Glee Review: More Puck, Less Rachel Works For Me
It’s the first day of school for Rory Flanagan (Damian McGinty, who I’m guessing won The Glee Project?), a magical elf who grants wishes. Or, if you’re not Brittany, an Irish (in case you couldn’t tell by the name) foreign exchange student who, of course, is getting bullied left and right, because the Glee writers never miss the opportunity to shove a character into the lockers. [It's not that I don't find bullying a compelling storyline; I just wish the writers could find another one]. Rory is lonely, kinda cute in a “I’m dark haired and blue-eyed and completely non-threatening” kinda way, and is also trying very hard to get into Brittany’s pants.
Brittany is willing to give Rory her “pot of gold” but only after he’s granted her three wishes. (Wait — is that how it’s supposed to go? I thought leprechauns had pots of gold that we’re supposed to get, not give to them.) But Santana sees right through it — not like that would be very hard — and tells Rory that he needs to grant her wish and get Brittany to quit New Directions to join Shelby’s choir, which Mercedes has convinced her to join.
Speaking of blatant manipulation, Quinn and Puck convince Shelby to let them baby-sit after presenting her with concealer because she looks so tired. Quinn’s plan is to plant items ripped from the headlines (botox, hot sauce, and a copy of “Selling Your Baby Back to Russia”) around Shelby’s home and then call child services on her. This is all part of Quinn’s master plan — to be a mom to Beth, which she believes is the only thing that she’ll ever be able to do, because Quinn has such a low opinion of her abilities.
But Puck’s not completely on board, because Shelby has been very supportive of him. Besides, let’s face it; Puck doesn’t exactly need Quinn to be a father to his child. He can always just seduce Shelby. Not that he’s trying to do it on purpose. Shelby’s just a hot teacher and Puck’s a degenerate. It’s a match made in heaven and totally a Glee storyline I can get behind, especially if it gives Puck more opportunities to sing Foreigner classics like “I’ve Been Waiting For A Girl Like You,” a song I LOVE. So go on, Puck, which yo bad self, and smooch on Shelby all you like.
Over in Sue’s Corner, she’s waged war on McKinley High School’s budget, leading to Ohioan (that’s a word, right?) parents holding signs outside Figgins’ office saying “Angry” because their children can’t read (but are apparently great dancers). And now Figgins has cancelled the school’s musical. Schuester is going to try and get the money himself, although Sue thinks it’s a waste: “The arts are going down. Today the musical, tomorrow the glee club. Next week NPR and opera and brunch and Tom Bergeron.”
Schuester’s idea is to sell ad space in the musical’s programs, and it works. Kurt hits up his dad who is infuriated at the idea of Glee disappearing. He gets fellow businessmen to bail out the musical, and then decides he’s going to run against Sue in the election. Schuester’s going to be his campaign manager. Well, well. It was bad enough with Sue going after the McKinley students, but going after Burt? That’s going to hurt.
To celebrate getting the musical back and to remind New Directions how fun Glee used to be, Blaine leads them in a rendition of “Last Friday Night” because this show has never met a Katy Perry song that it hasn’t liked. I’m happy to see Blaine perform as usual, but really, his talents are wasted in this auto-tuned mess of a song. A successful song this episode, though, was Rory’s “It’s Not Easy Being Green” which I believe makes him the first person on this show to sing a song made famous by a puppet. Rory’s voice is really lovely; he’s a genuine crooner, and upon hearing that he has no friends, Finn invites him to join New Directions. Which they need because. . .
Shelby’s choir, now with Mercedes, Santana, and Brittany, sounds pretty good. They call themselves the Troubletones, and they perform “Candyman” and sound great. But, then again, so does Rory’s rendition of “Take Care of Yourself,” a song performed as a farewell to departing members at the episode’s conclusion.
May the best group win!
For more on this episode, check out Practically Magical by Inisia Lewis.
Season 3, Episode 4: Pot of Gold (originally aired November 1, 2011)
Glee airs Tuesdays at 8 ET/PT on Fox.
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