Glee 5×16 ‘Tested’: Slut-shaming

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On this week Glee it’s all about sex sex sex (and relationships). Artie has to deal with his film school player lifestyle and Samcedes are still working things out. To top things off we have Blaine and his new obsession with food – especially his cronut’s!

Finally we are blessed with more Artie screen time but as per usual a character on Glee takes a tangent for the worse and becomes somebody completely different. In NYC Artie has become a sex fiend that has more works his way through the college halls! Everything is going smoothly for him until he finds out he has chlamydia. To make matters worse he finds a girl he actually likes (Julie) and she agrees to go on a date with him.

Source: Fox

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I think Sam was the most disappointed with Artie’s choice of unprotected sex and I loved his ‘Slut-shaming’ attitude that he imposed upon Artie! 10 points for humour Sam! Artie takes Julie to the diner (of course) and all he hears are STI based words due to his anxiety and he makes thing awkward by mentioning sex – uh oh bad move Artie, Julie doesn’t do the dirty deed on the first date! After an awkward confession on Artie’s behalf he finds out that the STI doesn’t upset Julie but the fact that he’s slept with so many girls makes her question the type of guy he is! Poor Artie – hopefully next week he gets rid of his new player attitude and him and Julie work things out!

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Back to Samcedes gate and this week they’re discussing intimacy. Mercedes confesses her virginity to Sam and explains that until she’s ready on the inside she wants to wait. Sam being as understanding as he is tells her it’s fine but that’s until he finds out that she wants to wait until marriage. She discovered she wanted to wait after she went to the church and prayed and got in touch with her spiritual side. I loved her performance of “I Want To Know What Love is” at the church as well!

I also liked the way that Glee dealt with an issue that is rarely discussed – celibacy before marriage. I found Sam’s reaction very honest of what a 19-year-old boy would say but then I admired his gesture with the candles when he told Mercedes he’s willing to wait because he has never felt this way about anyone! Well-done Sam!

Thanks to this storyline we get to see some Rachel and Mercedes bonding time and we get to see Rachel stripped back enjoying girl time. I don’t know about any of you but the scene where they discuss future love for Rachel was really hard to watch. I felt like the scene took a lot of courage from Lea and as per usual when she speaks about Finn I feel as if she’s talking about Cory. I think it would be nice to see Rachel meet someone but I also think it’s good to wait and take things slow. Please can we have more of this Rachel and less of diva Rachel!

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Source: Fox

This week Klaine sort through yet some more issues. Blaine feels like Kurt’s newfound confidence and heroism overshadows him and makes him feel insecure. Now that Kurt is buff and more confident than ever Blaine doesn’t know what to do and he feels like Kurt Blaine moaned less and played it down rather than over playing it. However with that being said the scene in which he breaks down was on point. This season has just been a constant reminder of how Kurt is my favourite character. I loved how he comforted Blaine but didn’t apologies for being confident – Kurt was right though, Blaine should’ve spoke to him about it. I loved their duet of “Love is a Battlefield” and I loved the whole performance with the stage combat stuff.

So overall I quite liked the episode and I am enjoying the way Glee is going.

Thanks for reading and feel free to comment!

Hassan H.

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