I seem to remember reading somewhere that they were going to focus less on the songs and more on the story in this upcoming season... Um. I'm really not sure how that translates to seven, count 'em seven, songs in one episode. And for the most part, they were the complete songs too. That was a whole lot o' singing, and not a lot of story.
What there was of story basically boiled down to two plot points - the big one being Kurt's dad Burt having a heart attack. Everyone in the club tried to rally around Kurt to give him support, but when that support started to turn religious, hackles were raised. Kurt does not believe in God, and does not want such belief shoved down his throat. So everyone starts going on about spirituality and what it means to believe in a higher power, but most of it was done through song. Throughout the episode, it's not clear whether Burt will eventually wake up, or if he might possibly die. In the end, though, once Kurt has a bedside confession, he does stir. That confession came in the form of Kurt uttering the rather cheesy and predictable line something along the lines of: "I don't believe in God, but I believe in you."
Meanwhile, Finn was having his own religious epiphany of sorts. After making a grilled cheese sandwich, he noticed part of the grill looked like Jesus. This prompted him to pray to the grilled cheesus a few times for such classy things as winning a football game, being able to touch Rachel's boobs, and getting his spot back at quarterback. He does end up getting all three, but he only gets to be quarterback again because Sam gets hurt, which makes him question the whole thing.
The other, teeny tiny, subplot was Sue having a problem with the club expressing any religious views, because she herself does not believe in God. Which stems from her praying when she was a child for her sister to get better, but it never happening. This story doesn't really amount to much, though. She sees her sister at the end of the episode and they have a small chat, but as there is hardly any sort of arc, it honestly was kind of lame and pandery.
These sorts of episodes are tough, I grant you that. Asking big questions that don't have answers, or have too many answers from too many different people, is a big job to tackle on TV. But maybe if the focus had been put more on the story rather than showcasing performance after performance, it wouldn't have felt so frivolous. I did find the grilled cheesus hilarious, though.
Only the Good Die Young - Puck
I Look to You - Mercedes
Papa Can You Hear Me - Rachel
I Want to Hold Your Hand - Kurt .... by FAR the best song of the night. This one actually almost brought me to tears.
Losing My Religion - Finn
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Mercedes + church choir
One of Us - whole club
"Whenever I pray, I fall asleep." - Brittany
"I'm a total Jew for Jesus. He's my number one Hebe." - Puck
"What up, grilled cheesus. I need to ask you for something. I didn't go to Sunday school, so I don't know if God works the same as a genie and I only get three wishes..." - Finn
"You can't prove there isn't a magic teapot floating around on the dark side of the moon with a dwarf inside of it that reads bromance novels and shoots lightning out of its boobs, but it seems pretty unlikely, doesn't it?" - Kurt
"Is God a dwarf?" - Brittany
"I realize you're only half orangutan, but I'm still allergic to your lustrous, ginger mane." - Sue
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