We get an early Valentine present from Glee with "Silly Love Songs" (because the eleventh episode aired after the Super Bowl?), but this would surely have been best scheduled next week. Regardless, it was one of those episodes with a satisfying emphasis on the students (zero screentime for Sue Sylvester), and treated a few of them like real people for a change. However, we still had to swallow the absurd idea that bad boy Puck (Mark Salling) has romantic feelings for stout Lauren (Ashley Fink), which wasn't foreshadowed or even believable based on what we know of those characters.
It was a smart idea to have so many of this week's episodes involve kissing, which naturally suited the romantic theme. As I mentioned, the whole Puck/Lauren storyline was frankly ridiculous, and another example of Glee trying so hard to look PC that it bends realism out of shape. I'm not saying a handsome guy can't find a larger lady attractive, but I'm saying that Puck wouldn't, based on everything we've seen of him and the women he's been interested in (Quinn, Rachel). There are only a finite number of characters on Glee, so it seems that they'll all have dated each other by season 3, even if that doesn't make sense. Finn/Quinn? Sure. Finn/Brittany? No. Puck/Quinn? Okay. Puck/Lauren? No way. Perhaps it wouldn't be quite so bad if you had faith Puck and Lauren will last as an odd couple, but I give it three episodes before the writers get bored and pair Puck with Santana, who's a much better personality fit.
Overall, "Silly Love Songs" was better than the Super Bowl episode because it kept things focused on the relationships of the characters, without the sometimes distracting gag-machine of Sue, but it was ultimately a collection of trivial storylines interspersed with weak songs. For a show that can elicit a tangible sense of happiness in viewers, I'm puzzled that Glee couldn't deliver a heartwarming Valentine.
- This episode was directed by actor Tate Donovan, perhaps best known as Tom Shayes in Damages. He also recently directed an episode of Weeds.