Early in this episode, Kurt describes the role he plays in his friend’s lives as that of a mother, just in place to praise others, but have no good things for herself. Later, when Sam wants to adopt the little dog, Mercedes says, “I’ve got my hands full taking care of you,” a sentence familiar to moms everywhere.
Those lines got me musing on mothers in Glee–and then further out to who takes on parental roles in the show, and mostly to the way Glee just models families formed from bonds of affection rather than blood.
It clearly is a theme of this episode, with echoes in all of the story lines. These are just some things I noted:
There is the story between Kurt and Maggie. He doesn’t ask her to be his friend, after all; instead he says, “Why don’t we become each other’s family?”
Kurt’s mom is present in her absence; I found myself picturing Kurt alone in the loft, watching Long Island Medium and wondering if he would dare try to talk to her, though he knows she can’t answer…
Peter Pan brings Wendy to Neverland to be the Lost Boys’ Mother, because they all need someone to tell them stories…and that’s what Peter thinks mothers do
Santana calls Kurt “Homocchio.” Pinocchio is a complicated tale of wrong starts and bad companions, but at heart, it is also the tale of an intentional family. Pinocchio wants to be a real boy because he wants his creator Gepetto to be his real dad.
Mercedes does probably feel like a den mother, coming home to the boys playing games, the chores not done…
But Sam correctly reminds us that he has been the breadwinner, he has been the one getting children off to school. He’s just taking some time for himself before he creates a family with Mercedes “someday”.
Finally, the story with the dogs is a story about animal “adoption.” People create families with their companion animals.
Raymond Reggington 54/55 Years Old
Elizabeth Keen, 30/31 Years Old
Age Gap 24-25 years
Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti 22 year gap
Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart 25 year gap
Paula McCartney and Nancy Shevall 27 year gap
Celine Dion and Rene Angelili 26 year gap
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockheart 22 year gap
Michael Douglas and Katherine Zeta-Jones 25 year gap
Bruce Willis and Emma Heming-Willis, 23 year gap
Charlie Chaplin and Oona O’Neill, 36 year gap
Clint Eastwood and Dina Ruiz-Eastwood, 35 year gap
Annette Bening & Warren Beatty, 22 year gap
Literary or Movie/Television Characters/Couples w Significant Age Gaps
Jane Eyre/Edward Rochester (Jane Eyre)
Jo March/Frederick Bauer (Little Women)
Captain Von Trapp and Maria (Sound of Music)
MaryAnne and Col. Brandon (Sense and Sensibility)
Jerry Espenson and Katie Lloyd (Boston Legal)
Gay and Gloria (Modern Family)
Puck and Shelby (Glee)
Belle and Rumplestiltskin/Mr Gold (Once Upon a Time)
Rhett Butler and Scarlet O’Hara (Gone With the Wind)
Melvin Udall and Carol Connelly (As Good As it Gets)
Stanley Crawford and Sophie Baker (Magic in the Moonlight)
Love is Powerless. Some of the most beautiful love stories have been of couples of different age. Love is love. This couple has so many other, more serious and important, problems to resolve, but age won’t be one of them.
Some woman was having a bitch saying that she could deal with the ‘homos’, but a teacher/ student relationship is just too boundary pushing and wrong so therefore she’s not going to watch Glee anymore even though she apparently a “massive gleek”
All I has to say is… Idina Menzel. I’d go there too if she was my teacher ;)
That if Quinn would had gotten together with Rachel and Puck would have stayed with Sheblie…that Beth would have had one hell of a family.
Her Father got her Mother Quinn pregnant, dated her Sister Rachel (or I guess just made out with her) and then got together with her adopted Mother. Her Mother dated her Father for awhile before going after her Sister Rachel as well. So Rachel is not only her sister but also her Mother in law.
So if her Mother and her adopted Sister had a baby…would it be a cousin or a sister?
Method: Using VLC Player, I flipped through each episode of Glee in one-minute skips, and marked down whose face(s) appeared on the screen. That’s the raw data shown above and used below. Of course it doesn’t differentiate between important plotlines and background shots, so it’s only a rough approximation of the ‘truth'… but it is an objective measure, and one that was relatively(!) easy to obtain.
Defining terms: 'early,’ 'mid,’ and 'late’ parts of seasons = episodes 1 through 8, 9 through 13, and 14 through 22 (20 for s5), respectively. 'Primary’ characters have 7% or more of the total 'appearances on screen’ for a season or part of a season, 'secondary’ characters at least 3% but less than 7%, and 'tertiary’ characters at least 1% but less than 3%…. All breakpoints which I chose semi-arbitrarily, but because they seemed the best overall fit to describe the natural breakpoints/grouping of the data I had.
In the very briefest summary of results for the overall show, I present the characters in each grouping, in order:
If I read one more post telling me that if I don’t support the Puck/Shelby story-line on Glee than I shouldn’t Support the Ezria story-line on Pretty Little Liars i’m going to slap someone.
The two have nothing to do with each other.
As someone who both watches the Television Series and has Read all the PLL books I can tell you right now that I support Ezria more than any other couple in the whole series. Now despite the fact that there is a 5 or 6 year age difference between Ezra and Aria They understand each other, appreciate each other, and truly do love each other. Reading the books I described them as soul-mates in a way.
Puck and Shelby on the other hand, they have never shown interest in one another. Shelby is the adoptive mother of his Daughter. He once tried to sleep with Rachel (Shelby’s Biological Daughter) and he’s kind of a man-whore. It’s just not right, it has nothing to do with the obvious 20+ year age difference, I like forbidden relationship story-lines but I can’t accept this one because I don’t see any of the romance of it, I see Puckerman adding another conquest to his list.