Well, hello Gwyneth Paltrow! And welcome to Glee. It's nice to see you stirring up some trouble around McKinley High.
While the introduction of Holly Holiday was like a head of blond hair being whipped into our faces, so much more went down tonight on Glee. And you know we're covering everything from A to Z, Artie to Will, plus dropping some knowledge on what's ahead….
WHAT WE LEARNED:
The Best Way to Start an Episode: Glee just starts off better when it begins with a Sue/Will showdown, don't you think? We're also happy to hear Sue claim her friendship with the Schue "got boring." We agree. The hair jokes are back, ya'll!
Vintage Glee Is Awesome Glee: We love when the show seems to poke fun at itself. All of the jokes about "Journey songs we haven't done yet" were spot on and just awesome. Plus, we got the return of character inner monologues and Sue's diary! This is us scribbling "OUTSTANDING" in our journals. And underlining it.
Speaking of Old-School Glee: We were treated (tortured?) by an appearance from Crazy Terri. While we welcome back Jessalyn Gilsig with open arms, we do not approve of the ex Mrs. Schuester's seductions via vapor rub. May phlegm fill your sinuses for that move, lady!
We Need a Word for Love Triangle Plus Two: Love rhombus? The addition of Holly and Terri just complicates the already complicated Will-Emma-Carl debacle. There were some sparks between our Glee club leader and the hot substitute, who apparently has a heartbroken fiancé somewhere. Bet he's coming back. And the other kind of sparks between Terri and Holly? Brutal, especially when the "I'm never coming back" speech from the off balance ex-wife followed it.
Will and Mike Chang Make an Awesome Duo: Who knew? I guess Ryan Murphy did, because the "Make 'Em Laugh" number was a huge highlight. No easy feat, considering this was an episode full of stellar scenes. We do not mind at all if they do another number together soon. We also don't mind Matt Morrison rocking the scruffy look while he was sick.
Kurt and Blaine Might Be on the Way to Couple Kingdom: At least, we hope so. It's pretty obvious that the world became obsessed with Darren Criss' character pretty much from the very first note of "Teenage Dream," and we hope that seeing Kurt smiling and acting like himself with someone he cares about brings even more Blaine-Kurt shippers. But the cutesy dinner at Breadstix (where else?) was nicely broken up with Mercedes' hallucination. Sometimes little accessories fall out of our mouths, too. Mostly teeny-tiny shoes, though.
Glee Was Just Not Messing Around Tonight: Death threats? Tot cravings? Chicago numbers? The writers of Glee sure threw a lot at us (too many funny quotes makes our brains explode), and ending it with that killer "Umbrella-Singin' In the Rain" mashup was a nice coast to the end. But the most important thing to take away from this episode...Sue is principal?! Oh, yeah. That. Just. Happened.
WHAT LIES AHEAD
Some Bruno Mars: The track listing for volume four of Glee: The Music includes some songs we haven't heard or seen yet, so dissecting the 30 second previews is a no-brainer. There are two Bruno Mars covers, and what sounds like a Quinn-Sam duet to "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." Looks like those who think Sam and Quinn aren't in it for the long haul (read: at least until midseason) might be proven wrong.
After seeing next week's promo, it is clearly time for us to get ready for wedded bliss. We got a quick shot of Sue's awesome track suit wedding dress, and a sweet Finchel moment as he carried her down the aisle. But who is the Cheerio coach getting hitched to? All we know is that her mom will be in attendance, and that she's definitely marrying a girl or a guy.
Maybe You Lie Ahead! The Glee reality show is happening, and you could be one of the "talented young men and women with strong vocal, acting, dancing abilities" that they're looking for! How awesome would it be to see yourself in a Glee-Dux? We can't think of any higher point in an actor's career.
Sectionals! The Nov. 30 episode that will put New Directions against the Warblers and the Hipsters, titled "Special Education", is promising "trouble" between some of the young couples. Well, that really narrows it done, huh? "Special Education" also means the return of John Stamos, so we can only imagine that some of the older couples will have some trouble as well.
What say you, Gleeks? Did this episode feel old-school, or as old-school as two seasons can make a show, or was it just us? Did you think Gwen rocked her debut? Who do you think Sue will be marrying? Let loose in the comments below, and we'll see you next week for some Glee wedding bells!