I don’t know whose idea it was to give Mr Schue a rival to battle with instead of nemesis Sue, Terri-ble the ex-wife or sweet but mad as a bag of cats Emma – but they’re a genius.
Neil Patrick Harris brings a whole new dynamic to Glee (admittedly this is a series that does a new dynamic almost every week – but this is a new new dynamic). Harris is Bryan Ryan – Will Schuester’s rival from his show choir days – a man (and school board member) whose heart was broken by failing to make it in showbiz and who is now set on closing the glee club and dashing the students’ aspirations to stardom. “Show biz dreams are the most unrealistic of them all,” he tells them after asking them to write their dreams on a sheet of paper – and tossing Artie’s dream – Dancer – into the trash can.
In doing so he sets up the second story strand – Tina trying to make Artie’s dream come true. It’s mostly sweet (sometimes bittersweet) but includes a stunning daydream sequence in which Artie starts dancing (brilliantly) in the mall and creates a flash mob with choreography a Jackson could be proud of. It also leads to Emma actually doing some proper counselling – and you thought she was just there to do her bushbaby impersonation…
We also get confirmation of our suspicions about Shelby (Vocal Adrenalin coach) and Jesse (god, but Jonathan Groff is gorgeous – especially when rain-soaked). Jesse was ordered to befriend Rachel in order to deliver a tape of her mother singing I Dreamed A Dream and get Rachel searching properly for her birth mother (Shelby is banned from contacting her daughter until she’s 18). I fear another large dose of saccharine before New Directions win Regionals… It will probably be worth it just for Jesse telling Rachel that a baby scan picture shows her in fifth position though. Continue reading
Dr Ruth Winters is a funny little thing. Snappy, irritable, repressed, depressed, shy and very, very mean to Lovely Staff Nurse Faldren. But still I can’t help liking her, because she’s vulnerable. When she fails to get a joke, or looks sweetly grateful to be included in something, she’s so human it’s painful to watch. Then the next minute she’s back to being Robo-Doc. And that’s painful to watch as well, because we know how important it is for Ruth to succeed in her career – it’s the only bit of her life that she feels she has any control over.
Ruth had an excellent week this week. She had a female patient with stomach and liver cancer, who had only months to live. Just possibly there was a surgical procedure that could save her life. Spurred on by the fact that the woman’s daughter was about to be orphaned as her father had just pegged out in the ED, and encouraged by Nick Jordan, Ruth went off to confront the surgeon who was refusing to contemplate the procedure because it was risky. She stood in front of his car and wouldn’t budge till he listened to her. She not only changed his mind, but quite possibly bought herself a ticket to a future career in surgery as well.
Meanwhile, new nurse Kirsty continued to be a loose cannon. This week she drove a patient (the ex-husband of Ruth’s cancer patient) off to try and replace some money he’d stolen before anyone found out (because otherwise if his ex-wife died of cancer, their daughter would be left an orphan… but as mentioned above, he later died anyway).
While all this was going on, Dr Zoe Hanna was consulting medics herself, to find out whether there was any chance she could ever have a baby with Nick Jordan (or anyone, in fact, but it’s Nick Jordan she wants to settle down with). It turns out there is some surgery she could have, which will give her a one in four chance of conceiving. She’s decided to take those odds.
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