Taking the leap and setting aside these complaints, we next get to see Quinn, Santana, and Brittany reunited for "Come See About Me." It's a great number for them, and it does feel like other pieces that they have done in the past. It may not be necessary to school the students with it, but it's enjoyable for the audience. I also like when the cracks do show between Quinn and Santana, not sweeping any drama under the rug, and acknowledging that, although they are friends, their relationship isn't perfect.
Kitty's (Becca Tobin) obsession with Quinn is weird and creepy. Weren't they in school together? Surely, Kitty isn't a freshman this year, given her social and cheerleading standing. Her character comes out of nowhere enough as it is, as it would have been better to set her up at least a year earlier, but her fawning over Quinn seems completely out of character. Kitty is a confident, manipulative girl. She shouldn't be defining her life based on someone else.
Thankfully, everything else set at the high school goes pretty smoothly. We get some more nice Jake (Jacob Artist) / Ryder (Blake Jenner) bonding, and a callback Brittany joke about Unique (Alex Newell) and Mercedes. Then it's time for Sectionals!
The Warblers are back in peak form with "Whistle" and "Live While We're Young." During their recent attempt to recruit Blaine (Darren Criss), the music falls flat, but "Thanksgiving" proves that they still have it.
This is what the group is known for, and why fans of Glee worship them. Fantastic performance!
And then there's the other group, The Rosedale Mennonites. Their "Over the River and Through the Wood" / "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain" is entertaining and fun, but the whole thing smacks a bit of bigotry. Glee often tosses in goofy, cartoonish characters, but for some reason, this time it feels more wrong and mean spirited than previous efforts.
The Sectionals section of the episode ends with the New Directions taking the stage for their first number, "Gangnam Style." Setting aside what a silly song it is for the group to do, because it is currently a viral sensation, and it does seem like something Finn would pick, practically everything about it is awkward. From the Ryder / Jake / Marley (Melissa Benoist) lead up, to the camera editing that seems to cheat the big dance moves, it just doesn't quite work. The vocals are decent, and Tina actually ends up being a good choice for the opening solo, but it things don't come together as we would normally expect from these kids.