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This week, Glee celebrated its 100th episode by reuniting with almost every member of the New Directions. Quinn, Puck, Brittany and Mike, whom we don’t see regularly, came back to McKinley to bid farewell to the club they loved so much. Previous guest stars also made appearances, and with their help, “100″ was one of the most entertaining Glee episodes ever.

The Players:

  • Director: Paris Barclay
  • Writers: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan
  • 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: “100″

McKinley principal Sue Sylvester finally succeeds in disbanding the New Directions. Former members and friends of the glee club return to bid it and director Will Schuester farewell. He gives them a final assignment: Reinvent their favorite past performances to celebrate the club.

The Good:

  • The Unholy Trinity: Quinn, Santana and Brittany perform together again. The former Queen Bees put on their old cheerleader uniforms and get down and dirty with Britney Spears‘ “Toxic.” It was great to see these ladies back together again.
  • Diva-Off: Mercedes and Rachel go on Brittany’s web show “Fondue For Two” where they talk about their professional careers. Rachel goes on and on about playing the lead in Funny Girl, while Mercedes hardly gets a word in. But even with Rachel’s nonstop gabbing, Brittany asks some very awkward and hilarious questions. Although, the cat make-out session was a bit much.
  • The Santana Rant: When Santana left McKinley, things weren’t the same anymore. She was the sass that made the club entertaining and fun. In many ways, Santana was the villain, and let’s face it, villains are awesome (don’t you dare say otherwise). When she came back, the choir room felt alive again. Sure, there were other components, like Holly Holiday and that super sexy number by The Unholy Trinity. But hearing Santana’s wicked rant about how Rachel is an awful person took us back to the good old days.
  • Holly Holiday: Gwyneth Paltrow shows up as Holly Holiday and totally steals the show. Paltrow radiates confidence and liveliness, which makes her exceedingly cool.

Best Lines:

  • “Well that Santana rant really brought me back.” – Mercedes
  • “I just want to be richer and bigger and more famous.” – Mercedes
  • “I’m torn. One is black and one is Jewish.” – Jake
  • “I don’t have anymore pep talks.” – Mr. Schue

The So-So:

  • Math Genius: In case you forgot why Brittany’s no longer a Glee regular, it’s because she’s a math genius. She went to MIT to fulfill her destiny of being a full-time mathematical brain, and has completely lost sense of reality. This doesn’t sit well with Santana, who knows that Brittany loves to dance. Santana sets out to make Brittany remember that, but ends up tapping into a different kind of love. It turns out that Brittany still has feelings for Santana (go figure). Now, Santana has to decide between her past with Brittany or future with Dani.
  • High School Love: Quinn comes back to McKinley looking like Jackie Kennedy. She has an obnoxious, mega-rich boyfriend named Biff Macintosh (Chace Crawford). She claims to love him, but she hasn’t been completely honest with him about her past. Puck also comes back to McKinley and tries to reconnect with Quinn, but she’s being distant because of Biff. Puck tries to show Quinn that he still cares for her. He sings her a song and tells her he loves her. All the while we’re wondering, what? Since when does Puck still care about Quinn? Alas, this is Glee, so of course the writers are going to try and reconnect the two kids who had a kid in high school. Did you forget about Beth? We did.

The Music:

  • “Raise Your Glass” Pink – The New Directions, plus some former members sing along with Mr. Schue and April Rhodes.
  • “Toxic,” Britney Spears – Santana, Brittany and Quinn throw on their cheerleader uniforms and perform a super sexy Britney Spears number.
  • “Defying Gravity,” Wicked  – Rachel and Mercedes have a diva-off.
  • “Valerie,” Amy Winehouse – Santana makes Brittany dance. 
  • “Keep Holding On,” Avril Lavigne – Puck breaks out his guitar and sings to Quinn.
  • “Happy,” Pharrell Williams – Holly Holiday shows up and lights up the choir room with her awesomeness.

Overall:

Despite the cheesy scenes between Puck and Quinn, and Santana and Brittany, “100″ was filled with great performances, sass and warmth. It was great to see the former Glee kids back singing and dancing and bickering. However, this also reminds us of how great Glee use to be. That’s not necessarily a good thing.

Rating: 8.5/10

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

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