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Ben writes,

Ok, BTW… Glee was dumb.  Actually, I thought the crush on the teacher storyline was fun, if a bit silly.  But the portrayal of Quinn’s family was incredibly idiotic, and the part with Mercedes and Puck was one of the worst TV moments I think I’ve ever seen.  Also, a gay guy falling in love with a big idiotic jock and trying to sorta talk him out of liking girls was stupid in the extreme.  And singing about a girl having his baby?

I think the only part of the whole show I liked was when his mom figured out that Quinn was pregnant.

Rich writes,

Geez, you are just wrong.

Mercedes and Puck was just a throwaway thing, which worked because it reflects a valid point, but also presents a hard question: why shouldn’t Puck get to be a father to his kid? My wife and I were genuinely torn about this, and I think that’s by design.

“Stupid in the extreme..” that’s your argument? It was freaking hilarious, I think that’s the word your looking for. Yes, he was being silly and misguided, but I think Kurt isn’t completely insane thinking the one sensitive guy on the football team may kinda, hopefully be sorta gay.

The performance is what made Finn’s mom finding out such an amazing moment: she wants to convince him it’s okay, but we see that she is struggling just as much as him. But she wants what is best for him.

Quinn’s parents came on a little stronger than I would have liked, but I did think they did a decent job of at least making them seem like human beings. It’s clear the writer’s worldview came into play here. In the writer’s eyes, the conservative and uppity nature of her parents make it impossible for them to accept her under the circumstances. BUT, at least we get a bit of a tender moment from her dad and a brief consideration, that maybe he should just hold her. And I don’t know about you, but when he ultimately rejects her, my wife was bawling and I did not have dry eyes. And it wasn’t because the show was being sentimental…

Which brings me to what I love about the show the most: it undercuts sentimentality using commercial breaks and humor, refusing to milk those moments while giving them the weight they need.


  1. My parents don’t listen to Glenn Beck and aren’t spitting images of Quinn’s, but I connected with her character for the first time in the whole series during the last episode.

    If you’ve ever been deemed unworthy by your family, been asked to leave your own home, etc., then that scene was gut wrenching to watch. I’ve been there, and for the first time, actually felt sympathy for Quinn. I get that it’s over the top for some people because they stereotyped her parents, but I was totally right there with her.

  2. Kiel, great point. I didn’t interact well with that aspect of the scene, focusing rather on the portrayal of her parents rather than the authenticity of the kick-out scene itself.

    Of course, I think there were some things in our conversation that were missed/edited out, and one point I made that isn’t here is that the Quinn story arc has turned out way better than I expected… they’ve brought her from popular and prissy to being a continually better and more compassionate person (albeit still flawed) because of the pain and embarrassment in her life… very thoughtful stuff.

    But yeah, the authentic emotion of the kick-out scene itself was gut-wrenching and truthful in all the best ways. Thanks for pointing that out.

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