Week two of Glee season five is here and I don’t think this episode was the greatest.
This week was prom for our McKinley High students. I don’t think the transition into the prom season was transitioned very well, but that’s something that can be up for discussion a little later on. On a brighter note, Demi Lovato made her first appearance in this episode as Dani, or Danielle, a co-worker of both Rachel and Santana. This was also the second week that the Glee Club, as well as all of the other cast members, dedicated to The Beatles.
Spoilers of last night’s episode are ahead, read on at your own risk.
Last week, we learned that Sam (Chord Overstreet) was going to take Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) to prom with him. She was feeling really down on herself, and this was their way of lifting her spirits. If you all remember, the men of Glee Club serenaded her in the auditorium and she got to choose who she wanted as a prom date. Not many girls get to choose their date, so it was a pretty spectacular opportunity. Wouldn’t that be like a Sadie Hawkin’s dance and not prom because it’s ladies choice? Oh well, technicalities!
Sam doesn’t really want to take Tina though; I think he felt obligated more than anything. He immediately says at the beginning of the episode that he wishes he were taking someone he actually cared about, not his friend. Would you want to go with Sam knowing that these boys put together their musical ensemble just because they felt bad for you? It’s kind of shocking that Tina agreed in the first place.
Maybe a date is better than no date.
Principal, Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), announced the nominates for Prom King and Prom Queen. For King, out of the Glee members, Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss) and Artie Abrams (Kevin McHale) were contenders. A stoner named Brett was also up for nomination. For the ladies, Kitty Wilde (Becca Tobin), and Tina Cohen-Chang were nominated. There were also two other girls who Sue gave little importance to which told us there was absolutely no way they really had a chance of winning.
That left Kitty and Tina, which would make us think the claws were about to come out for a girl fight.
Surprisingly, Kitty said she wanted to support her fellow Glee member. As a sophomore, she has other opportunities to win the crown, whereas Tina only has this year because it’s her graduating year. In spite of how nice and selfless Sam was being, biting the bullet to be her prom date, Tina, after being nominated for Queen, turned around and declined Trouty Mouth’s offer of being her date. Her reason was that she wanted to go with a group of single ladies instead to maximize probability of winning the crown.
Back in New York, Rachel (Lea Michele) was still agonizing over not getting the part of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. All she wanted was her big break and it seemed as though she wasn’t getting it. On the other hand, Santana’s (Naya Rivera) success seemed to double Rachel’s. It wasn’t much, and it didn’t seem like something to brag about, but Santana landed a gig for a Yeastistat commercial. Doesn’t just the name make you cringe? At least Monistat is a little more discreet.
It’s awful to say, but that commercial could have possibly been the best part of the episode. Santana’s line in the commercial, “I like yeast on my bagel but not in my muffin” was hilarious. Maybe Sue’s upcoming nicknames had the power to rival this one-liner.
We know that Sue loves to terrorize the Glee Club and this year is no different. In fact, she might be a little tougher on them because she’s the principal. I do wish we would see more of her baby. It seems a little silly to get her pregnant and have her milk that if you don’t show the child at all afterwards. In true Sue Sylvester form, she had multiple witticisms ready when she spoke to Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison) and Sam. The teacher was referred to as “Busted Timberfake”, while the senior was called, “Nipples the Stripping Clown.” Both titles were brilliant. I love watching her and hearing what degrading remarks she comes up with.
Penny Owen, the new school nurse, who is only a sophomore in college is there administering vaccinations as per Sue’s request. Sam has a fear of needles, but after seeing this beautiful nurse, he decides to come up with as many ideas as he can to be sick. Anything to avoid the vaccination though. Later on Sue fires Penny for incompetence. After taking a urine sample and getting ready to administer a vaccination, she mixed the two up, and someone got an unpleasant surprise. Sam, her new admirer, came up with a plan to combat this; he would get a vaccine and then tell Sue that she couldn’t fire the nurse.
Exactly that happened and he ran to the principal to plead for Penny. It wasn’t much of a surprise when Sue agreed to allow the woman to stay behind. She looked at her as a possible new toy to play with.
We finally got to see Lovato appear as Dani in the diner with Rachel and Santana. She and Santana hit it off immediately. They talked about how they were either supported by their families or not supported. Danielle was one of those people who wasn’t. She said her mother caught her making out with a girl in the basement, and she took her guitar and never looked back. Obviously all people who run away from home can afford to live in New York. I guess that almost reflects back to Jude and Max in the movie Across the Universe which also was inspired by The Beatles, but it still lacks realism in modern times. Cost of living is horrendous.
After their shift, Santana kindly walked her new coworker home. Outside of the apartment building, Dani gave her acquaintance a chaste kiss. I was shocked there was already a kiss, though I suppose if it were just a quickly, friendly one, it’s no big deal.
Prom was finally here! The band, also known as the Glee Club, were dressed similarly to band club members, just brightly colored. This prom immediately made me miss last year’s. I’ll admit The Beatles music is amazing but the covers weren’t that impressive. At least at the last prom they featured a rather interesting cover on the One Direction song, “What Makes You Beautiful”.
With just moments before Prom King and Queen were announced, I tried my very best to figure out who would win. I assumed Kitty would be the Queen because the Cheerios were dedicated to campaigning for her. Blaine would have made an excellent King, too, but no, why would they do that? Tina and Stoner Brett received the coveted titles. Brett seemed a little…out of it, while Tina was thrilled to finally receive that recognition.
After Rachel left Glee club, I thought she was handing the reigns over to Tina, but that wasn’t the case. Tina actually had to wait, and almost fight, for the position she wanted to be in.
Bree, the cruel Cheerio, (you can read more about her in last week’s recap), decided she wanted to humiliate Tina. With the help of the only person who really seemed to support Tina unconditionally, they did just that. It was probably the worst reenactment of the prom scene in Carrie. Leave that to Chloe-Grace Moretz, or even Sissy Spacek. Instead of blood, they chose a very classy, cherry red slushie.
Covered from head to toe with this sticky substance, Tina dashed off the stage, leaving her Glee friends to clean up the mess. They all followed her into the choir room and tried to console her. It didn’t work until Kitty kindly decided to forfeit her dress so the Queen could continue to reign. The bubble gum pink gown definitely looked better on the girl who resembles Barbie.
It seemed like everything was getting a happy ending. Except Rachel. She still hadn’t heard back about whether or not she had received the part of Fanny.
While working in the diner, Rachel spotted the man she auditioned for, and immediately went over to his table to take his order. He requested a whole cake, something the disgruntled dreamer seemed disappointed with…until she heard what he wanted on it. The text he wanted read, “congratulations Rachel Berry, you’re Fanny Brice.” Yay, Rachel received the role of Fanny! Was anyone really surprised? She wanted NYADA, after some struggle, she got it. She wanted the role she wanted in Funny Girl, she got it.
Even though everyone is so happy, I couldn’t help but think about how sad next week’s episode, The Quarterback will be. For those who don’t know, that’s the episode they’re dedicating to Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith). All of this happiness everyone is feeling is going to come crashing down with news of Finn’s death. It’s cruel to build them up so much only to tear them down again. Are we really surprised though? That’s what the Glee writers love to do to the characters and viewers.
Don’t forget to tune in next week for the tearjerker of an episode! I’m already preparing my tissues!
What did you think of what happened in this week’s episode? Was the prom what you expected? Sound off in the comments below!