Welcome to the first edition of Gleefully Yours with Chelsea & Sahar! When I persuaded fellow Blogcritics writer Sahar to try out this excellent musical dramedy, she got so enamored with it that she suggested we do a feature together on the subject. I'll be handling the recaps while she focuses more on the music and what it adds/detracts from the show regularly. So let's get started on the episode "Laryngitis," where Rachel learns a valuable lesson thanks to an anvil in the head, and Kurt sings Mellencamp. Even typing that hurts.
Rachel is having a problem: she lost her voice! Apparently all of the other New Directions members have been coasting along after her, but she's the only one still working in the group. When she points this out, Will suggests that they all present a song that expresses how they truly feel inside. We can always count on Will to be so very touchy-feely.
Puck is feeling panicked because his mother shaved off his mohawk, and now no one at school is afraid of him. Really? It was that simple? He even gets thrown into a trash can, which seems ridiculous considering he's still twice the size of the people who toss him in. Anyway, he decides to hook up with Mercedes because now she's the most popular girl in school. Really? Was it because of her "Beautiful" rendition a few weeks ago? That's actually nice. Good for Mercedes, but that probably won't last the episode (foreshadowing!). She agrees to date him because he sings a smoking hot version of "The Lady is a Tramp." Who would've thought that Puck knew Sammy Davis Jr. so well? Or that he had an excellent set of Rat Pack clothing hiding out somewhere in his closet? Needless to say it works. Come on ladies, who wouldn't that work on?
Quinn warns Mercedes that he's just using her, but Mercedes doesn't seem to mind. He's being relatively sweet to her and she enjoys his attention. Quinn and Puck apparently are not actually dating as everyone thought they were, although she is living with him until the baby comes. Ooookay. The real problem is that Santana gets obsessively jealous over Puck. Only she never showed that jealousy with Quinn in the past few weeks, but okay, fine. The two sing "The Boy Is Mine." Oh the late 90's, how I've missed you. They also sing it in front of the whole Glee club, which is so awkward that even Will goes WTF?