With last night’s episode of GLEE serving as a potential series finale — that is until America caught the GLEE-ver that is currently gripping the nation — it didn’t take a psychic to guess that writers Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan and Brad Falchuk would be ending 2009 off on a high note. Which is why, after 13 episode of glorious highs (“Wheels”) and dizzying lows (Terri Schuester), it all came down to this: Sectionals! And in honour of last night’s episode — which was both a phenomenally fun way in which to cap off 2009 and a painful reminder that GLEE will be off the air until April 2010 — theTVaddict.com proudly presents our GLEE-ful mix of 13 loves and loathes.
1. Loathed Rachel Berry, for not only starting off the episode by reminding certain TV Addicts that they’re susceptible to passing on a rare genetic disorder called Tay-Sachs in the hopes that Quinn would get Puck tested for “Jewish Baby Disease” and Finn might finally catch on to the fact that you can’t get a girl pregnant by making out in a hot-tub, the Bye Bye Birdie inspired party-line had us scratching our head as to when these gang of outcasts became “Besties” with Cheerios team members Brittany and Santana (Who in an unexpected turn of events, may be dating!) and why the show has yet to address the Tina/Artie relationship bombshell that hasn’t been talked about since “Wheels.”
2. Loved Emma Pillsbury, who was put in charge of New Directions after Mr. Schuester got banned following last week’s “Mattress-Gate.” Even though it was up to her to decide the set list for sectionals (Cynical TV Addict Alert!) seeing as though the gang couldn’t possibly perform “Proud Mary” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” seeing as though we’ve all already purchased them on iTunes!
3. Loved Mercedes, loathed the song choice. As epic as her rendition of Dreamgirls “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” was, we couldn’t help but feel that the producers would never have wasted such an iconic diva-anthem on an ‘audition’ had they known that the show would get picked up for a back nine.
4. Continue to love everything about Sue Sylvester, who defended herself to Mr. Schuester after he confronted her about leaking the set list by exclaimin, “I’m reasonably confident you’ll be adding revenge to the long list of things you’re no good at, right next to finding a hairstyle that doesn’t make you look like a lesbian.”
5. Loved Finn, Mr. Schuester not so much. While we give serious kudos to actor Corey Monteith for delivering some very believable hurt, pain and a fist to the face of Puck upon discovering the true identity of Quinn’s baby daddy, we were not a fan of Mr. Schuester. Who after commiserating with Finn over being lied to for thirteen episodes, continued to reinforce his cluelessness by telling Finn that the team needs him to win. I mean really? Finn for the win?! Clearly somebody hasn’t been paying attention to Finn’s two-left feet and over-modulated singing voice! We’re just sayin’
6. Loathed the continual iTunes plugs: After Emma confronted the faculty advisers for both Jane Adams and Haverbrook, was it really necessary for Haverbrook’s Mr. Rumba to defend himself by promoting GLEE on iTunes, “I don’t know what you’re talking about, ‘Don’t Stop Believin’,” is the most downloaded song in the history of iTunes!”
7. Loved Artie, who in an effort to come up with new songs on the fly, offered to improvise some of his Def Poetry Jams… which we sincerely hope we get to see next spring!
8. Loved Lea Michele’s Rachel Berry, who after thirteen episode of getting mocked and slushied, delivered (while Mr. Schue adorably listens via cell phone) one of the most remarkable performance of the season-to-date with her rendition of “Don’t Rain on My Parade.” (Side note: Are we the only TV Addict’s who want to see nerdy guy and possible Tay-Sachs carrier Jacob Ben Israel — or as we like to call him, GLEE’s version of ONE TREE HILL’s Mouth —get a shot with his dream-girl Rachel?)
9. Loved Anna Camp, who continues to make the most of whatever she is given (see her supporting role in season two of TRUE BLOOD as Sarah Newlin) by knocking it out of the park when Ryan Murphy and Co. took us documentary style behind the scenes of the judges room. Spin-off, or webisodes please!
10. Loathed Teri Schuester, Team Emma FTW!
11. Loved Principal Figgins, who finally put his foot down and suspended Coach Sylvester from the school. And while we have a feeling her suspension will be lifted just in time for GLEE’s glorious April 13 return, it did give future nominee Jane Lynch one last clip for her “For You Consideration” Emmy reel telling Mr. Schuester, “Well played sir. I underestimated you. Here’s what happens now. I’m going to head on down to my Condo in Boca, get myself into fighting shape, return to this school even more hell-bent on destruction. You are about to board the Sue Sylvester express — destination — horror.” Yeah… we can’t wait.
12. Loved the End, Almost as if to reinforce the fact that yes, our life
would will suck without GLEE, the episode ended off with the most memorable musical number since “Don’t Stop Believin’,” as Mr. Schuester planted a kiss on Emma.
13. Loathed the fact that FOX isn’t brining back GLEE until April, which has us questioning what is more of a plus… the upward momentum GLEE currently finds itself enjoying or AMERICAN IDOL as its lead-in?