September 22nd, 2010
10:38 AM ET
[Editor's Note: You know the drill: If you haven't seen this episode of "Glee" yet, stop reading now.]
Oh, how quickly things change in high school. “Glee” is back after a long summer hiatus and there are several noticeable differences in the New Directions' world.
One: Tina and Artie broke up after Artie ignored her for a video game (been there, sister). Tina and Mike are now dating after discovering each other at an artistic Asian camp.
Two: There’s a new football coach in town… and he’s female. Shannon Beiste, played by actress Dot Jones, is already one of my new favorite characters, especially since she forced Sylvester and Schuester to team up for some adolescent pranks. Fist bump!
Three: Rachel got bangs. Mercedes lost some weight. And Quinn is back in charge of the Cheerios (with Santana on the bottom of the pyramid). Plus, all the girls seem to have developed some dancing skills over the summer – their performance during “Empire State of Mind” was awesome.
But of course, there are some things that never change. Puck still makes me swoon when he pseudo-raps, and Artie still tops Finn’s “lead” vocals any time he opens his mouth. The songs from last night’s episode are still on repeat in my head – even the ones I don’t really know the words to.
Filipina singer Charice blew me away in this episode and I’m hoping we see her again. That such a big voice could come from such a tiny body will never cease to amaze me. Her duet with Rachel in the bathroom – although cut short by Coach Sue – was comical and her solo from “Dreamgirls” was just… wow.
More importantly, though, is newcomer Sam Evans. He had my favorite line of the night: “I’ve never had any balls in my mouth. Have you?” Perhaps he’ll relegate Finn to the drums for good – after all, he was discovered in the shower (just like Finn), is now the quarterback of McKinley High (just like Finn) and has that pretty-boy look only a high school girl could love (just like Finn).
To be honest, some of the funniest moments of the premiere came during the commercial breaks. The Members Project ad with Coach Sue had me cracking up (and wanting to volunteer my time), while Betty White’s line during the “You Again” ad put a smile on my face: After all, “Glee club was for dorks.”
I feel like I should end this post by throwing a slushy in your face. Do you prefer strawberry or grape?
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