It’s been a bit quiet over here, due to my delightful weekend away with les filles in Dorset. I am quite behind with all my shows, but have tried hard to catch up over the last couple of days in order to provide some reviews.
Cougar Town: I had to watch two episodes together this week, as I hadn’t managed to see last week’s. Both good episodes, but this week’s, The Damage You’ve Done, was the one that made me laugh out loud. Only Jules would turn a decision about who should be punished over betraying her into a reality show-style eviction. As someone who doesn’t watch Survivor, I didn’t get that Grayson was ‘blowing out’ Ellie’s flame on her glass of wine, but I very much enjoyed his victory dance! It was quite a dramatic episode, with Jules finding out that Grayson and Laurie had slept together, albeit before she started a relationship with him. I was wondering when it was going to come out, as I knew it would have to, but I’m glad that they didn’t use it as a real stumbling block for Grayson and Jules. I love them together too much! Again, as always with Cougar Town, I loved the balance between comedy and real issues, and I loved the way that the gang all pulled together in the end. Poor Laurie though! I recently read that, as well as Cougar Town, and the second guest appearance in Grey’s, Ryan Devlin (Smith) is also going to be guest starring in Brothers and Sisters. So it appears he is well in over at ABC. However, does this episode spell the end of Smith? Obviously he won’t be sticking around if he and Laurie are over.
Glee: This episode was called Duets. and highly surprisingly, it featured a number of duets. And according to Brittany, a duet is a blanket. We learnt in this episode that Burt Hummel is recovering, and it was good to see Mike O’Malley back; he and Chris Colfer have brilliant chemistry together and I always enjoy any scene they share. It’s good to see a parent dealing positively with his son being gay, especially one as unenlightened as Burt, and it’s nice to see how hard he continues to work to understand Kurt. I also really appreciated the fact that we went back to the events of the end of last season when Burt asked Finn to leave his house after using the “F-word”. I always felt that it wasn’t dealt with in the best way – whilst Finn was being homophobic by just using the word, Kurt was excused some very bad behaviour in and leading up to that episode. Gay or straight, the way that Kurt was manipulating things to ensure that he and Finn ending up sharing a room together was creepy! I was glad to see Finn challenge that, and he told Kurt that he has no problem with him being gay, but he does have a problem with Kurt not understanding that no means no. Kurt being gay does not give him licence to act the way he did last year.
I really, really enjoyed Tina and Mike’s duet of ‘Sing’ from A Chorus Line. It was a lot of fun! My favourite duet of the episode, though, was probably Kurt and Rachel’s, simply because of what it meant. How nice was her little speech to him? The song gave me a little tear (Glee is really good at making me cry), and reminded me why I love Glee so much. They are a bunch of misfits, but they really do look out for each other, even Rachel, of all people, has Kurt’s back. It was nice that they had their little moment, and it was great to see the two best singers on the show duetting. But poor Brittany! It looks like she really did like Artie after all – the shot of her in the restaurant using her nose to push the meatball across the plate was so sweet! No Sue or Emma this week, nor Puck. The rumour is that he is being disciplined for releasing a solo album and promoting it quite heavily, but he’ll back in a couple of weeks (after the Rocky Horror episode). It was a good episode of Glee, it had it all: good songs, great moments between the characters, and some good one liners too.
I just wanted to add a quick post-script to this, because I was a bit concerned with the way that I might have come across with my remarks about Burt ‘dealing’ with Kurt being gay. I don’t want it to sound like I think it is a problem that needs to be overcome; rather, Burt sees it as an obstacle in his relationship with Kurt that he needs to deal with.