Good news: Sue Sylvester was nowhere to be found in this episode
Better news: This episode has Glee returning to season 1 form. Yes, that’s a very good thing
Bad news: I lost the last 20 minutes due to the severe storm weather coverage in North Texas
Put it all in perspective news: Though certainly tornado afflicted that night, it was nothing compared to the loss of lives and the mass destruction of the Alabama twisters. I can watch the last 20 minutes of Glee on Hulu. But the survivors of those storms do not currently have the luxury to be upset about missing the last 20 minutes of their favorite television show. Generally speaking, my life is darn swell.
On to the review.
Thank you, Ryan Murphy, for giving me back the Glee I fell in love with. Santana was deliciously twisted, performing very good deeds for all the wrong reasons. Dave was suitably chastened in his little chat with Kurt, but entirely insincere in his apology to Glee Club. Will was still patronizing, but kind of appropriately so, plus he was not trying to recapture his youth vicariously through his students. Emma was so brave and the OCD storyline wasn’t celebrated as one of Emma’s adorable little quirks. I was impressed by your treatment of that particular illness. Rachel was charming even in her insecurity. Quinn was charming even in her vapid mode. You even made me a Quinn/Finn shipper, something I ordinarily don’t really care all that much about. But the best part was Kurt coming home, Burt’s continued defense of his son, Burt’s comment to Finn to “watch out for your brother” along with Finn’s “already on it,” and sealed with a hug between two brothers. Yeah, whatever, I’m a sap, I know it, but I love the Hummel extended family dynamic.
What I didn’t go for? Quinn’s sudden revelation about her miserable tweenage years, which completely contradicts every single thing we’ve heard about her past and came from out of nowhere. I don’t know that I buy it. But if I did buy it, it makes her inner mean girl more reprehensible knowing what it feels like to be on the receiving end of that type of cruelty. I also felt like Lauren’s bullying went way the hell over the top. We already have one Sue, show runner Ryan Murphy, we don’t need another one. The only part of Lauren’s character that has been revealed is her bad-assery. Nothing wrong with that, but how about giving the girl some layers? And why couldn’t Mercedes have run for prom queen? I’d totally vote for her. Finally, where are the parents????? Seriously? A sixteen year old girl is going to go to a plastic surgery consult without a parent? And what kind of quack-ass doctor brings up plastic surgery to a 16-year-old with a broken nose? Rachel lives in Lima, OH, not L.A.
The music, on the other hand. So Awesome. Finn has never sounded better, and the mash-up of I Feel Pretty/Unpretty with Rachel and Quinn was beautifully done. I loved the spirit in which the flash mob was offered up, though not quite as much as the execution. All made up for by the sheer joy on Rachel’s face as she realized she has friends who love her exactly as she is.
All in all, I felt like my show was back. So thank you, show.