Our panel weighs in on this week's episode, which was a tribute to Fleetwood Mac
After tributes to Britney Spears, Madonna, and Lady Gaga, Glee took a detour last night from paying homage to pop princesses and instead devoted the entire episode to songs from Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album. The episode also marked the return of Kristin Chenoweth as April Rhodes, and, after sitting out last week's supersized outing, Sue—who came back as ruthless as ever.
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): Kristin Chenoweth's April Rhodes had barely just returned to Ohio from her disastrous Broadway run in an all-white production of The Wiz, yet she could already diagnose New Directions' problems. Love triangles, sexual confusion, betrayal: The club's "got a touch of the Mac," the Fleetwood Mac! All it takes is the loosest connection to spur an episode of Glee, because—lookee there!—Mr. Schuester just happened to be the last suburban male in America to own a record player. And his Rumours LP isn't buried in a box in the attic. It's right there in the living room! Well call the Fleetwood Mac royalty lawyers, and cue up a "Dreams" duet with Chenoweth, because we've got ourselves an episode theme. (The duet, as is the Cheno way, was superb.)
Of course, the word "subtle" doesn't exist in the world of Glee. Because it's not just Rumours that gets a lot of play this week, it's also lowercase "r," no "u" rumors—gossip and secrets. You see, Sue revamped the school's newspaper with a Blind Items column: "We're no longer concerned with facts, fact checking, integrity, or facts," she tells a never-funnier Terri. "If I heard it, it's probably true—or something." Well, wouldn't you know it, all that gossiping and "rumors startin'" (Lindsay Lohan, anyone?) is tearing the glee club apart! And the only cure is for everyone to sing out their feelings to the tune of Nicks and Buckingham.