Warbler Ramblings: ‘Glee’ Singer Rilan Recaps ‘Jagged Little Tapestry’
'Chemical' singer Rilan -- who's also part of the Warblers on 'Glee' this season -- is watching 'Glee' every week and writing recaps of each episode exclusively for PopCrush! Below is his take on the latest episode of 2015. Stay tuned to PopCrush for more 'Glee' guest columns from the rising pop artist.
And here we are again recapping last night’s gleeful television event. Episode three of the farewell season of 'Glee' is called 'Jagged Little Tapestry,' a mashup of two of the most iconic breakup albums of the twentieth century: Alanis Morissette’s 'Jagged Little Pill' and Carole King’s 'Tapestry.'
Within the first minute of the episode, Gleeks get exactly what they have been hoping for this season: a Klaine duet. While both shopping for sheet music for their respective glee clubs, Blaine and Kurt sing Carole King’s 'It's Too Late,' complete with uncomfortable affection between Blaine and new beau Karofsky and flashbacks of the Klaine glory days at Dalton. Inspired by his musical fantasy, Kurt and Rachel decide to teach the New Directions the power of the mashup in this week’s lesson.
At McKinley, Sam questions a testy Coach Beest on her recent absences while new footballer Spencer is denied the position of quarterback. In the glee club's first official meeting of the school year, co-directors Rachel and Kurt welcome members Jane, Madison, Mason and Roderick with the help of Quinn, Tina, Brittany, Santana and Puck and give them their first assignment: a King-Morissette mashup. Tina and Quinn run into Becky, who asks for their help in fooling her new boyfriend, Daryl, that she can sing. We get our first sentimental Brittana moment of the season as the couple lies in bed daydreaming about moving to New York City and attending college together. They end the conversation with some heartfelt 'I Love Yous.'
Brittany and Santana awe and shock the New Directions the next day with their mashup of 'Hand in My Pocket' and 'I Feel the Earth Move,' along with a surprise marriage proposal. Everyone is thrilled except for Kurt, who blurts out that he and Blaine’s failed engagement is evidence that they are all too young for marriage. As a bitter Spencer suggests to Sue that Sam coach the football team instead of Coach Beest, Santana lays into Kurt with bullets for words as to why he and Blaine did not work out. Quite honestly, her harsh humored monologue is the best part of the episode. It certainly had me audibly laughing. Quinn, Tina, Sue and a surprise return by NeNe Leakes' character, Coach Roz, interrogate Daryl on his intentions with Becky, to which he responds perfectly and sincerely.
Back in glee club, new members Jane and Mason perform their mashup of 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow' and 'Head Over Feet,' which is simple and beautiful, and frankly my favorite performance of the night. Rachel praises them while Kurt, still hurting from his thoughts of Blaine, criticizes the performance as amateur before storming home. To our surprise, Coach Beest reveals to Sue that she has cancer, and Sue genuinely responds that she will do all in her power to help. While Quinn, Tina and Becky attempt a trio of Carole King’s 'So Far Away' for the New Directions, Sue and Daryl, Becky refuses to sing and runs away. Tina, Santana, Brittany and Quinn console her and convince Becky to tell Daryl the truth about herself as they can all see how much he cares for her.
Kurt apologizes to Rachel for his behavior in glee club, and Rachel kindly accepts, informing a now proud Kurt that Jane and Mason both appreciated his critique and personally asked Rachel if they could be pushed to work as hard as the previous members of the New Directions. In Sue's office, Coach Beest surprises Sue and Sam with the good news that she does not have cancer. Instead of cancer treatment, her prescribed medication is for gender reassignment surgery. As she plans for her surgery outside of school, she appoints Sam to head football coach, and Sue informs Coach Beest that should she choose to return to McKinley, her job will always be open for her. To celebrate a successful yet emotional week of learning to work together, the New Directions gear up for their road to sectionals by performing one more mashup all together, this time to 'You Learn' and 'You’ve Got a Friend.' They celebrate, hug, and the episode ends.
This one was quite the whirlwind of emotions, from loss to love to self-love. 'Jagged Little Tapestry' is full of mushy-gushy love and certainly sent warm fuzzies into the hearts of Gleeks around the world. I am certainly looking forward to seeing Sue’s diabolical plans come into fruition next episode. Until then, have a great weekend. Your inside 'Glee'-man, signing off.
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