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The studio execs at Fox might want to consider giving the Glee creators 30 extra minutes to play around with every week, because the 90-minute episode this week was quintessential Glee at its best. Great songs. Great story. It just worked.

This week the kids are just a few weeks from the national competition in New York and are preparing by practicing their dance moves when clumsy Finn knocks Rachel in the face and breaks her nose. While in the emergency room the doctor recommends she use this opportunity to get rid of her Jewish schnoz with plastic surgery. This leads the entire Glee clan on journey through self acceptance.

Mr. Shu assigns the kids to sing songs about acceptance in order to help force some self esteem on his students. Quinn and Rachel duet on a “Unpretty”/”I Feel Pretty” mash-up (more on this amazingness later). And Finn stumbles through a full dance number with Mike Chang as he sings Sammy Davis Jr.’s “I’ve Gotta Be Me” (the best Cory Monteith’s sounded yet, by the way) to showcase his accepting the fact that he can’t dance.

While Rachel is deciding if she wants to go under the knife for beauty, guidance counselor Emma fights Mr. Shu over accepting she has OCD. In order to keep her lesbianism from becoming common knowledge, Santana pairs with fellow closet case Dave Karofsky to bring Kurt back to McKinley to curry favor so they’ll win prom king and queen. Speaking of prom, Lauren pairs with Puck in a campaign to derail Quinn and make Lauren prom queen. Their plan also goes off the rails when Lauren posts photos of Quinn in middle school when she’s twice as big with freckles and a pony tail, but the photos somehow help Quinn’s bid for queen rather than make her chances worse.

In the end Kurt returns (to a beautiful goodbye from the Warblers who sang “Somewhere Only We Know” in McKinley’s quad) and  cements the occasion with his brilliant falsetto on “As If We Never Said Goodbye” for Mr. Shu’s acceptance assignment. Emma goes to a shrink and starts on medication, signaling her long road to recovery. Rachel decides to not get the nose job, a decision pushed by a amazing Barbara centric flash dance scene at the mall led by Kurt and Puck. And we close with the highly anticipated Lady Gaga “Born This Way” remake, the kids sporting shirts that boldly showcase their “difference.” My faves? Kurt: “Likes Boys” Mercedes: “No Weave” Brittany: “I’m With Stoopid” (with an arrow pointing at her head) Puck: “I’m With Stupid” (with an arrow pointing to his crotch). Oh, and and by the way, their remake of “Born This Way” was AMAZING!

And that’s what you missed on…GLEE!

Fave moment: I love it when Kurt’s dad gets all upset for his gay son. Makes me wish I had a dad when I was I young with that much conviction for making my life better. And this beard situation with Santana and Karofsky is interesting. I’m leaning towards liking it, but I’m not sure what to think yet, so we’ll see where it goes. But my all time fave moment from this episode is  Kurt’s return to McKinley. It’s about damn time!

Annoying moment: So, what happens if Santana and Karofsky win prom king and queen? (Hypothetically speaking of course. We already know who the prom king and queen are because of a big mouth extra.) Does that mean Karofsky gets to got back to beating up on Kurt again? And PFLAG’s aren’t started at schools, Gay Straight Alliances are, but I’m liking the effort on Kurt’s part. Also I’m liking this whole bully patrol thing, but it rings false since it’s under the guise of this Santana scam. I wish they wouldn’t have gone that route with the storyline.

Fave quote: Ms. Santana’s  witty beauties dominated this episode. Here are my three faves…

“The only straight I am is straight up bitch.”

“You’re what we call a late-in-life gay. You’re going to stay in the closet, get married, get drunk to have relations with your wife, have a couple kids, maybe become a state senator or a deacon and then get caught in the men’s room tapping your foot with some page.”

“Have you ever heard of the term beards? It’s when a gay man and woman date each other to hide the fact that they’re gay. Like the Roosevelts.”

Fave song: There was so many great musical moments in this episode. I definitely loved the “Born This Way” remake, especially how much it featured Kurt. The “Unpretty”/”I Feel Pretty” mash-up was phenomenal. And Chris Colfer’s “As If We Never Said Goodbye” (from the iconic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Sunset Boulevard”) gave me goosebumps.

You can watch full episodes of Glee here.

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