Glee 4.1 – The New Rachel

Well, well, well, Rachel. This certainly is new. And awfully pretty.

First impression of the episode: Burt Hummel is officially the world’s greatest dad. (It says it on the mug!) But he’s a terrible planner. Oh, Kurt, Sebastian’s curse came true. Well, 1/3 of it. Rachel, you need to hit that like a ballplayer swinging for the fences. Kate Hudson – good lord, she’s fit. Kurt – your coats are sublime. Tina, why are you being Sunshine-to-the-crackhouse-Rachel right now? Oh, Mike Chang. No Cohen-Chang-Changs anymore, and I sad face for hours.

And: HUMMELBERRY! That was my favorite part of the whole episode. Okay, let’s break it down fa reals. And remember: this happens with every first episode of a new season: a whole lot jammed packed to the point where they should have made this a Very Special Two Hour episode of Glee. But they didn’t. Here’s what we have instead…

 

The new seasons opens with techno music blasting as impossibly beautiful bodies bend and contort themselves. And…this is Dance 101. Welcome to the toughest made-up performance arts school in the world, gang! Fame High this ain’t. It’s NYADA.

And Kate Hudson is her new dance instructor, Ms. Cassandra July, in full Bring It On/Sparky Polaski mode. She “critiques” everyone as they move past her. “Too much make up. Not enough make up. One of your calves is bigger than the other. Smile. Don’t smile. Ah, good tone and general musculature. Report those compliments to your ass before it gets so big it forms its own website!”

Rachel rolls her eyes and girlfriend, it is not even the first five minutes of class and your teacher hates you. Sometimes I doubt your commitment to sparklemotion. Ms. July has one of the best insults of the night when saying about Rachel’s home state, “Ohio’s like a giant turd that Michigan can’t pinch off.”

Welcome to NYC, Rach. You suck.

Back at McKinley, Jacob Ben Ishmael, er Israel without his fifteen pieces of flair in his hair performs his usual role in the season opener by filling us in on what’s been happening. And it’s a miracle: the Gleeks are cool! They sit with Cheerleaders (well, Artie is always sitting, he points out), Tina has a freshman as her personal assistant as well as a giant bug up her butt because she is awful now, Sam’s impressions are adored by the masses (even his Walken?), Mike and Tina broke up – all my cries! – and life is peaches and cream.

So he wants to know: who’s the new Rachel? Blaine, Brittany, Tina, and Artie all say over each other: I am. Uh oh.

Back in NYC, Rachel is feeling that Freshman Homesickness big time. We learn Finn’s in the army and they’ve not had communication for two months, she misses her dads and Kurt, but her roommate is super, super nice. Wink. By nice I mean she’s Spreadlegs VonGetchaSome. That’s fun to listen to in the way that isn’t.

Rachel has to shower at 3am to avoid being teased about her routine, and with a lovely throwback to Season 1’s pilot, we hear an ’80s rock ballad coming out of the shower. But it’s more appropriate this time with Rachel listening and not a teacher. The shower opens and good lord, those flying Vs go all the way down. It’s Body. I mean, Brody Weston, who is a junior.

Body Weston. (Shh, that’s how I hear it.)

And he has a moisturizing routine, too.

And a great smile.

And a kind heart.

And lots of friendly support for our freshie.

And an availability down south, wink! Yep, he’s straight.

(Uh oh. This does not bode well for Pfc. Hudson.)

Rachel calls Kurt later to tell him all about Body (and can we all just acknowledge that Chris Colfer has a really sexy phone voice? Good lord.) and reassures him that she’s not jumping on that parade float, just mentioning it. And how much she misses him. And…where is he, anyway?

Cut back to McKinley where Kurt is headed to Sue Sylvester’s office to see the baby she had over the summer. (Like it matters we didn’t see that, come on.) The baby is Robin, and her handler is the new Quinn Fabray, Kitty. Kitty goes into Regina George mode and says, “You don’t even go here!”

Um, Kurt is in community college starting next week, okay? (Oh, Kurt!) Sue says how refreshing it is for Kurt to break stereotype and be the first Gay McConneghey. “What I like about high school girls: I get older, but they keep staying the same age.” Don’t buy kids beer, Kurt, promise me.

Mr. Schuester greets the Gleeks in the choir room, and oh! How empty the room is! Auditions are coming up, but it should be a cake walk, since they’re so cool now and they’ll be flooded with wanna bes. But first, Wade “Unique” is their first new member, fresh off the trans…fer bus.

Brittany says, “Great haircut, Mercedes, but I thought you graduated?”

Wade gets a less than enthusiastic welcome because now there’s even more competition to be the new Rachel. And Blaine Bartholemew Bomer TopHat Anderson, where has your dapperness gone? Have you lost all of your inner-Warbler? (I guess the kind gleam in his eye was destroyed by that rock salt slushie.) D: or should I say )#

Wade sits right next to Blaine and indicates that Ms. Thang is gonna be Top Model, okay? Brit, Tina, and Blaine all lean in. Blaine whips a comb from his back pocket, smooths his D.A. and says, “Rumble after school. Sharks! Jets!” Brit cracks her knuckles, Tina runs the flat of a blade along her tongue, and Wade checks his heels for a hidden .357.

These kids don’t play around.

Artie will be in charge of pink slips and the four kids will be locked in a cage with every weapon known to man. Wait, no, they’re going to sing “Call Me Maybe” and there goes my “27 days since I last heard that song” record.

They all sound great (even Brit!) and Blaine has the tightest red pants on (I like this season opening trend, Show) and look: a Cougar can’t change her stripes, okay? I find the boy eye-catching. The song ends, Blaine awkwardly looks for a final pose, I crack up and forgive them for their song choice. (Which they all sang admirably. It’s just too much, that song.) Artie will let them know.

Cut to the Lima Bean (yay!) where Blaine sits with…Brittany. Oh. Get used to it, guys, even though it’s going to hurt. They talk about Santana, and evidently Santana didn’t take the money that Gloria Estephan (sans Sound Machine) gave her to not go to cheerleading school, and went to Kentucky anyway? And Ryan? I like how supportive you are to gays, but cut it out with the lesbian mocking, please. Unless you also give them nice moments like you do the others.

And dear sweet McQueen, there is Kurt in an apron waiting on tables and making coffees for people. What fresh hell is this? And why isn’t he working at the tire shop? Okay, here is my theory: he works at the Lima Bean because the hours are more flexible and it’s where his friends (Blaine) hang out so he can still see them? He gets excited for the upcoming Glee auditions, which is…strange. Honey. You graduated.

Kitty is there and is an instant bitch. We see Blaine (sad faced) watching Kurt have to take it, and by the time Kitty shouts out, “Stop trying to make fetch happen!” Kurt turns to see Blaine leaving. He makes a “Call me” gesture and leaves Kurt to work.

Here is my head canon, because I have some massive issues with how Klaine is this episode (and I know I’m not alone.) Blaine obviously wants the best for Kurt, and doesn’t like seeing the most interesting kid in all of Ohio being treated poorly. He knows Kurt doesn’t belong in that mediocre town, and seeing this stuff happen to Kurt is awful. So he’s doing that thing he did last year where he starts pulling away to prepare himself for the inevitable (and to maybe give Kurt the push he needs).

He knows Kurt needs to be Not The Boy Next Door instead of boring and safe Phantom (because Kurt showed him that).

In NYC, Ms. July makes a smoothie as one of her students comes in, excitedly talking about not being her assistant anymore because he’s playing Flying Monkey #5 in Wicked. She clenches her fist, but nope, the last of her hopes slip away as she forces a smile on her face, and we see that there’s actually good inside her. Way, way down. Deep. Spelunking is needed, but it’s there. He leaves and she decides that smoothie needs a little Captain Morgan splashed in there. Okay, it’s rum with a fruit chaser, but it helps take the edge off of her own failed career.

Tina starts harassing Artie when a cutie pie of a girl comes over to excitedly introduce herself. It’s Marley, and seriously, what a cute girl! She’ll be auditioning later, waves goodbye, and Tina continues being awful. Wade/Unique comes to sit with the faintest trace of gold eyeshadow and some mascara on while every one of the Gleeks freaks out like she just came over with a vibrator necklace and Hello, Kitty pasties.

Get thee hence, Satan! Thou whilst destroy us up, yea verily! Try to get less Theon Greyjoy in our Lannisters, m’kay? And Wade/Unique LEAVES to take it off!! Oh, guys. The cool kids come over to join them, and who else noticed that New Karofsky/Azimio is Cookie from Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide? He went from geek to chic after enrolling in the Anthony Michael Hall school of biggening, I guess.

They all start making fun of the new lunch lady, who is a rather large woman. Brit thinks that maybe she mas a medical condition (or swallowed someone with a medical condition) and they all turn to Artie, because if he doesn’t mock the lunch lady, everything is over.

“Yo mama so fat, she should really look into dietary changes to prolong her life and improve her health, yo.” Aww, snap!

And new girl Marley hears this and rethinks her life choices. And it’s because that is her mother. Sad faces! And her mom happens to be awesome and sewing higher end labels into her Wal-Mart clothes so Marley can fit in. And Marley is a sweet girl that loves her mom and her mom is just so self-deprecating, wah! Gleeks? Get it together!

Ms. July wobbles out to find Rachel at the barre and hurls some insults at her, nose to nose. After Rachel’s eyebrows stop sizzling, she points out Ms. July’s booze-breathe. Collective gasp from the class! How dare you, child. It’s Listerine! With a vodka float! Okay, reverse that, but nobody puts baby in a corner! FIVE! SIX! SEVEN! EIGHT!

Cassandra knocks out a mash up of J. Lo and Lady Gaga, “Dance Again/Americano” in a nicely safe key that highlights her strengths vocally, and I would swear that for some of the more “crisp” dance moves they pulled in a dance double. Yeah, she can hoof it a little, but she’s next to seasoned pros and there was a lot of hair obscuring the face and pull-out shots happening. Yadda yadda, Nine, her body is flawless and now Berry’s on the list. As the only thing on the list.

It’s time for auditions at McKinley, and every Stoner, De-wanda and Jake show up. The stoner kid is pretty damn funny, throwing out random rap names and lyrics while Brittany gets the hell down in her chair, then a girl comes out to writhe to Skrillex (Blaine: “Are there words to this?”) and then hello, gorgeous! Jake, just…Jake, comes out and starts to sing The Fray’s “Never Say Never” and good lord, my body temp just shot up five degrees. He’s dreamy, is what I’m saying.

(And anyone else watch 1 Girls, 5 Gays? Because he is the spitting image of Nurse Jake.)

This Jake vs. that Jake. (Like, it’s uncanny!)

 

I need my vitals checked stat, Nurse Jake.

The Gleeks are blown away by his chops, so Schue cuts him off mid-way through the song, because they don’t need to hear anymore. Jake misinterprets this and flies into a tizzy and Kurt (oh, honey, no. Stop coming back to the school.) tries to tell him what’s what. Jake storms out (storm out! He’s the new Rachel!) and they all sit there in shock. Uh…okay, then?

We bounce back to NYADA in the Round Room where you cannot hide from your mistakes. Carmen Tibideaux is there and has a hapless young lady come sing Ava Maria in front of the crowd, then immediately shuts her down (thank goodness – it was…not the best). And Maria’s cut. She can reapply in December. (Hear that, Kurt? DECEMBER.) And now it’s Rachel’s turn.

“Impress me,” Carmen says. Gulp! But Body is there and gives her an encouraging smile.

We intercut nicely between McKinley and NYADA here as Marley steps out to audition. And she and Rachel choose the same song (Hey…I see what they’re doing! Marley is the new Rachel!) Rachel starts in on “New York State of Mind” and it’s really meta: the song is by Billy Joel, and Marley has a good handle on that bluesy aspect of it. But it was also sung by Barbra, and you know that’s Rachel. Nicely played, Glee, even though it’s a bit of a snoozer for an auditioning number.

They both sound amazing, truly, and Body gives Rachel a standing ovation (ha!). Marley is right in between Naya and Lea vocally, I’d say – enough blues in her voice to round it out, but not into Broadway belters like Lea. (And did anyone notice the lack of Brad? Cry!)

Will thanks Marley and asks the group how amazing she was on a scale of Damn! to Holy smokes! Mumble, mumble, they’re all being awful and jealous and I don’t like it. This better not be the new normal! (See what I did there? Also, come on. Of course it’s not going to stay like this.)

Will posts the names and Marley is in! Jake is not. He’s shockingly upset by this, and dude, you threw a hissy fit, are you kidding?

Kurt, inexplicably in the choir room (but looking gorgeous),

SERIOUSLY. Look at this young man.

is sorting sheet music when our group comes in. Tina tries to bribe Artie while Blaine pulls Kurt to the back of the room where they talk quietly about something that looks…intense. Unique comes in as herself, Jesus Joe says, “I thought we agreed you wouldn’t embarrass us?” and she gives him two snaps and a head roll as Kurt hollers out, “We are all about accepting each other, come on!”

Artie takes a moment to announce the new Rachel.

Colorblock? Sashay away.

And it’s Blaine. (Well, he is quite a showman. And has fabulous…pants. I CAN’T HELP WHAT I SEE, OKAY.) Tina is livid, but Miss Sour Puss? You need to step back and look at your life. (Oh, Jenna. Always the bridesmaid.)

Will brings Marley in, Blaine welcomes her to the group (I do not like that petty behavior, Mr. Anderson) and Sugar immediately asks her to justify her clothing. “Um, it’s definitely not K-Mart, ha ha!” Marley says nervously.

Next we see her talking with her mom, happy to have made the cut. But she really isn’t cool with their mean behavior and hiding who her mother is. Aw, she’s a good girl. With gorgeous hair.

Kurt and Blaine are having lunch outside and really, Kurt, you need to not be there. Which is exactly what Blaine says to him, even though it hurts my heart. Kurt thinks it’s because he’s pathetic, but no! Well, a little. But it’s because it’s wrong to see him at McKinley when he should be in New York! It’s where he belongs.

Kurt: I’m reapplying in December. (Wink, thanks Blonde Ava Maria!)

Blaine: Go now.

Kurt: Miss me?

Blaine: Yep, and I’ll see you in a year, love of my life. Here’s a song for you that sounds like it’s romantic and stuff because of the title, but is really just a great pop song by a cool band, Imagine Dragons. [starts singing “It’s Time.”]

Seriously, that song isn’t the right send off AT ALL. But it’s a great song, and Darren Criss could sing the alphabet and I’d make heart-eyes, and it had to be a blast to film (double dutch! Cups like in the video!) but this ain’t no “Somewhere Only We Know.” It hurts, guys, I’m not going to lie to you.

Another day, another lunch at McKinley where Brit grouses over her dead songbird heart to Blaine, when Kitty starts in on racist crap – right in front of Cookie! – who then leads into more Yo Mama jokes about the lunch lady. Marley stands up to them, tells them off, and then says “STREGANONA IS MY MOTHER.” There’s a collective gasp among the Gleeks and I hope that was your shame glands going off, kids.

Oh, Sam. E tu, Homeless Stripper? (And where the hell is he living now?)

Rachel, outside at Columbia Circle, looks at pictures of Finn on her phone when Body shows up all charming and not pushing any agenda other than to say, “I’m really great and single, no pressure.” She confesses to feeling lonely and pukey all the time, because something is just off. (The name “Kurt” is whispered on the air….) He snaps a picture of the two of them together (and you KNOW that’s coming back to haunt her) and gosh, don’t they look nice together.

Finn? Elder Kestler? (If you get that reference, let me love you.) You best be keeping up with your woman, STAT.

Rachel starts snapping back at Ms. July in dance class, which pleases her teacher. Because it’s fun to break the smart asses.

And in a very confusing and painful scene, Burt pulls up to the airport with Kurt (and seriously, wardrobe. I love everything you are putting on this boy.) and we learn that Kurt sold his Navigator (giving him two weeks worth of rent/motel money). Um, Burt? Camera three.

(No plan? No job lined up for your kid? Just gonna stick him on a plane and hope for the best? Tchuh!)

Burt: It’s an adventure! Artists do this, or so Hollywood has informed me, a tire shop owner in Ohio!

Kurt: I’m scared!

Burt: That’s because this is a terrible plan. But I love you a lot.

Kurt: Um…okay. And I love you a lot, too. Read your mug when you miss me.

Burt: Which is going to be all the time, because I don’t think you’re coming back.

Kurt: What was that?

Burt: Nothing! Have fun! Call when you get somewhere! [chokes back tears as Kurt leaves]

Kurt turns for one last goodbye smile and Burt officially loses it in the cab of his truck as his amazing son that doesn’t belong in Lima, Ohio finally gets it and goes where he does. New York. And cue my waterworks. Because Burt crying makes me cry (and because where is Blaine?)

Sam finds Marley and says, “Hey, I’m poor, too. My dad is Bo Duke. So come back to glee.” The other kids show up, shame face a bit, then they’re all friends and happy to be geeks again. Hooray!

CUE NEW AZIMIO AND KAROFSKY, as led by Kitty. Hey, let’s restore world order, shall we?

Blaine: yes, let’s, because we don’t belong with your group.

“I couldn’t agree more.” Slushie to the new kids’ faces. Ouch. Raise your hand if you gave an embarrassed laugh at “Pre-op Precious based on the novel by Barf as written by Sapphire?” Because I did. And that book/movie was essentially a mad-libs of misogyny.)

Will gets a file on Jake, and hey this seems reasonable: he’s a Puckerman! Oh, Puck doesn’t know about it, because Sr. Puckerman was a rolling stone, and where ever he laid his jimmy-hat was his home. Jake wanted in on his own merits, and Will is quick to assure him that he would be getting in based on his talent. Definitely not on his attitude, which Jake needs to lose.

Uh, no thanks, asshole trying to give me a hand up! Jake flounces, thinking to himself, “I have such Daddy and Rage issues – why can’t I let myself have nice things?”

The Gleeks (led by Marley) start singing “Chasing Pavements” by Adele, and her voice is just really lovely. We cut back and forth between them and Rachel in NYC.

Jake listens from the back of the choir room sad faced and longing for acceptance, Rachel calls Kurt and finally breaks down, telling him how miserable she is without him. “I miss you! I miss everything! College is hard, my Daddies aren’t here and my roommate is going to give me an STD!”

“Then maybe you should find a new roommate. Turn around.”

And she does and KURT IS THERE and my heart grew three sizes that day because Hummelberry friendship is the best of friendships and it’s the greatest moment on the show.

But…Klaine! Heavy sigh. We knew it would come. Stupid Junior vs. Senior. Boo!

 

Next Week! More Hummelberry awesomeness for  the episode Brittany 2.0 and a whole lot of Body being cute in Rachel’s presence. Oooh, who caught the humping with only a table between them? Good hell, get a room!

How do you feel, guys? Remember that we don’t dump on things here. You can be worried or wanting, but let’s not get vitriolic here; it’s not the place for it. (And as always, no spoilers beyond what we see in promos!) Share the love, too – let’s let people in fandom know there’s a spoiler-free happy-place for their show!

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  • justusunicorns

    I have mostly the same opinions, except 1. I liked the Klaine Kourtyard scene better, 2. liked the airport scene better (but suspect Burt actually has things scouted out more than he lets on), 3. liked Marley’s voice a lot less. Seriously, it doesn’t move me a lick.

    Additionally I feel incredibly disloyal (because I’m the rare one who *likes* Finn), because I really thought Brody/Rachel chemistry was better than Finn/Rachel. Which is awkward because… aren’t they a real life couple? Ow.

    Oh, and Blaine didn’t accompany Kurt to the airport because 1. he and Kurt had already “said their goodbyes”, 2. Kurt wanted to spend a little extra time with his dad, 3. Kurt felt he would already be enough of an emotional trainwreck at the airport, and 4. Blaine was having “personal comfort issues” with sitting for the long, long ride to the airport (see #1).

    • for me the courtyard scene had no emotion at all, it was just a way to work in a song. It was performed well, I just didn’t feel like it said anything about Blaine’s thoughts on Kurt and where he was in life. The song is from the POV of the singer, but it’s Kurt that needs to go. Eh.

      I really like Finn! I really like Corey! But DAMN, that boy was lovely on my screen!

      LOL, that’s a nice thought about where Blaine was! I would have really liked that goodbye (except Kurt promised to never say goodbye!) but I guess that’s what fanfic is for. ;D

  • mollie

    I was…disappointed. There can never be a ‘new’ Rachel, there was only ever ONE Rachel. Or perhaps that’s part of the story line – Marley’s got to break away from ‘the shadow of Rachel’ and shine on her own. She has a ‘nice’ voice, I think, remembering that Rachel had training and so on. Also, I think I agree with you about the choice of songs. I love the tip of the hat to Billy Joel, though.

    Tina – I wouldn’t miss her if she left the show! Or, perhaps, they need to learn how to write her more consistently.

    I’ve read a couple of reviews online today, and they all say that if you didn’t cry when Burt dropped Kurt at the airport you don’t have a heart. I cried. But I also cried for Rachel (there’s a first). Not because of the ‘why do you hate me’ stuff. But because she is no longer the LARGE fish. She’s with a bunch of very talented people, many more so than she. Rachel is going to have to do some serious work, something I think she is not used to.

    I realize that not everyone on the show can be a good guy, but let me say right here and now that I HATE Kitty and her band.

    And I hated the fat jokes. I know they were necessary. It’s a personal thing.

    As gorgeous as Jake is, and as wonderful a voice as he has (and yes, sexy) I dislike the ‘here’s another Puck’ routine.

    Body…er, Brodie…yes, handsome and charming. And…we’ll find out more about him later. There is always more than meets the eye, isn’t there?

    My heart grew at least three sizes, when Kurt and Rachel were reunited. That was when things started to feel right. Really.

    Thank you for your awesome recap. Since I’ve been reading HDJM, I’ve learned to watch with a different kind of eye.

    And i look forward to the next ep. I start bellydance in two weeks and it’s going to be a FAST trip home so I don’t miss the beginning of the show.

    • Aww, I can see how unhappy you are! :( But just remember that the first ep of every season is always too full, full of OOC actions that get resolved, and it’s hard to deal with new canon in new settings.

      I liked that they did the “new Rachel” with the “old” Rachel there, too. It’s a new girl for high school school, but Rachel has so clearly moved on to bigger and more promising things. That’s how it is when you leave high school – life there continues on (which is why Kurt needed to GO.)

      The fat jokes hurt my heart, too. :( I always feel so badly for actresses who have to put up with that stuff. It’s the job, I know, but still. I’m still…askance at the whole “I, too, am a Puckerman!” It feels a little cheap to me. He could just be his own person, you know? Someone that reminded Will of Puck and how much he grew because of Glee?

      Time will tell. But I did enjoy his voice. I need more episodes to really feel like I can see where it’s all going, but I’m looking forward to getting those eps! (And thank YOU for reading us! That’s so awesome to hear that you’re viewing shows with a different POV as a result! <3)

  • ghasedak

    i love your recap ,English is not my first language so if i hadn’t watched this episode i wouldn’t get anything but it was funny loved it .
    loved its time performance it was fun and i think it was the first time that male students dance for glee.
    where was brad???
    call me maybe was sooooooo funny.
    i like Brody but i don’t want him be like Finn.loved Burt and Kurt talk,he is the best dad ever and when he cried i lost it.
    tina was a little bit aggressive i don’t know why,tell me Marley is not the new Rachel,we don’t need a new Rachel we need a team,i love team work.
    do you think if klaine break up kurt will find a new boyfriend??????cause as much as i love klaine i want someone likes him first and persue him ,CHRIS COLFER LOOKS SO HOT THIS SEASON.
    new york scenes were alluring,i wanted to be there.
    i miss all the gleeks ,its a little hard to connect with new character but if they don’t try so hard it will be ok.
    wade wasn’t fun but unique was funny.

    • Hello! May I say how impressed I am with your English! :)

      BRAD! I’m so glad I wasn’t the only one that missed him. I think we’re supposed to be afraid that Brody will take over for Finn, but I think that “will Finchel break up for good?” vibe won’t last for long. I mean, they are the stars of the show. They’ll get back eventually.

      So I am TERRIFIED of Klaine breaking up. I have no idea if it will happen (And do not WANT to know! No spoilers, readers!) but I think that if they do break up, it will be over an episode or two and they’ll be back together. I just think they’re EndGame, ultimately. It might be nice for Kurt to go on a date and see how someone else will treat him, because he’ll see there is no one quite like Blaine. (And vice versa.) These are just my thoughts…

      Chris Colfer…my word, is that a handsome man. He just gets better looking every year, and it’s almost too much! :D

      I think with a few more episodes we’ll be able to get a better idea of who the new Gleeks are. Thank you so much for commenting!

  • Lisa

    Grest recap. I enjoy all of your pop culture references too. I agree, I thought Hummelberry was the best part of the episode. It made me tear up with happiness. I cannot wait for their adventures in the Big Apple. I also agree with your head canon about Blaine and him distancing himself from Kurt in order for it to be easier on them both (although I believe it will hit each of them at some point soon that they’re separated and how can they continue like this for a year!!). Which kinda scares me but….

    • Hello! Oh, I’m glad someone is laughing at the references. :D Hummelberry is one of my most favorite things, so I’m very much looking forward to them living together. I def. think the distance is going to hit Kurt and Blaine like a ton of bricks. We don’t see Rachel really losing it until she’s been there fro two months, so it’ll take an ep. or two for Kurt. ;)

      I mentioned in a comment above that if they do make a “long distance is impossible” storyline for Klaine (and I am only speculating, and don’t want to know if it’s actually happening!) that it would only last for a few episodes. Because a) they really work well together and b) fans will commit seppuku. ;D

      Thank you so much for commenting! It’s fun to have people to talk about the show with, so feel free to chat when you feel like it.

  • whisperyvoices

    I LOVE YOUR RECAP! My Glee watching experience just got 20x more awesome now that I know I get to read these terrific recaps after.

    I don’t have much to add; I pretty much nodded, and laughed [cause you’re a bloody riot, woman] and said YES! YES! throughout your entire post.

    I DID like the courtyard song though – i really thought it was terribly adorable! I think the dialogue was really lacking [but I know some awesome fic-writer will fill in the blanks as to why that was….i agree with the Blaine pulling back bit], but ohhh, the song…even if it wasn’t a good send-off song, Blaine was PRECIOUS, Laura! [While we’re speaking about Blaine, I’m in full agreement with you about the…Pants. *cough cough*].

    There’s a lot of change to deal with, and I’m most anxious about Klaine-distance, but overall…GLEE IS BACK DAMNIT! :) :)

    • whisperyvoices

      Oh! FORGOT TO ADD [i keep bumbling about with my comments…blame it on all the Glee-excitement, yes?]:

      a) WARDROBE dept = fantastic. Kurt’s look during the auditions / and in NY : frickin’ fab.

      b) Chris Colfer = holy hotness sexy voice on the phone. Some heart beats were skipped, i must say. [oh yay, plus point to Distance!Klaine. Get roomier pants, Blaine, but only wear em off-camera please]

      • Bumbling is a reasonable response for a show you’re excited to talk about! <3

        HOLY SMOKES THE WARDROBE. I mean, they put Chris in some amazing clothes, and he is a gorgeous man to boot, but the COATS. Oh, those gorgeous fitted coats of his. And waistcoats. Yes, please! I love his voice, I love his range, but there's something about hearing his actual "phone/intimate and private conversation" voice that made me feel very very guilty about being a married, older woman. :D

    • Oh, hooray! I’ve been happily plugging along with these for a while, and love having new people come over! <3 (Well, new to the site, not to me. :D)

      As for the courtyard song, I should go back and make it clear that I think the performance is WONDERFUL. I just didn't feel it had an emotional punch of "you are moving away and I won't see you for a year, but it's going to be good for you and I'll miss you a lot" like it needed. That's what I mean. (I really like Imagine Dragons, too, and have tickets to their upcoming show!) And seriously: Blaine Anderson is my spirit animal, and I love every performance of his because he is a wonderful performer and Darren Criss is...well. I think I've made myself creepily clear on that front, ha!

      I am SO HAPPY to have new episodes! I'm nervous and excited, but that's because I care so much about them and want so badly for things to be exciting and interesting both for the characters AND the actors. <3

  • Brittany

    I was so happy to have my show back! Not only because I love it so much, but because I was so looking forward to reading your recaps!

    But seriously, I’m confused. They added exactly two new people to the New Directions. That puts them at seven members at the beginning of the episode, and at nine with the edition of Unique and Marley. But they need 12 to compete, so even if they let Jake in, in spite of his attitude, they only have ten. Which was a plot point in Season 1, and now they’re being very blase about the whole numbers thing.

    Oh, Glee, if you could just give me continuity, I would be so happy.

    • I was happy, too! Both for the show and the recaps, but how awesome that you were looking forward to this! <3 Aww, that's awesome.

      I bet Kitty will come into play as a member, and maybe bring in Cookie and Blonde-Dude which puts them at the right number. OR! There will be a change to the Show Choir Rules and make them need less people. Pesky facts, who cares about that when there are musical numbers to perform with amazing props and costumes that no one has any money for?! I found that if I think of this show as a black comedy-slash-parody of musical theater, everything makes sense.

      Hahaha. Time will tell! Or you know... they'll completely ignore it! ;D

  • Phinney28

    I don’t know if part of it’s the long hiatus but I loved this episode.
    There were really only two things I didn’t like: Kitty (not a fan) and when ND were being meanies during most of the ep. But other than that I loved every second of it. I’m so looking forward to the rest of season four!!!

    • Or maybe you loved it because it was a good episode? :D

      I’m picking up what Kitty’s putting down, but I do hope she’s not just Quinn 2.0, because that won’t be very interesting. Have her be her own kind of nasty – I mean, that *is* high school, that type of Regina George/Queen Bee.

      I am super excited about the rest of the season, too!!

  • mollie

    Kate Hudson. she looked fabulous. I know that her Mama Goldie Hawn was a dancer before she became Goldie Hawn, and of course she is a Hudson Brother’s daughter. My goodness she’s a beautiful woman. But you know, sometimes (often) I find Sue Sylvester’s character tiresome because she’s so mean, and I find Ms. July without a redeeming quality. I do not think that under all that bitchy is a heart of gold, blah blah blah. I think she’s all for her male students and thinks of all her female students as competition. I hope they flesh her out.

    And I didn’t add before – yes, sexy Kurt voice on the phone! My goodness. Who designs his gorgeous clothing, anyway?

    • Kate Hudson – sometimes I just love her, and sometimes she looks so much like the Mean Girl at my high school that I can’t watch her. Guess where I was last night? :D She is attractive, there’s no denying that. (And a great actress.)

      I bet we’re going to get a LOT on her in this next episode. I don’t know how long her story arc is, but hey – 44 min. of show divided among all of the characters. There’s only so much we can get.

      And I could get behind 44 minutes of Kurt’s phone voice, I’m just saying. ;) Oh, if you google “Fashions of Glee” there are a few sites that detail everything they wear on the show!

  • anachan87

    WELL HELLO THERE AGAIN \o/

    You know, usually I don’t like being too romantic and sweet but a part of me is happy we didn’t get to see Klaine saying goodbye because… Kurt will never say goodbye to Blaine. I don’t know, as soon as I knew there was no goodbye scene, this simply popped in my head.

    • HELLO THERE!! *Toyota leaps*

      I am a-ok with romance when it comes to those two, but yes – I would have been a weepy mess because I’M NEVER SAYING GOODBYE TO YOU! Wah.

      Which means that they’re going to be beautiful for EVER and get married on a mountain with flowers and herbs and they’re going to have a family band and live happily together FOREVER. And Burt will visit them and they’ll coo over him in his special arm chair. *knuckles away tears* haha.

  • Andrea

    Hi! I’ve been waiting all summer for your Glee reviews, they’re my favorite!! Anyway, at the 2nd lunch scene where they make fun of Marleys mom, did you catch that Mike O’Malley reference?? I CRACKED UP. But.. I don’t know how to feel, because while it was hilarious, they’re making fun of one of their own actors??? Am I right or am I wrong?

    • Hello! And what an awesome thing to hear, I’m so glad you like hanging with us! <3

      Oh, the Molly and Mike joke? That's actually the name of a TV show staring one of my favorites, Melissa McCarthy. No one on that show would EVER mock Mike O'Malley, don't you think? Burt Hummel is such an amazing character. REST ASSURED! I will go bananas on anyone that mocks the great and wonderful Mike O'Malley/Burt Hummel! ;)

  • Kathy

    So happy for new eps. Loved your recap. I was a little disappointed
    in the Call me Maybe number, and am having a little trouble seeing
    how Blaine won the diva-off based on that performance, but I also
    adore Darren Criss, so I can get past it. Kate Hudson is BEAUTIFUL.
    I tire of the Sue Syl. Snark, hope Kate doesn’t get similar one-dimensional treatment. I loved Marley and her voice. Chris Colfer is
    stunning! So happy to have somewhere to go to read a discussion about why this show is great. Thank you.

    • I’m so excited for a new season, too! (And happy to hear you enjoy the recaps, that’s awesome!)

      Oh, I think Artie has a man-crush on Blaine (and Klaine, for that matter) and was always going to pick him to be The New Rachel. Plus, he’s an experienced front man. I think the Diva-Off was smoke and mirrors, personally. :D

      Kate Hudson is ridiculously attractive and I bet she’ll add some interesting layers to her character. I’m still expecting her to be painted with a broad brush, though, because Ryan Murphy likes Characters with a Capital C mixed in with realism. So happy to hear someone else enjoyed Marley! What a cute girl and I love her voice.

      I’m BEYOND THRILLED to have this place set up where we can all talk about the show without fear of hate creeping in! <3

  • Diane

    I throughly enjoyed your recap and cracked up when I read “and Darren Criss could sing the alphabet and I’d make heart-eyes, and it had to be a blast to film (double dutch! …)” That boy just looked adorable (as always) and even though the dialogue was awkward I enjoyed the scene. I felt more uncomfortable seeing Kurt at the lunch table than I did with Blaine singing an irrelevant song. I love Blaine and he killed!

    Marley is likeable. Wade/Unique will still take some getting used to, but at least he/she showed more personality in 2 min. than Rory did in an entire season. Kitty…meh. Time will tell if they use her in a way to enhance the show. Same for Puck.v2 .. good voice, good looks, but it’ll take time till I’m convinced. On the other hand, Brody! We have a winner!!

    Burt/Kurt/Rachel – although, as a parent, I could never plop my kid on a plane to NY with only 2 weeks provision, that’s Glee. And in the off-the-wall way that Glee can transition us from one scene to another, I loved it. Burt’s acknowledgement that Kurt won’t return and Rachel’s tears gave me all the feels. Kurt’s “turn around” was a lovely nod to fandom.

    I felt like the Glee I’ve been faithful to through the rough spots has returned. and I’m excited to see what they come up with next.

    • I’m just saying, I have a crush on Mr. Criss’ talent. Ahem. ;D I mean, he double-dutched in the name of love, COME ON! I was uncomfortable for Kurt every time he turned up, too. I get it, and I like that they made it clear that Kurt needed to GO. But it hurts to see a beloved character hurt.

      I was talking with a friend about what it is with Wade/Unique that doesn’t sit right with me. 1) I don’t think he has proper acting chops and 2) S/He is so over the top that we can’t see what’s going on inside. And deep down every one of these characters has a realness to them. So my hope is that will come with a few more episodes. Body is a keeper – he created a character right off the bat that was interesting to watch. Great job, hot actor!

      We can’t use earth logic when it comes to doing things like sending Kurt off with hardly a by your leave, and sometimes I have to remember that, too. I still stand by Burt Hummel being the World’s Greatest Father, regardless of the two weeks rent (which I took as a joke, because Kurt sold a high end SUV, and you know it was well maintained.)

      “I felt like the Glee I’ve been faithful to […] has returned.” I DO TOO!! So happy you’ve come to chat here!

  • HazyJayne

    I’ll squee about the rest of this tomorrow but I just wanted to chip in with something important:

    I know you didn’t do this on purpose, but using “he/she” is actually offensive to transgender people as it can be interpreted as de-humanising the person. We know Unique prefers using a female pro-noun, I can’t remember off hand if Wade has stated a preference; so I would go with male pro-nouns as Wade presents as male unless we are told otherwise.

    (I hope I am not coming across as lecturing, I feel it is important to get these things right.)

    • No, not at all! I don’t know how Wade/Unique prefers to be addressed and I can honestly say that I didn’t realize “s/he” was considered offensive. HAVING SAID THAT, I certainly am open to learning new things and can rectify that immediately. The last thing I want to do is offend a group that has a hard enough time as it is. Sincerest apologies to anyone coming along that may have been offended. When you know better, you do better. <3

      • HazyJayne

        Awesome, thank-you for being understanding about this. When Unique has talked about herself in the third person she has used “she/her” (I personally think this is a deliberate choice the writers have made to underline Unique’s identity).

        Normally I would say “ask the person politely to clarify what pronouns they prefer”, but obviously that is a little tricky in this situation ;) I am a LGBT activist (with a focus on doing work around the ‘B’ and ‘T’) and I know this can seem overwhelming and a minefield but there are a number of well written resources online if you would like further info.

        I must admit yours and Muse’s reviews are the only ones I have read as I like Glee being my sane and happy place. Plus I would only end up this, and life is too short. ;) <3

        • As the mother of a B in the LGBTQ spectrum, I’m always wanting to be sensitive and thoughtful. My interaction with transgender persons has been limited, but they’ve always made sure the correct pronoun was known. Just a genuine “I’m not sure how they’re going with this character” slip on my part, and now I know something new and important.

          And I’m glad you’ve come here (and isn’t Muse the best?) knowing it’s a place of squee! Well, people can be thoughtfully critical here, but none of that hating because it’s fun stuff is allowed. Keeping the glee in Glee is my motto! :D

  • Brunettepet

    Too much crammed into too little time and I, too, was left a bit meh at the song selection for Blaine’s Kurt, you’ve got to spread your wings song. There wasn’t anything about their relationship or moving on or pointed to it at all. With less than 45 minutes to work with, each minute counts, Show.

    I’m on the fence about the New Rachel. She’s lovely and has a nice voice but there’s not enough personality to decide if she’s going to be interesting. It’s the same with the new Puckerman. Why did they have to make him a Puckerman, anyway? I guess we’ll see.

    Kurt stalking the halls and participating in auditions and wearing an apron and making coffee made me sad. He so needed to be pushed out of the nest but I hope there’s more in those pants pockets than the proceeds from his car. An apartment with Rachel? Good luck finding one that doesn’t need your entire nest egg times three as well as proof you’ve got an income. Well, wait a minute, I bet Rachel’s dads would be happy to help their little star out! Kurt will keep Rachel from giving up because of the mean dance teacher (and he won’t allow the freshman fifteen). Rachel telling the dads about her roommate’s nonstop sexcapades would have them on board in no time.

    Favorite moments were Burt and Kurt saying goodbye (they love each other so hard it made tear up) and Kurt and Rachel saying hello. I’m looking forward to their adventures in New York. Also, even though she was in a bad emotional place, I cracked up when Miss July (of course I think her stage name is that of a Playboy centerfold?) reached for the rum. She’s a sinking ship and she wants to drag Rachel down with her. Don’t let her, Rachel!

    Yay the show is back!

    • Burt and Kurt’s relationship will never fail to get me choked up. It’s an honest parent/child relationship, and a loving one. <3 HUMMELBERRY! OMG, this season promises to be the one for epic Hummelberry friendship, and that's one of my most favorite things to come out of this show, hands down. (Ha - I thought the same thing when I heard "Ms. July?")

      I am beyond excited that it's back! And then there's The New Normal to temper my grabby hands as I wait for Thursday to roll around. <3

  • wowbright

    Loved the recap, but got so excited over the Elder Kestler reference that I am fixated ob it instead. Is this some missionary who receives a Dear John when his girlfriend /fiancee gets returned missionary syndrome?

    • it is! It’s a song – “Will I Wait For You?” – from a Mormon Musical that I grew up singing, Saturday’s Warrior.” (It’s terrible. No, it’s TERRIBLE. The performances are awful, the vocal work is wretched, and the story is laughable at best.)

  • Emily

    I was really happy with the episode. The switch back and forth between NY and Ohio felt natural to me: not too different from the McKinley/Dalton split they had in season 2. It’s a tried and true format that they’ve managed to make work on tons of shows. Had they just called a spade a spade and went with “split narrative” instead of “a show within a show,” I would’ve been like “Oh. So like on Gilmore Girls when Rory went to college.” Not the alien concept they were making it out to be.

    I was surprised to like the new people as much as I did. Body Brody made me clap my hands with joy. A love interest for Rachel that I can just love, not love to hate or vice-versa? Awesome. Jake looks promising. His voice is swoon-worthy. I hope he can live up to his own name and not refill his brother’s. Marley is adorable. She’s the one you just want to go and give a solid hug. Although the mother may be a problem for me. Her self-depreciating nature is an interesting tone for glee to play with, but I don’t really have that visceral reaction to her that I had with Burt or Carole or Rachel’s dads. She left me feeling meh. But who knows. Maybe she’ll grow on me with enough screen time, though at this point with the amount of material the kids all have, I hope they don’t devote too much time to her.

    With the whole “ND bullying thing,” I expected it to be much worse than it actually was. Tina was the only one really sounding bitter/bitchy with her casual dismissal of Marley. And in the lunch lady situation, out of the ND crew, only Sugar seemed to be doing it out of any kind of desire to be mean. Brittany was being Brittany and looked dismayed that people were laughing at her “joke.” Brit’s tone there was concerned. Not mocking. So I don’t take that one too seriously. Artie and Blaine looked uncomfortable with the situation and Artie let peer-pressure get to him.

    I look at Blaine’s comment about Unique as a parallel to his comment to Kurt about fitting in in season 2. He may be getting Sassy, but he’s still Blaine. And he’s concerned about making Wade/Unique a target. I thought his suggestion was more trying to be helpful than stifling, suggesting a safe place for Unique to shine. It’s Blaine’s thing to try and help. He may not give the greatest advice, but he tries.

    All in all, I think they’re kids. They don’t always do the right thing or make good choices. And kids can be petty and cruel creatures when faced with peer expectation and desire to be cool. They (mostly) acted within reason for their characters and the situation.

    I have issues with Kitty only because she feels one-dimensional. She’ll probably end up in Glee club at some point as they need three more members after the 9 on the list Will posted: Jake, Kitty, and then TGP2 Blake’s character I assume (whenever he shows up). Unless they plan on bringing in more characters. That’s bound to be interesting. I just hope that she becomes a little more dynamic. There are archetypes and then there are stereotypes. I hope we don’t have a female version of Sebastian on our hands. Sebastian was basically there to be someone to hate and then disappear after Regional’s. If you can’t make me like her, at least give me a better reason to hate her than for being a boring, season-1-Quinn-before-character-development-happened knockoff. I hope they at least make her interesting. A skewed sense of morality is more interesting than the blatant lack of it.

    Cassandra July promises to be, if nothing else, entertaining. I can see her story going many different ways. Though if they play it the “Rachel is actually perfect and crazy, old Cassie is just jealous of her royal amazingness” route, I may have to throw something.

    Tangent. “Finn? Elder Kestler? (If you get that reference, let me love you.) You best be keeping up with your woman, STAT.” Oh my god. Obscure musical reference! Saturday’s Warrior! Not many people I know have ever seen it. And I live and grew up in Mormon-ville, Utah. I’ve seen it. Multiple times. A week. When I was six. In fact, we used to have it on VHS. I watched it all the time. Because the little girl had my name. No seriously, that was the main reason. I know the songs. Ingrained into my brain forever. Overtly preachy (and not technically coherent with most Mormon beliefs as far as its leaders tend to screech at anyone who brings it up to them, in my experience), but meh. It’s a musical. I love musicals. /tangent.

    I’m worried that Samuel Larsen’s Joe is just there to fill space as his “7-episode arc” was very lackluster and yawn. They didn’t really follow through much on his “story.” I miss Rory. At least his story had a little depth. Not very much, but a little. I love Wade/Unique, which surprised me because Alex felt lack-luster on TGP but really plays the character well and pops onscreen. I don’t know how Wade/Unique will fare as being more than a one-off character, but I’m excited to see where they take that storyline. “Unique’s eyes… They are on FIRE.” Best line of the night. By far.

    I don’t want to see it happen, but a break-up could give Darren and Chris some dynamics to work with. For the actors it would be great to play out and it’ll give the characters and the relationship a bit more development, but I’ll still cry my eyes out if it happens. I still have hope there though. Klaine is endgame. Regardless of what happens between them this season (a fight, a breakup, an engagement, an elopement–it’s Glee ANYTHING could happen), they’ll end up together. This I am sure of. (Wow this got long. Sorry. I have a lot of feelings.)

    • Oh, I am all for Klaine endgame. If they need to go their separate ways because of distance, and date a little to see that they are right for each other (and they certainly are written that way! And acted that way!) then I can get behind that for the actors’ sake, too.

      As for Wally Kestler, well, I’m from an ooooooold Mormon Family, so yes. Saturday’s Warrior was on a constant loop in my house when I was little. :D

      I like the mention you had about the NY/McKinley splits not being different from the Dalton/McKinley splits. I enjoyed it, as well, and didn’t find it cumbersome or anything else negative. (And it looks like most critics agreed, too!)

      Welcome aboard to HDJM!

  • harmonyfb

    nd I would swear that for some of the more “crisp” dance moves they pulled in a dance double.

    That scene…I dunno, for a dance routine it had the least amount of actual dancing I’ve ever seen. All I could think was “Wow, that dance teacher is REALLY drunk.”

    • Well, she was! LOL. But I watched it multiple times (as I have to do for the job, etc.) and there were times when I saw the dancer’s face and thought, “Huh. That’s not her.” And it was always on wide shots or over-head shots where there were precise leg/arm movements. *shrug* I’m not saying I’m exactly right, I’m just throwing that thought out there that I did a few double takes.

  • purplepen11

    Ha ha ha ha! Clever comments.

    Right, where was Blaine when Kurt left? Color matching his tie collection to his wardrobe?

    The Hummelberry scene took place in Washington Square Park, which is at the base of 5th Avenue. The Empire State Bldg is in the background.

    I’m always a bit disappointed at season premiers. The writers try to pack too much in. I hope that the pace adjusts to normal in the next few episodes.

    • We have some pretty sharp folks that comment here – it’s fun to talk about the show!

      Premieres are what they are, though. It’s a huge cast and a lot of pieces to move around on the board.

  • You and I can cougar together. Yowza, Darren and those pants, B(r)ody and the towel (and how did you not mention Kurt and the “Twinkle Tube” line. That made me laugh SO hard.), and Jake! *swooning 40-something year old fangirl* And yes, Chris Colfer has become HOT over the last couple of years. Seriously, makes me want to be reincarnated as a gay man . . . (okay, that’s probably TMI)

    All in all I was okay with the episode, but I think it could have been done so much better. The lack of a Klaine goodbye makes no sense to me at all (even if I like that commenter’s idea of a private goodbye), the It’s Time song, although catchy, didn’t seem like a goodbye to me. I loved the Burt/Kurt goodbye scene, but I can’t believe Burt doesn’t have a better idea than sending his baby off with no plan. As a mom, that just doesn’t sit right in my soul.

    I could go on and on about how much I love this show, and what I hope to see in the future, but part of the fun is watching it happen!

    • I was embarrassed for everyone for the Twinkle Tube line, so I gracefully bowed out. ;) (hahaha)

      I would love for the show to cater to my every desire, but there are so many characters to introduce, locations to establish… And all in 44 minutes (including the intro bump). Writing screenplays and teleplays is incredibly difficult, and with as many cuts and scenes as they have here, well, it’s not surprising that things get set aside. (And we don’t know what’s to come! Maybe there wasn’t a scene because there’s going to be something amazing that happens in a future ep? This is what I tell myself, at least.)

      “Part of the fun is watching it happen.” AGREED! See you after the next ep. ;)

  • justa_reader

    Well, holy biscuits and crap on a cracker, it shouldn’t take me a whole week to find time to come read and comment on this recap. But yeah, I’m glad to be here now, and I’m so very excited for this spoilery- and angst-free place to flail.

    I loved reading your recap. (I literally laughed out loud, thankfully not spit-taking, at your Anthony Michael Hall school of biggening comment.) You noticed a few background things that I’ll have to go back and watch. And I love that your commentary leans toward the sarcastic, but in a completely positive way. This is why I don’t let certain people in my household (ahem, darling husband) watch Glee with me because sometimes I do want to poke fun at this show, or note the things that are missing, but it’s in the same way that you tease a friend you love dearly.

    Oh, and this had to be one of my favorite observations: He knows Kurt needs to be Not The Boy Next Door instead of boring and safe Phantom (because Kurt showed him that). Because I’d never realized what those two performance titles actually meant for Kurt when set side to side like that.

    Things I loved about this episode:
    -So much Blaine. Blaine singing. Blaine dancing. Blaine eating lunch. Blaine showing off his cross-body messenger bag carrying form. Blaine in oh-my-god-so-well-fitting jeans.
    -Blaine double-dutch jump roping (deserves separate mention because…JUMP ROPE).
    -At least one bomb of a realization in Jacob Ben Israel’s back-to-school video (even though Tina-Mike…no, no, my poor babies…CRY!)
    -Rachel’s part in New York State of Mind. When that girl is on, she is on. Chills. Seriously. Marley was good, really, but Rachel just owned it.
    -Lunch lady mom. Call me sappy and overly sentimental, but I just love valiant mom-headstrong daughter combos. (Even though I kinda have a knee-jerk negative reaction to the idea of teaching our children that they should try to fit in at all costs. Luckily, Marley isn’t one for hiding.)
    -Kurt’s summer highlights. Kurt’s perfect coats. Kurt’s perfect arms. Kurt’s breathy phone voice.
    -Burt swallowing back his tears when Kurt looked back, then finally letting loose when he walked away. (I do love Mike O’Malley an overly intense amount.)
    -Call Me Maybe. Those four looked and sounded so good, y’all. It made me think that wow, this is going to be an awesome season of singing. And I really wanted Artie to say “you sound so good together, you’ll ALL the new Rachel.”
    -The final scene, because Mr. Schuester actually appeared to be teaching choreography and leading the Glee Club.

    But mostly, I’m just insanely gleeful that Glee is back. It has been a loooong summer hiatus.

    • Hello, hello! I also am insanely happy that the show is back. *holds everyone close*

      Can I say that I am beaming at you getting my Anthony Michael Hall joke? (Because seriously, the kid doubled in size from Breakfast Club to Edward Scissorhands.)

      This is a place that I keep HAPPY and SPOILER-FREE for fandom, so you (and I) can have a place to enjoy the show as we want to: with glee. (Hurr.)

      I loved Marley’s mom, too, and had a visceral reaction to her putting everything aside for the sake of her girl. And her girl saying, “But you are my MOM and I LOVE YOU.” <3 All the hearts.

      I can't wait for tonight's ep! MORE SHOW TO TALK ABOUT! <3

  • Late to the party! Because I don’t have cable anymore and i have to wait until an episode (that will play on my aging computer) is online.

    I really didn’t want to like this episode/new season.

    After all the endless talk about diversity, underdogs and acceptance, only to have the (admittedly talented, but ultimately generic) white boy win the Glee Project over the summer, and then casting two (again, admittedly talented) pretty, pretty white girls… well it all just makes me question their commitment to Sparklemotion.

    Add to that the dumping of underused winner Damian McGinty (my favorite) for runner-up Alex Newell (I was never a fan) and it all just sort of burns my biscuits.

    That said, I did enjoy the episode for the many things it did right: Klaine, The best Dad in the World™ , Hummelberry and the de-douche-ification of the New Directions.

    So… I dunno. I’m torn. I like the show in and of itself, but I wish those behind it would be a little more faithful to the narrative they keep saying they’re creating. Show, don’t tell, ya’know?

    Anyway, I’ll keep watching for now, if only to be able to comment here without sounding like an idiot.

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