After a two-month break, Fox’s Glee aired right after the Super Bowl. Glee returned with a vengeance, and it’s thrilling!
Riding on the Super Bowl hype, Glee was shown immediately following the Super Bowl tonight. Even the title of tonight’s episode, “Thriller: The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle” focused on the big football game for McKinley.
The show begins with Sue’s disgust at the Cheerio’s performance of Katy Perry’s “California Gurls.” Her boredom with the performance leads to her plans in choreographing a dangerous spectacle. When the principal finds out about her plans to shoot a Cheerio out of a cannon, he orders her to stop and Sue goes ballistic. She gets the cheer-leading board to change the cheer-leading regionals night to the same time as the football game. Sue forces some of the Cheerios to choose between Glee club or cheer-leading.
Will Schuester and Coach Beiste work together to get the bullies from the football team to stop picking on Glee club after a scuffle between Finn and Karofsky. Beiste orders the boys, including Karofsky, to join Glee club for one week or they’re off the team. While Glee club members protest, Schuester tells them they need to work together and prepare a halftime show since Sue’s Cheerios won’t be there. Rachel and Puck perform Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” as an example to show the football team what Glee is all about.
Meanwhile, Puck and Finn decide to put their differences aside and be friends again so that they could win the game. Later, the football team and Glee club rehearse for the halftime show and Finn sings “She’s Not There” by The Zombies. When the hockey team hears about the football team joining Glee, they throw slushies at Karofsky and the rest of the team.
Meanwhile a Dalton Academy, Blaine and Kurt, as well as the rest of the Warblers prepare for nationals by singing Destiny’s Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills.” Later, Kurt and Blaine join Mercedes and Rachel, who tell them that the football players have quit Glee club and since they broke the deal with Beiste, they’re off the team. The girls decide to join the football team to fill the spots.
When McKinley’s championship game gets off to a rough start, Finn asks Sam to be quarterback as he goes to find the Cheerios and convinces them to join the halftime show. He also asks Puck to convince the football players to re-join Glee club for the halftime show so that they could play in the rest of the game. Karofsky refuses, but the other football players join in. They perform a mash-up of “Heads Will Roll” by Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs and “Thriller” by Michael Jackson. Karofsky ends up joining the group. Once the game resumes, McKinley wins!
Katie Couric guest stars as herself and interviews Sue about not winning cheer-leading regionals.
When they’re back in school, Karofsky tells Finn he’s quitting Glee and going back to his bullying ways. Quinn later thanks Finn for convincing her to leave the Cheerios and return to Glee. They end up sharing a kiss.
Tonight’s episode is definitely a great way to kick off the return of Glee. Doing a Michael Jackson number, especially “Thriller” was the perfect route tonight. The costumes and dancing in the halftime performance were exactly what Glee fans have been waiting for!
Do we see a new couple forming with Rachel and Puck? Their duet was cute, but I was more impressed with Puck’s singing over Rachel’s. Blaine’s performance of “Bills” was quite a treat to watch. I’m always impressed when Blaine performs. He just makes everything sound so good and harmonious!
The only thing that threw me off in this episode was Quinn and Finn’s kiss to end the show. Did she happen to forget about Sam? What was that?!
While I am one to yawn at football, Glee’s post Super Bowl episode was thrilling – and well worth the wait!