Mental illness is a tough stigma in modern society. At the time when mankind is finally starting to understand these types of diseases and find ways to treat them, many still consider it supreme weakness to admit to suffering from them. Emma is no different. But her willingness to eventually seek help, in the form of therapy and medication, sends a positive message to viewers that it's OK to embrace who you are, and to ask for help as needed. Far from looking vulnerable, it's a testament to her strength that she can get past pride and shame to find relief.
Glee is strongest when tackling the serious dramatic issues of its characters, but often, it has to get past the silly to get to them. While comedy is an essential element of the show, there is a fine line between funny and goofy. This week's closest dance to that line is Rachel getting her nose broken by Finn's (Cory Monteith) bad dancing. Poor Finn just can't move gracefully, though he seeks help from Mike Chang, shown with their performance of "I Gotta Be Me."
Finn's bad footwork leads him to unintentionally bop Rachel in the face, causing her nose to look like Jan's from The Brady Bunch after its unfortunate meeting with the infamous football. Further comments, such as the doctor saying that a nose job is a right of passage for Jewish girls, only make the scene less realistic. The final nail in the coffin is that neither of Rachel's dads even show up for the consultation or at the doctor's office. True, they have not been cast, but if there's any time Rachel needed them, it's now.
Instead, Rachel's friends have to convince her that surgery would be a mistake. Many speak out, and things come to a head as Kurt, Puck (Mark Salling), and others lead a flash mob to Duck Sauce's "Barbara Streisand." Believe it or not, though, the singing and dancing through the mall has real emotional impact, and turns a ridiculous plot into something real to contend with.