I know it's the 100th episode of Glee
and they wanted to bring back old characters, but once again, the current New Directions members are thrown into the background. It's not that I really care about the newer members. I actually enjoyed the cattiness between Santana and Rachel, the crazy that is Brittany and Puck's undying love for Quinn. I mean, they are, after all, the group that created Glee
, they might as well celebrate 100 episodes.
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Yet Another Diva-Off
Glee club really wouldn't be glee club without Rachel and Mercedes (or really Rachel and any other female member) battling it out to see who's the bigger diva. As the girls arrive back to help celebrate 100 lessons and the end of glee club, they think about how each is more successful than the other. After the pair perform "Defying Gravity" from Wicked
with Kurt, they try to win votes from current glee club members. However, Santana chimes in and goes off on yet another rant about how horrible Rachel is.
Mercedes comforts Rachel and tells her to use those bully moments to make herself stronger in her career and in life, and she really couldn't have said it better. Rachel may be the bigger diva, but it's clear Mercedes is living her dream and working hard to get there. Anyway, after the bond in the bathroom, they decide to cancel the vote. The group, however, already voted, and it's a tie. Do we care?
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Fondue for Two Returns
Brittany S. Pierce has always been such a fun character and I'm happy she's back. Now, she's an overworked mathematician at MIT who no longer has time for Fondue for Two
or dance or playing with her cat. But a little reunion with ex-lover Santana (who now has a new girlfriend) helps all that. The girls perform "Toxic" by Britney Spears with Quinn, as well as "Valerie" by Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson.
After the dancing and a little pep talk and kiss from Santana, Brittany realizes how much she misses her old life and tells Santana she wants to get back together. Santana must decide.
The Saga of Quinn and Puck Continues
Puck, who finds time off from the Air Force, can't help but declare his love for Quinn, even though she comes back with a new boyfriend, Biff McIntosh (Chase Crawford). Biff comes from old money and Quinn has made it clear she wants to leave the past behind her and start fresh with him.
However, being around her past, she decides to come clean and tell Biff about her Ryan Seacrest tattoo -- oh, and her baby with Puck. He leaves and Puck is there to pick up the pieces. Puck performs "Keep Holding On" by Avril Lavigne and makes Quinn cry. He also tells her that he loves her and will stay in Ohio for her. She runs after him and tells him to stay.
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Can April Rhodes and Holly Holliday Save the Glee Club?
To keep the memories alive, Mr. Schue brings back April Rhodes (Kristin Chenoweth). After telling the group about how one of her Mr. Moneybags gave her an island, the entire group performs "Raise Your Glass" by Pink, even though the Warblers sang it originally.
Mr. Schue is hoping her funds can help save the glee club. April informs Sue that since she pays for the auditorium's upkeep, the glee club must stay and Mr. Schue will teach the club in there full-time. Not happy about this news, Sue digs up information on April and finds out that not only have her funds dried up, but her assets are frozen because she was involved with Bernie Madoff.
April has another secret weapon up her sleeve. She brings in the school's favorite substitute Spanish teacher Holly Holliday (Gwyneth Paltrow). She lets the students know that she's now essentially "on the run" as she just randomly pops into schools unannounced to take over classes. She tries to cheer up the group with the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. It should be noted that this is the only song in this episode that hasn't been sung before on Glee
Part one of the 100th episode celebration ends with April and Holly vowing to help keep the glee club running. How they will do this, I have no idea.
The cheesiness that is Glee
was overly cheesy for this reunion episode. While I liked reminiscing with the older characters and singing along with fan-favorite songs, I realized that Glee
has run its course. The numbers seemed forced. I did, however, like the idea of rekindling old flames. Not so much those specific characters, but the realistic part of it. It's kind of like that first year of college when all freshman come home for Thanksgiving break and reunite with high school friends and lovers. Everyone wants to rekindle and recreate what they had. I'll give Glee
kudos for being real on that.
And as I mentioned above, Mercedes' advice to Rachel was also pretty real. It's clear that Mercedes will go much further in her career and in life than Rachel, who will be forever haunted by the Santanas of the world.
I did like the mention of the Facebook page for all the guests of the glee club (aka all the guest stars on the show), such as Holly (Paltrow), Rachel's mom (Idina Menzel -- that'd be cool if she came back!) and that Mexican guy (Ricky Martin). I've always liked how Glee can poke fun at itself, no matter how bad an episode is.
I am curious to see how part two of the 'save the glee club' episode goes. At least we'll get to see the old characters and hear some of our favorite Glee songs, which were voted on by fans, for one more week.
airs Tuesdays at 8pm on FOX.
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