We romance lovers like our heroines brainy, don’t we?

There are many reasons to watch Fox’s new show Glee and  high school heroine Rachel is just one of them.  Rachel is the classic socially awkward over-achiever  and – hello, romance stereotype it may be – a heroine who I’m rooting for.  Big time.  Rachel has a thing for popular guy Finn who also has a thing for Rachel, despite the fact that his pregnant cheerleader girlfriend has him believing that he’s the father of her baby.  Which is a pretty strong indication that Finn’s bulb is a bit on the dim side since she also convinced him that her pregnancy resulted from a hot tub ejaculation incident.  I really hate it when that happens.

In this clip, though, Rachel has a new suitor.  Another popular guy who also, in true high school soap opera fashion, happens to be the real father of the cheerleader’s baby.  Sigh away, Rachel, because I think this version of Sweet Caroline is adorable.

For me, the brainy, socially awkward, over-achiever is a heroine type of which I’ll never get tired.  And when she gets the cool guy – whether he’s a duke or a SEAL or a high school quarterback – I love, love, love it.  It’s a plot that works for me pretty much all the time.

Are you watching Glee?  Who do you think Rachel will end up with – adorable Puck or adorable Finn?  And where do you stand on the longing looks between Will and the guidance counselor?  Does being trapped in a loveless marriage with a certifiably crazy ass wife who’s only pretending to be pregnant constitute an excuse?  And, for special bonus points, is there a heroine type that always works for you?

-Sandy AAR