By Meryl Gottlieb| email@example.com| @buzzlightmeryl
Glee airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox
Glee’s tribute episode to Stevie Wonder fell flat. Storylines were weak, performances were not very good, and the guest stars — who only had minute-long scenes — stole the show.
Will (Matthew Morrison) makes it Stevie Wonder week after talking with Rachel (Lea Michele) about her “wonderful” opportunity to possibly play Fanny Brice on Broadway. I’m surprised they even got an assignment because his delivery was so full of bad puns to Wonder’s songs that I already started to hate the episode — and I usually love puns.
Extra side news that will come into play later: Brittany (Heather Morris) has been accepted to MIT; Will and Emma (Jayma Mays) are going to get married after Regionals — clearly showing that his marriage is second to Regionals; and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) has been weightlisted at a veterinary school in case her performing dreams don’t work out. Yes, they are all as ridiculous as they seem.
Kurt (Chris Colfer) is panicking over Burt’s (Mike O’Malley) upcoming test results. You know, because they gave Burt cancer a few months ago and never talked about it since.
What better way to get over your dad’s illness than to return to your old high school for a week? Mike (Harry Shum Jr.) and Mercedes (Amber Riley) return as well to help the glee club prepare for Regionals. You know, because they have nothing better to do.
Artie (Kevin McHale) tells Kitty (Becca Tobin) he was accepted into the Brooklyn Film Academy but asks her not to tell anyone. However, she performs “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” to tell the club of his news. The entire time she directs almost every action toward Artie. I don’t know what’s going on this episode but that happens a lot, and I don’t approve.
Artie says he is not going to the school because his mom is nervous about him going to New York City.
Mercedes tells the glee club that they lost Sectionals because they were fearful, especially Marley (Melissa Benoist). The group performs “Superstition” with Marley popping in every now and then to belt out a lyric. This would have been a great performance had Marley not butted in. Her overacting during performances is just too much, and it needs to end.
To celebrate, Kurt sings “You are the Sunshine of My Life” to Burt in the choir room. It was an OK performance. The choreography was distracting, and it just seemed like it was trying too hard.
Whoever runs the wardrobe department must have run out of fabric because Cassandra (Kate Hudson) was running around with only a bra and a jacket this episode. Seriously, you have no other ideas?
Cassandra confronts Rachel about her audition, saying she will be there to make sure she chokes. My favorite moment of the night comes when she teases Rachel about how she found out about her callback, saying she had spoken with Barbra Streisand at Target. Sass.
Mike and Mercedes praise Jake (Jacob Artist) for his talents, telling him to be more of a leader in the glee club. He and Mike perform “I Wish” to show off his vocal and dancing abilities. I wish this episode were over already.
Mercedes’ record deal is in jeopardy. Her producer loves her vocals but wants her to show more skin for the cover of the album, something she is not comfortable doing. He tells her that if she does not redo the photo-shoot, the CD will not be released. What a jerk.
Katey Sagal plays Artie’s mom!!! She is probably the best TV mom anyone could ever ask for; she certainly was the best moment of tonight’s episode. Kitty told her about Artie’s acceptance and also finds out that he was lying about his mom being worried. In fact, he felt guilty leaving her behind after all she has done for him since his accident.
This was such a sweet scene. Sagal is perfect in everything she does, and I’m thrilled Artie finally had some sort of a storyline.
Instead of harping on Rachel more, Cassandra brings in her NYADA classmates to celebrate her callback by singing “Uptight (Everything’s Alright).” It was the best performance of the night, but I was really annoyed with Cassandra’s sudden change in character. She’s been mean to Rachel the entire season and now she likes “Schwimmer?” Not cool.
Mercedes stuck her ground and refused to redo the shoot, however she no longer has a record deal. With a terrible pun from Will, she sings “Higher Ground.” She gave a great performance; I was just overly done with the episode at this point.
Blaine (Darren Criss) asks Burt for permission to marry Kurt. Yes, that’s right, marry. They are not even dating right now, and I’m not sure Kurt has ever really forgiven him for cheating either. To the Klainers’ despair, Burt does not approve because he feels they are too young. Thank goodness someone is thinking clearly.
Cassandra tells Rachel that she was hard on her all year because, on the first day, she knew Rachel was special. Oh come on! I am going to miss the hostility.
As is the typical format of the show, the glee club performs “For Once in My Life” as a finale for the episode. Everyone is decked out in orange or yellow and the number was just not my favorite. Not to mention the fact that every two seconds, the camera focuses on Artie and Kitty looking at each other. Gag.
Next up, Regionals, because what else do these characters care about? Let’s all rejoice that this monstrosity will soon be over for a few months!