Get ready for a plethora of guest stars to stop by in the next episode of Glee. Not only will Whoopi Goldberg be returning as Carmen Tibideaux in a storyline that involves Rachel trying to get back into NYADA, but we’ll also be seeing appearances by journalist and The Celebrity Apprentice runner-up Geraldo Rivera, along with Michael Bolton.
And then there’s the legendary comic genius Carol Burnett, who will reprise her role as Sue’s mother, Doris. Considering the title of the episode is “The Rise and Fall of Sue Sylvester,” this seems fitting. Will Sue be needing her mom by her side to support her?
The last time Carol Burnett guest starred, in the season 2 episode “Furt,” her character Doris arrived in town and we learned more about her being a Nazi hunter. She and Sue sang “Ohio.” And remember that storyline about Sue marrying herself? Yeah, that was in this episode.
This time around, the two will get a chance to sing together again — they’ll be covering “The Trolley Song,” originally sung by Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis. The video, which you can watch below, starts off in the auditorium, with Sue asking her mother if she was ever in love with Sue’s father. Doris goes on to say that they fell in love when they first met on a trolley — how convenient.
Doris wonders why her daughter would want to sing since she hates musicals, but Sue loves the sound of her own voice, so they get right into the performance, with the help of the “band nerds.”
This isn’t the only song with Sue in this episode; she’s also teaming up with Will for “The Final Countdown.” The other songs that are featured include Jess Glynne’s “Rather Be,” Frank Stallone’s “Far from Over” and a Darren Criss-penned original song called “Rise.”
What do you think of the performance? Are you glad Carol Burnett is coming back again before the show ends? And do you think this was a good song for them to sing?
Glee airs Fridays at 9pm on FOX.
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