RECAP: Glee Gets Their Drink On
The episode begins with Principal Figgins addressing the school's drinking epidemic. He asks Will to help with alcohol awareness week, and Will accepts the challenge. He tries to talks to Emma, about it, but she's more interested in hearing about his dating life. Sue, ever the villain, tells him that she's going to expose him for the alcoholic he is.
Puck realizes Rachel's parents are out of town and tells her to have a party, but she scoffs at the idea.He calls her a loser, and she starts questioning her princess persona. The point is driven home after she test runs her original song, "My Headband," to Finn. He thinks she's kidding. Instead of participating in alcohol-awareness week, she decides to throw the party.
All the Gleeks gather for the shindig, but it's lame. Rachel offers Wine coolers but her guests start to leave. Puck convinces Rachel to let him raid her dad's liquor cabinet, and things get wild. Rachel and Blaine share a really passionate kiss during spin the bottle- and he's totally into it. Everyone continues to get hammered as he and Rachel sing "Don't You Want Me Baby."
On Monday, everyone's still hungover. They share barfing stories but then Artie gets things going again with a thermos of Bloody Marys. He then leads everyone in "Blame It (On The Alcohol)." Will tells them that it's great, but that it glorifies alcohol. "It's almost like some of you are actually drunk," he says.
Will consults with Coach Bieste, and she tells him that he needs to blow off some steam. She invites him to the honky tonk bar where she lets loose. Meanwhile, Rachel calls up Blaine and asks him out. He agrees, and Kurt's pissed because he's got a crush on him. Blaine defends himself, saying that it's ok to experiment. Things get rocky between them.
At Rosalita's Roadhouse, Will knocks them back with Bieste, and the two get on stage to duet with "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer." This might be a family show, but they're totally glorifying drinking.
Next, Kurt digs for details on Rachel's date with Blaine. She tells him she's helping out and he rants about how she's barking up the wrong tree. She resolves to prove him wrong, so she decides to kiss Blaine while sober, confident it will have the same effect.
Bieste and Will commisserate after coming home from drinking and she delivers the lesson of the show: "Drinking can be a lot of fun if you're careful and don't endanger yourself." Then she cautions Will, "We're not teenagers anymore." He drunk calls Emma and leaves her a really long-winded, elaborate message. The next day, he's hungover, and she doesn't know what he's talking about when he tries to apologize. Sue continues to berate him about his impending drinking problem.
Kurt fights with his dad because he let Blaine crash at his place after Rachel's party. Burt Hummel gets uncomfortable parsing over the details with his son, but ultimately he asks Kurt to apologize for having someone over to sleep in his bed.
At the school assembly for alcohol awareness, the gang scrapes together a song after being entirely unprepared. Rachel gives everyone a shot to calm their nerves, and then Brittany delivers the Ke$ha's "Tik Tok." She gives a stunning performance, showcasing hot sexy dance moves. She fights off some dry heaves before stumbling over, and puking all over Rachel. This makes Santana vomit, and for a second you're wondering if they're going to recreate that classic scene from Stand By Me. "Everybody drink responsibly," Brittany tells the audience.
Sue later gets on the P.A. and addresses the school. The unraveling Glee club is out of control. As further proof, she plays Will's drunk message, which he mistakenly left on her voicemail. It's scandalous and flirty, and she revels in the fact that he's publicly humiliated. It's the first step on the road to recovery, she tells him.
They're all called into Principal Figgins' office and instead of suspending them all, he congratulates them and gives them frozen yogurt coupons. He's amazed at their special effects and advanced sense of theater. He's stunned because it's the first day there have been no drinking incidents among the student body.
Though Figgins is fooled, Will is not, and he asks them to sign pledges not to drink. If they do, he insists that they call him for a ride home. "Think of yourselves as prize fighters," he coaches them, and save the brouhaha for after Nationals.
Rachel and Kurt meet up at the coffee shop, and she walks up and plants one on him. They share another moment and then Blaine confirms that he's definitely gay. She's ok with it, because at least she now has some serious subject matter to write about!
GLEE RETURNS IN 2 WEEKS: Gwyneth Paltrow returns as Holly the spanish teacher, and hooks up with Will.
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