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This week on Glee… don’t say it, don’t say it… “Glease”… is the word. Damn, couldn’t help it. McKinley High stages Grease, and our New York posse comes to see the show, on a trip that ends badly for pretty much everyone involved. Other McKinley grads have a nicer return to Lima, and in case you haven’t noticed, Kitty is a psychopath. Read our full Glee recap below.

This week we open in the choir room where Will is making some bad life choices. Wow, must be Thursday. In this case, he drops the bomb about leaving for Washington and about Finn taking his McKinley position. Apparently it’s the first the club has heard of any of it – he didn’t cat-on-the-roof them at all. The older club members freak out – Tina, particularly, starts angrily shouting, and Artie objects saying “but Mr Schue, glee club is your life” in a not particularly complimentary way, which is the truth, while the newer members exchange looks of ‘what the hell is wrong with these people,’ “I mean, it’s not like we know him that well or anything,” Unique mutters to Marley and Jake. Tina continues to dress down Finn as the ex-captain tries to keep calm and convince the club that he will be competent, when they’re interrupted by Sue demanding Will and Finn’s presence in the principal’s office.

Sue, due to the fact she’s bugged the choir room’s portrait of Lillian Adler, has discovered Finn’s appointment as the new glee coach and she’s just a fraction more upset about it than Tina. “This is just another one of your ill-conceived, bizarrely sentimental schemes that displays absolutely no forethought and appears immediately ridiculous to everyone in America… except you,’ she says, but she actually makes some good points about why the plan is unreasonable. Figgins, however, points out again that glee is an extracurricular, so that teaching rules don’t apply, though his support of the situation may stem from the fact that Finn – the most level-headed one in the conversation – is apparently taking on this role without payment. When Sue’s objections are shot down on all fronts, she loses her cool, stating that if Finn is appointed, her shaky peace with the glee club will be over, and she storms out, overturning desks and bludgeoning students in the hallway, in a good old-fashioned Sue rage black-out. I guess Glee ran out of ideas of things for Sue to do, because it seems we have our season 1 antagonist back. Cool. Or something.

There are cameras in my eyes!

In the lovely NYADA dance studios, Cassandra July has called in some of her upperclassmen to partner the freshmen and help them improve. Brody makes a beeline for Rachel and as they jete across the floor they catch up on all the gossip, stuff like Rachel’s breakup, and Rachel’s first off-Broadway audition, and Brody’s forearms. Cassandra listens in on every word, tells Rachel that she’s not ready to work with the tough and crazy director, whom she herself has auditioned for before. Rachel non-abrasively says that she can manage it, but manages to insult Cassandra when suggesting that she should audition as well, for one of the older roles. Cassandra then pulls Brody aside and asks him to pledge his life and every waking minute to her as her new toy boy, I mean TA. Brody jumps at the chance, though requests some time off over the weekend to help Rachel prepare for her audition.

Backstage on the Grease set, Tina – who’s apparently still wardrobe bitch as well as playing a bit part, despite being promised the spotlight in her senior year – is fitting Marley for her costume, which just isn’t fitting. “Maybe it’s stress bloating,” Tina ungraciously offers, but we soon find out the real reason – when Kitty wanders over to berate Marley about her weight gain and genetics – “I usually don’t believe in the lame-stream media’s definition of ‘science,’ but it just makes sense that your metabolism is grinding to a halt. You’re getting the body you were destined to have,” – we see a flashback to Kitty sneaking in at night and altering Marley’s costume. Kitty does try to play a friend to the other girls, though, and talks about accepting who you are, the way she has accepted the fact that she’s a loner because everyone assumes that due to her popularity, she’s too busy. She claims she joined Grease to attempt to make some real friends, and invites Marley and the other girls – including, with reluctance, Unique – to a Grease-style sleepover at her house.

Look, on one hand, I like Marley’s mom, I do, but when Marley goes to her after this in order to debrief and ask when she could expect her own genetics to kick in, I’m not sure the advice of not being a quitter, taking control of her body and going on a diet is the best example of support. I get that Mrs Rose doesn’t want Marley to face the same unhappiness she did, but my first response would have been to say “You’re beautiful,” not “You’re thin and beautiful,” to say “you don’t look any different to yesterday, let’s weigh and measure you because something weird might be going on,” and to say “you just be you, don’t worry what people think.” Mrs Rose seems to have a very set idea of what will make Marley happy, and what’s important for her to achieve, and at this point I’m just not sure that the same things are important to Marley and she only feels like they are because other people make such a big deal of them.

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  • njandro625

    “she doesn’t even go here.” ~ best line.

  • DK

    Thank you for the April Rhodes mention… It was the first thing that I thought of when Sue said that! Also, I couldn’t agree more with your thoughts on Rachel and Kurt. It’s one of the strongest relationships on the show and it’s what I watch for! Hummelberry is REAL!

  • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

    Surprise! Another BRILLIANT recap! I watch the show, write down what’s happening on the show, then podcast it with Natalie for 2 hours directly after it airs, yet I somehow always want to read to the very last word in these recaps! Well done Natalie!

  • Marie

    So, I don’t really think Glee is going to go there, but what if Blaine was raped? Like, he agreed to the hook-up, but then got there and changed his mind, but then Eli raped him? Like I said, I really doubt it will actually happen, but that is something that could seriously change Kurt’s perspective on the situation, if he would’ve let Blaine talk. It would also explain how Glee keeps treating Blaine like the victim when, as of right now, it appears that Blaine doesn’t totally deserve our sympathy. I think if Glee did do it, it could be a great storyline, but I also think they could not handle it well.

    ALSO, I just really want Kurt to acknowledge the things HE did wrong, at some point. It really needs to happen at some point if he does want a healthy relationship, whether it be with Blaine or another guy. And I really think that even if Kurt is still angry at Blaine, he should’ve let him get some closure, which they haven’t really had yet.

    • Vanj203

      Interesting theory, and even if it didn’t happen that way with Eli I think something like that has happened to Blaine in his past.

      • marie

        Yeah, I’ve heard Natalie talk about it in the past and I can see it more. HOWEVER, the more I think about it, the less likely I think any sexual abuse/assult/etc. plot, especially with Blaine, is unlikely.

        1. It’s still Fox. I have a feeling they’d get all squeeked out by a plotline involving a male in that situation, since men are supposed to be manly and not get raped (which really isn’t true, but people think crazy).

        2. If they did cover it, I really, really think it’d be handled terribly. In season 1, remember how Quinn slept with Puck because he got her drunk off of wine coolers? Um, that’s still rape if she was too intoxicated to say no. Glee didn’t treat it that way though, and I think they have a very narrow conception of rape (you know, dark ally, guy with a knife, slipping roofies, that kind of thing), when more often than not, rape isn’t that violent. Let’s not even get into the “Alien invasion” Britney comment. Unless they did have this Eli guy beat him or very obviously restrain him or something, I don’t think the writer’s would consider it THAT bad, even though it definitely is still terrible, and could still probably land this guy in jail. So, in conclusion, although all this interesting stuff is happening in my head (with Eli, someone from his past, or both), I think we’d probably need someone who understands these issues better than Ryan Murphy & co. to write this kind of plotline.

    • http://twitter.com/1c2a3p albert

      Blaine fans are coming up with anything to get him off the hook. If you are rape why would you tell you bf you were with someone . You would say you were raped.

      • Marie

        Guilt? Knowing what his intentions initially were? Shame about what happened? Rape is something very, very difficult for people to talk about, so if it did happen, it probably would be easier to say he cheated, even if the (hypothetical) truth got him off with Kurt.

        Also, I do think that in canon, it’s very unlikely to happen. I think it’s too serious for glee, and I did specifically read from Ryan that it was going to get more light-hearted. That, and I’m inclined to think this issue is one they wouldn’t handle well.

        Finally, I do fess up that I am majorly Blaine-biased, as I only started watching Glee for Darren, but that aside, there seems to be something we’re missing about the story, and I’m dying to know.

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

    I hate what Glee is doing to Blaine. I just want him to be happy.

    Also, I completely agree with what Natalie said about Finchel. They NEED to be together.

  • http://twitter.com/Tygridia Tygridia

    Finchel are borring as a couple, but at the same time they have something really cute when they are friends…

    • andy

      Possibly the only time I have ever enjoyed Finchel as a pairing was when they were scheming together in duets. I think they would do so much better as exes who are still friends than whatever they have done or are trying to do with them.

  • http://twitter.com/marypao Mary

    What annoyed me about the show is that if you suddenly gained two inches in the waist you wouldn’t be able to fit into your normal clothes much less your costume. And I really wish Ryan Murphy would go back to the “old” Blaine. You know…the older, wiser, more mature guy who really had it together and was a great role model. Yeah. Still not sure how he suddenly became the younger, less mature one.

  • Vanj203

    Natalie’s recaps are the best. And yes, it’s not logical that Marley’s own clothes fit fine but her costumes don’t because she’s gained so much weight?! Why isn’t Tina remeasuring the costumes to see if they’ve been tampered with. Anyone looking at Marley can see that she is still as thin as a wraith. I too love Mrs. Rose but I feel she is putting unnecessary pressure on her daughter. She thought she was helping Marley, but I think that if Marley “diets” with her mother and loses weight, she really will look anorexic. Oh, and Blaine was dreamy in that 50′s kind of way!

  • Strumchick

    This episode kinda made me realize that I’m honestly bored with the old cast. I really wished that they could’ve just stuck with Marley and Ryder in the last number. Maybe that’s just cause Blake’s so much better than Cory. Just saying.

    • http://twitter.com/1c2a3p albert

      The new cast has not sparked any int erst for me. Their musical numbers are boring. I think Lea at least put some life into the song. Marley is white toast.

    • Marie

      I agree that Ryder is infinitely better than Finn. I do like when the new cast performs, but their attempts at giving them character and plot just hurt my soul. I think if Ryan Murphy could get over this need to write the same characters with different actors and different names, then it could still be good. He could REALLY use some goths/punks that aren’t just that way temporarily, or some more really dorky people. Like, the club isn’t cool, but there’s all these cheerleaders and football players in there? Or he could’ve done more with some of the new characters that aren’t 2.0s, like Joe, or even Sugar. I don’t know, but I don’t know why Ryan thinks making basically the same people appear is going to make us like them?

    • Teranel

      I totally thought I was the only one who felt like that! Each season I want to see more of the new characters and then each season we get the same Kurt and Rachel plotlines.

  • Julia

    “As they pull apart, we see that Jake saw this, because he lurks more than Derek Hale on a bad day in Beacon Hills.”

    Natalie, this recap is glorious.

  • http://twitter.com/RachelgurlFL Rachel Gay

    i know this has nothing to do with the show but my feed thing stop working wont let me sign in is this happening to someone else

  • http://twitter.com/BeccaPhoenix16 Liam I exist

    I really hated how Cory and Lea came in the last number. So tried of this glee crap! Why must I watch this? I stopped at the start of season 2, but then Darren got a bigger role and I love Darren! But now Blaine is so not Blaine anymore! SOMEONE FIX GLEE NOW!

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