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Glee went full Stevie Wonder last night. Aside from covers of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” and “Higher Ground,” “Wonder-ful” was filled with good news. Some of the glee kids got accepted into the school of their dreams, while others see their entertainment careers advancing rapidly.Plus, Kate Hudson returns as Cassandra July, to once again make Rachel’s life a living hell.

The Players:

  • Director: Paris Barclay
  • Writer: Ryan Murphy
  • 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: “Wonder-ful”

Rachel’s been called back for the Funny Girl auditions, and needs to get ready. Artie gets some news that could affect not only his future, but that of his mother Nancy (Katey Sagal). Mercedes returns to help Mr. Schue get the New Directions prepped for Regionals.

The Good:

  • Cassandra Reveals Herself: It turns out that Cassandra isn’t actually evil. This whole time she was just being tough on Rachel to make her a better performer. While we’ll miss her snarky comments, it’s a relief to know her true intentions. Hopefully, Rachel goes and writes a review of Cassandra on Rate My Professor, so incoming Freshmen know she’s not as bad as she seems.
  • Burt Gets Good News: Burt, one of Glee‘s most beloved characters, returned with very good news: He’s cancer-free! Yay! During the “doctor visit”-scene, he tells Kurt and his wife that he’s not ready to leave them yet. (He points out that he really wants to have “old-person sex” with Finn’s mom, which is both funny and gross.). It’s great to know that he’s okay, and that we’ll be seeing/hearing more from him.
  • Kitty’s A-Changing: Kitty’s come a long way since the days when she was fooling Marley into thinking she was fat. She was the worst back then. But she’s changed… a lot. She went out of her way to help Artie realize he has to go to film school and not be afraid of being on his own. She also puts on one of her best performances. Now we’re just hoping she finds a decent boyfriend because Puckerman was a really bad choice.

Best Lines:

  • “I have a disability too. My disability is that I can’t tell when something’s offensive, and for you to point that out is bullying.” –Kitty
  • “Duh, I’m trying to be wonderful.” –Kitty

The Bad:

  • Mercedes’ Record Deal: When it was first announced that Mercedes had a record deal, we had a hard time believing it. But we accepted it because she is an amazing singer. We thought, “It could happen.” But are we suppose to buy that she could fire her producer and decide to release music on her own? Aren’t there contracts behind these sort of things? And did anyone else think her album cover was extremely old-school and boring? She didn’t have to show more skin, but at least dress edgier.
  • No Gun-Shooting References: There’s absolutely no reference to the horrible and traumatizing shooting incident that happened a few weeks ago. Are we just suppose to ignore this ever happened?

The Music:

  • “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” Stevie Wonder – Kitty puts on one her liveliest performances, but gets harsh criticism from Mercedes.
  • “Superstition,” Stevie Wonder – Mercedes leads the New Directions in a fun vocal lesson.
  • “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life,” Stevie Wonder – Kurt delivers an emotional, tear-worthy performance for his father Burt, who is now cancer-free.
  • “I Wish,” Stevie Wonder – Jake and Mike dance together for the very first time.
  • “Uptight (Everything’s Alright),” Stevie Wonder – Cassandra July leads a group of NYADDA students in a celebratory dance number.
  • “Higher Ground,” Stevie Wonder – Mercedes shows off the many ranges of her vocal cords.
  • “For Once In My Life,” Stevie Wonder – Artie decides to go to film school, and along with the New Directions, performs a retro-styled “For Once In My Life.”

Overall:

We’re glad Glee payed tribute to Stevie Wonder. They usually go for over-appreciated artists, and that hasn’t always worked in the past.

Rating: 6/10

Glee airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.

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