Elsje and I were watching season four again and we came to a few realizations.
1) Every sex worker on Glee is male. Puck, Sam, Brody. Blaine has that “bath house circuit” comment during Sue’s fantasy about what the New Directions would get up to without the Glee Club. Sue snarks at Finn that while in Georgia, he probably engaged in “plus-sized male prostitution”.
2) Everything we know about Brody is more meaningful after the reveal in “I Do”. No girl has ever cooked him dinner before? Because he’s a prostitute, and doesn’t stick around after sex. Seniors took him under their wing and introduced him to the gym? He used his newly-gained 6% body fat to become a prostitute. He broke up with his girlfriend six weeks after moving to New York City? And then he became a prostitute. He was forty-five minutes late getting to Rachel and Kurt’s apartment? Because he was with a client, not because of a delayed train. He has a thing for ingenues? Yeah, that factoid’s has even more potential to be creepy now.
3) Rachel doesn’t like her doppelganger during “You’re the One That I Want”. She doesn’t like her any better during “Torn”.
4) After Finn calls Robin Sylvester a slur word, Sue makes it her mission to sabotage the Glee Club (booking the auditorium during the rehearsal period for Grease, taking the choir room after Sectionals and destroying everything in it). Kitty is likely following suit in her quest to gaslight Marley.
5) We first see Kitty gaslighting someone when she gets Dottie to believe that everyone has been Rapture’d. The smile on her face when everyone comes back to witness her handiwork is downright evil and sadistic.
6) Kitty sings to Robin. Jake doesn’t need the Glee Club to take music seriously—he stays up three nights perfecting his audition, and he sings “Crazy / U Drive Me Crazy” with Marley before joining.
7) Marley is manipulated into believing she’s expanding exponentially due to a “circus fat gene”. She starves herself until she faints onstage. Finn is constantly the victim of weight-based comments from Sue (as he was previously, at the hands of Santana). He starts dieting and is noticeably thinner when Rachel sees him before the failed wedding.
8) Brittany, Finn and Blaine encourage, allow and help Santana, Rachel and Kurt to leave Lima. When they’re left alone or discover their loved one has moved on, Brittany, Finn and Blaine all feel victimized anyway. This isn’t framed as bad or hypocritical, just sad and inevitable, being Lima is terrible, but so does making the transition into the rest of the world.
9) This show caters to the female gaze a lot. More often than it caters to the male gaze, I should say. It’s a very bisexual sort of show. This might be related to the ALL THE MALE SEX WORKERS thing.
10) Artie rearranged the script of Grease. The show unambiguously begins with “Beauty School Dropout” [head canon: Artie wants his golden boy Blaine to get the opening number]. This is followed by a scene in which neither Marley/Sandy or Ryder/Danny is included. “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” should be followed by “Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee (reprise)”, but Marley is already in her leather catsuit as Santana finishes her solo, so either the latter number is excised or Artie changes its placement as he does with Blaine’s. How the audience followed the show and enjoyed it is an exercise left to the viewer (although I feel compelled to add that Grease as it is doesn’t really possess any narrative integrity). Oh, and everybody talks backstage, which is the biggest no-no imaginable.
11) Marley and Jake both feel guilty for making their mothers work harder to pay for special privileges (therapist sessions for Marley’s eating disorder and Jake’s dance classes).
these are good thoughts.