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'Glee' Season 3, Episode 3 Recap (VIDEO)

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 4th 2011 9:20PM
['Glee' - 'Asian F']

Last week's 'I Am Unicorn' was setting up for something big -- and 'Glee' totally delivered. While it's not my favorite episode ever, it definitely seems to echo the glory days of Season 1.

But what made 'Asian F' so great? Three things: A Mike Chang storyline (FINALLY!), more screen time for Mercedes and actual character development (...FINALLY!). I know there are still a few naysayers that have "sworn off 'Glee' forever," but this might seriously turn into the show's best season yet. However, only time will tell if Ryan Murphy & Co. can keep the momentum going.

We come to find out that McKinley High isn't just a school where everyone sings, dances and slushies each other -- it's actually a legit learning facility. Who knew? Well, apparently Mr. Chang did because he seemed all sorts of unhappy when Mike received an A- (aka an 'Asian F') in chemistry class. So he gives his son an ultimatum: get an A, quit 'Glee' or break up with Tina.



Um, 'Tiger Dad', anyone? At least Mike and his mother share a few adorable scenes together.

But what about the musical number Mike prepared for his 'West Side Story' audition?

You see, Tina spent her summer coaching Mike to be a better singer. There's a reason Mike and Tina are my favorite Asian couple on primetime -- and not just because they're the only one. Just when Mike is feeling discouraged, Tina sets him straight. "When I watch you dance, it's why I fell in love with you." Awww ... move over, Klaine! This episode really solidified their relationship as something more than just an ethnic gag.

Did I mention that Mike can sing now? Like, legit sing? In fact, his rendition of the 'West Side Story' classic 'Cool' is one of the highlights of the episode. Needless to say, he makes the cut, so it looks like we'll be seeing a lot more of Mike this season. But what about his girl Tina? She's the most neglected member of the entire cast. When's her episode, Murphy?

Meanwhile, Kurt is still campaigning for class presidency, and just because he's going up against the deliciously daft Brittany, he thinks he has it in the bag. That is, until Brittany unveils her new campaign strategy.

And so starts another 'Glee' flashmob. How do these Cheerios ever have time to practice Sue's routines if they're always doing the Carlton with Blaine and running the world with Brittany? See, Ryan Murphy, these are the plot holes that matter!

Who run the world? Obviously Heather Morris does because she is on fire this season. Seriously, unicorns, bulging pink fun sacks and rumored leprechaun fantasies -- can Brittany get any better this season? She totally made her former boss proud. I may have even enjoyed Brit's 'Run the World (Girls)' over Kurt's 'Single Ladies' performance in Season 1. Yeah, it was that awesome.

Speaking of Kurt, this really isn't shaping up to be his season. First, his dreams of attending Julliard are crushed, then he loses the opportunity to play Tony in the school musical (to his boyfriend, gasp!) and now he's totally getting shafted in this senior class president race. But at least he has Blaine, right? Right?!

In the meantime, the resident McKinley High dueling divas are at it again as both Rachel and Mercedes are going after the role of Maria in 'West Side Story.' Cue the music (Jennifer Hudson's 'Spotlight'). Rachel, Mercedes doesn't want to live under your spotlight anymore, you hear? She's better than that and totally deserves her own spotlight, and she's going to sing about it. End scene.

So the directors find themselves in quite a dilemma: Do they go with the safe choice (Rachel) or something new and different (Mercedes)? Meanwhile, Mercedes flips the b*tch switch (no thanks to her jock boyfriend who seems to be fueling the flames) and starts lashing out at everyone, including Mr. Schue. This, of course, turns into one of the most memorable musical numbers of the night as New Directions performs 'It's All Over' from Mercedes' favorite musical 'Dreamgirls.' And even Finn gets in on the campy action. Is anyone else waiting for Finn's first official solo of Season 3?

But, alas, it was just a daydream. Instead, Mercedes has to face the facts: She left booty camp, so Mr. Schue had to kick her out of glee club. Is he kicking everyone out this season?! I mean Santana was only banished for one episode until she was already back in glee, but still ... he's on some sort of nasty power trip.

I guess he has his own drama to worry about. In an effort to make Emma open up to him, he invites her parents over to dinner, only to learn that they're "ginger supremacists." And suddenly it all becomes so clear why Emma is, well, the way she is. But can Will really fix her? Cue sappy Coldplay song. I'm not generally a fan of Will's solos, and this 'Fix You' cover is exactly why. End scene.

But that's not all. Mercedes gets kicked out of glee and then she has to share the spotlight as Maria with Rachel? Oh hell to the no. That's not going to happen, not to Mercedes. So what does she do? Dramatically gives up her (half) part to Rachel. So once again, Rachel gets what she wants -- and something more. When Rachel started to feel insecure about her chances of getting cast as Maria, she also put her name on the class president ballot. Uh oh.

Looks like Hummelberry is no more.

You see, here's my problem with this plot. It's been done every season! And every season we think Rachel and Mercedes have come to an understanding and are totes besties, but then something happens to spark Mercedes' deep-seated jealousy of Rachel and then everything explodes into a diva-off. Seriously, can we just have a good old-fashioned catfight already? Someone really needs to sock Rachel one of these days anyway.

Oh, but wait! The writers have a different plan. Instead of an all-out catfight, Mercedes joins Ms. Corcoran's newly established glee club. Oh snap.

Unfortunately, we're not going to know how this all gets resolved until 'Glee' returns from its three week hiatus on Nov. 1. But can 'Glee' really survive a three week break? I think it will. After all, one of it's most anticipated new stars is making his debut in Episode 4.

What'd you guys think of this week's episode?

'Glee' Season 3 airs Tuesdays, 8PM ET on Fox.

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Brendan Seila Tep

Cool season 3

October 16 2011 at 1:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pucktimekemp

The show does have some talented performers and unlike other shows that try to be too funny or too serious. Glee goes that extra mile with story lines that target a bunch of struggles that high school students have to face in a present day society. To me the music is a bonus and every week it is carefully woven into the story line to make the show solid. It is too bad that several of lead actors are designated as seniors because the show won't survive without Kurt and Rachel...

October 09 2011 at 7:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
houseosims

Well, since the show is in its 3rd season, it's about time the characters develop into something more. These are high school kids, so I guess that means the show will self destruct after they graduate. But I hope somehow Glee could continue as new freshmen come in.

October 09 2011 at 4:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Josh Mattson

What happened to recaps for all the other shows? Surely Community and Fringe are more worthwhile to recap than Glee...

October 05 2011 at 5:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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October 05 2011 at 2:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
codemanz4

THIS SHOW MUST DIE!!!!!

October 05 2011 at 11:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

This is the best episode so far. I love the Rachel-Mercedes face-off.
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October 05 2011 at 6:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Amy

I was hoping Santana was going to try out for Maria =o/ I'm SOOOOO tired of Rachel.

October 05 2011 at 12:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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