Glee

Season 2 Episode 9

Special Education

9
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 30, 2010 on FOX
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New Directions heads to sectionals against fierce competition including the Hipsters and Dalton Academy's Warblers who shine with their newest member: Kurt. Meanwhile, romantic troubles begin for couples Emma and Carl as well as Finn and Rachel.

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  • Special Ed

    7.5
    Awesome episode! It felt like sectionals came too fast, but that's not a bad thing. Kurt's plot was kind of sad because he thought he'd be happy at Dalton Academy, but they do things so differently there that it's hard for him to adjust. I love how Kurt and Rachel have this little friendship now. The Brittany/Artie stuff was so cute with the magic comb and Artie thinking she was cheating with Mike but she was avoiding him because she lost the comb. I was shocked that Emma got married to Carl, but it looks like she regrets it. Puck was so funny getting trapped in that Outside washroom thing (forget the name of it), and Lauren Zizes saves him. Lauren is so funny. I liked Kurt and Rachel both singing "Don't Cry for Me Argentina". The old people singing "The Living Years" was funny. I enjoyed Dalton Academy's "Hey, Soul Sister". It was so interesting having Quinn and Sam sing instead of Rachel and Finn. I love Mike and Brittany dancing. I love the end of the episode with Tina and Mercedes singing.moreless
  • I think I disagree with everyone saying this episode was just so-so, and didn't live up to the amazingness that always comes with Sectionals and Regionals.

    10
    I think I disagree with everyone saying this episode was just so-so, and didn't live up to the amazingness that always comes with Sectionals and Regionals. I think Glee had to do this. If Finn and Rachel sung another duet, that would have been boring and sooner or later everyone would realise that. If Glee has the same formula every time, it wouldn't work. So props to Emma for pointing that out to Will, i was cheering her on. That Rachel got the last two solos was fine. Rachel's most redeeming quality is her voice. Even when she is so annoying, when she came out with "Don't rain on my parade, everyone was cheering for her. But Glee is continuing to expand and add characters. Rachel has the best voice, but so many of the other girls are talented as well and it's only right that they get a chance to showcase it.



    Santana sung great. She might not have Rachel's "X factor" but she brought talent and something different to New Directions performance. Brittany and Mike were great but i expected them to be. Quinn and Sam were...sweet. I don't really like Sam, or Quinn for that matter, but they have good voices, even if they were my least favourite duet in "Duets". I think all the other girls have better vocals.



    I did think it was ironic that all five major players in the performance -Quinn, Santana, Brittany, Sam and Mike are all the cheerleaders and two football players.



    As for plot, it was the only part of the episode that didn't thrill me. Brittany and Artie is the worst couple ever. The sooner Brittany and Santana are back the way they were the better. Tina dressing as a dark goth cheerleader was just weird and Finn and Rachel were just messed up. I could see both sides of the argument but when Rachel kissed Puck (though i love puckleberry) i fully supported Finn. I think he and Santana should try to date. I think that would be interesting. Santana is looking so lonely and sad without Brittany. Emma has odd Sectionals wedding symmetry, but i just thought it was a stupid plot and it seems inevitable that she will either cheat or divorce, as she is the only love interest for Will.



    Overall, this episode is still a ten for all the good things it did for the female characters. I think everyone got the spotlight for either singing or dancing. Rachel's duet with Kurt, Quinns's duet with Sam, Santana's solo and Brittany's dancing, then Mercedes and Tina's duet. The boys were a little left out but maybe at regionals the solo can be male vocals.moreless
  • Thanks For Showing the backbone Mr. Shue

    8.0
    I was excited about a few things n this episode. I liked that Emaa stood up to Mr. Shue & let himm know the formula for his sectional was predictable & boring. I like that Mr. Shue finally stopped being amused by Rachel acting like a diva. Rachel become tedious. She is unpleasant & a caricature of a human. I could totally see her & Puck hooking up again. I love that she showed some strength of character by being honest with Finn about what she did. I like that Finn told her she was mean & hateful for doing it & that he did not forgive her. I know these two will get back together. I just want to be able to root for them again. Finn was right to not forgive her right away. He made a mistake while she was with someone else. She cheated because she was mad. Not at all the same thing. Although she does get props for being honest first. I liked Puck this episode. trying to be a better person even though it doesn't sit comfortably with him yet. I liked that he pulled the plug on his hook up with Rachel. That he put his friendship with Finn ahead of what he wanted.moreless
  • The moment we Gleeks were all waiting for. Sectionals and it didn't disappoint

    9.0
    When the series started, this was one of the eipsodes I was keen to see so i had very high expectations when watching it and I loved it.

    I thought that the storyline was very well written and the songs were modern, which suited me. I liked the fact that Finn and Rachel were not at the front singing the solos because they always do. I'm glad that Ryan Murphy gave other characters a chance to sing. We was able to hear belter Mercedes, as well as Tina, Sam and Quinn's singing voice. However the reason why I did not give the episode the perfect 10 was because the ending was very cliche. I understand that the Warblers had to go through to keep Kurt in the show but I thought they could have done it in other ways. Still an enjoyable episode even though it wasn't my favoirtemoreless
  • Wow. I mean wow! I really don't know what to say and where to begin.

    8.0
    Some big changes happen in this episode. First, Mr. Schue decides Sectionals this year will be different. And oh my god, they are different.



    I am so shocked at myself but I was actually upset when Rachel didn't get a solo. In all the previous episodes I was kinda sick of her and she was singing in every single episode but I couldn't imagine Sectionals with her in the background. Don't cry for me Argentina was soooooooo good! I cried during listening to it. Rachel and Kurt were amazing! And don't get me started on their b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l friendship.



    If I focus on Sectionals a little more - what was the most different for me was the atmosphere. This episode was kinda radical because the Glee club members were arguing the whole time but that wasn't such a bad thing actually; it was interesting to see the different side of Glee. I could feel how upset they were, how angry with each other and how hurt. I felt so sorry for Finn at the end, and in one way I understand Rachel for doing what she did but on the other hand I am disappointed in her. I can't believe they broke up! I just can't!! It's interesting - last year they became a couple after Sectionals and now they broke up...

    Glee club sure has a lot of talent but I'm not sure about Quinn and Sam. I like Quinn very much but everytime she sings she has a different voice!! And when the hell will they stop to auto-tune it?? I realise that probably everyone in the show have auto-tuned voices, but when Quinn sings that reflects the most. I would say the same for Sam too actually. His voice isn't that great and he still annoys me a little bit. :D But other than that they were okay singing I had the time of my life. Just okay.

    Valerie on the other hand was great. Santana's solo was good to listen to (what wasn't so great about her - how mean she was in this episode), although I hoped Tina would get a solo. And she did get the one in the end but I hoped she would sing at Sectionals. However, the song at the end was magnificent! I also have to mention Mike and Brittany's dancing. Oh my gooood, that was so amazing. I'm still shocked.



    Lauren Zizes joining the Glee club... I hope that's not permanent, that's all I'm going to say. :D



    What was also interesting to see was how the Warblers really aren't what I expected. And what Kurt expected too. Blaine was so emotional when he watched Kurt sing Don't cry for me Argentina, that was sweet. But why did he sing everything at Sectionals? Emma and Carl getting married??? Didn't see that coming either. I'm still hoping she'll be with Mr. Schue at the end. They make such a better couple than Emma and Carl.



    Overall, different Sectionals than last year. But a good episode.moreless
Telly Leung

Telly Leung

Wes

Guest Star

John Stamos

John Stamos

Carl Howell

Guest Star

Michael G. Hagerty

Michael G. Hagerty

Pete Sosnowski

Guest Star

Harry Shum Jr.

Harry Shum Jr.

Mike Chang

Recurring Role

Chord Overstreet

Chord Overstreet

Sam Evans

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Ashley Fink

Ashley Fink

Lauren Zizes

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Music Featured in this Episode:
      "Dog Days Are Over" by Florence and the Machine
      "Valerie" by the Zutons (as sung by Amy Winehouse)
      "Dont Cry for Me Argentina" from Evita
      "(I've Had) The Time of My Live" by Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley
      "Hey Soul Sister" by Train

    • The man who announces the winner is introduced as the "Associate Director of the Ohio Department of Motor Vehicles". There is no Department of Motor Vehicles in Ohio, it is called the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Tina: (Dressed as a cheerleader) We have a big problem.
      Artie: Is the problem your outfit? Because you look like a Cheerleader Zombie Corpse.
      Tina: I have no choice. Mike Chang likes cheerleaders. You of all people should know. He's having an affair with Brittany.
      Artie: What? You crazy.
      Tina: You haven't noticed her ignoring you lately.
      Artie: Not really, it's Shark Week.

    • Artie: (finding Brittany standing in an empty classroom corner) What are you doing? We've been looking for you all day!
      Brittany: I'm paralyzed with fear. I've been here since second period, and I really, really have to pee.
      Artie: What are you afraid of? You're gonna be featured at sectionals. You should be happy.
      Brittany: I can't handle the pressure. I know I'm more talented than all of you. Britney Spears taught me that. It's just I can't have whether we win or lose on my shoulders.
      Artie: But - but we all know you can do it!
      Brittany: And I know that I can't. Just like I know the cricket that reads to me at night is totally stealing my jewelry.

    • Rachel: (asking Finn why he slept with Santana) Do you think she's prettier than me?
      Emma: Don't answer that.
      Rachel: My dads went to couple's counseling, because one of them put up wallpaper in the den without asking the other, and they said it was the only thing that kept them from killing each other.
      Emma: Okay.
      Rachel: We need your help. That's why I set up this counseling session.
      Emma: You're both in glee. Why don't you sing about it? Right, aren't there some great songs about betrayal, or something? I'm pretty sure there are some Eagles songs.

    • Will: I've decided to feature Brittany and Mike Chang's sweet moves in our performance.
      Rachel: Wait, they're gonna dance in front of me, while I sing my solo?
      Will: You're not getting a solo for this competition, Rachel.
      Mercedes: Finally! So, what song do I get to sing?
      Will: I was thinking that the winners of our duets competition would take the leads.
      Rachel: Ken and Barbie? Wait! A-a-are you trying the throw this?
      Quinn: You used to be just sort of unlikeable, but now I pretty much feel like punching you every time you open your mouth

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