We've all been there.
  • Most awkward performance of the night: Puck singing "Fat Bottomed Girls" to woo Lauren. I agree with her that the song just seemed kind of offensive.
  • Back at Finn's very Peanuts-esque kissing booth, the love triangle with Rachel and Quinn has reared its ugly head. Finn wants Quinn to kiss him, while Rachel is hoping to win her boy back. When she shows up to get the peck she paid for, it comes out that she still has feelings for Finn. He then gives Rachel her Christmas present, which he's still been holding on to all this time (wait, so he just has "happened" to have it on him?). It's a necklace with a star, and he delivers it saying, "You're a real star, and you need to shine." I nominate this as the cheesiest line of the episode, even though it does make me want them to get back together.
  • Alright, Lauren! She takes down Santana in the middle of the hallway after she overhears her making snide remarks. It's definitely one of the craziest girl fights I've ever seen on TV. Lauren slams Santana into lockers multiple times. Lima Heights!
  • After Quinn avoids kissing Finn at his booth, Sam gets suspicious until Quinn agrees to give in for the good of New Directions. But when she locks lips with her ex, both of them see fireworks — literally. Later, Santana notices their weird behavior at practice (particularly Finn's "gassy infant look"), and realizes they're fooling around. To get her revenge, she kisses a kid with mono and then passes it on to Finn . . . who in turn passes it on to Quinn.
  • Best Gap commercial that's not actually a Gap commercial: the Gap attack! The Warblers invade the store where Blaine's crush works to sing "When I Get You Alone." So cute! But even though it's one of my favorite songs of the evening, Blaine's guy isn't so impressed. Oops, looks like Blaine is just as much of a romantic as Kurt, and he made up the relationship in his head. But there's a bright side to all of it: Kurt tells Blaine about his feelings for him. Blaine responds by saying he doesn't want to screw up their friendship, but could Kurt's When Harry Met Sally reference actually be hinting that these two may end up together after all?
  • When both Quinn and Finn show up sick to practice, it becomes fairly apparent that the two may have swapped spit — which Santana is all too happy to point out. They go to the nurse's office, where Rachel later shows up, and asks Finn if it's true that he kissed Quinn. He admits it, and tells Rachel he saw fireworks. Rachel asks if he ever saw them when he kissed her, but he doesn't reply. Cue the song "Firework!" Rachel belts out an emotional rendition of the Katy Perry tune. Well done.

Obviously I'm a fan of this episode, but what did you think? Share your comments below or in the Glee Club group in the Buzz Community.

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gd101 gd101 6 years
I thought the episode was good. There is one thing I have to complain about this week's show: Why so many covers of Katy Perry Songs? Every week they cover one of her songs, it has become very tiresome. Give it a rest GLEE!!!
pjs411 pjs411 6 years
Sam will be getting with Santana after he & Quinn break up. Ryan Murphy said that he thought Quinn & Sam were too perfect, too cute together so he is going to shake things up and create new couples....should be interesting (& fun!!)
Mandi-Villa Mandi-Villa 6 years
I loved "Silly Love Songs" - Glee rarely disappoints. Here are some of my random thoughts about this episode... - Tina's "My Funny Valentine" rendition... I was cracking up. I didn't know if she was laughing, crying or having a mental breakdown. - Favorite songs: "Firework" and "When I Get You Alone" - I wish Quinn didn't kiss Finn. I like her better with Sam. Although, I did catch the glimpse exchanged between Sam and Santana at Breadsticks. Hmmm... New couple alert? - I diiiied when Brittany jumped on Artie's lap after he sang and said one of her classic one-liners Quality episode. I'll be buying some of the songs on iTunes tonight :)
peatree peatree 6 years
I loved when they performed "Silly Love Songs" and "When I get You Alone." I loved it when Lauren and Santana got in a fight in the hall and also when the Glee club put Santana in her place. That was really funny. Plus, when Quinn was telling Finn that she didn't want to cheat on Sam because she wanted to see where there relationship was going and because cheating was what made Finn break up with her and Rachel. That was a good, sweet moment,
stephley stephley 6 years
I might embrace Glee's weirdnesses this season if it wasn't such a switch from the first season - it feels too much like everything this season - the celebrity dropins, the featured artist songs - is calculated for maximum exposure. I thought Tina was coming down with mono, not overcome with love.
pjs411 pjs411 6 years
I embrace "GLEE" in all of its silliness & totally expect the cheesiness and ridiculousness of it all; I enjoy the whacky story-lines and how things (like Finn just happening to have Rachel's Christmas gift on hand) happen in the most unlikely ways. To try and put logic or normalcy on the story-lines defeats the whole "GLEE" experience.
limelindsey limelindsey 6 years
I can't believe you think "Fat-Bottomed Girls" was the most awkward! What about Tina's "My Funny Valentine" and her ridiculous sobbing? Geez, it was like Mike was dying or something! Completely uncomfortable and awful.
care0531 care0531 6 years
Where I found some parts funny I think this episode was one of the worst. Not sure why but I didn't enjoy it as much. I don't like the whole Finn and Quinn thing....I hate when shows recycle love interests too often. I did enjoy seeing Santana break and not be such a tough girl, and loved Britney's advise: "try rocking back and seems to work in movies" :)
esmerb esmerb 6 years
I really liked last nights episode! My heart was a flutter every time Blaine was singing!
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
Finn was really annoying this episode. I agree with Quinn when she pointed out his hypocrisy--he dumped her and Rachel for cheating on him, but he was OK with Quinn cheating on Sam to be with him. Of course, Quinn still kissed him anyway, so I guess she doesn't care if he's a hypocrite or not. Even though it was cheesy, the only time I felt like Finn was really sweet last night was when he gave Rachel her present. I loved the Gap scene, and I hope that the rejection and Kurt's subsequent honesty about his feelings will open up the door for Blaine and Kurt to be together. I'm not sure how I feel about Lauren and Puck. I definitely thought his choice of song for her was rude, and I was glad she called him on it. I was also glad that later in the show he said he liked her for more than her curves, but the relationship is unhealthy. I'm guessing the next new couple will be Santana and Sam based on the look they exchanged towards the end of the show. The worst scene last night was when Santana kissed that sick kid so she could get mono germs, although it was pretty funny when she said she's had mono so many times it's now stereo.
smileet147 smileet147 6 years
No one can hold a candle to Ewan McGregor's version of "Silly Love Songs" but overall this episode was pretty great. Check out my review here:
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