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Watercooler: Did Glee Give Good Love to Whitney Houston?

Date April 25, 2012

Darren Criss

As if she didn't suffer enough when she was alive.

The Glee kids "honored" Whitney Houston last night with another one of those theme episodes the producers said they were gonna cut back on this season. Oh well. They also said the stunt casting was being toned down and we still have Whoopi Goldberg, Perez Hilton and Lindsay Lohan on the way.

But unlike last week's disco episode, this one tried to pack in some actual plots, most seemingly designed to fit around Whit's songs instead of the characters. In the blink of an eye, Santana and Rachel were friends dueting on "So Emotional" together; drama queen Kurt randomly got flirty with some troll named Chandler, leading a startlingly whiny Blaine to scream-sing "It's Not Right, But It's OK," which then inspired his falsetto-dependent beau to dog-whistle his way through "I Have Nothing"; and that guy who won the Glee Project suddenly started to matter, at least to Quinn, who fell for his dreadlock-lovey eyes during physical rehab and their hyper-vanilla version of "Saving All My Love For You." However, we gotta award some big irony points to this insta-pairing: These two are supposed to be like Christian wonder twins, but their tune was about a woman having an affair with a married man. In between songs, Will tried to get Emma to move up their wedding to May Sweeps because he's codependent and needs his students to be there. 

Then, it all just ended with the entire cast gathering on stage and acting like they hadn't seen each other in months while hugging and mugging through "My Love is Your Love." Not that we're complaining. Aside from a few great performances — Lea Michele, Naya Rivera and Amber Riley dominated — and maybe two developments (the Kurt-Burt "I'm gonna miss you" scene, the kids all realizing their McKinley days are numbered), this tribute was as troubled as the late diva's life. Sadly, the wrong one was cut short.

Did you like Glee's Whitney tribute?

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