This was a good episode, certainly better than their bizarre Christmas episode, it just felt like they crammed too much into one episode. This episode covered Will asking the kids to help him propose to Emma, Sam joining the swim team to get Mercedes back, Finn wanting to join the army, his mom telling him something about his dead dad, becky pursuing artie, beiste getting married, oh and finn proposed to rachel. sounds like a lot, doesnt it?
granted some of these things were almost completely glossed over it was a wonder they included them in this episode at all. beiste getting married was barely even mentioned, they were in the teachers lounge and she told sue and emma she and the recruiter got hitched and sue was like "okay whatever" and that was it. granted theirs wasnt the most important love triangle in the world but it was dealt with in about ten seconds.
finn decides he should join the army like his deceased father and his mom tells him his dad didnt die during the war, he died when he came back from drugs after being depressed about the war. which gives finn a crisis to deal with, etc, etc.
becky asks artie out and the glee club tells him not to go out with her and he points out they can be bad as the rest of the school they;re supposedly better than.
sam thinks mercedes only likes shane because he;s a football star so he joins the only sports team left; the synchronized swimming team. he gets slushied twice.
none of these were really bad plot points, they just felt like each could get their own episode. like the general plot, and one on the side, as opposed to the general plot (will proposing to emma) and like five on the side. like this episode blaine didnt speak at all which i definitely missed so they crammed so much in they had to leave some out. but even with so much on the agenda there were still the shining moments:
finn and will. one of the best things about glee is the relationships (and i dont mean that romantically) but the relationships that you wouldnt expect that are really sweet, like finn and will, puck and rachel, and occassionally rachel and quinn. finn helps will pick out his engagement ring and its reminiscant of their closeness in season 1 and you can tell how much it means to finn when will asks him to be his best man, and not just because he gives him one of his monster hugs.
lack of santana. i mean she was still in this episode and got a few jabs in and had a solo in two numbers but she wasnt central to this episode, which i thought was a good thing. dont get me wrong, i think naya is a phenomenal actress/singer and i know im in the minority on this one, but i cant stand santana;s character. i mean, she tears people down constantly, then gets torn down, they band together to help her and she;s grateful for two seconds before going back to tearing everyone down. people say she;s no worse than rachel but i think she is because rachel is almost never trying to hurt anyone, and santana almost always is. but of all the plotlines this episodes, one of them wasnt hers, which i thought was a good thing.
although one odd thing in this episode that was more of a realization is that sue has no role anymore. she no longer has a prayer of destroying the glee club and didnt win congress so what was she reduced to this episode? she sang backup during emma;s number, consoled becky and helped in will;s proposal! its sad because sue used to have the best one-liners but this episode had no jokes about will;s hair and since something big happened in will;s life that she didnt try to stop and actually helped, you know there;s nothing left for her anymore.
and then there;s the big one. finn proposes to rachel. normally i cant stand teen proposals in tv shows, and im going to sound like an old man but these days it feels like in every show as soon as the kids become of age they feel they have to get married. and yes i realize this isnt the newest concept, but those have more of a leg to stand on. eric and donna? took place in the 70s where that was more common and they had been together somewhat their whole lives. cory and topanga? also together their whole lives. today kids who have been dating for essentially a few months make the rash decision to get hitched. i mean just because you can get married doesnt mean you should. to pull out another that 70s show reference in the words of red forman "i have a snowblower, but i dont use it in july!" i mean admittedly finchel have been dating a while and it makes sense with finn;s character because nothing in his life is going right right now and when he and rachel and kurt are feeling sorry themselves at breadsticks (is there seriously no where else to eat in lima?) rachel sings him a song that basically says she;s not doing anything without him. and he proposes to her in the spot where they shared their first kiss and they talk about that so they do have history. but teen proposals always make me tense up but of course we don;t see rachel;s answer so the big mystery is will she say yes or no?
all in all glee started the new year with a bang and lots of questions answered but lots more to come.