Glee “Yes/No” Review

This week’s Glee, “Yes/No,” got off to a shaky start with a safe, predictable rendition of Grease in order to remind us that Sam and Mercedes had a summer fling that flopped. Yawn. Nothing against Sam, but this whole season has turned me into a Mercedes-hater; she’s doing nothing to get me back into her boat by singing about one boy while dating another.

But the episode picked up a bit with Emma’s “Wedding Bell Blues,” with Sue and Coach Bieste as backup singers. It turns out Bieste eloped! Hey, when you find a man who thinks your standard lunch of a whole chicken is sexy, you don’t let Sue steal him away from you! But now Emma wants to get married, and Will is totally on board even after her parents remind him that their daughter is a little wacky.

True love conquers all, but let’s hope Will isn’t setting himself up for a celibate wedding night. At least he’ll have the Glee club, a group of teenagers who love him so much that they willingly team up with the school’s synchronized swimming team (?!) in order to help him mount a proposal that would have made Busby Berkeley proud. (I’d tell you to look up that reference, but you’ll have to wait until Wikipedia is back up on Thursday.)

Meanwhile, in the land of Rachel and Finn, Will’s proposal gets Finn thinking about the future, which to him means enlisting in the Army and doing his war-hero father proud. Naturally, his mother decides it’s the right time to tell him that his father actually died of a drug overdose after coming back from the Middle East. Was that really necessary? Finn isn’t the kind of guy who would have gone looking for that information; he could have happily spent the rest of his life in blissful ignorance.

Instead, the knowledge of how his dad screwed up his life makes Finn suddenly decide not to let the good things in his life get away from him, and that translates to proposing to Rachel. What was her answer? We won’t know until next week’s Michael Jackson fest, but apparently she’s going to sing it to him. What do we think? “Much Too Soon”? “We’ve Had Enough”?

One of the highlights (okay, maybe THE highlight) of the episode was getting to hear Becky’s inner monologue which, as she can make herself sound like whoever she wants in her head, was done by Dame Helen Mirren. Awesome. Becky is a great character; I was glad to see Artie take the Glee club to task when they chided him for dating her. But my heart ached for her when he eventually broke things off. What was the point of that, Glee?

All in all, while it was a better offering that what we’ve been getting lately, this episode still lacked the magic that made me fall in love with this show. I get less and less certain that they can capture that joy again.

What did you think? Let me know below!