"Glee" Recap: 'Sweet Dreams'
By Ivetta Babadjanian
Apr 18, 2013 - 10:17:19 PM

Although this week’s episode of “Glee” was mostly a filler episode, there were some great moments in “Sweet Dreams.”

The episode begins with Mr. Schuester (Mathew Morrison) revealing the theme of the upcoming Regionals. With the theme of dreams, Mr. Schuester has created an outdated set-list that has songs older than the students meant to sing them. Which once again reminds us that he can rap all he wants, but Mr. Schuester will always have an old soul. The students try to protest and Marley (Melissa Benoist) even gets the courage to try and showcase some songs she wrote herself, but Mr. Schuester refuses to hear any of their thoughts.

It’s sad to know that Coach Sue (Jane Lynch) won’t be terrorizing the halls of McKinley High anymore but her replacement, Roz Washington (Nene Leaks), definitely brings in some laughs with her punch lines. Coach Beiste (Dot-Marie Jones) tries to convince Mr. Schuester to reconcile with Finn (Corey Monteith) who was upset the last time they saw each other, but he has definitely changed his ways.

Finn took Marley’s advice and began studying at the University of Lima in order to become a licensed teacher. However, it seems that Finn is spending more time partying than he is studying. How could he not when Puck (Mark Salling) is alongside him to toast his bread with an iron while getting girls to come to their parties topless. Mr. Schuester comes to Finn to try to apologize and make amends but Finn refuses to be close with him again.

Finn and Puck's incredible party skills land them into a fraternity that they didn’t even have to pledge to join. The highlight of the party was definitely Finn playing the drums while Puck accompanied him on guitar as they sang The Beastie Boys’ “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!).” It seemed like a perfect college anthem and it was an automatic crowd pleasing performance.

It seems Finn’s rejection had Mr. Schuester feeling extremely riled up as he lashes out to the glee students when they speak against his set list. He goes on to specifically pick on Blaine (Darren Criss), Unique (Alex Newell) and Sam (Chord Overstreet). Marley gets the three other students to meet her at the auditorium where she tries to cheer them up by showing them her song, “You Have More Friends Than You Know.” It was a sweet song and sounded nice when sung with all the different voices harmonizing. Mr. Schuester sees their performance from the side of the stage and realizes he should not have been ignoring the students' ideas.

Finn (Corey Monteith) receives advice from Puck (Mark Salling) to tone down the partying.

He apologizes to the glee class and they take a look at another one of Marley’s songs, “Outcast.” This song was a little similar to last season’s original song “Loser Like Me.” Although not as good as the other original songs, this was a good performance and a song that went nicely with what the characters were going through.

Finn eventually reconciles with Mr. Schuester after Puck gave him some surprisingly good advice. It was weird to hear words of wisdom from Puck as he was going to college parties but not attending any actual college. He tells Finn that he needs to tone down the partying and try to actually become a good teacher, not just a mediocre one. Thus, Finn manage to speak with his dean to get college credit for helping the glee club with the promise from Mr. Schuester that he will be treated as an equal.

Rachel (Lea Michele) imagines her friends singing "Don't Stop Believing" with her at an audition.

Meanwhile in New York, Rachel (Lea Michele) is stressing out about her “Funny Girl” audition and tries to lean every song that Barbra Streisand performed. During one of her practices, she gets a surprise visit from her birth mother, Shelby (Idina Menzel). Shelby gives Rachel some great advice by telling her not to do a Barbra Streisand song for her audition but something memorable and unique instead. The two then began to duet Emeli Sand’s song “Next To Me.” “Glee” has always been amazing with picking songs right at their height of popularity and this song was no different. Both Rachel and Shelby have strong and powerful voices which made their duets incredibly beautiful.

Rachel calls Finn for a bot of a pep talk before her audition and he tells her to perform something that will show the judges her personality. They have a heartfelt conversation which reminds the audience how great the pair was together. An encouraged Rachel sings the song that has become forever a part of “Glee” at her audition, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.” As Rachel sings, she imagines her friends singing alongside of her which makes her shine on the stage even more. It was also nice to hear her take on the song as she ran through it differently than the way the group sang it together in season one. The judges seemed to notice this spark in Rachel and she eventually learns that she got a callback for another audition.

This week’s episode was light and funny despite last week’s darker mood. The season is almost ending and next week, Blaine begins to dig into the real reason why those gunshots were fired in the episode "Lights Out." 

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