Back at McKinley, Brittany needs some help with her campaign. In order to win the half-robot vote, she enlists Artie to be the Cheney to her Bush. Yes, this year there are vice presidents…just shhhh. Logic has no place here; what show are you watching? Artie doesn’t have much need to pad his college applications but politics helps with getting the ladies and he’s still intent on getting with Sugar. He’s in.
In the choir room, the kids are assembled for…talking. Not a lot of singing going on since apparently the Will Well has dried up and he’s going through the motions. Apparently, McKinley is hosting the Show Choir Rules Committee Meeting this year and everyone has questions (Why DO some groups get to perform six songs while others get three? Or one? What DOES half-vintage mean?), including a big one from Jake – shouldn’t they start preparing for competition this year?
Oh Jake, you’re so young. So naive.
Brittany doesn’t care – she announces Artie as her running mate and questions Blaine’s citizenship, prompting some frowns from both Blaine and Sam.
Sue schools Will on the reality of teaching – it isn’t just about chasing your dreams and getting the glory. There’s the every day lack of excitement. And ticker tape. And awards. Just think, in a few years he’ll either be an alcoholic, morbidly obese or both. “A full on Charlotte Rae” is what she likes to call it. Will doesn’t seem to like those options.
Sam’s a bit hurt that Brittany didn’t ask him to be her running mate. But she doesn’t want to damage their friendship with politics (like John McClain and his granddaughter, Sarah Palin) so how about some platonic matchmaking of sorts? She introduces Sam to Blaine (“We’ve met. Several times actually.”) as his new running mate.
Blaine isn’t sold on the idea initially but Sam offers the straight vote, the food stamp vote and the always important impressionist aficionado vote. What the heck, thinks Blaine and agrees to take Sam on the ticket. First order of business? A debate.
Over in Vogue Land, Isabelle is running a meeting with her blank-faced staff of Hipsters, while Kurt serves them coffee. The topic of the day – Unexpected Leather. Well, I’m certainly glad Glee moved to a later time slot!
No one has any good ideas – leather underwear? leather socks? a belt for punishment, a belt for reward? Oh. No. The meeting descends into a morass of nothing. Isabelle is floundering as much as her staff, catching Kurt’s quietly disapproving looks of horror. She calls him into her office and asks for his opinion.
“Unexpected leather belongs in the back of the Village Voice.” And it is Kurt!
It turns out Isabelle isn’t a manager, she’s an artist in charge of people and no longer trusts her instincts. As Kurt has an impeccable support system of Good Speeches (Dad and Blaine) and has cut his teeth managing Rachel, he knows how to be a great friend to his new boss. Don’t worry! If everything fails, she can come live with him in Bushwick!
Okay, not helping.
Lima-wise, the fastest campaign for senior body president continues, as polls show people are coming to the debate to hear Brittany say something stupid and Sam is emotionally spiraling into John Wayne impersonations. In order to save their respective campaigns, Artie and Blaine set out to remake some images. Artie coaches Brittany’s answers – and decides to focus on wardrobe. Good move. Blaine’s already there, disposing of Sam’s cute hoodie for something more structured. At least Blaine didn’t make him wear a bow tie.
Hole’s “Celebrity Skin” breaks out as the inner divas of Sam and Brittany break out of their makeovers to rock the vote. The rough vocals and head banging beat make this one of the more enjoyable songs of the new season. It also uses the not-quite-the-best-in-relation-to-the-rest-of-the-cast voices of Heather Morris and Chord Overstreet to great advantage. They charge through the school, enjoy some flag throwing color guard and end up refocused on the task at hand. Winning.
At Show Choir Rules and Regulations Brunch, Will is still uninvolved but he pulls back into the conversation when the Deaf Choir’s leader reveals they’ve lost funding. Money for the arts is drying up and any one of them could be next. Oh! Something finally sparks in Will’s head – blue ribbon panel on funding for the arts? In Washington? Huh…
Uh Will? Don’t you have a job and a fiancée in Lima?