Glee Episode 9: "Wheels" - Recap


Artie takes center stage in Glee's Wednesday night episode "Wheels," when the club is forced to wheel a mile in his shoes. Elsewhere, Quinn continues to push Finn to get a job in order to financially support their upcoming baby and a new glee club relationship sparks up...


Quinn kicks off the emotional episode by taking a look at the cheerios from the other side of the uniform. While Finn tells her she's just torturing herself by watching their practice, Quinn reveals that she's mostly upset that they don't have enough money to pay for her medical bills. She puts pressure on the football star to get a job and help support their upcoming child.


Mr. Schuster and the glee club are facing problems of their own. There isn't enough money in the budget to rent a handicap bus to transport Artie to sectionals. They have to raise the funds themselves.


Before Will reveals this bit of news to the glee club, he assigns another song for sectionals. Rachel is going to sing Wicked's "Defying Gravity" as a solo. Hold up! Lea Michele, who's the spitting image of Idina Menzel, the original Elphaba from Wicked, is going to belt this tune? Bravo Ryan Murphy! Unlike this writer, Kurt isn't too pleased that Rachel has been given the part and later asks for his shot, but Will denies his request, saying it's a girl's part.


The club is then given a mission: Raise money for Artie's bus by holding a bake sale. Complaining that bake sales are so five years ago, glee suggests that Artie's father take him to sectionals. Artie pretends he doesn't mind, but his solo, "Dancing with Myself" by Billy Idol, speaks for itself. During the number, we also learn that Artie has a crush on fellow glee member, Tina.


Furious with their insensitivity, Will forces the glee club to spend time in wheelchairs to get a feel for what Artie goes through on a daily basis. It turns out Artie was offended by the club's lack of support. "We didn't think you would take it personally," says Rachel. "Well, you're irritating most of the time, but don't take that personally," quips Artie.


Quinn takes the initiative to start cooking for the bake sale. Enter Puck, who brings a donation for their baby. "Just stop," Quinn tells him. "I told you before, I don't care if that baby comes out with a Mohawk, I will go to my grave swearing it's Finn's." I agree with Puck, "It would be pretty awesome if it came out with a Mohawk." This joke lightens the mood, kicking off a food fight and a near kiss for the pair. Too bad Finn catches this cute moment.


Elsewhere, Kurt's dad asks him why he's down in the dumps, though hoping it's not about a guy because he's not ready to have that conversation yet. Kurt tells him about his wicked woes, which infuriates his father. Time for daddy to yell at the principal and Mr. Schu for discriminating against his son, enabling Kurt to audition for the part. Rachel and Kurt will now have a diva-off to be judged by the glee club. Kurt makes everyone promise they will vote for the best singer and not make it a popularity contest.


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Comments

Default avatar cat
Nov 14, 2009 10:58AM EST
I hope so too. I for one would like to hear a Tina solo. I'm sure she's due for one soon. Also, Rachel and Finn may have been hogging the spotlight song-wise but character-wise, they seem to be the weakest of the original cast (i.e. not counting the jocks and cheerios). Everyone seems to be getting a chance to get fleshed out but them. In 'Wheels', Rachel was still the diva she was since the season began and Finn is still the dumb jock who can sing (although at least he's becoming more of the father-to-be now). Oh, and a Mercedes-centric episode too please :D
Default avatar cat
Nov 13, 2009 4:24PM EST
I hope this is a move away from Finn and Rachel hogging all the songs. It's beyond me why quinn still thinks Finn will be a better dad than Puck. Finn has been useless earning money and Quinn knows he has eyes for Rachel. She should just tell him the truth so she can get with Puck who gets better every episode.
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