Ah, if only everyone had the optimism of “Glee’s” Brittany, the world would be such a better place, wouldn’t it? Welcome back Gleek’s, to another recap and review of “Glee.” This week’s episode, “I am Unicorn,” continued the theme of identity, with special focus on Kurt and Quinn, with small doses of Sue and Brittany for good measure. Plus, someone from the past makes a return, causing some emotional turmoil for a few members of New Directions. What happened? Well read on to find out!
Shelby is back, and is now a part time teacher at McKinley thanks to Sugar Motta’s dad, who donates a huge check in return for a new show choir to be run by Shelby. The catch: it has to feature Sugar. Now before you can scream reunion, it appears Shelby has a much deeper motive. Since Shelby has a ton of regrets for giving up Rachel, she has decided that she does not want Puck and Quinn to go through the same thing she did, and invites them to be a part of Beth’s (the baby Puck and Quinn had in the first season, which Shelby adopted) life. But first they have to clean up their acts. Puck takes the initiative, but Quinn resists. She eventually comes around, and even asks to rejoin New Directions. However, the return of old Quinn is just an act. She is simply pretending to be fine in the hopes of gaining full custody of Beth.
Shelby does try to reconnect with Rachel, who resists at first, but eventually comes around so the two can belt out a rather nice rendition of “Somewhere” from “West Side Story.”
To Be Tony, or Not to Be Tony
Now, you didn’t think that Blaine and Kurt’s relationship would be all sunshine and roses now that Blaine is at McKinley now, did you? With the auditions for “West Side Story” coming up, Will has suddenly decided to step down as director, making way for Emma, Beiste, and Artie to take over. Instead, he will run “Booty Camp” with Mike, a workshop for singers whose dancing skills have a lot to be desired. Once Blaine hears that Kurt is in, he asks if he could join since he needs to catch up.
During the first practice, Klaine finds out that they both want the lead role of Tony, with Blaine stepping down so senior Kurt can have a better chance. Kurt blows his audition out of the water by singing a Streisand song (“I am the Greatest Star,” don’t worry, Rachel gave him written permission) from “Funny Girl.” Later Kurt eavesdrops on the deliberations, and finds out that they just don’t believe he can carry such a masculine role. Though Kurt is proud of who he is, he is still a teenager searching for himself, and always had big dreams of making it in showbiz. That included roles in rom-coms opposite Kate Hudson. Some people might think this is out of character, but I think it makes perfect sense. Kurt always thought of himself as a star, and now that his masculinity in question, it limits the kind of roles that he can play.
Best Kurt Moment: Kurt trying to play the part of Romeo, only to have everyone (including scene partner Rachel) laughing.
This brings us to my favorite part of the episode, which involves another father and son moment with Kurt and Burt. I just love their talks, especially the way that Burt seems to understand his son and never holds back on the truth (loved his explanation on what kind of “gay” Kurt is.) Burt’s advice: if there aren’t roles being written for you, write them yourself. This makes Kurt feel better, until he goes to watch Blaine also nail his audition (singing “Something’s Coming” from “West Side Story,” another show stopper for Darren Criss) and hears Artie ask if he could read for Tony. Will he? Unfortunately we won’t know until next week.
Sue is on Top
Sue is still climbing the polls thanks to her anti-arts campaign, and decides to make a video featuring Quinn on how the arts can destroy young lives. The high point comes when Sue gets Quinn to confront Will about how Glee ruined her life, but the tables are turned when Will tells Quinn exactly what she needs to hear. Even with that part of the video ruined, Sue has found her way to the top spot, leaving Will, Emma and Beiste desperate to find the “anti-Sue,” a candidate that will keep her political ambitions from taking shape.
My my, Brittany, how you sure have grown. Brittany wants to be president of McKinley, but feels she is not smart enough. That is why she has decided to help Kurt win, since he has the power of the unicorn. Her ideas don’t go over so well with him, especially (love the posters though), which eventually leads Brit to run herself. I really like how they have expanded her character from the dumb cheerleader to a full, flesh and blood person. She’s smarter than she seems, and her campaign tactics should be interesting to watch.
Is it really a bad thing for Finn to want to stay in Lima and work at Burt’s garage?
I just love Becky. Her line calling Will sexy after he stands up to Quinn was hilarious.
I really wish they had a few more numbers in the episode. Puck and Quinn are going through so much now that Shelby is back, so naturally it would have been nice to have seen them work out their feelings through song.
Did anyone else smile when Finn nailed the routine? I know I did.
What did you think of “I am Unicorn?” Is “Glee” headed in the right direction?
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