It started with a door bursting open, and it ended in a group hug. And in between...a whole mess of Glee action filled tonight's episode to the brim. There was barely enough time to enjoy all the moments we've been anticipating for weeks!
Lucky for you lovely people, that's what the Glee-Dux is here for. Let's relive the magic of "Original Songs" together, and then we can talk about what's ahead for our singing stars.
Warning: Don't go any further if you haven't watched tonight's episode...
WHAT WE LEARNED
Glee Killed Off a Character: Pavarotti, the treasured Warblers canary, bit it less than ten minutes in. Did you guess right that this was the Glee death? It wasn't the biggest character on the show, but you can't deny that the death had a major impact. Also, it led to a beautiful Kurt solo (finally!) and the realization that he still has cassette tapes. Well, if anyone can make them trendy again, it's Mr. Kurt Hummel. And is it just me, or are the Warblers' meetings getting more and more entertaining?
Quinn and Rachel Become Frenemies: Since Finn is apparently a hot commodity, Quinn is frantic to hold onto him because she "really likes him" and because she wants to be prom queen. She admitted her motives were a little crazy and she was only "relatively sane," so maybe those who think Quinn should go to therapy were onto something. But I told you Quinn's motives weren't entirely awful. Rachel is destined to be a big star, and Quinn, as cruel as her words were, was just trying to help that along. Maybe Rachel isn't meant to be with Finn. Maybe she's meant to move to New York City, go on Broadway, and fall in love with her costar in the stage version of Inception. It could happen.
Original Songs Up the Wazoo: When Glee first announced it was doing original songs, I bet you thought we'd only get clever and beautifully written numbers. Wrong. Like a gift that keeps on giving, we got performances by Santana and Puck that were both inappropriate and awesome. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to look for "Trouty Mouth" on iTunes.
Brittana Fans Must Continue to Wait: Santana is still feeling the pain from Brittany's heartbreaking rejection. And even though she's not expressing it in the healthiest way, it's nice to see that Santana is human and isn't ignoring her emotions. Meanwhile, she's writing songs with...Tina? Random, but we'll take it.
Blaine Wakes the Hell Up: The only notes I had for Blaine and Kurt's first kiss were as follows: "Squee!" "Finally!" and "Yes! Yes! Yes!" Instead of writing how I felt during Blaine and Kurt's "Candles" duet, I'll just paint you a word picture: me, sitting five inches from my television screen, smiling like a goofy fool. And that's why my roommates refuse to watch TV with me anymore. By the by…you did catch Finn and Rachel locking eyes during "Candles," yes?
Mercedes Reminds Us She's Awesome: "Hell to the No" will go on my workout playlist so I can get through those last few minutes of elliptical machine doom. Even though they didn't use her jam in Regionals, it was still nice to hear an Amber Riley solo. It's been a while.
Rachel Gets It Right: Ms. Berry, who never knows the right words to say, finally said her piece the best way she knows how: with honest singing. What more was there to say to Finn then "I just want to fix it somehow?" With the looks Finn was giving her (and the anxious expressions from Quinn), we'd say she's on the right track to making it right with Finn.
Judges Stir the Pot: This isn't American Idol, so there wasn't any discussion on if the glee clubs were "pitchy, dawg." No, the judges ranted about the gay community's right to marry, our president being a terrorist, and other normal stuff like that. That, paired with the freeze frame to introduce the judges, was very reminiscent of season one.
New York, Here We Come: Thankfully, Carla Turlington Stevens was drunk and didn't beat around the bush. She told us what we already knew…New Directions is headed to Nationals in the big city! Rachel Berry is MVP, Blaine and Kurt have each other, and the episode ended in a group hug. Makes you all warm in the heart, doesn't it? Wait, I think that's just heartburn from inhaling my post-Glee Chinese take-out too quickly.
"This is a kangaroo court!" —Warbler
"You blew me off to be with Stubbles McCripple Pants." —Santana
"I've been looking for you forever." —Blaine
"I am drunk with confidence." —Sue
"Can I add a dash of Rod to this lady soup?" —Rod Remington
"I twittered that Obama is a terrorist. I had to, it's a fact." —Tammy Jean
WHAT LIES AHEAD
Hiatus? More Like Crapatus: Unfortunately, tonight's episode of Glee is the last new one for awhile. The next episode, titled "Night of Neglect," won't premiere until April 12. For those of you counting on your fingers, let me save you the trouble and tell you that date is 28 days away! Pissed as you may be, remember that the writers need time to, you know, write more episodes and then shoot them. Hence, the hiatus that is upon us. We might join Sandy Ryerson and his Josh Groban fan fiction club to pass the time.
Return-o-Rama: If you don't know who I was referring to when I dropped the name Sandy Ryerson up there, then you either (a) just recently tuned into Glee and are what I call a "Gleebie" (Glee newbie) or (b) it's been so long since you've seen Sandy you forgot who he was. No worries, he'll be back! And so will Terri ! And Sunshine! And the coach of Vocal Adrenaline, Dustin! The end of the season is slam-packed full of characters you thought writers forgot about. And they aren't just popping in for a line or two. They'll definitely be involved with main storylines.
We Heart NYC: Remember how excited you got when you found out Glee was going to New York City for Nationals? And you played this number over and over again in anticipation? Seems like ages ago, what with all the Britney Spears tributes, Darren Criss dreaminess, and whatnot. Thankfully, we are back on track to New York City and Nationals glory. The cast starts filming in the Big Apple at the end of April!
Going Back to Gaga: It won't be Lady Gaga-themed, but episode 18, "Born This Way," will heavily feature the message of her latest single. That episode will also be home to bully Dave Karofsky's big storyline, and it marks the first (and perhaps not last) appearance of psychiatrist Dr. Shane.
Glee at Paley Fest: If you haven't been following Team WWK on Twitter and getting the latest TV news from Paley Fest 2011, then shame on you! The cast and creative team of Glee will be featured on Wednesday, and we are so there. Feel free to blast us with questions for the cast by tweeting at us or by leaving Q's in the comments. And just so we can get this clear right off the bat, I already know to get scoop on the future of Finn and Rachel. And I promise to get it. Anything else you guys need to know?
What did you think of tonight's episode, Gleeks? If you want to leave a woeful comment for every day a new episode of Glee won't be on your TV, I'm not going to stop you. Let's mope around in the comment section together.