Another week, another Glee. But this week's offering was far from ordinary. I dare say it might have been the most emotional, and philosophical, episode of the series to date. Titled "Grilled Cheesus" after the (appropriately) cheesiest plot in the episode, this week was about all thing's faith, whether or not you believe in a higher power. Each Glee kid looked to their own ideas, and although the episode was vague on what those might be, the most important plots were sound.
Kurt (Chris Colfer) was the star, as his father, Burt (Mike O'Malley), took ill and would not awaken. Kurt is an atheist, and didn't appreciate his classmates' prayers. Each of them wanted to support him, but frequently brought God into the discussion. Thankfully, Glee did not take the atheism bad route. Yes, Kurt accompanied Mercedes (Amber Riley) to her church, and appeared move at their outpouring of song. But even after that, sitting by his father's hospital bed, he proclaimed that what he believed in was his father, not God. It's refreshing to see television not be so pushy about Jesus, and to have an actual atheist, who won't be swayed into a conversion, represented. In our nation, it's actually pretty rare.
Accordingly, Kurt did finally get a great solo this week. He sang the most weepy version of the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" that I've ever heard. The song was interspersed with scenes of Burt playing with a young Kurt (Adam Kolkin, a spitting image). Burt helped him learn to ride a bike, and even had a tea party. As a single parent, who is pretty much a picture of blue collar stereotypical masculinity, raising an out and proud gay son, Burt has struggled to show Kurt how much he cares. However, the characters has always been supportive, and again, it's nice to see such a character as Burt on the air.
Other cast members who hadn't had any big ballads yet this season also got to stretch their vocal chords. Mercedes belted out on not one, but two songs. Puck (Mark Salling) rocked Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young". Even Tina opened the awesome group number "What If God Was One Of Us" with some pretty fantastic vocals. Finn (Cory Monteith), whom I often am underwhelmed by, got to show off a bit more with "Losing My Religion". And Rachel (Lea Michele) introduced middle America to Yentl.