"Glee continues" to pull the curtain back on the wonderland of New York City. Dreams come true, but everything isn’t as simple as a musical in that town. Finding yourself isn’t a straight-line process, and the tests that you take to get to who you are and how you relate to those around you is central to the “Tested” episode. "Glee" is familiar with the musical to dating -- when the song stops, find yourself a new partner and repeat the woes of how one relationships intersects another. This week it’s refreshing to see them forget the main character triangles and let characters instead dig deeper into what it means to be partnered with someone, for the short or long term depending. From Artie’s flighty lust to Kurt and Blaine’s long-term commitment, "Glee" focuses on the characters refining their sense of self, and how that sense of self intersections with their romantic relationships.
Artie had success in romance in high school, but he never managed to reach "player" status. At film school, he’s a star and starts dating two different girls while courting another, inciting a stirring recreation of Robert Palmer’s “Addicted To Love.” All his free-wheeling fun comes to an abrupt halt when he tests positive for chlamydia. Sam slut-shames him, Blaine points out that wearing condoms might help him avoid disease, and Kurt reminds that he’s got to fess up to his partners now. Girl #1 freaks out, Girl #2 barely cares, and the girl he’s been after all along agrees to a date without knowing.