Glee

Season 1 Episode 16

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 27, 2010 on FOX
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Kristen Chenoweth reprises her role as April Rhodes when she comes to town to help Will find a space to rehearse after Sue steals the auditorium. Meanwhile, Sue pressures Mercedes to lose weight in order to stay on the Cheerios.

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  • Not My Favorite

    6.0
    This was an... okay episode. I loved the Mercedes plot line, liked the Finn/Will part, hated how shallow and selfish Kurt was. As a gay guy, I've told every girl who's had an interest in me that I am indeed, gay. Then they respect that and don't try to advance on me. Kurt, on the other hand, should know that Finn is straight - after all, he has a girlfriend and has denied Kurt's advances. Kurt crying over it and everything felt way too melodramatic and just whiny.



    The music wasn't great either, unfortunately. Hopefully the show will pick up!moreless
  • The characterization is in full bloom here! Which unfortunately kills the music.

    4.5
    So, first of all, the good:



    Characterization here is poignant and compelling. The scene between Finn's mother and he towards the end of the episode is a prime example of that. Finn especially experienced some prime character work here, which was great to see. Mercedes' sub plot was also fairly emotional, and it was nice to see Quinn step up to the plate and begin to relinquish her evil ways of olden days. And of course, regardless of what she does in the episode, the Chenoweth factor is never bad. Kristen Chenoweth could contract laringytis and lose one lung and still sound heavenly. The woman can sing, and she certainly had her hay day here.



    The bad:



    Unfortunately, the character-driven aspect of this episode practically killed this episode. Most of the songs were obscure, unfamiliar choices that younger audiences are going to feel puzzled over. Don't get me wrong, the quality here is superb. Kurt, April, and Will are all on their game. It was just a shame that the only song that was fairly mainstream this time was "Beautiful," and while Mercedes delivered it superbly, it still fell flat as sort of a bizarre moment in the show. Speaking of bizarre, WTF Kurt? I'm not liking what's going on here. Kurt's disturbing plan to get himself a oneway ticket to Finn's bedroom is getting a little weird. Boy needs to go find himself a boy that's not as straight as an arrow. His crush on Finn is just becoming painful, as all us viewers know there's no way Mr. Hudson is ever reciprocating. I for one would like to see Kurt happy, and stop moping over Frankenteen. And stalking him and his father outside a window? WEIRD.



    The ugly:

    Jesse St. James as a hamburger. Ew.moreless
  • Not really exciting.

    5.5
    Kristin is back, and the Glee writers make her sing out loud just a couple of plain songs? There weren't many chances of making a boring episode with such a good actress and singer, but - believe it or not - they made it. Too much drama, I get they want to give the show some 'emotional depth', but Glee simply isn't that kind of show, in my opinion. At least, for once, it wasn't all just about Rachel - she's funny and amazing, but there's a lot of other good characters to develop. Also, why singing the same song twice? Meh, I was quite disappointed.moreless
  • Glee has lost its touch, at least for this episode. Bring back the comedy and fun, and stop all this overly emotional stuff.

    4.0
    I love Glee but this episode has really let me down. Firstly, they basically concentrated on kurt/finn/mercedes and completely ignored the other characters. This has actually been happening for a while. I miss the old Glee where they would switch between characters so we know whats going on with everyone. I mean, I see Quinn and Puck together, but are they together? Why haven't they told us? Secondly, I didn't like the message. Glee has always been a show where they weren't overly PC and ocasionally made fun of fat or disabled people. I mean I don't think this is at all ok, but by doing so they showed us that its not a big deal. The way they did it in this epsiode was just soppy, cliche(especially the I am beautiful song, come on!) and very boring. It's a message we've heard a million times, and im sick of it. Glee, don't worry about 'character depth', i was able to get a good idea of what they were all like in the previous eipsodes when they didn't try so hard. Also, I didn't really like any of the songs this epsiode, and I think that Glee needs to o back to the way it was to be its best again.moreless
  • Very slow character driven epsiode at the sacrafice of any story moving forward. Love Glee, didn't love the ep.

    5.0
    Good Points: # Some focus pulled away from Rachel - who is amazing and fun and crucial to the show, but is only ONE character.

    # Kurt and Mercedes got to really shine!! It was just a shame it was a very predictable story line and song list.

    # Some awesome fun with Kurt and Finn's folks.



    Bad Points:

    # What on earth is April doing back in the show? And WHERE was Emma?? We waited the whole first part of this season for Emma and Will to connect and now he's off flirting with the Voacal Adrenaline coach or April or any other chick. # Kurt trying to get close and "turn" Finn. This is such a pointless storyline that will only end in disappointment.

    # No further story development for what Jesse Saint James is really up too.

    # The only chance to put Sue Sylvester in her place and bring her down a peg or two was blown by a predictable "realising inner beauty" fluffy moment. Quinn was interesting here though. (She is almost ridiculously beautiful)



    Okay, I'm done bagging out this episode, especially because I actually do really LOVE this show. I think that's why it was so disappointing when this show didn't get me all jazzed up and wanting to dance around my living room like the first half of this season did. I'm hopeful it will pick back up again. I'm looking forward to the Lady Gaga episode.moreless
Michael Benjamin Washington

Michael Benjamin Washington

Tracy Pendergrass

Guest Star

Noel Arthur

Noel Arthur

Guy

Guest Star

Earnestine Phillips

Earnestine Phillips

Nurse

Guest Star

Mike O'Malley

Mike O'Malley

Burt Hummel

Recurring Role

Lauren Potter

Lauren Potter

Becky Jackson

Recurring Role

Romy Rosemont

Romy Rosemont

Carole Hudson

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Narrator: So here's what happened on Glee: Finn got Kurt to try out for the football team, which was super cool, but sometimes it seems like maybe Kurt's sort of got a crush on him. Will's old crush, April, joined the Glee Club, but she was drunk all the time, so Will kicked her out. Also, Sue convinced Kurt and Mercedes that they should join the Cheerios!, which was none too happy about. And that's what you missed on Glee.

    • Tracy: Quite a turnout for a pep rally.
      Sue: On assembly days, I arrange for the rest of the school to be fumigated, leaving the gymnasium the only place with breathable air. (he looks at her) Oh, come on. That was clever. You might want to start writing down my little bons mots. I'm gonna be dropping some beauties on you.

    • Quinn: You are so lucky. You've always been at home in your body. Don't let Ms. Sylvester take that away from you.
      Mercedes: I'm so embarrassed. This isn't me. How did I become that person?
      Quinn: You are beautiful. You know that.

    • Brittany: (to Santana) I'm pretty sure my cat's been reading my diary.

    • Sue: (to Kurt and Mercedes) Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to put in a call to the Ohio Secretary of State notifying them I will no longer be carrying photo I.D. You know why? People should know who I am.

    • Sue: Mercedes, your vocal chords have had more fantastic runs than a Kenyan track team.

    • Burt Hummel: I hate Duke like I hate the Nazis.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Domov (Home)

    • Although credited, Jayma Mays (Emma Pillsbury) does not appear in this episode. Jessalyn Gilsig (Terri Schuester) only appears in a photograph during "One Less Bell to Answer/A House is Not a Home".

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: April 27, 2010 on Global
      Ireland: April 28, 2010 on TV3
      United Kingdom: May 3, 2010 on E4/E4 HD
      Australia: May 13, 2010 on Channel Ten
      Sweden: May 16, 2010 on TV4
      Latin America: July 29, 2010 on FOX
      Slovakia: April 10, 2011 on JOJ
      Germany: April 18, 2011 on Super RTL
      Bulgaria: June 19, 2011 on bTV Comedy
      Czech Republic: July 2, 2011 on Prima LOVE

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Tracy: Sue, when I met you I instantly disliked you. You're bossy, insulting, and the fact that twice you called me Rerun makes me think you're a little racist.

      Tracy is referring to Rerun, a character from ABC's sitcom What's Happening, which aired from August 1976 until April 1979. Freddy "Rerun" Stubbs was a large comic, one of three African American, working-class teens followed by the series, set in Watts in Los Angeles, California.

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