We GLEE-cap last night’s “Hell-O” High’s and Low’s

You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have, the facts of life GLEE/ Or to borrow a line from newcomer Jesse St. James, GLEE may totally lack Barbara’s emotional depth…. but it’s talented. As you’ll see in our collection of high and low notes from last night’s episode, most of which can be found after the jump.

High Note: Fresh off a four month hiatus, last night’s GLEE-ful return quickly made up for lost time by delivering even more relationship drama (Finn/Rachel, Mr. Schuester/Emma), more Sue Sylvester (Who returned to the her position of Cheerios coach following a little sexual blackmail of Principal Figgins) and best of all, more songs.

Low Note: The introduction of which by Mr. Schuester couldn’t have been any less creative as he stood in front of New Directions and asked them to sell more songs on iTunes reintroduce themselves to the school by thinking of songs that tie in with the theme of “Hello.”

High Note: Whether they were making fun of Rachel’s ensemble (“She looked like Pippi Longstocking, but, like, Israeli“) or dolphins (“Did you know that dolphins are just gay sharks?”) once-peripheral characters Brittany and Santana completely stole the show.

Low Note: Which let’s face it is the last thing poor Artie and Tina need: More competition for screen time! Heck, even Asian kid got to break out the moves in…

High Note: Lea Michele and Company’s rendition of the All-American Rejects’ hit song “Gives You Hell.”

Low Note: The fact that it took an episode of GLEE to introduce us to these so-called All-American Rejects’. Seriously. Could we feel more out of touch?!

High Note: Idina Menzel guest starred as Vocal Adrenaline’s very-wicked coach.

Low Note: She did not sing. But luckily for us…

High Note: Star of three time national Champion rival Glee Club Vocal Adrenaline did. Played to perfection by Lea Michele’s Spring Awakening co-star (and real-life best friend) Jonathan Groff, Jesse St. James arrived on the scene just in time to sweep both Rachel Berry and us as an audience off our feet. Sorry Finn.

Low Note: The library in which Rachel and Jesse broke out into song came equipped with a grand piano and a three piece orchestra standing-by. No wonder this school has no money in the budget for both a Glee Club and Cheerleading squad!

High Note: Cory Monteith’s rendition of “Hello” by The Doors

Low Note: Coupled with Monteith’s recent live performances on Oprah and at The White House only reinforce our assertion that whomever is responsible for mixing the GLEE music deserves a lot more credit than he and/or she is currently being given.

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  • chels725

    Heather Morris totally stole the show from everybody. She had better lines than Jane Lynch. The singing was good but the plot is just a huge mess. Most of the characters are very one-dimensional. They need to utilize the whole cast, not just Will, Rachel, Finn, & Sue. They may have a diverse cast, but they keep that diversity in the background. Also the relationship drama is just stupid and the writing is all over the place.

  • lindseymorrison

    I was expecting more for this “BIG” return…i spent two days prior watching all the episodes from the beginning before the new one. Dissappointed, but so glad that they're back…maybe it'll get better? I hope so 😉

  • TVFan

    I loved everything about the show's return except for Mr. Schuester and Emma. There storyline is such a bore.

  • joshemerson

    I still say Glee is the most overrated show on TV. It's not that it's a bad show, it's just not nearly as good as people think it is. The characters are generally walking stereotypes and the storylines are a mix of over-the-top and who-cares.And I don't think they could make Finn the dunce less appealing.

  • IceStrike

    I thought they were signing Hello in a bookstore. Like a Canadian Chapters. the onlookers were middle aged.

  • I don't think it's overrated, I think it's overhyped! Nobody (or at least I'm not) saying it's perfect. But it's fun and original. Two qualities that should be rewarded in a TV biz that far too often relies on lowest common denominator (see: Report that NBC is thinking of creating another LAW & ORDER spin-off in Los Angeles!)

  • WyldeMan45

    One thing I must mention you complained about the library having a grand piano and orchestra. I believe that was the town library, cause as Jesse mentioned he comes there to sing to the homeless, lol. I don't know school libraries make it a habit to let the homeless hang out there.

  • BJ

    It was a music library, hence the sheet music and piano. Last night felt like it was trying to hard in places and not trying hard enough in other places.

    And it didn't seem like they learned a damn thing about continuity. The only way we got any indication as to how much time had passed since Sectionals was that Finn was now playing basketball instead of football.

  • chels725

    You took the words straight from my mouth. Totally overrated and overhyped.

  • gleefan

    btw that was a music store that Jesse and Rachel were in, during Hello.