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Glee Recap "Dream On" Episode 2010-05-19 07:00:00

Glee-ful Highlights From This Week's Episode "Dream On"

It's all hopes and dreams talk on this week's Glee — and in most cases, dashed hopes and dreams. Neil Patrick Harris makes his guest appearance as Mr. Schue's high school rival, but he's not the only guest — Joss Whedon directed the episode (read what he said about taking the reins on the show!).

I can't wait to talk about Artie, NPH, and screechy Aerosmith covers, so to get to it, just


  • Which is more hilarious — NPH's mullet or Mr. Schue's fluffy '90s hair? NPH's character Bryan Ryan is a total downer: not only does Will's former nemesis run a show choir conversion group (which includes Molly Shannon and John Michael Higgins), but he also tells the glee club kids that their dreams will never come true. Turns out, Mr. Choir Denier hates his life without singing in it, so Will suggests they try out for a production of Les Mis together — after a rousing bar karaoke rendition of "Piano Man." Somehow Will is shocked that they're both trying out for Jean Valjean (doy) and they're forced to sing a duel duet of Aerosmith's "Dream On." How smokin' is NPH's performance? I know Mr. Schue is the hero, but I have to dock him points based on his extremely dorky dance moves and declare Bryan the victor.
  • Love, love, love that this episode has an Artie focus. We find out his secret, impossible dream: to be a dancer. Tina proposes a dance number, but when Artie tries to use crutches to get out of his chair, he falls straight down. I can't even tell you how gutted I felt (and manipulated emotionally, but whatevs) watching him there — sad, embarrassed, and angry at Tina for pushing him to try. She makes it up to him by bringing some studies about spinal cord surgeries (paging Dr. Shephard) and giving him a sweet bus-side make-out. Later, on a mall outing, Artie says he's been doing physical therapy with his doctor — and stands! Then walks! Naturally, it's just a dream, but what a dream it is. Flanked by other mall-goers, Artie and his dance moves get to shine on "Safety Dance." By far my favorite part of the episode. I almost teared up a bit when Artie says afterward "I'm going to dance someday," and Tina says confidently "I know."
  • It's the return of Jesse St. James! I'm actually surprised by how happy I was to see him, though I am still baffled that he can just declare he's Rachel's boyfriend again and it is so (magic relationship transitions seem to be a recurring theme on this show). He presses Rachel for her dream (no, not playing Evita, Funny Girl, and Laurie in Oklahoma), and it's to find her birth mother. Of course Rachel convinces herself that her mother is Patti Lupone, fearing what kind of woman she could be (and throwing Quinn under the bus by calling her a teenage trollop). Over at Rachel's house, she and Jesse look for clues about her mom . . . and Jesse sneaks in a tape of his own from his jacket, claiming it has Rachel's mother's voice on it.
  • It's just too obvious that Bryan is in cahoots with Sue, but when he admits he had a change of heart and is now going to cut the Cheerios budget, they face off. It ends in anger sex in a secret room upstairs, "like Letterman." Sue gets her revenge when she announces that Will has snagged the lead in Les Mis, while Bryan only got a bit part. Dejected, he reverts to cutting the glee program again until Will trades the lead role for keeping the club.
  • Holy mother! Jesse's plot is revealed: he's been helping Shelby by getting close to Rachel, so she'll figure out that Shelby is her mom! I wasn't shocked, since Idina Menzel is Rachel-Berry-20-years-later, hello, but I'm happy it's her. As for Jesse, he says he's actually come to like Rachel — and I hope that's true, because now I really like them as a couple. Anyway, he plays the tape for Rachel, culminating in the episode's big number: Shelby and Rachel dueting a powerful "I Dreamed a Dream."
  • Artie visits Emma to get help in adapting to his environment change for when he starts walking, and she crushes his dreams with a cold dose of reality. He steps down from being Tina's dance partner but sill sings the vocals to "Dream a Little Dream." It's heartbreakingly beautiful.

So, bets for how long it'll take Rachel to find Shelby? And does this mean we'll be seeing much, much more of Menzel (bring it on)? Chat with me about your favorite moments below and head on over to the Glee Club for even more fun!

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akmarspice akmarspice 7 years
LOL, Buzz, when I heard spinal surgery, I totally thought "Dr. Jack Shephard!!!" too! It would be so awesome if Jack could somehow heal Artie *sigh* buuut so much for dreams!
melx melx 7 years
my fiancé and i were watching it together last night and when jesse showed up (while rachel was dancing ballet) he said he looks like a twilight character :D
amloveaffair amloveaffair 7 years
kismekate if I recall correctly, the boys get to do Kiss...I think. I know the only one who's doing GaGa is Kurt which I believe means he probably has a prominent story line because in the preview he got pushed while wearing that costume in the hall. I really love love loved this episode! I really appreciated all the little things Joss did (the mic/penis thing!) and Neil was PHENOM!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 7 years
I got a teeny bit choked up at the end when Quinn kind of stroked Artie's back. Whenever she shows humanity, it gets me.
jhilly123 jhilly123 7 years
I'm so glad they made Idina, Michele/Rachel's mom! I mean I figured that already, but I thought initially because she and jesse were part of Vocal Adrenaline that they had ulterior motives to screw up the Glee Club... I loved the focus on Artie, but in the dance scene couldn't they have let him change clothes or something? He looked really goofy and geeky and somewhat awkward... and I've seen videos of Kevin dancing in real life lol... I guess it goes along with the character, but it's a dream sequence so anything could happen lol. I loved Will and NPH's duet and the song/tap dancing at the end! Can't wait for GaGa.
cibele cibele 7 years
Buzz, I love Jesse and Rachel together. I already loved them together, but Jesse said he likes her and I got so happy. I'm silly haha Anyway, loved that the episode had this Dream theme. Everything fitted perfectly.
demarco11 demarco11 7 years
Oh NPH, you never disappoint! I loved the bar duet, cuz they were actually singing in the scene! No lip syncing here! And it was awesome. Great high notes in Dream On, got chills before it even happened! :) I like how Jesse says "you told me to seduce her" and Shelby corrects him "i told you to BEFRIEND her" silly.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 7 years
Loved NPH!!! I also loved Jesse's return. I really like him and Rachel together, and I hope that they keep that relationship in tact for a few more episodes at least. I'm actually glad that he was trying to find out about Rachel for Shelby rather than trying to spy on the glee club. It seems a little less sinister. Based on the previews, I think Rachel finds out Shelby is her mother next week.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 7 years
Yeah, the Shelby-is-Rachel's-mom was the worst kept secret in TV. Was there ANYONE who didn't see that coming?
care0531 care0531 7 years
I was also hoping for more Les Mis, but I really enjoyed this episode. I did miss the Britney one liner but NPH is awesome! Next week is Lady Gaga but I also saw some of the guys dressed like Kiss in the previews and I read that they were doing that as well.
kismekate kismekate 7 years
also -- is next week a Lady Gaga tribute episode? Like, will they be singing ONLY Lady Gaga? I'm going to be so annoyed if they do this.
kismekate kismekate 7 years
I was really hoping for more Les Mis!
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Loved the 90s flashback, esp. when NPH did the magic trick while singing. Awesome. I had read that the guy who plays Artie is an awesome dancer and it was neat to see him dance last night. Loved the 'viral' dance number in the mall. I think Rachel confronts her mom on next week's episode -- that was in the preview !
MarMarOhio MarMarOhio 7 years
I'm betting Shelby gets the role of Fantine in the local production of Le Miz, and when Rachel hears her singing "I Dreamed a Dream," she'll realize that's her mom. Wonderful episode, and I can't wait until they release the Mr. Shue/Brian Ryan duets. Yes, both of them.
myfairlady93 myfairlady93 7 years
NPH killed it last night!!!! I knew that he would blow Mr. Schue out of the water vocally, but I mean WOW!!! Especially those last few notes of 'Dream On' Schue couldn't even compare
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