Kurt has become that guy that spends his free time roaming the halls of his former high school. He’s also working at the Lima Bean – just as Sebastian prophesied last season. Though he sounds determined to re-apply to NYADA, he’s a little directionless at the moment. During a McKinley visit, Sue introduces him to our second new character Kitty a.k.a. The New Quinn. She pulls off nasty just fine, but doesn’t get much to do in this episode.
Unique enters the choir room having officially transferred to McKinley to join the New Directions. Only, Tina and Blaine don’t seem too keen on this idea. They both want to be the new Rachel so badly that they’ve seemed to forgotten the actual Rachel left along with half of the Glee club, and they need more than seven members to even compete in competitions.
In one of those rare Glee-is-actually-a-comedy moments, those vying for the title of The New Rachel decide to solve it, in Blaine’s words, “Thunderdome style” to a “Call Me Maybe”-off. Despite this being a competition, Tina, Blaine, Unique, and Brittany look like they’re having a lot of fun together performing for Artie’s attention. If Glee’s insistent on having a New Direction’s Captain, why couldn’t they have turned it into a friendly competition? Was it really necessary to make them all look terrible to prop up a soon-to-be-introduced character?
There’s a quick NYADA interlude where we see Cassandra spiking her smoothie. Of course. Moving on.
We meet Marley a.k.a. The (Real) New Rachel in the cafeteria where the New Directions have forgotten everything glee club taught them over the past three years. First, the glee kids tell Unique to take off her makeup because she can’t be herself outside of performances. Then, they proceed to make fun of the new lunch lady who also happens to be Marley’s mother. And they’re sitting the jocks, which seems off after New Directions years of extracting slushies from their sweaters because of them. Marley’s mom a.k.a. The New Burt Hummel is nothing but supportive of her daughter and just wants her to make it into Glee, no matter how rude the club is now.
We go back to New York where Cassandra decides to cover up the alcohol on her breath by doing a great mash-up of “Americano” and “Dance Again.” It’s fun, and it really shows off how beautiful the NYADA set is. But am I the only one who wants to know how Rachel’s other classes are going? Are we really going to see her in Dance week after week?