Nuts and Bolts

Do you feel bad for isolated thunderstorms?

Fierce lightning strike against a dark sky
Photo: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Photo Library — Sean Waugh

When that line popped into my head, I couldn’t help but think of my favorite character on Glee: 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. There was no real hook to the character until the producers realized her pitch-perfect dim-bulb delivery of such lines as...

“I’m pretty sure my cat has been reading my diary.”

“Did you know that dolphins are just gay sharks?”

“Sometimes I forget my middle name.”

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

My review of Glee Season One is among many posts in the pipeline, but the short take
is that the show’s 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 have missed
this improbable delight during its first run that Fox is giving the season an encore on Thursdays at 8 p.m.; the pilot re-aired two days after the season finale and appears to already be gone from the show’s website, but the second episode is up for another month and the third episode will probably be online after it re-airs tonight.

Related: Brittality Lightning Round Nooner in Song


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

  2. 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."


  3. 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?"

  4. "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!


  5. 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."

  6. 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.