June 10, 2013 4:42pm EST
"Wow!! My house in nashville (sic) just got struck by lightning. Blew up our chimney! Holy smokes! #struckbylightning". Glee hunk Chord Overstreet is experiencing some dangerous weather in Tennessee.
May 01, 2013 4:33am EST
Actor/singer Chord Overstreet is recovering at home after he was hospitalised with a mystery illness this week (begs29Apr13). The Glee star was admitted to a medical facility on Tuesday (30Apr13) and underwent a lumbar puncture, a procedure which collects spinal fluid to aid diagnosis of illnesses such as meningitis.
He took to his Twitter.com page to post a photo of himself hooked up to an intravenous drip, writing, "Had to get a spinal tap (lumbar puncture) in the hospital. Not fun! Hate being this sick..."
Overstreet later returned to the microblogging site to assure fans he was feeling better, adding, "Got out of the hospital late last night! Thanks all of you guys for your concern! Looks like I'll be back on my feet in no time!"
The 24 year old did not give any further details about his mystery condition.
April 23, 2013 6:02pm EST
Any Glee fan knows that each week could be a mystery bag of ballads, pop tributes, Broadway classics, or rock anthems. Sometimes the song choices are absolutely phenomenal, while other weeks leave more to be desired. Luckily this week’s all-new episode, “Lights Out,” features a mixture of six incredibly diverse songs and each one is more fantastic than the next.
While the New Yorkers are showcasing their mind-blowing voices in a beautiful quartet with Sarah Jessica Parker, the New Directions are dealing with a school-wide power outage at McKinely. Bummed that they can’t practice with all their electricity-powered instruments for Regionals, Will encourages the group to “unplug” and re-discover their powerful voices.
Inspired by Mr. Schue’s assignment, the New Directions really step up their game to bring four acoustic and a capella songs that will make you question if they really even need any instruments to win. Could we possibly see a nod to The Warblers at Regionals this year with an a capella number? Only time will tell but one thing is for sure, you need to hear these six sensational songs from “Lights Out” right away. Plus, get excited Glee fans because I've sprinkled in a little bit of scoop from the episode to make your listening party even more delicious.
“You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'” — Sam: This infamous Top Gun anthem was Tom Cruise’s secret weapon to court pretty bar patrons — and it sounds like Chord Overstreet is now using it to court any girl with ears. Accompanied only with an acoustic guitar, Sam’s sugary sweet voice has never sounded better. While I can’t reveal exactly why Sam chose to this song, I can tell you that you’re definitely not going to want to miss this emotion-packed scene.
“Everybody Hurts” — Ryder: This rendition of R.E.M.’s classic almost sounds like a lullaby when accompanied with Blake Jenner’s soft words. During this song fans will get a deeper glimpse into Ryder’s mind with an intriguing flashback, and after weeks of waiting we’ll finally learn the identity of the Glee catfisher. Bonus Scoop: A secret about Ryder will be revealed in front of the entire group.
“Little Girls” — Sue: I honestly could not imagine a better person to ever sing this uniquely mean-spirited song and Jane Lynch tells me that it sets the scene for a very interesting moment between Sue and Becky. “I’m with Becky and we do a kind of revenge fantasy singing the song 'Little Girls' from Annie,” she says. Luckily Broadway fans will be treated to many more songs when the Glee actress hits Broadway this summer to star as Miss Hannigan in the hit musical. Lynch explains, “Ryan [Murphy] put that in the show because it was appropriate and also because it will help me cross-promote [my appearance] so it was really nice. A nice little practice.”
“At The Ballet” — Santana, Rachel, Kurt, and Isabelle: This song is without a doubt, one hundred percent, absolutely gorgeous. Weeks ago Ryan Murphy tweeted this and this, so you know it’s going to be a very special performance. We’re already well aware of Santana, Kurt and Rachel’s mesmerizing voices so it’s nice to hear Sarah Jessica Parker keeping up with our talented trio. Now please excuse me while I re-listen to this Broadway classic over and over again.
“We Will Rock You” — New Directions: We’ve all heard this Queen rock anthem tons of times — whether in high school before a big game, or maybe just in your bedroom when you’re getting ready for a big day. So when Mr. Schue learns about a rival glee club member with ridiculously powerful voice (American Idol's Jessica Sanchez) The New Directions decide it’s time to get pumped up for what is looking to be the most pulse-quickening Regionals we’ve ever seen on Glee.
“For The Longest Time” — New Directions: This a capella favorite was originally performed by Billy Joel and the New Directions definitely make him proud in this foot-tapping cover. Each glee clubber gets their time to shine in this final song of the episode, but it’s especially wonderful to finally to hear Kevin McHale and Becca Tobin’s voices highlighted on something this season.
Which song from "Lights Out" are you most excited to see on Glee? Cast your vote in our poll below and then take to the comments with your thoughts on the episode!
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April 09, 2013 4:58pm EST
This week’s all-new episode of Glee only features three songs—but lucky for you they are three of the sweetest songs we’ve heard all season. When Mr. Schue tasks the glee club with their assignment for the week — last chances — the members of the New Directions lay all their feelings on the line.
Many of you devoted Gleeks already know that traumatic event that rocks the halls of McKinley on Thursday’s episode, but for the select few who are unaware pay close attention to this week’s title: "Shooting Star." Are we all on the same One Tree Hill and Degrassi page now? Wonderful!
I've already seen the ultra-heavy episode, and all I can say is that it's definitely an hour of television you don’t want to miss. Rejuvenated friendships, declarations of love, and unthinkable confessions are just a small part of the emotional journeys our Glee characters will endure this week.
Take a listen to the three beautiful ballads featured in Thursday night’s all-new episode, and then read on for some scoop I've sprinkled in!
"Your Song" — Ryder: This has always been one of my all-time favorite romance songs and Blake Jenner’s soothing — and yes, swoon-worthy — voice perfectly complements the tone that the legendary Elton John originally created. In the episode, Ryder is belting out his feelings to “Katie,” the adorable blonde he's been romancing online. But even though this girl looks like “Katie” and is thoroughly enjoying Ryder’s flirty eyes (you'd love it too!), she is sadly not the one our Glee newbie has fallen for. That's right: Ryder's been Catfished. It's baffling how understanding she is about the whole thing though…
"More Than Words" — New Directions: This is probably my favorite song of the episode because it has so many of my favorite elements in it. Acoustic guitar? Check! Chord Overstreet’s honey-coated voice? Uh-huh. Heather Morris’ uniquely calming harmonies? Yup! Lord Tubbington? You betcha! That’s right, Fondue For Two fans, our favorite online-gambling, Scientology-practicing, diary-reading cat is in the auditorium, and the New Directions are showing their devotion to Brittany by singing to him. I know it sounds strange, but it actually turns out to be a sweet moment that only Glee could pull off. Bonus Scoop: Brittany annouces her post-graduation plans in this episode!
"Say" — New Directions: This John Mayer cover is the final song in "Shooting Star" and it’s sprinkled with tear-jerking confessions and cliffhanger questions. A traumatic and heartbreaking event will rock the halls of McKinley this week, and the emotional and psychological distress causes all our favorite characters to come together in an unbreakable bond. Countless friendships are strengthened by the terrifying event but three relationships in particular — Kitty and Marley, Brittany and Sam, and Tina and Blaine — are elevated to a new level. Oh, and by the end of the episode be prepared to meet a brand new character that will surely become your new favorite!
Which song from "Shooting Star" are you most excited to see on Glee? Cast your vote in our poll below and then take to the comments with your thoughts on the episode!
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February 08, 2013 12:54pm EST
Remember when you were little and you knew you were doing something really really wrong, but you did it anyways? Just to see what would happen? Just to see the look of shock/terror/disappointment on someone’s face? That is exactly like what happened on this week’s episode of Glee.
You are such a twisted man, Mr. Ryan Murphy. Grab your favorite feather boa and sequined body suit, honey, because I’m here to catch you up on everything you may have missed and more in “Diva.”
So Here’s What You Missed on Glee:
Lima Divas: Emma (Jayma Mays) is currently in a completely organized panic about the wedding, which is now only ten days away, and Will is still out of town until the end of the week. Finn (Cory Monteith) is extremely worried that Mr. Schue is going to want to take back the glee club, but Emma quickly reassures him that he has done an amazing job coaching the newbies.
With regionals just around the corner, Finn is trying to think of a way to toughen up the New Directions and amp up their competitive sprit. His solution? Diva Week, round 2!
To help inspire the group, Finn asks Emma to come in and be their celebrity guest judge. (Side-Note: Aww it’s like the good old days! Vitamin D: you will always have a special place in my heart.) While Emma is reading the greatest description of a “Diva” ever said in the history of the universe, the claws are already starting to come out between the ladies — and Blaine — of the glee club. And with a few well-placed insults and some pretty intense finger snaps, the fierce femmes begin an amazingly over-the-top runway show while singing “Diva.” (Side-Note: That performance was 19 kinds of fierce and I loved every second of it!)
Over in the halls of McKinley, Blaine (Darren Criss) is snorting up all of his snot, coughing like a smoker, and looking like he’s about to pass out. Clearly he’s sick.
Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) pops up out of nowhere and presents her crush with the ultimate cold-busting care package. (Side-Note: Ugh. This is still happening? I’m loving that Tina is finally getting some much-needed screen time but this is just the biggest waste of an arc Glee has done in a long time.) Despite his stuffed-up sinuses, Blaine performs a rocking version of “Don’t Stop Me Now,” to prove that boys can be divas too. (Side-Note: Nicely done Blaine, even with a red nose your voice still makes me swoon. But all you’ve really proved is that you’re the only one who could ever pull off that jacket/hat combo.)
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The next day, Finn and Emma are standing in front of the choir room looking particularly pleased with themselves and begin to describe what makes up the ultimate diva. Emma explains, “Divas walk and they talk and they breathe brilliance. So here to demonstrate that elusive brilliance is a very special guest diva.”
And on that note, Santana (Naya Rivera) is once again back in the halls of McKinley, but time she’s brought a handful of her Louisville cheerleaders with her and she breaks into a high-energy, perfectly choreographed rendition of Tina Turner’s “Nutbush City Limits.” (Side-Note: Everyone needs to stop talking right now! Queen Naya is finally performing again on the magical box in my living room.)
The song ends and Santana gives Brittany the most awkward high-five the world has ever seen, while asking why she didn’t let her know she was coming back to town. Santana snaps, “I think that the better question is why did you tell me you were dating Sam?” Santana then takes the opportunity to introduce Elaine, her “out and proud, lipstick-loving, After Ellen-reading girlfriend.” Santana and Elaine then share a quick smooch. (Side-Note: And Brittana fans everywhere hiss is disgust.)
Devastated Divas: “And I didn’t even have to lay out a line of cereal for you to find me,” Santana quips as Sam (Chord Overstreet) meets her in the auditorium. (Side-Note: The episode can end right here. That was the best subtle verbal slap ever. What makes all of this so intriguing is the fact that once upon a Glee, Sam and Santana used to date, and she stole him away from Quinn. Remember that?)
The two Brittany lovers hurl insults back and forth until Santana reveals her plan for retuning to Lima, “First I’m going to cut off the Sam-sized tumor on her heart and then we cam begin the long, slow process of cleaning the stink of your mediocrity off her.” And with that, the gauntlet is thrown, the music begins and they unleash an emotion-filled version of “Make No Mistake,” while Brittany secretly watches. (Side-Note: Do not hiss at me for what I’m about to say: Sam sounds amazing in this song.)
As Santana turns to leave, Sam calmly tells her, “She’s with me now, and you know that’s the best thing for her. Just let it go.” Santana replies with one emotion-packed word, ‘Never.”
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Over in Emma’s office, Finn is seeking some guidance because he just found out that Rachel has moved on. “She changed her Facebook relationship status to 'shacked up,' mine still says 'heartbroken.'” (Side-Note: First of all, that would be totally awesome if you could insert your own relationship status into Facebook. Mine would currently say “Twitterpated.” And secondly, seeing Finn devastated makes me want to run out and buy him a thousand puppies just to see if it would make him smile.)
Emma suggests that Finn should start dating again, perhaps even the new 26-year-old cross-eyed math sub. But Finn quickly shoots down her idea: “What do I have to offer a grown-woman like that? I’m just a man boy.”
Emma says that she too has felt a little lonely and lost without Will around, rings a little bell on her desk, and encourages Finn to get back out into the dating world. (Side-Note: No, that’s terrible advice! Don’t tell him to do that. Finn needs to work on himself right now and gain his confidence from within, not from having some girl on his arm. And does anyone else have any clue why she stopped mid-sentence to ring a bell?)
Delusional Diva: Tina is walking down the halls with her inner-monologue bouncing all over the place. First she says she wants to be a diva, then she hates the fact that she was upstaged by Santana yet again, and for a brief shining moment she thinks that she should call Mike because her crush on Blaine is silly.
But just as quickly as her epiphany arrived, it flew away in the Lima wind. She complains to a still-sick Blaine that she wants people to see her as a diva and he invites her over to his place to help her find the perfect song. To which Tina replies, “Aww Blainey days.” (Side-Note: Blainey Days? No. Nope. Not gonna happen. I just threw up in my mouth a little. Not-uh. Stop it. Ugh. This is ridiculous.)
Over at the Anderson house, Tina asks Blaine if he’s even been with a girl. "Nope, perfect gold-star gay," he replies, “Well, except for that time I kissed Rachel Berry.” Blaine lists off all the reasons that girls are perfectly fine, he’s just not attracted to them. Tina then tells him, “We’re young, we still have time to find ourselves.” (Side-Note: Okay, that comment really really pissed me off. Blaine being gay has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that he is ‘young,’ it’s because he’s attracted to men, Tina. Not you. Dismissing his reasons for not liking girls by saying that he still has time to “find” himself is the most ridiculous, insulting, and infuriating things I’ve heard on this show. And that's saying a lot!)
Fast-forward just a bit and Blaine is passed out on his bed from the cold medicine and an unknowing Tina is professing her love for him and suggesting a “sexless relationship.” But when she realizes that Blaine is sleeping, Tina slowly unbuttons his shirt, massages Vapo-Rub onto his chest, then lays down beside him with tears in her eyes. (Side-Note: I kind of feel sad for her, but then I remember how completely ridiculous this all is and I snap right out of it. Watching her unbutton his shirt was incredibly creepy.)
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The next day Blaine is 100 percent back to normal, but the sight of seeing his happy face seems to make something crack in Tina’s crazy brain. She snaps, “No, that’s seems a little Tina Cohen-Chang. Respect.” (Side-Note: I have absolutely no idea what just happened. What’s the matter with you?)
Wearing a pink leotard, Tina channels her inner Madonna in the McKinley High courtyard with, “Hung Up,” complete with break dancers and an outfit change. The next day Finn announces that Tina has won Diva week and while the completely realistic confetti falls from the sky, Finn and Emma hug. (Side-Note: Why are you two hugging? You didn’t win. You didn’t teach her that routine. This is weird and awkward and you should stop that right now. Thanks.) Blaine gives Tina a chocolate rose, thanks her for taking care of him this week and then sweetly asks Tina to be his date for Mr. Schue and Emma’s wedding next week. Tina gladly accepts. (Side-Note: Wait, so this still isn’t over? Sigh.)
Next: Jaw-Dropping Diva and NYADA Diva-Off!
Jaw-Dropping Diva: Emma is completely freaking the eff out. Her wedding binders are all over the place, there are flowers flooding her desk, she is mid-panic because Will said the centerpieces were, “fine.” She cries,“I need things to be more than fine. I need them to be perfect they have to be perfect and I need them to be perfect.”
Emma explains that her insecurities are from her last wedding where she let go of the details and the marriage didn’t work out. Now she is in full-on hysterics, throwing things into the trash can, ranting on and on about her dress and not making any sense whatsoever.
Finn grabs her shoulders trying to calm her down saying that they make a great team. But when that doesn’t work, he panics and brushes the hair from her face and kisses her. (Side-Note: When I first saw this scene, I scared the crap out of my co-workers and screamed out, “What the f**k just happened?!” Then I tweeted it. And then I watched it again. And then I went to sleep, woke up and re-watched the scene at least 8 more times. And now I have no idea what I’m feeling anymore. Finn and Emma have always been two of my favorite characters, and now they just kissed. This season is so out of whack. I'm going to go re-watch Smash now.)
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NYADA Divas: Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Rachel (Lea Michele) are in the same “free sing” class, but according to Mr. Hummel the class has turned into the Rachel hour: “Because I’m her best friend I can say this: Rachel has always been a little insufferable. Ever since she won the Winter Showcase, her ego and behavior have been out of control.”
Not only is she ignoring her best friend while in the halls of NYADA, she is also surrounding herself with booty-kissing, compliment-spewing drones. At home she hogs the shower, clogs the drain with her extensions, (Side-Note: I knew it!) and makes Kurt take phone messages for her so she can save her voice. (Side-Note: Even though she’s being obxious, rude, and completely insufferable, at least she’s acting more like the Rachel we first met and fell in love with.)
After one demand too many, Kurt finally lost it and decided to be brutally honest with his roommate. “Now you’ve got that weird naked boyfriend and that weird legion of sycophants, and now you’re like an annoying self-righteous Lima-Rachel on steroids.” (Side-Note: Well done Kurt, you took the words right out of my mouth. But where the heck is Brody in all of these loft scenes? What does he think about her crazy? Oh, I see. He’s too busy flexing in the mirror to notice…)
To get back at him, Rachel blurted out that the only reason Kurt got the audition at NYADA is because he is friends with her. Kurt just smiled and said that Rachel may have won the Winter Showcase but it was his heart-stopping version of “Being Alive” that stole the show.
So how does HummelBerry decide to settle this? With another head-to-head diva-off! Kurt finally admits to Rachel something we’ve known for nearly four years now: he lost their first diva competition on purpose so that his dad wouldn’t be embarrassed that this son could sing "Wicked" better than any girl. (Side-Note: Burt is the world’s most perfect parent. He wouldn’t have cared!) Rachel is shocked and shaken to the core screaming, “That was my first big win! That was the foundation that I built all of my confidence on for the past two years!” Kurt just smiled saying, “Well consider it cracked. Get ready for diva-off part 2.”
Kurt and Rachel are going to go head-to-head at Midnight Madness — aka NYADA’s fight club. Brody explains, “Twice a year we break into a classroom for a no-holds-bard singoff to the death. Winner gets ultimate bragging rights for the rest of their time at NYADA, loser gets shamed and humiliated."
At the night of the battle, Brody explains the rules: The two competitors will sing the exact same song, at the end of the performances, the groups will disperse and stand behind the singer that they think deserves to win. The song? “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables. (Side-Note: I’m sorry but I was bored out of my mind during this performance. The only thing I was paying attention to was Rachel’s dress and that’s because I’m part squirrel and love sparkly things.) The song finally ends and in the closest margin in Midnight Madness history, Kurt wins.
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The next day, the entire school is buzzing about Kurt victory, but like the normal and kind-hearted person that he is, Kurt doesn’t let it go to his head and he scoffs off the drones who are now trying to kiss his behind.
Rachel is currently in a huge funk and is moping around the halls like a lost puppy. (Side-Note: Ugh. Why is it that we can never be happy for Kurt, without feeling sad for Rachel. Also I realized that ever since last week’s Rachel vs. Rachel song, she’s been wearing a lot less makeup and her hair has lost that teased "I’m going to a party" look. Hopefully this means that we’ve found the perfect balance between new and old Rachel. Lastly, I'm choosing to ignore the fact that Adam was in this epsisode.)
In the loft, Kurt tells his bestie that he has signed both of them up for the open audition for the revival of “Funny Girl” on Broadway. Despite the fact that Rachel was born to play this role, she is looking less than pleased with this news. “Let’s say by some crazy, extraordinary chance I get it, then what? I become even more of a diva nightmare then I am now? I can’t handle the pressures of stardom.”
Kurt calmly and miraculously explains to Rachel that it’s alright for her to be a diva, just not a nightmare. And with that, HummelBerry is back to being the best friends. (Side-Note: Yay! But seriously, where is Brody? Oh. There he is! He’s in the bathroom spending 45 minutes perfecting his hair.)
NEXT: Santana's Big Lie and The Episode's Top Moments
The Final Five: Over in Sue’s office, we learn something very interesting about Santana: she dropped out of college a month ago! Rather than being upset or disappointed with her former head Cheerios, Sue offers Santana a coaching job and tells her to take the week to think about it. Santana and Brittany meet—in what I’m assuming is back stage of the auditorium—and Santana is looking pleased with herself.
However, Brittany quickly admits that she is not breaking up with Sam because she really likes him and he makes her feel really smart. (Side-Note: Oh really? Did you feel super smart last week when he couldn’t believe that you got the top SAT scores in the school? Didn’t think so.)
Apparently school wasn’t the only thing that Santana lied about. Brittany found out that Santana paid Elaine with scratchers tickets and a bunch of other crap to pretend to be her new ladyfriend. (Side-Note: Good. She looked boring.)
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Brittany quickly tells her former beau that she should not take over Sue’s job as coach of the Cheerios saying, “I think you need to be somewhere that’s as big and as hot as you are. It’s okay to follow your dreams.”
And after only two minutes of conversation and one small peck on the lips, Brittany and Santana decide to just stay best friends. (Side-Note: I love that they are always so mature with each other. It’s really refreshing. I’m also somehow oddly at peace with their official breakup. I think Santana deserves to be with someone who is just as passionate as she is, not someone who is just kind of there. Still love you too Britt.)
Santana breaks into the best song of the night, “Girl On Fire” and gives Alicia Keys a run for her money in fierceness. And as the song ends, another little Lima enters NYC. Santana pounds on Kurt and Rachel’s door and when they shockingly ask what she’s doing there, her answer is short and unwavering: I’m moving in. (Side-Note: Hell yes! Toodles, Brody! Oh wait, now where did Brody go? Oh he’s doing pushups in the bedroom while texting another girl… probably.)
Most Heartwarming Moment: Seeing Santana gain the courage to follow her dreams and move to New York.
Most Heartbreaking Moment: Watching Finn kiss and realizing that this could completely devastate not one, but two original Glee couples.
“The online Urban Dictionary defines a “diva” as a fierce, often temperamental singer who comes correct. She is not a trick-ass hoe and she does no sweat the haters.” — Emma
“Will keeps suggesting Costa Rica, but us gingers can be that close to the equator.” — Emma
“I know you’d come around eventually, Sam’s most redeeming quality is that he can bore you to sleep and then you can use his lips as ginormous pillows.” — Santana
What did you think of “Diva”? How are you feeling about the Finn/Emma kiss? Are you excited to see Santana in New York? What are your Brody speculations? Sing me your thoughts in the comments below!
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January 28, 2013 12:15pm EST
"My life is now complete! I had a Michael Jackson dance off last night w Chris Tucker at the sag awards. billiejean". Glee star Chord Overstreet got competitive with the Rush Hour funnyman at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday (27Jan13).
October 30, 2012 5:00am EST
Matthew Morrison invited his Glee co-stars to his third annual Halloween party at Lure in Hollywood on Sunday night (28Oct12). The singer/actor and his girlfriend Renee Puente dressed up as former pop couple Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, while Naya Rivera was Road Runner, Dianna Agron appeared as Tweety Bird, and Chord Overstreet portrayed actor Brad Pitt. Fellow cast members Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Ashley Fink, and Harry Shum, Jr. were also in attendance.
October 29, 2012 2:00pm EST
Glee star Matthew Morrison and his girlfriend Renee Puente dressed up as newlywed Justin Timberlake and his ex-girlfriend Britney Spears for the actor's third annual Halloween party in Hollywood at the weekend (28Oct12). Glee co-star Chord Overstreet arrived dressed as Brad Pitt.
September 28, 2012 1:20am EST
This week's episode of Glee was a complete and total whirlwind of emotions. From the shock of learning that McKinley High has a sewing club, to the excitement of seeing Carrie Bradshaw back in the Big Apple and the devastation of watching our favorite couples drift apart.
We've got a lot of ground to cover and I take my title of Glee-recapper very seriously (Side-Note: I wear my official sash and tiara with an immense amount of pride.) So sit back, relax and let me catch you up on everything that you may have missed.
So Here’s What You Missed on Glee:
Who runs the world? Blaine!: The episode opens very similarly to last week’s, but now it’s time for Blaine (Darren Criss) and his beloved bowtie to strut down the McKinley hallways with a voice over, declaring that this is his time to shine. So what does he do? He signs up for every single club imaginable while singing a beautiful version on “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.” Super Hero Side-kick Appreciation Club? Check! Blaine admits that his over-excessive clubbing is just a way to fill his time now that his beau is no longer in Lima. Of course they talk and text and skype as much as possible, but it’s just not the same. (Side-Note: the only thing more adorable than Blaine dressed up as Robin is Blaine and Kurt’s movie date via Skype!) So Blaine decides to fully commit to something and decides that he wants to run for senior class president and of course Brittany (Heather Morris) is less than pleased.
Brittany turns to Artie (Kevin McHale) and attempts to coax him into being her running-mate for the election. After calling him part robot and forgetting the fact that they once dated, she somehow convinces him to be her vice-president. In the last episode we saw that Brittany and Sam (Chord Overstreet) are the now the world’s cutest blonde besties, so you can imagine how hurt he was when he learned that he would not be helping Brittany in the election. Not to worry, gleeks, Brittany has it all under control! She suggests that Sam should be Blaine’s running-mate and then challenges the two to a debate.
The presidential pairs begin to prep for their debates and after a quick wardrobe change and a super rocker duet of “Celebrity Skin” Brittany and Sam are ready to go. At the debate, Sam suggests that Blaine ditches his signature bow-tie and shockingly he agrees. (Gasp!) We watch as Artie pours out a speech that goes on for a little more than a decade and Sam goes back to his stripper ways. (Side-Note: Oh gosh those abs… swoon!) Now it’s time for Brittany and Blaine to face off, and their speeches weren’t much better. Blaine goes on a rant about hairgel and Brittany says that because she loves her school so much, she is going to ban weekends and summers so that the students will be at McKinley everyday. Artie utters, “And we’ve just lost the election”
Kurt and Rachel Take New York: After finding the perfect outfit, Kurt struts his way into the offices of Vogue.com ready for the interview of his dreams. (Side-note: yay for the return of the hippopotamus brooch!) Enter the oh-so lovely Isabelle Wright (Sarah Jessica Parker) the senior editor of the website and Columbus Ohio native. The two fashion lovers strike up a quick bond. A hop, skip and a jump later, our lovely Porcelain was given the most glorious of gifts: an internship at Vogue.com and what seems to be the coolest boss ever.
On his first day interning, Kurt is doing a marvelous job of passing out coffees while Isabelle and her team of eccentric fashion experts pitch different ways to incorporate leather into their wardrobe. (Side-Note: I’m sorry, but there is no way I will ever sport a “cowhide brassiere.” Not only does that sound awkward, it sounds horribly uncomfortable) However, it only takes one small disapproving look from Kurt to shatter Isabelle confidence in her decision-making skills. It turns out that Isabelle is terrified of failing at her new job and has lost all sense of confidence to spot the newest trends. (Side-Note: Maybe Isabelle should watch one of my favorite fashion-inspired shows, it’s called Sex and The City.)
Once again, it seems like Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) can’t make it a single day without some cheerio, teacher, or freakishly tall ballerina making fun of her. Two of Rachel’s NYADA classmates have a problem with her wardrobe choices, “I didn’t know Lena Dunham was joining us today,” one quipped. (Side-Note: How dare you smite the good name of Lena Dunham, you twiggy, sock bun-wearing brat!) Of course, leave it to Kurt to come up with a brilliant idea to save his best friend’s confidence.
Kurt brings Rachel to the Vogue.com offices and after swiping a keycard into some pretty fancy-looking security devices, the two former Ohioans enter the couture vault with two missions in mind: give Rachel a makeover and create a brilliant music video for his new boss lady. But when Isabelle shows up, we're excited and kind of surprised to see that the editor is fully into the idea and she, Kurt, and Rachel perform a glorious mashup of “The Way You Look Tonight ” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed.” (Side-Note: Wheeee! Sarah Jessica Parker is singing, and it’s just lovely!)
Over in the NYADA dance studio, we see a newly dolled-up Rachel and out of nowhere Brody (Dean Geyer) waltzes into the exact same studio. Brody complements her make-over and once again reiterates his feelings, “I like you.” Rachel invites him to sing a duet, a first for this flirtatious duo. Singing “A Change Would Do You Good” Rachel and Brody partake in some scandalous dance moves and scamper throughout the streets of New York. (Side-Note: Why on earth are they running? And what was with that awkward ice-cream moment? Can someone please answer me these important questions?) Rachel then asks Brody the one question that breaks the hearts of Finchel fans everywhere, “What are you doing tomorrow night? I want to cook you dinner.”
NEXT: Will Wants More!
Will Wants More: Over in the choir room Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison) announces that due to the New Directions' victory last year, they now get to host the national show choir’s rules committee meeting. (Side-Note: Does the choir room look different to anyone else this year? It seems almost wider?) And Sam makes a very funny point that all gleeks can consider giggle-worthy, “Why can some kids sing like six songs and others only do one?” We soon learn that Mr. Schue is completely out of good ideas for their sectional performance and slowly but surely, he's in a full-blown panic.
After talking with Coach Sue (Jane Lynch), Will realizes that he has lost his drive and spirit as an educator. Basically he’s feeling blah. Now that his dream of being national champs has come true, Will feels like there must be more out there for him to accomplish. At the National Show Choir rule committee meeting, we quickly learn that many schools’ glee clubs are being cut since there is not enough money to fund the arts. (Side-Note: Holy Crap, it’s Kirk from Gilmore Girls!)
Will is interested in joining the Blue Ribbon Panel, a slect group of individuals who aim to improve arts education and funding throughout the country. Although it sounds great, Will admits to Emma (Jayma Mays) that if he gets this position, he will have to leave McKinley for several months. Emma graciously tells her fiancé to follow his dream and encourages him to apply for the panel. (Side-Note: And once again we’re reminded as to why Wemma is one of the sweetest things to happen to this world since chocolate frosting.)
The Finale Five: As Artie predicted, Blaine and Sam (aka Blam) have won the election and the New Directions celebrate in a confetti-filled Breadstix. Unfortunately, Blaine is not really in the celebratory mood because he has not heard from Kurt since winning the the title. We see the new bow-tie free Blaine dial up his man again, but over in New York it seems that Kurt is too busy with his new Vogue friends. He physically presses “ignore” on the phone call. (Side-Note: I literally just screamed at my TV screen, “What the eff Kurt?!” Not cool, dude!) After a momentary identity crisis, Sam calms Blaine down and helps him realize that just because Kurt is gone doesn’t mean that Blaine should feel out of place at McKinley. We also see Sam and Brittany share yet another sweet moment together and Brittana fans are now waiting on pins and needles to see whether or not Ryan Murphy is going to pry Brittany away from her lady.
In New York, we see that Rachel has taken full advantage of her new makeover and picked out what Brody considers a “smokin” new outfit. After burning the dinner that she was preparing for him, Rachel and Brody share a classic New York style pizza on the floor of her apartment and drinking what I’m assuming is sparkling cider. (Side-Note: Remember people, she’s supposed to be 18!) The two share some childhood secrets and then right after Rachel brings up Finn (Cory Monteith), the two of them share a kiss. (Side-Note: Brody! What are you doing?! I thought we had something special!) Their kissing starts to really heat up, but then there’s a knock at the door. Rachel, assuming it’s Kurt, is completely astonished to see that Finn is standing directly in front of her. Finn’s expression changes from happy to confused to really mad in a matter of seconds once he realizes there is another guy in his girl’s apartment.
Most Heart-Warming Moment: Watching Isabelle, Kurt and Rachel prance around Vogue and living out our inner fantasties.
Most Heart-Breaking Moment: The excited look on Finn’s face when Rachel first opens the door.
“I think by bridging the human-slash-robot divide we'll ensure that both students and vending machines will be voting for us”—Brittany on campaigning with Artie
”Your complete lack of adult friends means you’re well on your way as a pedophile birthday clown.”—Sue to Will
“Ladies and gentlemen, telling anyone what the can and cannot put into their hair is disgusting. It’s the first step towards tyranny, my friends. The next thing you know they’ll start burning books, and then they’ll probably burn people too.”—Blaine
”I‘ve never been the cook-a-guy-dinner type. I’ve always been just the annoy-a-guy-for-a-year-until-he-finally-gives-in type.”—Rachel
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Talk to me guys, what did you really think of the episode? Who’s freaking out for the fate of their favorite couple?! What do you think is going to happen in next week’s episode “The Break-up”? Let it all out in the comments below! Follow Leanne on Twitter @LeanneAguilera
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‘Glee’ Recap: Breakdowns, Brothers, and Britney 2.0
September 13, 2012 10:32pm EST
Alright, Gleeks — before we get started I need to clarify something for you. We all know that there are plenty of other Glee recaps out there in the interwebs, but this is what make Hollywood.com's version so different: I love this show. There it is, plain and simple.
I’m not going to mock the actors, diss the songs, or make snarky comment on how “unrealistic” a scene is. Come on y’all, it’s Glee. It’s supposed to be unrealistic. We watch it because it’s a way for us to escape from our stressful, boring, music-free lives. With that said, let’s get started! In my recaps you’ll find quick (and hopefully fun) blurbs to help get you caught up on the gleevents. I’ll also be sprinkling in some “Side-Notes” which are my own thoughts, questions, or opinions on what just happened. It’s going to be a wild ride this season, and I’m here to fill you in on what you missed and to help get you excited for the storylines to come.
So Here's What You Missed On Glee:
NYADA Ain’t So Nice: The episode opens on Rachel (Lea Michele)’s first dance class, and right away we see that her new teacher Cassandra July (Kate Hudson) is definitely not someone you want to mess with. After verbally assaulting a girl by the name of “muffin-top,” Cassandra quickly turns on our beloved Rachel, nicknaming her “Little Miss David Schwimmer.” Ouch! Rachel’s rude awakening gets even worse when Cassandra gives her a big New York City welcome: “You suck.”
When we next see her, Rachel admits that she hasn’t heard from Finn (Cory Monteith) in two months! “Maybe he’s just trying to give me the space I need to make it on my own,” she ponders. (Side-Note: I’m sorry, but where oh where are you Finn? What, have you neglected your shining star? I hate to say it, but not cool, love.) Rachel is tired of people making fun of her extensive nighttime rituals, so she's started showering at 3 AM. And through the steam of the shower we meet our newest and nakedest eye-candy of the episode: Brody Weston (Dean Geyer). There’s no denying that he and Rachel instantly click. He gives her a mini pep-talk and then makes it extremely clear that he is straight.
(Side-Note: I just want to make it clear that yes, I do ship Brody. But not Brody and Rachel, no way. I’m a fan of Brody and Leanne. Leady? Broanne? Whatever, I dig it. Plus this new relationship will help keep the Finchel fans from wanting to kill him, something that would make me very very sad.) The next day we see Rachel telling Kurt (Chris Colfer) about her new NYADA encounter, but when her best gay asks if she likes Brody Rachel quickly responds, “No, you know I’ll always love Finn.” Breathe y’all.
The New Directions Have A New Attitude: Jacob Ben Israel (Josh Sussman) is back (sporting a shorter doo) and introducing us to McKinley High’s newest celebrities. Let’s break it down, shall we? Artie (Kevin McHale) is currently tight with the jocks and chummy with the Cheerios. Sam (Chord Overstreet) is quite pleased with his newfound fame and a flock of giggling girls. (Side-Note: It’s kind of a bummer that he spent all of season three trying to woo back Mercedes and she’s not even mentioned.) And Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) has got a tude! She practically assaults her personal assistant with a non-organic banana and we quickly learn that although she still loves Mike, she is now officially a single lady for the first time in two years! Oh and she now has a tattoo that she had to change from “Mike Chang Forever” to “Make Change Forever.
Later in the choir room, Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison) introduces the newest member of the New Directions: Vocal Adrenaline’s MVP Wade Adams, aka Unique (Alex Newell). Rather than welcoming the newbie with open arms, Blaine (Darren Criss) and Tina rather rudely say that they don’t need any more “stars” in the group. Boom! And the gauntlet is thrown! Blaine, Tina, Unique, and Brittany (Heather Morris) are battling for the title of the “New Rachel” and Artie is putting his director skills to the test, because they’ve appointed him as the official judge. We are now treated to the first song of the fourth season of Glee: “Call Me Maybe.” (Side Note: Yay for Brittany singing and Tina getting time to shine!”)
The Music Is Still Amazing: Cassandra shows up for dance class a wee bit intoxicated, and after Rachel calls her out in front of the entire class, the sexy teacher proves that she’s still got it with a jaw-dropping mash-up of “Americano” and “Dance Again.” (Side-note: Does Kate Hudson age? Like, at all? She’s flawless.) Bad move, Miss Berry. Over at the Glee club auditions we finally get to meet newbie Jake Puckerman (Jacob Artist) and he blew everyone away with his version of “Never Say Never” by the Fray. (Side-Note: Artist told me that was the song that he originally auditioned with in front of Ryan Murphy.) After Mr. Schue cuts his song short, Jake throws a minor temper tantrum (he throws a microphone stand) and we can really see the resemblance to his older brother. Now it’s time for our first kinda sorta duet of the season. Rachel at NYADA and Marley (Melissa Benoist) at McKinley are both singing “New York State of Mind” and my oh my, it is just lovely. NEXT: Marley's Got a Secret!
Marley’s Got A Secret: In the lunch room, we get the first glimpse at newbie Marley, and a big look at the glee club members (I’m looking at you Artie, Blaine, Tina and Sam) acting like pretentious brats, making Unique feel like an outcast, and making fun of the new lunch lady’s weight. Unfortunately that new lunch lady is Marley’s momma, and she is without a doubt the second sweetest character we’ve met on Glee. (Side Note: Ms. Pillsbury (Jayma Mays) is first.) We soon learn that Marley left her old school because she was severely teased by her peers for being the lunch lady’s daughter. Her mom is determined to give Marley a new chance to be “popular” so she sews designer labels into her hand-me-down clothes and keeps their relationship a secret.
Later we see Kitty (Becca Tobin —the new Cheerio, trying to be a mix of Santana and Quinn) and some random jocks once again making fun of Marley’s mom in the lunchroom. After a particularly snarkey comment from Sugar (Vanessa Lengies), Marley finally admits the truth to her newfound “friends” and storms off. The always wonderful Sam explains to Marley that he knows what it’s like to have a family that struggles financially, and he tries to coax Marley to stay in the club.
And The "New Rachel" Is: Blaine! That’s right, Artie makes his choice and he decides that the former Warbler is the best one to lead the New Directions to a second National victory. According to Artie, Brittany was a “close second.” Speaking of Brittany, she finally reveals some desperately wanted Brittana scoop. Santana (Naya Rivera) is currently extremely busy with cheerleading practices, so she and Britney have been doing their best to keep up communication. However, apparently “it’s hard making out on Skype. You can’t really scissor a webcam.” Best of luck to you with that, Brittany!
Back to Blaine — after a short but oh-so sweet talk with his beau Kurt, Blaine decides to use his newfound position as head gleek to perform “It’s Time” in the quad, complete with Cheerios, jump ropes, cups, and a group of slightly random kids and some well-placed male dancers. (Side-note: I cherish Klaine. I literally started tearing up when Blaine was singing to Kurt because they have such a kind and honest relationship. When they hugged it was cute but to be quite honest, that moment needed a kiss.)
Kurt's Stuck In A Rut: He’s working at the Lima Bean, waiting to start community college classes and going back to McKinley more often than Puck probably did during his entire high school career. After meeting Coach Sue’s (Jane Lynch) new baby Robin and getting hit with one of Kitty’s well-placed verbal claws, he begins to realize that hanging around his alma matter is not necessarily the best thing for his future. Blaine’s amazing music-filled blessing to leave for New York was enough to get him to the airport but it was Kurt’s amazing father Burt (Mike O’Mally) who got him on the plane. (Side-Note: This is by far my favorite father/son relationship of all time. Also, I’m totally still crying.)
The Final Five: We gleeks know that a lot happens in the last five minutes of every episode, so here is your wrap-it-up rundown: The New Directions have a huge group epiphany when apologizing to Marley, and realize that the quest for popularity was not worth becoming mean-spirited snobs. Kitty kicks them out of the popular table, and the jocks promptly slushy Marley and Unique. Welcome to Glee, you two! Mr. Schue reads Jake’s file, and finds out that he is Noah’s younger half-brother. But when he tells Jake that he needs to lose the attitude, he says no thanks and declines the offer to join the club. (Side-Note: Nooooo! Jake, come back! I love you!)
Marley belts out a truly beautiful version of “Chasing Pavements” and slowly but surely starts to realize that she finally has a group of friends who care about her. Meanwhile in New York Rachel finally admits to Kurt that she is having a miserable time in New York. She sobs into her phone, “I lied, I’m not okay.” And just like the ending to a perfect love-story, Kurt tells Rachel to turn to around: Her best friend is there waiting for her, and they are ready to tackle NYC together.
Most Heart-Warming Moment: The smile on Rachel’s face when running into Kurt’s arms.
Most Heart-Breaking Moment: Watching Burt and Kurt say goodbye at the airport.
“No your name is muffin-top. And from now on it’s rice cakes and ipicap or cut off a butt cheek because you need to drop a few.”—Cassandra
“C U Next Tina!” —Jacob Ben Israel
“In case you were wondering, which you were, I’m straight.”—Brody
“I had a song in my heart Blain Warbler and you killed it. Now I have a dead song in my heart and pretty soon the corpse of my dead heart song will start to smell.”—Brittany
“If you’re not scared it just means you’re not sticking your neck out far enough.”—Burt Hummel
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Finchel: At last night’s Glee premiere Lea Michele was all smiles when talking about the highly-anticipated Finchel reunion. “Aww, well she’s so excited to see him and he comes to New York,” she revealed. Even though Rachel is looking forward to their reunion, she also warns fans that it’s going to be a “tough” one. “I think that he’s been through a lot, and she’s been through a lot, and they’re doing their best,” she said. Many fans will not be pleased to hear that the formerly engaged couple has not spoken in over two months. However, Michele offered up some hope: “Well, his explanation is understandable.” Hmm… color me curious.
Jarley: We saw that Sam and Marley had a sweet moment in the McKinley halls, but we also clearly saw that she was checking out our baby Puck earlier in the episode. I chatted with the always delightful Chord Overstreet, and he’s says fans should get pumped for Jarley, “I think probably the best thing for the show is Jake and Marley because they’re a little bit younger…you can see that relationship go through a bunch of different turns.” Plus, we already know that they make an adorable couple.
Fabrevans: So now that we know that Jarley is officially a go, many fans have been hoping that Sam and Quinn (Dianna Arron) can still rekindle their old flame. Overstreet agrees. “I sure hope so — I mean I love doing scenes with Diana," he said. "She’s absolutely awesome, and I love her to death.” Many fans were completely freaking out when Agron was not in any of the new promo pictures, but Overstreet teased that our favorite Yale student is heading to Lima. “Right now she’s traveling back and foth from France, but I think she’s coming back pretty soon. All the seniors that have graduated are kind of coming in and out. You never know what could happen, but I would love to do more stuff with Diana.”
Wemma: When I caught up with Matthew Morrison Wednesday night, I made it very clear that I had a mini-heart attack when Emma was completely absent in the premiere. The Glee club vet was quick to respond. “I would too!" he said. "She needs to be in every episode.” Preach! Morrison said that our favorite guidance counselor will be returning soon — “Probably in the second episode.” However, I did receive some rather unfortunate news. When asked if Mr. Schue has any solos lined up, Morrison responded: “Not as of yet. It’s okay to cry. You can have my shouldered to cry on.” And, obviously, I took full advantage of that. Although Morrison wants to be singing, there is one thing that he wants to most of all this season — a wedding. “I would love for [Will and Emma] to get married,” he said. And I just so happened to guess the big date! Check back Wednesday in Leanne’s Spoiler List to get the full details on what to expect from Wemma this season, including when we’ll be hearing those wedding bells chime!
What did you think of tonight’s premiere? Are you excited for your favorite couples to be reunited? Who had the song of the night? Shout it out in the comments below!
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