It was prom night on last night's episode of Glee, with New Directions rising to the occasion when the dance's entertainment pulled out at the last minute. In addition, a surprising King and Queen were crowned, and Rachel dealt with the return of her ex-boyfriend, Jesse St. James.
To help make sense of the episode, we have a panel of musical theater and pop culture buffs—Meghan Brown and Kevin Fallon—to provide their takes on how realistic the show feels, how well the romances develop, and of course, how good the musical numbers are.
Here's what they had to say:
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Kevin Fallon (writer and producer for The Atlantic's Entertainment channel): Prom is just the worst, isn't it? I mean it's the best—but it's the worst. First of all, there's the music: you think you're going to be dancing to the sweet tunes of Air Supply, but then they cancel and you're forced to get your groove on to the stylings of ... your high school's show choir. The night always kicks off with that unfathomably awful, ubiquitous hit of the moment, and everyone gets irrationally excited and forgets the song is terrible. At my prom it was "Hollaback Girl;" for Glee it's Rebecca's Black's "Friday." But then, magically, the DJ plays something that perfectly captures the moment. Lea Michele's version of "Jar of Hearts" was haunting and filmed gorgeously, perfectly capturing Rachel's bittersweet feelings that night.