High school teacher Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) tries to recapture his glory days by starting up a Glee club. The club is a merry bend of misfits, including overachiever Rachel (Lea Michele), dad-to-be jock Finn (Cory Monteith), his pregnant girlfriend cheerleader Quinn (Dianna Agron), newly out-of-the-closet Kurt (Chris Colfer), sassy singer Mercedes (Amber Riley), bad boy Noah (Mark Salling) and fellow outcasts Artie (Kevin McHale) and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz). The group is in direct competition with the Cheerios, a cheer squad run by the super competitive Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch.) Of course, that isn’t the only drama facing the Glee club. Mr. Schuester’s wife Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig) has faked a pregnancy to keep him around (meanwhile, he and guidance counselor Emma, played by Jayma Mays, are crushing on each other) and convinces pregnant Quinn to give their baby to her. Phew, now we’re all caught up!
Tonight’s episode certainly wasn’t light on all that drama. While most of us fell in love with “Glee” for its song and dance numbers and sharp comedy, the drama is quickly taking center stage. The episode titled “Vitamin D” (for reasons we find out later) starts with the gang practicing for sectionals. It’s hard to believe a group that nailed Queen’s “Somebody to Love” would need to practice more, and they feel the same when they find out who they are competing against (criminals and the blind!) Against Mr. Schuester’s better judgment he decides to take Sue Sylvester’s advice to make the Glee club more competitive with one another (she claims she randomly kicks off one Cheerio a week.) So, Mr. Schuester pits the boys against the girls in a mash-up, face-off. The winning team’s song would be the one they use for sectionals. It, for lack of a better word, was on.
This news was nothing good for poor Finn, who is so tired from Glee, football, crushes (he confesses he likes Rachel, even though she “freaks me out in a ’Swimfan’ kind of way”) and baby daddy preparation that he can barely function. He soon gets a rude awakening from Terri, who has joined McKinley staff after Sue not-so-subtly suggested that Will and Emma had eyes for each other. That news propels Terri to be closer to Will at all times, even if she isn’t qualified for the job at hand. Case in point, she dispenses off-base advice (Flirting is cheating!?) and decongestants (“Vitamin D”) for a sleepy Finn to stay alert.
The pills perk Finn right up (and the rest of the boys) just in time to perform their mash-up of Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life” and Usher’s “Confessions.” Don’t sound like they would be good together? I was just as surprised (but not nearly as horrified as Rachel) when the boys totally rocked the house. But Rachel had some surprising tricks of her own. She told Quinn that she would be her friend, despite the fact Quinn would never do that for her. Rachel might not always be so easy to love, but I certainly had nothing but love for her in that scene.
The boys weren’t the only ones getting all hopped on on “Vitamin D” though, the girls partook in the unfair advantage (did anyone else catch all the baseball references going on while the playoffs were but a few channels away?) Their super peppy mash-up of “Halo” (Beyonce sure is making her mark on “Glee”) and 80s hit “Walkin’ on Sunshine” was awfully spirited, but I still loved the boys’ mash-up just a bit more. Which performance did you think would be a better fit for New Directions?
While you consider that, let’s talk about the other love triangle taking over “Glee” (you can’t have all the fun Rachel-Finn-Quinn!) Things came to a head with Will and Emma now that Terri and Emma’s sad sack (but devoted) boyfriend Ken (Patrick Gallagher) have caught on to them. Emma has some strong words with Terri, so much so she tells the “pregnant” “nurse” that Will deserves better than her. As Mercedes might say, “Oh. Snap.” Of course, Terri has been keeping up with her scheming and told Ken to propose to Emma. A very reluctant Ken popped the question to his darling, who, after careful consideration of a life alone, says yes. When Emma breaks the news to Will, it’s apparent they are both heartbroken by the prospect. Sigh. With Jim and Pam’s wedding tonight on “The Office” it was hard not to think of what a Will/Emma wedding would be like (though we’re pretty certain it would be adorable.)
Alas, the drama STILL didn’t stop there. When news comes out that Terri supplied drugs to the kids, she gets the boot and Will gets penalized by having Sue Sylvester put in as his co-chair in Glee. While this week didn’t have nearly enough singing (last week had so much in comparison) the storyline certainly moved to a whole new level.
Will Emma and Will ever hook up? Will Quinn change her mind about giving her baby to Terri? Will Kurt ever stop making us laugh out loud? We’ll see next week and join you for another Gleecap!