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“This is your chance. Don’t screw it up.”: Sectionals (1×13) Gleecap

December 10, 2009

A group of proud gleeks singing "You Can't Always Get What You Want" at sectionals.

Oh, Glee, why must you do this to me? Why must you give me an absolutely fabulous episode and then leave me for four full months? I mean, I love that you gave me an absolutely fabulous episode and all, but I’ve got a bit of a hate on you for the leaving for four full months bit. But moving on from that, let’s run-down the amazingness that was “Sectionals,” shall we?

With sectionals only days away, the supposedly psychic Rachel is suspicious that Puck might be watching Quinn a bit too closely as of late…and the other gleeks, who thanks to Mercedes’ big mouth all know the baby daddy truth, are working hard to keep Rachel from finding out and spilling the beans to Finn before the competition. Rachel, however, is simply too smart for all of them and convinces Quinn that she needs to take some super important test to make sure that her baby doesn’t have this rare disease – but oh wait, no…that can only happen if one of the parents is Jewish…ahem. Oh, Rachel, you’re so devious. Anyway, Quinn tries to quietly tell Puck that he needs to take her to the doctor to get this test done, Rachel sees this secret convo, and, well, everything falls apart. Rachel decides to tell Finn, saying that she wants him to know the truth and be happy, but really, she just wants him to break up with Quinn and be with her. And wow does Finn ever freak the hell out when he finds out (rather understandably): fists are flying, voices are yelling, and Quinn is left crying and looking like a helpless little doe. Finn storms out of the room saying that he wants nothing to do with Quinn, Puck, or any of them for that matter.

Finn comes to save the day at sectionals! That quarterback is such a hero.

So with Mr. Schue and Finn no longer going to sectionals, Emma has stepped in as the group’s coach (after “convincing” Ken to shift their wedding by a few hours…much to his very strong disapproval of the situation and her obvious love for Will) and Nerdy Newspaper Guy (remember him?) is acting as the club’s 12th member. Anyway, the gleeks get to sectionals, find out that they’re performing last, settle in to hear the Jane Adams girls and the Haverbrook deaf choir…only to discover that Coach Sue Sylvester has indeed leaked their setlist! The Jane Adams girls are singing “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” and “Proud Mary” (in wheelchairs, no less!), and the Haverbrook choir is doing “Don’t Stop Believing.” Emma calls Will freaking out, saying that what the kids need right now is a leader. And if Will’s still not allowed to go to sectionals, he better start convincing the one “leader” that can. Cue Will and Finn’s “father-son” bonding moment, version 2 (version 1 happened in episode 8, “Mash-Up”), in which Will successfully convinces Finn to man up, go to sectionals, and save the day, of course! The gleeks figure out a new setlist and wow the crowd with Rachel taking the lead on Barbra Streisand’s “Don’t Rain on My Parade” and the whole crew rocking The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” But now it’s all down to the judges who seem a bit incompetent, to say the least. Things look good for our crew when Eve (who coaches the Jane Adams girls, remember?) steps up to try to tell the judges about her club’s cheating ways, but the judges have already made their decision! Dun, dun, dunnnnnnnn…

Massive plot line switch! Seriously, through most of the next three scenes all I was thinking was, “WHO WON SECTIONALS?!?!” Anyway, Will’s at his house getting all gussied up for Emma and Ken’s wedding when Terri shows up, home early from work. She’s apparently seeing a therapist and trying to change her ways, but Will says he’s lost that feeling of family and love for her…potentially forever. Flip to Will at Emma’s reception which is, well, gaudy as all hell. But aside from that, she’s alone, in her dress, and Ken is nowhere to be seen. Turns out her moving of the wedding so that she could go to sectionals was the last straw for Ken, who dumped her before wedding her. Emma basically tells Will that she loves him and Will wants to say it back, you know he does, but he just left his wife, and ahhh my poor heart. So as not to feel shamed when seeing Ken and heartbroken when seeing Will, Emma resigned from her position at the school. Scene flip again to Principal Figgins’ office and Figgins accusing Sue of leaking the setlist to the other schools and subsequently removing her as coach of the Cheerios! And, because Figgins is nice, he’s reinstating Will as head of the gleeks. The tides are turning, Miss Sylvester…

And it’s time for the big exciting closer! Will’s back with his glee kids and they have a surprise for him…a trophy! Yup, our gleeks brought home the gold at sectionals and Will’s super proud of them, but they better get practicing for regionals! Not so fast, say his adorable gleeksters, who want to perform a special number for him upon his return as their coach. And so the New Directions choir rocks out to Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You” while Will thinks about who his life would suck without…and goes to chase down Emma before she leaves the school…almost misses her…finds her…takes her box full of school supplies and puts it on the ground…and kisses her. And as the song ends, we see Emma and Will smiling at each other…and then Glee leaves us for four months. Cue the tears!

Favourite moments, scenes, and quotes:

  • Mercedes, Tina, Artie, Kurt, Brittany, and Santana on a group phone call in the school hallways discussing the baby drama scandal. I love when we get to see the characters interact in such adorably fun ways.
  • Santana: “Sex is not dating.” Brittany: “If it were, Santana and I would be dating.”
  • Mercedes’ bringing of the “chocolate thunder” on “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls. Seriously, this was freaking fantastic. Everyone in that room knew it and I fully agree. Even Rachel was impressed and they shared a cute moment at the end! Rachel to Mercedes: “I’m going to hug you now.” Adorable!
  • Rachel to Quinn: “I fully understand if you want to beat me up. If you can, just try to avoid my nose.”
  • Kurt (in a hilariously ridiculous outfit), Puck, and Nerdy Newspaper Guy strategize on how hell the gleeks can win sectionals.

    The gleeks’ reaction to the Jane Adams girls performing “Proud Mary” in wheelchairs. Everyone in the crowd around them is dancing, including Nerdy Newspaper Guy, and Mike Chang hits him for it. In the next scene Artie is seen ramming himself repeatedly into the wall!

  • Sue to Will: “I’m reasonably confident you’ll be adding revenge to the long list of things you’re no good at. Next to being married, running a high school glee club, and finding a hairstyle that doesn’t make you look like a lesbian.”
  • Santana admitting that she actually likes being in glee club. For some reason I really loved this moment and how graciously Rachel responded to it.
  • Finn coming in at the last minute to save the day at sectionals! He found sheet music, used the Cheerios copier, and then trashed it! Oh, and Puck asked him if they were “cool” and he straight-up told him “no.” Fantastic.
  • Finn to Rachel before performing: “Don’t worry about me. This is all about you now. You wanted the solo, you wanted to be a star. This is your chance. Don’t screw it up.”
  • Rachel’s absolutely fabulous performance of “Don’t Rain on My Parade.” Entering from the back of the theatre, dancing around in the crowd, flirting at Emma and Nerdy Newspaper Guy – Broadway babe, you rocked this!
  • Moving directly from Rachel’s show-stopping number to the gleeks bringing down the house with “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Ah, this was such a perfect song for them. Finn singing, adorable group background dancing, Will crying on the phone. Oh, and the outfits? Super adorable.
  • Will and Emma at her non-wedding, being incredibly sweet and sad and fantastic all rolled into one. Emma loves him, and Will loves her too, but all he can say is “I just left my wife.” Heartbreaking!
  • Sue to Will: “Get ready for the ride of your life, Will Schuester. You are about to board the Sue Sylvester Express. Destination: Horror!”
  • Could the gleeks be any more adorable in their performance of "My Life Would Suck Without You" for Mr. Schue? No, I didn't think so either.

    The glee kids doing a bonus performance of “My Life Would Suck Without You.” It’s just a perfectly adorable fun scene to wrap up the first half of the season, and if you watch closely you’ll see that the gleeks channel many of their past performances through their dance moves in this number, from Quinn, Santana, and Brittany doing the “I’ll Say a Little Prayer” dance, to Kurt doing his “Single Ladies” moves, to Mercedes walking on chairs like in “Hate on Me,” and many more. (I’ll try to find the video to post in the next few days so you can all see what I mean!)

  • OH EM GLEE, EMMA AND WILL! WILL’S LIFE WILL SUCK WITHOUT EMMA! THEY KISSSSSSSSSSS!

Oh, this ending couldn’t have been more lovely. I mean, sure, it’s a bit predictable that the gleeks would win sectionals and then rather sappy to give us a Will/Emma kiss right at the end. But I still loved every moment of it. Without a doubt, this fall finale definitely delivered. But what did you all think? What about the Finn/Quinn/Puck baby drama? The performances at sectionals? The Will/Emma relationship? I know Glee is leaving us, but we’re all in this hiatus hell together, so share your thoughts in the comments!

Next week: There is no next week. Or the week after that. Or the many, many, many weeks after that. Glee will return to our television screens with 9 new episodes starting April 13. I’ll be consoling myself by rewatching the old episodes repeatedly, as well as by reading and writing about any and all Glee news I can get my hands on. Glee may be on hiatus, but Gleeks United will still be going strong! Stay tuned, Gleeksters!

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