'Glee' - 'Hell-o' Recap (Spring Premiere)
by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 13th 2010 11:11PM
(S01E14) Hello, indeed! 'Glee' is back, and Mr. Schuester declared that New Directions needed an exciting new re-introduction to vault them into the next level, regionals. After all the glory and greatness of winning sectionals, McKinley's glee club was back to basics, thanks to reality setting in -- slushees in the face again! -- as well as Figgins reinstating Sue, who renewed her attacks on Will.
If that sounds like a spoiler to you, you haven't been paying attention to the groundwork laid in the first thirteen episodes. For more on the latest from Ohio's little singing group that could, read on after the jump.
Carrying over the excitement from the sectionals, the "Don't Rain On My Parade" musical riff played all through the opening, but that didn't stop Kurt, Mercedes and Rachel from getting the slushees in the face from the cool kids. So much for glitterati.
The more things have changed, the more there are new issues with which to be dealt. Finn, for instance, is as confused as ever. "Hello, I Love You" was the Morrison song he chose to perform for Mr. Schu, but music is the only thing Finn has in control. He's flopping on the basketball court, and completely indecisive about his love life.
Finn's still hung up on Quinn, but when Rachel offers him a real boyfriend-girlfriend relationship, he honestly told her that he didn't want that. Then later, he did. Rachel's reaction to his rejection, initially, was like a scene from another Barbra Streisand movie, 'The Way We Were.' Rachel's revenge was achieved in song, naturally. "Gives You Hell" was an angry song, and all for Finn.
Mr. Schu's new direction with Emma didn't get beyond "Hello" from Neil Diamond. There was no way Will could have guessed that Emma's a virgin. Not like a virgin, the real thing. By the end of the episode -- and with Terri undermining Emma's faith in Will's fidelity -- Emma was recommending that Will spend some time unattached.
What Emma didn't know was that Will's too horny to remain unattached. Sneaking into the "Highway to Hell" rehearsal by Vocal Adrenaline, Will was attracted to his chorale counterpart, coach Shelby Corcoran, who dissed Will skillfully. No sooner was she telling Will about "the heart wants what the heart wants," and they were making out.
Since the first half of the season, Vocal Adrenaline has been lurking out there as New Directions' biggest obstacle. You knew when Jesse St. James peered over Rachel's shoulder and insulted her amazing performance of "Don't Rain on My Parade" at sectionals, it was trouble. Their performance of Lionel Richie's "Hello" was stellar. Jonathan Groff can really sing; and in this instance, he was reunited with Lea Michele, with whom he co-starred on Broadway in 'Spring Awakening.'
Once Rachel realized that her glee compatriots were forcing her to choose between Jesse and the club, she tried to find a way to have it all. That's pure Rachel Berry -- she wants everything, just like a Streisand movie character (she sings a song called "Everything" in 'A Star Is Born'!).
So Rachel proposed a secret 'Romeo and Juliet' romance with Jesse, once she was certain he wasn't going to break her heart. Unfortunately, he's already arranging to do just that. Shelby's pulling his strings and it's all about Vocal Adrenaline winning. When it comes to nefarious tactics, New Directions as a group is clueless.
Speaking of nefarious, if Vocal Adrenaline doesn't get to Will and his singers, Sue will. She used a little blackmail to get Figgins to reinstate her -- pseudo sexual congress -- but her goal is still to destroy Will and glee club at all costs. Her key is Rachel, because she is the star of the group and Sue knows it. And Figgins has laid down the law to Will about the glee club: place at regionals or New Directions is over.
Overall, romance, love and sex may be the death of New Directions. Maybe they all should be celibate until sectionals; that might solve a lot of problems.
Other Points of Interest
-- The Beatles' "Hello, Goodbye" was a good song for New Directions. Done in all black and white costumes, it may not have had the glitz of Vocal Adrenaline, but it was a better number. However, there was nothing black and white about the emotional turmoil on stage between Finn and Rachel.
-- Finn explained how Coach Tanaka pulled a Jessica Simpson; he lost his fiancée, gained 40 pounds and stopped showering.
-- Will has to learn how to edit. He blabbed to Shelby – of all people – about his private life. Making out is one thing, but don't give the competition all your Achilles' heels at once.
-- Terri returned to the house for her Jerry Bruckheimer DVDs, but used the opportunity to shake Emma to the core.
-- When comparing how stupid Brittany and Santana are compared to someone else, Sue recalled a girl who came before them: "I once taught a cheerleading seminar to a young Sarah Palin."
-- Inane Brittany line of the night: "Did you know that dolphins are just gay sharks?"
-- Sue's method to convince Rachel not to give up the chance at romance was "The McKinley High Old Maids' Club." Between the Weight Watcher drop-outs, nerds and girls with glasses, it was a motley crew. All that was missing was a full body brace.
-- All Sue's Old Maids spent Friday night watching 'Ghost Whisperer.'
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