Glee 5×19 ‘Old Dogs, New Tricks’: Broadway Bitches

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It’s the episode before the season finale and Chris Colfer (Kurt) has been given the chance to write his own episode. As much as I loved it and his writing I felt as if he could’ve done a lot more; although it was a nice break from the drama-heavy episodes I felt as if it was an episode filler that has been placed far too late in the season set up…

With that being said, I enjoyed finally getting some Kurt time and Kurt getting some airtime for him rather than being the good friend for everybody else. This week Rachel feels the backlash from her lies that she told and that one sick day she had. Apparently in the world of Broadway; things are never forgotten. Santana, her newly found publicist decides that Rachel needs to do something drastic in order to regain her reputation. In that moment the new cause was born – ‘Broadway Bitches’. Rachel is going to re-home sheltered dogs for the greater good as well as making herself look better – which is the main reason for the Broadway diva’s new project.

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Source: Fox

They all go down to the dog pound and Sam instantly falls in love with McConaughey after singing ‘I Melt With You’. The song, like the whole episode, had an airy fresh feeling to it, which was nice. Whilst all this was going on Kurt was hard at work at the diner thinking about life. Maggie (June Squibb) comes into the diner and asks Kurt if he can put up a poster for the old peoples home’s performance of Peter Pan. Kurt instantly gets along with the olden Broadway star and he explains that he hasn’t had time to speak to anyone. Kurt befriends Maggie and he goes to watch her rehearsing and also witnesses Peter Pan flying to Never-land and going to sleep forever (the old lady dies).

Kurt decides to save the day and he offers to play the part of Peter Pan – his angelic voice will be perfect for it. The people in the home seem to be quite particular with who they let in and demand for an audition. Kurt decides to sing one of my favourite songs ‘Memories’ from Cats and it was 100% perfect – Maggie and the rest of the crew join in and you can see the show coming together nicely. Excited with his rehearsals and his new friends Kurt comes home and tells Rachel about his new role. Obviously Rachel is in selfish diva mode and explains that her event is on the same night of his show and she can’t make it. Kurt is hella pissed and he gives Rachel a piece of his mind which was brilliant – I want Kurt to write more episodes but this time I don’t want him to hold back.

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Source: Fox

I’m glad that Colfer addressing the fact that Kurt has been lost amongst the scenes in the second half of season 5. I feel as if Blaine has moved over to New York and stolen all of the limelight. Although Kurt couldn’t do anything Klaine related (his only restriction) I quite enjoyed them this episode – probably because Blaine was in the background being a good boyfriend.

Operation save-Rachel’s-reputation is in full swing and Santana has found her true calling, so it seems. Santana bags two beaut dresses to make them all look pretty for the paparazzi. Obviously Rachel’s façade falls through when her angelic image of the animal lover falls through when the dogs get a sniff of a hotdog and drags Rachel down the block. Santana works on fixing this – being the good publicist she is.

It’s opening night and Kurt feels bad for lashing out on Rachel and phones her to apologise and thankfully Rachel replies with ‘I can’t speak I’m about to watch my best friend’s show’. Yay – I love it when Rachel isn’t a selfish Broadway diva and actually acts like the Rachel Berry that I love. The show was a hit and everybody seemed happy – Maggie’s long lost daughter even made an appearance, which was a nice touch to the episode.

The side story of the episode is yet again Samcedes – I feel as if this relationship is getting a lot of foundation and I am happy about this. Sam has fallen in love with a dog but Mercedes patronises him and tells him he can’t handle it. Finally Sam stands up for himself and reminds her that he single handedly supported his own family and this dog represents his commitment to looking after something. Colfer obviously doesn’t forget about things that have happened which is rare in Glee!

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Source: Fox

The end of the episode wraps up nicely with Kurt performing with his new and old friends in the diner to support Rachel’s cause. Kurt and Santana help Rachel reclaim her image by getting all the dogs adopting whilst singing ‘Take Me Home Tonight’ by Eddie Money. All in all it was a wholesome episode with a wholesome storyline! Now that Colfer has written one episode I think he should write another one but this time he shouldn’t be afraid to tackle a heavy storyline without the cuteness of dogs getting in the way!

Let me know your thoughts and opinions on this episode. Thanks for reading!

Hassan H.

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