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As Burt and Carol plan their wedding, McKinley's staff and students finally take action against Kurt's bully


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November 24, 2010 at 12:40 PM EST

Gleeks, much like you, I just “Furt”-ed…or at least I just watched the latest episode of Glee, titled, obvs, “Furt.” We’re coming off a season high of Gwyneth Paltrow’s phenomenal turn last week as substitute Holly Holliday and, while “Furt” didn’t exactly reach those same, borderline-exhilarating musical-comedy heights (though it did feature a fun turn by icon Carol Burnett as Sue’s mother), it was certainly more emotionally rewarding. Judging from the tears of my entire family who watched the episode with me, it definitely was able to touch a broad fan base. But enough about the Stack family and their leaky tear ducts…

So the big plot development tonight was the engagement of Finn’s mother and Kurt’s father, Carol and Burt, and the respective songs prepping for their nuptials. It also was a return to Finn dealing with his own issues with Kurt. Frankly, it was great to see a more Finn-centered episode (even though Kurt was still front and center too). It’s been a while since we’ve gotten some Finn focus, and I think I just missed Cory Monteith. But I also forgot what a good, natural actor he can be. I liked the somewhat self-referential jokes too about Sam becoming the star of the school while Finn was sort of dropping to the B-list. Chord Overstreet definitely has become a major presence this season, though that may be more thanks to his seemingly endless string of workout scenes. (Note to producers: I’m not complaining!)

The other major storyline was the continued bullying of Kurt by football player Karofsky. Finally (!), the glee club and the McKinley High staff got involved. More surprising was that Sue actually stood up for Kurt, an ironic and kinda unbelievable twist given that she, herself, is a ginormous bully. But that did lead to one of the show’s funnier moments: After Kurt said that calling him “lady” was the same as what Karofsky was doing, Sue then apologized and asked him to pick between three other nicknames—Gelfling, Porcelain, or Tickle Me Dough Face. Kurt chose Porcelain. I would have opted for that as well. Not only does it reflect my pale skin but it also sounds like the name of a 1970s revenge film, like Dolemite. I can already see the tag line: “Porcelain: He looks smooth but don’t let him crack!”

The most moving aspect of this episode, though, was how the glee club finally came to Kurt’s aid, particularly the guys. The dudes, except for Finn, all stood up to Karofsky in the locker room, which landed Sam a black eye. Eventually, Burt even discovered Karofsky’s behavior toward his son and, in a moment that gave me chills, confronted the bully in the high school hallway. I feel like I say this every other week but I just love Mike O’Malley. How can you not absolutely adore his Burt Hummel?

NEXT: Prepare for Carol Burnett: Nazi hunter! Plus, another Glee-inspired crying session.

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