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Glee Season 1 Episode 2: Showmance

gleeThe fall TV season is just kicking off but I am going to go out on a limb and saying right now that Glee is the best the new show to premiere this year. Fox first aired the show’s pilot last spring and finally showed Glee’s second episode, which completely lived up to the hype, last night. The show has been held up on the same pedestal as Mad Men and 30 Rock by critics who love the show’s originality and I’m betting they even love the show’s song and dance numbers though they probably won’t admit it.

In the pilot, William McKinley High’s Spanish teacher, Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), committed to coaching the school’s underdog of a glee club with only six members. In order for his gleers to compete, they must find 6 more members, a difficult task, especially considering his nemesis, cheer coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), is quick to remind him how pathetic his little choir is.

In last night’s episode, Will unveiled his plan to get a few new recruits, perform Chic’s “Le Freak” at the upcoming pep assembly. He tried to convince the kids that the song would be a crowd pleaser but to them it was too old and too dorky. What they wanted was something modern, something more like Kayne West. The group’s rehearsal of “Gold Digger” turned out to be one the show’s best numbers. It also tied in the subplot about Will’s wife, Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig), who is pregnant and refuses to bring her baby home to a “used home,” forcing Will to make an offer on a newly built, out-of-their-price-range house instead.

In an attempt to please his wife, Will picks up a shift as a janitor which also gives him some alone time with Emma (Jayma Mays), the school’s guidance counselor with such a big crush on Will that she helps him clean classrooms, even though she’s a total germaphobe.

Later in the episode, we find out Terri’s pregnancy was an hysterical pregnancy but when given the chance to tell Will, she chickens out and instead tells him they can stay in their apartment instead of moving into the shiny new house she had her heart set on.

The students, of course, have their own problems. Wanting to be thinner and prettier, and especially noticed by fellow glee clubber/football quarterback Finn (Cory Monteith), Rachel (Lea Michele), glee club’s overly ambitious and ridiculously talented star vocalist, tried throwing up in a bathroom stall but was dismayed to find she didn’t have a gag reflex. She decides to join the celibacy club instead which is headed up by Finn’s girlfriend and lead Cheerio Quinn (Dianna Agron).

Joining the celibacy club turned out to be inspiration for Rachel who went behind Will’s back and rehearsed a routine to Salt and Peppa’s “Push It” with the glee club for the school assembly rationalizing that they would be giving the student’s what they want, sex. It did win over the students, but not the principal who gave Will a list of “clean” songs they can perform instead.

As the show wrapped up, Quinn and two of her fellow Cheerios decided to join glee club so she could keep an eye on Finn, who she senses is getting too close to Rachel. Sue thinks this is a great idea since now she could have “eyes on the inside”. Will decides to embrace his new recruits and even gives a solo to Quinn adding to Rachel’s already broken heart after seeing that Finn went back to Quinn even though he had kissed her during a late night glee rehearsal.

Glee airs on FOX Wednesday nights at 9 PM EST.

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