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Glee 2.19 “Rumours” Review

Usually a lot is said when Glee bases an episode around an artist. Instead of delving into a full back catalogue like with Madonna and Britney Spears, the show has been more specific. This time they use Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” album, for the music. What Glee does well with “Rumours” is find a good balance between the songs and the story.

The glee club performs "Don't Stop"

Sue (Jane Lynch) restarts the school newspaper but prints nothing but rumors, which leads to some fighting within the glee club. Sue isn’t involved in the episode as much as I thought she would be and I think this helped the episode. The newspaper is just one of Sue’s schemes as, with the help of Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig), April Rhodes (Kristin Chenoweth) returns to convince Will (Matthew Morrison) to quit the school and glee club for Broadway. I wasn’t a fan how the writers used April in “Home,” the previous episode she appeared in. I felt they had her storyline take over and everything else suffered. This time the writers get the balance right. Chenoweth sings two songs with Morrison and their interactions aren’t the full focus. Every time Chenoweth makes an appearance on Glee it makes me wish I had seen her perform on stage.

One of the main rumors is about Quinn (Dianna Agron) cheating with Sam (Chord Overstreet) in his motel room. This has Finn (Cory Monteith) and Rachel (Lea Michele) staking out a motel and even leads to them thinking Kurt (Chris Colfer) is cheating on Blaine (Darren Criss) when he comes out of Sam’s room. This brings up an interesting question about trust between Quinn and Finn. Finn is quick to believe the rumors because Quinn cheated on him with Puck (Mark Salling) and she also cheated on Sam with Finn. Quinn also has issues with Rachel and Finn; there’s no mistaking the looks they give each other. I would have like one more scene with Quinn and Finn after he finds out the truth about her helping Sam. Things are still up in the air between them and I don’t see them staying together before the season finishes.

Santana (Naya Rivera) and Brittany (Heather Morris)

The real standouts were Santana (Naya Rivera) and Sam but for two different reasons. Sam spends most of the episode at the center of the rumors without being heavily featured. There was a bit more character development for the character and just the fact he was featured in a storyline about more than his physical attributes is something good.

In Santana’s case, it’s more of the same in regards to her not being ready to declare her feelings, for Brittany, to everyone. Artie (Kevin McHale) knows there’s something between Santana and Brittany (Heather Morris). Santana ‘s performance of “Songbird” is my favorite performance even though its not my favorite Fleetwood Mac song featured. Brittany wants to ask Santana to the prom on her web show but in the end, Santana doesn’t turn up and she keeps up the charade dating Karofsky (Max Adler). While the first half of the season was mainly about Colfer’s performances, I think the second half has showcased Rivera and she has risen to the task.

Other notes:

  • I would be on board if they produce more of Brittany’s web show “Fondue for Two.”
  • As I keep saying how Mercedes (Amber Riley) needs a storyline, I’ve moved on to someone else – I want to hear Puck sing another solo before the end of the season. Having him play the guitar while Artie sings “Never Going Back Again” just made me want to here his voice again.
  • Quinn and Finn’s duet of “I Don’t Want To Know” reminds me that they should feature more duets that aren’t just Rachel and Finn. It’s the same feeling I had when Rachel and Blaine sang, “Don’t You Want Me” in “Blame It On The Alcohol”

While I don’t think “Rumours” is as good as “Born This Way” it definitely makes a case for being one of the better episodes this season. It had the opportunity to be over the top like some episodes have but I think the writers showed some restraint.

All photos courtesy of ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co.

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