Locker room. Coach Beiste is putting on some lipstick and crying. Just a little bit. The bell rings and players come in. She takes a deep breath and wipes the tears away. Puck asks if she's crying. Beiste: "Yeah. I saw your stats from last season and it really hurt my feelings." And then Finn wheels Artie in and tells Coach Beiste that he'd like to try out for the team. Already feeling attacked, she gets defensive immediately. She thinks he's trying to make her look bad in front of the entire team by making her say no to a kid in a wheelchair. So she kicks Finn off the team. And things kind of escalate. Artie tells the world he wants abs, which makes some kids laugh. Coach Beiste sees this and drags Finn off to the side, although they're both talking loud enough that everyone can hear them. Finn: "Dude, you're totally overreacting." She does not like being called "dude." Yeah, the Panther's a cat, not a dude. She yells at Finn, with a fairly scary voice, to get the hell out of the locker room. Sam has noticed both that the Coach went apeshit on Finn and that the other players didn't seem very supportive of their QB. I love Ryan Murphy for stuff like this -- he takes people who've had long careers kind of typecast in very superficial roles, and then puts them in the same kind of role but demonstrates that they can totally act the shit out of it. Like Mike O'Malley, always playing blue collar guys, and now knocking it out of the park as Kurt's blue collar dad. Or Dot Jones, always cast as a kind of placeholder character because of her size and her voice, and then he gives her this kind of meaty stuff that doesn't just involve making the audience feel sympathetic towards a prison inmate. And she's just amazing in this episode. Oh, while I've been pontificating, some commercials have been playing.
Episode Report CardLTG: B+ | 1845 USERS: B-
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