While it was ambitious of us to assume that Will (Matthew Morrison) and Emma (Jayma Mays) had reconciled off-screen in last night's "Girls (and Boys) on Film" episode of Glee, the name “Emma Schuster” certainly has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? Can these crazy kids stop dragging it out already and just get married? There's no way Emma would ever entertain the idea of running off with Finn, not that this seems to be a genuine focus anyway, so she needs to "get to know Will again" and let him "put a ring on it." End of story.
Though, it's unfortunately not the end of the story, because Finn (Cory Monteith) felt the need to come clean about his kissing Emma to Will after he just helped Will find Emma at her sister's house. This was thanks to a seriously over-the-top meeting at the school between ginger-fied Finn and Artie (Kevin McHale) and Emma's parents. Do you also remember someone's smell by diving face-first into a bowl of pennies? And how would you ever be able to trust your parents again after they gave would-be strangers your current address?
Will does exactly what you would expect him to do upon finding out. What's worse in anyone's opinion than getting punched? Causing someone you trust and admire to be disappointed in you, and that's exactly what Will expresses when he brushes past Finn and walks away. Though, if next week's premiere is any indication, this situation will heat up soon enough.
Next, the burgeoning relationship between Adam (Oliver Kieran-Jones) and Kurt (Chris Colfer). While these two are truly adorable together, did anyone give Blaine (Darren Criss) the memo that Kurt wants to be over him? Because it certainly looked like these two were happy as two peas in a pod in the back of the car at Mr. Schu's almost-wedding. Kurt had better be careful, or he will become just as two-timing as he believes Blaine to have been. (Though, he does love John Hughes' She's Having a Baby [which also has a great soundtrack], and that earns him back a handful of cool points.)
Santana (Naya Rivera) was hysterical in this episode with her break-down of Brody's (Dean Geyer) seemingly double life. Though, while she resorts to his m.o. being drugs, and while Brody is too hot to not be a total scumbag (and, let's face it, there has to be some way for the writers to put Rachel [Lea Michele] and Finn back together), it seems ultimately more believable that Brody would be a gigolo than a pusher. Women paying him oodles of money to sleep with him? Yeah, definitely. And while we didn't get nearly enough of a focus on Rachel's pregnancy crisis, it was a tender moment to see Santana offering her support.
Now, for the songs of the episode. The theme was for the kids to do their favorite songs from the movies, since Will was easing his lost-Emma stress by drowning himself in older films, like Royal Wedding, which he then acts out in his dream with Emma to the tune of "You're All the World to Me." While his over-acting is better suited to Broadway, the choreography of this scene was impeccable.
This episode also featured the "500th song", and while The Isley Brothers' "Shout" (not available on Amazon MP3) from Animal House wouldn't be anyone's first choice, it was done well, and the fact that it featured Blaine on one of the leads enhanced the milestone. Performing the lines "a little bit softer now" in the library and "a little bit louder now" in the cafeteria was a simply ingenious idea.
Who else cringed when they saw Jake (Jacob Artist) and Marley (Melissa Benoist) in the pottery room? You just knew the cheesy Ghost reference was coming, though Jake has a simply marvelous voice that is meant for oldies hits like The Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody." And, for once, Ryder's (Blake Jenner) presence actually mattered, as he appears to be more of a skilled kisser from the side-view presented in Marley's fantasy of his replacing Jake at the pottery wheel. This hints to us that Marley and Ryder will be the Rachel/Brody to Marley's inevitable Rachel/Finn finale with Jake.
While watching Moulin Rouge with Rachel, Adam and Santana, Kurt fantasized of a duet with Blaine to the tune of "Come What May" from the film. These two were the very definition of debonair in this scene. Kurt can tell himself he wants to be over Blaine as much as he wants, though it seems these two are far from over. While it would be interesting to see what develops between Kurt and Adam, Kurt and Blaine also suffer from the Rachel/Finn inevitability.
For the "actual songs" performed by the glee club for the project, the boys mashed-up Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's "Old Time Rock and Roll" from Risky Business with Kenny Loggins' "Danger Zone" from Top Gun, two of Tom Cruise's best-known films from the '80s. The performances were lukewarm, though Sam (Chord Overstreet) seems to look better and better as the episodes go by.
The girls countered with their own mash-up of "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Madonna's "Material Girl" which, while being a perfect candidate for a mash-up (and an ode to Marilyn Monroe that would make Madonna proud), the fact that it was featured in Moulin Rouge as background music doesn't count as its inclusion as a song from a film. The vocal tie-ins were distracting, and Unique (Alex Newell) seemed deeper than normal, making this one a bit of a mess. The boys win this round.
Keeping up with the "Mr. Schu is awfully predictable this episode" theme, which song did he choose to win back Emma? That's right - the quintessential "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel from Say Anything, with the help of the glee kids, of course. While no one's cover can compare to that which was performed by Darren Hayes, it held its own, though did we really need the boombox? Emma, on the other hand, looked simply radiant here in her green, Tinkerbell-like nightgown.
The final song of the episode was another Kenny Loggins hit, the title song from Footloose, and it was an entertaining little ditty (and another excuse for the Glee kids to show off their Converse sneakers), but its poor placement immediately after Finn's confrontation with Will significantly deadened the care-free attitude that comes along with the song. The glitter confetti (akin to that which fell in the original film) was a nice touch.
Best Song of the Episode: "Unchained Melody"
Worst Song of the Episode: "You're All the World to Me"