Sectionals finally arrived, and boy… it didn’t disappoint. The episode was filled with great performances, heart-breaking moments and a lot of hilarious one-liners. Having the episode this amazing was bitter sweet because we’ll have to wait til mid-April to get a brand new episode.
The episode began with a cleverly shot exchange between most of the Glee Club members as they discussed how to prevent Rachel from spilling the beans to Finn about not being Quinn’s baby-daddy. Every second of that minute long sequence was pure brilliance. This and so many of the show’s fall storylines were resolved in tonight’s show. This latest TV trend of having “fall finales” is pretty awesome. It’s like you get two seasons for the price of one without having to wait through summer re-runs. This entire week, I’ve been blown away with some great finales from a few the shows I follow- Desperate Housewives; 90210; and Melrose Place all delivered great shows to tie us over til the new year.
Tonight’s Glee episode certainly joined that list. Without spoiling the show too much, McKinley High’s success in Sectionals was a forgone conclusion but watching it come to fruition was still satisfying. Even the episode ending kiss with Will and Emma was expected, but it still managed to make me go “aw schucks” as he ran towards her in slow-motion. Why does everything look better and seem more emotional when slowed down? Overall, kudos to all the writers and actors for making my hump days this fall that much more enjoyable. You certainly will be missed over the next few months.
This week’s lessons were inspired by two memorable quotes from the episode. The first one was delivered by guest star EVE. We’ve all heard the term “jheri curl”, but how many of us exactly know where it came from? Hint, it didn’t come from Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” video. The second topic was inspired by one of Sue Sylvester’s mouth. Why was she coming in on a Saturday to feed her “Venus Flytrap:? Both definitions come courtesy of Wikipedia.
What happened to the white guy with the jheri curl?
The Jheri curl (often incorrectly spelled Jerry curl and/or Jeri Curl) is a hairstyle that was common and popular in the African American community. Invented by and named for Jheri Redding, the Jheri curl gave the wearer a glossy, loosely curled look. It was touted as a “wash and wear” style that was easier to care for than the other popular chemical treatment of the day, the relaxer.
Hey buddy, I just came by to feed my Venus flytrap.
The Venus Flytrap, Dionaea muscipula, is a carnivorous plant that catches and digests animal prey—mostly insects and arachnids. Its trapping structure is formed by the terminal portion of each of the plant’s leaves and is triggered by tiny hairs on their inner surfaces. When an insect or spider crawling along the leaves comes into contact with one or more of the hairs twice in succession, the trap closes.
FAN-FRICKING-TASTIC!!!. That’s all I got to say. The episode started and ended with two of my favorite songs of all time. Anyone who knows me, knows I love DREAMGIRLS and KELLY CLARKSON and when you throw a little BARBRA STREISAND in that sandwich, you know I’m going to be all over it. I especially loved the finale where the Glee Club incorporated dance moves from the various routines they’ve done all season-long. It was the perfect mini-montage homage to a stellar fall season. I can’t to see what Ryan Murphy and co. come up with in April.
AND I AM TELLING YOU I’M NOT GOING
Original Artist: Jennifer Holliday
Glee Performance By: Mercedes
Original Artist: Creedence Clearwater Revival
Glee Performance By: Jane Addams Academy
DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’
Original Artist: Journey
Glee Performance By: Haverbrook High
DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE
Original Artist:Barbra Streisand
Glee Performance By: Rachel
YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT
Original Artist:The Rolling Stones
Glee Performance By: McKinley High
MY LIFE WOULD SUCK WITHOUT YOU
Original Artist: Kelly Clarkson
Glee Performance By: McKinley High
Artie: She’s a total trout mouth
Kurt: I say we lock Rachel up until after sectionals. I volunteer my basement.
Mercedes: We can’t. We need her to sing.
Kurt: Damn, her talent
Santana: Sex is not dating.
Brittany: If it were, then Santana and I would be dating.
Mercedes: Hey, HOT MAMA
Quinn: You have to take me to go get those Jewish baby tests.
Puck: Does this have to happen tonight? Because I have my fight club.
Brittany: She’s the one they made me talk to when they found out I was keeping that bird in my locker.
Mercedes: “Balladeer” (mouths to glee club)
Mercedes: Do I even need to tell you what song. Horns, strings, keep up.
Kurt: Obviously it was Rachel
Rachel: What, I didn’t do anything.
Finn: Yeah, it was Rachel.
Rachel: I fully understand if you want to beat me up. If you can, just try to avoid my nose.
Emma: You know what Jacob. It’s okay, we just need a twelfth member. Alright, so sway in the back, you don’t even have to sing.
Will: Yeah, don’t even sing.
Rachel: My extensive auditioning for community theater has taught me that we either want to go first or last. If we’re first, then everyone has to measure up to us and if we’re last, then we’re the freshest in the judges’ minds.
Kurt: And did you ever get any of those parts?
Emma: The kids are completely freaking out. Artie keeps ramming himself into the wall.
Sue Slyvester: Hey buddy, I just came by to feed my Venus flytrap.
Sue Slyvester: Bring it on, William. I am reasonably confident that you will be adding revenge to the long list of things you’re no good at. Right next to being married, running a high school Glee club, and finding a hairstyle that doesn’t make you look like a lesbian. Love you like a sister.
Deaf teacher: Your money isn’t any good here, I’m buying. Celebratory giant pretzels
Eve: What happened to the white guy with the jheri curl.
Deaf teacher: What we have here, is a case of deaf racism.
Kurt: As much as it hurts me to admit it, and it does, she’s right, Rachel’s our star. If anyone is going to belt it on the fly, it should be her.
Finn: Cool, if I take my spot back.
Jacob: Quite, I was just here because I was just hoping to get into Rachel’s pants.
Miss Ohio: This is a singing competition, I don’t know how those deaf kids got in. They weren’t singing, they were like honking and everyone was crying and I was like get off the stage, you’re terrible and making me feel super uncomfortable.
Co-anchor: Just a second, Candy. Those Haverhurst kids, twice had me reaching for my handkerchief and those Jane Addams girls had it going on, in all the right places.
Ohio Vice Controller: I’m not giving them money…. so they can parade their behinds around like a bunch of hoochie-hos
Sue: You have no proof.
Figgins: The set lists were on Cheerios letterhead
Sue: I didn’t do it
Figgins: They say from the desk of Sue Sylvester.
Sue: Circumstantial evidence.
Figgins: They’re written in your handwriting
Figgins: Sue, there’s an orgy of evidence stacked against you
Sue: We’ll you’ve clearly made up your mind not to be impartial in this case so let’s see if you can’t wrap up this little lecture, slap me on my wrists.
Figgins: You have embarrassed yourself and mismarked the name of William McKinley.
Sue: A failed president
Figgins: Oh please, the greatest president that ever lived.
Sue: You’re about the board the Sue Sylvester Express. Destination…. HORROR.
Sue: You know you just woke a sleeping giant. Prepare to be crushed.