‘Glee’ Recap: ‘Glease’ Lightning Strikes and Finchel Suffers

Glease is the word!

The last time we saw the glee club, they were preparing for McKinley High’s production of Grease, with Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith) at the helm. However, as per usual, there were a few major glitches — like wardrobe issues, last-minute casting changes and surprise opening night visits.

So how did Finn do? Let’s discuss.

Note: Spoilers if you haven’t watched Thursday’s episode, “Glease.”

Jealous she didn’t get the part of Sandy, Kitty (Becca Tobin) is on a mission to sabotage Marley (Melissa Benoist). First, she secretly takes in all of Marley’s costumes so she doesn’t fit into them. Then, she tries to convince Marley to develop an eating disorder to silence her “circus fat gene.”

Now, Kitty is one serious glee-otch, but Marley also has to grow a backbone at some point. It’s not that I don’t find Marley and her ugly hats completely adorkable — because I really do — but if there’s one thing I hate more than a manipulative bitch, it’s a helpless female character who plays the victim. Seriously Marley, you need a kiss from Ryder (Blake Jenner) to help you get over your stage anxiety?! Ugh. You need a dose of Unique’s fearless diva-tude.

However, I still love the relationship she has with her mom. When Marley thinks she’s putting on the pounds, her mom tells her just about the cutest thing a mom could ever say: “I didn’t raise a victim or a quitter. I raised a star.” It’s official: Marley and her mom are the new Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Burt (Mike O’Malley). Speaking of Burt, where is he? I need him back on my TV screen ASAP.

As for new kid Ryder, he’s crushing hard on Marley. But before he can put the moves on the lunch lady’s daughter, he’s got to prove to Finn he can pull off a convincing Danny Zuko. So naturally, Finn takes his bros — Ryder, Sam, Mike Chang, Teen Jesus and Baby Puckerman — to Burt’s auto shop to perform a hip-heavy version of “Greased Lightning.”

Can we just talk about how ridiculously attractive Chord Overstreet was in that scene? I don’t know what he was doing with his arms, but that didn’t really matter. Best. Kenickie. Ever. Also, who knew Blake Jenner was rocking those biceps?

But I digress. Just when things started to look good for Finn and his production, Sue (Jane Lynch) throws a curveball and gets Unique’s parents to pull him out of the musical. It’s not that they don’t support their son’s gender identity, but they don’t want him to be ridiculed and bullied. Unique is crushed. Finn is crushed. I am crushed. Seriously, where are the tissues?

So Finn turns to the only other person who could serve Rizzo realness: Santana (Naya Rivera). Brittana fans, rejoice! Tina fans, I’m sorry.

I love how Tina is upset that all the seniors who were supposed to graduate and move on are now stealing her spotlight. It’s pretty much Ryan Murphy’s way of acknowledging Jenna Ushkowitz should be getting a chance to shine this season, but instead she’s relegated to the background chatter, as per usual.

With his cast in place, Finn is finally ready for opening night. That is, until Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt walked through those doors and surprised him. I’m sorry, but I don’t care how much I love you, I would never spend that much money to fly half-way across the country to see a HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL.

Let’s rewind for a bit. Kurt’s post-break up life is ambien and The Notebook, which, to be completely honest, sounds like a normal weekend in my life. Meanwhile, Rachel says she’s fine, but there’s obviously some lingering feelings. Thankfully, she has Brody — and his muscles — to help occupy her attention. Not to mention, she also has an audition for an Off-Broadway production of The Glass Menagerie to prepare for. So Rachel’s life is pretty perfect, right? Wrong. She is still Cassie’s (Kate Hudson) No. 1 target.

Of course, it doesn’t help when Rachel’s naivety lands her on Cassie’s hit list. So Cassie does what she does best and seduces Brody while Rachel’s away. Yes, they sleep together, and yes, Rachel finds out. Cue Lea Michele crying face.

Back at McKinley, Blaine (Darren Criss) tries to apologize to Kurt to no avail, while Rachel and Finn — who’s upset Rachel’s tears aren’t for him — come to the realization they need to cut off all communication. Sorry Finchel fans, this doesn’t look good. But Finn doesn’t have time to be sad, he’s got a glee club to run. Bye-bye Mr. Schue; Say hello to Mr. Hudson! (That was definitely a bright spot this episode.)

“You’re The One That I Want” has never made me so sad.

Buzz Moments

OMG!: Evil Sue is back!

Thank you, TV gods: For gifting us with the vision of Blaine as Teen Angel. I mean, Darren Criss is often allotted plenty of solos on this show, but his performance of “Beauty School Drop Out” was particularly swoon-worthy. Perhaps it was the perfectly-sculpted coif?

Awk-ward: Running into your ex is always awkward. But seeing Rachel, Kurt, Finn and Blaine just stand there staring at one another was especially awkward.

Hotness: Chord Overstreet + leather jacket + perfect coif = perfection.

Fab-u-lous: Unique may have gotten shut out of Grease, but Alex Newell still delivered the fiercest — and most heartbreaking —  verse of “There Are Worse Things I Could Do.” Werk.

Can. Not. Wait.: Next week is superhero week… and the original Puckerman is back!

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Below, take a look the latest scoop from Glee newbie Blake Jenner. Glee airs Thursdays at 9 PM on FOX. 

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