This episode was about the boys…for the most part. There were a couple great scenes with the guys together talking about their woos…well Artie and Sam talking about their woos while Blaine is manipulative trying to fatten Kurt up.
The best moment of these scenes was of course Artie’s declaration that he has chlamydia and Sam proceeded to “Slut Shame” him. This was done literally, Sam pointed at Artie and yelled “Slut Shaming.”
So while Artie is having to much sex as new cool film school Artie, Sam is not having sex with Mercedes.
Artie’s story ends with him being a little too honest with the girl he really likes, Julia, and ends up creeping her out. In my opinion it was also the weird Artie and Mercedes duet on the pier, while Sam was listening intently and enjoying it, Julia not with a New Directions past looked really awkward and uncomfortable and like she wanted to get the hell out of there.
Meanwhile, Sam is ponder if he can survive as a 19 year old male dating an amazing girl who won’t sleep with him. (I didn’t want to drop the “L” word in here because I still think it’s a little premature for those two to be saying to each other, even though the writers clearly don’t agree with me), Once Sam does some thinking…I hope he didn’t hurt his brain too much he does he can, because he can live without sex but not without Mercedes.
This dilemma also gives us a little girl time in this episode, because Mercedes has two “girl time” conversations with Rachel. Thankfully her only two scenes this week and she is surprisingly helpful. The writers also decided to broach the topic of Rachel trying to put herself out there again, but seeing as they can’t even bring themselves to say Finn’s name I don’t see see her dating anyone anytime soon. Which we also know is the case based on Ryan Murphy’s interview that came out today.
I am glad Mercedes is staying true to herself. She is the character that is the most stable in my opinion and won’t stray from who she really is.
The most annoying part of the episode surprise surprise is Blaine. Anyone who reads my posts regularly will know I am not Blaine’s biggest fan, or even a fan. And tonight is a great example of why.
Since moving to New York, Blaine has become very indulgent in all the great food the city has to offer. This has resulted in him gaining some weight and even tearing his pants when he bent over. The most disgusting scene was him sitting there stuffing his face with cheese puffs and having the cheese powder all over his cloths and creepily staring at Kurt talking to his friends in combat class. During this scene Blaine also get a monologue where he goes from being proud of Kurt and his new found confidence but this monologue quickly progresses into Blaine admitting he is really jealous of Kurt and that Kurt is now the strong one in their relationship. Or to hearken back to something Kurt said when he was jealous of Blaine, Kurt is now the “alpha gay in the relationship”.
Of course rather than admitting this to Kurt he tries to manipulate him into gaining weight too and then checking out some adult websites Kurt finds and still isn’t honest about him being insecure and just lets Kurt continue to be angry. This fight reaches it height during some actual fight scenes…well stage fight scenes in their combat class. Blaine keeps pushing Kurt trying to win, but Kurt is the one who ends up winning.
When Blaine finally confesses what he’s been feeling to Kurt he makes it seem like its Kurt’s fault for being successful in New York. Kurt reassures him he isn’t going anywhere, yada yada yada and everything is fine between them again.
My take on this is that the things Blaine said in his conversation with Elliott are still ringing true. And although Blaine moved out so he could find himself like Blaine has this isn’t happening yet, partly because Blaine is still in Kurt’s classes, if he was in freshman classes than he would be making friends of his own and developing at his own pace.