Theme. Glee gave us three mediocre episodes, followed by three weeks hiatus. It’s back this week with some actual fun and scandal. Sue’s still running for congressional office, WMHS gets an Irish exchange student and Shelby’s all-girl show choir grows momentum. Oh, and Quinn still wants her baby back from adoptive mom Shelby.
What I Loved.
Burt saves the day. When Sue cuts the West Side Story funds, Burt rallies the support of local funeral home owners–random and awesome–who pay for the play. Burt says glee club saved Kurt’s life, and his willing to do anything for the New Directions. The show must go on, and Burt’s strong will impresses Schue, who urges Burt to run for congressional office against Sue. He visits the local news station, puts his word out there–creativity is essential in tough economic times, and the arts must remain. Go Burt!!
- William McKinley High School welcomes an Irish exchange student…well, not welcome, exactly. Roy Flanigan (my mama’s maiden name, y’all! Relation?) comes to school in green and sports a 50’s hairdo. When Brittany decides he is a leprechaun, she tells him he must grant her three wishes to get in her pot of gold. First, she requests a box of Lucky Charms marshmallows–who wouldn’t? She then wishes her cat could poop…candy bars…But, in the end, poor Roy is dominated by sassy Santana, who tells him to stay away from her girl. I hope cutie Irish boy doesn’t keep getting randomly pushed into lockers, now that he’s joined New Directions. How is a high school so progressive–growing acceptance of gay couples, glee club–and yet so awful–bullying the exchange student for being…Irish?
- The Trouble Tones. Some may not like that Glee is dividing into two glee clubs, but I actually like the new plot twist and opportunities for the ladies to show off their vocal pipes. Santana, Brittany and Mercedes join Shelby’s new show choir, and sing “Candyman” by Christina Aguilera. And there’s even good outfit choices: retro powder-blue dress suits topped by a sailor’s cap. Go girls!
- Finn’s pool cleaning service. It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3: Shirtless, sweaty…and showing off pics of little Beth. Awwwwwwwww! And this devotion to his daughter opens up the most scandalous moment this season: Puck grows close to Shelby, sabotages Quinn’s attempts at making her look like a bad mother and….KISSES Shelby. I honestly called this ten minutes into the episode, when I say to my fellow gleeks, “Wouldn’t it be funny if she ends of having a thing for Puck? Or if Puck wants her cougar-ness? She wants a piece of that.” Talk about baby mama drama!!
What I Didn’t Love.
- Finn’s still bipolar. He cuts off Blaine’s attempts at cheering up the New Directions; he calls Brittany and idiot; and pouts while Blaine sings “Last Friday Night.” Then, he has another revelation and apologizes to Brittany, gives the Trouble Tones his blessing. This might be Glee‘s attempt at giving depth to a pretty flat character. Finn, just keep playing the airheaded jock/singer who doesn’t know where his life is heading post-high school. It works for me.
- Quinn still trying to get Beth back. She leaves incriminating things around Shelby’s apartment, like hot sauce labeled “Beth’s” and books about baby sacrifice, and plans to call child services on her eventually. Puck is now obviously in a different boat, so I hope her stupid baby-grabbing plans die off.
Top Character Quotes.
- “I’ve got a bee in my bonnet and that bee’s name is government waste.” – Sue
- “You are such a bacon-wrapped bug-eyed idiot.” – Santana to Finn
- “That special place she lives? Yeah, it’s beautiful, but someone needs to help her cross the street.” – Santana about Brittany
- “Did you airbrush out your jowls?” – Kurt to Rachel about her campaign posters
- “What really makes my nipple ring twitch? The cougars.” – Puck
- “Say U2 is overrated! Say it!” – Hockey bullies to Roy
Next Week. It’s all about losing their v-cards… Rachel and Finn, Kurt and Blaine. I don’t know if this will involve Puck and Shelby’s “first time,” but I feel like that would be a little much.