It’s a fresh new year for the students of McKinley High, while the rest start their new lives abroad. Season 4 has the same take on high school life but with a few new comers to the stage such as Marley Rose (Melissa Benoist) and Puck’s half-brother Jake (Jacob Artist). Rachel begins school at NYADA where she meets junior Brody Weston (Dean Geyer) and attends dance classes with tough dance instructor Cassandra (Kate Hudson). Everyone struggles to adjust to the changes, some more than others. The writers this year have really emphasized on identity more than ever and cover topical issues such as dyslexia, bulimia, infidelity and gender.
‘Unique’ aka Wade and Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet) were promoted to main roles on Glee, while Mr.Schue has moved to Washington to fight for the Arts and Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) returns to hating the Glee club.
In Episode 8, Finn continues to guide the ‘New Directions’ as sectionals approaches quickly and fellow glee members (Quinn, Puck, Santana, Mercedes and Mike Chang) return home for thanksgiving. Finn calls in favour for the graduated glee members to help mentor the new comers.
Quinn brags about her new life at Yale, as she has started dating a professor and was invited to join a secret women’s society at the college. She takes Kitty (Becca Tobin) under her wing, only to find out that Kitty and many others still idolise her. “Every day I ask myself what would Quinn Fabray do?” Kitty says.
Back in New York City, Rachel and Kurt are contemplating whether to come home for the holidays but decide to stay and start a new tradition. While Rachel is still upset about Brody’s sexual encounter with her arch enemy Cassandra, Kurt also can’t seem to let go of Blaine (Darren Criss) even after all that has happened. Brody suggests he cooks dinner for them and Kurt invites his boss Isabelle Wright (Sarah Jessica Parker) which turns into a party.
Marley, the new star for ‘One Directions’ is still conscious about her body and continues on her ‘weight loss plan’ that Kitty (the new head Cheerleader) has referred her to. Jake proves to be a good friend, as he allows Ryder take the dance number with Brittany. As anxiety takes over, Marley panics she will let the team down and Ryder decides that Jake should do what’s best for them all, dance.
This episode has performances of songs like ‘Gangnum Style,’ Flo Rida’s ‘Whistle,’ One Direction’s ‘Live While We’re Young,’ and a mash up of Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Homeward Bound’ and ‘Home’ (Phillip Phillips).
Watch next week for the second part of this two part-sectionals episode!
Review by Jessica Tisdell