Tonight, “Glee” did something that we really did not expect at this point in the game: Focused almost an entire episode around the newbies at McKinley High. This is not even remotely a case of us disliking them, or wanting them to leave the show and never return. Instead, it is more of a question of investment. We’ve spent so much time over the course of the past several years getting to know a group of people, and very few of them were around tonight.
To us, the most bizarre omission here was Kurt, though we imagine that he and Blaine were off on some honeymoon while Rachel worked with Will to prepare the New Directions for a “grueling” new task that really wasn’t that grueling at all: A bar mitzvah. They had to deal with a bratty child who was immensely talented, but had a major problem with authority and yelling at people.
This episode was in a way closure for some of the new characters, and mostly for one reason: Clearly, someone at the network wants to put the focus on some other people when we get around to the big finale. The twins finally started to realize that being together all the time is not so great, Spencer managed to get with one of Roderick’s friends after making it clear he wasn’t a jerk, and we also saw Roderick himself start to push himself physically.
In the end, Sue wants to destroy the glee club again, and this was a somewhat-fun but completely forgettable episode. Hardly anything in here is going to matter in a week. Grade: C+.
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