In the city of New York, there's plenty of opportunities, and in this week's episode of Glee
, Rachel, Blaine and Santana are forced to make some decisions about their lives and careers. And Shirley MacLaine guest stars as a socialite who takes a liking to Blaine and offers to jumpstart his career.
Playing with Fire
Things with Funny Girl are taking off and Rachel is over the moon. She sings Avicii's "Wake Me Up" because she's afraid that she's dreaming all the wonderful things that are happening to her. After one show, a FOX executive visits her and says they would like her to audition for a new show; however, she has to skip one night of Funny Girl. When she broaches the subject with Sydney, the show's producer, he tells her she can't take time off. Against her better judgment and Kurt's advice, she lies to Sydney, says she's sick and heads off to Los Angeles.
Her audition goes horribly wrong. First, she walks in and sings "The Rose" by Bette Midler, while the executives squirm in their seats. When she's finished, they tell her she was supposed to read, not sing. She then does a horrible reading with another actor. When it's over, she has 15 missed calls from Sydney because the understudy injured herself and he needs Rachel to be there.
Suck in LA, Rachel calls Kurt, who enlists Mercedes and Santana to help. Santana fills in for Rachel, much to the dismay of Sydney, but still does a great job. Rachel thanks Santana and they sort of make up. Meanwhile, Sydney doesn't fire Rachel even though he wants to, but instead warns her that if she does it again, her career will be over.
The silver lining: while she didn't get the TV show, the FOX executive offers her a development deal instead, which involves a show written around her.
Blaine's New Friend Could Mean Trouble for Kurt
Kurt is ecstatic that he was picked to perform at the dedication of a dance lab for socialite June Dolloway (MacLaine). He enlists the help of Blaine and they sing "Story of My Life" by One Direction. June immediately takes a liking to Blaine and invites him to a charity dinner, where they perform "Piece of My Heart" by Janis Joplin to raise money for the charity.
After the dinner, the two keep hanging out, and June tells Blaine she wants to put together a one-night show just for him. When he asks her if Kurt can be a part of it, she informs him that not only can Kurt not be a part of it, but that Blaine should break off his engagement.
Back at home, Kurt is very excited that Blaine is spending time with June. However, Blaine doesn't have the heart to tell him that he won't be in the show. And you can tell he's having doubts (again) about his relationship with Kurt.
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Mercedes Makes a Risky Career Decision
Meanwhile, Mercedes is having trouble recording the last song on her album. Her producer tells her she doesn't really have a hit single and that could cause the label to push her release date. She suggests that Santana come in and sing a duet with her because she always liked singing with her in high school.
During the studio session, they sing "Doo Wop (That Thing)" by Lauryn Hill and nail it. When they come back the next day, Mercedes tells the producer she insists that Santana sing the duet with her for the album. He disagrees and suggests that if she really wants to do a duet, they should get someone more famous. Santana feels defeated and leaves. A little while later, Mercedes hands Santana a contract to sign so she can sing on the duet with her.
Once again, I'm not impressed with this week's episode. It seems that no matter what dumb thing Rachel does in her career, another opportunity is right around the corner. She's that person you love to hate because everything is going right for her and you just want her to fail at something, but she won't because she's perfect.
First, she pushed to get into NYADA, then she got Broadway and quit NYADA. Then she gets Broadway, and decides to go for bigger things -- she's lucky her producer gave her a second chance after he realized she's really just an irresponsible child with stardom on her mind. I would like to say she's calculating moves to better her career, but it seems as if she's just getting a bigger ego and just going with it. Frustrating!
I don't know why Mercedes clings to high school so much. She has this huge record deal and now she might possible ruin it just so she can have her high school friend sing with her? And where was Sam this week? Her new boyfriend from high school.
And I'm pretty much over Klaine. June was right: they should break up. They are just holding each other back from doing great things. And all they've done is fight for a while. It would probably be in their best interest.
I did like the song selection this week, though, and had a few chuckles at Rachel's horrible audition. So I guess all was not lost this week on Glee.
airs Tuesdays at 8pm on FOX.
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