Laughed my ass off at Matt Bomer's antics. He was fantastic and so over the top. (Full disclosure: I've been a fan of his since Traveller, Chuck and his current series White Collar, so this was just icing, getting to see him play like this. He looked like he was having so much fun.)
Side note: I read a brief interview with Bomer in which he said when he goes back to filming White Collar, he's going to make sure he does lots of finger pointing and he'll start wearing earplugs because now he knows that he doesn't have to pay attention to his costar Tim DeKay. LOL.
I also read an interview with Darren Criss, in which he said that this was Blaine's big episode, a chance for him to have a story, and that the rest of the season's episodes are supposed to focus on the graduating class.
I can't defend Blaine -- at least, not impartially -- because I'm a middle child and I can recall many a time when people would stop my mom on the street to point out how beautiful my older sister's naturally red hair was, all the while never saying a word about me, which made me feel like the ugly younger sister with boring dishwater blonde hair. I also had all my sister's teachers 2 years after she had them, so I was always 'expected' to do as well as she did on everything, which I tried hard to do but such an expectation really wasn't fair. So... I'm on Blaine's side. I didn't find his reactions implausible or whiny. But like I said, I'm a middle child, so... I'm not unbiased here.
Regarding Quinn. I felt like the writers jumped ahead in a bizarre way. I had trouble with the leap in time line to well beyond the big crash. I think it was a wasted opportunity for drama, for all the kids. But then, I suppose they don't want the rest of this season to get bogged down with too much heaviness when they probably want to keep the focus on the glee club competition and the graduation of various seniors. Perhaps then they shouldn't have gone with such a heavy-duty storyline, if they didn't have the time to follow through with some decent continuity. At any rate, like others here I saw Quinn's 'sunny' outlook about her situation to be a front, and I will be very surprised if she doesn't have a meltdown soon. She can't keep up that energy for long, especially with Artie pushing her like that. We'll see what the writers have planned, I guess.
I found Rachel to be frustrating in this episode. I get that she's wracked with guilt, but 1) Quinn told her that the fault lies solely on Quinn for doing the actual texting while driving, 2) Quinn didn't want all that drama and had already asked that much of her friends. Rachel's allowed to be upset for the plight of her friend, but dumping it on Quinn when she has enough to deal with is pretty lousy. Talk to Finn, talk to Kurt, talk to your dads, whatever. Just don't act like Quinn's responsible for your emotions and comforting you. When Quinn told her to "come here," I hoped it would be so she could punch Rachel in the arm (or the nose) and tell her to knock it off.
[snip] I think what [Finn] said in that final scene was spot-on. Rachel's very very focused about what she wants in her life, which is her right, but she's demanding a lot of him without much thought for his goals in their partnership. It's all about how she needs him in order to do what she wants. I don't often hear her talking about what he wants, or what she wants for them together. And she did try to dissuade him from being a mechanic in Burt's shop, helping to run the business. She told him to keep his options open, but her tone was pretty clear (at least, to me) that she thought such a job was out of line with her own goals and she considered her goals the priority. That's her prerogative, but it's Finn's prerogative not to follow her blindly. If they're supposed to get married, and if she's declaring that she can't do it without him by her side, then shouldn't she give a damn about the two of them deciding things together? It's like she's got a vision of Finn and what role she sees him playing in her big "I'm going to be a star" fantasy, and she refuses to think about anything peripheral to that dream, whether it's plausible or not.
I didn't think Finn was out of line, making the L.A. suggestion. I do think he's insane to go into business with Puckerman -- Finn's brains, seriously?? -- but I didn't think his thought process about Rachel being able to find performance work out there was out of line. Yes, Rachel has been pretty adamant about her goals involving New York and Broadway, but as others in this forum have pointed out, she's also said in the past that she'll do 'anything' to be a star, and she also lapped up everything Cooper Anderson was saying about head shots and agents and L.A. and TV, feverishly taking notes about it all. So it seemed to me like she might be open to trying it all. At least, I could see Finn thinking that, if he were watching her getting all excited about Cooper's presentation. And she did come bounding up to Finn, excitedly asking him what he thought of her scene work, so I'm not surprised he thought she might get into the idea of going to L.A.
Personally, I don't think they belong together. Not at this time, anyway. She's got her goals, and he's got a variety of his own possibilities (managing Burt's shop, going to L.A. to run a business with Puck and maybe play drums in a band on the side?), so they're probably better off pursuing their own goals at this time. They're holding each other back.
P.S. Did anything happen in this episode after Blaine was in the shower? It wasn't any major scene, but I seem to have trouble remembering anything after seeing wet, sexy shoulders. (I'm a 'notice nice shoulders' kind of girl. Among other things.) *GRIN*
Edited by TWoP Howard, Apr 12, 2012 @ 4:30 AM.
Unnecessary spoiler tags, boards on boards