Casa Hummel. Kurt's in the basement, tearing paint sample chips off the wall. His father enters and asks if he's picked one. With tears in voice, Kurt tells him that they're all wrong. Burt jokes that they all look like different shades of gray to him. Kurt: "Well maybe if they were different color sports uniforms you'd work harder to try to tell them apart." And then they fight. Kurt is completely in the wrong, accusing his father of essentially throwing him over for the jock son he's "obviously always wanted." (Tidbit -- Kurt dragged his father to Riverdance three years in a row. Some future husband is going to bring that up every time he and Kurt disagree about which movie to go see.) And Burt says all the right things. And yet, I can understand Kurt's pain, even if it is completely illogical. As always, any scene with these two actors is beautiful. I hope Mike O'Malley gets some guest actor awards for this.
Cafeteria. Mercedes has a plate with a tiny tomato wedge, a single piece of lettuce, and about two tablespoons of cottage cheese in front of her. Tina offers her half of a Peppermint Patty, which she rejects, and Artie asks her why she's starving herself, since her friends like her "no matter how [she] looks." Mercedes snaps, and barks at them for not understanding how much she's sacrificing to finally fit in at the school. Suddenly, she looks at Tina and sees her as an ice cream cone. And then Artie is a huge piece of cake (with chocolate frosting). Mercedes tells them to shut up. "And I'm really hungry, so stop trying to get me to eat you!" Artie: "Hold up. Did she just say she wanted to eat us?" Then Rachel and Jesse walk by, dressed as a pink cupcake and a hamburger. (Rachel is lecturing Jesse on the iconic nature of the role of Fanny Brice.) And then Mercedes faints. And I have to say, the show missed a golden opportunity to pay homage to one of the biggest stars of the last thirty years by not having these kids sing "Eat It," by Mr. Weird Al Yankovic. As I said in the forums, I demand that they write an episode using only his songs. (As the recapper, I'm fairly certain they have to do what I say. Santana will back me up on that.) Commercials.
Nurse's office. Look, Maharishi Figgins hired an actual competent nurse. How did that happen? He must be so shaken by this blackmail that he's forgetting to be his usual insane self. I know this nurse is competent because she realizes that Mercedes fainted due to her low blood pressure. The nurse leaves to get some ginger ale for Mercedes, and we see that Quinn is also in the nurse's office. For, let's say, some kind of pregnancy-related thing that is completely not worth mentioning. Quinn offers Mercedes a granola bar, and calls Mercedes on her bull when she claims not to be hungry. You see, Quinn used to starve herself, but she's realized that if she's willing to eat healthy for her baby's sake, why wasn't she willing to do it for her own sake? Mercedes starts to cry, because this obsession over weight and food is not who she is and not who she wants to be. Quinn reminds her that she's beautiful. I'm glad Quinn got some lines -- all that standing in corners and staring at people was making me worried she was a ghost.