It’s been a while since we last saw the New Directions sing and dance, but last night the hiatus was finally over as Glee returned. The big question during the break was Quinn’s fate. As you may recall, she got into a pretty bad accident for texting bride-to-be Rachel while she was on her way to the holy ceremony; there was also the wedding between the two teens, Finn and Rachel. Did they actually go through with it? Let’s go over the ups and downs of “Big Brother,” shall we?

The Players:

  • Director: Eric Stoltz
  • Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
  • 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: “Big Brother”

Quinn survives her accident, but her spine is damaged, forcing her to be in a wheelchair; Blaine’s older brother, a hot-shot Hollywood actor, arrives for a visit and Blaine isn’t happy about it; the members of the glee club do “senior ditch day” at Six Flags.

The Good:

  • Quinn Gets Wheels (SPOILERS!): This is one of the best choices the writers have made thus far. It would have been interesting/exciting to be at the accident, watching the events unfold and the tears roll, but with Quinn back in school, we skip all that emotional stuff and focus on what’s important – she’s alive. After her nice little Elton John duet with Arty, Quinn explains everything that’s happened. She says, “Let’s clear the air, all my plumbing still works…” She is in a wheel chair, but looks pretty happy, and she’s hopeful that she can walk again. Also, one thing worth noting this episode, are the Glee writers serving propaganda for ‘don’t text and drive’ or is all that just in my head?
  • Sugar’s Giant Bow: It’s so huge, it’s unmissable.
  • Bully Vs. Bully: Coach Roz is such a bully, but it serves Sue right (for all she’s done to the Glee club and Mr. Schue). Roz’s wit is superb! Two witty, bully ladies going at each other is pretty darn funny.
  • Sue Being Sue: To me, Sue’s humor doesn’t get stale. Her little angry monologues are funnier than anything else on the show. She puts the comedy in Glee (which is sort of sad because she’s not a main character and this is suppose to be a dramedy). She’s meaner than Tabatha, and I like it!
  • Porcelain’s Famous Brother: Matt Bomer is one of the best celebrity guests the show’s had to date. He’s mainly there to poke fun at the industry, giving the anti-acting class to the New Directions, slowly crushing their hopes and dreams (This Is How It Is: Hollywood is where it’s at, college sucks so does New York). He’s also there to give Blaine a storyline, which works out well, except for their performance of “Somebody I Use To Know” at the end (but that’s personal).

The So-So:

  • No Texting Propaganda?: Are the writers hinting that we should text only while walking? Who’s paying them? The City of L.A.?
  • “Somebody That I Use To Know”: Why? Why did Glee have to take this song and ruin it too? The radio has already tore it to pieces and now, Glee? No!!!

The Music:

  • “I’m Still Standing,” Elton John – Quinn and Arty kick things off with a duet, in wheel chairs.
  • “Hungry Like the Wolf / Rio” Duran Duran – The Anderson Brothers sing and dance to Duran Duran. They’re pretty good, but Blaine is clearly not comfortable.
  • “Fighter,” Christina Aguilera – Blaine performs an angry rendition of “Fighter”, aimed at his brother and all those years of belittling.
  • “Up Up Up” Lord Byron – Everyone enjoys Senior Ditch Day: Roller coasters, rolling on wheelchairs. It’s bits and pieces of the day while Quinn and Arty duet, again.
  • “Somebody That I Used To Know,” Goyte – No, no, no! It wasn’t a bad performance, but why Glee? Why this song!?

Overall:

This was really good episode: Great lines, great guest star, and great new developments. Great all around.

Rating: 9/10

“Glee” airs Tuesdays at 8 PM on FOX.

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