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“Glee:” Satisfaction Delivered

December 10th, 2009 by Rebecca Harper Editor

The Glee writers didn’t hold back in this week’s fall finale, “Sectionals“. The glee club was on their way to sectionals sans their head coach, Mr. Schuester; things finally came to a head with Finn and his pregnant girlfriend, Quinn; Emma Pillsbury postponed her wedding a few hours in order to go to Sectionals; and Mr. Shue finally got his comeuppance with Cheerios coach Sue Sylvester. Here’s a look back at the music (and just a little of the drama) from “Sectionals.” — Rebecca Harper (), Editor

“And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”
With Mr. Schuester out of the picture for sectionals, Miss Pillsbury filled in and gave Mercedes a chance to audition for a chance to perform a ballad solo. To show Rachel — the self-appointed ballad queen of New Directions — that she can hit the high notes, Mercedes tackled “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” the torch song originally performed by Jennifer Holliday in Dreamgirls (more recently made a Top 20 single by Jennifer Hudson). Needless to say, McKinley’s reigning diva knocked this one out of the park, and even Rachel had to admit Mercedes earned the right to the solo at sectionals.

“Don’t Rain On My Parade/Satisfaction”
Once McKinley High’s New Directions arrived at sectionals, the club received a rude awakening: The girls at Jane Adams got a sneak peek at their set list (thanks to Cheerios coach Sue Sylvester back in “Hairography“) and chose the same numbers, even performing “Proud Mary” in wheelchairs. Making things worse, the deaf choir from Havenhurst did a tear-jerking rendition of “Don’t Stop Believing.” On that note, our gleeks are in serious trouble.

Leave it to Finn to come up with a plan to save the day: he sent Rachel out to do “Don’t Rain on My Parade.” Originally sung by Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl, it’s a number Rachel had been practicing since she was 4 years old — and a chance for Lea Michele (“Rachel”) to show off what got her the lead in the Broadway musical Spring Awakening. As Rachel made her big finish, standing “O” and all, her teammates join her onstage to take on The Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction.”

“My Life Would Suck Without You”
Back at the school, following sectionals, Mr. Schue took Sue’s nefarious dealings to the principal’s office and got the Cheerios coach kicked out of the program. Principal Figgins had Will reinstated as glee club director, but on her way out, Sue warned Will that he had woken a sleeping giant: “prepare to be crushed.” Arriving back at the rehearsal room — just in time to learn how the team did at sectionals — he’s treated to a song the kids put together in his honor, Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You,” to pay homage to all of this season’s performances. (Spoiler alert: this clip contains major spoilers if you missed last night’s episode.)

This episode contained hits from the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s and 2000s. Which one was your favorite?

Last comment: Oct 20th 2017 2 Comments
  • Glee Fox says:

    I miss the days of Glee’s season 1. The guests were more subtle and it was more about the story line.

  • Serene Flax says:

    So smashing, so successful and absolutely riveting that I’ve already watched Rachel and the group at least six times – can’t get enough of Lea Michele and the finale of the
    sectionals.
    Fabulous entertainment! They’ve pulled out all the stops!

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