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Glee Episode: "Special Education"

Season 2, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: Will lays out a new direction for New Directions as Sectionals approach, and not all the kids are happy about it. Teen romances (Finn-Rachel, Artie-Brittany) also begin to fray, but Emma and Carl grow closer. And Kurt struggles to fit in as a Warbler.
Original Air Date: Nov 30, 2010
Guest Cast John Stamos: Dr. Carl James Earl: Azimio Eddy Martin: David Ashley Fink: Lauren Zizes Max Adler: Karofsky
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Season 2, Episode 9
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Length: 43:55
Aired: 11/30/2010
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Glee Episode Recap: "Special Education" Season 2, Episode 9

In this week's episode of Glee, New Directions heads to sectionals, where Kurt is now their competition. Meanwhile, the young couples of the glee club are faced with troubles, while Emma and Carl (John Stamos) take the next step in their relationship.

The episode opens on Will inviting Emma to sectionals as his plus one. Emma calls him out for doing the same old routine during competitions. She doesn't want him to ignore the lesser players in New Directions.

Will decides to change things up, giving the solo to Quinn and Sam rather than Finn and Rachel. During the ensuing argument, Santana reveals that she slept with Finn. Finn and Rachel try to work through their problems by having a counseling session with Emma, but it doesn't go over well.

Because New Directions is a member short without Kurt, Will enlists Puck's help to find someone to join the club. Puck sets his sights on the football team, but they decline and decide to make an example of him by locking him in a port-a-potty. Twenty-four hours later, he's rescued by Lauren, who got Principal Figgins sick a few episodes back. She agrees to join the glee club, enabling New Directions to compete at sectionals.

Elsewhere, Kurt heads to his first Warbler session. He's hungry and eager to share his ideas, but the council, which is run by upperclassmen, immediately shoots him down. Instead, Kurt is offered an audition for a solo. He goes to Rachel for help and the pair sings "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," from Evita, which Kurt uses for his audition. Unfortunately, the song doesn't impress the Warblers, who pride themselves in being a team.

Brittany and Mike as tapped to be the lead dancers during sectionals, which stresses Brittany out. To calm her nerves, Artie offers her his magic comb. It's endearing that he knows this Jedi-like mind trick will work on her. However, Tina later stresses Artie out, saying that Brittany and Mike are probably hooking up rather than rehearsing.

The glee club heads to sectionals, but Emma isn't joining them. She decided to be honest with Carl, telling him that it was Will who invited her to the competition. Their ensuing fight turned into them professing their love for each other, so she has to let go of Will for good.

The Hipsters open the sectionals competition with "The Living Years," by Mike & The Mechanics. The Warblers follow with "Hey, Soul Sister," by Train. Just before New Directions take the stage, many of the club members lose it. Artie thinks Brittany has cheated on him, and Rachel freaks out that the whole club knew about Santana sleeping with Finn. Will kicks them back into gear, and just before they perform, Brittany says she didn't cheat, but she did lose Artie's magic comb. Cute.

Quinn and Sam kick off their set with "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," from Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes (very fitting after Dirty Dancing's Jennifer Grey won Dancing with the Stars last week). Santana takes center stage next with The Zutons' "Valerie," while Mike and Brittany wow the crowd with their rocking dance moves. I really could just watch them dance all day. New Directions and the Warblers tie, meaning they're both going to regionals.

After returning from the competition, Will shows Emma the sparkling new trophy, which doesn't compare to the even more sparkling wedding ring on her finger. Carl took her to Vegas over the weekend and they got hitched, which means it's really the end for Emma and Will. Speaking of relationships ending, Rachel admits to Finn that when she found out about Santana, she hooked up with Puck. Finn is totally destroyed, and he dumps her on the spot.

The episode closes on Tina and Mercedes — two characters who haven't had much screen time lately — singing "Dog Days Are Over," by Florence and the Machine. I really wish Glee would find another way to end an episode instead of always closing on a song. Sometimes we need a cliffhanger or something. Here's hoping we'll see that in next week's Christmas-themed episode, which marks the last episode of Glee this year.

Some other quick thoughts:

-Kurt and Rachel had some sincere moments in the episode. I almost forgot how annoying Rachel normally is.

-Brittany goes to motocross practice? Is there anything she can't do?

-At last year's sectionals, the glee club worried about keeping up with the choreography-heavy Vocal Adrenaline. Now, their only real competition is the robotic Warblers, who have no individuality, something Kurt will continue to struggle with, I'm sure.

You've heard my thoughts, now hit the comments with you own. Will Kurt find a way to fit in with the Warblers? How long do you think Finn and Rachel will be broken up? Will Emma's new marriage last?

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In this week's episode of Glee, New Directions heads to sectionals, where Kurt is now their competition. Meanwhile, the young couples of the glee club are faced with troubles, while Emma and Carl (John Stamos) take the next step in their relationship.

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