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.