For months, we waited impatiently for it. Then, finally, last night our impatience was rewarded with the episode so important it could only be titled one thing: ”Sectionals.” (Alternate title: ”Your Last Whiff of Glee Until April 13.”) And while there were some small annoyances — could we have squeezed in a proper trophy presentation? — I’m pleased to report that the (feel-)goods were delivered. Newsflash: New Directions = Champions! Not that we should’ve been terribly surprised — how else do you advance to Regionals? — but it was fun to see our club impress in competition, especially Rachel, who was in full Glee-va mode. Newsflash #2: Will closed the book on Terri and opened his heart to Emma, who, gosh of goshes, never made it to the altar. But we’re just scratching the shiny surface: Quinn’s secret leaked out! Sue got served! Anchor Rod’s a Sectionals judge! I think it’s time to hop on the bus and take a joy ride to ”Sectionals.”
Sectionals: Where You Can Get What You Want
How did New Directions feel about Emma subbing for Will as director? Perhaps Brittany summed it up best when she mumbled, ”She’s the one they made me talk to when they found out I was keeping that bird in my locker.” (That was her second best line of the night.) As they began formulating a Sectional set list, things got entertaining: Rachel volunteered to sing a ballad from her repertoire, only to be met by an equal and opposite force in Mercedes. ”Okay, you know what, Miss Bossypants? Enough. I’ve worked just as hard as you and I’m just as good as you. You know, you always end up stealing up the spotlight.” ”Mercedes, do you honestly think you’re as strong of a balladeer as I am? Ballads are kind of my thing.” (Don’t forget gold stars, Rachel!) Mercedes promptly proved that ballads were kind of her thing too, singing the hell out of ”And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls, and thrilling her Glee-mates. ”It’s clear the room adores you,” Rachel graciously conceded. ”And although it wouldn’t be my first choice, I can’t wait to see you sing that song at Sectionals. You’re amazing, Mercedes, and you deserve it. I’m going to hug you now.” That’s our Rachel — proud of Mercedes, proud of herself being so magnanimous.
As the bus prepared to depart for Sectionals, Will sweated details with Emma. Boy, did it pain him not to be there. Oh, look at this last-minute arrival: Jacob, here to act as a sway-but-don’t-sing replacement for Finn, who’d stormed out of rehearsal after hearing the truth about Quinn’s baby (more on that later). Props to Blog Boy for pursuing his creepy crush on Rachel in the face of his ”terrible public event anxiety.”
New Directions soon had a similar sinking feeling. Just as Sue had deviously planned, the kids were assigned the final performance slot. Then they had to sit in the audience and watch blatant musical thievery. As Jane Addams topped off ”And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” with butt wiggles, Rachel tried to console Mercedes: ”It’s a really popular song.” Poor Artie basted in his own hate juices as he watched the girls perform ”Proud Mary” in wheelchairs. Flustered, Emma called Will with the bad news: ”The kids are completely freaking out, Artie keeps ramming himself into the wall, and I’m pretty sure that Jacob Ben Israel just wet himself…. Will, these kids need a leader right now.”
NEXT: Playing it loose