Well, that was a bit of a letdown. After last week’s UH-MAZING episode, Glee’s ninth episode of Season 2 felt disjointed and contrived. Even when you compare it to last year’s phenomenal “Sectionals” episode, it falls extremely flat. Titled “Special Eduction“, the show was definitely “special” but not in a good way.

The episode began with Emma using some silly metaphor about the kids being stars and shining brightly, blah, blah, blah. Whether Will felt Emma’s advice was sage, or it was his lame attempt to suck up to her, he followed it. With just a few days to go to the ever-important Sectionals, he switches the line-up. WTF??? While it was nice to see some of the secondary characters receive the spotlight for a change, their numbers lacked that oomph that made you stand up and take notice like last year’s set.

Tonight saw the debut of Kurt at Dalton Academy. Hands up if you’re already bored with this story. I just hope the writers expedite Kurt’s eventual return to McKinley High with Blaine in tow, sooner rather than later. Kurt may not be bullied there, but he’s severely stifled creatively at Dalton, which is worse.

In Glee couples news, Emma out of nowhere married John Stamos (I would to) in an impromptu quickie wedding. Meanwhile, New Directions’ power couple, Rachel and Finn had serious relationship drama. Santana let her the cat out of the bag (literally) regarding her devirginizing Finn. As you would expect, Rachel took it badly and had a revenge make-out session with Puck (you go girl). In the end, it looks like Rachel and Finn are headed to splitsville. With Mercedes being the only single girl in Glee, could a Finn/Mercedes hookup be in the works? Or maybe new Glee’r Lauren (love her) will fill in Rachel’s spot.

RACHEL & KURT: Don’t Cry For Me Argentina

While neither scored a solo they richly deserved (according to them) at sectionals, we were treated to this pseudo duet of Evita’s signature song by Rachel and Kurt. How hilarious was it when Kurt began to raise his arm, only to have Blaine ixnay it from the audience. In your eyes who sang it better? It was close, but I’ll have to give the edge to Rachel. When that woman is belting a power ballad, none of the other Gleeks can touch her.

THE HIPSTERS: The Living Years

Too bad this video wasn’t available, I thought it was friggin’ cute. Whoever thought of picking this song for the elderly Hipsters to sing was pure genius. I literally busted out laughing when I heard the first few notes of this Mike and the Mechanics classic.

THE WARBLERS: Hey, Soul Sister

If you’ve read my post from last week, you’ll know I thought this performance was good. It wasn’t as WOW as “Teenage Dream” but probably the best from the sectionals competition. Seriously, a tie out of three teams. How lame are those judges? PS. I never really noticed how rhythmically challenged Kurt was until this video. When he’s forced to follow strict group choreography, he and has dancing skills really stand out.

QUINN & SAM: (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life

Quinn & Sam are such a sugary sweet couple, it makes me sick (diabetic sick). Can they be any cuter and blonder? It was a decent performance, but nothing great. Chord Overstreet is such a great natural singer, I felt the producers dumbed down his vocals to fit Dianna’s. I love Quinn, but she’s not the strongest singer of the bunch. PS. Weren’t you expecting to see Mike and Brittany do the infamous lift from “Dirty Dancing” during this performance?

SANTANA: Valerie

This actually wasn’t half bad. “Valerie” is one of my favorite tracks from Amy Winehouse’s last album. While I liked Santana and her performance, I thought Mike & Brittany’s erratic dancing seemed out of place for the number. Mike’s a good dancer, but for some reason he always looks so frantic when busting out his dance moves. Maybe that’s just his thaaaaaang.

MERCEDES & TINA: Dog Days Are Over

Great choice of song. And even better choice to pick Mercedes and Tina to take the lead vocals. I did love it, but as I was watching it, I couldn’t help but think of last year’s phenomenal “My Life Would Suck Without You” performance. When the kids incorporated various dance moves from previous performances on that cover, it got me misty. This was just good, but not as good. In their defense, no one could top Florence’s amazing performance from this year’s VMAs.

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Glee Season 2, Episode 9 Best Quotes (Special Education)

Quinn: “You used to be sort of unlikable but now I pretty much feel like punching you every single time you open your mouth.”

Santana: “It means your boyfriend is full of crap, hobbit.”

Santana: “That’s right yen-til; your sweetheart’s been lying to you because he and I totally got it on last year.”

Brittany: “I know I’m more talented than all of you – Britney Spears taught me that.”

Football Player: “Sign up for glee club? Why don’t you come to my church on Sunday and ask my cousins to sign up for the clan!”

Puck: “Are you an angel?”
Lauren Zizes: “Screw you.”

Kurt: “You are as brilliant and talented as you are irritating.”

Artie: “Adultery means cheating.”
Brittany: “I thought it meant being stupid. Like being a dolt.”

Artie: “Is the problem your outfit? You look like a cheerleader zombie corpse.”

Rachel: “Have you been working out? Your arms seem bigger.”
Puck: “It’s the steroids.”

Brittany: “If we lose, we should throw possums.”

Puck: “All I can say is that I didn’t steal that soda machine, and if I did, I didn’t do it alone.”

Brittany : “I’m paralyzed with fear. I’ve been here since second period. I really need to pee.”

Emma: “Aren’t there great songs about betrayal or something? I’m pretty sure there are some Eagles songs.”

Quinn: “You used to be just sort of unlikeable, but now I feel like punching you every time you open your mouth.”

Emma: “You’re a constellation of stars. I just hate to think you might be ignoring some of them because they don’t burn quite as bright.”

Brittany: “I know I’m more talented than all of you. Britney Spears taught me that.”

Even though there were a couple of standout performances, IMHO, this episode was the weakest of the bunch from Season 2. Thankfully, they have another new episode next week before Glee goes on hiatus til February. From the preview, the fall finale looks to be a good one.

What did you think of last night’s episode? What was your favorite moment? Which will happen first? Kurt coming back to McKinley High, Rachel and Finn getting back together or Emma filing for a quickie divorce? Post your comments and thoughts below.