‘Glee’ Recap: Everybody Gets a ‘Makeover’ (Bye Bye Bowties)
With Sarah Jessica Parker making her debut on FOX’s Glee, I expected at least one reference to Sex and the City — but taking one of the HBO series’ most iconic scenes and turning it into a Rachel/Brody love-fest? Now, that, I didn’t see coming.
Excuse me while my brain still tries to process the last five minutes of this roller coaster episode. So far, I have one word: Really?!
Note: Spoilers if you haven’t watched Thursday’s episode, “Makeover.”
Kurt (Chris Colfer) — Lima’s No. 1 fashionisto — has landed himself a coveted internship at Vogue. His editor is none other than his fashion icon, and former designer, Isabelle Wright (guest star Sarah Jessica Parker). However, Isabelle is no Anna Wintour. In fact, she’s the exact opposite. When it comes to being an editor, Wright is bit of a pushover.
For fans of HBO’s Sex and the City, this might just be your favorite episode of the FOX comedy yet. Parker pretty much plays Carrie Bradshaw (if she could sing, that is). She’s nice, funny, has a killer sense of fashion and she’s in way too over her head. Luckily, she has Kurt to help her come up with an idea that will knock the Manolo Blahniks off Anna’s feet.
Thanks to Rachel (Lea Michele) — and her awful sense of style and reckless love for knee-high socks — Kurt comes up with the perfect idea for Isabelle: A makeover video for Vogue.com. Her response? “Stop right there. You had me at makeover.” I told you she was Carrie Bradshaw 2.0.
So after a bit of frolicking through Vogue’s couture fashion closet (“The Way You Look Tonight”/”You’re Never Fully Dressed”), Rachel is transformed from glee club geek to “Chloe Sevigny chic,” Kurt gets his video idea featured on Vogue.com and Isabelle gets her groove back — and a “Great” from Anna.
Of course, there wasn’t a pair of Manolo Blahniks or a tutu in sight, but there was a reference to one of Sex and the City’s most iconic episodes — “I Heart NY.” And I’m warning you, Finchel fans, you’re probably not going to like this.
Brody (Dean Geyer) is seriously putting the moves on Rachel. And after their romp around the West Village (“A Change Would Do You Good”), she’s not stopping him. So Rachel invites Brody over to Bushwick for dinner. But when she fails to figure out how a stove works, thankfully, Brody arrives with pizza and wine in hand. The two enjoy a nice dinner on the floor of Hummel Berry’s unfurnished studio — and yes, they kiss.
Oh, and what song do you think is playing in the background? “Moon River” by the late Andy Williams. Sex and the City fans, this is probably starting to sound familiar. But wait, does this mean that Brody is Rachel’s Mr. Big? Then does that make Finn (Cory Monteith) Rachel’s Aidan? Except, I could never see Big in a pair of skinny jeans.
Of course, Rachel doesn’t have time to think about these kinds of questions because Finn arrives at her apartment just in time to see his flustered girlfriend with her new NYADA friend-with-benefits. I wish I could say, “Poor Finn,” but I really don’t feel bad for him. After all, he’s the one that didn’t call Rachel for two months. In fact, I never thought I’d be #TeamRachel, but she’s doing exactly what every college freshman should be doing.
Now, Kurt on the other hand… While I like seeing him take the fashion world by storm, I don’t like seeing it at Blaine’s (Darren Criss) expense.
Back at McKinley, Blaine is restless, so he joins every club public high school has to offer, including Superhero Sidekicks Club (“Everybody Wants to Rule the World”). Honestly, Ryan Murphy missed a golden opportunity to capitalize on Team Starkid fans and dress Criss up in a Harry Potter costume. I highly doubt McKinley wouldn’t have a Harry Potter club.
But I digress. Blaine is trying to occupy his time so that he doesn’t have to be alone without Kurt. However, even the time he does get to spend with Kurt — when they’re “hate-watching Treme together” via Skype — is limited. So, he decides to run for student council president… against Brittany (Heather Morris).
Unlike last year, this season, Brittany and Blaine have to choose running mates. Brittany chooses her ex-boyfriend (and “half robot”) Artie (Kevin McHale) — “So I could be Cheney to your Bush?” — while Blaine agrees to let Sam (Chord Overstreet) join his campaign.
After one slightly-too-long campaign makeover montage (think HBO’s Game Change), set to Hole’s “Celebrity Life,” Blaine and Sam, otherwise known as the “Gay Bro and the Stripper,” clinch the victory against the “Pimp and the Gimp.” If only Kurt would have picked up Blaine’s phone call and congratulated him, then maybe Blaine wouldn’t have ditched his signature bowties.
That’s right, Blaine finally said bye bye to his bowties. Uh oh, is Kurt next?! It looks like everybody is changing, but at what cost?
OMG!: Sue’s (Jane Lynch) suggestion that Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison) should stop teaching and attend “pedophile clown college” is probably one of the greatest ideas I’ve heard all season. Right after, Schue’s plan to apply for a job that would require him to leave McKinley. Sorry Schue, I like you and all, but I can certainly go without seeing you for a while. Besides, if the only idea you have is “A Salute to Fall,” then it’s time for a new glee club director. Is Ricky Martin still available?
Thank you, TV gods: For finding another excuse for Sam to take off his shirt. Is it just me or has Overstreet upped the charm this season? His George Bush and John Wayne impersonations were probably the highlights of the episode.
Awk-ward: I’m sorry Brittany, but I don’t care how much you love McKinley, no one wants to be in school 24/7. Banning summer vacations and weekends? Is that truly your version of Happyville? No wonder you didn’t win this year.
Hotness: Chord Overstreet. Shirtless. Enough said.
Fab-u-lous: Parker is the best thing that’s happened to Glee in a very long time. She was practically born to play this role! Not only does she get to play Carrie 2.0, but she gets to sing showtunes from Annie — a show that she knows quite well, considering she starred in the production on Broadway. Sounds like a win-win to me.
Can. Not. Wait.: To see how Finn reacts to Rachel and Brody’s date night. Lea Michele has one epic crying face. Oh, and did I mention that Blaine comes to New York to visit Kurt next week? Yeah, I’m not sure my heart is ready for all of the relationship drama.
Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 7