Warning: An assault and the aftermath were shown in tonight’s episode, and therefore will be mentioned in the recap, though I’ll be abridging my normal play-by-play style for the sake of readers who may be triggered by such discussion.
Tonight on Glee: Sam and Mercedes are a hot mess, it’s Sondheim week at the midwinter critique, Rachel is awful again, and Glee manages to not completely scar me with what could have been a really terribly done gay bashing storyline.
We’re getting right into the performances tonight with a beautiful rendition of “No One is Alone” as Rachel, Sam, Kurt and Blaine participate in a candlelight vigil for an unknown man. The entire sequence is haunting, especially knowing what’s coming.
But first, Funny Girl. Rachel tries to talk to one of the bigwigs about a scheduling conflict with her NYADA midwinter critique; he makes the exception but warns that she’s overextending herself.
Apparently Sam forms symbiotic relationships with every couch he meets. And Blaine reads him Star Wars fanfiction to help him get to sleep at night. Let’s put a pin in that and then reference it mercilessly when it isn’t such a sad episode. Sam and Mercedes discuss their relationship and she reiterates that she doesn’t want to date him. Which leads to them making out, natch.
At weekly potluck loft dinner, we find out that the vigil was for a friend of their neighbor who was gay bashed, and everyone talks about how hate crimes are increasing in New York until Kurt changes the subject to the midwinter critique’s theme – Sondheim. And Sam and Mercedes play footsie under the table. I was hoping they’d take some time to establish them this time around, but, well, Glee.
Sam and Mercedes take a walk while he asks why they always have to be secretive, and there’s a lot of banter about fur coats and coins and I don’t actually know what’s happening. How tiring it must be to have a conversation with Sam Evans. Mercedes tells him they need to set boundaries and ground rules and then sends him away so she can sing “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” to a carousel. As one does. She also throws his coat on the ground after he gave it to her because she threw her coat into the river. You have no respect for coats, Mercedes Jones.
Mercedes has random friends dissuading her from dating Sam just as he appears doing an indiscernible impression. It’s awkward. The more confused they look, the more he talks. He asks if they have weaves. It’s so awkward.