Glee, S3 Ep1 – The Purple Piano Project

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Meet Sugar Matta

Meet Sugar Matta

Enter Sugar Matta (her father donated the pianos), who has apparently diagnosed herself with Asperger’s so that she can pretty much say whatever she wants.  And boy does she.  Watching this episode with my husband and in-laws, after I’d already seen it, was hilarious when we got to this scene, since I knew what was coming.  Their cringing faces, turning away from the television as if that would somehow save them from the horror, made the whole scene a lot more enjoyable.  If you can enjoy a scene where someone with no musical talent sings off key and dances like she belongs on a stripper pole.  Rachel says what we’ve all been thinking since Season 1 Episode 1 and tells Mr. Schuester to stop speaking, and that they’ll get back to Sugar.  She apparently is so vain she does not know what that means.

Blah blah blah blah, Will talking to Beiste about how much Sugar sucks.  I’m sorry, I don’t care.  I love Beiste, but otherwise, I’m so over any stories with Will these days.  He just bores me to tears.  Beiste definitely has a point though.  Will can’t just take anyone into the group.  You try out for sports, you try out for parts in the school musical, Glee should be the same way.  Especially in a group so small that one bad singer (and Sugar is capital “B” Bad) would be unable to be hidden by the rest of the group.

Hearing that Sue’s gone up in the polls puts Will into action, because he needs to do something to stop her.  And then I’m putting my fingers in my ear and going “lalala” because I don’t want to hear the Wemma sex references anymore.  I will say though, I’m really liking Emma’s slightly longer hair this season.

Ding Dong

Ding Dong

Song #2 is Rachel and Kurt performing “Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead” from The Wizard of Oz as they prepare to wow those kids down at the Doubletree.  The performance comes complete with Chris Colfer twirling a broom.  I approve of this.  It’s an adorable performance and perfect for the situation because it allows for them to both be so theatrical.  I just kind of want to pinch both their cheeks after this.

Sue’s attempt to teach Santana and Becky a lesson in brutality (do either of them really need one?  I think they’re both pretty awful to people most of the time) is interrupted by Will, Emma, a bucket of glitter, and a Flip Cam.  I find it a little strange that Sue just sits there and takes it.  This is the only time I actually kind of liked Will in the ep though, his “You just got Glitter Bombed” and then turning to ask Emma if she got it was a perfect delivery.  But the winner of this scene is Becky for her little giggle at Sue’s misfortune.

In a callback to Kurt’s transfer to Dalton last season, we get a flash of sock-less feet, yellow sunglasses, and a truly spectacular bow tie as Blaine Anderson enters McKinley High as a student for the first time.  Kurt, hairspraying his coiffe at his locker, proclaims him a sight for sore eyes before enquiring as to what he’s doing there, and Blaine points out he’s not wearing his “Warbler Outfit.”  This is the second time in the ep it’s referred to that way.  Am I the only one who is a little insulted that the writers apparently think the audience won’t remember the name of the school Kurt attended for 6 months?  Because I can’t see any other reason for calling it his “Warbler Outfit” and not his “Dalton Uniform” which is what it is and should be called.  People outside The Warblers wear the uniform too, duh.

It's Not Unusual

Blaine gets his Carlton on

Anyway, Blaine has apparently chosen to transfer to the school after all, and only now does Kurt worry that if Blaine did it for him it could later lead to resentment and a nasty breakup down the road.  Honey, you really should have thought about this before you spent the summer pestering him to switch schools.  Blaine quickly explains that he did it for himself because he “can’t stand to be apart from the person [he loves].”  Could they be more adorable?  Kurt, evidently not knowing his boyfriend nearly as well as the audience does, suggests “easing” Blaine into ND, but Blaine does nothing that’s not flashy and so it’s time for Song #3, “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones,  in the middle of the quad in front of most of the school.  Darren Criss tweeted that he refrained from going the full “Carlton” route because he thought Blaine was a little young for Fresh Prince.  Evidently he’s never watched WGN.

Another One Bites the Dust

Another One Bites the Dust

Of course, there’s a lot more going on in this scene than just Blaine’s blazer-less introduction to McKinley.  Finn seems a bit perturbed by the food fight free reception, and Santana has apparently decided to use the occassion in her quest to do whatever Coach Sylvester wants, and get the Cheerios to “assist” the performance — otherwise known as pouring gasoline on a second purple piano, which goes up in flames after a well-thrown cigarette from Quinn.  Two pianos down, one to go!

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