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Rachel Berry’s Broadway dream has finally come true. In last night’s Glee, she made her Broadway debut in Funny Girl. But it wasn’t all rainbows and lollipops on “Opening Night.” The writers, who love tackling tough issues, decided to focus on yet another issue – celebrity bashing. And their very own Miss Berry was a victim of it.

The Players:

  • Director: Eric Stoltz
  • Writers: Michael Hitchcock
  • 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: “Opening Night”

The night has finally arrived for Rachel’s Broadway debut in “Funny Girl,” and she has very special guests in town to support her career-defining moment.

The Good:

  • Celebrity Bashing: The Internet has made it easy for anyone to bash celebrities. And while many celebs ask for this kind of treatment, there are a plenty who don’t, like Rachel. She’s an up-and-comer experiencing some harsh online criticism. On the eve of her Broadway debut, she goes into depression mode due to some of the mean comments people have been posting about her online. Kurt steps in to “unplug” Rachel from the internet. But she manages to get her hands on a laptop and reads every bad thing being said about her. Thankfully, Santana comes back to boost Berry’s self-esteem. She reminds her that harsh things were once said about the great Barbra Streisand, and well, who’s laughing now?
  • I Love New York: Sue heads to New York with Will and falls in love at first sight. It’s a weird hybrid of bizarre, gross and brilliance. The man, played by Chris Parnell, swoops Sue off her feet and wines and dines her at one of his many New York restaurants. Before, Sue hated the city, but she fell in love with it because, she met a stranger and enjoyed sweet lovemaking in the apartment of her former students. That’s how she does it.
  • Rachel’s Debut: Rachel’s opening night was a huge success. We only got to see her perform two Funny Girl numbers, but it’s likely that we’ll get to see more of the show in coming episodes.

Best Lines:

  • “If you want a pep talk, call Mr. Schue or rent The Notebook.” –Santana
  • “You suck at so many things, but not this.” –Santana
  • “Divorced actually. I was briefly married to myself.” –Sue

The Music:

  • “Lovefool,” The Cardigans – Rachel gets opening day jitters and dreams that she’s performing a terrible version of “Lovefool.”
  • “N.Y.C.,” Annie – Sue and Will fantasize about New York.
  • “I’m The Greatest Star,” Funny Girl – Rachel makes her Broadway debut.
  • “Who Are You Now?,” Funny Girl – Rachel and Sue sing about love.
  • “Pumpin’ Blood,” NONONO – To celebrate her big opening night, Rachel and the gang head to a night club.

Overall:

The writers cleverly tied together the issue of celebrity bashing and Rachel’s Broadway debut. The two truly go hand-in-hand.

Rating: 8.5/10

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

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