Glee” wasn’t very gleeful last night. The musical series returned after a holiday-hiatus and it was a complete water works episode. Everyone got teary eyed, including Finn, who found out some startling news about his poppa. Ms. Pillsbury and Mr. Schue finally discussed the whole marriage thing (hence the title of the episode “Yes/No”). Last night’s return episode was filled with big decisions and left us with a huge cliffhanger. Let’s go over the ups and downs of “Yes/No.”

The Players:

  • Director: Eric Stoltz
  • Writer: Brad Falchuk
  • 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, and Mike O’Malley

Episode Title: “Yes/No”

Will enlists the Glee kids to help him surprise Emma (and sweep her off her feet). Meanwhile, Becky sets her sights on Artie; and Finn makes a surprising announcement about his post-high-school plans.

The Good:

  • Helen Mirren‘s Voiceover for Becky: Helen Mirren narrates for Becky this week. We weren’t expecting this since Becky isn’t British, but it was an interesting touch.
  • Sam Evans, The Synchronized Swimmer: Sam is determined to get Mercedes back. He wants in on the basketball team, but Coach Beiste refuses to let him join. Still, he feels that he needs a Letterman jacket to impress her. Since he can’t be in the basketball team, he joins synchronized swimming (the only other sport available). We commend him for doing this. Finally we’ll get to see a different sport on the show.
  • New Swim Coach: Who would’ve known that McKinley had more than two coaches, right? Last night we were introduced to Sam’s new swim coach, Roz Washington (NeNe Leakes). The coach only makes one appearance, but she steals the scene by quoting Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Her dream? To defy the stereotype that black people can’t swim. Not only can she swim, she’s a coach.
  • Finn Learns The Truth (SPOILERS!): Finn can’t figure out what to do with his life. He’s like Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate, except without Mrs. Robinson. He’s in limbo. He wants to do something that matters, and since playing college football is no longer an option, he decides he wants to be a war hero like his father. Except, his father wasn’t actually a war hero. Finn’s mother reveals the truth about his dad saying that during the last months of his life he was actually a junkie. Ouch! This news pushes Finn to another extreme.
  • “We Found Love” Number (SPOILERS): Mr. Schue finally popped the question to Mrs. Pillsbury. Of course the Glee kids were involved, and of course they sang Rihanna’s latest hit “We Found Love.” The Glee kids, plus the McKinley swim team, put on a synchronized swimming show that was both unique and entertaining. It was no Footlight Parade, but it was a unique way for a marriage proposal. Points for authenticity Mr. Schue!

The Bad:

  • Mr. Schue’s Best Man: Poor Mr. Schue, he has no friends (or family for that matter). Why? He’s such a nice guy. Mr. Schue asks Finn, his HS student, to be his best man. We understand that the two have been through a lot together, but isn’t it pathetic? The writers should have given Mr. Schue a brother, a dog, something.
  • Becky And Arty: Becky decides she’s tired of being single. She marches down the halls of McKinley High in search of a man, and Arty catches her eye (because he is handicapped like her). We’re not sure what this plot line was suppose to prove, except that Arty is actually the biggest asshole on wheels ever.

The Music:

  • “Summer Nights,” Grease – The Glee kids “Grease”-it up with a cover of “Summer Nights.” In their version, Mercedes plays Olivia Newton-John and Chord Overstreet plays John Travolta.
  • “Wedding Bell Blues,” Laura Nyro – Mrs. Pillsbury sings to Mr. Schue. She’s got the blue because he won’t pop the question.
  • “Moves Like Jagger”/”Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” Maroon 5/The Rolling Stones – Arty leads some of the New Directions’s boys in an unlikely mash-up of Maroon 5′s “Moves Life Jagger” and The Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”
  • “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” Ewan MacColl – The glee girls perform for Mr. Schue. Rachel, Santana, Mercedes and Tina get all teary-eyed thinking about their own love lives.
  • “Without You,” David Guetta Feat. Usher – In an attempt to cheer Finn up, Rachel sings “Without You,” and everyone is touched.
  • “We Found Love,” Rihanna – The Glee kids perform a synchronized swimming show while singing “We Found Love.” This is the introduction to Mr. Schue’s marriage proposal.


Last night’s episode was strong, but again, “Glee” is getting less and less gleeful each week. We need some more comedy. I mean, isn’t this a comedy show?

Rating: 7.5/10

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

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