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Glee recap: The Way We Were

Finally, it’s back to McKinley High! Say hello, hello to the double-crossing love-triangles.

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Glee Hell O
Carin Baer/Fox


TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
Jane Lynch, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Chris Colfer
Comedy, Music

What??? Winter Break is over already??? I kid. In fact, that hiatus was so flippin’ long, I was beginning to worry that by the time we returned to the halls of McKinley High, our Glee gang might have already graduated — or at least that Puck’s mohawk might have grown out. But as it turns out, it’s show business as usual for New Directions. In our rather promising welcome-back episode, we saw a triple slushee facial within the first 30 seconds, a Sueper-sized helping of Sylvester, two fresh faces from rival Vocal Adrenaline, a slightly sluttier Will, and only a small amount of screen time for bump fraud Terri! Stuff explored this week: Introductions. Fear of intimacy. Fear of being alone. Self-confidence. Self-awareness. Jerry Bruckheimer. Before you say goodbye to last night, let’s recap the action of ”Hell-O.”

Rachel is Finn-ished, wants to be Jesse’s girl

Rachel’s heart skipped around so wildly this episode, she probably could’ve used some type of emotional pacemaker. She began the hour on Team Finn, trying to lock down her reluctant boyfriend with horrifying his-and-hers relationship calendars. ”That way we always know what the other is up to,” she explained, ”so you can’t say you forgot we had plans when you miss our dates anymore.” (He was busy stealing glances at his ex, Quinn, who’s now with Puck.) Feeling him slipping away, she asked for honesty — and got it: He dumped her, explaining, ”I think I need to connect with my inner rock star before I can fully commit to one woman.” Heartbroken, she called him a scared, rep-conscious child who hated how Quinn humiliated him. ”You’re freaking me out,” Finn said. ”It’s like you’re inside my head right now.” She dug in deeper, tearily telling him: ”I’m the only person in your life who knows you and accepts for who you are… no matter what.”

She wasn’t done going after Finn. During a previous rehearsal, Will had challenged New Directions to find a song to perform with the word ”hello” in the title, and after he gave Finn a be-a-rock-star pep talk — the one that led to Rachel’s heartbreak — Finn sang The Doors’ ”Hello, I Love You” with a healthy swagger. Now Rachel picked a song that tweaked the assignment: The All-American Rejects ”Gives You Hell.” Rachel owned the anger anthem, all but dedicating it to Finn. When Will dinged her for not following his instructions, she replied: ”I’m sorry, I was just focusing on the first syllable.” Will reminded everyone of the stakes here, as undefeated Vocal Adrenaline loomed ahead: ”If we don’t place at Regionals, Glee Club is over.”

Glee Clubs come and go, but a dreamy guy like Jesse St. James is forever. Maybe. A big highlight of the episode was the introduction of Vocal Adrenaline’s star, played by Jonathan Groff. (Anyone else see a small resemblance to Greek‘s Evan Chambers?) As Rachel scoped out song possibilities at the library, Jesse approached, playing both attentive and condescending. Criticizing her amazing rendition of ”Don’t Rain on My Parade” at Sectionals: ”You totally lack Barbra’s emotional depth… but you’re talented.” Noticing her timid reaction when he suggested they duet on Lionel Richie’s ”Hello” in the library: ”I remember when I used to get nervous.” He teemed with cocksureness and self-delusion: ”I’ve got a full ride to a little school called the University of California Los Angeles. Maybe you’ve heard of it. It’s in Los Angeles.” Or: ”I like to give impromptu concerts for the homeless. It’s so important to give back.” Rachel fell for it/him as they made beautiful music on ”Hello” (why, hello, nearby strings and percussion!) ”We should do this more often,” said Jesse. ”How’s Friday night?”

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