Glee

Season 2 Episode 14

Blame It on the Alcohol

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 22, 2011 on FOX
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At the school, Principal Figgins is worried about underage drinking and the glee club becomes involved in the program. However Coach Beiste and Will have some fun together.

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  • "The Rachel Berry House Party Train Wreck Extravaganza" is a go - and a great return to form

    8.5
    This was probably one of my favorite episodes of Glee's second season. After last week's underwhelming Justin Bieber centered episode, I didn't have very high hopes for this episode but I was pleasantly surprised. While I didn't necessarily enjoy the music numbers as much as I have in the past, I really appreciated that nearly everyone got airtime this week. Supporting players like Emma, Beiste, Burt and Figgins all got a chance to shine and actually contributed to the storyline instead of dragging it down with needless adult shenanigans (Burt never does, but the rest are hit-and-miss).



    The episode's plot revolved around Mckinley High's increasing population of intoxicated students. Figgins involves Schue and asks him to have the Glee Club perform at an Alcohol Awareness Assembly (an AAA meeting, so you know it's serious) to help deter students from coming to school drunk. This ultimately leads the Glee Club to hold a party at Rachel's house – her dads are away on the Rosie O'Donnell cruise – so she can experience her first drink and let loose a little.



    The house party was a great diversion from the usual school set-up. Finn's explanation of everyone's drunken archetypes and the cutaways that followed were great (Lauren (to Puck): Who said your hairstyle was cool? Geronimo?). It was refreshing to see Rachel have a little fun instead of pouting and I got a kick out of her scenes (the wine cooler tickets, her spin the bottle make out with Blaine, their drunken duet, "It tastes like PINK!")



    The Blaine and Kurt drama was handled well, and Blaine's explanation about experimenting made sense. Kurt understandably fought against it but I'm glad Blaine put him in his place, reminding him that Kurt's stance against him was very similar to Karofsky's against Kurt. The "bye/bi" statement at the end was clever, if not a little corny.



    Schue's night out with "Shannon the Cannon" at a honky-tonk bar was another welcome change and I'm glad the night didn't end with them hooking up (I like that their friendship has stayed intact and thankfully his drunk dial wasn't aimed at her) I will say Beiste fared better in her minor singing debut than Lauren's from last week– I'm just not a fan of The Waitresses. Extra points for the piece of hay in Will's teeth afterwards and his lenient grading – I should really encourage my teacher's to do the same.



    Sue's attempt to get Schue into a 12 Step program was typical Sue but it did allow for a fun callback to her pushing people down the stairs. Her airing of Will's voicemail message over the school's PA system was a tad cruel, even for Sue (and in reality, would they really allow a teacher to do that to a fellow coworker) but for Glee, there's always a couple moments in every episode where you have to suspend belief. Can Figgins really be inept enough to believe the Pep Rally disaster was merely a stunt?



    The episode's end was a little jarring, though. Rachel finally has something to write about from her experience with Blaine but the fact that she got over it so quickly didn't ring true. For someone who's been b*tching and moaning over the same guy for months, it hardly seems like her character to suddenly recover from another failed relationship. Also, while Schue's attempt to control alchohol consumption in the Glee club had its heart in the right place, hearing a character like Santana agree to it without much thought didn't register as sincere to me.



    As for the music numbers, the aforementioned "Don't You Want Me?" duet between Blaine and Rachel was probably my favorite followed by "Tik Tok" (Was it me, or did it sound ten times better in the episode than the standalone single on iTunes? Maybe it's the visual aspect that makes up for it, but I listened to the song a couple hours prior to the show and it sounded like Kidz Bop) I'm not a huge fan of country music so I doubt anything Glee covers will make me reevaluate my opinion of a song as white trash as "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" (funny, I was just praising a song by Ke$ha). I'm Artie'd out right now so I didn't really dig "Blame It (On the Alcohol)" – there needed to be more "Artcedes" harmonizing or "Santittany" in it for it to work for me.



    Episode highlights:



    Rachel's Original Song – You gotta give props to Lea Michelle for singing so passionately about a headband. I knew it was a little premature for the ACTUAL original song, but Rachel's first attempt at songwriting had me in stitches. "When school girl pigtails won't do / I need to control my 'do!"



    Rachel's Portrait – It was a quick throwaway joke at the beginning of the party but the portrait of Rachel in her dad's basement was spot on. I think they may have exaggerated her Jewish nose a little bit, but hey, as long as Lea can roll with the punches I don't see why not.



    Brittany Upchucks – For all the Rachel haters out there (I'm not one myself but she can be irritating) I think she got her comeuppance via Brittany throwing up on her. Also loved Heather's delivery of the line that followed her public retching: "Everybody, drink responsibly."



    Becky's Xylophone Playing - Seriously, can she join the Glee club too? I don't care if she just plays an instrument. The club can be announced as "New Directions along with their backing band, Becky and the Jetts!" What do you think? More clever than Blaine's "bi" line or just as corny?



    That's all for now. I'm actually a little disappointed there'll be a two week break before we get to see Holly Holliday's return. Who knew all I needed was a little alcohol to make me want Glee again?moreless
  • Funny. Verry Funny!

    9.5
    One of the best episodes of the season! I could not stop laughing during the scene of the party. Especially during the scene where Finn shows the different archetypes of different people at the party. The funniest part was when we saw Mercedes and Tina laughed uproariously. It was so funny! Also, when Sue is heard throughout the school the message when Will was drunk but that the message was for Emma! Too funny! The best lines of the episode was 3 sentences of Rachel. The first is It Tastes like pink. It tastes like pink!!!. The second is Your face Tastes awesome and the last being when Finn said about Rachel's song Is That a song about your headband and she responds Yes. It's Why it's called My Headband.moreless
  • McKinley celebrates the alcohol awareness week and Will gets drunk.

    8.8
    One of my more minor complaints about the show in its second season was how the focus shifted from interesting and complex character development and plots that focused on the characters to more cliche high school drama moments. All the breaking up and hooking up this season has frustrated me a bit, and the focus on the glee club has been at an all time low as the writers seem intent on botching up the dynamic of the show. I also didn't enjoy how Will and Kurt, two of my more favorite characters on the show, were getting less screen time in favor of the love triangle/square/pentagon between Sam, Santana, Finn, Rachel and Quinn.. it just seems pointless, especially when Kurt and Will are such intriguing characters.



    Enough rambling though; I thought this episode was one of its better installments. Principal Figgins wants Will and New Directions to give a performance in celebration of alcohol awareness, but Rachel has no idea what being drunk or tipsy is like, so she holds a party at her house (while her parents are on a "Rosie O'Donnell cruise," whatever that is...) The party scenes were pretty cliche party scenes, but it was fun to watch the group play spin the bottle, and I actually liked Rachel and Blaine singing "Don't You Want Me Baby?"



    From here, the episode splits into three different places: Rachel realizes she might have a crush on Blaine, Blaine thinks he might feel something for Rachel, which upsets Kurt, and Will realizes he has no way to blow off steam, which he remedies by going out to drink at a country bar with Coach Biest. I'm really glad that we got some Will scenes, and the drunk dial he makes to who he thinks is Emma was touching and hilarious all at once. I just didn't understand why the kids were so mad at him for indulging in alcohol once.. they act so mad, but the truth is he's legally able to drink and they're not.



    I liked the Kurt/Blaine/Rachel triangle that the writers created, and if anything, I wish it would've gone on longer.. the drama could've been elevated because of it. I did like to see Kurt's dad back again.. I was a little frustrated the lack of him as well, but the show seemed to get a lot of stuff right with this episode.moreless
  • Points to Fox and Glee for using the show to send some really good messages to their younger audience, while still being fun.

    8.0
    It was great seeing Britney sing lead again, she really did a great job-- I wish they'd use her more than once a year to lead a song! Rachel's terrific, but she's not the only woman with a good voice; they mix it up for the guys periodically, why not let Mercedes and Santana and Britney sing more? But as for the "message" of the episode, they handled it rather well-- unlike the Bieber episode and some other theme ones, it wasn't contrived, it was based on normal behaviour-- a party without parental supervision, calming nerves, a night out and drunk dialing an ex, etc. Good for them for having the courage to tackling a thorny issue. But if they were looking for an anti alcohol song, why didn't they use Kim Mitchell's Go for Soda? It was a theme song for MADD for a few years in the '80s, it was originally a rock song but could be mixed up a bit, and fit the theme perfectly. It wasn't a trendy song like Ke$ha, but it could have been raised in practice. It's not like they don't do vintage songs on this show along with the more current ones!moreless
  • Beer Bad

    6.0
    So here's what you missed on GLEE!:



    Continuing the show's rather annoying trend of relationship roulette, the unlikely pairing of Rachel and Blaine totally sends Kurt's world upside down as his mega crush waves Bi Bi and embraces his beer goggle smooch with the wannabe diva. Eww, right? I mean, Blaine, up until now, has totally been the show's gay mascot, even to our in-house, but totally out gay Kurt. Way inconsistent and completely left-field, but it did give Rachel a story for her [better be] awesome song.



    Meanwhile, Mr. Schu has an awesome night out with coach Beiste, although the song they sing is a little rubbish. (Actually, most of the songs this week were weak - holy alliteration, Sue!); but we get to see him completely wasted AND humiliated all in one episode. Niice. Even though Sue doesn't get that many memorable one-liners this week, I cringed hard (like it was my day job) when she outed Mr. Schu and his message he left for Sue that was actually meant for Ms Pillsbury (or did she take her husbands name?...I don't really care).



    Finn took some time out from being a stiff (Hookay, so he was joe-sober-driver guy, fair enough) to break it down for needy Rachel the archetypes themz females fall into when gettin' slizzard. So I thought I'd expand on some male archetypes:



    The Mover = the totally awesome drunk guy who gets the party started with his awesome moves.



    The Friend Guy = that drunk guy who you've probably talked to once that time at a random party who professes his admiration and love for you, declaring your official never-ending friendship from here on out. You'll never see him again.



    The Girlfriend Guy = that guy who just won't shut up about his bloody girlfriend. ''She's pretty amazing, isn't she?'' - yes, so just STFU!!



    The Perv = He seems like a great guy every other day, but when he's sippin' sizzurp, he's all makin' with the hands, sees skirts as play things and feels a magnetic pull towards boobz. Careful to pay him ANY attention, as even a quick stare can trigger the perv within, and he's stuck on you like a leech for the rest of the night.



    The Mess = you know, the one that's face first on the floor (formally known as The Mover).



    Now that we're up to speed, Britanny warns Rachel that she doesn't feel well, but when the diva says the show must go on, Britanny SHOWS her just how unwell she feels. And it's purple. (Although this time Rachel did not specify whether or not it actually tasted like Purple.) And then because Santana has to have a whiff of everyone's spotlight, she, too, spews purple, this time at the audience and I'm left cursing why this episode wasn't in 3D.



    So this episode didn't really work for me. It didn't really have a clear message, either. The message was murky at best, purple at worst. Blaine's curiosity was never taken seriously enough. In order for the story to thrive, it forced our Gleeks to become genuine alcoholics. Funny party aside, it just didn't click, and that's because Glee should stick to being light-hearted and fun, and not all with the speechifying.



    Kurt's relationship with his dad never really works either, and by that I mean Kurt always comes off as the ass-hat, cos his dad is so so amazing. Kurt whips up this drama storm and doesn't really make sense half of the time during his arguments, but we're meant to root for him cos he has sad face. No, Kurt, your dad is just pure awesome, simple as. Stop being an irrational ass-hat to him. Yeah, Kurt was upset, but why did he whip out the gay card? To his pro-gay father? CONFUSED. (But not as confused as Blaine whose totally to blame for this argument ever taking place. Ever notice how Blaine sounds very similar to blame? Coincidence? I think not.)



    Not nearly as funny as previous weeks, and just plain awkward in parts, too. I really only enjoyed the grownups this week, and I seriously love coach Beiste.



    I can't wait for our gleeks to become hardcore drug-addicts next.moreless
Rob Giles

Rob Giles

Guitarist

Guest Star

Ari Stidham

Ari Stidham

Drunk Kid

Guest Star

Tyler Vogt

Tyler Vogt

Rick Denham

Guest Star

Chord Overstreet

Chord Overstreet

Sam Evans

Recurring Role

Harry Shum Jr.

Harry Shum Jr.

Mike Chang

Recurring Role

Ashley Fink

Ashley Fink

Lauren Zizes

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Music featured in this episode, but not performed by the cast:
      "Like A G6" by Far East Movement featuring Cataracas and Dev
      "Johnny Are You Queer" by Josie Cotton

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Sue: It's kinda like nursing a POW back to health so he's at his strongest when you torture him.

    • Sue: My nose is still filled with the acrid stench of teen vomit.

    • Principal Figgins: Now performing the hit single "Tik and also Tok" by rapper Ke-dollar sign-ha, the New Directions.

    • Santana: (talks about Rachel's party on the phone) It sounds awful. Is anybody going?
      Brittany: Let me find out.(calls Artie) Did you hear?
      Artie: Yes. Mercedes just told me.
      Mercedes: Tell them I'll go if they go.
      Artie: Tell them yourself. I ain't no pony express.
      Mercedes: (turns on the phone) You're going, right?
      Santana: Only if there's liquor. Because a Rachel Berry party is not something I can do sober.
      Brittany: But it's Alcohol Awareness Week.
      Santana: Precisely. And I am aware of how much fun alcohol is. Let's ask Puckerman. (calls Puck)
      Puck: You're go for Puck.
      Santana: Noah, it's Santittany and Artcedes. Can your friend score us some wine coolers?
      Puck: No, but his I.D. can.
      Mercedes: Well, if we're all in, it's settled. The Rachel Berry House Party Train Wreck Extravaganza is officially a go.

    • Finn: Hold... Hold on. Uh... Is this song about your headband?
      Rachel: Yes. It's called, "My Headband."
      Finn: Right.
      Rachel: They say you should write about what you know.
      Finn: Well, uh... It's really... interesting, but it's... not... emotional. Or, like, good.
      Rachel: It sucks.
      Finn: Yeah.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Za to může alkohol (Blame It on the Alcohol)

    • Music featured in this episode:
      "Don't You Want Me" by Human League
      "Blame It" by Jamie Foxx
      "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" by George Thorogood and the Destroyers
      "Tik Tok" by Ke$ha

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: February 22, 2011 on Global
      Australia: March 7, 2011 on Channel Ten
      United Kingdom: April 11, 2011 on E4/E4 HD
      Sweden: April 20, 2011 on TV11
      Latin America: May 5, 2011 on FOX
      Czech Republic: November 19, 2011 on Prima LOVE
      Slovakia: December 11, 2011 on JOJ

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • When Sue gives her speech on the intercom, Becky plays a little xylophone. This is very similar to a scene in >Grease where Principle McGee speaks over the intercom and the secretary plays the xylophone.

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