Weekly Gleek: Personal Growth and Self-Help with Rachel Berry

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Weekly Gleek: Personal Growth and Self-Help with Rachel Berry

So, I know that you are all in the grips of some painful Glee withdrawal this week—don’t front like it was just another Tuesday. Even my dad, who is generally a world-class stick in the mud, has become so devoted a gleek as to pay $10 for the special all-Glee issue of Us Weekly—this from the man who considers duct tape a viable form of home repair. What I’m saying is, my dad is a cheapskate. And he spent $10 on Glee-related swag. The implications for the rest of us are, clearly, all the more dire.

But fear not, gentle reader—we will all get through this bleak period of gleelessness together, in solidarity. Step one is to revisit the good times—assemble your peeps, settle down with some vegan popcorn and gather ‘round the laptop to watch your favorite eps all over again, and don’t forget to mop up the dairy-free gravy with all those web exclusives and behind-the-scenes clips, too (apologies to our international readers; I know Hulu is just a tease for you).

This is what my friend and I (we’ll call her Finnessa) were doing last night, when she had a massive personal revelation about her relationship with her ex-girlfriend, courtesy of Rachel Berry. True story. In the midst of watching Rachel sing her adorable pint-sized heart out about how her good isn’t good enough, and wondering how many times it would take, my buddy suddenly realized why she was still bumming over her ex. It was not because she was still hung up on the girl. It was because she (the ex—let’s call her Rachel 2.0...) was still making all the same mistakes in her dating life as she made before; and watching that play out all over again, with no improvement whatsoever in the crazy department, was making my homegirl trip out pretty hard. 

My friend Finnessa wanted to think that, even though their relationship had ended, they’d both learned and grown from it and were now better people, ready to move on to the next level of lesbian processing in their next relationships. But unlike the real Rachel Berry, Rachel 2.0 has not made any effort to learn from her mistakes. She has neither learned nor grown from the lessons of her previous relationship with Finnessa. Of course, the only reason my friend Finnessa knows this is because she’s gone