'Fat Bottomed' Serenade: Has 'Glee' Bottomed Out?

The show's use of "Fat Bottomed Girls" draws mixed reviews.

February 9, 2011, 11:17 AM

Feb. 9, 2011— -- Nothing, it appears, is off limits on "Glee."

In Tuesday's episode, the resident bad boy, Puck, serenades "whole lotta woman" Lauren Zizes with Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls."

For a musical comedy-drama that seems to highlight the outcasts and misfits of high school life, Puck's ode to large-sized Lauren (portrayed by actress Ashley Fink) drew mixed reactions from fans.

Large-sized blogger Lesley Kinzel, who wrote about the episode on her blog Two Whole Cakes, questioned why Lauren was not more flattered by Puck's choice of song.

"If I had been 16 or 17 and a guy serenaded me with 'Fat Bottomed Girls,' I would have been over the moon," Kinzel told ABCNews.com.

Kinzel was puzzled why Lauren, who appears to be comfortable with her size, wouldn't be flattered by the musical tribute from Noah Puckerman, who is portrayed by actor Mark Salling.

"It's an awkward process trying to rewrite decades of fat storylines," she said. "She doesn't always have to be the butt of jokes, but the show is constantly fixating on what she's eating. I'd like to see her be more balanced.

A fan commenting on New York magazine's "Glee Recap" seems to agree. "Although the whole 'Lauren wants to be wooed' cannot be a bad thing, I am still uncomfortable about the fact that, let's face it, a lot of her toughness comes from her heft," the fan wrote.

"So, the skinny girls are nut jobs and only Lauren and Mercedes are in any way sensible (with Tina somewhere in between)? Plus the fact that they feel the need to super zoom every time she puts something in her mouth," the fan continued.

Others bought into the storyline.

"Puck and Lauren, while the idea seems silly, is surprisingly amazing," one person wrote on the "Other Shows That Suck" forum.

Another wrote: "Lauren is a much better token fattie than Mercedes. I think her and Puck (and Santana) are pretty funny together."

Lauren was not amused when Puck picked up his guitar and directed his rendition of "Fat Bottomed Girls" toward her.

"I was just a skinny lad/Never knew no good from bad/But I knew love before I left my nursery/Left alone with big fat fanny/She was such a naughty nanny/Heap big woman you made a bad boy out of me," Puck sang.

"That's the first time anyone's ever sung me a love song," Lauren declares when it's over. "It made me feel like crap."

Puck insisted his feelings were genuine and set out to woo Lauren.

"Let's be honest here," he said, "you look the way you look and it turns me on."

When Lauren, who is the school's Greco-Roman wrestling state champion, replied that she needs more than a song to "get her juices flowing," Puck got down on his knee and, proffering a Ring Pop lollipop, he asked her out to dinner.

"I like your style, Puckerman," she said, taking the Ring Pop. "I dine at 8."

Fink, who plays Lauren, cautions that the jokes, especially about food, are leading somewhere.

"I've gotten a lot of people talking to me about it, and I wouldn't quite make judgments yet," she said in a recent interview forAOL Television's TV Squad, in which she compared her character's evolution to that of gay character Kurt, who started out the butt of gay jokes.

"I think Ryan has a master plan and we're all kind of along for the ride. I know what you mean, but I wouldn't count us out just yet on that front. We all have to laugh at ourselves but it's going somewhere," Fink said.

Ultimately, it comes down to whether audiences will buy a relationship between Puck and Lauren. Fink believes they will.

"I think there's a really hilarious chemistry between Puck and Lauren," she said. "I think he's a badass, she's a badass. I don't know, I think they're funny together. There's something about the two of them together that I like, so I hope it's not outside the realm of possibility."