Full disclosure: At this point my TV started cutting in and out, and it was kind of like watching the program on mute, but then getting every fifth or so word. It’s quite likely I missed something. Technology woes! But anyway, the next moment I caught we were at callbacks with just about everybody. Some of the kids were nervous, so Mercedes and Mike showed them all how it was done – by kicking off a group version of “Born To Hand Jive,” complete with lots of dancing.
After the callbacks the cast list was posted, and it broke down pretty much exactly as I expected (although I was holding out hope that Blaine would get a chance to tackle Danny). Blaine will be Teen Angel, Sam will be Kenickie, Jake will be Putzie, Marley will be Sandy, Ryder – who clearly has a crush on Marley – will be Danny, and Kitty will be Patty Simcox. “Who’s Patty Simcox?” we all collectively wondered along with her.
I’ve completely ignored Will and Emma, because honestly, I’m in no way invested in their relationship. But last night, they talked (with part-time therapist/full-time coach Beiste) about Will moving to Washington. Emma reiterated that she didn’t just want to follow him around, and Will promised her it wasn’t like that. She then agreed to go with him for a few months, but – after her own private convo with Beiste – finally admitted to him at the end of the episode that she just couldn’t, but that she would support him. He seemed rather ok with this (he’s still going) and promised her when he came back they would get married. Stay tuned.
With Mr. Schuster Goes To Washington officially happening, Glee club needs a new director. And in the grand tradition of many other high school sitcoms, favorite son Finn was asked to fill in for a few months (which yes, was ridiculously convenient in that he’s an 18-year-old kid without a teaching license. Let’s all just go with it!) “If you're willing, I can promise you there's no greater joy in the world than helping a young boy like you turn into a man,” Schu said to him about teaching. I’m cautiously optimistic because I think we’ve all grown a little tired of Will’s lesson-of-the-week plots, so having a different instructor could definitely shake things up. Ryder is the new Finn and Finn is the new Schu. Circle of (high school) life!
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