So you may be thinking… wait wait wait you skipped an episode! You are probably aware that it was a very controversial episode and one that hit especially close to home for me. I made it about halfway through before I had to stop for reasons that will be explained if/when I write about it. I read about what happens, so I am still up with the plot, plus Glee is good with giving little snapshots of what’s been happening to keep you up to date. Moving on to this week’s episode, Sweet Dreams.
So far this season, I have been a little underwhelmed with everything that’s been going on. Half the cast is gone and the new one has been struggling with getting through sectionals and stuff. Mr. Schue and Emma had a major rough patch and Mr. Schue even had a falling out with Finn. However, this episode truly revived my faith in the show. This is the show I fell in love with during the first season.
In this episode, things seem to be at an all time low for Mr. Schue. Finn is off at college (and apparently partying it up with Puck) and Mr. Schue turns into, well, kind of a dick. He picks a set of songs for regionals and is completely inflexible on them, even though Marley asks about doing some of her original songs. The club bands together and tries to suggest to Mr. Schue that they could try some other songs instead and Mr. Schue calls out Sam, Blaine, and Unique. Marley meets with those three later and asks them to sing one of her original songs with her that she specifically wrote for them. The song was about how you really have more friends than you think you do and for the particular time in my life, it means a lot to me. Think it’s sappy all you want, but this song won me over for the episode.
On another sideline, Beast encourages Mr. Schue to go to Finn and ask him to come back. Finn is having too much fun at college and says no. However, after a heart-to-heart with Puck about how they slacked off in high school and now they need to show people what they are really capable of, he decides to go back. Mr. Schue agrees to treat Finn as an equal and he’s even getting college credit for his teaching degree from working with the glee club. However, if you follow the news you’ll know that Cory Monteith (the actor that plays Finn) checked himself into rehab. It is hard to say what the producers will do or if Cory will be able to be in the episodes while in rehab.
While things started tense with Mr. Schue and the glee club, he overheard Marley’s original and of course has a change of heart. With Finn back, they say that they are going to work night and day to help them get through regionals and even asks Marley to teach the group some of her original songs. They end the episode with the entire glee crew singing “Outcast”. While it wasn’t as good as the first, I still loved the song and it brought back the idea that the glee club is for the misfits.
Outside of the high school, Rachel has a duet with her mother who has moved back to New York and started a Broadway daycare business. Her mother encourages her to make sure she stands out for her audition for Fanny, instead of doing a Barbra Streisand song. She later talks to Finn on the phone who encourages her to do something that takes her back to her roots. At the audition, she walks on stage and gives music to the pianist. Most of us, especially long time watchers of Glee, knew the song within a few beats. Don’t Stop Believing. You thought they were done with this song didn’t you? Well, for those that are sick of the song, too bad for you. For me, it brought back a sense of what the show started as and, in particular, how Rachel started. After the first verse or so, Rachel has a sort of “vision” that she is on stage with all of the friends she started with in Glee club and uses that as a way to empower her performance. After she sings, a producer asks her what changed midway through and she told him it was thinking about her friends and how much they encouraged her to become who she is today. Of course, she gets a call-back.
The only thing that I did not like about the episode is that they pulled out the Harlem Shake. I have a personal extreme dislike of the Harlem Shake. The only good video is the one with Grumpy Cat saying NO. Aside from that, this, for me at least, was one of, if not the, best episode so far of the season. I think the use of the original songs really brought be back in, especially the meaning behind them. It also gave a sense that everything is finally coming back into place and back to a sense of normalcy. I am looking forward to more original songs. There are only three more episodes in the season and this episode got me excited to watch them all. I give this episode 9 nerd glasses out of 10.