Glee has been on a roll this season (I got shivers during this week’s “Somewhere” duet with Idina Menzel and Lea Michele), but next week’s installment, “Asian F,” is must-watch viewing for any Glee fan. I was lucky enough to get to screen the episode in advance, and Gleeks will be thrilled to know it’s one of the series’ best episodes ever. Moving, funny, and exhilarating — it’s all the things that made Glee so great in the first place.
“Asian F” focuses mostly on Mike Chang (Harry Shum Jr.) and Mercedes (Amber Riley), two characters who finally get a rich showcase. Mike gets an A- on a test (an “Asian F”) and his father becomes worried that glee club and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) are a distraction. Meanwhile, Mercedes and Rachel (Lea Michele) battle it out for the role of Maria in West Side Story. I don’t want to spoil too much of the episode but it’s chock full of amazing numbers, including Brittany (Heather Morris)’s rollicking version of Beyonce’s “(Girls) Run the World.” The episode also features covers of Jennifer Hudson’s “Spotlight” and Coldplay’s “Fix You,” alongside some truly moving moments (not only do we meet Mike’s mother and father, but also Emma’s parents).
If, by chance, you’re not watching Glee this year (or maybe have never watched it), “Asian F” is a good reason to tune in.
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