October 5th, 2011
05:11 PM ET
And Mercedes is telling you, she's not going.
Finally some of the background characters (other than Brittany) have been allowed to shine. Tuesday night's episode gave us more of Mike Chang and Mercedes, who both got stepped up storylines.
First off, how adorable is that Mike Chang? And yes, you have to call him by his full name.
After he gets an A minus grade – which we learn is an "Asian F," and also the title of the episode – we meet his dad, who is determined to get Mike Chang into Harvard. The problem is the kid just wants to dance, not live up to his parents academic expectations.
He blows off meeting with a chemistry tutor to try out for a role in the school's production of "West Side Story." And he sings! That's right, Mike Chang can do more than pop and lock. Loved it.
It was also super sweet to see his mom supporting his dreams. I teared up when he taught her how to waltz.
Meanwhile, Mercedes boyfriend has been amping her up and letting her know that she, and not Rachel, should be Maria in the school musical. Mercedes is sick of everyone giving the star treatment to Rachel.
It all comes to a head in a great moment where the gang re-enacts an awesome scene from the Broadway musical and film "Dreamgirls." Very fitting, given that she also performs Jennifer Hudson's "Spotlight" during the episode.
Cool trivia factoid: Hudson was bounced from "American Idol's" Top 10 during season 3 before going on to win an Academy Award for the role of Effie in "Dreamgirls." Meanwhile Amber Riley, who plays Mercedes, was turned down from "Idol" after she auditioned. I'd take that as a good sign, Amber, if I were you.
Anywho, it was wonderful to see Mercedes acting out the role of Effie when the kids did "It's All Over." I just hope (SPOLIER ALERT) she's not pregnant like Effie was in the film.
Other awesome moments included the introduction to Emma's ginger-centric parents (hey, it's Ralph Malph from "Happy Days!") and Rachel and Mercedes dueling with their version of "Out Here On My Own" from "Fame" (I wondered how long it would take before they worked the original high school talent crew into "Glee").
And I loved, loved, loved Brittany taking on Beyonce's "Run The World (Girls)." Another connection, of course, is that Heather Morris is a former back-up dancer for Beyonce.
I see you connecting the Hollywood dots, "Glee!"
What did you think of this week's episode?
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