I told you dreams would come true on tonight's Glee
. And they have. We have Joss Whedon directing another musical, following in the footsteps of that fabled Buffy
episode We have Neil Patrick Harris leaving Dr. Horrible's lair and terrorizing a completely different thing altogether. And we have this one twist which I can finally reveal. The implications of that thing is obviously huge. Oh, and the episode is well done, too. I'll explain later.
So what happened?
Will's former high school nemesis, Bryan Ryan, threatened to cut glee club because he thinks it's pointless having the kids dream about things that won't happen anyway. Being the nice guy, Will gets him a part in a local play, which results in a couple of songs, a revived rivalry, and him giving up his plum role to save the club. But the damage was kinda done: Artie yearns to walk again, and after Tina pushes him to believe, he settles with the idea that he won't be walking anytime soon. Or ever. But the big story: Jesse helps Rachel find her mother. The catch: Jesse joined New Directions to do exactly that--to tell Rachel that...This week's best, part one: Shelby is Rachel's mom!
Oh yes, they did it. They actually did it. And I myself can't believe that they did. Yes, there was a petition to have Idina Menzel play Rachel's mom because of her uncanny resemblance to Lea Michele. And yes, the possibility of her being the actual biological mom was there even if she ended up playing the role of Vocal Adrenaline's coach. But I guess this all boils down to surprise: I kept that possibility at the back of my head even while the producers said they wouldn't do it. Never mind the hints dropped when it was revealed that the two would perform "Poker Face" together. And now that they did it, a lot more possibilities have been unleashed. How would this fact affect both teams at regionals? How will it affect Jesse and Rachel's relationship? Will it even affect anyone? Besides, Shelby did say she's not supposed to meet her kid until two years from now, when she turns 18...This week's best, part two: Joss Whedon's direction
I mentioned earlier today that this episode of Glee
feels a lot different. And indeed it does. While past episodes were a bit frantic, this episode took the time to slow down and really focus on the emotions -- Rachel and Jesse, Artie and Tina, Rachel and Shelby. Heck, even Will and Bryan's moments had this certain emotional gravitas, never mind the fact that the latter breaking down at the bar should be humorous! My applause and thanks goes to Joss Whedon for taking a Glee
episode and getting the balance right, all while giving things his own touch. It wasn't depressing, it wasn't cheesy and it wasn't forced: it was heartfelt.This week's "worst": Neil Patrick Harris
Don't get me wrong, gleeks. Neil Patrick Harris was spot-on tonight. He's sharp, he's funny, and he had the best lines. He pretty much stole many of his scenes, making Matthew Morrison look desperate (but then again, Will was desperate to save glee club, right?) But in an episode where the more dramatic moments got the spotlight (albeit with a diffuser over it), NPH felt a little bit out of place. It's as if he was brought to the show just because they can bring him on the show. He's still great, but the timing could've been better.This week's best song: Shelby and Rachel's "I Dreamed A Dream"
There were strong performances tonight (and I'll elaborate on it on my music review tomorrow) but this one obviously takes the cake. Just because.This week's quotables:
"Don't make that face. Global warming's a theory."--Bryan, proving to Will that he loves his Hummer more than his theater porn... err, Playbill stash
"You singing 'Don't Cry For Me Argentina' in front of a sold-out crowd isn't a fantasy. It's an inevitability."--Jesse, being nice to Rachel despite two weeks ago
"Look at the pain in her eyes from the hurt she's feeling from giving up her obviously talented girl!"--Rachel, being deliciously delusional
"I don't know this man. His caretaker stepped away and I heard him mention he's a sex offender."--Bryan, surprising us with the idea that Will is actually creepy
"Sue, you're an impressive woman. I can't tell you how much you turn me on right now. You ever heard of the term anger sex?"--Bryan, not willing to be beaten by Will even in apparent creepinessMy thought bubbles:
So Shelby is Rachel's mom. What now? I tweeted yesterday
that FOX swapped the air dates for two Glee
episodes. "Theatricality", best known as the episode with the Lady Gaga songs, was slated to air on June 1, but will air next week instead. The official synopsis suggests that Rachel will have a "life-changing" moment, and the promo shows Rachel meeting Shelby, and since mother and daughter will sing "Poker Face" on that episode... you can put two and two together, right?If Shelby wasn't Rachel's mom, which Broadway star would it be?
She thought it was Patti LuPone. Then she thought it was Bernadette Peters. I can't believe she didn't think of Idina Menzel... oh, right.
When will the other power couples take their cue from Artie and Tina?
Look, they're not arguing! Well, except for the "righteous blade of equality" thing during "The Power of Madonna," but apart from that, they're loving each other happily ever after. More or less.Where the heck is Terri?
We've only seen her once in this new bunch of episodes, and so far she's this girl who loves Jerri Bruckheimer more than she probably loved Will Schuester. We can't live on name drops alone, writers! I wanna hear her song "Loser"!Finally, have you bought the new Glee CD?
It's now available in stores and features songs from all but two of this set of episodes. So, if you're tired of listening to chilly "I Dreamed A Dream" on YouTube, go buy the CD and put that track on repeat!(Images courtesy of Fox)