Taking the reliability of home pregnancy tests into account, Rachel Berry, singer extraordinaire from McKinley High School and future Broadway star, could be pregnant. The last scenes of this week’s Valentine’s Day episode of Glee featured the songstress sitting alone in her loft waiting for the results of a test while non-boyfriend Brody slept in the other room. Given the look on her face, the test must have came back positive, much to the shock of this viewer and likely every other watcher.
When I first saw Rachel flipping through a date book, I presumed she was discovering a new secret about Brody that was revealed this week – he’s a hooker…or at least an escort….and not a particularly well paid one at that. Before I had the chance to figure out why he kept an agenda exposing his night trade, the camera panned to the bathroom and the pregnancy test. Yikes.
…and all of this on the day (or possibly day after) she had sex with Finn after Emma and Will’s non-wedding (by the way, Rachel caught the bouquet)
The larger question of the evening is….if this is a real pregnancy and not a scare that will be ruled out by a follow-up visit to the doctor, who is the father?
A lot of internet speculation has people believing it’s Brody since Rachel and Finn broke up, and because that would make a sick love triangle with her, Brody, and Finn. However, I believe it could be Finn from before they broke up. In ‘Glee’ time, the break-up was the 10th episode back counting from this week. This would be 2.5 months in show-timeline time and four months in real time.
Depending on how ‘Glee’ wanted to play this, they could pass off Rachel and Finn as having slept together before he left New York but after she told Kurt they hadn’t slept together since he came back (there was a gap there). Considering ‘Glee’ went on an election season and/or sports imposed hiatus instead of a normal break, they might do this. Someone caught up in their life could theoretically go 2.5 months without noticing a missed period, but four months – not so much unless we force another Celine Dion connection (Dion once admitted that she had irregular periods like some super athletes do).
I don’t think a Brody baby would keep Finn away forever though it might add a new hurtle for writers to attempt to jump, but that is the least interesting aspect of this situation….because in my mind the biggest question of the night is this:
If Rachel is really pregnant, will she keep the baby or have an abortion?
It is a choice women from all walks of life face, but particularly women pursuing a career that doesn’t always allow to you to come back from a break and maintain your progress If Rachel left Nyada, even for just a few months, she almost certainly could not continue her studies. Note here: If she was pregnant via Finn around the Oct. 5 episode, she would be due approximately June 27th which would make her way pregnant during the final months of school. At the very least, this would make dance class awkward, but recuperation from her actual delivery wouldn’t cause her to miss any days.
She could decide to stay in school and have the baby, but then she would face the impossible position of taking care of a child in New York while a student in a competitive program at a dramatic arts program. This would mean she would have to put the baby up for adoption or leave its care to her two gay dads or her absent mother Shelby.
Shelby is the other ironic part here. Rachel herself was the biological child of a talented woman who had a baby and gave it away through a formalized surrogacy and adoption process. This would make Rachel have to once again come to terms with how she felt about never knowing her mother and how she would feel about putting her child in the same position.
I, for one, hope Rachel is pregnant because it is the most realistic thing to happen on ‘Glee’ this season, and it would put her in a position many hopeful and talented young people face. In a Yahoo TV article I wrote nearly two years ago, I mentioned that someone on ‘Glee’ would have to be the next Will Schuester – a person with undeniable talent who never hits the big time because of a choice, whether freely made or brought about by circumstances.
I always felt like Finn and Rachel would be those two people because Rachel is the most talented and her and Finn have the most heart – both individually and as a couple. Rachel is no longer the girl who didn’t mind plotting to get a teacher fired to advance her career, even if that personality trait still flares up from time to time. She is really “the small town girl living in a lonely world” from the first New Directions performance of “Don’t Stop Believing.”
Even if ‘Glee’ doesn’t flesh out this plot line in this manner, and even if Rachel is not really pregnant, this is a vision of reality for many performers, and if ‘Glee’ should stop dying its slow death and just end this season, there are worse ways it could “go gentle into that good night.”
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