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Glee recap: Dream a Little Dream

Neil Patrick Harris guest-stars and battles Will over New Directions’ future

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TV Show
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In Season
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Jane Lynch, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Chris Colfer
Comedy, Music

With Joss Whedon directing and Neil Patrick Harris guest-starring, last night’s episode of Glee was like a perfect storm of all things that Gleeks (and EW readers) love. If the the smoke monster from Lost showed up, my TV set might have exploded. I was on set for this episode back in March and actually got to witness the fantastic ”Dream On” duet. First of all, Joss Whedon is like one of the nicest guys ever and was so psyched to be directing Glee. And Morrison and Harris, both great guys as well, had fantastic chemistry on stage. Someone should get these two in a Broadway show together stat.

Harris played Bryan Ryan (genius), Will’s former high school rival — we even got a fantastic flashback to a brief moment in their Glee club history, complete with mullets and bad braces. And magic-lover Harris got to pull of a little abracadabra. Harris was just fantastic as Bryan; he was like Barney from How I Met Your Mother‘s even-meaner twin brother (although Bryan seemed to have less enthusiasm for suits and more for a solid motorcycle jacket). I love that Bryan went from King’s Island performer to cruise ship circuit to crack addiction. That’s quite a trajectory.

Also, Bryan’s show choir conversion group reminded me of Harris’ guest-appearance on Will & Grace back in the day in which he played a gay guy who ran a gay conversion group. But still that whole joke made me laugh, especially Molly Shannon. I hope she returns next season.

Will and Bryan did such a great version of Billy Joel’s ”Piano Man” that I wish they would have released that as a downloadable track. Those two harmonize quite well together. Perhaps in lieu of a trip to Broadway, a Harris/Morrison boy band should be in the works? Bryan mentioning Terri made me realize that the Wicked Witch of Glee has been totally MIA for weeks. Where has she been?

Sadly Bryan and Sue only had two brief scenes together, but their major moment was a doozy, culminating in them apparently having hate sex. I think that’s one of the few times we’ve seen Sue exhibit any kind of sexual energy towards someone, and it was hilarious.

Besides Kurt, Artie is definitely the most tragic character on the show. His storylines are just so heart wrenching, especially this week when he was so determined to walk. Tina is still such a mystery to me. I don’t have much of an emotional connection to her so hopefully next season the writers will delve a little deeper into her personal life.

NEXT: A not-so-surprising twist