Glee season premiere recap: Let's Hear It for New Dorks

Four mysterious misfits shake up McKinley High; plus, we grade the musical performances!
Ep. 01 | Aired Sep 21, 2010

NOW YOU'RE IN GLEE CLUB... New Directions where dreams are made of, there's nothing you can't do.

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Sam (Chord Overstreet): There’s a new dude on Glee, and he's got Lisa Rinna lips! Sam also has the same fondness for singing in the shower as Finn. (BTW, Finn dropped some major lbs. over the summer. Anyone else notice that?) But even more distracting were the heavy gay overtones during Sam’s audition. Puck: “Dude your mouth is huge. How many tennis balls can you fit in there?” Sam: “I don’t know. I’ve never had any balls in my mouth. Have you?” Hello!

As for the rest of the episode...

I’m sad for Artie but I love that Mike and Tina met at “Asian camp” while teaching “tech-savvy” kids about the arts. Question: Do tech-savvy kids use flip phones like the lil dude who took a quick pic of Tina and Mike? I don’t think so. In any case, I can see what she sees in Mike! While knee socks, short-shorts, and an open hoodie do seem like a slightly inappropriate outfit for a camp music lesson, I’m not mad at it.

So while we’re talking about Mike, let’s address how much cuter he’s gotten, as well as his increased screentime: He was front and center in this episode with “Billionaire” being his best dance sequence. Sad, though, that Matt (aka Other Back-Up Dude) supposedly transferred schools; have we definitely seen the last of him?

No sight of Emma in this episode but I’m guessing that will change next week when we get our first peek at John Stamos (and Britney Spears!).

Now let’s talk musical numbers…

THE SONGS

“Empire State of Mind”
While I still have mixed emotions about Glee's dudes rapping -- I just get the same embarrassed feelings I have at weddings when I watch awkward white dudes dance -- this performance was spectacular. From the wardrobe (where can I get that shirt?!?) to the choreography (loved Santana, Brittany and Quinn workin’ the staircase railing), it was exhilarating. A

“Telephone”
I guarantee this sequence will play in any gay bar that has a TV monitor. And it will play on a loop. Also I believe Lea Michele broke a personal record for hair flips in this tiny sequence. But the shot of her singing over Charice’s face was high-larious. Sue interrupting and telling them to shut up was also brillz, but I sorta wanted them to finish the entire song. Is that wrong? A

“Billionaire”
It’s completely distracting watching Chord Overstreet sing with those giant lips, but this was still a really fun performance. Again, I feel uncomfortable with Artie rapping, but Mike Chang dancing up a storm and gyrating his body in all sorts of twisty ways provided much-needed distraction. A-

“Listen”
I wanted to stand up and cheer, but that seemed odd given that I was sitting alone in my office watching this episode. And Charice wasn’t even singing live! Holy tiny lady! And she was wearing a beret! It was just all too good! Even the reactions from the crowd were fantastic, especially Rachel’s attempt to hold it together. A+

“What I Did For Love”
Lea Michele sang the hell outta this song, and it was a great capper to this episode. It’s a testament to her skill as an actress and singer that Rachel was completely unlikable in this entire episode, and yet you totally felt for her by the end. Amazing. A

THE BEST LINES
“Mike tries to be into what I’m into—like his abs.” --Tina explaining to Artie why she’d chosen another guy

“Oh and Boobs McGee: You’re demoted to the bottom of the pyramid so when it collapses, your exploding sandbags will protect the squad from injury.” --Sue punishing Santana for her boob job

“Fashion has no gender.” --Kurt defending himself when Mercedes asked if he was wearing a “lady sweater”

“These seats are currently being occupied by my ghost friends.” --Sue bullying Coach Beiste

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