Jesse St. James returned last week on “Glee,” and this week he decided to help New Directions with their set list for Nationals.  Why does the Glee Club help Sue this week?  Find out in our review…

The Players:

  • Director: Bradley Buecker
  • 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, Jonathan Groff, Jonathan Groff, Lauren Potter

Episode Title: “Funeral”

Jesse helps New Directions with their set list by suggesting they audition to choose who will have the lead role. Luckily, Will nixes the internal conflict of the group by deciding they will sing original songs as a group with no specific lead vocalist.  Sue’s sister Jean dies, causing Sue to lash out at Becky, who reminds her of Jean. The Glee Club plan the funeral when Sue is too sad to plan it herself.  Finn breaks up with Quinn to date Rachel, but an unknowing Rachel begins dating Jesse instead.

The Good:

  • Love Thine Enemies: Sue isn’t sure why the Glee Clubbers are so willing to help her out and comfort her after she tried to undermine them for so long, but they show her, and us, what it means to really forgive and forget. It’s touching just to watch them help Sue through a trying time in her life and forget the petty drama between them.
  • Sue’s Speech: It’s no wonder Sue couldn’t read her own speech! It was utterly heart-wrenching. What we liked most about it was that it spoke in a series of absolute truths, and we got to see those who listened take Sue’s life lessons and apply them to their own lives (we’re lookin’ at you, Finn).
  • The One we Love to Hate: Now that Sue is no longer the Glee Club’s enemy, we need a new enemy. And Jesse might just be the one to fill those shoes because he is so intrusive. We imagine he has the worst of intentions, too. He’s the one we’ll love to hate from now on instead of Sue!
  • The Triangle, well, Quadrangle: It’s interesting to watch Quinn and Finn break up…again. But what we’re really interested in is Quinn’s plans for New York. We love seeing her be strong, and simply moving on if her relationship with Finn doesn’t work out instead of moping and worrying about it.

The Bad:

  • Will and Jesse: Why does Will allow Jesse to continue insulting the Glee Club? He’s constantly rude to them, but Will hardly ever intervenes…and we’re not sure why since Jesse doesn’t really belong there anyway.
    Sisters, Sisters:
    As much as we loved seeing the Glee Club support Sue, and Sue make nice in return, we’re going to miss Jean! Sue’s visits with Jean allowed us to see the softer side of her personality.

The Music:

  • “Back to Black,” Amy Winehouse – Santana’s solo is a jazzy number that exceeds even the original version’s soul and vocal quality! We like to refer to it as the song-of-the-night.
  • “Some People,” Gypsy: A Musical Fable - Kurt’s solo, a Broadway show tune that showed off Kurt’s lower range as well as his higher, non-falsetto vocals, which were strong.  Jesse might have downed it, but we thought it was a great song choice.
  • “Try a Little Tenderness,” Otis Redding - Mercedes’ usual R&B solo–awesome vocals and full of attitude and moodiness. Like we said-nothing out of the ordinary.
  • “My Man,” Ziegfeld Follies and Fanny Brice – Rachel’s solo. It is a great performance, and a beautifully soft and mellow vocal performance compared to the other solos, which were strong and hard-hitting.
  • “Pure Imagination,” Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory -A group collaboration for Sue at Jean’s funeral, it was harmonious and cheerfully mournful (not that we could hear it very well over our sobbing.)

Overall:

This week’s “Glee” was the ultimate tearjerker! We like how they explored both turning a negative (Jean’s death) into a positive (Sue’s change of heart) and the notion of death and its affect on others in the same episode.

Rating: 10/10

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

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