The latest installment of FOX's Glee is called "Sadie Hawkins." Tired of being single, and with her eye on a boy, Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) pushes for a Sadie Hawkins dance at the school. She gets it, but it doesn't solve her problem the way that she hoped it would.
With many of the fan favorite characters having graduated from McKinley last spring, sometimes Glee chooses to focus on the characters I consider the "B team." Tina is very much one of those characters, and unlike some, which flourish under the additional screen time, Tina has yet to do anything that improves my opinion of her. In fact, just the opposite.
Tina's crush in "Sadie Hawkins" is Blaine (Darren Criss). I know it's natural for young girls to fall for gay guys, not fully understanding relationships and sexuality yet. But Tina is introduced to Blaine as Kurt's (Chris Colfer) boyfriend. All of the time that she has known Blaine, there has never been any sign that he is even a tiny bit straight, nor interested in her. It's fine if she is attracted to him, or harbors a secret that she keeps to herself, but making a move on him is stupid and weird.
That's not to say I didn't enjoy Tina's "I Don't Know How to Love Him." She does have a pretty good voice, and I like that song. But that's the only part of her story in the this episode that I liked.
Which leaves me hoping that Tina does not go to New York and continue on the series next year. I don't mind if she pops in occasionally, as most of the alumni do, but to interweave her into the main saga longer than necessary would not benefit the show. Unless they improve her character, because I do think the actress could handle better.
Blaine, for his part, also has unrequited feelings. He is interested in Sam (Chord Overstreet). It's not hard to see why, and the two do have good chemistry. Unlike Tina, however, Blaine knows it's simply a fantasy that will never come true, and thus, keeps it to himself until Tina really needs to hear it. He's acting much more reasonable.