TV: ‘Glease’ is the word

By Meryl Gottlieb | mg986611@ohiou.edu | @buzzlightmeryl
Glee airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.
Rating: 4.5/ 5

Well, call me a monkey’s uncle, but I thought tonight’s episode was really good. Seriously. Now, of course, I don’t mean every thing, but overall, well done Ryan Murphy, well done.

THE TRUE SUE (Jane Lynch) IS BACK! Furious at the fact that Finn is taking over the New Directions, Sue throws a fit in the hallway that only dramatic opera music can describe – not to mention it is like the one she did back in season one.

I’m just… give me a sec… thank you, Ryan Murphy; bless you, you wonderful man – whoa, I’m losing myself a bit, but let’s give him props for a moment because not only was Glee good but American Horror Story was top-notch this week. Four (well, two) for you, Ryan Murphy, you go Ryan Murphy.

Rachel (Lea Michele) has an audition for an off-Broadway show and asks Brody (Dean Geyer) to help her out. Cassandra (Kate Hudson) also asks Brody to become her T.A. and wants his help this weekend as well. Well, he is one hot tamale, so I understand. Brody turns down Cassandra in order to help Rachel. Ouch.

Marley (Melissa Benoist) is having trouble fitting into her costume because that god awful Kitty (Becca Tobin) is secretly sabotaging her costumes by cutting off inches in order to make Marley paranoid about her weight. Mission accomplished, you heartless… person. Ah! I just hate Kitty so much and this episode did not help.

After being kicked out of the auditorium because of Sue, the New Directions practice “Greased Lightning” in Burt’s auto shop for some method acting. OK, I knew I was not going to like this. I mean, really, can anyone else ever play Danny Zuko like John Travolta? I think not. So, in light of that, Ryder’s (Blake Jenner) performance wasn’t awful; it just cannot compare to Travolta’s.

Also, I really hate how they had to censor the “Greased Lightning” lyrics; it really just ruined the song.

Cassandra offers Rachel and Kurt (Chris Colfer) her frequent flyer miles so that they can go back to Lima to see Grease. Rachel, it’s a trap! Oh, if only Admiral Ackbar was there.

Kitty has everyone over for a sleepover in which she introduces Marley to the art of binging. My tolerance for this girl has peaked. She has got to go. While Marley is delayed, Kitty and the girls sing “Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” but at Marley’s expense. No longer do I think that Kitty can maybe sing well; this was just terrible. The whole scene was just a poor attempt to recreate Stockard Channing’s magnificence.

Wade’s (Alex Newell) parents are pulling him out of the show because they don’t want him to be ridiculed for portraying Rizzo; they are also denying him the right to dress in drag in public anymore. I’m crying right now. It was so sad because after watching The Glee Project season one, I know that Alex actually likes to dress in drag and his performance was just perfection.

However, I was thrilled to learn that Santana (Naya Rivera) stepped up to play Rizzo – to Tina’s (Jenna Ushkowitz) dismay.

Rachel and Kurt go back to see the musical and have an awkward moment with their respective exes. Finn (Cory Monteith) just had that pained/ confused look that he always has, and Blaine (Darren Criss) was on the verge of tears. My babies.

Blaine does “Beauty School Drop Out,” and I swooned. If he was my Teen Angel, I wouldn’t go back to high school; I would go to that malt shop in the sky with him. Blaine, however, was not having a good time once he spotted Kurt in the audience and almost cried again.

Ryder finds Marley binging in the bathroom and cheers her up. Here, folks, is where we have that chemistry I was missing between her and Jake (Jacob Artist). Marley then goes into “Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee (Reprise)” and not only does she sing it well, it also mimics the storyline! I think of it as a small treasure nowadays when the storyline matches the songs so yay!

One of the best performances of the episode was “There Are Worst Things I Can Do.” Santana sings it to Brittany (Heather Morris), Cassandra metaphorically sings it to Rachel as she gets it on with Brody, and Unique breaks my heart with the lines “And throw my life away/ On a dream that won’t come true.” Perfection.

Want to know why I like this song? Because they didn’t just make it a copycat version of what was done in the movie. They tied the song into the storylines of different characters and made it fit, which is exactly the opposite of what they did with “Greased Lightning” and “Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee.”

Mike (Harry Shum Jr.) and Tina may get back together. Most likely though, because honestly what else would happen with their characters?

Backstage, Marley and Ryder have another adorable moment and kiss, to Jake’s dismay. Chemistry boy, you don’t have it with her, he does, let it go.

During “You’re the One That I Want,” Rachel envisions her and Finn actually performing the song, and she realizes she’s not fully over him like she thought. Also, a flashback is shown of when Rachel and Finn performed the song in the first episode of the show, and I loved life.

Rachel calls Brody, but Cassandra answers and sasses her out. I love this character.

Rachel is devastated and crying, which Finn notices relaying a whole schpiel (sorry it’s the Jew in me – story) about how they were together, and he knows what kind of crying she does and blah. However, he is less pleased to find out that she is crying about Brody. Finn decides he doesn’t want to talk to Rachel anymore, at all, and cites how she doesn’t cry about that but was crying about Brody… Good point, Hudson, well played.

Blaine tries to talk to Kurt, but Kurt doesn’t want to hear it. He leaves with Rachel, who both no longer feel that McKinley is their home – well at least some of you don’t; I think it’s more disturbing that so many of them have so eagerly returned to their high school. Do you not have lives?

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