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Glee returned last night with a full-blown Beatles tribute. With classics like “A Hard Days Night” and “All You Need Is Love,” the New Directions roamed the halls of McKinley High with Sue Silvester as the newly appointed principal. The main focus of “Love Love Love” was Kurt and Blaine, who decided to take their relationship to the next level.

The Players:

  • Director: Bradley Buecker
  • Writer: Brad Falkchuk
  • Cast: Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, 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: “Love Love Love”

The New Directions take on their biggest assignment yet: The Beatles. As Will enlists them to pay homage to the classic catalog of the Fab Four, Blaine and Kurt attempt to answer questions about their future. Meanwhile, Rachel’s New York ambitions take an unexpected turn.

The Good:

  • Father/Son Talk: While we’re not thrilled that Glee is tackling yet another wedding, we loved Burt and Kurt’s conversation about love. Burt tells his son that he met his first wife at 22, and though he knew they were kids, he wishes he’d met her sooner. He stresses that when you really love someone, age doesn’t matter.
  • Kitty’s Speech: Kitty admits to everyone that she was trying to keep her relationship with Arty a secret. She wanted to maintain her status on the high school hierarchy, and dating a guy in a wheelchair would hurt her reputation. After being confronted by an angry Tina, Kitty decides to make her relationship public. During her speech, she hilariously notes that her and Arty are probably doomed just like any other “sad, broken [and] backwards” couple that started in the choir room. As always, she made a good point.

The Bad:

  • The New Principal: Sue is back at McKinley and this time she’s taken over Mr. Figgins’ job. She set him up by planting incriminating items in his office (porn, gambling receipts, etc.) and sending the police to search the place. We’re not sure how she pulled it off but it’s ridiculous how she keeps getting away with these things. We love Jane Lynch, but c’mon.
  • Beatles Tribute: The Beatles tribute started off lukewarm. Kurt once sang “Blackbird” (when his bird died) and it’s still one of the most outstanding performances on the show, mainly because it had meaning. This time, the songs the kids are singing are great, but the performances lack meaning.
  • The Marriage Thing: Kurt and Blaine are engaged. While the show may be trying to make a statement about same-sex marriage, our issue is these boys are still kids. Seriously, why are the writers so eager to see teenagers get married? It doesn’t make sense.

The Music:

  • “Yesterday,” The Beatles – Depressed about blowing her Funny Girl reading, Rachel roams the streets of NYC singing and reminiscing about the days of yore.
  • “A Hard Day’s Night,” The Beatles – Rachel and Santana break out singing and dancing during one of their shifts at a restaurant. They’re both great, but it’s strange to imagine this happening in the real world.
  • “Drive My Car,” The BeatlesArty and Kitty ride around in bumper cars and become an item, sort of.
  • “Got To Get You Into My Life,” The Beatles – Kurt and Blaine patch things up and get back together. Shortly after, they both sing to each other in an elaborate Beatles number, featuring the school marching band.
  • “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away,” The Beatles – Arty and Kitty sing about hiding their love from the rest of the school, because according to Kitty, dating Arty is social suicide.
  • “Help!,” The Beatles – Blaine goes around asking everyone he knows to help him with his marriage proposal to Kurt.
  • “I Saw Her Standing There,” The Beatles – The boys decide to cheer Tina up by dressing up like the Fab Four and offering a very appropriate 60s-style homage. The number is the best of the bunch.
  • “All You Need If Love,” The Beatles – In a flamboyant and busy performance, Blaine proposes to Kurt. It’s one of the weirdest marriage proposals ever, but it gets the job done.

Overall:

Glee will dedicate two weeks to the Beatles. “Love Love Love” was just half of the homage, and so far it’s not going great. There’s nothing particularly memorable about the numbers, though we’ll give the New Direction boys props for the “I Saw Her Standing There” performance. They dressed the part and added some cool effects that made the whole thing special. Other than that, the kids aren’t giving their all.

Rating: 6.5/10

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

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