FOX's Glee finally returns with "Pot O' Gold." Brittany (Heather Morris) thinks the new Irish exchange student living with her, Rory Flanagan (The Glee Project co-winner Damian McGinty), is a leprechaun. Santana (Naya Rivera) uses that to her advantage to get Brittany, now her girlfriend, to leave the New Directions with her and defect to Shelby's (Idina Menzel) group. Tossed aside, and exposed as non-magical, Rory is sad and bullied. Until Finn (Cory Monteith) befriends him and brings him over to the New Directions.
Damian is laying on his accent a bit thick in Glee. He was understandable during the reality show this summer, but sometimes one must strain to pick out the words that his new character is saying. The songs chosen for Rory in this episode also fall flat. "Bein' Green," a classic, has weird phrasing. In "Take Care of Yourself," Rory jumps into an odd falsetto. Neither work really well. Which means a very odd, weak opening for someone that should be a really cool character.
Also lame is Quinn's (Dianna Agron) plot to steal baby Beth back from Shelby. In "Pot O'Gold," Quinn places dangerous and illegal items in Shelby's house, than calls family services to report her. Luckily for Shelby, Puck (Mark Salling) has an affection for her, and removes the offending objects, with Shelby none the wiser about the plot. Quinn will try again, surely, but Puck won't be a part of it next time. Wanting her baby back makes sense for Quinn, who doesn't have a lot going on otherwise, and has been looking for direction. However, it's a huge step down for the character, who is no longer interesting, merely evil. For now.
It is no surprise that Puck ends up kissing Shelby at the end of "Pot O' Gold." Anyone with eyeballs can see the smooch coming from a mile away, especially when Puck croons "Waiting for a Girl Like You" to Beth in front of Shelby. Feelings about the budding relationship, though, are mixed. Puck is a senior, and Shelby works at his school. True, Shelby only teaches a glee club, which Puck isn't a part of. And Puck is probably eighteen. Plus, Puck already has a track record of going for cougars, of which Shelby might qualify, albeit she is much classier and less slutty than the typical one. Still, there's something vaguely creepy about a student and an older woman. Please drop the Mrs. Robinson story line!