Glee Recap of Season 3, Episode 13: “Heart” — Meet Samuel Larsen’s Joe… and Rachel’s Dads!
Tonight’s unbelievable Glee made us go ape — or perhaps we mean “gorilla”! This might be our favorite episode of the season thus far, as there were just so many magical moments: we meet Rachel’s dads (one loves Tony Danza, the other favors Vienetta); Glee Project’s Samuel Larsen makes his hilarious debut; and Mercedes had us in tears with “I Will Always Love You.” Plus, we learned that Burt Hummel spends way too much time discussing lube. (Uh, let's move on from the "lube" talk, shall we?)
The instant-classic episode, “Heart,” begins with Rachel’s dads, Hiram and Leroy, surprising Rachel and Finn in the auditorium to invite them for a celebratory dinner. And from the start, you can tell that her dads are only pretending to support the wedding, sort of like when you pretend to be thrilled about some lame gift from a distant relative, and you’re like, “Thank you so much — this electric golf ball polisher is definitely going to be handy when I try golf some day.”
Mr. Schue has assigned New Directions to sing love songs for Valentine's Day, and since the gang isn’t too hot on the idea of performing singing telegrams, that task falls upon the newly reinstated God Squad and its new member Joe Hart, a former home-schooler dubbed “Teen Jesus.” And Samuel was awesome in his debut, both in performing songs like “Stereo Hearts” and delivering stellar lines about his dad being a Bible salesman.
Sugar probably had more words this week than she’s had in the entirety of Season 3 combined, and we’re still undecided about how he feel about her (translation: do we really need a “bitchy Brittany”?). But we at least enjoyed seeing a (slightly) more vulnerable side to Sugar this week as she needed to find a date to her dad’s “redec” party at Breadstix, where singles are about as welcome as dieters are at Baskin Robbins.
We then see a competition break out between Rory and Artie for Sugar’s affections. Come to think of it, this is sort of the same basic plot as the upcoming Reese Witherspoon film This Means War, except that instead of competing with spy equipment and firearms — as do the characters in the film — Rory and Artie compete with heart-shaped confetti and pink-collared puppies. Same thing, right?
We also get some ridiculously cute Brittana moments this week (Four words: We. Want. More. Kisses!), despite Figgins’ efforts to keep same-sex kissing at a minimum by claiming that PDA is frowned-upon at McKinley. So Figgins is trying to create a high school that doesn’t have horny teenagers kissing in the hallways? Isn’t that about as realistic as a car dealership where the salespeople respect your intelligence and want you to get a fair deal?
We’re feeling a tad torn about the use of Rachel’s dads. We sorta wish that they had shown up periodically in previous episodes so that we could see how supportive they’ve been of her. While we see a little of that tonight, the episode mainly focused on them trying to trick Finn and Rachel into calling off the wedding, rather than being upfront with Rachel. Of course, things seem to backfire, as Finchel is suddenly aiming for a May wedding. To be honest, we can’t wait for them to get married, so this is music to our ears (get it?), but for her dads, not so much.
And we’re also torn about the way the show is using Rory. Earlier in the season, we had been worried that he was a little too similar to Sam Evans at first. So we now appreciate that he’s getting some depth, but did he really have to come up with a total lie to win Sugar from Artie? We’re worried that this one action is going to ruin our view of Rory, much like how the singular addition of Jar Jar Binks ruined our entire impression of the Star Wars series. (We know, we know — it’s harsh to compare anything to Jar Jar Binks.)
We’re thrilled to see Quinn getting plenty of screen time this week, and we couldn’t be happier about the prospect of a relationship between her and fellow God Squad member Joe. In fact, apparently Joe is as big a fan of Brittana as we are, which makes him a-okay in our book! But we just hope Quinn gets more to do in the future then just shaking her finger at people, as she did this week with Finchel’s engagement news and Mercedes' hook-up with Sam. (There’s no way this is the end of Samcedes, right? Right?!)
But basically, this episode was pure bliss, and why wouldn’t it be? A Glee episode that’s strictly about love and hook-ups is like scraping the butter off of a slice of bread and just eating that as an appetizer. (Okay, so we like butter all by itself — what’s weird about that?) Any scene tonight with Rachel’s bickering dads had us tickled pink, and Brittany creating her “Infinite Playlist” for Santana by just handing her a computer was just about as perfect a Brittany moment as they come.
However, our “Favorite Scene of the Night” Award actually goes to Kurt’s exchange with Karofsky. Of course, we were hoping that it was Blaine who was going through so much effort to surprise Kurt with gorilla-delivered gifts, and it was totally a blast to see the two of them singing “Love Shack” at the end. But Karofsky’s surprise appearance added some long-awaited development to his character, as he genuinely has fallen for the person who helped him discover his true self. We’re really hoping that at least an adorable friendship can develop between these two..
Frankly, we're a little shocked that so much happened in only one episode. And we hope that you had an amazing Valentine's Day, even if you didn't necessarily behave like a "sex tornado," Puck-style. In fact, if anyone turned you down a request to be your Valentine today, we only have two words for them: How rude. (Yes, we're channeling Jar Jar Binks' most famous quote. Okay, so maybe he isn't so bad after all?)