Glee recap: Holly Takes a Holiday

New Directions puts on a benefit concert, Sunshine returns, and Holly Holliday takes her final bow of the season
Ep. 17 | Aired Apr 19, 2011

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So this is how we wrapped up: Sunshine dropped out of the benefit concert after Sergeant Handsome made her, Holly stopped the hecklers who made Tina cry, Rachel had a chat with Mercedes after a diva meltdown that had a rather confusing message (Did she really tell her it's better to be a star than have friends?) but at least got her to sing, Sandy ended up making a large donation to the cause, and Holly and Will broke it off after she got a job teaching French. (Where's my tiny violin?)

We know that Holly won't be back for the rest of the season, and I know many are celebrating that fact. (I may or may not be one of them…) But at least they rounded out her arc and gave it a proper ending (for now...).

It's time for talking points!

Were you as confused as I was by the message in this episode? Do you think Mark Harmon is handsome? Were you saddened by the lack of Kurt/Blaine in the episode? Does Mercedes deserve a new, fun arc? Did you enjoy Tina's 30-second appearance? Are you glad Holly's gone for the season? Did you like how her story ended? (Although, again, everyone has teased that she'll be back next season.) Were you glad to see Sunshine back? And what did you think of the episode in general, Gleeks?

"ALL BY MYSELF"
I don't want to like it, because she's the enemy!! But I can't help it. The girl has pipes! A

"FOLLOW RIVERS"
Poll: Will Tina ever get to finish a song? Well, judging by the 20 seconds we saw, she certainly deserves to. B

"BUBBLE TOES" (IN DANCE!)
Hey, it's still a performance. And honestly, it's one of the best of the season. A

"TURNING TABLES"
Hmmmm… What was that thing Holly taught the hecklers? If you have nothing nice to say…I'll take a page from the Randy Jackson dictionary (which probably has fewer pages than an IHOP menu) and say It was just a'ight for me, man. B-

"AIN'T NO WAY"
I had trouble connecting to this song for some reason, and it's not for lack of Mercedes' ability to belt it out. Maybe it was the fact that a choir suddenly appeared from nowhere or that her behavior prior to the performances was less than appealing. But it just turned out to be uncharacteristically average, which is, of course, still 10 times better than a normal person. B+

QUOTABLES

"I love salt water." -- Brittany

"I'm still trying to remember his name right now." -- Lauren re: Mike Chang

"Is it because two of them are Asian and Artie wears glasses?" -- Puck

"I bet you're all wondering why I called you here in the dead of night when I'm normally out bow-hunting for hobos." -- Sue

Sandy: Are you single?
Dusty/Sergeant Handsome: I'm not gay.
Sandy: I don't care. You're hunky, and I'm what you call a predatory gay.

"It would be hard to be married to you." -- Sue

Sergeant Handsome: "Why would I want to get involved in this?"
Sue: "Well, Sergeant, you strike me as a bit of a tool who enjoys playing mind games with your opponents."

"She's looser than a thrift-store turtleneck and probably just as diseased." -- Sue

"Sandy, how do you manage to walk into a building without setting off all the fire alarms?" -- Sue

"Seriously, with your size, you easily could have sat in the air ducts for days." -- Artie to Sunshine

"I'm all alone at the top. Also, I'm really short. So even when I'm in a group of people, it feels like I'm wandering all over a forest." -- Sunshine

"Those aren't eggs in those fallopian tubes, they're rare, exotic pearls." -- Sergeant Handsome

"Let me tell you something about Will Schuester: That man has tiny baby hands. Seriously, it's weird. Once I saw him try to pick up a Big Mac; he couldn't do it. He had to eat it layer by layer." -- Sergeant Handsome

"Also, I have razor blades in my hair." -- Santana

"I'm 'The Beckster' on the Entertainment Weekly chat rooms." -- Becky

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