Oh, teenage love ... The ups and downs, the will he or won't he; it's a dramatic, high-wire act fraught with danger at every turn. And this St. Valentine's Day at Glee's McKinley High, the stakes have never been higher. The now-quadrangle mess that is Finn-Rachel-Sam-Quinn (stay with me now — Cory Monteith, Lea Michele, Chord Overstreet, and Dianna Agron) kicks into overdrive as quarterback Finn, his ego inflated by winning MVP of the championship game, realizes he can have any girl in school. Except, of course, the only one he does want — his former flame, Quinn. He stages a kissing booth, hoping to entice his ex with a kiss for charity, but it also draws in an obsessive Rachel, who just can't seem to understand why they're no longer together.
As for Puck's (Mark Salling) affections, he's now magnetically drawn to his social polar opposite — overweight wrestling champ Lauren Zizes (Ashley Fink). As Puck himself says, maybe he likes her because "she yells at me the way my mom does." Over at Dalton Academy, meanwhile, Blaine (Darren Criss), admits to having a crush, which a soon-heartbroken Kurt (Chris Colfer) mistakenly assumes is directed at him. As all this plays out, of course, there's plenty of song. Here's a look at the music of Glee's "Silly Little Love Songs." — Rachel Stuhler, Hulu
"Fat Bottomed Girls," Queen
Puck's so used to just batting his bad-boy lashes at girls and watching them swoon that he's momentarily stymied by Lauren's demand that he "woo" her. His first, somewhat ill-thought-out attempt is to serenade her in glee club with the less than flattering Queen hit, "Fat Bottomed Girls." Lauren's feelings are hurt, and the attention paid to someone else lights a match of jealousy under resident mean girl Santana (Naya Rivera).
"P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)," Michael Jackson
Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) hands out a love song assignment to the kids, thoughtless of the competition it might inspire. Artie (Kevin McHale) chooses Michael Jackson's legendary "Pretty Young Thing" for Brittany (Heather Morris), accompanied by some sick dance moves courtesy of Mike Chang (Harry Shum, Jr.).
"When I Get You Alone," Robin Thicke
In the pursuit of love, Blaine convinces the publicity-shy Warblers to come to his aid in his musical mission. Even Kurt, still nursing a bruised heart, accompanies The Warblers to the Gap, where Blaine croons Robin Thicke's "When I Get You Alone" to the sweater-folding object of his affections.
"My Funny Valentine," from Babes in Arms
To repay her boyfriend for his "break dance of love," Tina (Jenna Ushkovitz) tries her best to sing "My Funny Valentine," from the 1937 Rodgers and Hart musical Babes in Arms. Unfortunately, Tina's so overcome by emotion that she barely makes it through half the song without collapsing into tears.
"Firework," Katy Perry
Rachel finally realizes it's over with Finn when he admits that his kissing booth time with Quinn was "like fireworks." Deciding to reclaim the assignment for herself, the suddenly empowered Rachel chooses "Firework" as ode to her love of herself. And here we thought she'd found something she loved more than her own reflection. Our mistake.
"Silly Love Songs," Wings
Kurt helps Blaine recover after the incident at the Gap doesn't turn out favorably. He rounds up the Warblers for another try at public performing, this time at Lima's favorite Italian restaurant, Breadstix. The boys belt out Paul McCartney's "Silly Love Songs," dedicated to all of those feeling a little lonely on the most romantic night of the year.
Which song made you feel "fireworks" this week on Glee? Share your thoughts in the comments!