On “Glee”: Okay, so Finn makes a grilled Cheesus sandwich on his sneaker-marred George Foreman grill, and makes a delicious deal with God in which he promises to have the Glee Club sing about God if God will just help the football team win its first game. After the team does win, with Artie playing the role of human battering ram, Finn makes his religious pitch to the club. Quinn and Mercedes are down with the idea, while Santana, Rachel and Kurt are hostile. And then everyone but Kurt comes around when Puck shows them that spiritual songs can include songs about trying to get into a Catholic girl’s pants. But Kurt is so opposed to having other people’s religious beliefs shoved down his throat that he sides with Sue in forcing the kids to take their spiritual songs off of public school property.
The religion angle connects both of our plots. In the really serious plot, Kurt’s father has a heart attack, giving Chris Colfer another chance to show off his acting chops. Burt spends the rest of the episode in a coma, while Kurt feels more and more alienated from his friends because all they want to do is pray for his father. There’s not a lot of action in this plot, but a whole lot of emoting, especially when Kurt sings a gorgeous, almost mournful rendition of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” to the Glee Club and we get a glimpse of his childhood with Burt. Kurt reconnects with his friends when Mercedes makes him realize that their prayers are a way for them to show concern and love, not an attempt to force him to change his beliefs. He even agrees to go to church with her. And then Burt wakes up from his coma.
In the much less serious plot, Finn decides that his grilled Cheesus has magic powers, and he keeps making wishes. First, the football victory. Second, a chance to get to second base with Rachel (which she allows to happen after he agrees to raise any future hypothetical children in the Jewish faith). Third, to become quarterback again. The last one happens when Finn convinces Sam to pick the wrong play during a game, resulting in Sam’s shoulder being dislocated and Finn having to step back into the QB shoes. But getting his prayers answered at such a steep price to Sam makes Finn question his faith in his dairy deity, so he gives up the church of the panini.
Featuring R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion”; “Papa, Can You Hear Me?,” originally performed by Barbra Streisand; “One of Us,” originally performed by Joan Osborne; Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge over Troubled Water”; “I Look to You,” originally performed by Whitney Houston; The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand”; and Billy Joel’s “Only the Good Die Young.”
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