Rachel plans to make a comeback this week on “Glee” with the help of Brittany.  She pays Brittany to dress like her in an attempt to make Rachel’s style popular.  Meanwhile, Sam starts a one-man band, called The Justin Bieber Experience, to impress Quinn.  Will Rachel become popular? Will Sam’s Justin Bieber tribute win Quinn’s heart? Find out in our review…

The Players:

  • Director: Bradley Buecker
  • Writer: Ryan Murphy
  • Cast: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Jenna Ushkowitz, Mark Salling, Matthew Morrison, Ashley Fink, Chord Overstreet, Harry Shum, Jr., Darren Criss, Dot Jones, Jayne Lynch, Jayma Mays, Max Adler, James Earl

Episode Title: “Comeback”

Sue becomes depressed when the Cheerios cannot compete in Nationals, and tries to overdose on gummy vitamins. Emma convinces Will to invite Sue to sit in on Glee Club as a way of making her feel better, and Sue immediately stirs up trouble between the members, turning Rachel and Mercedes against one another using slander. Rachel enlists Brittany in her plan to make a comeback by having Brittany wear the same style clothing as her as a way of making Rachel more popular.  Her plan backfires when Brittany is named ‘Trendiest Girl in America’ but Rachel is given no recognition.  Finn initially claims that “Bieber sucks,” but then is rejected by Quinn in favor of Sam’s Bieber tribute.

The Good:

  • Sam Using Music to Win Quinn Back: Sam turns to music as a way of winning Quinn back.  Not only is their love of music something they both have in common, Sam comes up with a strategy that will make himself more likable.  We get to see more than the musical aspect of Sam’s attempt to catch Quinn’s attention: we see him examining what characteristics are desirable.  It just so happens that a rad haircut mixed with some dance moves and smooth vocals does the trick.
  • Mr. Shue Helping Sue: Upon the advice of Emma, Sue sits in on the glee club meetings to help ward off her fake depression.  It’s touching to watch Sue’s happiness when singing with the children in the Pediatrics Cancer Unit at a local hospital.  Even amidst her scheming and hatred, we see a side of her that makes us unable to hate her back.

The So-So:

  • Puck-er Up: Puck and Lauren were super-cute and funny together last week, but this week their relationship got a little bit awkward.  We love seeing Puck stare at her in admiration while she is at wrestling practice.  And we love that he advises her to picture the audience in their underwear “to make them seem more vulnerable” when she is nervous about singing in front of others.  But their relationship is getting old as we encounter the same dynamics of Puck trying to woo her and Lauren turning him down over and over.

The Quotable:

  • Sue to Will: “Sponge-hair square-chin”
  • Sam: “Who’s more rock-n-roll than Justin Bieber.”
  • Sue, after Sam sings: “I’ve gotta get that girl on the Cheerios.”
  • Mike, after kissing Tina: “Are you playing Angry Birds?” Tina: “Sorry.” Mike: “Want to see my abs?” Tina: “Sure.”
  • Mercedes, regarding the diva-off: “I’ve gotta go get my cross trainers. You know why? Because I’m gonna be doing some runs.”
  • Sue: “Where’s the hate?” Will: “Not how glee club works, Sue.”
  • Rachel, after Tina, Santana, and Quinn down her style: “I’m wearing the same sweater as you all.”  Tina: “No, yours has reindeer on it.  This is a carousel horse.”
  • Emma’s pamphlet (that she gives Sue): “I’m too depressed to open this pamphlet.”
  • Sue to Will: “I will never forgive you for this.”

The Music:

  • “Baby,” Justin Bieber–  Sam sings this song twice, first at a bat mitzvah to test out his new look and sound on a group of 12-year-old girls, and second to the glee club in an attempt to woo Quinn, which works like a charm.
  • “Somebody to Love,” Justin Bieber – The Justin Bieber Experience (Sam, Artie, Mike, and Puck) serenades the rest of the glee club with this Justin Bieber hit because they want their girlfriends to be as into them now as they were on Valentine’s Day.
  • “I Know What Boys Like,” The Waitresses – Lauren’s solo.  The funniest part is not her head-twirling or her shoving the other girls over. It’s her picturing the audience in their underwear.  The weakest song this week, but the funniest by far.
  • “Take Me or Leave Me,” Rent – Rachel and Mercedes’ diva-off.  Sue tries to create inner turmoil amongst the glee-clubbers, but instead of remaining angry at each other, Rachel and Mercedes are happy by the time they finish singing. Why? Because they sounded freaking awesome!
  • “Sing,” My Chemical Romance – This is the anthem Sue wants to sing for Regionals, so the entire glee club sings it with her, dressed in red plaid flannel shirts and trapper hats to perform.  The result is high-energy.

Overall:

This week’s “Glee” examined music as a universal language that can spread cheer to others or increase one’s own happiness.  Even the simplest songs are powerful enough to affect others’ emotions.

Rating: 9/10

“Glee” airs Tuesday nights at 8pm on FOX.

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Agree? Disagree? Can you resist Bieber fever after watching this week’s episode? Let us know in the comments!