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Recap and Review of Glee Episode "Wheels"

Glee-ful Highlights and Video From Episode "Wheels"

After a few arduous weeks without Glee, the show is back — and thankfully, it doesn't disappoint. Not only are there some fabulous performances (showcasing new voices), but we learn a few secrets about Tina's stutter and Sue's family life.

Meanwhile, Finn and Quinn's relationship is unraveling fast, and Puck is ready to stand up and win his baby mama back. Ready to discuss all the fun? First check out the Glee Club in Community, then


  • After sitting on the sidelines (no pun intended) for most of the first season, Artie finally gets his time in the spotlight this week. His rendition of "Dancing with Myself" is so good. Dare I say he's got a better voice than Finn? It's heartbreaking when the rest of the team doesn't rally behind him at first to try to raise money for the bus, but I love that Artie sasses Rachel back, saying, "You're irritating most of the time, but don't take that personally." Mr. Schue gives his all to try to teach the Gleeks a lesson, making everyone sit in a wheelchair for 3 hours a day — which leads to a pretty stellar performance of "Proud Mary."

I could watch Artie's solo over and over again:

  • Artie's not the only supporting character we learn more about this week; Tina finally comes out of her shell a little. She plants a big kiss on Artie (!) before revealing that she's been faking her stutter for years. Unfortunately Artie turns the sweet moment into a dour one, giving Tina the cold shoulder for pretending to be "different" when she's really "just like everyone else." Though Artie is wounded, I felt like he's a bit harsh to Tina — especially since his disability clearly has no bearing on the way she feels towards him. Hopefully he'll give her another chance.
  • Quinn's also feeling like an outcast now that she's off the Cheerios. Seeing her out of that uniform is so refreshing, though her snotty attitude towards Finn was wearing on me. She does share a sweet moment with Puck though (fun times in the home ec room!), and I have a feeling that it's only a matter of time before she switches boyfriends, leaving Finn available for Rachel.
  • Mr. Schue gives his singing and dancing skills a rest this week, but his rivalry with Sue continues. Schue is shocked when Sue agrees to take Becky for the Cheerios and thinks she's up to no good. I have to admit I also thought that Sue has an evil plan in mind, but she does have a point when she tells Schue that she's treating handicapped Becky "no different from anyone else." Then, we realize that Sue isn't entirely made of stone after all when she visits her handicapped sister in a home.
  • It's business as usual for Rachel when Mr. Schue offers her the lead vocals on "Defying Gravity," but Kurt finally takes a stand against her. Though the part is written for a woman, Schue arranges a "diva-off" when Kurt's dad stands up for his son. The relationship between Kurt and his dad makes a lot of progress — especially when Kurt throws the sing-off to protect his dad from attacks about having a gay son.

Check out Kurt laying down the voting rules:

Are you as happy as I am to have Glee back? Are you excited about the new coupling between Artie and Tina? Use the comments to chime in!

Photo courtesy of Fox

pianoteacher1 pianoteacher1 7 years
Thankfully another episode without Terri!! Yes, I find it irritating that Quinn treats Finn like shit (and the father of her child)! I like Finn, he's not the best singer and dancer on the show, but he is just so awkwardly adorable that I can't help to make him my husband...LOL The episode started a bit slow and it is a bit preachy, but I like Mr. Schue making everyone lives in a wheelchair, it IS a good way to experiment how difficult it s. I was very touched and of course almost in tears when we get to see the human side of Sue and Kurt trying to protect his dad, and also the last song when they are singing in the wheelchair. It ended up a more dramatic and touching episode and I am loving it!
sarahcateh sarahcateh 7 years
jhilly, Artie isn't a quadriplegic, he has use of his arms. In this episode he explained that he was in a car accident with his mom when he was 8. I love Rachel's voice, I could listen to her sing all day so it doesn't really bother me that she gets so many solos. I do like everyone else's voices as well so it's nice to hear them get a shot. I hate Finn's voice, though. This was my favorite episode of the season, I definitely cried when Sue was in the home with her sister.
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 7 years
loved kurt's solo, also agreed they need to cut it out w/rachel feeling entitled to all the solos i do also hope that the truth about BOTH pregnancies come out. i'm over quinn treating finn like crap, but agreed the chemistry w/quinn and puck was def there. just like between finn and rachel. they'll make us wait on those. loved seeing artie shine in this one! hated how he turned his back on tina though. not pleased about that. and oh sue!!! i really thought she was up to no good but i guess it hit a soft spot (gasp! she has a soft side!) love it.
jhilly123 jhilly123 7 years
Yeah, it was a really good episode. Do we know when Artie became a quadriplegic? I mean, if it was due to an accident, and not because he was born with it, maybe we could have a flashback? Though the character would probably be too young and Kevin still wouldn't get to dance. Too bad, I really like him. lol. And I agree, Finn doesn't have necessarily the strongest voice-I prefer Puck and Artie's but he's still decent. Also, I'm kind of going to side with Rachel-not her personality-I don't think everything should be given to her, but she did already get it, I know what it feels like to get something and then have it be taken away. It's even worse if she doesn't have that many friends to side with her. Eh, but whatever, Kurt's rendition was pretty sick.
blondie829 blondie829 7 years
this was SUCH a good episode. i can't believe how emotional i got... can't wait for next week and the crush on mr. shue
suziryder suziryder 7 years
I heart Lea Michelle but I agree with those who said her character is annoying, they really need to tone down her diva-ness.
suziryder suziryder 7 years
I was really glad to see them developing the characters with this episode - showing Sue's softer side with her sister, Tina's big reveal about her stutter (does this mean it'll stop?! Thank goodness!), the relationship between Puck and Finn... they really need to take the characters beyond their one standout trait that makes them "unique" - wheelchair, diva, gay, jock, stutter, etc, otherwise they will remain one note characters. They made good progess tonight. I also thought it was interesting that they gave some of the background Glee kids some lines. Those characters just randomly showed up one episode without any real explanation and they never interacted with the main characters, so it was weird. Glad to see they're coming in to focus a bit more. Also, defying gravity was amazing! I <3 Lea Michelle, her voice is phenomenal. But I agree with everyone else about how her character is annoying, they REALLY need to tone down her diva-ness.
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
Sue has a soul!
DCBaxter DCBaxter 7 years
Glee is seriously the best show on TV! I laugh out loud and cry every episode! I'm getting a little tired of Mercedes constantly complaining though "does this have to be so vanilla?" Girlfriend, you get plenty of chances to do your thing, stop bitching. Next week should be interesting - with Rachel crushing on Mr. Shu!
Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
Oops — smileyface, you're right about the song! Thanks for the heads up :)
Gypsy314 Gypsy314 7 years
I love Glee!!
Juiceee Juiceee 7 years
Kevin McHale (Artie) was in a boyband and he can really dance well (shame we won't be seeing that on the show--maybe in the future! ha) and sing amazingly as well.
khameel khameel 7 years
Though I really like Lea Michele's performace, I agree with smileyface. Rachel needs to stop feeling that she should get all the solos. Also, Finn really isn't that strong of a singer (and neither is Quinn, for that matter). I adore Kurt, and his scenes with his father broke my heart. As did Sue's scene with her sister. I cried so hard!
smileyface smileyface 7 years
I loved the performance of everyone in the wheelchairs. Although the song is called "Proud Mary" and not "Rollin on the River." I'm so over Rachel and how she feels that she is entitled to all of the solos. And all of the guys are better singers than Finn. I love Kurt so much, especially when he wheels up to deliver the diva-off voting rules. And I'm so glad that his dad is standing up for him and accepting Kurt for who he is. I wonder though how his mom died. I don't know if they have ever explained that. Great episode, lots of good Sue lines, but I missed Emma!
demarco11 demarco11 7 years
I was amazed watching Kurt sing Defying Gravity. It was just awesome to see his range, and that song is BOMB. Quinn treating Finn like crap is annoying since we all know it's not his baby. Hope the truth about all the pregnancy stuff comes out.
sealver sealver 7 years
I think they should give more solos to Puck and Mercedes. Puck's rendition of "Sweet Caroline" was just so good. I dare to say he has a way better voice than Finn. Artie sang "Dancing with myself" beautifully and I loved Kurt singing "Defying gravity". He really does hit the high F well! Better than Rachel! I think this was the most touching episode yet. Already looking forward to next Wednesday!!
care0531 care0531 7 years
I was super excited to have Glee back on! I was not thrilled with the performances last night but I am really liking how this show showcases all the actors talents instead of just focusing on the lead 2. I think Puck and Quinn should be together. The relationship with Quinn & Finn seemed like it was always just because they were the most popular people in school. That moment between Quinn & Puck while baking was priceless and you never see that kind of chemistry with her and Finn. I can't wait for next week to see what Emma does when she sees that Rachel is crushing on her man!!
JCP0240 JCP0240 7 years
So happy to have Glee back on! And I was so excited when they first mentioned they would be singing Defying Gravity!!! I was really excited to hear them sing the song that when they did I was a little disapointed. I just hope when they go to sectionals we get to see all their songs. Also have to say I love every scene with Kurt and his father. And it really is so refreshing to see Quinn out of her cheer uniform, she is so much prettier. Thought the last performance was great, love to hear Merceded beautiful voice. The scene with Sue and her sister was very sweet.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 7 years
Oh, one more thing - in the clip above, it is SO OBVIOUS that they're using a stunt double for some of the wheelchair dancing. That's kind of annoying.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 7 years
I agree that Artie is a better singer than Finn. Then again, I think Puck is too. And Kurt. Finn is good, but he's just regular-guy good. I agree that Artie was being really harsh to Tina. She obviously likes him no matter what. I hope he gives her a chance. I got misty-eyed several times during this episode. Like during almost every scene with Kurt and his dad. And when Sue went to visit her sister. I also died laughing when Artie said "I want to make it clear - I still have use of my penis." Quinn and Puck have SO much more chemistry than Quinn and Finn. And finally, I'm okay with another Terri-free episode, but I miss Emma!
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