Glee Review: We Can Burn Brighter

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This week on Glee, the New Directions took home the hardware from Sectionals - but Sam and Shelby deserved an award for finally snapping some sense into Quinn, as they convinced her to enjoy the moment and hold on to her youth in "Hold on to Sixteen."

Finally, Blaine and Finn came to terms and, while the latter apparently doesn't need to worry about being bullied anymore after showing his proficiency with the heavy bag, I loved seeing Kurt show some grit of his own as he verbally sparred with the would-be Warbler wooer. He also showed unicorns are not just magical creatures. They are humble, too, as he congratulated Brittany on her victory. 

Blaine and Finn

Santana, meanwhile, was en fuego as usual when she whipped out the little journal she had filled with an array of Sam slams in hopes he would one day return. Great cameo by Smallville's John Schneider as Sam's dad as well. 

Mercedes never shined so bright, either, whether it was her smiling as Sam yelled to her down the crowded school hallway or when she and the Trouble Tones were mashing up Survivor and I Will Survive. While they did the songs serious justice, I could not get past the overly gesticulated choreography. They certainly out-performed the Unitard's "Buenos Aires," which was good but was more a full length solo for Harmony (Lindsay Pearce) than a team effort.

The best team won this week, as every active member save Rory and the three random band members shared the spotlight at one time or another. I loved the progression of Jackson family songs, from the Jackson Five, to Janet and ending with the late great King of Pop himself.

The celebration song "We Are Young" could not have been more fitting. It served as a solid follow up to last season's "Dog Days Are Over" and did well to make me forget the weaker selections this week, such as Sam's rendition of "Red Solo Cup." 

Next week? A holiday episode! This week still? A rundown of the best Glee quotes and Glee music!


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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (204 Votes)

umm, excuse me but i think Rachel was a big part of snapping some sense into Quinn, or that was just me and Tumblr who noticed that??


I think this was by far the best episode of the Season performance wise. Also, I felt this was the best Sectionals ever for a number of reasons. Generally, we've seen Sections become a Rachel Berry one woman show or we see New Directions sing mournful numbers that while causing us to appreciate their journey, also makes Sectionals look like a nesting ground for emotional ruin. However, this time, they sang the Jackson 5's infamous number "ABC" which literally has me re-watching that performance at least three times a day since it aired. Then they ended Sectionals with "Man in the Mirror"...which gave me 10000 more reasons to fall in love with Finn and Blaine. (ABC made me fall head over heels for Mike). This is what Glee is about! Making us get off our feet and sing and dance along and celebrate!


I truely loved the episode. Great singing by all who sang solo parts including FINN( I love his voice). They're back together the TT and ND. All the rift is gone. Tina sang beautifully and so did Mike. Oh my he has really grown me as a singing dancing showman. Quinn sounded beautiful. Kurt was awesome. Glad Sam is back. Love the show can't wait for Xmas episode.


Glad the new directions won, but the troubletones made me lose my breath! Seriously, my only thought was "I wish Brittany would sing more or have a solo dance bit" but Santana and Mercedes were something else! Their voices plus the choreography and Brittany's winning smile at one point is what won me over. (Brittany's smile during the dance bit = jaw drop)


I loved this episode I feel like Glee is back on track after a poor second season, glad the gerber baby didn't go through sectionals, I really have had enough of missus smiley hope thats the end of her, Rory seems a little but wasted if he is just gonna stand and sway in the back ground why limit him to seven episodes. I thought sectionals was handled so well it didn't become the Blaine show without Rachel, everybody got the chance to shine and that was really great!


i loved this episode, Sam's back, everybody get to sing a little bit and I have to say that the more Harry Shum Jr sings the more I love to listen to him. And finaly the Troubletone and the New Direction are now one team. Great !!


A lot of the rudeness that came from the Trouble Tones was from Santana...and her beef with Finn was later resolved... mercedes had the right to leave ND b/c she was constantly singing backup for rachel ( rachel did had the look and voice for maria). The break-up of the New Directions was needed because it showed each group what they were missing. Without the awesomeness of Mike and Britany the dancing for the troubel tones was terrible. Without Rachel, Mercedes, and Santana new directions really lost a lot of vocal talent. AND FINN SUCKED SINGING MAN IN THE MIRROR!!! Why would Ryan let him sing such a powerful number i'm sorry, but i'm glad they got back together.


just WOW!!!
and To the person who writed this reviews, did you sleep when you was watching this show? I think you did, why? because Rachel shoots Quinn with her words twice


when it was anounced that Sam's comin' back, I didn't really care much. and when he showed up, and while talking to rachel, finn and Quinn, I still didn't care. but when he was arguing with Blaine, about his boy band moves, I started to love that guy like never before. with this episode, he became mine top 4th caracter on this show (after Puck, Quinn and santana).


I agreed with Mr. Chang, before he changed his mind. He was right; show business is an EXTREMELY tough career and if this was a realistic high school, none or maybe ONE would actually make it. Just because you don't choose a career in singing doesn't mean you can't sing.

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Glee Season 3 Episode 8 Quotes

I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to enjoy a crisp pickle but couldn't find anyone to suck the lid off the jar.


You smell like Craigslist.