The series’ first episode to cover an album, this week’s “Glee” covers Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 release Rumours. But what happens when rumors spread amongst the New Directions members?  Find out in our review…

The Players:

  • Director: Tim Hunter
  • Writer: Ryan Murphy
  • CastDianna 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., Jayne Lynch, Kristen Chenoweth, Josh Sussman, Lauren Potter

Episode Title: “Rumours”

Sue causes mischief by publishing libel in the school newspaper and April returns seeking Will’s help with her latest project on Broadway.  Will has mixed feelings about leaving New Directions. The glee club gains a whole new respect for Sam when they discover some interesting new information about his family life.

The Good:

  • Rumors and Backstabbing: Yes, we’re categorizing this as good. Why? Because we saw the devastating affects that lies, rumors, and deception can cause. Not only is it an unnecessary distraction, as Kurt points out, rumors are difficult for us to ignore. We wonder if they are true, breeding jealousy and resentment and breaking one another’s trust.
  • Rachel Quips: While Rachel and Finn spy on Sam and Quinn, they discuss why Finn even dates Quinn if he doesn’t trust her–”because you forgive your first love anyway,” Rachel suggests. We’re not sure if that’s true, but it was thought-provoking nonetheless.
  • Sam’s Family: The tearjerker of the night, the glee club’s ability to let go of their petty grudges and come together in support of their fellow classmate was touching.

The Bad:

  • April, Sue’s Fourth Minion: We don’t care if she is just there for the protein placenta margarita, it’s awkward to watch her plot and plan Will’s future with the two people that hate him most (Sue and Terry) while he unknowingly helps her with her musical.
  • Santana:  She can’t seem to get her priorities straight. What does she want more: the title of prom queen? Brittany’s love? to conceal her secret? Regardless of what internal struggles she is having, she should be honest Brittany instead of pulling her around.

The Music:

  • “Dreams,” Fleetwood Mac – April and Will’s duet really showcased April’s voice with a soft lilt instead of a harsh, raspy sound. The performance was energetic to make us smile without being cheesy or distracting, too.
  • “Never Going Back Again,” Fleetwood Mac – Artie sings, Puck, Sam and others play acoustic guitars. It’s always nice to hear Artie’s soft tenor voice, whether rapping or singing, but what really made this song great was the instrumental aspect.
  • “Songbird,” Fleetwood Mac – Santana’s solo to Brittany. We should’ve known that one of the songs would be a “Britana” dedication since the last song Santana sang to Brittany was “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac.
  • “I Don’t Want to Know,” Fleetwood Mac – Finn and Quinn’s duet, which perfectly expressed how they feel about each other amongst a cloud of rumors and doubts in one another. Mr. Shue encouraged them to smile next time, but we loved it!
  • “Go Your Own Way,” Fleetwood Mac – Rachel’s solo, directed at Finn, was the usual heartfelt, belted Rachel Berry solo. She put some feeling into the song, but it didn’t stand out tonight.
  • “Don’t Stop,” Fleetwood Mac – New Directions sings this song, presumably to Sam to show him their support. It’s a well-harmonized piece that is cheery and uplifting.

Overall:

This week’s “Glee” showcased a landmark album (for the first time ever!) and the New Directions members experienced first-hand the emotional grief, wasted time and jealousy that surrounds rumors.

Rating: 8/10

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

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