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Glee Music Recap: “Wheels” Worth the Wait?

November 12th, 2009 by Rebecca Harper Editor

We had to wait three weeks for the latest episode of Glee, so the question is — was “Wheels” worth the wait? We saw a kinder, gentler side of the usually merciless Sue (courtesy of some cheerleader tryouts); plus the glee-ks got a taste of life Artie-style when Mr. Schuester forced the singers to spend three hours a day in wheelchairs. On the pregnancy front, an expecting Quinn laid down the lawn with Finn, telling him he needed to pay up if he’s going to be a father; meanwhile, the true baby-daddy, Puck, came up with a get-rich-quick scheme to prove that he’s the responsible one and help the entire glee club get to sectionals on the same bus. And finally, there was a diva-off when Kurt set his sights on taking the lead — from Rachel, no less — with a rendition of “Defying Gravity” from the Broadway musical “Wicked.” But enough of the plot, here are the winning numbers from last night’s Glee. — Rebecca Harper (), Editor

“Dancing With Myself”
When we think of the 1981 Billy Idol hit “Dancing with Myself,” we don’t think acoustic guitar. (Fun fact: Billy Idol originally released this song as a member of the band Generation X; he went on to hit the jackpot when he released a pop version as a solo artist.) But wheelchair-bound Artie sang us a sensitive version as he rolled through the halls of McKinley High and cast wistful eyes at stuttering Tina in the cafeteria.

“Defying Gravity”
Mr. Schue got Kurt’s attention when he told the club the had to go a more traditional route and sing “Defying Gravity” from Wicked. After all, Kurt has an iPod playlist dedicated exclusively to songs from the Broadway show. But coach had Rachel in mind — and good thing, because it’s her go-to shower song and ringtone — and wouldn’t budge until Kurt’s dad got involved, claiming his son was being discriminated against because of his gender. The only way to settle things? A diva-off, where Kurt and Rachel sang for the rest of the club. Whomever hit the High F and won their fellow glee-ks’ votes would get the lead. Listening to this clip, it’s clear one of them threw the competition.

“Proud Mary”
This one’s for Artie: the grand “Proud Mary” finale made full use of the wheelchairs Mr. Schue picked up for a song (pun intended) at the St. Ignatius thrift store. The glee-ks bopped and rolled across the stage in an upbeat rendition of the Creedence Clearwater Revival/Tina Turner classic, giving due respect to their “handicapable” friend.

See the full episode here and tell us what you think: did “Wheels” deliver? Which musical number was your favorite?

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  • Slappey says:

    TOTALLY worth it – if only for the (why I never saw this before I’ll never know) connection between “Defying Gravity” and Kurt’s character’s (and mine) struggle with self-identification and acceptance. As a result, I’ve now replaced (well, not really REPLACED but I have two versions now) the WIcked cast version with Lea and Chris’s on my iPod.

    I wasn’t expecting Sue’s character to actually BE human, even though we got a short glance at her humanity a few weeks ago when she got crushed by the evil anchor man. But her dedication to her sister made me weepy.

    And if that wasn’t enough for an all out ugly bawl, Kurt’s empathy for his dad’s feelings really brought out my inner crybaby.

    I thought it was a great, fun episode (partly because Shue’s meaney, selfish, WICKED wife was absent – but I missed Jayma) and it left me singing … “you won’t bring me down … “.