Glee Review/Recap Season 6 Episode 8 ‘A Wedding’: I Do

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Talk about timing. With same-sex marriage riding waves of publicity and public acceptance, and with Texas getting its first gay marriage this week, Glee gave us a double dose of such about-time nuptials in Episode 8’s A Wedding, the most fun show of Season 6 to date.

Not that it wasn’t also tearful like last week’s episode, but in a warm way, as friends and family united for Brittany and Santana — joined by cajoled couple Kurt and Blaine — to marry in the Indiana barn where Britt, it turns out, was born.

Among many Glee stalwarts returning was Kurt’s dad, Burt (lovable Mike O’Malley), who officiated the wedding with on-target observations about the universality of love and the shared belief with his son that it’s time for all of us to walk in the sunshine together.

This show was sunshiny, all right, even including Sue, whose rehabilitation continued as a woman who truly does care about others, as she showed by managing to reconcile Santana and her disapproving abuela, or grandmother (Ivonne Coll).

Some prominent characters (Sam, Beiste, Will) lacked a single line between them, but this was a crowded episode — and in a good way.

The important thing was that so many made the “gang’s all here” bunch, including Burt’s wife, Carol (Romy Rosemont), Blaine’s mom (newcomer Gina Gershon), Sugar (Vanessa Lengies, replacing Dianna Agron’s absent Quinn in the Troubletones) and Mike Chang (Harry Shum Jr.), getting an awkwardly unrealistic proposal from Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz).

We also saw more of Jennifer Coolidge (love her) and Ken Jeong (not so funny) as Brittany’s zany parents.

Best of all was the spirit of the occasion. The entwined vows were unorthodox yet moving, and the reception erupted into the kind of celebratory song-and-dance-fest you’d expect from couples who fell in love while in glee club.

Though I loved all the numbers, best for me was OutKast’s infectiously exuberant Hey Ya, sung emphatically by Kevin McHale’s Artie as the barn went wild with earthshaking stomps. Moms got in the act with a similarly rousing I’m So Excited via the Pointer Sisters. Both performances echoed the ebullient lifts of Glee’s prom night dances with material like Friday and Dancing Queen.

Slower, less wild yet impressive in its own way was Artie and Mercedes’ soulfully wailing duet for Etta James’ At Last and, from the couples, the fitting capper of Our Day Will Come, a song often credited to Amy Winehouse these days, though hers was a remake of Ruby & the Romantics’ original from ’62, whose arrangement Glee honors to a T.

But what was that irresistibly bouncy song playing over Brittana’s wedding dress fashion show? Unlike the other four songs, it wasn’t an official release of a Glee cast performance. Anyone know it? Loved it.

I also loved Puck resuming his older-woman ways with Blaine’s soused mom, and it was touching that Carol and Burt, who referenced Finn, embraced Rachel and Sam’s moving-on romance.

In the end, this rollicking, hopeful, feel-good Glee had a worthy message for anyone: The only thing worth doing is going toward love.

In its quirky, jerky way — sometimes stumbling, but always spurred by good intentions and the glories of song — Glee has done that for six seasons. And it’s done so by embracing people for who they are, not what some say they should be.

Do I love that? I do.

— Bruce Westbrook

 

 

 

 

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