This summer, I’ll be going back to review the season one episodes of FOX’s Glee. These are fresh reviews, not reposts, and I hope you will enjoy reliving the first season with me.
The Glee fourth episode, “Preggers,” is when I started to actually like the series, because there is real heart in it. This is a really moving story about a father and son, and that relationship has become one of the best parts of the entire series. I was less than impressed with the campy quality of the first three episodes. Upon rewatching the beginning, now embracing Glee‘s brand of humor, even the first three are great. But back in the fall of 2009, that’s how I felt. And it’s why Kurt (Chris Colfer) is still my favorite character, with Burt (Mike O’Malley) high on the list as well.
In the episode, Kurt is featured. After being caught dancing to Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It),” he tells his father, Burt, that he has joined the football team as a kicker. Luckily, the McKinley players are so bad that Kurt is able to wrangle the position, accomodating his lie. In addition, Will (Matthew Morrison) teaches the football team to dance to the song, hoping it will make them better players. The big game doesn’t go so well, until the team pulls out their Beyoncé moves, and Kurt makes the game winning extra point kick.
Burt is proud of Kurt, and tells him so. Kurt finds himself finally able to come out to his father, who admits that he’s known Kurt’s preference for men since he was little. While Burt isn’t happy about it, he still loves his son just as much. Perhaps it’s a bit homophobic, but Burt is from a different generation. A problem many gay teens face is telling their less open minded families. Burt, at least, is willing to accept Kurt for who he is, even if that means embracing something he, as a “manly man,” has always been uncomfortable with. Not an ideal situation, but far better than what many kids face.
Amusing is the opening scene where Burt catches Kurt dancing to the Beyoncé song with Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) and Brittany (Heather Morris). Burt asks if one of them is Kurt’s girlfriend. Even though Burt later admits he has always known Kurt is gay, it makes sense for the character not to out his son until he is ready. Or maybe Burt is even wishing that Kurt is just a very odd straight man, and he’s wrong about his son. Either way, it’s an uncomfortable confrontation, but it follows a fantastic dance number.
Meanwhile, Quinn (Dianna Agron) tells Finn (Cory Monteith) that she is pregnant. Both Finn and Quinn fear losing any type of successful future to care for their child. Finn opens up to Will, unloading about the issue. Will offers emotional support, and also tells Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig), who sees Quinn’s baby as the perfect opportunity to find a baby to trick Will. This is based on the idea Terri’s sister, Kendra (Jennifer Aspen, Rodney), suggests to keep Will in the dark about Terri’s pregnancy being hysterical.
In “Preggers,” Terri begins to take her little white lie too far. She originally spouts it because she can’t stand to hurt Will. Now, after consideration, she realizes it’s probably the only reason Will hasn’t left her yet, considering their marital problems. Still, her instinct is to come clean. It’s Kendra who convinces her to continue on with the charade. It’s so sad to watch Terri choose the wrong path, knowing that she is essentially a good person. While it would prevent any future Will/Emma (Jayma Mays) pairing, I still find myself wishing Terri would do things differently the second time I watch, and heal her marriage.
Quinn’s lie is arguably worse than Terri’s. For one thing, she unnecessarily worries Finn, who she says is the father, but he is not. Setting aside why Finn even believes she can get pregnant from sperm swimming through hot tub water, as he is a naive teenager, and there is a lot of misinformation out there, Finn is all of the sudden faced with a dampened future. He is going to do the right thing and stand by his kid, of course, even if that costs him the things he wants to do. While Finn may be dumb, he is also sweet and caring, proven in “Preggers” by this whole situation, and his reaction to it.