November 8th, 2011 by thetvchick
So, how about we just forget about last week’s episode of Glee, shall we? I had some big issues with “Pot O’ Gold” and I’m happy to say it was just one little blip in the radar of what has been a pretty great Glee season so far. “The First Time” was fantastic. The main focal point is the Glee Club putting on “West Side Story.” But Artie gets in Blaine and Rachel’s head by suggesting that they can’t truly get into the mindset of Tony and Maria if they have never had sex. As slightly ridiculous as that may sound, it drives the plot forward.
Blaine and Kurt have agreed to wait to have sex, but then Blaine returns to Dalton (yes, the Warblers are back!) to visit and meets new Warbler Sebastian. Let me just say, ladies (and gentlemen), he is super sexy. Sebastian clearly wants that, and I doubt he is going to give up on Blaine just because he has a boyfriend. Anyway, Kurt, Blaine and new sexy Warbler go to a gay bar but the night doesn’t end as planned, though. I don’t want to spoil more than that, you’ll just have to wait and see. Meanwhile, Rachel seduces Finn, which is not a hard task. But when they are romantically making out fireside, of course Rachel has to ruin it a bit.
What’s so great about everything that is going on in these characters’ personal lives is that the story is told through “West Side Story” songs. Santana makes a killer Anita, by the way. And Rachel and Blaine’s rendition of “Tonight” gave me chills. Chills! I don’t want to give too much more away, but whatever does (or does not) happen is wonderful. Also, Karofsky returns! He and Kurt have a nice interaction and I was so glad to see him back. Mike Chang has a good story as well. And even though the Glee kids are the focal point of the episode, Coach Beiste’s storyline is my favorite. She finally gets a love interest in Cooter (played by Eric Bruskotter), and it’s about time! Be prepared to get very emotional during her scenes. Just trying to give you a fair warning. Dot Marie Jones does some fantastic work here. Probably her best of the entire series.
“The First Time” was one of the most emotional episodes of Glee — between all the hormones running wild, Artie making his directorial debut and Coach Beiste liking a guy. I absolutely adored the way the story was told, the music, and mostly everything about this episode. And I think if you were also hoping to forget last week’s episode, you will adore this episode as much as I did.
Be sure to tune in tonight at 8 PM to FOX for an all new episode of GleeTweet