GLEE “Special Education” Review

GLEE Special Education
GLEE “Special Education” Season 2 Episode 9 – New Directions grabbed their magic combs and Cadbury eggs and headed to Sectionals on tonight’s episode of Glee. They faced off against The Warblers and The Hipsters and came out on top—well, sort of. Besides all the couple drama, this episode was jam packed with music, so let’s break down the performances:

“Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” – Rachel and Kurt’s duet was simply beautiful. I thought Kurt aced his audition, and I’m disappointed that Dalton Academy is trying to make him blend in. Kurt was born to stand out! I miss his crazy outfits already.

“Hey, Soul Sister” – I’m so sick of this song, and I wish The Warblers listened to Kurt and went with some Duran Duran. However, I find it impossible not to like the talented, supercute Blaine.

“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” – Between this and Jennifer Grey on Dancing With the Stars, it’s been a pretty great week for us Dirty Dancing fans. It was nice to see Sam and Quinn (aka Ken and Barbie) in the spotlight tonight.

“Valerie” – Santana was also an unexpected soloist at Sectionals. Although, I thought Mike Chang and Brittany’s awesome dance moves stole the show. Good move putting them up front, Mr. Schue.

“Dog Days Are Over” – Tina and Mercedes sound good together! They really are the underappreciated members of New Directions.

Emma really likes to get married on the day of Sectionals, doesn’t she? Her wedding to Ken was supposed to take place on the same day as last year’s competition, and this year she elopes with Dr. Carl. Speaking of the “finest dentist alive,” does this mean we will see more of him? Poor Will was heartbroken by Emma’s spontaneous decision and I hope he doesn’t do something stupid like go back to Terri.

So, apparently, last week’s Puckleberry reference was a bit of foreshadowing. Rachel’s always been self-involved, but I have a hard time believing that she would cheat on Finn like that. She and Santana really seem to hate each other this season (actually, Santana calling Rachel a “hobbit” and saying she wanted to punch her in the face after last week’s episode about bullying struck me as a wee bit hypocritical). So will Finn be able to forgive Rachel? Or is Puckleberry happening?

I have a feeling that Gleeks who love Finn and Rachel probably really hated this episode. Personally, I loved the performances and seeing the entire cast get a chance to shine. From Artie and Brittany’s magic comb moment to Tina and Mike’s “Asian kiss”—this episode didn’t just focus on one character, so it felt nicely balanced. I still don’t think it quite lived up to last year’s Sectionals episode, though. With Rachel and Finn apart and Will heartbroken, it lacked the joy of last year’s episode. That final scene where Will is running to catch Emma while the kids sing “My Life Would Suck Without You” is hands down my favorite Glee moment EVER.

So what did you think of “Special Education?” Did it beat last year’s Sectionals? Let me know in the comments.

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