November 29’s belatedly Thanksgiving-themed episode of Glee saw Blaine and Kurt make plans for Christmas and the New Directions cover “Gangnam Style” at sectionals. The night was music to the ears after several weeks of off-key chapters and proved that the season can still find its footing after frequently falling flat. Here are the highlights of the episode:
The Cheerios Reunite
Amid a slew of new characters in season 4, we were served a delightfully divine taste of old-school Gleewhen Quinn Fabray grouped up with Santana and Brittany for a reunion of the original head Cheerios. In a number remarkably reminiscent of the trio’s season 1 interpretation of “Say a Little Prayer”, Brittana sang and danced back-up for Quinn as she used her soft vocals to lead them through “Come See About Me” by the Supremes.
Marley Rose Collapses at Sectionals
When Marley fainted on stage at sectionals it was a huge step forward in her story-line with Kitty Wilde. I had reservations initially about being thrown into the lives of the newcomers this season instead of having them slowly incorporated into the McKinley High scene, but Marley and Kitty, along with Jake Puckerman and Ryder Lynn, are finally developing their own drama and it is starting to get a bit dark (at least for Glee).
Quinn and Santana Face-Off
We can now add Quinn to the list of people who have fallen victim to a Lima Heights slap by Santana. The ever-present tension between Santana and Quinn led to a heated argument and the low blows got a bit too low when Santana made a crack about Quinn’s parenting. First, Quinn laid into Santana, then Santana, never one to disappoint, returned the favor. It is relieving to know our favorite McKinley High alumni aren’t simply being relegated to special appearance story-lines and that they can co-exist on the show with the new kids.
Blaine and Kurt Try to Bury the Hatchet
Some call them Klaine, though I have always been fonder of Blurt. For weeks fans have been in agony as Kurt and Blaine have kept their distance from one another. This week, after a pep talk from his boss, Isabelle (Sarah Jessica Parker), Kurt finally picked up the phone and called Blaine in an attempt to start burying the hatchet. I was particularly moved by Darren Criss’s believable portrayal of Blaine in this scene. This was, hands-down, my favorite Blurt moment of the season.
Tina Sings Gangnam Style
In the most memorable Glee performance since season 2’s “Time Warp”, Jenna Ushkowitz and the New Directions completely killed sectionals with their rendition of PSY’s “Gangnam Style”. This was Tina’s first true solo since “Because You Loved Me” in late season 3, which the writers felt she needed to be dressed as the untouchable Rachel Berry to be given, and she took the opportunity to prove why she is the most overlooked and underutilized character on the show.