I feel like Sectionals kind of came out of nowhere this year, even though it’s the right time of year for it (we do still have Regionals and Nationals, of course). It’s probably because all the episodes have been special guests or “class assignments” and not “we’re going to learn this song for SECTIONALS” like last year. Which was actually kind of good, because then we actually saw them perform their Sectionals songs at Sectionals, instead of just talking about it.
Anyway, favorite moments of “Special Education”:
*Best Song of the Night: Erm…I kind of liked them all equally this week (except for The Hipsters…old people are cute and all, but I just didn’t really like the song) Don’t Cry for Me Argentina was a GREAT Rachel/Kurt duet. I have a major soft spot for I’ve Had the Time of My Life — even though I was disappointed Sam & Quinn didn’t do the lift at the end. Valerie was fun and showcased Mike & Brittany’s amazing dance skills, so that’s a win in my book. And finally, I really liked the “Eat, Pray, Love” trailer mostly for the song that Mercedes and Tina ended the show with, so that was exciting and fun.
* Ok, so yes, I think we can all agree Rachel was absurd this episode — her jealousy at the others and her sad self-esteem can definitely be grating (though I found it more amusing than annoying in this episode), and she was in fine passive-aggressive annoyance mode this episode. However, I’m sorry but I think Mr. Shue’s outburst was a little unnecessary. The tape thing was kinda funny, Mr. Shue! And yelling at your students with that much anger behind it is rude.
* To the Rachel and Finn of it all though — seeking out Emma for couples counseling was hilarious. Especially because she was pretty bad at it. I like Emma a lot, but she isn’t really the best at “counseling” honestly. Though her advice to either sing-it-out through betrayal songs or stomp angrily out of the room were obviously gems.
* Poor poor Kurt. He gets to this magical place that is supposed to fix all the problems he had at McKinley, and he still stands out too much. No one is picking on him for being gay, but now he’s too show-y and “not enough of a team player” and no one understands his jokes about killing the bird they gave him to raise (what an odd tradition, btw…) It was great to see him and Rachel getting along though — I really like they’re relationship when they aren’t competing with each other, since they are really similar people.
* Looking back on it, there was actually a LOT of Rachel in this episode, wasn’t there? But speaking of…of course Santana used her meltdown-y moment to declare that she actually slept with Finn last year and Finn is a big fat liar. Not really the best move there, honestly. Then, to add insult to injury Rachel finds out that everyone else in Glee club knew about (which I actually don’t remember — I didn’t think anyone knew? Maybe that happened off-screen) That doesn’t excuse her for cheating with Puck though. PUCK — learn from your mistakes BEFORE you’re halfway to making the same one again. Sheesh. Rachel and Finn were a little boring though, so I would kinda be ok if Puck and Rachel got back together. Puck is much more entertaining when he’s alternating between being an Am-badass-ador and a bizarrely sweet guy. Puckleberry forever!
* Is Lauren the wrestler going to be a Gleek for the rest of the season now? Her demands were pretty hilarious, but since she thinks Glee is stupid, I doubt we’re going to actually hear her sing much…and I think she’s kind of better just popping in and out vs. a constant presence on Glee. Plus, as much as I love Dalton-ified Kurt, it’s really only a matter of time before he hightails it back to McKinley. Right?
*Is anyone else getting sick of Mr. Shue? I feel like I’m beating a dead horse by bringing it up for yet another week, but he is so squirrel-y and mean this season! I mean clearly he only invited Emma to Sectionals so he could sit with her, since she’s had basically zero interaction with the kids lately (even Rocky Horror, it was Carl with them, not her). And then after he yelled at Rachel and everyone else about having a positive attitude, he was the only one not cheering on Dalton’s Warblers! Even Rachel was being adorable and super nice to Kurt — who looked really super nervous by the way.
* That said, her marriage DID come out of nowhere (and I really would have LOVED to have Carl show up here) I also would have loved a quick flashback to the wedding, where perhaps we see Uncle Jesse in all of his Elvis-loving Vegas Wedding splendor? Didn’t he almost run away with Aunt Becky for an Elvis-y Vegas Wedding in Full House too? (Or was that Kimmy Gibler?…) I really have trouble distancing myself from the Uncle-Jessie-ness of it all (sorry, John Stamos!)
*I wish they were highlighting Tina and Mike’s relationship (other than their Asian-ness) the way they are evolving Artie and Brittany because I’m really really liking A&B lately. What was so Asian about that kiss, anyways? Seriously, there was NOTHING DIFFERENT Mr. Abs. Ridiculous. Artie is being much less of a jerk though! And the whole comb thing was hilarious — I love how he knew that Brittany would totally buy into that, and that it would get her to stop being paralyzed by fear about being showcased as Sectionals
*Best Brittany Quips: “I haven’t left since 2nd period…and I really need to pee” is a close second to “You let me brush my hair with that” (Re: the “Magic” comb that Artie actually just found on the ground and was about to throw away). And I almost forgot that she thought “adultery” meant “a dolt”, but the comb comment still wins.
Is anyone else annoyed that the competition ended in a TIE? They totally wouldn’t do that! I’m glad it keeps Blaine around, but still… Anyway, it doesn’t even matter because next week is THE CHRISTMAS EPISODE, hurray! I’ve already had the Christmas album for at least a week, so I will be fully prepared to turn my viewing into a sing-a-long 🙂