This week on “Glee,” Principal Figgins asks New Directions to provide the entertainment for McKinley High’s prom.  As the competition for prom king/queen heats up, how will they handle the return of Jesse St. James?  Find out in our review…

The Players:

  • Director: Eric Stoltz
  • Writer: Ian Brennan
  • 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, Jonathan Groff, Iqbal Theba, Max Adler

Episode Title: “Prom Queen”

Sue, as prom coordinator, is not happy about New Directions providing the entertainment for prom. Jesse returns to apologize to Rachel after he can’t find a job, Artie tries to win Brittany back, Puck enlists Artie in a scheme to spike the punch, and Quinn and Finn become the picturesque couple.  A huge twist is involved with the winner of the prom queen/king announcement that, oddly, regards more bullying than popularity.

The Good:

  • Love Smarts: When Brittany refused to take Artie back because he hurt her feelings, we cheered her on.  Two brilliant dichotomies happen here: 1) Brittany’s wise decision versus her usual naivete and 2) Rachel allowing Jesse to re-enter her world after he betrayed her trust and humiliated her. One thing’s certain, though: Brittany’s smarter than we thought!
  • Model Behavior: Kurt, once again, in a moment of awe-inspiring courage, thought of a way to take a situation that was out-of-control–humiliating, even–and face the bullies around him with self-pride and confidence.  He found the courage to stand up for himself, and it was good to see Blaine back him up.
  • Sticks and Stones: The different types of bullying are always being explored by the Glee Club members as they face-and often overcome-the abuse. Kerofsky may have stopped his physical bullying, and Kurt is initially glad that the verbal bullying stops when he notices people aren’t harassing him with boos and sneers. But there is emotional bullying going on now–Kurt must face the realization that people are talking about him behind his back and maliciously attempt to harass him through secret ballot. More importantly, he stands up for himself and overcomes this abuse as well.

The Bad:

  • The Return of Jesse: As we said earlier, Rachel allows Jesse to hang out with her. She even compliments his intelligence and encourages him to work with the Glee Club. Is Rachel overly forgiving? We think so!

The Music:

  • “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You,” Black Kids – Blaine from Dalton Academy Warblers sings this tune at McKinley High’s prom performances-and it’s great!
  • “Friday,” Rebecca Black -Puck, Artie, and Sam perform this song for the prom. And we’re sure it will rack up more ‘likes’ than ‘dislikes’ because it was a high-energy version that fuses Artie’s rapping with Puck’s rocker voice and Sam’s pop sound.
  • “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele -Rachel and Jessee’s duet, from the John Legend a cappella arrangement, this is well-sung and full of tension.
  • “Isn’t She Lovely?,” Stevie Wonder -Artie sings this song to Brittany, as a way of apologizing and asking her out to prom. It’s sang like the original version, but there’s no heart in it, making it the weakest song this week.
  • “Jar of Hearts,” Christina Perri -Rachel blows us away with this solo. The vocal performance is beautiful and breathes new life into a song we’ve been hearing daily on radio stations for almost a year now.
  • “Dancing Queen,” ABBA – Everyone sings this song together, with Mercedes and Santana singing lead vocals.  The harmony is nice, and the arrangement is fun and celebratory.

Overall:

This week’s “Glee” had some great music, trying conflicts, and inspiring triumphs that challenged bullying and examined forgiveness.

Rating: 9/10

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

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Agree? Disagree? Which song was your favorite? Let us know in the comments!