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TO BELIEVE OR NOT TO BELIEVE
After last week's circus-like Brtiney Spears episode, Glee does a 180 and produces one of the most emotional and possibly controversial episodes of the entire series. It all starts when Finn sees an image of Jesus Christ burned into his grill cheese sandwich. When things start going well for him, in the form of winning football games, regaining the quarterback position, and touching Rachel's boobs, he immediately perceives it as a gift from God. Finn then proceeds to bring his new found enlightenment into the Glee Club with mixed results. This leads to Mr. Shuster being asked not to sing any songs about spirituality in order not to offend anyone's beliefs at school.
The episode could have ended there, but Curt's father suffers a heart attack and ends up unconcious in the hospital. All the Glee kids want to help and comfort him, but Curt shuts down and won't allow himself to be helped. This leads to a series of poingant discusions and performances on faith. In particular, we learn that Sue lost faith when she couldn't pray her sister out of a disability and Curt expresses his disdain for the Bible's depiction of homosexuals.
The rest of the episode deals with many of the kids trying to come to terms with their own beliefs and faiths.
The episode doesn't have all the answers, but it does raise some interesting questions. And I defy anyone who isn't moved by Curt's rendition of The Beatles' "I Wanna Hold Your Hand."