Glee S6 E4 “The Hurt Locker Part One”

It’s time for the Invitational to begin! The New New Directions – with Kurt and Rachel – sit in the audience with Blaine and the Warblers. On stage, VA stretch before their big number. Will – now stoked with the fire of anger and “Oh yeah? I don’t think so!” – pep talks his team, who barely acknowledge his presence.

Clint: “Don’t touch me.”

He gives a fiery speech about owning the stage and still can’t make these autobots blink. No one will even show circle. It’s almost heartbreaking.

VA Disembodied Voice: “We don’t like you.”

Will does an “amazing!” all by himself. Wow, how the mighty have fallen.

Sue introduces the start of the Invitational with a “Welcome to the Hunger Games,” which seems about right.

Rachel takes one look at VA as the curtain opens, and knows this isn’t the performance where they go easy on her kids.

And it’s really really not.

Vocal Adrenalin kicks off with The B-52’s cracky “Rock Lobster,” complete with hot synchronized dancing, then follow that up with Devo’s “Whip It.”  They are cold, souless, and perfectly in step.

Costume changes? Acrobats? The Warblers weep as New New Directions stare in abject horror. Rachel can’t watch as Kurt and Blaine exchange tight-lipped looks. One is reminded of the first time we – and Original New Directions – first got a look at this group.

It’s a confidence massacre.

Begrudging applause follows. No one looks like they think they can beat VA – and Rachel looks pissed.

Uh oh.

This episode was cracky fun, a ride through six years of insults, plot twists, forgotten Glee members, and everything we love to hate and hate to love. Glee remains one of the most self-aware shows on television, and they know exactly how much dedication it takes fans to follow along. And for all the ire and mentions in their Twitter streams, they know the fans wouldn’t still be hanging on – and experiencing these emotions – if they didn’t care.

We’re all trudging to the end of the line, indignant and teary at once. And Sue is the writers, leaving a trail you can’t help but follow.

What new machinations will Sue stoop to next week? I can’t wait to find out.

Sue is on a mission.

Sue is on a mission.

Tere’s Episode Round-up:

What made me laugh: Bizarro Figgins, Sue’s rants and her Hurt Locker. Sam under hypnosis. Dave’s hysterical fear of bears.

What made me sniffle: No tears, just laughter.

What made me side-eye: Rachel, I get what you’re doing but stop guilting people into throwing the competition!

What I’m listening to on repeat: “Bitch,” because Jane Lynch can never sing enough in my opinion.

What I’m looking forward to next week: You guys. You guys! (You saw the promo, you know!)



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