'Glee': 5 Things I Loved About 'Born This Way'
'Glee': 5 Things I Loved About 'Born This Way'
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
If you've read my recap of last night's Glee episode, "Born This Way," you know that I pointed out quite a few problems I had with the overall plot and message. My t-shirt would probably say "Overly Critical," because I've always been someone who overanalyzes and overthinks everything, from TV shows to real life. But hey, I was born that way.

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So as an experiment, I'm instituting a new weekly day-after column where I'll look at five things I actually loved about Glee. Though you might not think it, I am a fan of the show and want it to be great, and even when I find faults, it's only because I'm so invested in Glee.

But I'm also smart enough to recognize that no episode is all bad and that Glee is good enough to always have moments of greatness. With that in mind, here are five things I loved about "Born This Way."

The Mash-Up

From the first time Glee did a mash-up with "It's My Life" and "Confessions, Part II," I've been in love. It's a way of making Glee about more than just cover songs, and they always turn out great, as far as I'm concerned. The mash-up between TLC's "Unpretty" and "I Feel Pretty" from West Side Story worked perfectly both vocally and tonally for the episode. More mash-ups, please!

Quinn's Backstory

As preposterous as it is, I really like the message of Quinn's backstory, as I understood it, even if it is at odds with the message of the episode. Quinn was a good person who was mocked by others for her appearance. She could've simply accepted who she was and continued to be a social pariah, but she did something about it, worked hard with ballet, gymnastics and cheerleading, went on a diet, and tried to make her outer beauty reflect her inner beauty. It might be a harsh and unfair life lesson, but people are judged first on appearances, and there's no amount of Lady Gaga that's going to change the way society functions.

Sure, Quinn got a nose job, but at least she didn't turn to liposuction. She saw something about herself that she could improve with hard work and determination, and she did it. As Jacob ben Israel's poll said, she really is an inspiration to others and I support her for that. Her flaw wasn't Lucy Caboosey, it's the shame she felt for hiding who she used to be. Being born perfect isn't impressive, but working hard to achieve it is.

Mike Chang Embracing His Flaw

The t-shirts were a mixed bag, and while Brittany and Puck's dueling "I'm with Stupid" shirts were the funniest, Mike Chang's felt the most sincere. He can't sing (at all), but he can dance, and he has completely embraced that as his role in New Directions. For the second week in a row, Mike got to shine in one of the musical numbers despite never singing a note, and he's stolen the show both times. Shows like So You Think You Can Dance and America's Best Dance Crew have turned me on to dancing as an art form, and I'm pleased that Glee keeps it alive and doesn't just force him into background choreography every week.

Santana's Insults

I might have problems with the writing when it comes to overall story arcs and messages, but the specific lines of dialogue, especially the ones coming from Santana's mouth, are better than ever. Her insults to everyone were hilarious, as was her scene with Karofsky and her voiceover narration about how gullible Brittany is. Sue Sylvester was the breakout quotable star of season 1, while Brittany came on strong at the end of the first season and the start of the second. But now it's Santana who is consistently delivering the best lines every week.

Karofsky's Change of Heart

I can't decide if Karofsky has genuinely become a better person or if he's just pretending, but I like to think it's the former. In his speech, I loved how he brought up seeing articles about gay teens who committed suicide after being bullied, because it added some reality and weight to this storyline. It also made me think he's actually changed, because otherwise he's a sadistic and cruel person. He needed to get a wake-up call, and Santana was just the girl to do it, regardless of her motives. I only pray Glee doesn't backslide again and turn him back into the mean bully he used to be.

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