My new Funko’s finally came! Meet Groot, Loki and Queen Elsa 🙂
My new Funko’s finally came! Meet Groot, Loki and Queen Elsa 🙂
After Christmas dinner it was time for prezzies. First we exchanged gifts with my parents, and after they left, Nienke and I continued the unwrapping party with our gifts for each other.
We’d already given each other one of the prezzies the day before, but now it was time for the rest. We usually set a budget, and always go over, but I think we never went quite as far over as we did this year 😀
Mom and Dad gave me the CD with the soundtrack of Guardians of the Galaxy. A definite hit as the songs keep getting stuck in my head 🙂 I got Mom a bath set with lotion and fluffy things, and for Dad dried meat sausages, he always likes a good sausage.
Nienke gave me awesome things! Starfleet Academy and Medical Academy buttons, a necklace of the Elven brooch given to the Hobbits, a colouring book and a cute story book, a letter E, and the best thing ever: a USS Voyager model kit. I’ll have to order paint first, but I can’t wait to build it.
I got Nienke a Comic Con Exclusive Buffy Pop Vinyl, the eleventh Doctor’s sonic screwdriver, a 1:64 model of the Impala from Supernatural along with a replica of Dean’s necklace that Sammy gave him, blue fuzzy gloves, a guitar stand and the unicorn plush from Despicable Me. The cats each got a toy, as well.
Then tonight Kim came by to watch the Olivier B. Bommel movie Als je begrijpt wat ik bedoel and then we saw Flushed Away before also exchanging gifts.
I’d gotten both Nienke and Kim a chocolate bar, and gave Kim a set of mugs with owls on it, as well as a bracelet with a Mockingjay pin. I’d also gotten some toys and candies for her cats. She got me chocolate, fudge and a Pop Vinyl of Invisible Bilbo!
Nico pointed out to me that the Action near where he lives had The Hobbit figures. However, after checking my two local-ish Actions, they didn’t have them 🙁 So Nico got them for me from his Action 🙂
They only had two different sets: Legolas & Tauriel and Bilbo & Gollum. They’re official movie merchandise, and of decent quality. The faces are close enough, but I do think Bilbo looks more like Sam than actual movie Bilbo. I am quite pleased with them, since they all have fun acccessories, too. Legolas and Tauriel each have a bow, a quiver and a pair of knives. Bilbo has Sting, a bag and some rope.
Pics are a bit crappy but well, phone and evening don’t match very well. To distract from that, a cat! Captain is learning how to sit on a lap 🙂
Movie day with Gert yesterday. I had the whole day off, so I went to the city early in the morning to meet up with him. Did some shopping first at Xenos where I bought me two awesome tea boxes.
Afterwards we went to see 300: Rise of an Empire. It is exactly what you expect of it: lots of slaughter, lots of blood, lots of gore, lots of slow motion bits to emphasise the killing and blood, very little plot. There’s nothing in this movie that sticks with you, the characters are one dimensional made of cardboard, not even a flicker of personality to make you care even in the slightest if they might die or not.
The second movie of the day was August: Osage County. Now this is a movie I really loved. It’s a family drama themed movie where, after their father disappears and then dies, the three children come home to their family home in the midwest. This leads to secrets being unearthed, arguing and awkward moments.
Today I had a late shift so I went to the store in the morning. After getting to the register with my basket I realised I forgot my wallet at home :S Fortunately I could place my basket near the register while I biked back home to get it. So my quick shopping trip took a bit longer than expected 😀
Afterward I cleaned the litter boxes and put the dishes in the dishwasher to make room on the counter for me to cook. Then, on to work I went. Work itself was uneventful, but late in the afternoon one of my coworkers approached me with a picture. “Look!” he said. And when I did I spied a picture of him on the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones! As it turned out, HBO NL was visiting us again with the Throne (I think this was the third time total since I’ve worked there). The previous times I missed the opportunity.
This time around, I dropped everything and almost ran for it. I got lucky as the dude manning it was about to start cleaning up the shoot but he agreed to take my picture. So I grabbed the sword that was also present and sat on the Throne. For a prop used solely for this kind of photo shoot it’s remarkably solid and lifelike 😀 I was giddy with excitement, but managed to pull a serious face for the photo. The dude shot, the dude printed and I left with my shiny, shiny photo. After I left, a couple of my teammates showed up and also got lucky, but then he really left.
And of course I have to show you the picture 😀
Behold! Lord Erik of Westeros!
…the American school system is really weird.
I just watched Glee 3.12 The Spanish teacher, and in it, Mr. Schuester gets scolded by Principal Figgins for not being a good enough Spanish teacher. So Will decides to go to night school to improve his Spanish, and once there, he can barely follow the native Spanish speaker teaching the class. How then is it at all possible that the school even hired him? How the hell can you justify hiring someone who barely speaks a language to teach that same language.
Now, I live in a country where you don’t get to teach high school unless you have, at the very least, a Bachelor’s degree in whatever subject it is you’re teaching. You don’t get into a teaching position just because it’s the only one available. And you sure as hell don’t get to switch from the one subject you’re not qualified to teach to another one that you’re also not qualified to teach.
I can overlook a lot of stupid things Glee does, but this… And the worst part is, I’m not even sure if this is purely a TV high school thing or actually happens in real life on the other side of the ocean. However, considering the amount of flak the school system is getting over there, I wouldn’t at all be surprised if this actually happens.
I’m grateful for Dean and Sam and Castiel, they make me laugh and I enjoy their adventures in Supernatural very, very, very much. Especially Cas, he’s free to drop by here at anytime 😀
I’m sad we finished another season of Supernatural this week.
I’m happy there’s another (almost) two seasons to go before we’re caught up. Season 6 here we come!
I learned it’s very easy to loose track of time when you’re watching convention/interview video’s of the Supernatural boys together. LOL!
… I’m only slightly obsessed…
- I started Working at KPN
- We had a very severe winter, which resulted in public transport being down frequently, which is very! annoying
- Had a tea party with friends at Mellien’s place, it was very fun
I’ve got nothing for this month. For some reason I only took 3 pictures in the whole of February… And I didn’t blog that month either. Sadness. Here, have all three February pics to cheer you up from this huge, huge let down 😀
- Spring was on its way! Not that enthusiastically yet, but I saw the first real flowers peeking their heads above ground
- Finally found a good design starting point for my future tattoo
- Chocolate fondue with Eva & Ingrid, yum!
- Bought new plants for my back yard
- Found an awesome stick to turn into a staff. So far it’s still standing unused in my mudroom, but this year I strive to actually make something out of it 🙂
- Went balfolking for the first time (no, it’s probably not a proper verb, and yes, I’ll tell you what it is; it’s dancing old ball and folk dances on medieval-and-slightly-later type music)
- With Eva, Ingrid and Nienke to Lauwersoog, which was hilarious since we got stuck in the parking lot for two hours due to no traffic regulators being present
- This was also the month mom turned 60, Happy Birthday!
- Nienke and I added a garden door to our shared backyard to keep the neighbourhood kids from using our space as a shortcut path
- Went to see the Men’s Choir of Warffum (of which my uncle is a member) perform at the museum estate Verhildersum
- Spent Liberation Day in Parentville, where the whole street came together to decorate it for the festivities, great sense of community then, it should be like that more often
- Ingrid came by, time for scrabble in the sun. Eva & Mellien dropped by a little later, on horseback.
- Saw a hedgehog in the yard, awesome little critters
- Joined the LifeLines research project about long term health
- Dad’s birthday, 67 for him. Happy Birthday!
- With the summer in full swing, Nienke and I tried outdoor computing
- It was also the time for the yearly full family visit to my aunt and uncle in Harderwijk
- Went to visit Soestdijk Palace with Mom and a friend of hers, it was awesome! I’m very glad I got to see the place before they closed it down
- Celtic Midsummer Fest! Need I say more? An awesome weekend in which I went re-enacting for the first time. Great friends, great environment, great things to see and do, in short, a great time!
- Also, aforementioned festival will (for me) henceforth always be connected to ‘that time I banged my toes into oblivion on a tent peg’ 😀
- It got so warm I regularly spent my free time lounging outside with my feet in water. At first in two buckets (one for each foot) and later in a giant tub-like thing. Monkey approved of this, always enough water to drink nearby
- I bought my binder this month, which turned out to be a huge step on the road of self-discovery and gender identity
- Castlefest! Again, need I say more! Another awesome weekend! I’d not been able to go to Castlefest for some years, so it felt great to be back here. I love the atmosphere at this particular fest, plus being able to see Omnia live again for the first time in a couple of years as well was great, too.
- Nienke had a BBQ in honour of her birthday, it was tasty!
- Mom started knitting socks, after a conversation about how the warm socks we had were not getting any better.
- Went out for a sudden and unexpected pizza with Eva & Nienke
- Dad, on request, cut off the hedge in my front yard
- Monkey got weird spots on his back leg, he ended up with a salve treatment and antibiotics and return appointments at the vet three times in a row. Fortunately, they have cleared up completely
- And finally, this was the month I decided to continue blogging here, instead of trying to maintain both this blog and a LifeJournal
- I burned my arm a wee bit by splashing hot olive oil on it. Fortunately I washed it off right away, so it didn’t go much further than some light second degree burning one one spot and some intenser first degree burning on the others. The second degree spot left a scar, it’s pretty 🙂
- Had Tessa over to dog-sit, and got both her and Monkey in the same room without Tessa trying to eat Monkey, and without Monkey trying his best to hide as far away as possible
- Had my own birthday, turned 26. Happy Birthday me!
- Got the flu right after the birthday parties, ended up having to stay home for about a week, and had noticeably less energy the weeks after that while I was recovering further, not fun 🙁
- Became obsessed with Glee 😀
- Got my iPhone
- Mom started knitting gloves, nice and warm for the winter
- Went out to wok with Eva & Ingrid, yum!
- Attended Julius’ birthday, which was a sort of High Tea type thing with a whole bunch of cakes he and his mom made, it was awesome (and very, very tasty!)
- Bought two awesome pumpkins for Halloween and carved them; one a face, the other a sort of cheese with holes kinda idea with mice in the holes
- Was a bit down for a good part of this month, a combination of Daylight Savings Time ending, winter coming up and some other random shit. Took a while before I saw the colours of the world in full shine again, instead of dulled
- Mom knit me a pretty hat to match the gloves she made, my mom rocks 🙂
- Discovered the Instagram iPhone app (among many, many other apps; I <3 apps 😀 ) which is fun to play with
- Had a St. Nicholasmas (a combination of St. Nicholas and Christmas) party with Nienke, Eva, Mellien and Ingrid. It was fun and very nice to have a group get together again.
- CATACLYSM! W00t!
- The snow really hit. It looks awesome, but just like last year, it’s wreaking havoc on the public transport system. Which is kinda ridiculous as they spent the whole year winterproofing their systems and all, and they were sure it would be better this year… And then the first few days we have heavy snowfall, everything falls apart, again.
- December was good, even though in the beginning of the month I wasn’t sure about that (residual gloominess from November)
I’m grateful for chocolate 🙂
I’m happy I got the book I wanted from St. Nicholas 😀
I’m slightly annoyed at the lack of free free-time. All my free days of late seem to be filled with obligations. Most of those obligations are fun ones I really enjoy ( like last night’s St. Nicholasmas party 😀 ) and on the whole it isn’t even always true, I think, I can’t remember :S But it does feel like I barely have any me-time left the last few weeks and it’s wearing me down since I need the me-time to regenerate my energy, being a major introvert. Yesterday I was exhausted by 21:30/22:00, and then had to get up at 6:30 this morning to be at work at 8:15, and I spent most of that time half asleep still. Next free day is Wednesday, and I have no plans for that day so I’m making that my relax day (even though I desperately need to vacuum too).
I learned listening to my body is probably a good idea. Tied in to above, the cold I’ve been having is still not gone. My voice is still messed up and I’m not done coughing either. I bought some cough medicine yesterday, and got some extra fruit for vitamins, I want to get rid of it! I finally wanna try out my Glee karaoke app 😀
I’ve a cold, and as a result I’ve been having some issues with my voice the past week or so. And somehow it also transferred over to having problems with my writing voice, hence the lack of posts lately. For now, the Weekly Four.
I’m grateful for being on the e-mail team which lets me work even if my voice doesn’t work instead of having to call in sick because of not being able to talk (which kinda sucks in a call centre 😀 )
I’m happy in general. I’ve started to actually enjoy the world around again, instead of moping around because of dark and greyness. I love the fresh wind that smells of snow, I love the start of the holiday decorating in my house. I even made a wreath, of which I will post a pretty picture later this week, I only have an evening shot on the phone and that doesn’t do it justice. I also love cake, and friends, and music, and books. Especially books. I’ve been rereading Eddings’ Belgariad books. I read them first when I was about 12, and while I had read some fantasy and sci-fi before, this series was THE one that pulled me in and made me a fantasy fan for life. And an epic fantasy fan specifically. Back then I read it in Dutch, I’m reading the original now, and it’s even better than I remembered, I’m falling right back into the story, just as I did then, and the characters walk with me in my day and night dreams.
I’m sad that my voice isn’t back yet 😀 I downloaded a Glee karaoke type app on my iPhone, and as long as my voice is still off, I don’t wanna play with it. So I’ve had to wait, and I don’t wanna wait anymore.
I learned cats can be worse hogs of bed and blanket space than humans 😀
I can’t wait until I’ve caught up to season two in my reviews before reviewing the newest, so I’m going to do 2.06 now, then do 2.01 – 2.05 and then continue season 1 while keeping up with season 2. Season two is turning out so incredibly awesome!
Last night’s episode marks the start of an arc with increased focus on bullying, it had a couple very good turns and an awesome twist that I did not see coming. Taking this thing storyline by storyline, since there’s three running concurrently in the episode.
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Kurt and Homophobia
The bullying that Kurt has to endure at school is intensifying. Besides the verbal abuse and the dumpster tosses, he’s getting more physical abuse as well, specifically from Karofsky. He goes out of his way to hurt Kurt, pushing him into lockers, hard, and threatening violence. Kurt, who’s been getting more depressed lately, what with all the crap happening to him, plus not feeling challenged enough at school, is not taking this well.
Mr. Schue has the list with the Glee club competition for sectionals, one of them are the Warblers from the all-boys private school in Westerville, Dalton Academy. Santana immediately has a head full of gay jokes, and Kurt just has an exasperated look. This kind of pervasive homophobia (because that’s what it really is) is the big undercurrent all over school. Even if a lot of the kids don’t realise that they’re continuing this undercurrent by these small remarks. It all adds up.
Will catches the last of Karofsky shoving Kurt into the lockers again and takes Kurt to his office for some water and a chat. The look on Kurt’s face as he looks at the cup that Will offers him says it all. Contempt for the amount of support he’s been getting, and, as he accepts the water, resignation that it won’t change. It is only now that Schue asks if he can do something. The bullying has been going on forever, but only now does it really register. Kurt waves the offer away, claiming it his hill to climb alone. He knows that even if he were to ask for help, he won’t get it. And more evidence that Schue really doesn’t know Kurt. He says: “I think it’s getting to you. Usually this stuff rolls right off your back.”
Oh, he couldn’t be further from the truth. Kurt’s scathing look as Schue says this… Every single thing Kurt has to go through builds up on him. He might try to let it roll off him, but he can’t. Every time he gets abuse, it adds another brick to the wall he’s building around himself. He tries to be strong, but at some point he will break. Schue then continues and, instead of offering any kind of support, actually lays a blame on Kurt, saying that lately he’s been getting belligerent and angry and pushing people away… Well surprise there Mr. Schue, that’s what happens when you get no support at all and have to face the daily crap alone like Kurt has to. Plus, pushing people away has been Kurt’s standard mode of operating since the start really. It’s only lately that he’s not taking it anymore and getting vocal about it.
Kurt remains polite, though. As is usual for him, he talks to adults as if he’s an equal, and I love him for that. He calls Schue on how much the school has let homophobia slide. And gets in a jab about the boring and repetitive lessons he’s been giving. “To answer your question, yes, I’m unhappy. And yes, being the only out gay kid at this school gets me down. But most of all, I’m not challenged in the least here.” And of course he’s challenged, challenged to just live, but not challenged academically in the least.
This gets Will thinking so he adds a twist to the challenge: the boys must sing songs from girl groups and the girls must sing songs from boy groups. As if this really makes it more challenging…
Kurt is a little happier though and shows his idea to the group: feather boas and animal prints. Artie gets a point in here by bringing up that it’s supposed to be opposites, and that Kurt in a dress and feather boas is something they would expect. There’s a bit of validity in his point, but he simultaneously ruins it by mentioning a dress. Kurt even says so: “who said anything about a gown?”
Score: 2 for undercurrent homophobia.
Then Puck pipes in, and basically asks Kurt to leave. He suggests checking out the ‘garblers’ to see what they’re up to, he’d fit right in with his feathers and boas… Score: 3 for undercurrent homophobia. It’s so saddening and maddening to know that, after being in Glee club for so long, he remains the outsider even there. He is never really included.
Kurt is speechless for a moment, too tired to fight. He takes his board and leaves. Mike and Finn shared a confused look, that Kurt would actually leave. Something is stirring in their heads, I hope. Let’s also hope it sticks.
Kurt manages to get in at Dalton Academy to spy on the Warblers. And there he finds the place in a frenzy as kids are running to get somewhere. He asks a random kid, who introduces himself as Blaine (Yay! Blaine!) what is going on. Blaine explains that the Warblers throw impromptu performances sometimes, and now is such a performance. Kurt is surprised, the Glee Club here is cool? Like rockstars, Blaine says. He drags Kurt along on a short cut (although really, the slow-mo, and piano music as they run… come on!), and surprise, surprise, there it turns out Blaine is one of the Warblers. They sing Teenage Dream, and it is Awesome! Kurt agrees, at first apprehensive, his smile grows bigger and bigger. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen my boy that happy 🙂
And also, in this short little bit, Blaine has touched Kurt three times, first by shaking his hand, then by taking him by the hand leading him to the performance, and then by straightening his jacket. And it lights up his face that another boy would so easily touch him without any form of fear or apprehension or expectations. Because at McKinley, Kurt doesn’t get touched, unless it’s to hurt him. And if someone does touch him in a (somewhat) positive manner it’s a girl.
Blaine and his friends, Wes and David, have figured out Kurt’s a spy, and are buying him a coffee after the performance. Kurt’s flabbergasted at how nice they are and really just waiting for them to beat him up. And then it’s like heaven has opened up as he asks if they’re all gay and the boys explain they’re not (well, Blaine is) and how there’s a zero-tolerance for bullying, “everyone get’s treated the same, no matter who they are.”
Kurt can scarcely believe it and is close to tears by this. Blaine asks Wes and David to excuse them so he can talk with Kurt. Kurt explains about his life at McKinley, and Blaine gets it. He really, truly gets it. Because his life was the same, and all he got from his school was, sorry, you’re gay, you’re life is just basically gonna suck. So he transferred to Dalton when he couldn’t take it anymore. Even though I want to know more about the kind of bullying he got, as he phrases it as taunting, and I’m not sure if it was of the level that Kurt is going through now.
He tells Kurt he has two options: come to Dalton, but since tuition and all that at Dalton is kinda steep that’s not an easy option, or refuse to be the victim. Stand up and try to teach them, since prejudice is born from ignorance. Blaine regrets letting the bullies at his school chase him away, and encourages Kurt to pick option two. A bit simplistic advice, Kurt is already standing up, and what with the violence of late, standing up could have dire consequences, but Kurt is inspired, he has a support now.
Back at McKinley, Kurt gets a text from Blaine, just one word: Courage. As he re-reads it, you can tell from how he smiles, how he walks, that he feels the weight on his shoulders get lighter. He has someone now who knows what’s he’s going through, someone he can turn to for help and advice and friendship. And right through that, Karofsky barges in, slaps the phone away and slams Kurt against the lockers, again. And as he stands there, trying to regain his breath and internally assessing if he’s badly hurt, he decides he can’t take it anymore. He runs after Karofsky and barges into the boys’ locker room where Karofsky went.
Kurt: Hey! I’m talking to you!
Karofsky: The girls’ locker room is next door.
Kurt: What is your problem?
Karofsky: Excuse me?
Kurt: What are you so scared of?
Karofsky: Besides you sneaking in here to peek at my junk?
Kurt: Oh yeah, every straight guy’s nightmare, that all gays are secretly out to molest and convert you! Well, guess what, Hamhock, you’re not my type!
Karofsky: That right?
Kurt: Yeah, I don’t dig on chubby boys who sweat too much and’re gonna be bald by the time they’re thirty.
Karofsky: Do no push me, Hummel!
Kurt: You’re gonna hit me? Do it!
Karofsky: Don’t push me!
Kurt: Hit me, ’cause it’s not gonna change who I am. You can’t punch the gay out of me anymore than I can punch the ignoramus out of you.
Karofsky: Get outta my face!
Kurt: You’re nothing but a scared little boy who can’t handle how extraordinarily ordinary you are.
Karofsky is silent for a second, and then he kisses Kurt.
That was the second awesomest moment of the episode, and I didn’t even see it coming, even though it’s really rather classic. The bully who bullies those that are like him, because he can’t face himself. Kurt is completely thrown off, too. He didn’t expect this. Karofsky goes to kiss him again, but now Kurt pushes him away. He’s shocked, and disguested and violated. Karofsky punches the lockers and runs out.
Kurt asks Blaine to come and help him in talking to Karofsky about his sexuality and kissing Kurt. Karofsky doesn’t want to though, and he shoves Blaine against the fence. Kurt pushes him off and tells him that he needs to stop this. Karofsky runs off, confusion all over his face. Blaine takes it pretty easy with a “well, he’s not coming out anytime soon.” Kurt, however, is more shaken and drops down on the stairs. Blaine sits with him and asks why he’s so upset. “Because up until yesterday, I had never been kissed,” Kurt answers. And now the experience of his first kiss will always be the memory of something violent, something unwanted, something clad in homophobia and anger and fear.
I like that they’re not making Kurt instantly smitten with Blaine, and that it’s really a friendship growing. I think I’d prefer if it stays this way. I’d approve if they grew it slowly and it might get into romance near the end of season, but I’m definitely favouring friendship.
The next day, Kurt has made up his mind. He’s taped COURAGE to the door of his locker, underneath a picture of Blaine. He’s wearing bright colours (which he rarely does) and is happy. And then Karofsky comes by and shoves him into the lockers again, much harder than before. Kurt falls to the ground and for a second they just look at each other. Nothing’s gonna change, at least not anytime soon. It might even get worse, because Kurt is much more of a threat to Karofsky now. Kurt pulls himself together a bit and just sits there, resigned, for now.
Afterwards, it’s time for the boys’ performance. Kurt and Mike are by far the best dancers of the group, and Kurt seems to actually enjoy himself. He’s smiling, and even dancing interactive with Mercedes as the song ends. And then the guys hug with Coach Beiste, and Kurt is excluded. He just stands there and does not get a hug, does not get that touch that he craves, the touch that tells him he’s accepted and seen.
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Coach Beiste and Reverse Objectification
Finn and Sam are bonding over them not getting any, and methods of ‘cooling off’. Finn has his trusty almost-killing-the-mailman-with-the-car scene, but Sam has nothing. So Finn directs his attention to Coach Beiste and suggests he use her as a turn off. Sam agrees.
I get that they need something to keep from exploding, but to use a specific person for that, and degrading her just because she does not conform to society’s standards of what is ‘hot’, even if only in your mind, for your own benefit, is all sorts of wrong.
I expect Finn to suggest that, after all, he has been showing a marked disregard for things that aren’t directly related to him, but I thought Sam would be different. It’s okay for him to not find her attractive, after all, we all have different tastes, but to go so far as to actively use her, abuse her really, no, not what I was expecting of him…
Sam tries his new cool off during his next make out session with Quinn. It works, though he gets Quinn suspicious by saying ‘Beiste’ when Quinn wants him to say her name. Quinn goes to Sue for help. Not the best way they could’ve thought of to get Sue in the storyline. Sue wants Quinn to get Sam to confess to liking Beiste, in public.
Sam has been talking about the new method to ‘cool off’. Mike discusses it with Tina, who finds it funny and wants to try it out. And again, another person I would not have expected it from runs with it. She, too, says Beiste’s name while making out with Mike. I do like that they show it’s not just boys who do this kind of behaviour. This is a visual that gets mirrored in the Puck storyline, where they role reversal as well.
(Although, side note, the mind sequences with Beiste in the cheerleader and ballet uniform are done very well by Dot-Marie Jones, I really like her!)
Quinn starts a fight with Sam, per Sue’s instructions, in the hallway. From there it goes from bad to worse as Coach Beiste overhears her name and gets a clue about what’s happening. First with Quinn proclaiming the quarrel she’s having with Sam is her fault, and then Mike barging in telling her to stay away from his woman. Beiste is confused, and so is Will, who walks in on this.
Will drills Mike and Sam until he gets the story, and then chews them out for doing this. I think the chat he had with Kurt is giving him at least some insights (let’s hope they stick) and he’s saying mostly all the right stuff. And then he tries to keep it a secret…
Coach Beiste knows something is going on, so she comes to talk to Will to find out what it is. He doesn’t want to tell her, but when she tells him that he is the only one at the school she actually trusts, he knows he has to tell her. Except he goes about it the wrong way, he starts of with defending the Glee kids and asking her not to take it personally before he spills the beans. Very clear where, in the end, his priorities lie. Not with Beiste and her being bullied (which it really is) but with keeping his Glee club, correction, keeping the more or less normative kids of his Glee club, out of trouble.
Beiste, who really has never been anything but bullied and harassed her entire life, has had enough. She quits.
For mash-up, the Girls sing Start Me Up & Living on a Prayer, dressed in leather outfits and rock star hair. Nice performance, not that special. After they finish, Becky runs in with a note from Sue, she wants to meet Will in the auditorium.
There Sue stands on the stage, with two confetti cannons. They got what she wanted, Beiste quit, and their budget has been restored, so she got her two cannons. Cue full on villainous laugh. Best of all, she says, in the end it wasn’t even her who got rid of Beiste, it was Will’s kids, they got over that whole shiny happy people thing and just got mean. And she’s right.
Will is chewing out the Glee kids over basically says the wrong things about how it was wrong because she’s an outcast. It isn’t wrong because of that, it’s wrong because she’s a human being, period. He orders them to come up with something to apologise.
Will goes to talk to Beiste, but she interrupts him, saying screw this. She’ll find her bliss somewhere else, maybe as a cooler in a Honky Tonk bar, or as a trucker. Will gets angry and tells her stop it, he gets it. Everyone is scarred by their High School experience, and people like them are then even crazy enough to come back to it as adults to relive that every day.
But Will really doesn’t get it. This isn’t about High School scarring, this is about something Beiste gets everywhere, always. Inside that tough and occasionally intimidating exterior, she’s a regular woman, who wants to be loved for who she is. And instead she gets ridicule all the time. Will tries to fix it the superficial way, he tries to offer to help her get a date… Really, Will, that’s all you can come up with.
Beiste just shakes her head, she knows it’s not gonna work. And she has resigned herself to that, because even something so small as being kissed has never happened for her. I knew then that Will was gonna kiss her. And I was going all noooooooo, don’t. So Will barges in with another of his patented surface solutions and he kisses her. Seriously Will, “and now you’ve been kissed.” You really think that’s gonna solve anything? The issue is bigger than that. Plus, you’ve just robbed her from having a true meaningful first kiss. Her memory of her first kiss is going to be clad in pity.
Then it’s time for the boys do to their Mash-up. All suited up they’ll perform for the girls, and Coach Beiste. Finn almost ruins it because he talks too much, but when they start singing their In The Name of Love & Free Your Mind mash-up, it’s fun. They suck at dancing though. At the end, Coach smiles, she liked it, and they hug. But they hug because Artie instigates, Beiste goes along with it, but it doesn’t come from her. I think I’d like to see some Beiste-Kurt connecting going on, that would be interesting.
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Puck and Artie and Being Bad Ass
Yay! Puck’s back! Although I must say, the Puck story line in this episode, while it has some good bits going on, doesn’t really interest me.
Puck’s out of juvie, on probation on the condition that he do community service. Puck got his probation officer to agree to him “helping out a crip” instead of picking trash. So Puck corners Artie and makes him his project. Artie, from experience, expects Puck to push him down the stairs when he grabs the chair and starts wheeling him away. We don’t see Artie being bullied on screen as much as we’ve seen Kurt, but these little nuggets make it clear that he gets a good amount of crap as well.
Puck’s also desperately projecting his tough guy image, acting out even more so than before, because he doesn’t dare admit that juvie scared the crap out of him and he never wants to go back. So he puts on his tough face and goes back to being the school bully.
Puck wants money, so he uses Artie, and his disability, to go busking at the school grounds. Singing One Love, they bully their classmates out of money and make a good $300. Artie confesses he likes Brittany and kinda wants her back. Puck wants Santana back, so he suggests taking them to Breadsticks.
Puck and Artie barge in as the girls prep their costumes. It’s a bit of a role reversal here. They’re being all tough which prompts the girls to want to take them out, which they refuse. Puck then tells them to be at Breadsticks the next day, and if they don’t find cute girls tonight, they might meet them there. Santana is aware of what the boys are playing, but goes along with it anyway. She doesn’t really have a lot of sense of self
At Breadsticks, during dinner, the guys keep playing hard to get, and it works. Puck is also telling tall tales about his time in juvie. At the end of dinner, Puck suggests skipping without paying. He and the girls leave, but Artie can’t do it, so he pays. He’s been trying to become more bad ass, but when it is about to hurt someone completely unrelated to them, he can’t do it, he sees the humanity. Now for that attitude to cross over to his personal life so he can actually start to see Brittany as a person as well. Puck is disappointed in Artie paying and abandons him there.
Figgins barges in during rehearsal wanting to see both Will and Puck in his office. Puck’s probation officer is there. She was under the impression Puck was working to rehabilitate a Crip, not a cripple, and is not okay. He has 24 hours to come up with a better idea or it’s back to juvie. Puck makes a scene, but it feels off, it’s not as bad ass as you’d expect, giving his reputation. The adults don’t pick up on this, they just see the trouble maker.
Puck and Artie talk, and Puck comes clean about what really drives him. Juvie scared the crap out of him, he thought he was bad ass, but the guys in there are much worse. He doesn’t want to go back. Artie makes a deal: do the trash pick up and I’ll tutor you in geometry, because really you’re a smart guy and there’s no reason you shouldn’t ace that. By offering a true solution, and in a way that preserves his dignity, Artie has done more for Puck in five minutes than the adults have all through this situation. Puck agrees.