FOX's Glee episode last night, "Rumours," is heavy on Fleetwood Mac, using the drama among various members of the New Directions to connect to the troubled band's album by the same title (hence the odd spelling). It is a tightly packed hour, with lots of development among various relationships, including one long-time-coming breakup, major trust issues, and a very tough decision for Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison). It is also perhaps one of the more emotionally moving episodes to date, with several characters dealing with some very real, very difficult things, leaving the cheese, that often accompanies such plots on Glee, at home.
Brittany (Heather Morris) gets things started when she debuts her new internet chat show, "Fondue For Two," in which she plans on discussing gossip and rumors floating around the school. There is some literal cheese in this scene, but used in a good way. While the elements with her cat, Lord Tubbington, are hilarious, and not at all out of character, Brittany inadvertently somewhat outing Santana (Naya Rivera) is weak. Her justification that referring to Santana playing for the other team meant switching from the Cheerios to the New Directions is dubious at best. Normally, Brittany's stupidity is convincing. This time, there is room for doubt. Perhaps she just uses it as a cover or excuse.
The effects are far from devastating. While the school newspaper, The Muckraker, newly recommissioned by Sue (Jane Lynch), and with a mantra that involves not concerning themselves with facts, does pick up the story, it is not widely believed. Jacob Ben Israel (Josh Sussman), a reporter for the new FOX News-esque publication, and apparently, now semi-regular bad guy, does question Santana about her sexuality. When she assures him she is having wonderful heterosexual relations, the issue seems to drop. While this easily could have been a much more involved story, there likely just isn't room for it in the already very busy "Rumours."
One person does believe it, though, and that's Brittany's boyfriend, Artie (Kevin McHale), who assumes that Brittany is fooling around on him. She does admit to her lady kisses time, using Santana's justification that since they are both girls, they are not cheating. Artie doesn't buy that reasoning, showing a wholly over reactive, but realistic for a teenager, jealous streak. He calls her "stupid," the worst insult Brittany can imagine from the man she cares for. Their relationship, which always feels a bit awkward, is over. And good riddance. Plus, this leads to what may have been the best musical performance of the night, "Never Going Back Again," with Artie leading a group of guitar strummers through the hallways of McKinley.