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Glee Episode: "The Purple Piano Project"

Season 3, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: As Season 3 begins, the glee kids are down in the dumps following their loss at Regionals, so Will assigns them a project to get them back on track. Meanwhile, Blaine considers a transfer to McKinley; and Ms. Sylvester wants to go to Washington: Sue's running for Congress.
Original Air Date: Sep 20, 2011
Guest Cast Bill A. Jones: Rod Remington Vanessa Lengies: Sugar Motta Ashley Fink: Lauren Zizes LaMarcus Tinker: Marcus Lauren Potter: Becky Johnson
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Season 3, Episode 1
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Length: 43:48
Aired: 9/20/2011
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Glee Episode Recap: "The Purple Piano Project" Season 3, Episode 1

Glee is back in session!

New Directions has returned to McKinley High after a summer away and much has changed. For one, it's senior year for many — except Artie and Tina, as far as we know — so it's time for the gang to start making plans for their future. Let's take a look at their plans, based on the season premiere:

Sue: She's running for congress and decides champion an anti-arts platform, which is bound to make Will's life a living hell.

Will: His sex life hasn't gotten any better with mysophobe Emma. He's also desperate for New Directions to finally win a competition, but when he hears Sue is trying to take everything away from him, he plans a viral attack on her that inadvertently helps her in the polls. 

New Directions: In an attempt to bring in new blood, they sing The Go-Gos' "We Got the Beat" as part of Will's purple piano assignment. Though the song ends in a food fight, one person does decide to audition. Sugar has "self-diagnosed Aspergers" and definitely speaks her mind, she just happens to be the first truly tone deaf person on this show.

Rachel and Kurt: They plan to head to New York after graduating and attend Juilliard, but after learning it doesn't have a musical theatre department, they set their sights on New York Academy of Dramatic Arts. The academy holds a monthly mixer, so Kurt and Rachel plan to wow their competition with "Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead," from The Wizard of Oz. However, their rivals, which includes Glee Project winner Lindsay Pearce, are actually really great as their performance -- a mashup of "Anything Goes" and "Anything You Can Do" — proves. Rachel and Kurt feel completely defeated but they make a pact to get to New York. Rachel announces McKinley High will be mounting a production of West Side Story and she'll be audition for Maria. Kurt also decides to run for class president.

Santana: She's named co-captain of the Cheerios alongside Becky. Her loyalty to New Directions is tested as Sue tasks her with destroying the purple pianos Will has placed around the school. Once Will finds out she was behind all the destruction, she's ousted from New Directions.

Puck and Lauren: She left New Directions because they lost at Nationals and now her reputation is falling. "She's the one that got away, very slowly," Puck says.

Mercedes: She's no longer dating Sam Evans (bye, Chord Overstreet), but her diva-tude is still fully intact. She's also dating new guy Marcus, who wants to have cocoa babies with her.

Blaine: Kurt pleads with him to come to McKinley so they'll no longer be competitors. After much deliberation, Blaine transfers schools, and sings Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual," to celebrate.

Finn: He has no plans. Really, he has no idea what he's going to do after high school. The one thing he doesn't want? Blaine to take over New Directions.

Quinn: She's decided that it's time to be a bad girl, so she joins a band of girls known as the skanks. Despite Rachel's many pleas, Quinn is not coming back to glee club.

Brittany: She's still the same old ditzy gal we know. Though her and Santana also plead with Quinn, the unholy trinity will not be reuniting any time soon.

Mike and Tina: His parents are debating on which Ivy League school he'll be attending, while Tina is just a wee junior, like Artie.

And as usual, New Directions also has one more plan: A big group number at the end of the episode! This time, it's Hairspray's "You Can't Stop the Beat."

What did you think of the season premiere of Glee? Good plans or bad plans? Information overload? Or a nice set-up for the season that the producers have promised will go back to basics? What did you think of The Glee Project's Lindsay, who  made a surprise appearance? Hit the comments with your thoughts! 

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Glee is back in session!

New Directions has returned to McKinley High after a summer away and much has changed. For one, it's senior year for many — except Artie and Tina, as far as we know — so it's time for the gang to start making plans for their future. Let's take a look at their plans, based on the season premiere: read more

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