New Directions – You Can’t Stop The Beat
Rin says: The first verse sung by Rachel in that arrangement? Dear lord in heaven. GORGEOUS. It’s not like we really need a reminder of just how beautiful her voice is, but you know. I’ll take it. ALSO, her little face when she’s singing the last bits to the club. <3333
And then it just gets ramped up and they’re all in purple and GROUP PERFORMANCE!!! (excl. Quinn and Santana)
This performance is just hands down pure joy. Which is kind of what the whole show is based on, no? I adored it — and it was the perfect end to a great episode that pretty much re-instilled why I loved this show in the first place. It also showcased all of the singers of the group, Rachel, Kurt, Artie, Mercedes and Tina. Needs moar.
And then there’s Quinn waiting in the wings, being all lip smacketly. Missing the club, but never wanting to admit it.
I am so excited for this season you guys. Glee has been on my brain ever since it aired.. and I accidentally saw some gifs/caps from next weeks and oh my god i cannot.
Oh and! I just wanted to say that I utterly adored and was slightly gob-smacked at the performance at the mixer. That was really impressive, and deserves a mention. I didn’t watch the Glee Project because, no, but I understand the Rachel-lookalike was the winner? She was really great, I loved her. The choreography was really lovely too, I felt like I was watching a proper Broadway show.
Sophy says: Right. Well. There’s no denying the final performance was fun and refreshing and a perfect end to a great episode. Rachel starting us off in the rehearsal room gave me goosebumps, because, you know, Lea Michele’s voice is the bringer of goosebumps, always. And then they’re all spilling into the auditorium in their purple outfits and there’s the fun and the happiness and the what-Glee-is-all-about of it all, and there’s QUINN LURKING IN THE SHADOWS AND RACHEL POINTING, BECAUSE SHE WAS TOTALLY POINTING AT HER, OKAY? OKAY.
I loved all of that like crazy… but I’m going to have to disagree. Whilst it was a tough call, my favourite musical number from this ep was BLAINE/TOM JONES/FLAMING PIANO OMFG.
Everything about it was perfect. From the joy and conviction of Darren Criss’ performance, to the excellent choice of TOM JONES, to Santana’s cute little face, to the Kurt/Blaine dancing towards the end, to :O-Rachel, doofus-Finn, background-Quinn and the flick of her wrists that made it all go up in flames. UNF.
Like Rin I’d also like to say how dazzling the mixer performance was. I can understand why Rachel and Kurt got all vomitty jealous over it, that’s for sure.
Rachel standing still and crying.
Rin says: I LAUGHED AND LAUGHED AND LAUGHED.
Lea Michele you’re a delight. A pure delight.
Sophy says: SHE IS. SHE’S A FUCKING DELIGHT. And that would so be me in the event of a surprise food fight. Or, you know, any form of attack. My general response to crisis is ‘stand still, cry fast’.
“Nobody wants it more than you. Nobody. And you’re not giving up on this. ‘Cause I’m not gonna let you. You are getting into that school.”
“You make me want to be your boyfriend. You’re getting in, too. I know it.”
Rin says: I felt teary at this part you guys. Rachel and Kurt were easily one of the best things to come out of the previous season, and I love that they’re keeping in line with that. And following through with their big NY dreams, and this was the perfect progression in my eyes. They are young and naive, and it completely makes sense to me to exploit that and expose them to the reality of the situation. There are always going to be people ‘better’ than you at what you do, but that doesn’t necessarily equate to them being more successful. Talent is one thing, but as Kurt points out — ambition and drive is what’s going to get you there.
I love how these two have become each others anchors, because only they can understand just how badly the other wants it. And sometimes you just need to hear it from somebody else that you are good enough and they believe in you. These two have come so far from where they began and they’re definitely one of my favourite relationships and things-hands-down on the show.
Plus Chris and Lea together is something special. They’re both incredible actors (probably the 2 best?) and when they have scenes like this they really elevate each other. It’s a pleasure to watch. And my favourite moment from Lea is after she tells Kurt he makes her want to be his boyfriend, it goes straight into, ‘You’re getting in too.’ It makes me want to see Lea in LOTS of other things, and also get nominated for more awards, ffs.
AND YEAH. GAY HIGHFIVE.
Sophy says: Okay the only two relationships that have been done well enough to remain interesting on this show are Rachel/Quinn and Rachel/Kurt. Kurt/Blaine doesn’t count, because it’s all so recent. But yeah, no other relationships on the show have stood the test of time and sometimes awful writing, like those two have.
And this scene. As Rin says, Lea and Chris are two of the best actors on the show, and that is never more apparent than in emotional scenes like this with just the two of them, centre-stage. Absolutely impeccable. I was quite moved.
And you know, this felt so right – the two of them coming up against big, big reality in this season premiere, having come up against their big, big dream in last season’s finale. Because okay, the New Directions didn’t get a trophy, and that sucked, but I think Kurt and Rachel’s little Broadway interlude had already left them feeling somewhat about all the Glee club stuff. Not that they didn’t love it, still, not that they didn’t care. Because oh my god, can you imagine Rachel Berry not caring about a trophy? It’s a world gone mad, and I don’t even want to think about it.
But they had bigger things to care about. It felt like the season finale was when they both really committed to doing the musical theatre thing, not just as an extra-curricular activity in high school, but as a career in the rest of their lives.
And that’s when it gets serious and you wind up crying at the wheel in a dark parking lot, because there’s this whole other world out there full of people like you, and suddenly being the best isn’t obvious, it’s Everest.
But you just know these two have the best possible shot of making it. Because they have guts, and because – aww – they have each other. I’m really glad to see that what I said about Kurt and Rachel in the recap for last season finale is being borne out. Sometimes friendship is the fuel.
Best ‘Brittany is random’ Moment
Spinning on the filthy floor.
Rin says: There was a lot of good Brittany in the ep actually! But this moment stood out because it really is so random.
Twirl Brittany! Twirl for me!
Sophy says: BAHAHAHAHAH IT WAS LIKE. THE NUMBER WAS OVER. WE’D ALL MOVED ONTO SPAGHETTI/FACE, BUT BRITTANY WAS STILL ON TWIRLING. OH
Rophy Says No!
“Guess who woke up right before I did.”
Rin says: GROSS GROSS GROSS NO NO NO NO. /covers ears.
Why do they always have to make Will really queasy whenever he’s around women?
Also. Some may call my cap of Will with Dianna’s name on it lazy. I call it necessary.
Sophy says: YUCK. Will. Yuck.
Head In Hands
“I’m sorry you’re so sad, Quinn. And… maybe you’re not going to believe me because we were never really close, but I’m sad not seeing you in the choir room.”
Rachel wants to do West Side Story.
Rin says: Ok. So. Can you say ‘not fully recovered’? If this is how this season is going to go down (I’m trying not to get my hopes up too much) then jfc, I’m excited. Thrilled, grateful and surprised was my reaction to the Faberry scene because it was so natural. The continuation of a few things was actually impressive, because Glee tends to not follow through with these things, but they absolutely did here.
Does anybody remember the scene way back in 1×06 between these two? Quinn is ~dropping glee club (cheerios, friends, pregnancy yadda yadda), but Rachel takes it upon herself to try and get Quinn back. She talks about how she doesn’t hate her, she’s a good singer and how she needs glee club. And then there’s an exchange with Quinn (WHO HAS TEARS IN HER EYES??) saying how if the roles were reversed she would have tortured her, and Rachel says she knows. And then Rachel walks past Quinn and QUINN LOOKS OVER HER SHOULDER TO WATCH RACHEL LEAVE. I can’t? And the piano music swelled.
This scene is a complete mirror to that. And let’s not forget that just before this happened, Santana and Brittany failed to get through to Quinn. All they got was a, “I’m not interested in the boys or the makeup or the polyester outfits,” which in itself is lol, but Quinn didn’t let her guard down for a second. And suddenly Rachel shows up and it’s all small smiles, stares and lip licking? Okaaaaay then. Rachel’s the one who gets through to Quinn and that’s just the way it is.
I also think it helps that Rachel keeps telling Quinn how pretty and talented and more-than-that she thinks she is.
“Prettiest girl I’ve ever met.”
“Tremulous alto and your Belinda Carlisle glamour.”
I don’t even care. This friendship is my favourite thing about Glee. Quinn is constantly pushing everyone away, but most of all Rachel. No matter how much of an enemy Quinn wants Rachel to be, it never works out because Rachel’s always like, And also whilst everyone was all, ‘Where’s Quinn/Haven’t heard from her all summer’ throughout this ep, Rachel knew exactly where to find Quinn and knew what she had been up to during summer, with Sophia-like accuracy.
AND LET’S NOT FORGET about the whole ‘get it right’ echo. I can’t? Too lovely? Too much? My heart?
“Rachel, if you keep looking for that happy ending then you are never gonna get it right.”
“This is our year to get it right.”
It was enough that those words inspired Rachel to write an original song, but then to go and repeat those words right back at Quinn. Oh Glee. When did you start being smart?
Also West Side Story? Wow. Be more obvious Rachel.
Sophy says: It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Rin in such a shipping frenzy as she has been over Faberry since this episode aired, and I can hardly say I blame her. I mean, I know it’s never ever going to happen, right? Because Brittany/Santana is the big lesbifriends thing, right? I made peace with that a long time ago, and yet… this episode rekindled things. It stoked the Faberry Fire, if you will, and I just can’t bear the thought of them wasting all the insane chemistry that Lea and Dianna have as actors and that Rachel and Quinn have as characters.
I mean, personally I think the show should go to the Faberry place, sexytime and all, but all that is good and holy knows they must at least let Rachel and Quinn’s stories be all about each other. Because they already are all about each other, without even trying. Let’s face it, the Glee writers aren’t the most careful or long-sighted with their characters, but somehow these two keep coming together in this wonderful heart-felt, continuity-having way.
Also the way Quinn looks at Rachel is ridiculous. I mean, okay, the fact that she listens to Rachel rather than Santana or Brittany, that makes sense in a friendship context, because for all Rachel’s shy “we’ve never been close,” they have been close. Rachel is one of the few people Quinn has ever actually been emotionally close with over the course of this show. Rachel is one of the few people who has always mattered to Quinn, from way back when she was drawing Nazi-propaganda-style cartoons of her and garnishing them with love-hearts.
Rachel matters. Rachel’s opinion matters. Rachel’s opinion of her matters, perhaps more than anything. And that’s because these two have gotten so good at defining themselves in terms of each other over the years that it’s second-nature.
And it’s not just the fact that Quinn responds to Rachel. It’s the fact that Rachel comes to Quinn. Because she can’t help herself – she never has been able to help herself wanting to help Quinn Fabray, has she?
Quinn/Rachel is all about the place where admiration meets jealousy. They can be angry with one another. They can plead with one another. They can be spiteful and petty or they can be gloriously magnanimous. The point is that it’s always coming from the same place. Rachel and Quinn are each other’s hero; one is everything the other would like to be.
WIND/WINGS. NO REALLY.
But back to the way Quinn looks at Rachel… that’s coming from a place in her pants.
Scroll up again, if you don’t believe me.
Meanwhile, whilst nothing could even dream of topping the Faberry in this episode when it comes to head-in-hands… I do feel that the following deserves to be honoured also…
“Just ’cause they look like us and act like us doesn’t mean they’re better than us.”
Rin says: Ignorance is bliss.
Sophy says: I eat ignorance for breakfast!
Quinn Glory Shot
There isn’t enough time in the world..
Rin says: It’s a shame I could only fit one gif into this recap.
Sophy says: Yeah, I was a bit sad about the lack of gifs in this recap, but what can you do? You certainly can’t just randomly sprinkle gifs everywhere.
Rophy says: Oh and we figured we should bring this to your attention.
Rophy says: The highlight being MuppetQuinn saying ‘Gyrate’ to MuppetRachel. Even Sesame Street knows it’s on. SESAME STREET.