“Glee” returned this week, with a new night, Tuesday, and the impossible task of living up to the hype that now surrounds them.
And though we haven’t seen the kids of McKinley High since December, we learn early into “Hell-O”, that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Even though New Directions won regionals, Kurt, Mercedes and Rachel are slurpeed within the first five minutes of the show, solidifying their place as the school geeks. And even though Sue Sylvester had been suspended, all it took was a date with Principal Figgins, a few roofies and a compromising photo to get her back with her beloved Cheerios.
There had been a few slight changes since we lost saw the glee club. Finn was now playing Basketball (only because Football season ended), he was also dating Rachel (only because of her tenacity) and Puck is dating Quinn (only because they are having a baby).
Sue enlists her Cheerios lackeys, Brittany and Santana, to help break up Finn and Rachel, which she’s hoping will wreck havoc on the glee club. Finn was eager to dumping the overbearing Rachel when Brittany and Santana asked him on a date. But, when the date didn’t go as he expected he decided he wanted Rachel back, only it was too late.
Vocal Adrenaline (the glee club’s main rival) star Jesse St. James, picked up Rachel at a local music store after a duet of Lionel Richie’s “Hello.”
The rest of New Directions (suspicious of Jesse’s motives) forced her to dump him, which she claimed he did, but really, she continued dating him in secret.
Meanwhile, Vocal Adrenaline’s coach, Shelby Corcoran, hooked up with Mr. Schuester when he came to confront her about the Romeo-Juliet relationship between their two stars.
The other women in Mr. Schu’s life, Terri and Emma, had a showdown when Terri stopped by Shu’s house to pick up a few DVD and Emma was making a romantic dinner. While Emma thought “Hello” from “The Jazz Singer” was her and Will’s song, Terri informed her that it was her and Will’s junior prom theme, which Emma verified in that year’s Thunderclap yearbook. This revelation, along with the fact that Emma is a virgin, led her to dump Shu until he figured out exactly what he wanted.
Overall, the episode was strong, but they may have “over-Gleed” it. Sue’s one-liners and the music are the heart of the show but plot and dialog are important too, unfortunately, both were lacking.
What did you think of the episode?
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