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2009, TV Show

Glee Episode: "Pot of Gold"

Season 3, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: A new foreign-exchange student (Damian McGinty) enrolls at McKinley and crashes with Brittany, who thinks he's a leprechaun. Meanwhile, Mercedes tries to recruit members for Shelby Corcoran's new glee club; and Sue's congressional campaign heats up.
Original Air Date: Nov 1, 2011
Guest Cast Idina Menzel: Shelby Corcoran Vanessa Lengies: Sugar Motta Damian McGinty: Rory Flanagan Romy Rosemont: Carole Hudson-Hummel
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Season 3, Episode 4
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Length: 43:28
Aired: 11/1/2011
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Glee Recap: "Pot O' Gold" Season 3, Episode 4

The Glee Project's Damian McGinty makes his debut in this week's episode of Glee as Rory, a foreign exchange student from Ireland — or a leprechaun, according to Brittany.

In order to get to her "pot o' gold," Brittany tells Rory he has to grant her three wishes, her first of which is simple: Get her a box of all-marshmallow Lucky Charms. Unfortunately for Rory, his own wishes of fitting in at McKinley High aren't coming true.

Meanwhile, Sue's rampage on the arts continues as she publically complains that the school musical budget is well over $2,000, money that could be spent elsewhere. She urges the citizens of Ohio to call McKinley and complain. Flushed with angry phone calls, Principal Figgins is forced to cut West Side Story. Will, however, is determined to keep it alive and have New Directions raise the money themselves.

Trying to poach other members of New Directions, Mercedes approaches Santana, imploring her to join Shelby's new all-girl glee club. Mercedes taps into Santana's frustrations by explaining that she'll no longer have to play second-fiddle to Rachel. Santana, however, would never leave precious Brittany behind. Overhearing their conversation, Finn asks new kid Rory to keep an eye on the situation in case Brittany decides to defect from New Directions as well.

Back at New Directions, the glee club is crushed that they've lost Mercedes. Her exit has scratched the surface of drama within the group, especially between Blaine and Finn, who is jealous of the former Warbler, and worries that he'll steal all the solos.

Will sets the club on a mission to acquire funds for the musical by selling ads in the program. When Kurt asks his dad to buy an ad, Burt gets all the funeral parlors to buy every ad and fund the musical in full. Burt's next mission? To raise as much money as possible to make sure Sue doesn't get elected. Though Sue threatens him, he doesn't back down one bit and it's completely refreshing to see someone that couldn't care one bit what she says for once.

After convincing Shelby to let them babysit Beth, Quinn and Puck take over parenting duties for a night. Quinn has other plans, however, and decides to plant evidence — baby Botox and baby sacrificial books — in Shelby's apartment that proves she's an unfit mother.

Rory finally delivers the all-marshmallow box of Lucky Charms, so now he's two wishes away from getting Brittany's pot o' gold. Hoping to move things along, he asks Brittany to dinner, but she says she has plans with a friend. Downtrodden, Rory sings "Bein' Green" from Sesame Street.

Brittany's "friend" is none other than Santana, who ponders whether the pair are officially dating, explaining that she's really happy. Brittany is also happy because of her leprechaun who will grant her wishes. Santana expresses that her wish is to join Shelby's new glee club, but can't do it without Brittany. Brittany says she needs a day to think about it, so in the meantime, Santana wishes for Brittany to hold her hand.

Pool boy Puck usually has luck with the cougars, but whipping out pictures of his baby isn't helping his game. Quinn says that Puck needs to finally get a real job so they can eventually support Beth, who should be in their custody within two weeks since Quinn already called child services.

After the group learns that the musical is still on, Blaine says he wants to remind the group that the magic is still alive, so he sings Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)." Still, Finn isn't too pleased that Blaine is encroaching on his territory. Santana is also upset because this year's sectionals will be "The Blaine and Rachel Show."

Santana decides to confront Rory about his crush on Brittany and acting like a leprechaun. She says she won't expose him because having a "pet Irish" is good for Brittany, but he has to grant Santana one wish, which is to get Brittany to quit New Directions. 

Rory blabs to Finn that Brittany is leaving New Directions, so Finn confronts the girls. Santana stands up to him, saying that he's just as jealous about Blaine so he's being a hypocrite. Finn decides to play it straight with Brittany, calling her an idiot for thinking that Rory is a leprechaun and telling her that she needs to grow up. Brittany is not one to be bullied, so she officially jumps ship to Shelby's group. Sugar Motta is excited for new backup dancers, but Santana quickly puts her in her place — though Sugar is just excited to be on a winning team. "The Trouble Tones" make their debut with Christina Aguilera's "Candyman."

Finn later admits that the girls' performance really was incredible. He didn't want everything to play out this way, but he understands why they all left and he just wants the best for all of them. He then apologizes to Brittany, explaining that he doesn't want to ruin any of their friendships. Realizing that her third wish — not to hurt anyone by leaving New Directions — didn't come true, Brittany figures out that leprechauns aren't real. Still, Santana asks for one more wish: For Rory to leave McKinley.

After Shelby hooks Puck up with a possible year-round pool cleaning gig, he decides to go to her apartment and clean out all the evidence that Quinn had planted. Shelby is distracted by Beth's crying, so Puck picks up a guitar and sings Foreigner's "Waiting for a Girl Like You," to calm her down. Shelby expresses that she's been overwhelmed being a single parent, but Puck says he'll always be there to help her.

Will tells Burt he should run against Sue, but he's already one step ahead of him. While it's too late to get on the ballot, Burt can still be a write-in candidate. Both Will and Kurt will be his campaign managers. Burt goes on the offensive, revealing on the news that it's Sue who has been overspending and that the arts are important. Sue later tracks down Burt and his family at dinner, explaining that she's changing her strategy: The money spent on the arts should go to special education classes.

Pinned down by bullies, it seems all hope is lost for Rory, but Finn comes to his rescue. Finn invites him to try out for New Directions. While Rory sings Teddy Thompson's "Take Care of Yourself," a montage reveals that Shelby and Puck are spending even more time together... and they share a kiss. Whoa!

What did you think of this week's episode of Glee? Were you surprised that Puck and Shelby hooked up? Are you impressed with McGinty's acting skills? He's a cute little leprechaun, isn't he? Hit the comments with your thoughts below. 

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The Glee Project's Damian McGinty makes his debut in this week's episode of Glee as Rory, a foreign exchange student from Ireland — or a leprechaun, according to Brittany.

In order to get to her "pot o' gold," Brittany tells Rory he has to grant her three wishes, her first of which is simple: Get her a box of all-marshmallow Lucky Charms. Unfortunately for Rory, his own wishes of fitting in at McKinley High aren't coming true.

Meanwhile, Sue's... read more

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