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Glee – The Quarterback

by Alan Rapp on October 12, 2013

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Glee - The Quarterback

Real life hits hard as current and past members of New Directions come together to honor the passing of Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith, who passed away from a drug overdose this summer) beginning with an ensemble empty stage performance of “Seasons of Love” from RENT. From there “The Quarterback” picks up three weeks after the funeral as Mr. Shue (Matthew Morrison)  gathers as many of his current and former Glee Club members as possible to find a way to memorialize their friend the only way they know how – through song. “The Quarterback” is a heartfelt goodbye containing several emotionally raw scenes and well-chosen performances providing a fitting farewell to both the actor and the character.

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  • Title: Glee – Tina in the Sky with Diamonds
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Glee - Tina in the Sky with Diamonds

The Beatles theme from last week’s season premiere continues as McKinley High prepares for prom and Tina‘s (Jenna Ushkowitz) nomination for prom queen quickly goes to her head beginning with dumping Sam (Chord Overstreet) as her prom date and making everyone around her miserable. The equally nominated Kitty (Becca Tobin), who has no interest in winning the crown, finds herself in the middle of a feud between the Glee Club and the Cheerios (who push the cheerleader’s campaign whether she wants to win or not).

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Glee – Love, Love, Love

by Alan Rapp on September 28, 2013

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Glee - Love, Love, Love

Glee returns for a Fifth Season with the first of two Beatles episodes as Mr. Shue (Matthew Morrison) welcomes the New Directions back (from apparently some kind of mid-semester break as no one has graduated) with an assignment on the music of the band’s early years. Sue (Jane Lynch)  returns from her suspension as well to promptly frame and force Figgins (Iqbal Theba) out as she takes over as McKinley High’s new principal. Her first order of business is to demand national championships from both the Glee Club and the Cheerios if Will and Roz Washington (NeNe Leakes) want to keep their jobs past the end of the year.

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Glee – All or Nothing

by Alan Rapp on May 11, 2013

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Glee - All or Nothing

In the show’s Fourth Season finale (wow, has Glee really been on the air that long?), Rachel (Lea Michele) returns for her final call back for the new Broadway show of Funny Girl, Brittany (Heather Morris) returns from her campus visit to MIT (where they believe the blonde cheerleader might be the greatest mathematical idiot savant they have ever seen) with an over-sized ego, Ryder (Blake Jenner) discovers the identity of his online girlfriend and threatens to quit, and New Directions heads to Regionals.

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Glee – Wonder-ful

by Alan Rapp on May 3, 2013

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Glee - Wonder-ful

Children and their parents are a common theme in the show’s latest episode as Kurt (Chris Colfer) returns to Lima fearing the worst as his father (Mike O’Malley) gets his test results and Kitty (Becca Tobin) discovers Artie‘s (Kevin McHale) recent funk is caused by his fear to leave his mother (Katey Sagal) alone that is so strong it may quash his dreams to head to New York for film school. Meanwhile, the New Directions prepare for Regionals by performing the greatest hits of Stevie Wonder with the help of Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Mike Chang (Harry Shum Jr.) who return to help whip the New Directions into shape and offer Kurt their support.

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Glee – Lights Out

by Alan Rapp on April 27, 2013

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Glee - Lights Out

A power outage at McKinley High School leads Mr. Shue (Matthew Morrison) to throw out his original plans of big arena numbers after catching a glimpse at the competition’s secret weapon (Jessica Sanchez) to have the New Directions instead focus on a group of acoustic numbers while Principal Figgins (Iqbal Theba) works to try and solve the problem. In New York Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) try to perform an intervention for Santana (Naya Rivera) after discovering their friend is now working as a cage dancer at a sleazy New York night club.

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Glee – Sweet Dreams

by Alan Rapp on April 20, 2013

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Glee - Sweet Dreams

As New Directions puts the shooting behind them, in a variety of odd ways, to prepare for Regionals, Rachel (Lea Michele) prepares for “the culmination of every dream” she’s ever had by trying out for the Broadway revival of Funny Girl, with the unexpected help of Shelby (Idina Menzel) who shows up at Miata to help her daughter land her dream role. Finn (Cory Monteith) and Puck (Mark Salling) begin a teenager’s dream version of college together (all partying all the time), Coach Beiste (Dot Jones) convinces Will (Matthew Morrison) to forgive Finn, and Roz Washington (NeNe Leakes) takes over the Cheerios proving to be every bit as loudmouthed, crazy, and annoying as the departing Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch).

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Glee – Shooting Star

by Alan Rapp on April 13, 2013

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Glee - Shooting Star

As the Glee Club gets ready for Regionals, Brittany (Heather Morris) becomes obsessed with a new asteroid she believes will wipe out all life in Lima, which leads Mr. Shue (Matthew Morrison) to placate New Directions’ dumbest member with a “Last Chance” assignment to embrace the urgency of singing together for possibly the last time. However, heartbreak and singing are put on hold when McKinley High is rocked by a school shooting with the Glee Club hiding in the practice room scared for their lives and the friends and family who are trapped alone elsewhere in the school.

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Glee – Feud

by Alan Rapp on March 16, 2013

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“Did you confront him at Miata with a Paula Abdul song?”

Glee - Feud

With the tension between Will (Matthew Morrison) and Finn (Cory Monteith) at an all-time high, Artie (Kevin McHale), Blaine (Darren Criss), and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) perform and intervention and give the pair an assignment to perform a song together inspired by a classic musical rivalry. Standing up for Marley (Melissa Benoist) and Jake (Jacob Artist), Unique (Alex Newell) confronts Ryder (Blake Jenner) about coming between them, and Ryder’s unwillingness to accept Wade as a girl, causing the pair to attempt to solve their feud in song as well.

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Glee – Girls (and Boys) on Film

by Alan Rapp on March 10, 2013

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Glee - Girls (and Boys) on Film

Newly arrived in New York, Santana (Naya Rivera) quickly overstays her welcome when she gets snowed in with Rachel (Lea Michele), Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Adam (Oliver Kieran-Jones). Meanwhile back in Lima, the Glee Club gets an assignment to break up into male and female teams to choose and perform mashups of their favorite songs from their favorite movies in the wake of Will (Matthew Morrison) and Emma’s (Jayma Mays) wedding debacle. Despite Will’s decision to give Emma space, Finn (Cory Monteith) continues to search for Mr. Shue’s runaway bride even attempting to enlist the help of Sue (Jane Lynch), Artie (Kevin McHale) and Emma’s parents (Don Most, Valerie Mahaffey).

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