Lightning Round (Strike One)

Do you feel bad for isolated thunderstorms?

Photo taken by Sean Waugh for the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's National Severe Storms Laboratory.

I couldn't help but think of Glee
when that line popped into my head, thanks to my favorite character on the show: Heather Morris's Brittany.

Morris was brought in to teach the cast the choreography for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" and ended up being offered the part of one of the cheerleaders who joined the glee club; at first she had no real character hook, but then the producers realized her pitch-perfect dim-bulb delivery of lines like the following.

"Did you know that dolphins are just gay sharks?"

"Sometimes I forget my middle name."

"I'm pretty sure my cat has been reading my diary."

Brittany doesn't have the only funny lines on the show by a long shot, just the best, and serves them up in the most brilliantly nonchalant way. The cold, hard virtual print above doesn't do her justice.

My Season One review of
Glee is one of many posts in the pipeline, but the short take is that the show is a total hoot with genuine emotion and generally great music that has mostly used the disparate tones I noted in
my review of the pilot to its advantage. While the early episodes are uneven, I wanted to alert folks who might've missed this improbable delight during its first run that Fox is repeating the season at 8 p.m. Thursdays; the pilot aired two days after the season finale and appears to already be gone from the show's website (even though newer episodes that aired longer ago are still there), but the second episode is up for another month and the third episode will probably be online after it airs tonight.


ashlie said...

I totally agree - I love Brittany! She's so hilarious, and she's such a great dancer. Glee is such a dose of happy!

JW said...

I love Glee too, although I don't think anyone is funnier than Sue.

"Oh, hey Will. I thought I smelled cookies wafting from the ovens of the little elves who live in your hair."

Blam said...

Glee is such a dose of happy!

That, in a nutshell, is why I've stuck with the show, Ashlie.

Sue is one of a kind, JW (especially if you don't count other Jane Lynch characters). Her comments on Will's hair are priceless, as are her tour de force diary entries -- and a lot of the other characters get off good lines as well, many of them sprinkled into my imminent* review of the show. Pound for pound, though, or even regardless of volume, Brittany's bons mots are second to none.

*Joan: "I do not think that word means what you think it means. PS: What's with all the French?"

Batcabbage said...

"Did you know that dolphins are just gay sharks?"

Oh god, I think I just ruptured something important to my survival laughing at that. I may just have to check Glee out. Saw the pilot, and just never kept up with it. Thanks for the laugh, Blam!

Blam said...

You're welcome, Batcabbage. Glee is uneven, but that ended up being part of its charm; the first few episodes had some flat patches, too, but I was soon so fascinated by what the show was doing that its missteps were excusable. As far as the line you quoted goes, trust me, her delivery makes it even better, especially how, when Brittany's friend Santana just kind-of stares at her after she says it, she nods and adds quietly, "It's true."

Teebore said...

Honestly, I think that dolphin line is one of the funniest things I've heard, ever.

I too love Glee. It's not without its rough edges (I'd like, every once in awhile, to just hear the kids sing without it turning into a production number), but it's such a dose of happy that it smooths all those edges out and I'm more than happy to ride along.

And Brittany is HIGHlarious!

Looking forward to your imminent review.