Hello Again, GLEE

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Who’s happy Glee is back?! I didn’t realize until the show was over that I was smiling the whole time, especially after Sue’s “Vogue” video at the end. More on that later.

In the spirit of Finn’s “previously on…” speed-through at the beginning, here’s my recap of last night’s ep: [SPOILERS]

The New Directions’ assignment was to find a song with “hello” in it to re-introduce themselves to everyone; Finn (Cory Monteith) has doubts about dating Rachel (Lea Michele), who then hooks up with Vocal Adrenaline’s Jesse St. James (Jonathan Groff) but tells everyone in glee club they’re not dating; Emma (Jayma Mays) tells Will (Matthew Morrison) she’s a virgin and that he needs to spend some time alone before they jump into a relationship; Will makes out with Vocal Adrenaline’s coach, Ms. Corcoran (Idina Menzel); Finn wants Rachel back and says he’ll fight for her; the gang ends the show with a performance of the Beatles’ “Hello, Goodbye.”

So, how cool was it to discover Emma is still a virgin? I can’t remember the last time we had a prime-time TV character in her late 20s/early 30s who’s still saving herself. I didn’t want Emma and Will to jump in the sack right away so that was a nice surprise. What wasn’t surprising was Will’s freak-out and then make-out with Ms. Corcoran, but Menzel looks so much like Michele, it felt a bit like Will was kissing Rachel. Hmm…a Freudian thing?

Groff makes a great addition to the cast; Michele finally has a worthy duet partner in her former Spring Awakening co-star. I usually start twitching and developing a rash whenever I hear Lionel Richie’s “Hello,” but when Jesse and Rachel sang it, I got goosebumps. Too bad he’s a sleazebag, based on that creepy way he was looking at Ms. Corcoran while kissing Rachel.

Speaking of sleazy, can’t believe Sue roofied Principal Figgins and blackmailed her way back to McKinley High! But of course, Glee would be nothing without her making inappropriate comments about Will’s hair and scheming to destroy the New Directions. We also wouldn’t have that “Vogue” video. I was stunned by how pretty she looked in the sleek Veronica-Lake bob and how well Lynch sang. My appetite is now fully whetted for next week’s Madonna extravaganza.

What did you think of this episode? Favorite moments? Was it worth the wait or just meh for you?



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    April 14, 2010 at 9:59 am

    At the end of the last nights episode, I found myself wondering how they did all that and we barely caught a glimpse of Puck and Quinn. Loved it that the two possibly lesbian cheerleaders finally got a real scene or two. They are just bad enough to give the show a bit more teeth. I, too, cringed when they pulled out music sheets for Hello. But, I have to admit, it worked.

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    April 14, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Sooooooooo glad this show is back!

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    April 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    This was actually my first Glee! episode, and I loved it. What a fun show. And wow, that Rachel girl has some incredible talent. I was so impressed, especially after seeing all the crappy people on AI. Now that’s singing. Whew. At least some people out there recognize that.

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    Julia F
    April 14, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Loved it, with one exception: I did NOT like how much Ms. Corcoran looks like Rachel — that was way too creepy and disconcerting.

    Loved the Emma virgin surprise — that was remarkably refreshing and touching.

    I happen to like Lionel Richie’s Hello (but only when I sing it 🙂 ), and thought they did a fantastic job (yes, goosebumps for me, too — especially when Rachel kept looking like she couldn’t believe this good-looking guy was coming on to her; so sweet).

    Favorite quotes (and there were many in this episode!):
    Will, did you get your hair cut? It looks awful.
    Dolphins are just gay sharks.

    Oh man this show is good….

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