Sarah Jessica Parker ‘Glee’ Appearance An Epic Disappointment
10:30 am, September 28th | by Laura Donovan
Just three episodes in, season four of Ryan Murphy’s “Glee” has had an impressive lineup of guest actors. All right, there have only been two celebrities of note — Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson — but audience members everywhere expected these two to move mountains. Hudson does that in episodes one and two. SJP, who appears in last night’s installment of “Glee,” misses the mark, which is bizarre if nothing else because of her long-run as New York City savant Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex and the City.”
It likely that Murphy wanted SJP’s “Glee” character, a Vogue.com editor named Isabelle, to parallel Bradshaw. It’s tough not to compare the two, as SJP is most well known for her SATC persona, but in the teenage world of “Glee,” it’s important to keep things PG-13. That’s what Isabelle does, and sadly it doesn’t work.
Fresh-from-Ohio high school graduate, Kurt takes on an internship at the fashion website, which is a mess the moment he starts his position. Having looked up to Isabelle for much of his life, Kurt is excited to work under her, and perhaps even more thrilled to serve as her personal therapist. Isabelle goes on and on about how inadequate she is, stating she’s going to lose her job and apartment. Everyone who comes to NYC has a similar freak out at some point, and reassurance from others rarely helps. Isabelle appreciates that she and Kurt grew up in the same state, but is horrified when he promises she never has to be homeless: “You can always come stay with me and my roommate in Bushwick.” Not happening.
It’s incredibly unrealistic to believe that a high-profile Condé Nast editor would confide in an 18-year-old intern or turn said volunteer into her new BFF right away merely because they share similar roots. At another point in the episode, Kurt and bestie Rachel break into the Vogue offices so Rachel can have a makeover and perform in a music video. Isabelle catches them, and rather than give Kurt the boot as a professional would, she asks to join in on the fun and partake in the music video. We get the impression she is a lot of fun and not your typical stuffy Vogue staffer, but who could honestly envision such a response on her end? No boss is that laid back, especially with regards to rule-breaking interns.
“Glee” could have done a lot more with SJP’s role rather than have her essentially echo Bradshaw and pull a series of unrealistic moves. Just be thankful she only signed on for one episode this season.