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April Rhodes returns and we learn a heartbreaking secret about Sam during a week of rumors


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May 04, 2011 at 12:26 PM EDT

Opinions about the last two episodes of Glee have been varied, to say the least. But there are a few things about last night’s episode that I think we can all agree on: It had its ups (Fondue for Two! Kristin Chenoweth!), its downs (Is that really how they’re using Sue these days?), and its OMGs (Sam!!), and introduced us to the fattest cat on television (all hail Lord Tubbington).

So let’s get together and run through the episode — but don’t come too close to me; I might steal all your gold.

We opened with the first episode of Brittany’s new Web series Fondue for Two, first shown to you by Mandi Bierly yesterday, which (1) I hope becomes a regular feature and (2) really set up tonight’s theme (rumors) in a clever way that didn’t involve Mr. Schue writing it on the board. (He eventually did, though. Boo.) Instead, Brittany dropped a bomb to her two guests (Tina and Mercedes): “Santana plays for the other team.” Now, Glee fans knew immediately that Brittany had definitely misspoken and that her words were meant to be interpreted in a context other than sexuality — because she would never out Santana like that. Nonetheless, it started the rumor mill in a major way.

Back at school, Sam rejected Rachel’s suggestion that they go to prom together, saying she wasn’t his type. The invitation in general had me a little confused because that’s one pair I do not see happening. Not that I wouldn’t want it to (they’re both sort of innocent and quietly sweet — when they want to be), but I just don’t think it’s in the cards. It turns out that the odd moment had an important function in that it led the way to a much more substantive plot for Sam. (More on that in a bit.)

On the other end of the spectrum, Sue’s plot this week felt neither important nor substantive. This week she resurrected the school newspaper, The Muckraker. Except, in its second life, it was as concerned with facts as the writers are about giving Sue something new to do besides play cat and mouse with Schue and the glee club. This woman is hilarious, and I’m ready to see her get some new and innovative evil things to do — something I hope does not include random, frightening costume changes.

The Muckraker caused plenty of drama among the gang: It led Finn to believe Quinn was cheating on him, it put Brittany and closeted Santana’s friendship on the fritz, and caused Artie and Brittany’s abrupt breakup. (Nooo!)

Honestly, I was surprised that the latter happened at all. I had previously assumed that Artie was vaguely aware of the Santana aspect of Brittany’s life. So I was a little confused when he became defensive about it — not that I blame him. He had a reason to be upset that his girlfriend was being manipulated and carrying on a sort of relationship with another person. But seriously, Artie. Why’d you have to call her stupid? Any other word choice would have sufficed. Sigh.

NEXT: Schue cries. We cry (but not because he did).

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