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Recap and Review of Glee Midseason Finale Episode "Sectionals"

Glee-ful Highlights From Episode "Sectionals"

OMG, you guys — the Glee midseason finale is definitely an episode to remember. The club heads to sectionals without one Mr. Schue, but not before the truth comes out about Quinn and Finn! Meanwhile, Emma is getting ready to marry Ken, and Terri is desperately trying to make amends with Will.

I can barely keep the spoilers to myself, so to get into all the juicy details just


  • OK, let's start at the end. Mr. Schue and Emma finally kiss! At first I was happy that Emma holds her own when Mr. Schue reaches for her after she's been stood up by Ken, but there was no way she would deny him twice in a row. The scene where Will is running down the hall is delightfully cheesy, and their moment is the perfect way to end the episode. But what will happen next? Is Emma really done with McKinley for good? Is Terri out of the picture?
  • It turns out that Mercedes couldn't keep Puck's baby daddy secret to herself and the word spreads like wildfire — right back to Rachel (with the help of her "sixth sense"). Rachel can't help herself and spills the beans to Finn in hopes that Finn will finally want to be with her. But Rachel is hardly on his mind, and Finn wastes no time beating the crap out of Puck. I was impressed with Cory Monteith's acting during the scene where he walks out on the club, and I am so glad that all the drama is out in the open now. But will Puck and Quinn make it as a couple? And will she really keep the baby now that Terri isn't faking a pregnancy anymore?
  • The gang heads to sectionals, only to find that Sue did, in fact, leak their songs to the other schools. It has to be said: couldn't they just perform one of the 10 other songs that had at one time or another been set for sectionals? What happened to "Defying Gravity" or "True Colors" or all those mashups? Either way, Rachel is brilliant with her last-minute rendition of "Don't Rain on My Parade," and "You Can't Always Get What You Want" is solid too, though not my all-time favorite.
  • As for Sue? She finally gets what's coming to her when Principal Figgins suspends her from school and fires her as coach of the Cheerios. Of course, this prompts Sue to threaten Will with "Destination: Horror" (but not until she gets a little bronzed in Boca). The club still has regionals to worry about, and it sounds like Sue will "C" to it that there will be plenty of bumps along the way.

So, how'd you like the finale? Did you cheer for Will and Emma? Do you think the gleeks deserved the title (how hilarious are the sectionals judges, by the way)? Finally, can you handle the wait until April? Sound off below and don't forget to check out the Glee Club group in the Buzz Community!

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smileet147 smileet147 7 years
The whole time Rachel was singing "Don't Rain on My Parade" I kept thing, gosh, that is disgusting. It's so disgusting that her voice is so amazingly perfect, and this song is so amazingly perfect for her. She performed that song so fantastically with a lot of heart and the most disgustingly amazing vocals ever. It was probably my favorite performance of the season. Top 5 performances - Don't Rain on My Parade - Don't Stop Believing - Single Ladies (football team) - Keep Holding On - Somebody to Love
pianoteacher1 pianoteacher1 7 years
agreed with mslewis about the judges' scene. It was hilarious, love everyone of them! I don't agree with Brittany though. She is best enjoyed in small amount. Just like Joey in Friends, Karen in Will and Grace, they are good as foil or to give one-liners, but too much of her could potentially be irritating I wouldn't mind Terri coming back as a more mature and 3-dimensional character. Things I want to see in the new season: --Rachel's gay dads --More Kurt and maybe a new crush/relationship? --Mercedes' background? I hope she's not just a black singing diva --MORE KRISTIN CHENOWITH!!!!! --Artie and stutter-girl.... --Finn's mom --Remember the choir teacher who inspires Will and leads them to a championship? I would actually like her to show up --
melissaS melissaS 7 years
the running scene was so cliche but perfect! I am so happy for Will and Emma but I don't think its the end of Ken and Terri... Lea Michelle did a terrific job singing Don't Rain on my Parade, my favourite performance of the episode. I'm looking forward to the new episodes but 4 months is a really long wait :(
roseate roseate 7 years
I LOVED the tribute to past dances in My Life Would Suck Without You. I didn't quite realize it until Quinn, Brittany, and Santana did a bit of their glee club audition piece. It's fabulous that Emma let Will touch and kiss her! Why must we wait until April?
mslewis mslewis 7 years
I loved the entire episode but my favorite scene was the judges!!! I laughed so hard, mainly because it was so unexpected. I thought we were going to see the usual talking and debating and instead we get these three ridiculous, hilarious people. Whoever wrote that scene is brilliant!!! Also, I hope Teri comes back and she becomes a real woman and not the silly, shrill, nagging wife. Yes, maybe they can make her the head of the Cheerios (and she and Sue can plot together against Will), but perhaps she can be turned into something else . . . a business woman or something other than what she is now. I'm looking forward to April and the new season. It should be great.
polkadots567 polkadots567 7 years
Don't Rain On My Parade was amazing; I loved it so much I ended up applauding to my TV when it was done!
mlle-nessa mlle-nessa 7 years
LovelyLiLKatie LovelyLiLKatie 7 years
rachel singing a barbara striessand song is soooooo appropriate! I love the ending with will running to emma the only thing i wish is that the kiss would have been more passionate with all the pent up sexual tension all they did was peck. I really hope they keep the two of them together i love it they r both too cute. and i cudnt agree more about coreys acting it was great my heart was wrenching for him i felt all his betrayal. i can't believe i have to wait 4 months its gonna be torture since everything else on tv is pretty shitty right now. I really hope for more sue sylvester in the coming episodes.
Elsa2 Elsa2 7 years
pianoteacher : to answer your question, brittany admitted that she gave Sue the set list. I loved this episode too! So glade everything is (almost) resolved!
supertramp supertramp 7 years
It was an amazing episode. Finally Cory steps up to the plate, his acting has not been up to par. Rachel's rendition of "Don't Rain on My Parade" was extraordinary! So proud of the Glee club. Mr. Schue and Emma finally kissed. Amazing! He touched her. She let someone touch her. Unbelievable. Finally.
zeze zeze 7 years
That was great tv! This show is awesome in the little things, like the ridiculous judges. That is something most other shows wouldn't even think of...I loved what the dumb one said about the deaf kids, lol because you know so many people are thinking it (I admit I thought how can they compete in a vocal competition in a real world?) I also love the principle...his character is a new twist on the middle-ages woman who needs a man that always play the high school principle in every teen drama. The Will thing is dumb, I agree with the other poster, but I guess when you have Sue behind you, Mr. Shu didn't want to take any chances of her showing pictures of him attending. (Still don't get why he didn't pay for the mattress). I agree about Corey's acting, it was so nice to see a good emotional scene acted well, especially when Katherine Aragon's emotional acting is like nails on a chalk board. And I did not like "Can't get what you want" performance at all...there were many better ones through out the season. I wish they would have raised the bar.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I loved: - The kiss at the end! I squealed like a little girl...the kiss was just so perfect. It was very sweet and passionate at the same time. lol i am such a dork. - Rachel's performance of "Don't Rain on my Parade" gave me chills. It was soooo damn good. - I was so happy that Finn finally found out that he wasn't the father. I felt so bad for him because not only did Quinn cheat on him with his best friend and get pregnant by him, but she lied to him for months about the baby's paternity and made him feel guilty. I dislike Quinn, but I have to say that I'm glad that she didn't get upset at Rachel for telling Finn.
pianoteacher1 pianoteacher1 7 years
This is one of the best episodes/finale I've seen in a long time! Everything seems to resolve (sorta) in a non-tidy way and yes! all the secrets are out in the open. One thing I don't understand though, didn't Mr. Schue gave the set-list to Sue BEFORE Mercedes sing the song from Dreamgirls? So how do the other school know about it? I was hoping she could sing it in the sectionals:( And doesn't the sectionals need 3 song choices? I still love J-Hud's rendition of the song because it's more in the context of the movie so it packs a bigger emotional punch. I didn't think Terri would just leave the show for good, so I think someone might be right, she might coach the Cheerios since she's a former cheerleader herself. I hope they finally refined her character than just making her shrill, selfish, and evil. I think her, Ken, and Sue might form the evil trinity on the next mid-season. I was squealing when Will kissed Emma, it was such a cheesy but touching moment! I always think Cory Montieth is a better actor than a singer/dancer:) Also love principal Figgins suspending Sue, it's about time he sees her for what she really is. Sucks having to wait till April:( I hope they come up with vol.3 of their CD so I could get a preview of what they will be singing next!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
I agree that I am not a big fan of emma and will together but it can grow on me, I bet. Terri I find pretty dang funny. Now that she is no longer pretending to be pregnant she might get a little less annoying as well. I am so happy all the secrets are out in the open. It is about time! LOL. I can't believe we have to wait until april though, sheesh. What Fox exec thought THAT would be a good idea. The show has momentum and they are going to ruin that.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 7 years
Loved My Life Would Suck Without You. I also adore Finn, and I'm glad that he knows the truth now. I know I'm in the minority when it comes to fans of this show, but I really don't like Emma and Mr. Schue together. I just don't see the chemistry that everyone else sees between them. I am more interested in the relationship drama between the kids than I am between the adults. Sue is hilarious!
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
I also love Brittany's lines! I thought all the songs were fantastic except for the Rolling Stones' cover. But, it's hard to make any song sound as amazing as Rachel's rendition of Don't Rain on my Parade!
ep24 ep24 7 years
the performance of "don't rain on my parade" was great; the vocals for that song from "dreamgirls" were amazing!! such a great show. makes me smile each wednesday :)
redchick152 redchick152 7 years
Funny Girl is one of my favorite movies and i was SO EXCITED when rachel sang "don't rain on my parade"!! yay for all the drama being out in the open! i did think it was kind of b*tchy of rachel to tell finn, but they are pretty close. so it was the right thing to do in the end. i squealed when will and emma kissed!!! it was so cheesey, but it made me so happy! also...emma has grown some balls. standing up to the other coaches @ sectionals and not giving into will right away.
Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
sumbum, I totally agree about "My Life Would Suck Without You"! I completely forgot to mention it in my recap, but I loved the dance retrospective (and my friends totally teased me for recognizing it)
buckley9383 buckley9383 7 years
GREAT Episode! It gave us everything we've been waiting for all season! I can't wait see what happens in 4months!
sumbum sumbum 7 years
I loved My Life Would Suck Without You more than You Can't Always Get What You Want...mostly because I loved seeing the kids pay tribute to some of their most memorable songs =) I held my breath the entire time Shue was running down the hall!!!! Great ending!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 7 years
Oh, there is one thing that annoyed me about this episode: the totally contrived way of making sure that Will wasn't present for Sectionals. Sure, he wasn't allowed to be their advisor anymore, but REALLY? He couldn't even see the performance in person? Like they had a bouncer there, checking IDs, to make sure that Will Schuester wasn't allowed in? I don't buy it. He could've just sat in the back and laid low and nobody would've been the wiser, save Emma and the kids who could've used the support.
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