Last night's episode of "Glee" wasn't "Wonder-ful," but it wasn't terrible either. After several weeks of PSAs about school shootings and sexual abuse, it was refreshing to see a more light-hearted episode.
We were wondering how "Glee" was going to factor Heather Morris' pregnancy into the show.
As it turned out, MIT had offered Brittany early admission, and she was away touring the campus. Apparently, in the "Glee"-verse, perfect SAT scores are enough to earn acceptance into MIT, despite 12 years of poor academic performance, including having to repeat senior year.
I'm having flashbacks of Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) getting into Yale on "Saved By The Bell."
I was also wondering how Finn's (Cory Monteith) absence would affect the final episodes of the season. However, Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Mike (Harry Shum Jr.) were more than able to fill the Finn-shaped hole in my heart.
Mercedes was back in town to shoot the music video for her new single, and she wanted Mike and Jake (Jacob Artist) to participate. Mike's rocking dance moves had us saying "Hell To the Yes."
Unfortunately, Mercedes ran into some trouble with her producer when she refused to sex it up for the cover of her CD. The producer also threatened to use another person's photo for the cover, putting her in a difficult position. Mercedes had to decide whether to be true to herself, or to not let an entire year's work on her album go to waste.
In the end, she decided to take the high road, resulting in her being dropped from her record label. However, she decided to sell the CDs independently, and to find another way to get her music out there.
I'm loving Mercedes as the New Directions vocal coach. I also had a good laugh seeing her hit Marley (Melissa Benoist) with the maraca.
The Sunshine Of Our Lives
What better way to celebrate the World's Greatest TV Dad than with the music of Stevie Wonder?
I was not a happy camper when Burt (Mike O'Malley) revealed that he had prostate cancer. After Quinn (Dianna Agron), Burt seems to be the show's perennial punching bag.
In any case, in the days leading up to Burt's final test results, Kurt (Chris Colfer) had become increasingly superstitious, opting only to wear light blue socks and happy colors, even chastising his dad for wearing a dark navy blue plaid shirt because they colors were too funereal.
Fortunately, the combination of aggressive treatments and change of diet had cure Burt. He apparently now has a prostate of a 20-year-old.
To celebrate Burt's clean bill of health, Kurt serenaded him with with "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life."
Don't Put A Ring On It
I was so relieved to learn that "Glee" didn't plan on killing Burt off (at least for now). He's one of the only sane adults on the show. Couldn't they kill off Quinn's dad or Santana's (Naya Rivera) abeula instead?
Thankfully, Burt was around to put a stop to Blaine's (Darren Criss) hair-brained (or hair gel-brained) matrimonial plans. The combination of New York's legalization of gay marriage, and Kurt's struggles in coping with his dad's cancer had inspired Blaine to consider asking Kurt to marry him.
When Blaine approached Burt to ask for his blessing, Burt gave him a sobering reality check, reminding him of what happened to Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn. He also assured Blaine that if he and Kurt were really meant to be, then there was no need to rush.
I'm wondering if all that hair product is going to Blaine's head. Does he forget that he and Kurt are not even officially dating anymore? Besides, just a few weeks ago, Blaine was still crushing on Sam (Chord Overstreet) and moping over Phil Collins.
Katey Sagal Is Not An Old Hag
Artie (Kevin McHale) received an acceptance letter from a film school in Brooklyn. However, he was getting cold feet (or cold wheels?) about leaving Lima.
After some prodding from the newly reformed Kitty (Becca Tobin), Artie revealed that he felt guilty about leaving his mom (Sagal) because her whole life had revolved around taking care of him.
However, it turned out that Artie was just using his mom as an excuse to hide behind his own fears of moving to a city that may not be handicap accessible.
After learning about Artie's acceptance letter, his mom encouraged him to pursue his dream of becoming a film maker. She also joked, "If you ever imply that I'm an old hag again, I will tip you over."
Everything Is All Right
Meanwhile, back in New York, Rachel was preparing for her "Funny Girl" callbacks when he two-timing classmates decided to rat her out to arch nemesis Cassandra July (Kate Hudson).
Cassie attempted to psych her out by moving her midterm to 6am the next day, and threatening to attend her audition, along with Barbra Streisand and James Brolin, to watch her choke at her first Broadway callback.
As it turned out, Cassie's year-long abuse was actually a form of tough love. She had been testing her the entire time. Her relentless attempts to break Rachel's spirit had failed, and Rachel was still standing tall and proud. As a reward, Cassie and her dance class performed a jubilant rendition of "Uptight" in order to wish her luck at her audition.
Next week, New Directions will compete at regionals, and Ryder (Blake Jenner) will continue his quest to learn the identity of his internet mystery girl.
This has been a sporadic and uneven season of "Glee," but I'm hopeful that they'll be able to end the season on a high note.
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