Actually, call me completely shocked. To be honest, I totally didn't see that super awkward Puck and Shelby kiss coming this episode. Even though I knew it was headed there, that didn't make it any less creepy.
Not only did we get a bit of totally illegal Shelby/Puck action, we also met the much-anticipated new kid.
Ladies and gentlemen, introducing Rory Flanagan!
Let me start by making my allegiance to Damian McGinty known. You see, over the summer I became obsessed with Oxygen's 'The Glee Project' -- and more importantly, a teen from Northern Ireland with a voice like Frank Sinatra and a personality that screamed Cory Monteith 2.0. So forgive me for being more than a little excited for Damian's 'Glee' debut as McKinley's new student Rory.
The first scene introduced us to the eager young Rory, a 15-year-old foreign exchange student from Ireland staying with Brittany and her family. The only catch? Brittany, being the lovable airhead that she is, believes that Rory is a leprechaun. She also can't understand a single word he says. Fans of 'The Glee Project' may remember 'Glee' co-creators Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan creating this story line for Damian on Oxygen's search for the next 'Glee' star after being inspired by his accent.
So while Rory's on a search to get to Brittany's "pot o' gold," he's not exactly making a lot of friends at McKinley. Being the new kid, it's hard for him to fit in, and throughout the episode, he gets repeatedly teased, shoved into lockers and ignored (no slushy facials, though!).
I mean, he calls his "mommy" during school. No wonder he's a walking target for bullies. But Rory's also an optimist, and he's not going to let a little locker shove get him down. After all, "It ain't easy being green." That's right, the Irish kid got the first Kermit the Frog solo in 'Glee' history. Overall, for 'The Glee Project' winner's first song, it was a nice introduction to the charming character.
Rory also idolizes Finn, and it's kind of adorkable. I hope the big brother/little brother relationship between the two continues to grow throughout the season because 'Glee' is going to need a new leader, and Rory might just be the perfect fit for the position -- and Ryan Murphy thought so too in 'The Glee Project.'
But it looks like he's going to have a little competition from Blaine.
If you haven't noticed yet, Finn is feeling threatened by Blaine. You know, now that Finn's on his way out of McKinley, this puts Blaine in a great position to be the leader of New Directions next year, so I can understand why Finn's a little upset. After all, Finn doesn't want the New Directions to turn into The Warblers (aka 'The Blaine Show').
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