"It's funny because like, I, in a group of people, am always the one who has a story and in this situation, every single person has overcome something," Ali says, summing up the premise of this show. Ali was paralyzed when she was two, Mario is blind, Tyler is transgender, Maxfield looks 45 so he has Benjamin Button Syndrome or something. Taryn tells us she has never been on a plane or away from home. Yes, Taryn, that's nice, but what is WRONG with you?
Aylin, the Turkish girl, is pleased to see "so many hot guys" in this group. Really, Aylin? This bunch? I could pick out maybe one, and he will leave soon for being too normal.
Robert walks into the dorm to announce this week's "theme," which is "Individuality." Michael, the aforementioned normal/boring guy (I'm serious, the interesting thing about him is that he loves math), is concerned. Couldn't "individuality" wait until he's researched his family tree a bit more for a history of melanoma? Don't worry, Michael, Ryan will love you. You look like a hotter, younger Cory Monteith.This week's song assignment is Lady Gaga's "Born This Way." Maxfield, the country singer who just started singing six months ago, claims he is not sure he's ever heard the song all the way through. Robert tells them they'll have to choose their own parts, and choreograph it themselves. But they all relate to it, Robert, how can you ask them to choose who gets to over-act each line?
As they figure out choreography, Charlie proves absolutely exhausting. He was diagnosed with severe ADHD, and/or a mild form of autism, so he has lots of ideas and no filter. As they're running through the final details in the choir room, Robert walks in with Ryan Murphy, wearing a belted leather trench. No hat. The kids revere him appropriately, and he makes note of who seems to worship him the most. Ryan is here to put his foot down. He will only choose one person this season, not two and two halves, so it's going to be a lot more competitive. He doesn't have that much energy to devote to new talent.
"This changes everything, for sure," big, stupid Blake says. He's the parrot salesman and I do not like him. It was foolish of him to think Ryan Murphy would let the Hunger Games have two victors yet again.