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glee recapping: nationals

Here’s what you missed on Glee: Props

Story

  • The New Directions are on edge about their upcoming performance.
  • Shuester questions whether he has done enough to prepare the kids for all that awaits them.
  • Finn bets Rick “The Stick” $500 that The New Directions win at Nationals.
  • Wade (“Unique”) doesn’t think he can handle the pressure he is under after his last performance.
  • Carmen Tibideaux comes to see Rachel perform at Nationals in Chicago.

Lindsay doing her best “derp” face.

Well, Obviously: When the New Directions made it to Nationals last year I expected them to win. I thought the point of the show was to make the characters hate each other for their differences and still find a way to win every competition. And, I guess, half of that is true. But this time–I think it’s safe to say–we all knew they had to win Nationals. Their selections were solid and energetic but I didn’t think it was their best. Can Blaine and the Left-Overs do the same thing next year is my question now.

Unique Runner-Up: If you didn’t know by now, Alex Newell (Wade/Unique) was a runner-up on the first season of The Glee Project. He, along with fellow runner-up Lindsay Pearce, were guaranteed a two-episode arc on the hit show. Yes, Lindsay’s “Harmony” character may have given Rachel and Kurt a scare earlier in the season with her amazing performances but did you really remember her character two weeks later? Whereas with Newell’s “Wade” character it seems that he is going to have more staying power. Whether it be because of controversy, another unique storyline (pun not intended but you’ll allow it), or whatever else, I think Newell might be getting a new contract in the near future.

Honorable Mentions:

  • I doubt Lindsay Lohan is still, or has ever been, “America’s Sweetheart”.
  • Speaking of Ms. Lohan, why did both she and Perez Hilton get to play themselves, while Rex Lee (Lloyd, Entourage) was forced to play some made-up nobody?!
  • For a girl who could barely stand just a week ago–I’ll give you three weeks for the sake of TV to reality translation–Quinn was surely twirling and jumping around with the best of them.
  • Finally, Emma. Finally.
  • Did Wade/Unique give us a teaser for his possible transfer next season?
  • Props to Jesse for putting a good word in for Rachel…because he might be the only character that loves himself more than Rachel loves Streisand.

Music*

Edge of Glory – The Troubletones (A) I have no problem saying I preferred the Troubletones performance over most of the New Direction performances from this season. Somehow the addition of Quinn and Tina didn’t hinder or help the girl group dynamic, and Santana can now (un)officially be name Most Improved Performer from seasons 1-3.

It’s All Coming Back to Me Now  – Rachel (A) For the first time in a long time, Rachel gave me chills. This isn’t to say that she lost her “Rachelness”, but she definitely hasn’t had her usual “it” this season, or at least she didn’t until this performance.

Paradise By the Dashboard Light  – The New Directions (A) An unusual song pick? Undoubtedly. As precise as the Vocal Adrenaline offerings? Not even close. However, something about the way they interact on the stage, like best friends or adorably energetic members of the Mickey Mouse Club, is just the type of corny, “we are family” energy no other glee club can touch. Hence, the win.

Starships/Pinball Wizard – Unique and Vocal Adrenaline (A) While Unique’s split, as well as Nicki Minaj and the exemplary usage of props, should have been enough to secure a win, it was only good enough to land them second place.

Tongue Tied – The New Directions (A) I’m sure they’ve done it before, but I can’t recall another time when we heard a song on Glee without some form of performance to accompany it. If this in fact the first time it’s been done, I’d be more than pleased to have it become a continuing thing. If I’m wrong, and this happens all the time, please ignore the first part of this paragraph. Also, finally Emma. Finally.

We are the Champions -The New Directions (A) Instead of everyone saying heartfelt goodbyes and sitting around discussing what comes next, they simply celebrated their collective win and Schue as Teacher of the Year. What a fitting way to head into the end of the season, as well as the original era of Glee. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who teared up quite a bit as the episode came to a close.

Quotes

Are you forgetting who you are Jesse?  Your Bohemian Rhapsody was, like, the benchmark performance of every show choir competition in the past ten years.” –Rachel
Most people don’t realize I lost ten pounds during that performance.” –Jesse

“I show up here and there’s not even a red button to push and a chair to spin me around where I can then point at a kid on stage and yell ‘I wanna work with you!’ Really? I’m firing my manager.” -Lindsay Lohan
“Can I use that as an exclusive?” -Perez Hilton

“With Monique down for the count, we are entering The Hunger Games of show choir competition without one of our most powerful voices.” -Sue

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glee recapping: props

Here’s what you missed on Glee: Prom-asauras

Story

  • Sue wants to beat out Vocal Adrenaline by having Kurt dress as a woman.
  • Tina is finally fed up about being in the background of the glee club.
  • After some motivating words from Rachel (playing Tina), Tina motivates real Rachel to seek out a second chance with Carmen Tibideaux.
  • Sue says the Trouble Tones are going to make another appearance at Nationals.
  • The glee girls find out that Coach Beiste is still with Cooter and they ask her why.
  • Puck gets in a confrontation at school because he was called a “Lima Loser” by Rick.

“My name is Tina Cohen-Chang!” Tell ’em Tina! For a person that has been on the show since the pilot you would think Tina would have more screen time. Or maybe you don’t? Which is probably why we  (I) didn’t even notice her fashion changes over the course of four seasons. I honestly forgot that she was a year behind all of the relevant characters. Maybe Tina will get to live out her dream of being Rachel next year? But most likely she will be relegated to singing behind some new prodigy that happens to stumble about the campus. Cheers to Tina and, more importantly, obscurity.

Talk about Mash-Ups… Question: Why the h3!! wasn’t the whole episode done inside of Tina’s mind? Answer: Who’s Tina? But seriously, if you didn’t think Puck and Finn were the most intimate versions of Blaine and Kurt that we’ve ever seen then you must be delusional. Shuester’s “Sue-Suit” gave off that Eric Northman vibe. Santana is still the hottest living organism in Lima, Ohio while she’s portraying Artie. I know I gave Blaine a hard time about his “broccoli” head, but I’d rather see that than seeing him with Puck’s mohawk. Maybe going all Bizzaro World in the mind of character that barely exists for an entire episode is a stretch–I get that. But Glee, why must you tease me with genius?!

Puck Lucked Up: For a brief second–more like two weeks–I thought Puck was going to be staying around McKinley for another year due to his failed grade. Maybe (Definitely) that was just a vast majority little part of myself that still doesn’t want to let go off the original cast–and I shouldn’t be blamed for that! I’ll admit it was bittersweet when Puck was told that he could retake his European Geography final. I would have never been so happy to witness someone fail a grade in my life. Or maybe I should just say “congratulations”? Whatever, I’m so over it anyway…

Music

I Won’t Give Up – Rachel (A) If you’re like me and you felt that “I won’t give up on us” sounds like Rachel was singing to herself, as well as her hopes and dreams, then this could be considered a narcissistic song pick. Who cares, it was fitting and the future Mrs. Hudson sounded amazing.

Because You Loved Me – Tina as Rachel (A) Her mannerisms were completely spot-on, including the way Rachel closes her eyes when she’s really into the lyrical content of her song choice. Although this technically wasn’t a Tina performance, Jenna Ushkowitz definitely set the stage for Tina to move to the forefront of the glee club next season.

Mean – Puck and Beiste (A) This was an unexpectedly awesome duet from the two people who’ve experienced (arguably) the roughest moments of the season.

Flashdance (What a Feeling) Tina and Rachel (A) Almost definitely the first and last time we’ll hear these two together, which is a shame since they have such similar bouncy, energetic energy. Everything about this performance was the perfect way to head to nationals.

Quotes

It’s time to fight fire with the flaming flames of additional flamey gay fire.” -Sue

“Trick or treat, badabing!” – Kurt/Snooki
“Hey, what’s a guy gotta do to get a candy situaiton up in here?” -Blaine/The Situation

I’m a human prop and I’m sick of it!” –Tina
Take a lap and cool down, Asian number one.” -Sue

“William, I can taste your Axe body spray.” -Sue

Getting metal sparks on your face is how you get freckles.” -Brittany

“The truth is, it takes a lot of crystals to make something shine.” -Tina

“I don’t think I’m allowed back in Chicago after I body slammed Refrigerator Perry during a bar fight.” -Coach Beiste

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