First off, I'd like to thank Ryan Murphy for throwing in some fine eye candy this week on "Glee's" episode, "Hold Onto Sixteen." Thoroughly enjoyed Chord Overstreet's sexy dancing and shots of Darren Criss boxing.
This week at sectionals, "Glee" wrapped up several story lines including Mike (Harry Shum Jr.) vs. Tiger Dad, Quinn's (Dianna Agron) "rich white girl problems," and the Troubletones vs. New Directions.
Mike had decided to follow his father's wishes by applying to Stanford for premed, but this did not sit well with Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) who felt that he was a coward for not pursuing his dreams of becoming a dancer.
Tina took matters into her own hands by confronting Tiger Dad and encouraging him to recognize his son's artistic talents. Mike Sr. argued that performing careers are full of disappointment and hardship, but she pointed out that this is what they were born to do.
Tiger Dad eventually had a change of heart after watching his son perform at sectionals. He encouraged Mike to pursue his dream and to apply to dance schools. When realizing that the application deadlines had passed, Tina revealed that she had sent in the applications for him, forging his signature in the process. Didn't the same thing happen to Jen (Michelle Williams) on "Dawson's Creek"?
Given Rachel's (Lea Michele) suspension and disqualification from sectionals, Finn (Cory Monteith) decided that New Directions needed Sam Evans in order to boost their chances. He and Rachel found him working as a stripper in order to support his family.
Financial hardships had forced Sam to grow up too fast, but he was able to convince his parents to allow him to transfer back to McKinley in order to resume his life as a normal teenager.
Sam's life experience allowed him to see through Quinn. For weeks, she had been trying to regain custody of Beth, to get pregnant again, and most recently to get Shelby (Idina Menzel) fired for sleeping with Puck (Mark Salling). Sam saw that Quinn was in a hurry to grow up, and that she had "rich white girl problems."
Rachel convinced Quinn to at least inform Shelby before ratting her out to Figgins (it was the "adult" thing to do). Shelby told Quinn that she had regretted sleeping with Puck, and advised her to enjoy being young while she could.
After weeks of bringing on the crazy, Quinn miraculously finally decided to enjoy her senior year. She also decided to apply to Yale to study drama. (As Puck put it, she doesn't need a dude or a kid to get out of Lima). I'm thinking she'll be back on the Cheerios within a few episodes. She does need the extracurriculars.
This week, Finn miraculous put aside his beef with Blaine and joined forces in order to lead New Directions to victory. A medley of Jackson hits combined with Sam's sexy body rolls won over the judges who awarded them first place.
We also saw a number from the Unitards featuring "The Glee Project" contestant Lindsay Pearce and dancers Kent Boyd and Robert Roldan from "So You Think You Can Dance." Lindsay and Kurt (Chris Colfer) shared a brief exchange. She touted her own horn for being this good as a sophomore, proclaiming that next year would be a bloodbath.
Without regionals to look forward to, the Troubletones were in a bit of a dilemma. Although they wanted a chance to compete, they did not look forward to the prospect of always having to sing backup for Rachel and Blaine in New Directions.
Fortunately, Quinn convinced Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison) to allow the Troubletones to perform one number each performance. She also gave the ladies a pep talk about enjoying their senior year and being young.
These major story lines were wrapped up a little too quickly and neatly to be considered realistic. Yet it's just as well because this was one of the better episodes of the season. Could "Glee" be finally returning to its season 1 glory?
A few story lines remained unresolved. "Gay Face" Kurt and "CW Hair" Sebastian (Grant Gustin) make no bones about their conflict of interest. Sebastian believes that Blaine is too good for Kurt, while Kurt is not willing to let go of his man. I'm thinking the show should throw Karofsky back into the mix as a love interest for Sebastian. Sebastian could show him that it's possible to be gay while still being a guy's guy.
Meanwhile, Sam is still carrying the torch for Mercedes (Amber Riley), but she seems content to remain with her hulking bulldozer boyfriend for now. Still, her smile in the hallway and her reaction to his dancing at sectionals show that she hasn't completely forgotten about their summer fling.
Are you glad to see the baby drama resolved? Will Sam eventually win Mercedes back? Is Sebastian a better match for Blaine than Kurt? Are you looking forward to "Glee's" Christmas episode?
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