Be true to yourself. There are people in this world who will try to convince you to think a certain way, act a certain way, or pretend you are something you’re not. They say that honesty is the best policy, but what good is that motto if you don’t apply this knowledge to your own life? Fabricating truths to impress or appease others is sadly a common struggle for many people, and Glee tackled this issue head on with a multitude of storylines. These moments of self-revelation were soundtracked by the lyrics of two remarkable women who once released iconic breakup albums. At first the breakup theme seemed odd, but if anyone knows exactly who they are, it’s Alanis Morissette and Carole King. Or maybe, it’s ironic. Don’t you think?
When Rachel and Kurt decide this week’s assignment is an Alanis and Carole mashup, I became very nervous. Will the newbies even know the sheer brilliance of Jagged Little Pill? Has it really been 20 years since Alanis’ angry voice belted out from the car speakers? What about Carole? She’s from an even earlier generation! The kids need to respect the woman who has written dozens of standards that we all know and love. Will the millennials watching realize that she is more than the woman who owned the music store on Gilmore Girls? Can they grasp the legendary work they are about to squish together?
Luckily, Kurt steps in and educates the Glee kids—and the viewing audience—on the wonder that is Carole King before introducing the Tapestry and Jagged Little Pill assignment. The challenge is to combine easy and smooth with edgy and dark. No problem. But if you have trouble, feel free to consult the entire Glee Club from two years ago who managed to ditch school, work, and military duties to help out this week. Three cheers for convenience!
Over in the locker room, Sam catches a quick sniff before ironing the team’s jock straps. I’ll let you marinate in that sentence for just a moment. He’s concerned that something is wrong with Coach Beiste because she’s been missing practices. According to Beiste, she’s struggling with a bum knee, so she’s going to have to rely on Sam more in the future. When Spencer comes in to ask her if he can try out for quarterback, he is denied. Sam consoles Spencer, admitting that he would give him a shot if he were the coach. If Spencer had a mustache, he’d be twirling it right now.
Another former student is roaming the halls of McKinley High—and she’s wreaking havoc. Gird your loins people. Becky is back! She’s mean, she’s crass, and she’s been lying to her boyfriend Darryl. She told him she was in the Glee Club, and she enlists Tina and Quinn to help her convince him that she’s musically inclined. (This sounds like a job for Carole King if you ask me.) However, when Sue meets Darryl, all bets are off. Everyone assumed Becky would be dating a boy with Down Syndrome, but instead, Darryl is a young adult without disabilities.
But Becky and Darryl aren’t the only lovebirds visiting Lima. Santana and Brittany’s relationship is apparently on again, because Santana suggests that Brittany move to New York with her, and she agrees. Then Santana tells Brittany that she loves her! They celebrate this reinvigorated love with a mashup of “Hand In My Pocket” and “I Feel the Earth Move.” There was very little choreography, and the group seemed to like it, but I was confused. I had one hand in my pocket and the other was wondering what was up with Brit’s shirt? Two fried eggs in the nipple region is a bold choice.
Once the performance ended, Santana sat Brittany down in one of the maroon choir room chairs, told her she was her favorite person in the world, and that she didn’t want to live her life without her one true love. A random member of the band passes a tiny red box to Santana. She gets down on one knee and proposes! Brittany squeals a yes! Everyone hugs and congratulates the happy couple, until Kurt stands up and squashes the moment. Clearly they are too young to get married. Bitter, party of one.
NEXT: I didn’t see that coming.