Oh, Glee! What are you doing to us?
Do you know what a "kerfuffle" is? Well, it’s what’s going on right now at Paramount Studios. As rumor has it, the Glee family is losing one of it’s most beloved characters, Santana Lopez. Now, we reported yesterday that murmurs of Naya Rivera being fired were totally false – but that doesn’t mean she couldn’t be leaving the show all the same.
For now, all fans can do is wait and watch to see how these last handful of Gleepisodes pan out, starting with last night. Oh, yes — last night’s show quite literally set the stage for Glee’s final act (aka, the final season). People’s lives are falling into place (or completely falling apart) and the show’s finally hitting a rhythm to the beat of the NYC drum.
But will it all last? Let's find out, shall we?
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! ALSO, COUNTLESS PRAISE FOR SHIRLEY MACLAINE, WHO HAS AN OSCAR AND THE LOVE OF THE WORLD.
A Star Is Torn
Life on Broadway is everything that Rachel Berry could ever want and she continues to be over the moon about her success. Then — temptation comes a-knocking in the form of a FOX TV executive, who asks Rachel to fly out to L.A. to audition for his pilot. (How meta!) Against her better judgment, Kurt's advice, and the protestations of her producer Sydney, she flies to La La Land…
And she flops HARD! While her rendition of a Bette Midler classic was exquisite to the ears, the TV folks at FOX become uncomfortable as they merely wanted her to read with another actor. When she does, she flops HARDER still. As if things aren't bad enough, she then realizes she’s missed over a dozen phone calls, all from Sydney. Turns out, her understudy is injured and they need Rachel back ASAP.
Stuck in LA, who should come to her rescue but Santana Lopez, who not only fills in for her, but defends Rachel to her boss to help her keep her role of a lifetime. Rachel remains unfired – and in a plot twist, may still be on her way to Hollywood, as one of the FOX executive calls her to offer her a development deal, which involves a show written around her.
Right now is about the time you want to call your friend who bowed out of watching the show because it was too "unrealistic" 2 years ago and tell them they were right. Yeesh!
Blaine’s Got A Sugar Mama
And she goes by the name Shirley!
No, she doesn’t – that’s just who plays socialite June Dolloway, who saunters into NYADA and fixates her eyes on one Blaine Anderson. In fact, she takes such a liking to him that she offers to put together a one night only show just for him! Recognizing this is his big break, he immediately asks for a place for Kurt – and is firmly DENY! June warns him about settling down so young and strongly recommends he break off his engagement to Kurt.
Hey! Mind your P’s and Q’s, June! Don’t be messing with perfection!
That Thing, That Thing, That Thiiiiiiing
Mercedes Jones is still plugging away at her album (two years in the making), and it’s all come down to one last song. Unfortunately for her, this song has to be her single, her calling card, her jam to make her mark on the music scene.
And Stella has gone and lost her groove.
But who better to help her out than her old pal Santana. During the studio session, they sing "Doo Wop (That Thing)" by Lauryn Hill — and nail it. Mercedes has found her muse and insists that the duet be put on the album. Her producers, however, protest and insist she record with someone more famous. Santana leaves defeated, only to be handed a contract to sign hours later from Mercedes.
So she got to sing on Broadway AND sign a record deal. Sounds like Santana better stay right where she is, right folks!
(Please don’t leave, Naya! Please!!!)
[Image via FOX.]
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