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Rachel Berry’s learning the ins-and-outs of show business. In last night’s Glee, Rachel’s Broadway career is put in jeopardy when a new opportunity in TV lands on her lap. Elsewhere in “Back-up Plan,” Santana learns that talent can only get you so far, and Blaine strikes up a friendship with a wealthy New York socialite.

The Players:

  • Director: Ian Brennan
  • Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
  • Cast: Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Jenna Ushkowitz, Matthew Morrison, Ashley Fink, Chord Overstreet, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Dean Geyer, Melissa Benoist

Episode Title: “Back-up Plan”

Rachel jeopardizes her “Funny Girl” lead when she auditions for a television pilot. Meanwhile, Mercedes tries to help get Santana in on her recording deal, and Blaine befriends an older, rich socialite (guest star Shirley MacLaine).

The Good:

  • There’s No Business Like Showbusiness: Rachel is the new darling on Broadway. Her Funny Girl run is getting a lot of attention, and that’s created some changes in her life. But Rachel gets her first harsh dose of Hollywood reality when her ambitions to become a TV/film star are shut down by her agent. “You have a talent best suitable for radio,” says the agent after picking on her nose. But soon after this piece of discouraging news, Rachel gets the chance to audition for a TV pilot at Fox. She totally blows it and puts her Broadway career in danger in the process. Though she manages to save her skin in the end, Rachel’s now at odds with her producers. But things are looking up because Rachel just got the best news: Fox is developing a Rachel Berry show. 
  • Santana’s a Changin’: Santana also experiences a tough situation when Mercedes offers to help career. After realizing that Santana makes her a better performer, Mercedes tries to convince her producer that Santana should be on her record. But despite being a talented, beautiful girl, Santana lacks influence–she’s no Katy or Mariah– and Mercedes’ request is turned down. This makes Santana reevaluate herself. In the end, she decides to become a better friend because the world is cold enough already. 

Best Lines:

  • “No matter how awful you are, people are always going to want to work with you.” –Santana
  • “You’re an ambitious, irresponsible child, but you’re a star.”

The So-So:

  • Social Ambitions: Blaine manages to get into the good graces of June Dolloway, a wealthy socialite, after performing for her at NYADDA. Sadly, this builds some tension between he and Blaine, for it was Kurt who wanted to perform in-front of Mrs. Dolloway. Now, Blaine’s lying to Kurt about certain things, which means there will be trouble in paradise once again. 

The Music:

  • “Wake Me Up,” Avicii – Rachel gets ready for her show in dramatic fashion.
  • “Doo Wop (That Thing),” Lauryn Hill – Mercedes and Santana join forces and create something fresh.
  • “Story Of My Life,” One Direction – Kurt and Blaine perform for Mrs. Dolloway.
  • “Place of My Heart” Erma Franklin – Blaine performs for the 1 percent of the 1 percent.
  • “The Rose,” The Rose – Rachel auditions for a TV pilot with “The Rose.”

Overall:

Glee has changed a lot in just a few short episodes: Rachel’s a Broadway star, Mercedes has a release date on her record, and Blaine is friends with a rich woman. This is exactly the kind of spin this show needs to regain its freshness.

Rating: 8.5/10

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

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