First unicorns, now leprechauns? What’s next, Willy Wonka? “Glee” returned after a three-week hiatus, and introduced us to the new kid at McKinley High, “Glee Project” winner Damian McGinty as Rory Flanagan. ‘Pot O’ Gold’ spent an awful amount of time introducing and re-introducing Rory as the Irish foreign exchange student and Brittany’s personal leprechaun. But despite the ‘magic’ in last night’s episode, ‘Pot O’ Gold’ was nowhere near as good as ‘Asian F.’ Still, the writers are trying to bring “Glee” back to its Season One roots, and hey, that takes time.

The Players:

  • Director: Adam Shankman
  • Writer: Allison Adler
  • 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., Cheyenne, Darren Criss, Jayma Mays, Jane Lynch, Mike O’Malley, and Idina Menzel (guest star)

Episode Title: “Pot O’ Gold”

A new foreign exchange student, Rory Flanagan, enrolls at McKinley and crashes with Brittany S. Pierce, who thinks he’s a leprechaun. Meanwhile, Mercedes attempts to recruit new members to join Shelby Corcoran’s newly formed Glee club and Sue’s congressional campaign heats up.

The Good:

  • Burt Hummel V. Sue Sylvester (SPOILER!): Burt Hummel has got to be one of the best guest stars, ever. He can always hold his own, not to mention he’s the example of what every father should be like. In ‘Pot O’ Gold’ Burt decides to run for office against Sue after being informed that she is responsible for the cancellation of the school’s production of West Side Story. He even does his own segment on WOHN, and finishes with the line, “And that’s how Burt sees it.” Also, it’s just great to see his whole family together. They have great chemistry.
  • Puck Gets A Conscious (SPOILER!): The most controversial storyline of the night definitely belonged to Puck and Shelby. After babysitting baby Beth with Quinn, Puck appears to be on board with Quinn’s plan to sabotage Shelby to gain custody of the child. But when Shelby does something nice for Puck, he gets a conscious. And then the unthinkable happens between Shelby and Puck, something along the lines of The Police’s “Don’t Stand So Close To Me.”
  • The Troubletones: Shelby’s new all-girl show choir has come together with Mercedes, Santana and Brittany at the helm. Are they competition for the New Directions? You betcha! With Shelby as the show choir director, Mercedes’ vocals, Santana’s charm and Brittany’s dancing moves, The Troubletones are definitely going to give Mr. Schue’s New Directions a run for their money.

The So-So:

  • Santana and Brittany Make It Official… Kinda: Santana and Brittany headed over to Breadsticks to announce, to us, that their relationship is officially ago. This should have felt like a defining moment, the way it did for Blaine and Kurt, but it didn’t. The moment was so buried in leprechaun jokes, and it needed not to be.
  • Finn Calls Brittany An Idiot (SPOILER!): The only thing that gets under Brittany’s skin is being called dumb. That’s the reason she broke up with Arty. And now, it’s the reason she’s left New Directions. Finn calls her an idiot, but he’s so much better than that. He knows this is her sensitive spot.
  • Lack of Humor: Despite the leprechaun jokes, “Glee” was in need of laughs tonight.
  • The Amount of Time Spent on the New Kid: The Santana and Brittany storyline was overshadowed by a less important, less interesting story about Rory Flanagan. It’s always fun to get new characters, but if you didn’t watch “The Glee Project,” chances are you weren’t interested.

The Music:

  • “Bein’ Green,” Sesame Street – Rory’s first number on the show is Kermit’s “Bein’ Green.”
  • “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F), ” Katy Perry – Blaine, use to being the leader of the Warblers, gives his new Glee team a pep talk and then follows it with a performance of “Last Friday Night.” He’s usually amazing, but this performance wasn’t hit best, even with the help of the New Directions.
  • “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” Foreigner – This is a short and sweet performance by Puck, for Beth. Definitely one of his best.
  • “Candyman,” Christina Aguilera – Shelby’s new all-girl show choir The Troubletones (Mercedes, Santana, Brittany, Sugar) perform their first number, dressed in outfits straight out of a Pan Am episode. And yes, they were AMAZING!
  • “Take Care of Yourself,” Teddy Thompson – The New Directions are wowed when they listen to Rory sing “Take Care of Yourself,” especially Rachel.


There needed to be a little less Rory and a little more Santana and Brittany. This relationship has been in the works a long time, and the writers totally screwed up by giving it such little attention. Santana and Brittany officially a couple? This is serious business and it didn’t feel like it.

Rating: 7.5/10

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

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