Mr Schue isn’t going to direct the school musical this year because he needs to focus on Glee Club and getting to nationals, so he’s asked Emma, Bieste and Artie to co-direct it this year. Which means we get more Bieste! Kurt wants to be the male lead, but he’s having issues with being too flamboyant. Meanwhile, he’s also running for class president, and Brittany wants to be his campaign manager, because she believes in him and because she has good ideas. Except, as the episode goes on, Kurt doesn’t want to run under a Unicorn platform–the idea that he’s fabulous and wonderful and worthy isn’t enough to combat the fact that he wants to be a leading man. Brittany decides that she’s going to run agianst him, because she’s just as special.
Meanwhile, Blaine tries out for a minor part, and since this is a Kurt-can’t-win episode, they ask him to be the lead, further crushing Kurt.
Meanwhile, Rachel’s mom gets a job at the school coaching a second Glee Club to be based around the hopeless Sugar, whose dad has given the school a huge contribution to get her a club. Since she’s around, that means Quinn and Puck’s baby Beth is back around, too, and they want to be part of her life. Puck gets to see her, and it’s super-sweet how totally clueless he is. But Quinn isn’t allowed while she’s being a rebel and a bad influence. While she’s debating that, Sue casts her in a documentary about how the Arts ruined her life, but in the end, she washes out the pink hairdye and goes back to Glee to prove she can be well-adjusted enough to be in her daughter’s life.
Glee is getting sort of split personalitied the longer it’s on the air. The storyline with Quinn was pretty good, and the emotions involved seemed more real than usual, but the one with Kurt seemed heavyhanded and off-base. It’s true that fabulosity tends to keep you from leading man status, but it felt like Kurt, as we understand him, would have been savvy enough to understand that the choices he was making were the wrong choices to prove his point and win the role. He seemed overly naieve this episode, and it was irritating. In all, though, it was Quinn’s storyline that saved the episode. Her’s had a clear image of the bad place she’s in right now, it had Puck being reasonable and mature, and it had Wil getting to make a good speech that was long overdue.
– More Bieste! She’s all sorts of fun. How can she not be when she eats a full roast chicken at every meal?
– Emma is adorable.
– A minimum of Rachel being a primadonna is always a perk. It gets old, and the show overuses it. But this ep, it was reigned in some, and it was played against Finn’s low, but reasonable ambitions, which made her look as artificial as she often is, while giving Finn something to say, and a certain depth he’s usually denied.
– Becky’s reaction to Wil telling off Quinn and Sue. Priceless.
– Kurt issues. Done heavyhandedly. ::sigh::
– Sue is being ridiculous, and there’s little to redeem it. She’s just being a horrible harpy this season, and it’s off-putting.
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