Glee‘s “Thanksgiving” episode arrived a little late this year, but what the heck! Thanks to the holiday, a bevy of New Directions alumni returned to Lima, including Quinn, who we hadn’t seen since last season. With Mr. Schue gone and Sectionals on the horizon, Finn invites the graduates to mentor the new members of the club.

The Players:

Episode Title: “Thanksgiving”

With the help of glee club graduates, the New Directions prepare for Sectionals. Meanwhile, Rachel and Kurt celebrate Thanksgiving in New York.

The Good:

  • The Mentors: We, like anybody else who’s watched this show from the very beginning, find it difficult to accept Finn as a leader. He only began to be associated with the word at the end of season three. But anyway, he’s the current teacher of the New Directions and we’ve got to deal with it. Thankfully, he’s improving at his no-paying job. Recruiting the graduates to mentor the new members of the club is proof of that. Excellent move Finn! Now keep it up.
  • The Unholy Trinity: Seeing Quinn, Santana and Brittany together again, reminded us of the old days when they were awesome mean girls. Their performance of “Come See About Me,” by The Supremes was enjoyable, but the fight was one of the best moments of the night. Santana and Quinn go at it, in the politest, bitchiest way possible. Their insults are hilarious, and to top it off, they slap each other a couple of times. We don’t condone girl-on-girl violence, but what can we say? We missed lighthearted drama.
  • Boys Learn to Dance: The scene where Mike teaches the glee boys to dance was properly funny, especially when Puck starts making fun of Sam’s stripper moves. Trouty mouth thinks he’s so sexy.
  • Body Image Issues Continue: The Glee writers have done a good job of dealing with different types of teen-related issues. The scribes are continuing the body image issues with Marley and that’s great. It seems that in next week’s episode, her problem is going to blow up (since she fainted on stage). Hopefully, Kitty realizes the danger of her reckless bullying.

Best Lines:

  • “I knew it, Mercedes was cloned.” –Brit
  • “But for the record, I wasn’t just going to hump her and dump her.” –Jake
  • “Bros before hoes was always my mantra in high school… well it was after I knocked up my best friend’s girlfriend.” –Puck
  • “I can sense it, thanks to my psychic Mexican third eye.” –Santana
  • “Wow! Twitter update! Quinn is all excited about another guy defining her life.” -Santana
  • “Quinn always was a genius slapper.” –Santana

The So-So:

  • Kurt and Isabelle’s Strong Bond: It’s hard to believe that an editor at Vogue, like Isabelle Wright, would listen to an intern’s relationship problems. But we won’t be too cynical. Whatever Kurt’s doing is working. We’d love to have Sarah Jessica Parker as our mentor and BFF.
  • Rachel Forgives What’s His Name?: Rachel forgave Brody for sleeping with Cassandra. Just like that. The Rachel we know, would not forgive and forget so easily. But hey, she’s massaging turkeys now, so anything can happen, right?
  • Kurt and Blaine: Like we previously mentioned, one of the couples that broke-up in “The Break-Up” episode was bound to reunite. And this is it: Kurt and Blaine. Last night, they even exchanged I love yous.

The Music:

  • “Homeward Bound/Home,” Simon & Garfunkel/Phillip Phillips – The New Directions’ alumni come together in song. Their performance is gentle yet emotional. 
  • “Come See About Me,” The Supremes – Quinn, Brittany and Santana reunite. Their performance is reminiscent to their very first tryout number, in which the trio sang “Say A Little Prayer.”
  • “Whistle/Live While You’re Young,” Flo Rida/One Direction – The Warblers return with these cute, coordinated and exciting numbers.
  • “Let’s Have Kiki/Turkey Lurkey Time,” Scissor Sisters/Promises, Promises – Kurt and Rachel host a party in Bushwick (not the kind of party you would see on Girls though). This celebration is fabulous and sort of spooky (in a good way) filled with fashionistas, drag queens, a singing Sarah Jessica Parker and a musical number.
  • “Gangnam Style,” PSY – The New Directions perform their first Sectionals’ number. It’s upbeat and energetic (as it’s meant to be), and both Brittany and Jake kill it with their dance moves.

Overall:

A Sectionals episode has never ended in mid-number. Last night, the New Directions’ performance got cut in half, and next week we’ll find out what happens after Marley’s collapse. Overall, “Thanksgiving” was one of the better entries in the season. The presence of the old club members definitely helped.

Rating: 7.5/10

Glee airs Thursday nights at 9 p.m. on Fox.

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