“It’s Brittany, bitch”: On Brittany, Discourse, Trustworthiness, and Senior Year 2.0
Ever since Brittany first delighted us with talk of gay sharks and ducks in hats, fans have clamored for a Brittany voice over, not only because our Baby Girl keeps it real and is hilarious—much like her fabulous girlfriend—but also because we’ve wanted a glimpse into Brittany’s fantastic and unpredictable mind.
How fitting, then, that on the night when we finally get our wish, Brittany’s voice overs, both real and false, provide the key for us to understand Brittany’s behavior in this episode, showing us Brittany’s motivations, intentions, and where her true feelings really lie, all before Brittany even takes action on screen.
The episode opens with Brittany standing in a crowded McKinley hallway, surveying the hoi polloi.
We come upon her from behind, just as her “voice over” begins.
“My name is Brittany S. Pierce and I finally know how Jesus feels in his house way up at the North Pole because I am on top of the world,” Brittany tells us as the camera slowly pans around to reveal her face. “Senior year was awesome and now I get to relive every minute of it. I’m Head Cheerio, Vice-Rachel of the glee club, and now I’m planning a Middle East-style sham election that will install me as senior class president for life.”
Just as the audience realizes that Brittany speaks aloud rather than in her head, Blaine Warbler does, too, and asks Brittany about what she’s doing.
Apparently sheepish for her mistake, Brittany replies that she thought she was doing a voice over—breaking the fourth wall of the show like a boss, and particularly when we consider that the second Blaine Warbler walks away, Brittany begins a voice over in earnest.
“It was kind of a rough summer,” Brittany admits in a small voice, this time using real internal narration. “I really miss Santana. But. For now, all I have to say is”—she speaks aloud again—“‘It’s Brittany, bitch.’”
With just this little bit of narration, Brittany sets up the dichotomy by which we can understand her behavior in this episode: i.e., in terms of what information Brittany purposefully publicizes concerning herself versus what information she purposefully withholds from others concerning herself.
Feelings, feelings, feelings after the cut, y’all!