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Last night’s episode of Glee included a student council election, a new job for Kurt, a new look for Rachel, and a whole heap of set-up for what looks to be a very dramatic mini-finale next week. Also, we got our first look at Sarah Jessica Parker in her guest role on the show. Read our full Glee recap below:

Congratulations, Blaine Warbler. You may have been dominating Glee’s iTunes sales for coming up on two years, a McKinley regular for one, and the absolute, undeniable fan favorite, but to me, you’re not a real Glee lead character until you’ve had an inner monologue, and today, son, is your day. Our boy strolls through the school halls, speaking in voice-over about how it’s time for him to step forward and be involved in life at McKinley. We see him signing up for a multitude of clubs, and then we cut to the auditorium where Blaine begins to perform “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears for Fears. This song soundtracks the following scenes, as we cut between the performance and Blaine getting involved in these clubs, including the Superhero Sidekick Appreciation Society – which explains the Robin twitpic – and a live-action role playing Dungeons and Dragons group where he is the group’s wizard (oh, ha ha). The performance pauses as Blaine’s inner monologue continues. He admits that part of the reason for taking up the extracurriculars is to fill his days now that Kurt is gone – they’re in as much contact as they can be. “The only time we’re really in sync is when we’re hate-watching Treme together,” which is a scene we then witness as Blaine offers Kurt – via Skype – some of his popcorn, pretending they’re together. The number ends with all his new be-costumed club friends dancing around him on the auditorium stage, and in the hallway Blaine eyes one last sign-up sheet – the student council elections. He adds his name to the only other candidate on the list – Brittany S. Pierce.

In New York, Blaine’s worse half is prepping for an interview he’s somehow scored for an internship at Vogue.com. Kurt’s meeting is with Isabelle Wright (Sarah Jessica Parker), the new senior editor of the website and a cutting edge fashion designer in her own right. Kurt is terrified – yet very stylish – as he enters her office, but Isabelle is instantly warm and disarming to Kurt, revealing that she is from Columbus, Ohio, nearby to Lima. She is impressed with the online resume Kurt submitted, particularly the gallery of his own outfits (see www.hirehummel.com) and asks him where he got his wardrobe. Answering ten thousand nit-picking fans’ questions about how Kurt has been able to afford the things he wears, (which have been tracked down IRL and revealed to be thousands of dollars worth of designer couture), Kurt admits that he made most of them, copying designs he liked, and searched the internet for bargain pieces. Isabelle proceeds to interview Kurt about his ideas and experience, and he tells her his plans of NYADA and Broadway. Isabelle offers Kurt encouragement, saying New York is the place for people like him – dreamers starting out – and her – people needing to re-invent themselves. She hires him on the spot – “Anyone who can pull off a hippo brooch deserves to be here.” Kurt throws himself on her in a hug, and proceeds to stab his new boss with the hippo. “That should come with a warning!” she says, tapping the brooch. “Oh, it did,” Kurt replies.

Brittany approaches Artie at school and asks him to run with her as her Vice President. “Did you know that Franklin Roosevelt was part robot too, and he’s on Mount Rushmore?” “No he’s isn’t,” Artie replies, “and I’m just gonna say it again, I’m not part robot.” He’s reluctant at first, but when Brittany admits that if she wins she plans to do nothing – again – and let him make all the decisions, Artie is intrigued by this plan – because women love power, apparently, and he’d like to date someone for more than a couple of weeks. “Don’t take that personally,” he tells her. “Why would I take that personally?” “We dated.” “We did?” Oh, Glee, you are learning to play to your strengths again and make fun of the moments of your own epic fail! Well done! Artie agrees to be Brittany’s running-mate – the Cheney to her Bush, though she’d prefer to be “Landing Strip.” Thanks for that one, Glee.

In the choir room, Will announces that as the Nationals champions, McKinley will be hosting the annual Show Choir rules committee meeting. This is met with a brilliant outburst: “Please tell me you’re going to ask what ‘one-third’ vintage meant last year?” Tina asks, laughing. “Or like, why some teams could sing six songs and others only do one?” Sam demands indignantly. It seems like New Directions themselves have been just as confused and disgruntled by the bizarre competition process as fandom has been, but this is another flawless moment of Glee lampshading its own past indiscrepancies and it’s making me love the show so much right now. And shouldn’t the club already be preparing ideas for competition, Jake inquires, to which Schue gives a cagey answer about not wanting to give anything away yet. As he continues to talk to the club, his voice-over starts, admitting that he has no ideas – that he’s all tapped out with where to take the club from here. Will, it’s not that hard. Find songs, make kids sing songs, the end.

Brittany interrupts what Will’s saying to the class in order to ask the glee club if anyone can prove that Blaine was born in the United States, and also to announce Artie as her running mate, which is met with general approval – except by her new blonde BFF Sam, who looks somewhat hurt. She points out that the election is pretty much over because between her and Artie, they will cover enough demographics to get all the votes – though she does consider the demographics to be humans and robots – and Blaine, my optimistic baby boy, objects with his fixed grin that’s more of a grimace, “Brittany, that’s not fair, it’s not a popularity contest. It’s about who’s got the best ideas, it’s about believing you can make a change… Right?” The others start to make fun of Blaine’s objection – Artie calls it ‘sour grapes,’ as class is dismissed and Sam stares poignantly and obviously after Brittany as the group leaves.

In the staff room Will is struggling to come up with a theme for Sectionals and vents his frustration to Sue. “I can’t decide between ‘Classic TV Themes’ or ‘A Salute To Autumn’.” Sue calls these out as the craptastic ideas they are, and Will shakes his head in defeat, saying he doesn’t know what happened to all his good ideas. “Don’t kid yourself, you never had any good ideas. You just didn’t notice because you were too busy chasing your bizarre childhood dream of a glee club national championship.” Preach it, Sue. She says that now Will has achieved his dream, he’s waking up to the boring monotony of being a normal high school teacher and that he should probably get out now, before becoming an alcoholic or morbidly obese, and explore other job opportunities. “Your lack of adult friends means you’re well on your way to a career as a pedophile birthday clown.” In seriousness, she does give him the advice – “You had a dream. You achieved it. Move on.” Will sighs, clearly not wanting to admit that she may be right.

Expectedly, Sam quizzes Brittany about why she didn’t pick him, her new bestie, as her running-mate. She says that she didn’t want to ruin their friendship – citing Sarah Palin and her ‘grandfather’ (John McCain) no longer being on speaking terms, but she does think Sam would make a good VP, so she ‘introduces’ Sam to Blaine (“Um, we’ve actually met.. several times…”) and offers him up as Blaine’s Vice President candidate. Blaine turns them down at first, saying he will be picking his own running-mate, but Sam sells himself to Blaine on the strength of the demographics he covers – “My family’s on food stamps, so that will get you the sympathy vote. I’m not gay, so that’ll help with the not-gay vote.” Blaine sizes Sam up, throws caution into the wind and agrees to take Sam as his running partner. Brittany is pleased by this and gives them their first order of business – she challenges the pair to a debate with herself and Artie. “What’s a debate?” the newly-stupidified Sam asks Blaine, who I’m sure is instantly regretting his decision.

In the Vogue offices, Isabelle is chairing a meeting at which Kurt serves drinks. She has voiced the idea of a feature on leather to her team, who come up with some truly excruciating ideas, though Isabelle is encouraging towards them. Every time someone pitches another awful idea, Kurt nearly physically recoils in disgust and disdain, which does not go without Isabelle’s notice. Isabelle dismisses the meeting and calls Kurt into her office, asking him what he thought of what he’d heard. He reluctantly admits that he had hated the staff’s ideas, and Isabelle wholeheartedly agrees with him, but she feels trapped into the piece due to promising the receptionist – whose cat had just died – that she would use her idea of ‘trends in animal hide,’ and now she’s stuck with this leather theme. Kurt tries to calm her, saying there are a million good ideas out there that could be used, such as a music video featuring fashion, and Isabelle admits that she’d also given the go-ahead to another staff member’s awful idea featuring “spankles” (Spanx for cankles). Isabelle begins to have a minor breakdown and admits to Kurt that – coming from being an independent creative designer – she finds the management aspect of her job difficult, she can’t say no to people. She feels like she’s lost touch with what a good idea is and what’s plain crazy, and that she’s lucked into a job she doesn’t deserve. She starts to become a little hysterical, fearing failure in this role and that she will lose the job, then her apartment, and will become homeless. Kurt comforts her. “You are not going to be homeless, alright? You can always come stay with me and my roommate in Bushwick.” Isabelle looks like she’d rather take the homelessness.

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  • Sisi

    Awesome as ever, girl!!!!!!

  • Debbie18

    So you will be cheering for joy when blaine breaks up with kurt next week won’t you? It looks like it will be that way from the promo. about the recap it was good missed seeing finn onscreen good to see cory monteith is back,and i liked kurts storyline.as for kurt not taking the phone call I can excuse it because hes being overwhelmed by everything new happening and with already developing a close bond with his coworkers and he probably does think hey i can call him later and well be fine. so i can understand since he seemed conflicted in that scene.as for earlier with skyping with blaine? yea…he was excited and a bit..ignorant that he was cutting off blaine but yes it was a bit rude.

    • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

      I wonder if there was a bit of bitterness there also? Since Blaine got the class president position he wanted so badly last year, maybe he wanted to bask in finally getting something? It still doesn’t excuse at all though, that was a douchebag move

      • Debbie18

        admittedly you have a point there.but kurt is a 18/19 year old so he will be a jerk from time to time.probably especially now since he is be thrown into an adult world and he isnt ready emotionally for that yet. I’m betting its these two that break up next week and I’m not expecting them to get back together unless RIB wants that as a plot point for the second half of season 4 or season 5…if there is one.

        • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

          Oh I know, Kurt has always, and still is, my favourite character. I wouldn’t find him believable if he wasn’t flawed. I so agree with you about that. I think they will get back together eventually if it is them that gets break up though.

  • Moo

    I’m so happy Glee is finally addressing everything the fandom has been saying for months. I’m soo excited for next week !

    p.s Did they put in “Moon River” at the last second when they found out that Andy Williams died? Because there is NO WAY that was a coincidence.

    • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

      Ryan Murphy tweeted that the episode had been locked for 3 weeks and that it was coincidence.

      • Mo

        That’s so freaky….First Whitney Houston, then Andy Williams…Ryan Murphy must possess some creepy future-telling dark magic….

    • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

      AND if you listen to Glee Chat episode 46, this scene with Moon River directly mimics a scene from I <3 NY episode of Sex and the City. Almost exactly.

  • Hal

    I love these recaps so much.

  • RumbleroarLuna

    It explains the picture of him as Robin, but it doesn’t explain why Ryan Murphy said Kurt was Green Lantern and Finn was Batman… Unless I’m missing a tweet somewhere.

    • RumbleroarLuna

      Also I missed like half these lines b/c of my brothers talking. Also, what’s up with all the smoke this season? Every. Single. Episode. It’s at least hazy.

    • Saskia17

      Hmm I have a feeling I read somewhere that that was for a future episode (Dynamic Duets maybe?) but now I’m not so sure and I can’t remember where I saw it…I would be surprised if they put Blaine in the robin costume again later, but perhaps?

    • NatalieFisher

      I think Ryry was being trolltastic.. or it could be to do with the ‘dynamic duets’ theme he spoke about.

  • http://twitter.com/kimberpower Kimberlie Haner

    I’m done with Brittany being so dumb. It’s just getting obnoxious.

  • Sarah

    this episode was so bad that It wasn’t even the laughable type of bad. So cheesy, so predictable. HORRIBLE

  • luna97831

    “Finn goes from one of his two main facial expressions – Labrador puppy – to his other main one, confusion…”
    too hilarious!!!! loved the recap.

  • Tara

    awesome recap! Can’t wait to listen to Glee Chat as well!! I am so glad they are finally dealing with all of this! I don’t know what made them start addressing all of this, maybe the new time slot… but thank goodness!!!
    Next week’s episode should be very interesting

  • Vanj203

    Blaine “tries to call his terrible, terrible boyfriend.” I love it – so true! Kurt is just so hurtful to Blaine in this episode. And about Brittany, just my theory, I think Blaine resents Brittany for always calling him “Blaine Warbler,” as if to remind him that he doesn’t belong with them at McKinley. Oh, and I think he’s still really mad at her about the banned hair gel at prom too.

  • frezb

    is it bad that i enjoy reading the recaps more than actually watching the show?

    • NatalieFisher

      it’s probably not great, but it’s a big compliment, thanks!

      • http://www.facebook.com/bjshipley Bryan J. Shipley

        @frezb isn’t the only one. The recaps are awesome, keep it up!

  • Wilma

    Glee covering Hole will haunt me for the rest of my life.

  • http://twitter.com/chanteyrose Jessica Humphrey

    As much as it stung to watch things continue to unravel between Kurt and Blaine, I’m incredibly glad that they’re addressing this. Usually Glee just barrels past break-ups and just “announces” the end of a pairing, and we don’t see the process. This happens ALL THE TIME in relationships, especially at that age/when one person goes away and the other stays behind. Couples drift away for one reason or another and sometimes they reconcile. Very often they both do stupid things and not communicate with one another, ultimately reinforcing the problems and not fixing what’s been unequal. This is one more step towards the general public recognizing and acknowledging that gay relationships aren’t any different from heterosexual ones. I appreciate that. (I’m just glad I bought a new box of tissues in time)

    Honestly, there wasn’t much else in the episode that felt worthy of comment. Isabelle is cute, but I’m wary of the insecure, buddy-buddy dynamic with Kurt. It seemed a little too soon for that kind of heart-to-heart as his boss, but at least he’s starting to find a place in NYC.

    Just about everything else I have to say was enthusiastically espoused in the recap. By the way, I love the in-depth character analysis you guys do. It’s the closest I get to revisiting plot inconsistencies as well as head-canon conversation IRL. Special shout-out to Natalie who seems to read my mind about 90% of the time. :)

    • http://twitter.com/chanteyrose Jessica Humphrey

      My apologies, meant to post this as a response to GleeChat. But it still applies.

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