By Tim Stack
Updated September 10, 2009 at 05:00 AM EDT
Credit: Carin Baer/Fox

It’s finally here! After months and months of waiting since the pilot preview in May, Glee has finally hit the airwaves officially! It’s like the sun is shining once again. Although I have to admit that “Don’t Stop Believin’” has been in heavy rotation on my iPod all throughout this summer.

So, the premiere continued the burgeoning attraction between Rachel and Finn, despite the fact that the latter has a girlfriend (and president of the celibacy club), Quinn. First of all, couples whose names rhyme kind of make me wanna barf. Secondly, even though Quinn is supposed to be the villain, I kinda love her. “Now remember: if the balloon pops, the noise makes the angels cry.”

Totally agree with the kids on the fact that disco is not the way to go if you wanna build buzz. But when Will first brought up the idea of doing Kanye West’s “Gold Digger,” I got a little nervous. Yet the whole performance was fantastic (and thank you, producers, for making Matthew Morrison take off his jacket, revealing a tight T-shirt). I especially loved Artie wailing on the chorus. Very amusing.

Speaking of Will, I need him to dump Terri. She’s a beast. I do, though, understand the lady’s fondness for a kitchen sun nook; they are lovely. Also, her involvement does allow for scenes of Will in the bathtub, and I can’t complain about that!

But how far is Will gonna have to drop in order to keep the Glee club and Terri running? I mean, now he’s a janitor. Sadness. He and Emma bonding over janitorial duties is sort of genius given her OCD tendencies. I think their moment with the chalk dust was one of the hotter moments we’ve seen on Glee. Is it just me, or does Jayma Mays talk like she’s a wood nymph or something? What is that accent? Oddly, Jessalyn Gilsig has a similar tone in her voice.

Hands down, the funniest moment was the glee club’s performance of “Push It.” That was the most entertaining moment since the pilot’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” number. Also, I was kinda shocked by how raunchy it was for network television. There were definitely some heads bobbin’ up and down and butt slappin’. It was all in the name of comedy, though, so maybe the FCC doesn’t care so much.

While “Push It” made me giggle, Lea Michele’s version of “Take a Bow” made me hit the rewind button quite a few times (I’m watching it again as I write this — shame spiral fast approaching). I absolutely LOOOOVED this version. It was so sweet and sad. She completely conveyed the pain of a high school crush.

The entire episode was a lot broader in terms of comedy, which I enjoyed. But I bet that surprised a lot of viewers. Did it surprise you, PopWatchers?

If we’re talking comedy then we have to discuss how genius Jane Lynch is as Sue Sylvester? If this woman is not nominated for an Emmy next year, there is no justice. She also delivered my favorite line of the night after the “Push It” performance: “That was the most offensive thing I’ve seen in 20 years of teaching — and that includes an elementary school production of Hair.”

I’ve already watched “Take a Bow” about five times. What about you, PopWatchers? What did you think of last night’s Glee? Did it live up to the hype?

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