February 1st, 2012 | Culture

Head Cheerio headed to Yale in “Glee”

Could Quinn Fabray be the next star of the Yale a cappella scene?
Could Quinn Fabray be the next star of the Yale a cappella scene? Photo by Wikimedia Commons.

I’m a bit of a Gleek, not in the “Ryan Murphy can do no wrong” camp, but nevertheless an avid, weekly Glee-watcher. But I’d never had more feelings about a storyline not involving Santana until tonight. Two words: Quinn and Yale.

We got the most predictable surprise of our lives when Finn proposed to Rachel at the end of last week’s episode, titled “Yes/No.” (Glee doesn’t do subtlety.) Rachel isn’t sure of her answer as tonight’s episode begins, so she runs to Quinn for advice. Though they tend not to get along so well, Rachel and Quinn have a way of knowing when the other needs her most. Aw, female friendship! Rachel helped snap Quinn out of her post-adoption slump at the beginning of the season and tonight, Quinn tries to return the favor. She whips out her Yale early action acceptance letter, written in large Arial font, and calls it her “ticket out of here,” to show Rachel that they can be bigger than their men and their hometown. It’s a compelling case, and for Rachel, a firm believer in “shows before bros,” it should have done the trick—but alas, Rachel says yes.

As Yalies, we don’t care about that. We care about Quinn. She’s one of us now. But could she get in IRL? It’s a big question, one so big it’s currently being tackled on College Confidential.

“My essay about overcoming adversity while maintaining a straight A average during a teen pregnancy really turned on the admissions boards,” Quinn says after she announces her acceptance. Of course, this is could just be the Glee writers’ feeble attempt at justifying yet another absurd television college acceptance, but is it really so absurd?

Yes, Quinn has gaping, often horrifying character flaws. Yes, she tried to prove her child’s adoptive mother unfit so she could get her back. But her extracurricular involvement in the Glee Club and the Cheerios is significant, and the notion that her grades would have improved during the pregnancy isn’t so far-fetched considering the nosedive her social life took at the time. And because an admissions officer wouldn’t hear about her occasional dips into crazy land, a real-life Quinn could conceivably be a Bulldog.

Of course, there were logistical flaws in the acceptance, as well. It came long after Dec. 15, evident because the Christmas episode aired over a month ago. It also came via snail mail, which hasn’t been used for initial admissions decisions in years, and on blatantly unofficial stationary. (As if Yale would ever write its name in a sans-serif font.)

The questions we’re left with, ultimately, have nothing to do with whether she could have gotten in: What does this mean for Quinn’s character? Will Dianna Agron be back next season? And, most importantly, which a cappella group will she join? Fingers crossed for Mixed Co.!