After a fairly long hiatus that ended with a texting nightmare of a cliffhanger, Glee is finally back. In the first minutes of the episode we find out that Quinn has a compressed spine and has to be in a wheelchair. Apparently she is beginning to have feeling in her toes and feels as if she will be up and performing by Nationals. She and Artie perform I’m Still Standing (Elton John) and she puts on a overly brave face (it seems). Rachel and Finn did not get married and they are postponing it.
Olympic swimming bronze medalist, Roz Washinton (Nene Leakes) returns and is made the co-captain of the Cheerios, much to Sue’s dismay. Sue takes her wrath out on the Glee club Booty Camp. She is their new dance coach!
Blaine’s brother, Cooper Anderson (Matt Bomer) comes to town for a visit and it turns out he is a well-known commercial pitchman for freecreditratingtoday.com and he is apparently kind of a big deal. Blaine seems to shrink in his shadow.
While planning senior ditch day, Rachel freaks out and breaks down. She feels guilty that Quinn was on the way to her wedding when the accident happened. Quinn told her that she is ok and she does not need to feel bad. Again – this super peppy Quinn makes me nervous and I am keeping my eyes open for a mental break! Quinn suggests that they go to Six Flags for Senior Ditch Day. The gang agrees. Puck lets Finn know that he will be moving to California after graduation to expand his pool cleaning business and he wants Finn to come along to be his business partner. Finn declines but does say that he will go with Puck to fix a client’s broken Jacuzzi motor. Apparently she is attractive and wears tube tops.
Sue brings in Cooper Anderson to show the Glee class what it means to perform. He will be teaching a master class on acting. Blaine and Cooper do a duet of Hungry Like The Duet/Rio (Duran Duran). Matt Bomer really shines in this role and he is very believable as Blaine’s brother. Blaine is suffering from classic little brother syndrome – but his brother acerbates the situation. After their performance Cooper says, “Standing O, I was really good in that number.” Sad face.
Blaine confronts his brother, telling him that he criticizes him about everything. Cooper apologizes (half-assedly) and says he is back in town so that he can get to know his little brother better. At “Cooper Anderson Acting Master Class” he lays down the following rules:
- Don’t go to college (it’s a waste of time)
- Don’t go to New York (theatre is lame and Broadway is dead)
- Real actors do TV and film – Hollywood is where it is at
- Have a dynamic headshot
- Ask the tough questions
- The key to a dramatic scene is pointing
- The secret to great acting is ignoring what the other actor is doing
After Cooper tells Blaine to skip Senior Ditch Day so that he could run lines with him, Blaine snaps and sings Xtina’s Fighter. Quinn and Artie are going to do their own thing for Ditch Day – as Six Flags is a tough place for people who are newly in a wheelchair. He takes her to a skate park where all of the patrons are in wheelchairs or are disabled. He calls it, “Crip Skip”. All Ditch Day activities are mashed up in a montage with Quinn and Artie singing Up, Up, Up by Givers. Everyone has a great day – but Artie calls Quinn out on her false happy. He told her she needs to face the reality that she may be permanently paralyzed. She does not want to hear that.
- I’m Still Standing (Elton John) – Quinn/Artie
- Hungry Like The Duet/Rio (Duran Duran) – Blaine/Cooper
- Fighter (Christina Aguilera) – Blaine
- Up, Up, Up (Givers) – Quinn/Artie
- Somebody That I Used to Know (Gotye) – Blaine