Glee is finally back and what shall this season behold? After a summer of some shockers (no more Chord, most of the cast are seniors and will be graduating) and cross promotion (Glee 3D – sad face and The Glee Project – much better) we are ready to re-connect the kids of the McKinley High Glee Club. Ryan Murphy has brought on many new writers and is prepared to kick this season into high gear! Let’s get into it.
From the top we find out that many students are seniors (Finn, Mike Chang, Rachel, Kurt, Mercedes, Santana and Brittany). We also see that Shuster and Emma live together or at least have pretty consistent sleepovers. Glee club is down three members, Quinn is M.I.A and they are coming off of a 12th place showing at Nationals. Shu received several pianos from a music store and decided to paint them purple. He placed them strategically around the school so that the kids can recruit some new members.
Sue Sylvester is running for Congress! Enough said there. Another season of negative nelly Sue. Her platform is to suspend the arts in public schools. Clearly it is on between Sue and Shue…
Quinn shows up with hot pink hair and has declared that she is a member of a group called “The Skanks”. A nice cameo by Courtney Galiano (Season 4 So You Think You Can Dance) as one of the Skanks makes me smile. Santana and Brittany have re-joined The Cheerios and they reach out to Quinn to come back. She declares that no one understands her and she will not go back to Glee Club or the Cheerios, then she goes promptly under the bleachers and smokes a cigarette.
Kudos to the new writing team for developing the plot a bit before jumping into a song. The first song (We Got The Beat) does not show up in the ep until nearly 20 minutes in. A food fight broke out after their performance and they inspired a student, Sugar Motta (Vanessa Lengies) to audition. She is the daughter of the man who donated the pianos and she is tone deaf and has Asberger’s Syndrome. Her rendition of Big Spender was truly atrocious. Shu wants to let her in, even though she is horrible, the kids disagree.
Blaine leaves Dalton Academy to spend his senior year with Kurt and auditions for the club by singing It’s Not Unusual in the quad. It looks like The New Directions have found one of their three new members. Of course Bad Quinn and some of the Cheerios set one of the Purple Pianos on fire at the end of his song – so there is that thing to contend with.
Kurt and Rachel go to meeting of other theatre kids from the Midwest who are vying for a spot in an NYC college that focuses on musical theatre. The Glee Project runner-up Lindsay Pearce (Harmony) performs in the first of her two guest-starring appearances. The group’s performance shakes Rachel and Kurt to their core and they start doubting they can actually make it to NYC.
- Sam and Mercedes did date but Sam moved out of town because his dad got a job.
- Mercedes has a new boyfriend (Marcus) and he is on the football team
- Lauren Zizes broke up with Puck and dropped out of Glee
- Rachel and Kurt are applying for colleges in NYC
- Becky and Santana are co-captains of the Cheerios
- Santana is kicked out of New Directions for being a double agent for Sue
- We Got The Beat (The Go-Gos) – New Directions
- Ding Dong the Witch is Dead (The Wizard of Oz) – Rachel and Kurt
- It’s Not Unusual (Tom Jones) – Blaine
- Anything Goes/Anything You Can Do – Other theatre kids
- You Can’t Stop the Beat (Hairspray) – New Directions