Glee Review: The Glee Club is Falling Apart

For the past few weeks, Glee has been nothing but the Kurt Show. This hasn’t always been a bad thing – I do think Kurt’s storyline is very important. But at the same time, there are other members of Glee club. So it’s really funny when the writers use Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays) to chastise Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) for not letting the other Glee kids have their chance to shine.

Very early on it is established that the new golden couple, Sam and Quinn, will have the lead solos at sectionals. Santana will also get to belt a tune while Brittany and Mike show off their amazing dance skills.

Meanwhile, Kurt is adjusting to life as a Warbler. Yes, if you missed last week’s episode, Kurt made the decision to leave McKinley High. The main factor was because of the closeted gay bully who was continually harassing him. So now Kurt is with Blaine (Darren Criss) at the Dalton Academy and ready to put his mark on their Glee club, only to find out things are run pretty differently over there.

Rachel is also back to her lovely, whiny self. First, she throws a fit because “Barbie and Ken” are going to be the soloists. Then, Santana lets slip the secret that she and Finn hooked up last season. Not a good time to be Rachel, that’s for sure. It was pretty awesome, though, to see Schuester flip his lid over Rachel’s poor attitude. ABOUT. TIME.

Because Kurt’s gone, the Glee club needs at least one more member in order to remain qualified for sectionals. Schuester asks Puck, the “am-badass-ador” of Glee club, to recruit some new members. He tries, but fails epically. In the end, he does manage to bring aboard Lauren, another plus-sized student.

Unlike the New Directions group, the Warblers have a legit council that decides on the song selection. Kurt is also invited to audition for a solo part but he’s turned down after singing Don’t Cry for Me Argentina because they thought he was “trying too hard.” As Blaine later tells him, “Don’t you realize we all wear uniforms? Try to be part of the team.” I’m sensing a Catch-22 for our poor Kurt. Stay at McKinley and be mocked for his individuality? Or go to Dalton and be told to not express said individuality? Hmmmm.

Sectionals come around and New Directions is up against The Hipsters (aka a group of elderly, rocking performers) and the Warblers. Our Glee kids perform “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” and “Valerie.” And the winner is…….no one! IT’S A TIE! The Warblers and New Directions tie for first place and will both be going to Regionals!

I said it then and I’ll say it again: What a cop-out! I’m sure there’s good reason for this, and it will mean seeing more of the Warblers, but still. Snooze.

The episode closes with some dramatic relationship news. Number 1: Finn and Rachel split up after she confesses to hooking up with Puck after learning about the Santana situation. Number 2: Emma eloped with her dentist boyfriend, Carl (John Stamos)! Oh here it goes…

For another opinion on this episode, read The Dog Days Are Right Here. by Alana D.

Season 2, Episode 9: Special Education (originally aired November 30, 2010)

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