5 Things from the TDB Rewatch: Acafellas
(I’m late this week, @todaydreambelievers
1. Finn is a better man than Will Schuester. This episode is the first time this giant boy-child CLEARLY was a better man than his teacher. Finn throughout acts like a leader, figuring out motivations, strategizing, and most importantly, bridging the divide between Rachel and the rest of the world. And the camera shows us that. When Rachel comes into the choir room with her apology cookies, I was struck by the clear divide in the room, the four originals sitting together, the 3 Cheerios, and Finn alone at the piano. He focuses on her entirely in that conversation, ceding ownership of the club to her. I’m not sure at this point that he’s quite aware of how drawn he is to her, but Quinn sure is.
He is empathetic. He really cares about Mr. Schu. Why? I think I will always puzzle over this. Maybe Finn just NEEDS a father figure. (I keep thinking about how he’s dressed in this episode, not in a rugby shirt, but in a dress shirt, mirroring Will a bit, especially in the scene where Will invites him to join the Acafellas.)
Or maybe he sees how fragile Will really is. Yes, it’s typical guy talk to say, “Of course he’s not coming back since you kicked him in the ‘nads,” but Finn is onto something. He is people smart. He correctly diagnoses Mr. Schue’s issue. He shouldn’t lay all the responsibility at Rachel’s feet, but he’s not wrong. Schue is retreating into this childish dream because he’s afraid to face the awesome responsibility of fatherhood.
It’s the little things with Finn–and with Cory’s portrayal of him. He is very intentionally setting him up as an alternative to the “winning is everything” attitude of McKinley, at least when it comes to music. Like his confused “Since when?” reply to the insistence that Glee is about winning (at base, it really really isn’t). Or his reminder to Will, who as usual, is projecting his insecurities onto him, that he’s not quitting because he’s a failure, but because “It’s just not fun anymore.” Glee is about opening yourself to joy, after all.