Rachel Berry has come a long way since Glee‘s first season. Back then, she was a show choir nerd who wore too many questionable sweaters. Though her wardrobe has changed and she’s more confident, deep down, Rachel’s still a gleek who worships Barbra Streisand. In “Sweet Dreams,” she fulfills a life long dream when Broadway’s Funny Girl holds open call auditions.
- Director: Elodie Keene
- Writer: Ross Maxwell
- Cast: 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, Dean Geyer, Melissa Benoist
Episode Title: “Sweet Dreams”
The theme for Regionals is “Dreams”, and the New Directions have a lot of ideas for what they should perform. In New York, Rachel encounters her biological mother, Shelby Corcoran (Idina Menzel), and tries out for a Broadway revival of Funny Girl.
- The Ultimate Fan Girl: It’s no secret that Rachel worships Barbra Streisand. We’re reminded of this often, through numerous references and Funny Girl performances. Her ultimate dream is to play Fanny Brice on Broadway. If anyone deserves their dreams to come true, it’s Rachel. She might not be the most likeable, but she’s worked hard to get to where she’s at.
- Glee Does The Harlem Shake: It’s been months since the Harlem Shake meme spread across the Internet like wild fire – but Glee caught us so off guard. It was greatly appreciated.
- Animal House: Finn’s at college acting a fool. He’s there to be a teacher, but gets distracted by the partying. We don’t know how Finn was able to get into the University of Lima so quickly, but we’ll ignore that for now. We will, however, give the writers kudos for their very real interpretation of slacking off.
- “Honey please, I’m a child of the ghetto. I can’t fall asleep unless I hear to gunshots.” –Coach Roz
- Monster Schue: Mr. Schue is usually the nicest guy around, but in “Sweet Dreams” he totally loses it. He criticizes his students and puts them down for no reason. That’s not like him. We get that the shooting affected everyone, but was it enough to turn him into a monster?
- “Next To Me,” Emeli Sande – Rachel and Shelby perform a mother-daughter duet. They’ve done better, but it’s always nice to hear Idina Menzel belt one out.
- “Fight For Your Right (To Party),” Beastie Boys – Finn and Puck attend a Fraternity house party, and get everyone hyped up by performing a song by the Beastie Boys.
- “You Have More Friends Than You Know,” Glee – Marley gets Unique, Sam and Blaine to sing her original song. Everyone’s really impressed by this newly-admitted talent of hers.
- “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Journey – At her Funny Girl audition, Rachel goes with Journey. Her rendition of “Don’t Stop Believin” is overflowing with emotion.
- “Outcast,” Glee – Marley shares another original song, and the whole club performs it.
“Sweet Dreams” showed us that dreams can come true if you work hard enough. The writers did a great job at reminding us how far Rachel’s come. The fact that her mom showed up was a nice, sentimental touch. It made the moment much more special.
Glee airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.
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