Glee once again takes a break from Sunshine Corazon, and this week’s “Born This Way” is the first of the three episodes about McKinley High’s prom. So that leaves us with a two-week wait for another Charice comeback on the second-to-the-last episode, “Funeral”.
The episode title is from Lady Gaga’s hit, “Born This Way”, a song about positive self-image. The whole glee club dilemma about their own flaws surfaces when Rachel decides to get a nose job. After Santana points out everybody’s imperfections, Will decides to have them all perform to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”. The catch? They will all wear a tshirt printed with a description of what’s “wrong” with them.
Rachel and Finn perform a duet of “I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story mashed-up with “Unpretty” by TLC. Members of New Directions successfully convince Rachel to stop from changing her nose with a mall flash mob dance to “Barbra Streisand” by Duck Sauce. Streisand is Rachel’s idol, who also has a Jewish nose like her. She is known to have refused rhinoplasty as a means of helping her become more famous.
The other insecurities of the glee club are also tackled. Finn works on his lack of dancing talent with an entertaining dance number with Mike. Tina decides to be her own Asian sex symbol and stop hiding behind her blue contact lenses. Will also encourages Emma to seek treatment for her OCD. She takes one step to cure it by going to a specialist and taking the prescribed medicine. Quinn’s secret flaw is leaked when Lauren printed posters to sabotage her prom queen campaign.
It turns out that Quinn was overweight in middle school and transformed herself with a nose job for high school. Lauren’s plan to advance as prom queen backfires when Quinn became more relatable among students. Other prom related drama included Santana’s own plan to be prom queen. She plans on becoming more popular by helping the glee club win Nationals.
Santana enlists Karofsky to act as her boyfriend and convinces him to ask for Kurt’s forgiveness for his bullying. Kurt transfers back to McKinley after accepting Karfosky’s apology. The Dalton Warblers did a farewell performance for him with Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know”. As a comeback performance, Kurt sings an emotional “As If We Never Said Goodbye” from Sunset Boulevard.
The episode ends with the New Directions singing and dancing to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” while wearing their own imperfection shirts. Here’s a list of everyone’s tshirt statement:
Artie – “Four Eyes”
Brittany – “I’m With Stoopid” (Arrow up)
Finn – “Can’t Dance”
Kurt – “Likes Boys”
Lauren – “Bad Attitude”
Mercedes – “No Weave!”
Mike – “Can’t Sing”
Puck – “I’m With Stupid” (Arrow down)
Quinn – “Lucy Caboosey”
Sam – “Trouty Mouth”
Santana – “Bitch” “Lebanese”
Tina – “Brown Eyes”
Emma – “Ginger” “OCD” (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
Rachel - “Nose”
Will – “Butt Chin”
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By Sofia Carrera, charicemania.com