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Posted at 10:55 PM ET, 11/30/2010

'Glee' goes to Sectionals: We watch so you don't have to

By Lisa de Moraes

Matthew Morrison worries about the glee club's chances at sectionals. And his romantic life. (Fox)

WaPo Team TV's Emily Yahr filed this post:

Last season, the glee club wondered and worried: would they make it to Sectionals? This season, with that burning question answered -- the series is already renewed through a third season -- Sectionals is merely a way to distract us with shiny costumes and dance moves, while nearly all the characters' relationships come crashing down around us.

Yes, it's one of those episodes where everything falls apart, couples-wise. Let's see how the show's main twosomes stand in the rubble that's left, shall we?

Will and Emma. Destruction Level: 9

At the start of the episode, Emma (finally) tells Will his set lists are predictable and boring. The woman speaks the truth. Will changes all plans for the upcoming competition, taking solos away from Rachel and Finn, and making Quinn and Sam (a.k.a. Barbie and Ken) the stars. Finn points out that this is like taking the star quarterback out of an important football game, but Will's too far under the ether to care. They're just lucky Emma didn't suggest Will put Brittany on stage to try and pronounce four syllable words.

Too bad Emma shows up on the day of the Sectionals competition and tells Will her boyfriend, Dr. Carl, (John Stamos, a.k.a. the finest dentist alive) isn't cool with her hanging out for a day with the guy who tried to steal her away, so she won't be attending Sectionals. Then she flounces away, looking fabulous in her coat.

However, that's kids stuff compared to when -- post-sectionals -- Emma flashes a wedding ring in Will's face. Seems Dr. Carl has whisked her off to Vegas to get hitched. But, because this is "Glee," in which plot moves at warp speed, before the episode ends, Emma is seen in Dr. Carl's arms, looking like she's having second thoughts.

Finn and Rachel. Destruction level: 8

Rachel ratchets up the obnoxious when Will tells the kids he's going to mix things up (translation: Rachel won't get a solo). Santana announces, apropos of we can't remember what, that she canoodled Finn last year, triggering much bickering between Finn and Rachel, and a couple's counseling session. Just as they appear to be making up, Rachel confesses she tried to hook up with Finn's frenemy, Puck, to get even. Finn's less than understanding. Have they achieved Most Annoying Couple status yet?

Blaine has become Kurt's new BFF at school. (Fox)

Kurt and his new school. Destruction level: 4

Dalton Academy and the Warblers seemed ideal to Kurt, which is strange because he's ill prepared for the uniforms and the lack of gushing over his ideas and individuality. He gets turned down in his bid to do a solo and winds up singing background for the Warblers' rendition of Train's "Hey, Soul Sister" at Sectionals. Plus, there's this smack-you-in-the-face-obvious metaphor about being a caged bird. So while this relationship looks shaky now, it could turn out just fine. Hahahahaha!

Tina and Mike Chang. Destruction level: 3

Tina thinks Mike is cheating on her with Brittany. He isn't. They were just rehearsing dance moves.

Brittany and Artie. Destruction level: 2

Artie thinks Brittany is cheating on him. Possibly because she admitted to "adultery." Turns out, she thought "adultery" meant "acting stupid like an adult" -- proving our point about Brittany and four syllable words. Anyway, she didn't cheat on Artie -- she just lost his magic comb and was therefore avoiding him. It's adorable/nauseating.

And finally -- sectionals! The Warblers and New Directions tied -- everyone's going to Regionals! Hooray!

Here's the set list:

"Don't Cry for Me Argentina" -- from "Evita"
"The Living Years" -- Mike & the Mechanics
"Hey, Soul Sister" -- Train
"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" -- from "Dirty Dancing"
"Valerie" -- The Zutons (and also Amy Winehouse)
"Dog Days are Over" -- Florence and the Machine

Rachel and Kurt belt out dueling versions of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina"

The Warblers impress with "Hey, Soul Sister"

By Lisa de Moraes  | November 30, 2010; 10:55 PM ET
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Whoops -- you misquoted Brittany. She said she thought adultery meant "acting stupid like a dolt."

Posted by: jnew | December 1, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

I'm not QUITE accusing the show of shark-jumping, but when you reach for "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina" AND "(I Had) The Time of My Life" in the same episode, the shark is warming up in the bullpen.

I might add that, no matter how gay-friendly the guys at Dalton Academy are, somebody would have shattered the silence after Kurt's performance with, "Dude, that was a little TOO gay."

Posted by: Gunga2009 | December 1, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Could someone tell me why there was a show choir full of old people in sectionals? I thought it was a high school competition?!?

Posted by: wadejg | December 1, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

@wadejg -- they're a bunch of retirees finally getting their GEDs. In other words, they're very old high school students.

Posted by: Fabrisse | December 1, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I leaning toward agreeing with Gunga2009. I thought the Evita reference was a REACH by all means and the Dirty Dancing was not exciting as it could be. The Amy Winehouse/Zutons cover was pretty cool - go Santana!

And is it me but does John Stamos get hotter with every passing year?

Posted by: auburnyellowrose | December 1, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Wow, you shouldn't be making cracks about Brittany's language skills when you can't even get single syllable words right. She said "acting like a dolt" NOT "acting like an adult".

Posted by: lalalu1 | December 4, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

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