I have to say I'm still ruminating over this most recent episode. Do I not have much to joke around about because it was so solid? Or is because it was just kind of bland? I haven't really decided yet. But one thing I do know: how dare they not give me something to mock or lambaste?! What is my function in the world now? I am so lost, somebody please hold me.
Here are some things I learned in this episode.
Kellie Pickler is still a thing!
This surprised me, though I have no reason to assume I'd know anything about the state of popular music today. I think I've purchased music 16 times since 1997, and really the only reason I have any idea who she is is that I once covered American Idol for another, far inferior website.
Also and more importantly, America!
I have to admit the most amusing part of this for me was how much effort ABC put into promoting Michelle Obama's appearance on the episode --
-- and then hilariously outright cut away from her during her entire speech so that different characters could have conversations about their storylines, with her giantly looming in the background.
Was that maybe a little bit of, "Well, our audience might overlap with country music's audience and they might be turned off by having to watch this Kenyan Muslim's uppity wife blathering on about socialist fake-patriotism so we'll put it there just in case but not really emphasize it" (please know I'm just being ridiculous and don't yell at me in the comments for it), which was probably followed by, "OH MY GOD BUT WHAT ABOUT OUR GAY STORYLINE who is our demographic who are we what is the meaning of life please please we're confused and frightened and so okay we'll alternate gay weeks everything's fixed!"
Or something. Maybe.