Two main characters lose their virginities on this week's episode—a decision the show treats with unusual humor and sensitivity
After two and a half seasons (and many previous, apparently uncontroversial sexual encounters), Glee's two star couples lost their virginities on last night's episode. And Call the Parents Television Council, one of the couples was even gay. The episode was highly publicized and managed to spark controversy before it even aired—Fox even posted a "viewer discretion advised" disclaimer ahead of the telecast. But for all the hullabaloo, the whole thing was handled quite beautifully, even responsibly—a reminder that for all its melodrama and unevenness, Glee can still be a very good, even socially important show.
First, the details.The episode began, appropriately, with Blaine and Rachel singing the swelling Tony and Maria duet from West Side Story, "Tonight." Get it? Because tonight's the night. It's a song, director Artie reminds them, about unbridled passion and sexual awakening, which sparks a realization in the chaste duo that perhaps they are not suitably "awake" to play the star-crossed lovers. So when Finn invites Rachel to his house when his parents are out of town—and because she thinks she needs to lose her virginity in order to believably portray Maria—she agrees. "I'll be there at six."
Meanwhile, Blaine stops by his old school to visit the Warblers and meets Sebastian, an attractive new member of the a capella group who aggressively hits on him. At one point, he calls Blaine "sex on a stick with a voice like a dream." The newly horny Blaine—he too thinks he must have sex in order to believably play Tony—clearly laps up the pick-up lines, which are intercut with a West Side Story rehearsal of "A Boy Like That." Get it? Because "a boy like that/ wants one thing only," and entertaining those thoughts would ruin his relationship with Kurt.