Glee Review: "Wheels"

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This wasn't our favorite episode of Glee.

For starters, it simply wasn't that funny. The subject matter was more serious than usual, we understand. But throw us a ridiculous Sue Sylvester quote or two! We watch this show to laugh more than anything.

We've recapped "Wheels" in full and will now explain our main issues with the episode...

A Wicked Mistake: For characters that claimed to be Wicked experts, Kurt and Rachel overlooked a key component of "Defying Gravity," the song over which they argued and competed: it's a duet! Yes, one part takes on the lead role, but there's plenty of room for two singers. We couldn't get this thought out of our heads as the pair clashed over who would represent the club at sectionals on the single.

Wheelchairs Galore

Sue Us... for saying this, but did we really need to be hit over the head so hard by Sue's soft side? This is a character we've loved to hate and laugh at/with. We would have been happy never seeing another side to her, but we understand the need to showcase one.

Still, the show could have handled it in a more subtle way. Jane Lynch was great in the scene with Sue's mentally challenged sister, but it felt heavy-handed. If Sylvester isn't back to cracking wise and making inappropriate judgments next week, we'll be very unhappy.

Pregnancy Problem: Both pregnancy storylines on the show are annoying enough (safe to say, we didn't miss Terri at all last night), but now we're really steamed: Can anyone explain why Quinn is staying with Finn? To save his friendship with Puck? As evidenced last night, Puck actually makes a more responsible father; and he and Quinn have better chemistry than she and Finn.

Puck had it right when he said Finn would eventually get over his friend's betrayal. But even if he doesn't, shouldn't the baby's future take priority here?

Overall, of course, even a subpar Glee episode beats most other shows on TV. It still had great music and it still featured the following great quotes:

Puck: $1,200. That's enough for the short bus and two cases of Natty Light for the ride home. | permalink
Sue: You think this was hard? Try auditioning for Baywatch and being told they're going in another direction. That was hard. | permalink
Artie: I wanna be very clear: I still have the use of my penis. | permalink
Rachel: Maybe one of these days you'll find a way to create teachable moments without ruining my life. | permalink

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Favorite episode to date. That is all. :)


I totally agree with PT!


i liked this episode. if i'm gonna be an ass and be logical about, how come the school didn't have money for the bus to the sectionals but they had the funds for a wheelchair accessible set for the last number...? hahaha! just thoughts to ponder on, as well as "defying gravity" being a duet that had to be fought over by only two people. but this is TV and i still like gLee. YAY GLEE! :-)


I have to agree with the other comments so far - I LOVED THIS EPISODE! It may not have had the funny bits that previous episodes have had, but the character development was awesome! We finally have a reason to want Quinn and Puck to get together, we got to know Artie and Tina better, we got to see Kurt and his dad interact...I thought this was a terrific episode! And seeing Sue with her sister, it brought on the tears, it was so beautiful. I have no doubt that next week will be lighter, more jokes and everything, but now we have this background on some of the more minor characters so the story lines can move along and Glee can get even better!


I (almost) totally disagree - this was my favorite to date! I just watched it again and loved the entire show, with the exception that you pointed out of Defying Gravity being a duet. Other than that, this was a truly wonderful episode. Kurt blowing the diva-off for his dad, Tina confessing her lie and Artie's reaction, and Sue and her sister were just truly beautiful moments. And I know that some folks elsewhere are not happy about the ending number in wheelchairs, but the song is so great, they sang the HECK out of it, and when it was over, the camaraderie was so special I actually cried. This was a an A+ in my book...


I don't understand why you didn't like this one so hard. I thought the bits with Kurt and his dad were awesome and fabulous, I liked the development of Artie and his interaction with Tina, and I thought the moments between Puck and Quinn were sweet. We've spent so much of the show focusing on Rachel and Finn and Will (much as I adore Matthew Morrison and his voice), it was great to have everyone else have a few more lines and something to *do*. Honestly, I think the Sue Sylvester zingers are better when they come out of nowhere a few at a time.

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Rachel [on Defying Gravity]

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