Glee brought hidden humiliating loves to light on the March 22 episode aptly titled “Guilty Pleasures.” The random-even-for-Glee episode included Kurt’s secret boyfriend pillow Bruce, the outing of Blaine’s not-so-secret crush on Sam and a musical montage featuring many of our iPod’s most embarrassing songs. What worked, what didn’t? Here’s how “Guilty Pleasures” scored on Broadway.com’s Glee Report Card.
Best Number: Obviously "Mamma Mia." The slow beginning in New York and the campy finale in Ohio were just perfect. It made us want to get up and join the party! Runner-up: the '80s throwback “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.”
Best Line: “I like to fart around old people and watch the look on their faces ‘cause they just assume they did it.” —Kitty’s guilty pleasure
Best Infomercial Purchase: Bruce, Kurt’s boyfriend pillow he ordered one lonely night while woozy on Ambien.
Most Cathartic Confession: When all the guys in Glee admitted to being fanilows ("It's like he's talking right to me."), we felt somehow freed. After Barry Manilow’s recent Broadway show, we too count ourselves on Team Barry.
Relationship of the Week: Blaine and Sam really got to us this week. Sam is the straight guy friend every gay boy wishes for. He handled Blaine’s crush really well and their bromance remains as strong as ever.
Star of the Episode: Darren Criss as Blaine Anderson. Whether he was channeling '80s-era George Michael or wearing his heart on his sleeve singing Phil Collins songs, Blaine knocked it out of the park this week.
For those who might be confused as to what a chorus boy gigolo does, Santana breaks it down best: “Like Magic Mike with happy endings, for money.”
“Hunger is a big problem in this country, although so is obesity...which is confusing.”—Blaine
“Even Jesus took baby steps.” —Kitty
Rachel, we realize Brody is pretty and yes, you have to see each other around school, but you let him off way too easily. Your live-in boyfriend was a hustler, and all you could muster up was a cover of Radiohead’s Creep? This was a missed opportunity for a Streisand Way We Were moment.
A FOR EFFORT:
When the ladies of Glee donned their Spice Girls drag, we admittedly squealed (Kitty rocked that Ginger Spice look!), but somehow “Wannabe” ended up a let-down. The number lacked the girls’ signature spice and flash. The cover could have been awesome if Glee brought the ladies into the hallways or the cafeteria or even that unexplained dream stage with perfect lighting and sets.