Glee is back! Except it’s not exactly Glee, but some brand new entity where the New Directions are bullies and Rachel is by herself on a completely different show. After months and months of Fox and Co. reassuring the audience that it would be the same old Glee they didn’t quite follow through on their promise.
The episode begins in New York with the much-hyped Cassandra July picking on the NYADA freshman in Dance 101. Naturally, she singles out Rachel. And hey, is Dianna Agron’s name missing from the credits? And Jayma Mays? Interesting.
We quickly move back to McKinley where Jacob Ben Israel provides us with his annual “here’s all the stuff that happened that we don’t feel like showing you” update. Mike and Tina apparently broke up (RIP former longest running glee club romance) and the New Directions are popular following their victory at Nationals. They’re also jerks. I’ll refrain from using profanity in this recap, but there are a lot of not-so-nice adjectives that can be used to describe their new-found attitudes.
In an effort to connect these two oh-so-separate worlds, we cut to Rachel watching Jacob Ben Israel’s blog from her NYC dorm room. Rachel is homesick. She misses Kurt and Finn, and New York just isn’t the wonder city of her dreams.
While in the co-ed dorm bathroom, Rachel hears someone singing “Sister Christian” in the shower. Thankfully in the Glee universe people regularly overhear men singing awesomely over the top ’80s tunes. Brody a.k.a. The New Finn pops out of the shower amidst a cloud of steam and as far as objectifying character intros go, I must admit this is one of my favorites. He has adorable chemistry with Rachel right off the bat and genuinely seems like a nice guy. They even have similar moisturizing routines. Adorable.