<p><p><p><p><p><p>One McKinley team wins big at sectionals, Sam returns, Mike makes peace with his dad, and Quinn makes a decision</p></p></p></p></p></p>
After all the nastiness of the last few episodes, Glee went deep into the warm fuzzies last night as New Directions won sectionals and welcomed back the members who’d defected to the Troubletones, Sam returned to help bring home the victory, Finn buried the hatchet with Blaine, Mike reconciled with his dad, and Quinn somehow stopped her freefall into Lifetime movie dimension. Phew! All that and we still have a holiday episode to look forward to.
But more about last night. Sectionals were going to be held in the McKinley High auditorium for the first time since 1963, and knowing that without Rachel (or Mercedes, Santana, and Brittany) New Directions had a ghost of a chance of winning with the existing members, Finn and Rachel set out to bring back Sam. He was now living in Kentucky, his dad (Pa Kent! Love you, John Schneider!) was working again, and the family was no longer homeless. But turned out that in order to supplement their income, Sam was working at a strip club under the name of White Chocolate unbeknownst to his folks, who thought he worked at Dairy Queen. They had no good explanation for why DQ would require body glitter though.
But Ma and Pa allowed Sam to transfer back to McKinley, bringing back in that star power that Finn felt the team needed. You know, there would have been a considerable amount of paperwork required for this minor to move in with noncustodial guardians in another state and register for school… Sorry, got sidetracked into the real word for a minute there.
But Sam returned to the fold, the welcomed prodigal son. Funny that Rory first got all happy when Sam walked in, though he wouldn’t know him, having just started at McKinley this year. But that was corrected by a small scene where you could see Kurt explaining something to Rory, presumably who Sam is and why everyone was so excited.
I have to say that I was hoping for a little more on the end of Kurt and Sebastian’s detente, but their coffee-house verbal duel was a good set-up for some future fallout. As soon as Blaine stepped away, Kurt started it off by telling Sebastion that he didn’t like him or the way the new Warbler spoke to his boyfriend. Sebastian seemed to relish this head-on attack, murmuring “Fun!” before launching into the reasons why he’d be ending up with both Blaine and a nationals trophy at the end of the year: “Blaine’s too good for you. New Directions is a joke. And one of us has a hard luck case of the gay face and it ain’t me.” I give Kurt’s “You smell like Craigslist” rejoinder enough attack points to call it a draw. (Yes, my kid was big into Yu-Gi-Oh.)