I know it’s been a while since the first episode aired, but I am still annoyed with the Quinn texting-while-driving storyline, so here goes.
Episode 14 (On My Way) already frustrated me because of the speed with which they skimmed through the Karofsky ordeal (something else I will probably still have an issue with for a while, so I’ll tackle that some other day). The last minutes of this episode were fantastic. Or would have been, if they’d happened in a separate episode from a draining story line about a suicide attempt. I was already exhausted and then that? So let’s just pretend that the Karofsky storyline hasn’t happened yet, and will be treated to its due 4-6 or so episodes.
Pennsylvania just passed an unfortunate law against texting while driving that totally wiped out the more strict Don’t Even Touch It –ish law Philadelphia had on the books for a little while. Maybe some other places around PA had something better too, but that’s all been undone. Le sigh. In any case, it is a HUGE issue these days and I am so glad that Glee worked it in there. That truck coming out of nowhere, so we didn’t even see it until moments before it hit, was perfect. Would having it the other way around, with Quinn hitting someone instead, have worked? No, she is going to Yale or whatever. Besides, Puck’s already been to jail. Now that I think about it, what happened to the other driver? Hmmm.
Then they killed it. She comes back in a wheelchair AND NOT A SCRATCH ON HER. No broken bones. No stitches. No shaved head where they had to put in a plate. Nothing else. She’s in a wheelchair, but cute and peppy as ever. And raise your hand if you think she won’t walk up to receive her diploma at graduation. Forgive me, but I laughed when she first rolled in. There may have been a slow WTF exclamation as well.
From a hopeful blogger whose revised opinions I’d like to hear:
“Seeing a character that you’ve known and followed for years get involved in a serious accident can be very emotional and disturbing. The fact that Glee chose to have Quinn’s accident caused by texting and driving shows how much of a national problem texting and driving has become.
The cast and crew of Glee have an opportunity to open next season with a serious conversation about texting and driving and I have high hopes that they’ll do just that. Drivers (especially teen drivers) need repeated reminders that texting can - and does - kill people every day. Teens often fall into the false belief that a texting and driving accident could never happen to them because they are excellent texters, but the Glee episode showed the reality of texting and driving. Every text you send takes your eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds, which was just long enough for Quinn to end up in a potentially deadly accident.
Quinn tried to avoid her buzzing phone but ultimately gave into the temptation of picking it up and reading and then responding to her text messages. This is the same temptation that most teens face every day. The best way to make sure you don’t text and drive is to put your phone away, out of reach, until you get to your next stop. There is no message and no news that can’t wait 5-10 minutes for you to respond.”
Read the rest here.
Among my many questions:
1. What happened to the other guy?
2. Why does Quinn look like the accident happened years ago and all that’s left is the wheelchair? Was she fine, and then paralyzed by the firefighters using the Jaws of Life to get her out of her car? If so: gross.
3. Why isn’t her mom giving her a hard time about the insurance premium hike?
4. Why wasn’t there more discussion with Mr. Shue/parents about other things that have happened because people were texting while driving?
5. Why wasn’t there a school assembly on the dangers, and how nothing in your life is so damn important it can’t wait until you pull over and stop the car?
6. How much time did Quinn spend in the ICU???
** Update 5/2
Rewatching S3E15. Apparently the guy who hit her is “fine”. He was going a pretty significant rate of speed and hit her head on. Even if he was in a big truck and the truck wasn’t completely totaled, there’s always whiplash, injuries from the seat belt, etc. There’s so much in this episode about not letting being stuck in a wheelchair get you down, while everything about the texting is so trite it’s annoying. Still not happy.