January 18th, 2012
01:25 PM ET
"Glee" returned on Tuesday night with reality star NeNe Leakes, Helen Mirren's voice (which provided Becky's internal monologue), and not one but two proposals - the last of which ended in a cliffhanger.
(If you're nervous about spoilers, you should stop reading now.)
Let's start with Leakes' character, Roz Washington, the synchronized swim coach who is just as vocal as Leakes is on her Bravo reality show.
As Washington, Leakes rattles off a string of biting critiques towards poor trouty mouth Sam, who wants to join her swim team in hopes of getting a letter jacket to win Mercedes over.
"It was brief, but the Atlanta 'Housewife' proved she could spit out incisive verbal barbs at students with a disdain and rapidity Sue Sylvester would surely take...her hat off to," said Entertainment Weekly.
Aside from Coach Washington's snide remarks, there was still a lot of love in the air: Will asked for Emma's hand in marriage with the aid of the glee club doing a rendition of Rihanna in the background (apparently, Mr. Schue doesn't really have any adult friends). And then there was the proposal that Gleeks may not have seen coming.
After learning that his father didn't die in combat as he thought, but actually passed away from a drug overdoes, a devastated Finn is compelled to propose to Rachel.
As the Washington Post points out, Finn must be fully aware that Rachel has no intent on being a high school football player's housewife, especially that far from Broadway. (The Wall Street Journal, meanwhile, simply asks, "Is Finn nuts?")
We won't find out how Rachel responds until next week, but Cory Monteith tells E! that the proposal was the real deal.
"Finn has some real, real feelings toward Rachel that lead toward it," the actor explains. "I think he's also trying to hold on to something...He's trying to hang on to what he considers to be the one good thing in his life that he has going, which is his relationship with Rachel."
What about you, "Glee" fans? What'd you think of the episode, and were you surprised by the cliffhanger?
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