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Fridge: Glee
Fridge Brilliance
  • When Will and Emma have their first kiss in Sectionals, there is a sign seen above Emma's shoulder that says "sex" in one of those crossed out circles. The next episode, we find out that Emma has never had sex.
  • Puck is constantly called Noah by Rachel. She is the only one who does. The brilliance part comes in when you know about the other wearers of both names. Puck is the stereotype of a prankster; a fairy who just wants to hurt others (in Shakespeare's play). Noah is the one man who keeps true to God, the one man who is saved (and thus saves his family in the big flood of the Bible). Rachel is specifically calling him a good man instead of a prankster!
  • People have been wondering how Glee can depict the bullying as so horrible. Is it just overexaggerated? Probably not. The bullying - especially in the first season - has one 'gang leader'. Lets take popular!Quinn as an example. She became a so called 'charismatic dictator' to the school with vazals (Brittany and Santana). One of the signs of such a dictator is the fact that they have minions (and vazals) that do their bidding; they mostly don't work at all, just set one example. Though Quinn has slushied people, she doesn't do the dumpsterdives and stuff like that. People are filling in the blanks that she leaves and radicalizing themselves, another sign of charismatic dictatorship. Thís is why the bullying went from bad to (way) worse.
    • The day-to-day bullying in Glee is almost friendly compared to some real-life bullying over very tiny things (the 'wrong' accent, a pacifist nature etc). I'm not trying to say they down play the bullying in Glee, it's just that the people calling it 'over exaggerated' got lucky in school.
  • With his mom dead, and his dad a casual and rugged guy, you can't say Kurt's sexuality was caused by being smothered by an overbearing mother or his father being absent.
  • Shelby and Rachel, mother and daughter, singing a cover of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face". Rachel wanted to have a conversation about boys with her mother some episodes earlier.
  • The judges' scoring at Regionals: We're shown Sue's ballot, with New Directions #1, Aural Intensity #2, and Vocal Adrenaline #3; placing AI above VA was presumably an attempt to help New Directions, but, paradoxically, it actually doomed them. If you consider the other judges' votes, Olivia Newton-John's ballot is clear (AI, VA, ND); Rod Remington's ranking would be: VA, AI, ND; and, based on his supportive comment, Josh Groban presumably gave ND second place to VA on his. That gives Vocal Adrenaline a score of 1-1-2-3; Aural Intensity has 1-2-2-3; and New Directions has 1-2-3-3. If Sue hadn't given Aural Intensity her second-place vote, there would have been a tie between New Directions and Aural Intensity for second place. Even when Sue tries to help, it backfires on New Directions.
    • The judges at Regionals have petty, personal reasons to vote against ND. It seems unjust, but it's actually a callback to how they got to win Sectionals; the judges voted for them for petty personal reasons.
  • Burt's acceptance of his son's homosexuality is more than a father's love, when talking about music, he said he "Doesn't know how this music stuff works, I'm pretty exclusively committed to my Mellencamp collection." Now this is more than a manly man talking about his love of country rock and ignorance of other genres, John Mellencamp is a very liberal guy, so it stands to reason that Burt is also fairly liberal, making his acceptance just as much a personal belief as a show of his love.
  • In Episode 7, Quinn tells Sue that Will flunked the Cheerios in Spanish and that the squad is now academically ineligible to participate, but behind her, you can see Brittany and Santana stretching. Quinn is stated to be a straight-A student, and [s]we don't know anything about Santana's grades[s] Santana's pretty clearly fluent in Spanish, but Brittany, a girl who in the same episode, in Will's Spanish class, tries to cheat off of Quinn in the middle of an open-book test? Well, if she failed Spanish, she'd be ineligible for all afterschool clubs...including Glee.
  • Brittany saying "dolphins are just gay sharks" may be smart outside of math. In that scene, Santana suddenly gets sad because people (Finn) don't like her.. Brittany's shown to know a lot of meanings of words, so she probably knows gay used to mean happy. She then made up a Koan by saying that "dolphins are just [happy] sharks". The public opinion of dolphins is much more positive than of sharks, so Brittany's saying that people will see you in a greater positive light if you are happy, which seems to work for her as her entire characterization is "blissfully ignorant", and everyone likes her.
  • Why did the "...Baby One More Time" music video homage have such bad lip syncing? Because the original one did!
  • Why did Rachel seem to be over-acting during the "Get Happy/Happy Days Are Here Again" duet? Because it was a re-enactment of Streisand and Garland's original video.
    • And/Or since the duet was done solely for fun she was just being silly.
  • In the Britney Spears episode, it's (obviously) all Britney songs - except one, at the end, by Paramore. I thought that was really weird... then it hit me. What Paramore song was it? "The Only Exception." Genius!
  • Kurt and Finn discussing their missing parents (both dead) Kurt says how although it's stupid he still finds ways to remember his mother (opening a set of drawers which smell like her perfume), Finn tells him it's not stupid. Simple enough and a nice little character moment that doesn't need much expanding on, except that when Finn put his dad's old helmet on Kurt's head there was no dust on it. It seems like the box of Finn's father's things has been opened and examined at least once quite recently. Finn's just a bit too ashamed or embarrassed to admit to it, but he does the same thing Kurt does.
  • Karofsky's tactics in "Never Been Kissed" are almost eye-rolling hilarious in their overdoses of testosterone (seriously, who names their fists anymore?!). He was just trying too hard.
    • Also Kurt was completely right in calling him a little boy. His behaviour is just like a boy pulling on the pigtails of the girl he secretly likes on the playground.
      • I'm not saying that any of this is Kurt's fault, because it's not, but him telling Karofsky that he wasn't his type might have been what pushed Karofsky to go too far. If I remember correctly, what Kurt said was: "I don't dig on chubby boys who sweat too much and are gonna be bald by the time they're thirty," and regardless of who you are, that is not easy to hear, especially coming from someone you're crushing on.
      • Not only that, but the comment about "not being able to punch the ignoramus" out of Karofsky - ouch! Really not easy to hear from someone that you're crushing on, that they think you're an ignoramus. Notice that it's only after this that he actually goes in for the kiss. Maybe trying to show that he has Hidden Depths Kurt doesn't know about? (Granted, goes over like a lead balloon, and for good reason, but still.)
  • I just realized why Cory Montieth is sitting down in that cast photo on the front page. He's so tall he'd either tower over the others or get his head cropped off!
    • Considering that he is only two inches taller than the actors who play Sue and Schue, YMMV.
  • The reason that Rachel's dads are never shown onscreen is because it will keep them normal. Think about it, if they were ever to appear on the show they would get swept up in all the angst and craziness. But by staying offscreen and only being mentioned, they can be a perfectly normal gay couple who fight over tiny things but always make up, and love their daughter.
    • Burt and Carole are normal. Even if they get swept up into the drama from time to time it's because they happen to live in a dramatic world but for the most part come off as grounded, functional adults despite the hardship they've both been through. I don't think the fact that they're gay could ever mean they can't be "normal" like other characters.
    • The point was that they don´t need to get extra-screentime just because. None of the other glee-kids get extra parent-time exept for Kurt´s and Finn´s and that only for the romance (both Burt/Carol and Kurt/Finn) subplot. (And, of course, Quinn´s.)
  • Finn addressing the reason why there's little snow on the show with a "It's actually unseasonably warm for this time of year." and dodging away from the camera (and Rachel).
  • In the episode "Mattress",Rachel is shown to be a member of several clubs that it makes no sense she would be a part of, including the Black Students Union. Other than the rule that clubs have to let everyone who wants to join in, Rachel could be in the club because one of her dads is black.
    • Or, since she is also a minority, Jewish, and there is not a Jewish Student Union, she is a part of the BSU.
      • I think Rachel probably identifies as part black, since she says she doesn't know which of her dads is her biological father. If one of her dads is mixed race, ie, with one black parent and one white, it's fully possible for her to be as pale as she is and be his biological child. This is an example of fridge brilliance in itself - it really does make sense for her to be unsure.
    • Seeing as her skin's darker than that of Shelby and her white dad, and I wondered what happened to her black dad when we first saw the, because he's so light-skinned she probably is.
  • When Rachel goes to Shelby for her Lady Gaga dress, Shelby creates a much better dress than Rachel's dads. One reason behind this may be that she is a show choir director, which means she has to deal with costuming issues regularly.
    • What is more interesting is that Rachel's dads suck at making dresses. This challenges the 'Gay men are fashion-oriented' stereotype.
  • In "Laryngitis", Brittany claims to have kissed every boy in the school, but given that Artie's first kiss was in "Wheels" and he seems pretty faithful to Tina, he probably hadn't kissed her at that point. Then why didn't he break her perfect record? Because she thought he was a robot.
  • Everyone remembers how awesome Figgins standing up to Sue for the Glee Clubs' sake was back in Sectionals. By the time the actual finale rolls around, the situation repeats itself, only this time the roles are completely reversed, with Sue saving the club from Figgins.. -Tal9922
  • In "Dance With Somebody", Brittany says that in her dreams Quinn can still dance and that she can "fly and breath fire". Like... a dragon. Brittany sees Quinn, firstly, as she was before the crash, and also as a dragon, so before the crash that made her more sympathetic she was - to Brittany, at least - The Dragon.
  • In 'Grilled Cheesus', when Kurt makes his initial statement about why he doesn't like religious institutions, Mercedes gives him a pronounced, disapproving side-eye in the background before jumping in with her wish to sing church music in glee. This disapproval makes sense - not very pleasant sense, but sense - of her later behaviour after finding out about Burt's heart attack - walking right past her best friend without so much as stopping to speak to him, let alone offer any comfort, and then flatly telling him that he should be turning to her God to get through his 'dark time'. But why does such a trivial matter get between them and stop her giving her best friend support when he needs it most? Because though their friendship is real, it's also superficial enough that they've never talked about anything particularly meaningful to either of them. This explains why, a year and change in, she doesn't know that he's an atheist and he doesn't realise that she'd be offended by what sounds like him snubbing her faith...and why, in 'The Substitute', he's so eager to spend time with Blaine, whom he describes as 'someone he can talk to'.
    • This could also explain his budding friendship with Rachel. Not only are they very similar in personality (for better and for worse), but Rachel having 2 gay dads means she can understand what Kurt's going through in ways that Mercedes—despite her best intentions—cannot.
  • Another Portmanteau Sibling Duo Name for Kurt and Finn is "Kinn". (As in kin or kinfolk. Family.)
  • Somewhere between Fridge Brilliance and Fridge Horror. Finn's treatment of Rachel while dating her seemed pretty bad, and made him look rather unsympathetic - namely, his tendency to highlight her flaws, or agree when other people (including Rachel herself) did so. In "A Very Glee Christmas" he states he's only had two girlfriends - Quinn and Rachel. Think back to his relationship with Quinn. She was constantly insulting him for being insensitive, weak-willed, and more than anything stupid. And this is where Finn's barometer for relationship dynamics lies. He doesn't get that being callous about a partner's flaws is wrong. It actually makes a decent Freudian Excuse.
  • Phonetically, Quinn's name is very close to "queen", probably intentionally. While she's giving birth, what band's music do we hear? Queen.
  • Why didn't Kurt sing lead on "Silly Love Songs" at his Lonely Hearts Club dinner, since he organized the event and loves the spotlight? Because Blaine had mentioned earlier that he's better at singing about his feelings than talking about them. And Blaine had just been romantically rejected. Kurt's trying to cheer his friend up by letting him sing!
  • Blaine's last name is Anderson. Blaine is a positive role model for gay teenagers, who is comfortable in his sexuality, sees it as no big deal, and is handsome. Who else is like this? Anderson Cooper.
    • Completely intentional, because as of the episode Big Brother, his older brother is introduced - and his name? Cooper.
  • In Blame on the alcohol, Kurt is the only kid that isn't drinking by choice (Finn is the designated driver), apparently to impress Blaine, except that Blaine is himself quite wasted already. "The Rhodes not taken" shows that he can't quite hold his liquor without humiliating results.
  • While Rachel and Blaine kiss during Spin the Bottle in "Blame it on the Alcohol", what song is playing? "Johnny, Are You Queer" by Josie Cotton.
    • Even more obvious in the Dutch subtitles. Background music usually doesn't get translated, but these lyrics were.
  • In Blame it on the alcohol, Rachel acts like a self-centered bitch. She even goes on a date with a boy of whom she knows that one of her friends - Kurt - likes him. Which is pretty strange considering that it is some kind of unwritten rule for girls to not take boys out which are "already" claimed by their friends. The friends, if they have already told you about the crush, which Kurt did in Silly Love Songs and probably even before that, have the first rights. When thinking about Rachel's friendless background, you can understand this. She has never learned this kind of stuff from her friends...
    • Well, only if you assume that she's never in her life read a book or watched a movie or television series, too.
      • She might have thought that it was over-acted, like most high school tv series or books. Otherwise, she just IS a self-centered bitch.
      • Given that Rachel behaves at all times like she's the heroine of a stage musical, a genre overblown to the point of ridiculousless even in comparison to the teen movie/teen TV series genre, and expects the rest of the world to behave like she's the heroine of a stage musical too, 'self-centred brat' is by far the more reasonable concusion (as is 'delusional')...
  • The initials of Sue Sylvester are SS. Her parents are Nazi hunters, so they hunt people from the SS.
  • Many criticized Will's compliments to Karofsky in 'The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle', but it was actually a good move on his part, because he understood that you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, and that if Karofsky got more self-confident, he would most probably stop his bullying ways, paving the way for Kurt's return to Mc Kinley.
  • Rachel has two dads. This parallels Rachel's sister, Beth, who technically has two moms (Shelby and Quinn).
  • Rachel revealed that she was named after Rachel Green from Friends. What is Rachel famous for on that show? Her on and off again romance with Ross. What is Rachel Berry now going through with Finn? The exact same thing!
  • While Blaine claiming that he's clueless at romance seems out of the blue and an unsuccessful attempt to throw everyone off Klaine's trail, it actually follows how someone with a complete lack of social skills would act—he thinks it's normal to constantly sing duets with one particular person, spend an indecent amount of time with them, and be all touchy-feely.
    • And this also explains his borderline cringe-inducing declaration of love to Kurt in Original Song. He tries so hard to be romantic, and ends up over the top.
  • Kurt's prediction of Rachel's unfortunate future in romance in "Blame it on the Alcohol" is probably right on the money. They say girls tend to go after men like their father(s), after all.
  • Rachel says in the season 1 Sectionals episode that a team has an advantage if they play either first or last. In the Regionals episode, they play second. Rachel foreshadowed their own defeat]].
  • In the episode "Sexy" which came right before Blaine's Love Epiphany and the Kurt/Blaine kiss, the warblers sing "animal" by Neon Trees, which features the line, "I kinda wanna be more than friends".
    • Looking at lyrics from the episod where the Love Epiphany happens - the Warblers do Misery by Maroon5, which contains the line, "It's not that I didn't care, it's that I didn't know, it's not what I didn't feel, it's what I didn't show." Perfect choice for the guy who's been looking for Kurt forever and is just realizing it, no?
      • Even better - in "Teenage Dream," we get the line - granted, cut from the episode, but in the song - "I finally found you, my missing puzzle piece." How did Blaine finally tell Kurt he liked him? "Kurt, there is a moment where you say to yourself 'Oh, there you are! I've been looking for you forever!'"
      • And in the first verse of "Misery", Blaine is effectively - if unknowingly - recapping Kurt's perspective on Blaine and on their relationship up to that point for the benefit of the audience ("So scared of breaking it that you won't let it bend / I wrote two hundred letters I would never send..."), setting up the enormous change that's about to occur when Blaine finally wakes up to his own feelings.
  • Why does Mc Kinley respond positively to New Direction's performances? Because all of them are sexy. They don't care about the Glee Club, they're just turned on because everyone in New Directions is hot. That's why they're still on the bottom of the high school food chain(though at this point, it doesn't really matter to them).

  • When I first heard the original songs, I was mildly disappointed by how simple the music was. (Both songs they performed at regionals have ridiculously simplistic chord structures.) But then I realized that these were the first songs these kids have ever written. No wonder the music is simple.
  • During the spin the bottle game in "Blame It on the Alcohol", Santana gets pretty pissed when Brittany and Sam kiss. Knowing what we know now about her relationship with Brittany, one wonders which of them she was jealous of.
  • Many people took Finn telling Sean he'd come by in a couple of weeks as him not being much of a friend, pointing out that Rachel decided to come every week. However, Finn's mother, at the time, was a single parent, he had horrible luck finding a job, and until recently, he was likely spending all his money on helping Quinn with what he thought was his baby. If Sean lives in another town, Finn didn't have the money for bus fare to go on a regular basis or have the gas money to do so. Carole isn't going to have much money for him to go or the time to drive him on a regular basis. Rachel, on the other hand, comes from a more financially secure family. She can afford to find a way to get to Sean's house one day a week or more.
  • It's already been noticed that the Warblers were total Shippers on Deck for Kurt/Blaine - what with stopping their bickering as soon as they found out that Blaine wanted to do some Duet Bonding with Kurt - but I just noticed how much they seem to ship them. If you look at the choreography for "Raise Your Glass" the two of them are almost always, when they're just standing, not moving to other parts of the stage, either next to each other or right behind one another.
  • Quinn's comment of how she was feeling fat the day she had sex with Puck doesn't sound like a lame excuse after it was revealed that she used to be overweight.
  • When the girls (and Kurt) perform "Bad Romance" in "Theatricality", Santana is given the lyrics, "I want your love, I don't wanna be friends." She later admits to being in love with her best friend.
  • Why did Sam randomly quoted Sean Connery from Red October to Santana? Because she wore a Russian fur hat!
  • Sam's very first song on the show way back in "Audition" takes on a whole new meaning after "Rumours".
    I wanna be a billionaire so frickin' bad/Buy all of the things I never had...
  • At the end of Prom Queen when I realized the situation and yes I know it sound mean but: Kurt, a homosexual boy or "queen" has been crowned Prom Queen and dances with his boyfriend to Dancing Queen.
    • Less to do with that, but Kurt's actually getting elected - potentially mildly foreshadowed in the recent Lady Gaga episode, when they gave him the "Don't be a drag, just be a queen" line. And this may be reaching, but when she first decided to run for Prom Queen, Lauren called Quinn a "sized two teenage dream." Now, what song did Blaine first sing when he met Kurt? Teenage Dream by Katy Perry. And who ended up doing the King and Queen dance at Prom? Blaine and Kurt. Writers - take notes - this is how you subtly foreshadow!
    • OP: *claps* Thats brilliant!
  • In the episode "Original Songs", Sue states she got My Chemical Romance to send the cease and desist letter after informing them of Will's long-running legal battle with PETA. This troper seems to recall her implying Will's hair was made from animal fur at one point in the first season.
    • After Sue says she slept with the drummer of My Chemical Romance this troper wondered which one because at the time of airing My Chemical Romance didn't actually have a drummer.
    • They've had at least 3 drummers since the band formed, but the rest of the band members have stayed the same. Maybe they chose to talk about the drummer because there wasn't a specific drummer at the time; the comment wasn't aimed at one specific person, which otherwise could have offended someone. Or maybe it was a shout out to MCR fans who knew about the band's troubles with drummers. Or maybe I'm thinking too much about this.
  • After rewatching "Home," Quinn is one of the first to raise her hand when Mercedes asks the students of McKinley if any of them ever felt fat, ugly, worthless, pimply, etc. I'm sure several people, me included, took it as her being supportive towards Mercedes. And then it turns out she did use to be fat and pimply.
    • Except the Lucy Caboosey thing was a total Ass Pull and it's not like the writers where even thinking of the scene in Home.
    • Less an Ass Pull than a Retcon that actually knitted together some previously established incidents and made them all make sense. That's what makes it Fridge Brilliance!
  • A lot of people were confused as to why Santana was singing "Dancing Queen" with Mercedes if she thought there was a chance that she would bee the Queen. Brittany told Santana to go out and help Kurt, and Santana already knew what song Mercedes was going to sing as a solo because New Directions was asked to perform at prom. She either knew the lyrics because it's a classic, or because she saw Mercedes rehearse it.
    • Or there was a New Directions girl ready to sing that duet with Mercedes no matter who won the crown - so if Santana had won, maybe Tina or Brittany would have sung it - and Santana was motivated to take the part after Brittany reminded her that she needed to support Kurt.
      • Actually, I assumed it was supposed to be a duet between Mercedes and Kurt, who were both not running, but because Kurt had to dance Santana stepped up to sing his part - 'helping' him, like Brittany told her to.
  • The dresses the girls wore at the Prom were a piece of brilliance too. Tina's gown is obviously a gothic gown, so no suprise here. Rachel's gown is no fashion disaster, as you would have expected if you saw her owl sweaters in season one. This probably shows her developing friendship with Kurt. The gown, is, however, not the right color for her. A dark green gown would have suited her brunette hair much better - probably an expression of their friendship not being all the way yet. Quinn's gown. Baby (!) blue with lots of tulle. Although it seems, at first glance a nice little dress, if you look better, most of it leaves her body rather uncovered, without the little tulle bands on her shoulders, it would have been strapless - there are more, not so sweet sides to her. Mercedes' dress, purple complemented her skin, looked nice... But most brilliant were Santana's and Brittany's dresses. Santana (Satan) was clad completely in red. Brittany's dress was the only short one (that I noticed) in the bunch. It had limegreen upperskirts and red underskirts, which I thought would clash. They didn't. It just looked great and very playfull, just like the little had. But the uttermost brilliant was the fact that the red underskirts and shoes tied her to two persons; Santana AND Artie, who were both completely dressed in red.
    • Could also be a case of, with Rachel and Quinn at least, Color-Coded Characters - Rachel is the Red Oni, Quinn is the Blue Oni, so pink and blue are perfect.
      • That would make more sense than my 'wrong color' explanation.
      • I thought Rachel wore a pink dress because that was her favourite coplour (Remember when she and Finn went bowling back in Season 1?).
  • In "Prom Queen," Rachel wears her hair in a more-or-less curly Hime Cut - straight-cut bangs with curly tendrils framing her face (and the rest of her hair in a curly ponytail in the back), and it's seen a lot when she sings "Jar of Hearts" to Finn. We've seen her sport this style at least twice before: Once, in "Auditions," where Rachel assures Finn that she will never break up with him (and he answers "Me neither," hence the "You broke all your promises" line). In "Furt," Rachel's hair is styled this way again when she tells Finn that she didn't sleep with Jesse in "The Power of Madonna" - and Finn could've told her the truth about sleeping with Santana right there and then, but he didn't. And all this - having constant eye contact with Finn, Jesse staring in the background - is hanging in the air as she finishes the song. ("Who do you think you are?")
  • Santana identifies as lesbian, not bi, despite the amount of men she's slept with. After sleeping with Finn, she tells him that "the feeling of accomplishment doesn't kick in until after like 20 times". Santana didn't sleep with men from desire; just for power. She doesn't need to sleep with Karofsky because she has power over him through blackmail.
    • Random thought: What are the odds that Santana's twentieth time was with Brittany?
  • A sad hybrid of brilliance and horror: After returning from New York, when Kurt and Blaine were sitting in the coffee shop and Blaine tells Kurt he loves him, why does Kurt suddenly freeze and not freak out in true romantic fashion, as we would've expected from the boy who's finally found the perfect guy? When Kurt and Rachel finished singing "For Good" earlier in the episode, they decided that Broadway was their one true love.
    • Um, not exactly? Watch the scene again; Rachel says that she doesn't need to choose between Broadway and love because Broadway is her true love. Rachel is, in fact, the only one who says this. The only reason they were even on the stage was because Kurt brought them there so Rachel could work out what she really wants in life. She needed to make a choice between Finn and her career because she saw the two as mutually exclusive. Kurt, meanwhile, clearly stated that he'd talked about the future with Blaine and they wanted to be together in New York. It wasn't "Blaine or Broadway", it was "Blaine AND Broadway." So why did Kurt "freeze" when Blaine said the magic three words? Let's break it down. He wasn't expecting something of that emotional magnitude seconds after he was nonchalantly describing how wonderful being able to go to New York was (would you?), plus he's an insecure teen who's been in love with Blaine for most of the season and was probably surprised to hear that Blaine felt as strongly as he did and expressed it before Kurt did, plus he had a mouth full of coffee when Blaine said it.
    • So... yeah, you probably weren't being serious about rewatching the scene, but I did, and you're right. Thank you, by the way— I really was upset about that scene, and you explained it perfectly. I guess I was just expecting something different and misinterpreted it.
  • In Funeral, part of Sue's speech is asking why she couldn't have a measly ten seconds to just hold her sister again. Later, she asks Becky to hug her, not just because Becky reminds her of her sister, but because she's holding her sister one last time.
  • Why do all the gay guys get the hottest chicks? Well, in one instance, it's because the hottest chick blackmailed him. Couldn't have thought of a better way to rile Finn up, eh, Dave?
    • Not really fridge brilliance... but isn't it a little amusing that Karofsky's beard is in love with his crush's [Kurt] ex-beard [Brittany]?
  • In Silly Love Songs, when Blaine first comes up to Kurt to tell him about the emergency meeting of the Warblers, Kurt is doodling a giant heart with their names in it but makes the excuse that he's "daydreaming" and plotting "wicked" outfits. Ten episodes later, when Blaine tells Kurt he loves him, it's right after he mentions singing on the stage of, guess what, Wicked.
  • In Special Education, Santana sings the song "Valerie", obviously covering the Amy Winehouse/Mark Ronson version. The song was originally sung by a man. Because of this, the lyrics are all about trying to get the affections of another woman, which is strangely fitting for her, knowing what we know now...
  • Regarding Brittany's relationships in season 2:
    • From 'Rumours'
    Artie: "Brittany, why are you so stupid?"
    • From 'New York'
    Santana: (To Brittany) "When did you get so smart?"
  • Why did "My Cup" sound so similar to "My Headband"? Headband is Brittney's favorite song.
  • Santana being angry at Rachel in "New York" after losing Nationals and not even placing in the top ten, is understandable if you reread the lines she had in "Light up the world":
    Hey-hey-hey you and me keep on dancing in the dark,
    It's been tearing me apart, never knowing what we are.
    Hey-hey-hey you and me keep on tryin to play it cool,
    Now it's time to make a move and that's what I'm gonna do.
    • Really? I always assumed Santana singing those lines was in reference to her relationship with Brittany.
      • OP: Yeah, I believe they do (even though I'm all up for Pezberry). But her relationship with Brittany WAS her main storyline. Down here is part of this fridge brilliance, though.
  • They practically sum up whole of the second-season-Santana's storylines and might even foreshadow her season three storylines. The girl poured out her heart on stage, finally telling what was/is bothering her - remember, they wrote the song herself - and ends up losing Nationals - and loosing it HARD. Who wouldn't be mad? And seeing as she is not the person to blame herself, or the whole Glee Club, who does she end up blaming? Rachel, who is already the black sheep but WAS kissed by Finn and did not start out.
    • I took the reason she was so angry at Finn to be because she tells Quinn "This is our only chance to actually feel good about ourselves." Not you, ours. And because of Finn and Rachel, they lost that chance.
  • This one's kind of subtle and possibly less fridge brilliance and more "kudos to the set decorator:" in the background of Rumours when we see Kurt at his locker it's clear he still has his "Courage" sign up right under his picture of Blaine. The brilliance hits when Rachel comes up and accuses him of cheating on Blaine; Kurt calmly gives her his lecture on her needing to stop the "vicious, hurtful, hateful gossip," before walking away but if you notice, the c, o and u are covered up by a picture of the Warblers. Kurt's so mad even his locker says "rage!"
  • When Kurt is singing Blackbird in "Original Song" he repeats the lyric near the end "You've been only waiting for the moment to arise" while the camera is focused on a smiling Blaine. Later, when Blaine is giving his Love Epiphany Speech to Kurt he says "There is a moment when you say to yourself..." It is a subtle, but powerful connection to the song, making them tie in together.
  • For this Filipino troper, I realize there is a hidden meaning in Sunshine's name. Children, and perhaps artists, associate yellow as the color of the sun or sunlight and in the history of Philippines, there are a few notable figures who has 'Corazon' in their names. Yes, I'm saying that Sunshine Corazon was named after the late President Corazon Aquino and an extent, the first EDSA Revolution aka the Yellow Revolution. Talk about being named after somebody famous.
    • It could also have something to do with the yellow sun on our flag, but your theory is better.
    • Or that it means 'light' (Sunshine) and 'love' (Corazon, Spanish for heart and love) - two things she brings to the glee club.
  • Santana is the name version of Santa Ana - Saint Anne. Saint Anne is the patron saint, i.e. watches over unconditionally, of Brittany (France). Even in her bitchiest moods, Santana always takes care of Brittany and is the only one to never call her stupid.
    • Brittany's faith in Santa could be mistaking the name for Santana (enough people change it to Satan, it wouldn't be that hard for Brittany to miss a syllable, especially seeing as the person she looks up to entirely - Santana - frequently does so), who she has complete faith in maybe because of the designated 'protector' status. When she's taken to the mall she's too touched by what everyone's doing for her to point out the mistake.
    • Or, keeping her a bit ditzy, she does know Spanish, because Santana taught her. One of the first things was probably what her name meant, as Brittany was probably curious. She would therefore know that 'Santa' means Saint, and it's implied that Brittany is religious, probably through her family, and just assumes Santa is a Christian Saint that she's meant to have faith in.
  • If Brittany's name when read aloud sounds like Britney Spears, wouldn't a middle name beginning with 'C' have been better suited? (Read it aloud) Unless, of course, Brittany speaks (or did for a long time) pronouncing single letters phonetically lowercase as a young child would, then instead of 'ess' and 'see', S and C become 'suh' and 'kuh', and so the 'S' is a much better fit. Or, you know, she just forgot her middle name again.
  • Santana becoming "the weepy, hysterical drunk" makes sense when you discover a few episodes later that she really has plenty of sadness she's suppressing.
    • Or because you know her busting out into hysterical tears happens a lot (Acafellas, Wheels, Funk, Duets, Silly Love Songs)
  • I can't remember the exact episode, but Kurt visits Mc Kinley one day, noting that he "waited for Karofsky to leave" before showing up. In layman's terms, he stalked Karofsky to avoid Karofsky. Made even funnier by the fact that Karofsky is apparently stalking Kurt in "The Sue Sylvester Shuffle". It's a chain of stalkers!
  • During the Imagine Spot performance of It's All Over, the girls in the Glee Club wear red sequin dresses, while the boys wear grey suits...except Kurt, who wears a red sequined suit. At first glance it seems like it's just him being a queen, unless his role in that scene is to channel Jimmy "Thunder" Early (even if he sings Laurel's part in a narmy falsetto), who wore suits like that over the course of the play/movie.
    • Kurt's actually wearing grey pants and a pink sequinned jacket in the same shade as the girls' dresses. This is because Mercedes, whose Imagine Spot it is, has always considered Kurt to be 'one of the (Dream)girls' - up to this sequence, in which she accuses him siding with stepbrother Finn and turning on her.
  • A combination of this and Fridge Horror - after finding out that Emma's parents are "Ginger Supremacists," it wouldn't be a stretch to think that back in Born This Way she was perhaps legitimately at some point ashamed of her red hair and the shirt, which seemed like just a way for her to not admit her OCD, becomes... rather more sensible, shall we say.
  • Kurt's bouquet for Blaine is actually a source of Fridge Brilliance if you look at the colors. He picked a mix of pink and yellow roses. Pink roses have traditionally been symbolic of love, gratitude and appreciation - perfect for an "I'm sorry I was a diva, your audition was awesome" gift. Yellow's tradtional meaning in the Victorian era mixed with its modern meaning makes them even more perfect - in the Victorian period, yellow symbolized jealousy. Kurt was certainly jealous of Blaine to a point - but the modern meaning is one of joy, admiration, and friendship, and Kurt definitely seemed to be ready to eat crow because he knew how much Blaine deserves this part because he admires him. The balance of love and friendship in the bouquet is also really great.
  • A lot of people, this troper included, thought that Mike's segment of the It's All Over performance was going to go to Blaine, being new to the New Directions and not having seen most of the... torrential sides of the club yet. Then Mike pops up... who just started singing well that very episode. He's talking about how he's just joined the vocal ranks, which are far more competitive than the footwork ranks!
  • While reading comments for a review of the first episode of the second half of season one of Glee there was one that said "Glee is an upbeat show about terrible people." And suddenly why the show was so jarring to me became clear, it's not that she was unused to Gray and Grey Morality but that she had never seen a show where it was treated like sunlight and sugar. All the characters are manipulative or stupid or both or at least seemingly dumb enough to be let off being horrible to other people by the fandom. And yet this show attempts a Crowning Moment Of Heart Warming an episode. She actually feels more at peace with the show now. - Miz.
    • That's what I found brilliant about the show, personally. In shows portraying high school, it tends to be either "The nerds are beautiful people and the popular kids are total tools" or "the popular kids are sparkly and the nerds are creepy loners." With Glee, however, it's essentially "everyone is a douche and/or kind of stupid in high school, but that's normal." Which is kind of true. That (along with other clues) leads to why Mr. Schuester, while a decent guy, is so incredibly clueless and immature; he never mentally left high school. -Simplefaith
    • Much more specific bit of Glee Fridge Brilliance: in Dreams, after Artie's Safety Dance Flash Mob scene is shown to be All Just a Dream, Tina brings him a hot pretzel. It being specifically a hot pretzel is the brilliance - mall food courts tend to be in a prime location on the main level. Auntie Anne's seems to prefer locations well away from the food court, so it makes sense that in this mall it (or a Writing Around Trademarks version) would be on an upper level away from the elevators or otherwise inconveniently placed for wheelchair access. They have someone who thinks like an internet nitpicker!- Nlpnt
    • And of course, Jesse's bizarre behavior in episode 21 is easy to explain if you recall that him and Rachel are Birds of a Feather. His seemingly unreasonable actions actually mirrors Rachel's pre-Character Development; a total Primadonna who's use to getting his way and throws a hissy fit and walks out on the group when he feels he didn't get the respect he deserved. It's just Played for Drama because he's supposed to be the villain compared to Rachel, who is arguably the protagonist (along with Finn and Will). That, coupled with the fact that his defection to New Directions was all and act in the first place, it's not a surprise that his jerkassness seemed to come out of nowhere.
    • Puck keeps calling himself a stud, and he totally is. Because you know what studs are for: breeding. animeHrmIne
    • Another great Puck moment - at one point, he offers Quinn all of his money to help support her baby. He gives her eighteen dollars. It's funny, but funnier when you realize that Puck is Jewish, and that eighteen is a Jewish lucky number (in Gematria, a Jewish table of turning letters into numbers, 18 equals the word "Hai", meaning "living" or "alive"), especially when giving gifts of money. Most bar mitzvah kids, for example, get a lot of $18 and $36 checks in their cards.
  • In "Mattress" we're treated to a brief montage of Rachel in the yearbook photos of a number or groups, including the Black Student Union. It was just funny at first, but then I remembered that one of her fathers is black, and she claims to have no idea which is her biological father. - Jaime Kordek.
  • Why did the music video homage of "...Baby One More Time" have such bad lip syncing? Because the original one did!
  • The credit needs to go to whoever noticed it first on the main Glee page, but what is the only song in "Britney/Brittany" that isn't originally by Britney Spears? Why, it's... "The Only Exception". Wow. - Doxievee
  • More Fridge Tearjerker really. Drunk!Kurt's line about Bambi's mother getting shot is hilarious until you realize just why that part of the movie would make KURT cry - he lost his mother.
    • Similarly for Kurt's feelings about gay porn. "I tried watching those movies once but I just got horribly depressed because those men were kids once and they had mothers and what would their mothers say? And why would you get a tattoo there?"
  • In the episode "A Night of Neglect", Rachel describes herself as a neglected artist. She is, in fact, the least neglected artist on the show—and this is the first episode ever in which she doesn't sing at all. - StrangenessAndCharm
  • The episode title "On My Way" has multiple meanings- 1) Rachel and Finn getting married, 2) Quinn's life getting back on track, and 3) the text Quinn sends to Rachel right before she gets into a car accident.
  • At the beginning of "Britney/Brittany", Brittany gives a little speech about how, due to her similar name, she has been constantly living in the shadow of Britney Spears, and how she doesn't want to do a Spears song. Mr. Shue decides to adhere to the request. Who does he start talking about immediately after? Michael Bolton. —Wack'd
  • "Duets" and Santana performing "River Deep Mountain High (Ragdoll)" with Mercedes, with lyrics like "How I love you, my oh my / River deep, mountain high / If I lost you, would I cry / Oh how I love you babe". Earlier in the episode, she had refused to do a duet with Brittany, saying that she didn't love her. Now, remember how Sue accused Beiste of molesting Brittany a couple of episodes earlier? And how Brittany was told to show where Coach Beiste allegedly touched her on a ragdoll? (Which, incidentally, can be spotted even later in the series - it might even have ended up in Brittany's room, if my memory hasn't failed me.) In denial much, are we, Santana?
    • A lot of 'Duets' is tailored towards Santana's denial now that the writers have decided what they're doing with the excess cheerleaders. Kurt specifically tells Santana that she could learn a lot from embracing all you are right before he performs "Le Jazz Hot" from Victor/Victoria. She also snarks off about "how frickin charming" the words are when Sam and Quinn are singing "Lucky". Those words? "I'm in love with my best friend". Just a little hint, there. Mr Schue also says that "most" of the glee club voted for themselves. We never see who Santana voted for (presuming that 'Mercedes + Satan' was Mercedes' vote), the brag at the end of their performance was probably a sign of confidence to a point to infer that she wouldn't even consider voting for herself or that anyone would do so. Mr Schue also notices that those who didn't compete - Brittany and Artie - appear to have voted for themselves, too, even though Brittany's paper simply said "ME!". Santana voted for Brittany, which Mr Schue thought was Brittany.
  • The meta reason for the Blaine/Rachel kiss and the ensuing drama is Katy Perry. I kissed a girl and liked it / hope my boyfriend won't mind it...
  • Quinn feeling Joe's erection against her leg during her physical therapy could be seen as a very creative to show that she was regaining feeling before her eventual recovery
  • Before making an appearance Burt is described as wanting Kurt to stop dressing in a gay way. Later he tells Kurt he's known since Kurt was three and accepts his son just the way he is; maybe this was his way of trying to get Kurt to try to finally open up and tell him.
  • Karofksy's pre-planned speech and what not (you can see Santana whispering his speech) allows him to say out loud all the stress, all the angst, all this stuff that's been eating him up inside in, at least for him, basically a safe and open way... but that also allows him to keep fooling himself that he still 'doesn't really' mean it all and keep his excuses.
  • If at any point Kate Hudson's dancing doesn't seem good enough for a renowned dance instructor it can simply be blamed on the character being drunk.
  • Translated to English, Santana's name means Saint Anne. Saint Anne is the patron saint of Brittany, a region in France.
    • This makes more sence of the 'Smooth Criminal' preformance as well; Santana ís Annie. And Annie is being cornered by a smooth criminal, Sebastian. The fact that Santana 'wins' the preformance is a form of female empowerment; Annie might be attacked, but she wins in the end.
  • In "The Spanish Teacher," Santana says that Will taught her that passion is essential when doing what you do. But who taught Will that? Emma, in the pilot. Some nice subtle foreshadowing of who actually comes out as the best teacher at the end of the episode.
  • Rachel calling herself an "ingenue" even though she acts nothing like one. It's mentioned on The Ingenue page that a young actress is often referred to as an ingenue because they're frequently cast as that character type. Rachel being obssessed with Broadway is she is, that's probably what she meant, as opposed to the traditional definition.
  • A small bit, but when Blaine joins the Superhero Sidekick Appreciation Club, he dresses as Robin. Robin was originally just a side-character who helped Batman, but went on to become a member of the Justice League and later became his own superhero after fighting with his former mentor. Blaine was originally as just Kurt's Satellite Love Interest, but became a member of the Glee Club and now seems to be trying to define himself as more than Kurt's boyfriend.
    • Which is pretty much confirmed when we see the the Superhero club again, he's changed heroes to a definite Nightwing [[Expy]] named Nightbird, the Nocturnal Avenger. Note that this is also post breakup with Kurt - which fits the after a fight with Batman part.
  • Another easy to miss lyric one - Kurt and Blaine have always been associated with the song Teenage Dream by Katy Perry. Not included in the episode that it's performed in is the lyric "I finally found you, my missing puzzle piece. I'm complete." Up until The Break-Up, Kurt and Blaine were one of the official couples so this made sense. And then after Blaine admits to cheating on Kurt, The Scientist by Coldplay is performed, and Kurt gets the line "I was just guessing at numbers and figures, pulling the puzzle apart," a nice, subtle lyrical tie in to their relationship's (granted not confirmed, as even Blaine doesn't know where they stand in-universe officially, but most likely) end.
    • Think about Brittany's line in The Scientist: "questions of science, science and progress don't speak as loud as my heart". She's going to be sent to MIT to be a math monkey. Here she's saying that she doesn't care about education more than emotions, and "The Break-Up", tragically, prevents her from having to choose between her love for Santana and the elation that somehow she's got into University. Later the lyrics come into play again, when she does choose Santana over math in "100/New Directions" because she's got into university and she's proud of that, Santana proud too, but doesn't want to do math. And certainly not more than Santana.
  • Why did Sue do a Heel-Face Turn in season 3 and now, in season 4, she's started to be mean to the Glee Club again? Her sister and Morality Pet Jean died in the end of season 2, which prompts her to start being good. Her daughter Robin, who, like Jean, has Down syndrome, is born between seasons 3 and 4, essentially acting as a replacement for Jean (someone who loves Sue unconditionally, is dependent on her, and whom Sue can aim all her care and affection to). This made it possible for Sue to go back to the way things were.
  • Kitty isn't trying to make Marley bulimic just out of spite. Regular vomiting, particularly if forced, damages your voice. If Marley's voice was damaged even temporarily enough to make her unable to play Sandy, the role would go to Kitty, the main contender for the role.
  • Why was there no Glee Club in a world where Artie was never paralyzed? Because the only reason Finn rejoined in "Pilot" was because the jocks tried to trap Artie in the port-a-potty. With Artie as a fully abled jock in the alternate world, this never happened, the club remained without a male lead and fell apart from there.
    • That's a good explanation, but an equally likely one is that Artie is simply having a self-serving fantasy. He's dreaming all of this up out of his subconscious and inflating his own importance to the club. This isn't to say that he's not important, just maybe not as important as he's making himself out to be. (Also, it may reflect a subconscious desire to be recognized for his contributions, rather fitting for someone who, in all honesty, gets overlooked rather frequently.)
  • Why was Tina of all people so bitchy to Marley after her fainting caused the New Directions to lose at Sectionals? This was her first solo at a major performance, hopefully the first of many all the way to Nationals, and Marley ruined any chance Tina had of getting another solo in Glee club. Especially heart-wrenching when you consider Tina's motivation for allowing Rachel to take the solo in Props, was the hope that once Rachel graduated, Tina would get a chance to shine. Since it's Tina's senior year, the chance of getting another solo is slim to none! It doesn't excuse Tina using Marley as a scape-goat in light of Marley's problems with anorexia, but still...
  • This one is very subtle - during "The Quarterback," the tribute to Finn/Cory, the music is very heavy on accoustic guitar and other instruments or acapella - but there's no drums played, even when they specifically have a drummer in the room sitting behind a drum kit. Why? Because when Finn was playing an instrument, he was the drummer.
  • This one is either Fridge Brilliance or Fridge Logic maxed up but during "Previously Unaired Christmas" and the scene where Santana is talking to the children, she refers to one of them as looking like a young Brittany S.Pierce. And then she begins to launch into an explanation of the two of them. During it, she specifically states that Brittany dumped her. Everyone knows in fact it was Santana who did that and it even caused a bit of a stir in the fandom with some people believing that the writers merely forgot Santana broke up with her. Considering this is Glee we are talking about, you could believe that as much as the brilliance of it. Santana hates admitting defeat and we later find out she regrets the decision about breaking up with Brittany. Since she knew she had did one of the worst decisions of her life, she twists the situation around to try and make her seem like the good guy with it. But once again, continuity and Glee never should be used in the same sentence so this doubles as Fridge Logic as well.
  • Brittany Logic suggests that she is pretty good at math from season 1, if you think how her brain works. Kurt says that she thinks the square root of four is rainbows. Right, the numerical square root of four is two. The concept of '2' would have probably been explained to her by showing her two of an object, or people because they don't need to be small things when the number of them is small (hence little Joey has 80 oranges but Amnah only has 3 tables), when she was young. And she will have stuck to that method, because it's easy to understand and why make math harder than it needs to be? She's so good at math because she views it as simply as possible. So, the square root of four is two people. Brittany is Those Two Girls with Santana. So the square root of four is Brittany + Santana. What do rainbows symbolise? Happiness and... gay-ness (or double gayness, as Brittany has a wide vocabulary - knowing the original definition of 'manipulate' and what a mallard is - and the original definition of 'gay' is happy). She used math to say that when she's with Santana she is happy, moreso than with other people: if she's been told that rainbows are gay and happy, it's happyXhappy in her mind because of the advanced vocabulary that is seemingly present for no good reason (except hinting at this). Whilst she's usually happy all the time, being with Santana makes her happy squared (and = multiply in math). Only a math genius could do that. And why would she come out with it anyway otherwise, if it weren't to tell people that? As if any math teacher would call on her for an answer if she has a 0.0 GPA, and she's shown not to divulge random Brittany-isms to people except Santana unless they ask: Sue saying "anything else?" and Brittany saying she sometimes forgets her middle name, Will asking what a duet is and Brittany saying a blanket - duvet being French for that very thing, making it more logical that she passed Spanish and further supporting the idea that her name is a Shout-Out to the Brittany in France that Saint Anne is patron of. In the restaurant after Finn leaves, Brittany may be dropping another hint to Santana when she randomly comes out with "dolphins are just gay sharks". What else are dolphins known to be? Cheerleaders. What have people probably compared Santana to? A shark.
    • So, cheerleaders are happy bitches? (Substituting all the equivocates in, math style). If Brittany does apply mathematics to things other than numbers, as someone good at math does, that would be how she'd see that sentence. And it's perfect. This logic about Brittany logic works. Shame it's too brilliant for the writers to have come up with, changing their minds so frequently they probably didn't originally plan for her to be a math genius or like Santana.
      • As mentioned a few times above, their names show that they were intended to be close, Santana a protector of sorts, which could account for making Brittany doubly happy, and "cheerleaders are happy bitches" may be her telling Santana that cheerleading makes Santana happy - maybe Brittany establishing that she will spout memes without provocation to Santana so that she can get away with it in the future with more important stuff, or maybe to continue the trend as it would seem kinda fishy if she just stopped being Brittany. And the writers could have well planned that MIT storyline as soon as they decided, four episodes in, to make Brittany The Ditz. It was also mentioned in the 'proper' half of season one that the pair had slept together before, too.
  • According to Kurt, Brittany thinks the square root of four is rainbows. Well, this is how they teach kids how to find square roots in America and we already know that Brittany take math tests in multicoloured crayons, as in "All Or Nothing". Who thinks Kurt was trying to cheat off of her, too, once and thought it was a rainbow? She may fail just because it takes so long to alternate between crayon every letter/number/line, so she barely has time to answer any questions.
  • When Brittany claims she's Mike Chang in 'The Substitute' it's probably the best guise she could have gone with. If they were all tasked to prove who they were then, yeah, Puck could probably pose as quarterback, Santana could/is loud and assertive. Brittany couldn't do anything like anyone else except dance like Mike. She thought through her choice and considered the possibility that she may be asked to prove it.

Fridge Horror

  • The Rocky Horror Glee Show is funny, but... Can you imagine Finn, Rachel, Sam, Artie and Brittany (or Tina) dressed as drags or Mike being killed by Mercedes and Mercedes being killed by Kurt? And worse: Mercedes having sex with both Finn and Rachel?
    • What about the fact that, originally, Will tried to cast Kurt in Mercedes' role? That wouldn't have reopened some old wounds with Finn and Kurt. Not to mention the fact that they're brothers now. Again - awkward.
    • There's also the fact that Sam would have had to carry Mercedes over his shoulder after her death...
    • The worst part has to be Will's impulsive decision to play Rocky in order to get into Emma's pants-this would involve him having to pretend to be seduced by and have sex with Rachel.
  • Fridge Horror to an extent. In "Preggers," Kurt says that his father bought him a car in return not to wear flamboyant items. Later, Kurt's car is taken away because his father found a crown in Kurt's drawers. So Burt was essentially bribing Kurt to stop engaging in gay behavior.
    • I think this was Burt's way of protecting Kurt a little in Lima more than anything else
    • Burt knew that Kurt was gay. By taking away his flamboyant items and bribing him to quit dressing like that, he expected that Kurt would eventually stand up for himself and tell his dad that he's gay, to which Burt could finally provide the support that's been building up inside of him for 16 years.
    • Basically, he's bribing him to come out of the closet.
  • During the Bills, Bills, Bills performance someone is sitting outside the window in a black hoodie and pants similar to those of the Dalton uniform. At the football game Karofsky is wearing a black hoody and pants similar to those of the Dalton uniform...
  • Everyone already knows about the incident with Kurt and Karofsky, but I've just realized that Kurt's already-understandable terror has another reason: Kurt was alone in a locker room with an Armored Closet Gay who constantly bullies him and far overpowers him. If this had happened after school, or if Karofsky had been pushed just a little farther, things could have gotten infinitely worse.
    • I doubt it. Karofsky backed off and left after a single push. The kiss seemed more like a cry for help or a spur of the moment thing. YMMV though.
    • Kurt would have no way of knowing that, though. He's not psychic.
    • I agree with Kurt being worried about both sexual and non-sexual physical violence. In "Furt" he tells Mr. Schuester and Sue Sylvester that you "don't know what's going on in this kid's head, you don't know what he's capable of" with a terrified expression on his face and clearly thinking back of when Karofsky kissed him. And everybody in the room freezes for a moment.
Also, when Karofsky kisses him in the locker room, you can then see that he attempts to kiss Kurt again and Kurt rejects him, completely grossed out.
  • A depressing hybrid of this and Fridge Brilliance: People mentioned that Kurt being uncomfortable around sex in "Sexy" doesn't match his previous characterization of having no problems with it (or his performances of really sexy songs), but others mentioned that Sexy takes place after "Never Been Kissed"—you know, where Kurt was being all but sexually harassed by Karofsky and transferred to Dalton the minute he found out Karofsky was allowed back into McKinley? No wonder he has such a 180 in characterization.
    • Not to mention he is singing with a guy he's in love with, whom he had confessed to a week earlier. It's very difficult to be confident in one's sex appeal after being told that someone who loves you platonically isn't interested romantically...
    • Plus, during the performance at least, he's performing for a bunch of girls. Maybe Blaine, who is more your typical Estrogen Bait, had no problem with it, but Kurt is a Uke Bishōnen. He is clearly not a sexual prospect for anyone in their audience, so it's hard for him to act like one.
    • Or, not unlike a teenager, Kurt is okay with acting sexy and whatnot, but when it comes to the actual deed, he shies away.
  • "Courage". All the Unfortunate Implications of victim-blaming and issues of possible character 180 aside, Blaine tells Kurt that the best way to deal with bullies is to confront them instead of avoiding them. However, given that Blaine knows that Karofsky is willing to use violence, and now that we know that Blaine himself was violently assaulted as a result of homophobic bullying, his advice of "Courage" turns from a well-meaning peptalk that backfired unexpectedly into knowingly telling a lamb to pick a fight with a pack of hungry wolves.
    • That is debatable. Aside from Karofsky kissing Kurt, Blaine didn't know about the exact type of bullying Kurt was dealing with. In fact, him confronting Karofsky about his homosexuality in public is a giant flashing neon sign that he has no idea what Karofsky is/was willing to do. Moreover, he doesn't make a big deal about the actual bullying aside from trying to help Kurt stay sane and happy, which means Kurt didn't give many specifics. Dumpster-tossing usually needs at least two people and Kurt was starting to close off during Karofsky's creepy Villainous Crush stage, so as far as Blaine knew, Karofsky himself just stuck to verbal abuse and throwing slushies at Kurt.
  • While the election still sounds unlikely, think about this: Karofsky and Santana based their campaign around Kurt, in essence they put him in the spotlight... even more so one could see that even Karofsky being elected as Prom King was part of the joke, they not only wanted to humiliate the gay boy, but the gay boy "protector."
  • Now Rachel is annoying enough to have only few friends but considering how homophobic the general school population is and how open Rachel is about her two gay dad's and it seems pretty likely that homophobia is a big part in her being an outcast.
  • Upon watching The First Time, an episode about... well Blaine and Kurt's first time, this troper had a cross of fridge horror and Harsher in Hindsight thinking back on the scene where Blaine tells Burt to give Kurt the talk during the car scene. You know - the one where he says "He'll be at a party, have too much to drink, meet some guy and they'll start fooling around..." Blaine needs to listen to himself next time!
  • Glee, yes, Glee. In one scene Kurt throws up on Emma'a shoes and it's hilarious until you realize that was an incredibly traumatizing event for her. This woman can't even touch an object that has spit on it and showers 3 times a day. Any realistic scene at the hospital would have gone into Dude, Not Funny! territory.
  • Blaine's story of the Sadie Hawkins dance in Prom Queen becomes even more of a Tear Jerker when you realize he and his friend were only about 13/14 years old when they were brutally gay-bashed.
  • "Oh Bambi. I cried so hard when those hunters shot your mommy." Hilarious - until you remember that Kurt's mom died when he was a kid. And then it's just heartbreaking.
  • In "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" there was a lot of talk about how great Salvation Army is and how everyone should help them out and donate- but the Salvation Army is homophobic. A lot of tropers just hoped that it was teenage naivety from the characters and not support for a homophobic charity coming from the self proclaimed "gayest show on tv".
  • Brittany Really Gets Around with pretty much everyone in McKinley. Yes, Brittany being Brittany, it's Played for Laughs. But what disturbs this troper is that everyone knows she's Too Dumb to Live and it's possible that most of those people are just taking advantage of that to satisfy their carnal needs.
    • Which makes this line very disturbing: "I lost my virginity in cheerleading camp. He just walked into my tent...alien invasion."
  • At first, egging Rachel just seems mean-spirited. Then you remember that Rachel is a vegan, and it goes from mean-spirited to just plain mean. But what really got this troper was remembering that Lea Michele (who plays Rachel) is ALSO vegan is what really pushed it into Fridge Horror.
    • They most likely used vegan (so fake) eggs...
  • Emma who's been explicitly OCD since childhood has a hard enough time with regular messes and is severely scared of anything remotely sexual. Imagine how horrible it must be for her whenever "Auntie Flo" comes to visit every month...
  • If Shelby didn't want Rachel since she wasn't a cute little baby anymore...what's it going to be like for Beth when she grows out of the cute little baby stage?

Fridge Logic

  • This show runs on it.
  • If each season is one school year, what happens if Glee gets more than four seasons?
    • One or more of the following will happen: invoke Comic Book Time, Geodesic Cast, or just split up the year between two seasons.
    • The writers have stated that they will begin to phase out the older kids in the third season, since the actors for Finn, Puck, and Mike are all nearly 30.
      • They aren't getting phased out, in fact Mike Chang has been confirmed to have a larger role in season 3. if the series is renewed for a season 4 the original cast will be fired and a new group of outcasts will be in the glee club. They will be fired because their character graduate.
    • It's recently been stated by Ryan Murphy that characters won't leave the show just because they're graduating.
  • Sue could have pointed out that the cheerios also cheer for the basketball team and that, if she can somehow be made acting Principal, she can find a way to get the cheerios to cheer for whatever other sports are going on in the school. Personally, this troper thinks it would have made an interesting storyline to see cheerios!Kurt having to cheer for the hockey team.
    • Don't cheerleaders automatically cheer for every sport at the school? I've seen them perform at wrestling and baseball meets as well, at least at my high school.
      • In my school, they only cheered for the football team. In a nearby bigger city, they cheered for basketball and football. Many of the schools, mine included, didn't have wrestling or hockey. Although, strangely enough, we did have a golf team, which I'm pretty sure none of the other nearby schools had.
      • Some schools have multiple cheerleading squads for multiple sports
    • Beiste might be the only coach at school.
    • Probably depends on the team and school tradition. A school with a stronger tradition in one sport will probably emphasize that. And a school with a weak sports tradition (or one that emphasizes other things like academics) in general might have teams but no cheerleaders at all.
  • HOW there can be only six people at the benefit from Night of Neglect? Even if somehow the gleek kids didn't have any friends in school that would attend, there are at least family members.
    • Because it's a NIGHT OF NEGLECT.
  • Who is the cameraman in Fondue For Two? Not exactly a error, but still who???
    • My personal canon is that it is Brittanys little brother that was mentioned back in the Madonna episode.
      • Actually, she has a younger sister ("Wes Brody, he plays soccer with my sister?"). But yeah.
      • Charity, her other cat.
  • If Kurt knew about Sam's living conditions, why didn't he tell Finn? I mean, even if Sam asked for him to keep quiet, I still think that this is an important enough issue to talk about with, at least, your family. Especially when the rumors started flying around.
    • That is YMMV, before the rumours, it was none of Finn business, but even after... it was a very delicate issue.
    • It's important to talk about... but not with Kurt's family. Sam's family yeah. And certainly if it was very bad, Kurt would have said something. Note also that Sam only confided in two people who have had perhaps the biggest history of being an outcast. Not to mention that among the relatively well-to-do group of the Glee club (lower middle class at worse), Sam being homeless probably would have (and is) felt like a really big thing to talk about when, for most of them, their biggest worry is who's going to be prom queen.
    • Kurt has shown he knows to keep a secret, and it wasn't his secret to share. Both Quinn and Kurt have demonstrated that people can trust them, as even with the nasty rumours goings on and affecting their own relationships, they never said anything, as it was Sam who should decide when and if tell anything. Plus, both had very good reasons to not tell Finn; he has been an ass to Sam most of the season.
  • If Will only booked two hotel rooms: one for the girls and one for the guys, where'd he sleep?
    • With the boys. If he were female, he would have slept with the girls. What I wonder is why a female teacher wasn't sent along with them to room with the girls. Although, if Kurt was allowed to sleep with the unchaperoned girls due to his sexual orientation, it does explain how he and Rachel were able to keep sneaking out.
      • I believe he did. At several times, you can see him in the background in the girls' room, I believe that he even joined in the pillowfight.
    • I'm pretty sure they said that the kids were being split into seperate rooms, by gender, not that he only booked two rooms
  • Why did New Directions end 12th? They had to make them feel like they just missed out, so it should have been 11th; but that would have meant it would be Rachel's fault they lost because she helped Sunshine.
    • I thought they got 12th because of Finn kissing Rachel too emotionally onstage, and them not really working on their songs until landing in New York.
    • That, and that show choir competition scores can be decided by a fraction of a fraction of a point. Perhaps the 11th placer was half a point above them. Even if the kiss only cost them a point, it was enough to knock them down a couple of places.
  • Since we have confirmed the play "Wicked" exists in the Glee-verse, whose original leading ladies were played by Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, who originated the roles of Glinda and Elphaba in their version of "Wicked"?
    • Probably Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth. Shelby Corcoran and April Rhodes just happen to look and sound exactly like them.
      • And yet April Rhodes ends up a washed-up drunk and Shelby Corcoran failed as an actress...
      • Being the mirror image of a star is not necissarily a good thing. Take a look at Monica Potter's resume for example.
    • Stephanie J. Block did the first few workshops before Idina Menzel replaced her, so it's possible in this universe SJB opened the show.
    • Logical fallacy. Within the show universe, Shelby and April are real people, not fictional characters played on a TV show by Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, so the fact that Shelby and April exist does not have to mean that Idina and Kristin don't.
  • On that note, who originally sang "Still Got Tonight?"
    • Emma definitely said something about John Stamos at one point; does she ever notice that her husband looks just like him?
    • Finn also mentions Gwenyth Paltrow in early Season 1 (referencing how she named her child "Apple") but doesn't recognize when she shows up as a substitute teacher.
      • Sue mentioned Neil Patrick Harris in a segment and he appeared on the show.
    • It's interesting that when a actual person is mention that person will come on the show as a character. Emma mention John Stamos, we get Carl, Neil Patrick Harris is mentioned we get Bryan Ryan and Gwenyth Platrow is mentioned we get Holly.
      • Holly talks about Lindsay Lohan to her Spanish class - and who turns out to be a guest judge at Nationals the next year?
  • Show choirs grouping the rooms by sexual orientation poses many an interesting question:
    • If Santana were out of the closet, would they make her sleep in the guys' room even though she's been sexually involved with Puck, Finn, and possibly Sam?
    • If they knew Brittany was bisexual, where would she sleep?
      • If they had done it the way they had suggested, both would probably have ended up in a bedroom for themselves. I don't think that the ND would have made such a big deal out of it. They would probably not mind having an outed Santana and Brittany -seeing as they are quite out to them, hence the 'Saphic charm' comment of Rachel and some other between the lines comments - in the girls room.
    • If Santana and Brittany had become an official couple, would they even have been allowed to sleep in the same room?
    • If Blaine was on New Directions with Kurt, would they be in the same situation?
      • And now he is... so what happens for hotel arrangements?
      • I think Will - seeing how clueless he sometimes is - would probably have left them sleeping in the same room.
    • And a bit of Fridge Horror; where did Will sleep?
      • He probably had a single bedroom, my teachers had that too when we went to Greece with out whole class. Each of the three male teachers had their own, separate bedrooms, but they did not mind entering students bedrooms to check up on us, though they did knock.
  • Now I'm not too familiar with how a show choir is run, but you'd think for a big and formal event like Nationals, Will would have had to turn in a set list ages before they even got to New York. How did they get away with performing two completely original songs that they wrote the day before the competition? Dustin, the Nationals expert, would've obviously done this well in advance (hell, he's probably been writing original songs since he heard them at Regionals), but there's no indication of them even knowing what they were going to do until they actually started writing.
    • It's Glee. The show thrives on Willing Suspension of Disbelief. Admittedly, though,, it was very unrealistic. Really, Glee, we know these kids are talented and everything, but a show choir competition does not work that way.
  • If Jesse isn't an only child (he mentions a Big Screwed-Up Family in "Funeral") then where the heck were his brother and sister when he moved to his uncle's?
    • They could be grown. His parents being away implies Jesse was probably rooming at Carmel or had a relative near there and went to his uncle's when he switched to Mc Kinley. If they aren't grown, they could have chosen to go to with their parents or made the choice to go to a different boarding school/live with a different relative. In a bit of Fridge Horror, his sister could be in treatment, voluntarily or otherwise, for her eating disorder (I don't remember if he said she was anorexic or bulimic).
  • Quinn is only blonde because she dyes her hair, but during her pregnancy, she has the same shade of hair as before she was pregnant, meaning she still dyed her hair while she was pregnant, even though you're not supposed to dye your hair while you're pregnant.
    • Chalk it up to the Lucy Caboosey plot not being remotely thought of when the writers were still doing the first season.
    • While I agree with the poster above me, there's also the fact that many girls/women do things they're not technically not supposed to do when pregnant. Some women smoke, some have the occasional drink, some consume a buttload of caffeine, etc. It could've been that she didn't know and whoever was providing prenatal care didn't know she dyed her hair and thus didn't tell her that she shouldn't, that they knew and told her it wasn't recommended but that it should be fine if she wanted to keep on, or they knew and told her she should stop and Quinn made the decision to disregard their instructions.
    • It's nigh on impossible to have that shade of hair in an adult (or, ignoring Dawson Casting, older teenager like Quinn) without dye. The problem stands with or without the Lucy Caboosey plot.
      • Not necessarily. This troper has a 21-year-old friend with hair that blonde and she's never so much as lightened it in any way. It happens. It's just, in Quinn's case, a plot hole.
  • If Quinn isn't really a blonde, then how come Beth is?
    • A lot of children start out with blond hair as an infant/toddler, and then the hair becomes progressively darker and most commonly becomes brown as the child becomes older.
    • Also, uh, are we at all familiar with recessive genes? Kids of two non-blond/e parents can still be blond/e, and not just during childhood.
    • Partially confirmed. We know Quinn must have a blond gene in her because both her parents are blond and don't seem like the types to dye their hair. (The reason her natural hair is auburn is because she also has the gene for hair redness, influencing the color.) We still don't know what Puck's parents look like.
      • We do know what his mother looks like (she is quickly show crying with his sister over Schindler's list). Her hair is raven black, just like his sisters. His father could have had blond/red or even black hair as he is never shown.
      • Highly unlikely, given what we know about Puck's mom - she very likely wouldn't date or marry a man who didn't "look Jewish" (i.e. with dark hair and/or Semitic features). It's more likely that making Beth blonde is an example of further whitewashing by the Glee writers; even the half-Jewish Beth isn't safe from having her potential "ethnic" features (like Puck's olive skin, stocky build, and black hair) made into something supposedly more acceptable to the audience - especially since, if Quinn is blond/red, Beth has AT MOST a 1-in-4 chance of being blonde. Skin color is a polygenic trait, too, so having her at least have a slight golden tone to her skin is more likely than the ghost-pale toddler they actually portray. Feh.
      • True, but it is never directly said, so though it would be logical, it is not sure; she could have had a springfling or something.
      • Incorrect. Anyone who knows anything about genes knows that it's perfectly possible for a mixed-race child to be completely one race or the other—for instance, a black man and a white woman could give birth to a completely white child (or fraternal twins, one being white and the other dark-skinned) so long as the other parent has the gene somewhere in the gene pool. If the black father had a white relative anywhere in his family tree, the gene would still be in his DNA and could very well be passed to his offspring. It's not uncommon, for example, for a relatively rare recessive trait, like green eyes or truly blond hair, to skip several generations of a family and show up seemingly out of the blue. There's also the massive restrictions on shows that hire child actors which must be even more stringent for babies, so the selection might not have been that big in terms of race of the baby. For a show with such a diverse cast it seems highly unlikely that this was anything like purposeful 'whitewashing' on the part of the readers.
      • ...more evidence for the WMG that the baby's father is actually Kurt (who is white, blue-eyed and might or might not dye his hair brown)?
  • Since when can a Spanish teacher go from teaching Spanish to History, just like that?
    • In some high schools, as long as you're teaching students under grade 11, you can choose to teach whatever subject you want.
    • This Troper has a teacher that's switched from World History to English to U.S. History and currently, mathematics. It's possible for anyone with some form of a degree in humanities, which is probably what Will has, considering the show is expecting us to believe his interests range from music to Spanish, and now, history. Considering how bad he was/is at Spanish, it's somewhat believable that he might've had a different teaching position, or just that they just needed to find someone with a versatile teaching ability that could pick up Spanish.
  • Sam being poor and homeless is allegorical for the US (Uncle Sam) falling deep into recession. The moral? Support your friends through the hard times, America!
  • This Troper would like to know why, if Glee Club is the lowest caste in High School, that a) they have a BAND to play for them whenever they want, and b) why Regionals constantly sell out?
    • Bands need gigs to play. And you have 15x3 students x 2 parents = min of 90 people from immediate family alone. Also, just because they're low on the totem pole in high school doesn't mean that they don't have enough support outside that realm.
  • Though this can be written off as the show not wanting to have too many characters, why does Will only accept THREE (Marley, Jake, and Unique) new additions to the New Directions in Season 4? Especially considering the problems they always have meeting the required member quota for the competitions! They expect us to believe that out of all the people in the school that auditioned, nobody else besides Marley and Jake had a remotely acceptable voice? Beggars can't be choosers; if Will wants to at least keep the glee club going without worrying about student count, he could have at least taken in a one or two more people.
  • Quinn and Santana sleeping together in "I Do" puts that slap from "Thanksgiving" in a new light - was it Belligerent Sexual Tension?
  • Why New Directions reinstated after being disqualified from Sectionals after the Warblers were also disqualified. Shouldn't that third team have won by default?
    • Not necessarily. They never actually stated that New Directions were disqualified. However, if their performance was deemed to be over after they left the stage, they would only be marked based on one song instead of two or three, putting them at a disadvantage. It's possible that they they were the runners-up based on their score from the song they performed, which would mean that they would advance to Regionals once the Warblers were disqualified. Alternatively, maybe if the Show Choir Committee ended up on the receiving end of a lot of angry calls and letters over the disqualification of a team who left the stage briefly due to a genuine medical issue, they decided to send New Directions ahead, even if it would have been the third team under other circumstances.
    • In Season 2's Christmas episode, the Glee club all goes and sits on Santa's lap, asking for gifts from him for Christmas. The Santa is notably Black, and pretty much all of them get what they want... if they're white (Brittany wants Artie to be able to walk, Sam wants lots of chapstick which then-absent Rachel gives him later in the season; Mercedes's doll that laughs and cries is the most plausible omission alongside Quinn's quest to eliminate stretch marks; unfortunately, Santana doesn't seem to have received any bling, Mike can still see Channing Tatum, and Tina's inquiry about Asian Santa doesn't pan out).
  • Season 5 is set in Spring 2013 unlike the other seasons that begin in the fall. This can make people wonder how the Glee Club is singing songs that haven't come out yet like "Roar", "Applause", and "Wrecking Ball"
  • If the Glee Club was going to lose its money, why can't they just ask Al Motta to pay for it, especially since he did it before with the Troubletones? Yes, the writers like to think Sugar doesn't exist anymore, but she is the solution
  • Why did Blaine think it would be a good idea to sing "Candles" as a duet when the chorus specifically says "Looks like a solo tonight"
  • In "Born This Way" with all of the anti-bullying stuff going around, why was Lauren not punished for putting up that picture of Quinn? Why did Will stand idly by and allow her to continue being in the club?
  • A calender shown during "Opening Night" shows that the timeline of the show had caught up with real time (as in, the calender shows that the episode was set in April). And yet Emma only then gives birth. Considering how she was revealed to be pregnant a while before Nationals it can be safely estimated that she had been pregnant for at least a year...somehow.

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