We have been hearing about the Michael episode for weeks now and tonight it is finally here. The premise for the Michael-themed episode is that the former “Trouble Tones” feel left out before they were not able to perform Michael songs at Regionals. Thus the singing and the episode begins. Blaine and gang kick it all off with a rousing version of Wanna Be Startin’ Something.

The B-plot this week is the highly anticipated yes or no from Rachel to Finn. Is she going to marry him? When she begins to give him her answer and it sounds as if it might be a no…he asks her to take her time in making the decision.

The New Directions are talking about doing Michael song for Regionals when sneaky snake Sebastian (new Warblers leader) states that after speaking to Blaine, he decided that The Warblers are also going to sing MJ songs and since they will perform first , New Directions will look like copycats. When asked the question, “WWMJD”, the kids decide to take it to the streets and have a Bad sing-off! It ends nastily when Sebastian throws a Slushie in Blaine’s face.

It is discovered that Blaine’s right cornea was damaged and he will have to have surgery. This is the set-up for Darren Criss’ two episode hiatus while he was performing “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” on Broadway. Mr. Shu tells the kids that they need to calm down when they accuse The Warblers of adding rocks or something to the Slushie. Artie gets so upset that he “stands up” and slips into a montage with Mike Chang where they perform an AMAZING rendition of Scream. It is an almost shot for shot replica of MJ and Janet’s video and it was great.

In a moment of panic – Rachel approaches Quinn with the news that Finn popped the question. Quinn lets her know that she was accepted to Yale and that Rachel should probably say no to Finn because they are going to be heading off to college and they will be making new memories and meeting new people. Quinn’s version of Never Can Say Goodbye was sweet.

Santana and Kurt get together and decide what to do with the Sebastian situation. They decide to take the high road. Sam decides to woo Mercedes by putting her name in lights and singing Human Nature with her. He says that she can go back to Shane after they finish the duet. The song ends with a nice kiss.

Burt comes to McKinley to hand Kurt a letter from NYATA…Kurt is a finalist! It appears that Rachel didn’t get a letter and she has a bit of a breakdown in the hallway when Kurt delivers his news. It is nice seeing the vulnerable side of Rachel again – we haven’t seen it in awhile.

Rachel, Finn and Kurt visit Blaine and serenade him with a pretty version of Ben. Ben - is one of my least fave MJ songs, not that it isn’t a pretty – but it is a song about a rat! Ugh!! Santana heads to Dalton Academy to confront Sebastian about lacing the Slushie with something and they get into it with a rousing version of Smooth Criminal. Sebastian admits to adding rock salt to the Slushie, he also admits that it was intended for Kurt and not Blaine and then he hits Santana with a Slushie of her own. This Sebastian character is an ass.

Finn feels like he did not properly let Rachel know how he felt. So they sing a duet of I Just Can’t Stop Loving You. *SPOILER ALERT* She says yes. I’m not sure I believe these two will actually walk down the aisle…
New Directions decides that they are not going to do Michael songs at Regionals and they invite The Warblers to the auditorium where they all come together to sing Black or White. Sebastian remains an ass. Rachel get her finalist letter from NYATA and now she has to tell Finn.
Overall it was a fairly solid episode and they smashed in tons of MJ songs – but the slapshod way they threw some of the stories around was pretty annoying. Even with its fallacies, I look forward to Tuesday nights so I can hear and see what these kids have to offer.

GLEE: The glee club performs in "Michael," a special episode celebrating the music of Michael Jackson, on GLEE airing Tuesday, Jan. 31 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Justin Lubin/FOX

Featured Songs

“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’”
“Never Can Say Goodbye”
“Human Nature”
“Smooth Criminal”
“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”
“Black or White”


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Deejah Figueroa is the Managing Editor of Pop Culture World News. She can be found on Twitter: @PopCultureDee and on Facebook: PopCultureDeejah

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