To be brutally honest with you, this was an exceptionally dull installment for them to be airing first thing after that deadening month-long baseball-related hiatus, so I'll be doing my best to keep this brief:
Sue somehow manages to get the funding pulled for the school musical, so the poor little woebegone waifs of New Directions have little choice but to go door-to-door in the wind and the rain, selling advertising space in the program to pay for it all. Horrors! This ends up being a blessing in disguise, of course, for when St. Gay Of Lima hits his dad up for a donation over at Hummel Tires And Lube, Burt gets all righteously indignant and such, and not only does he arrange for the musical's funding to be replaced in full by Lima's three mortuaries, he also decides to run against Sue for Congress as a write-in candidate because, hey: If it worked for that chick up in Alaska, it'll work for him, right?
Meanwhile, McKinley's got a brand-new foreign exchange student from Ireland named Rory Flanagan. Brit-Brit, of course, assumes the kid's an actual leprechaun, and begins nagging him to grant her three wishes, after which she'll grant him access to her titular pot of gold. I think. Both Brit-Brit and the leprechaun (Damian McGinty from Glee Project) were so marble-mouthed during their scenes together that I'm pretty sure I'm missing a number of key plot points from their storyline this evening. In any event, the leprechaun does his level best to deceive our dear little Brit-Brit, but Santana eventually swoops in to expose his foul and miserable lies for the mendacious fabrications they truly are, or something, and the leprechaun ends up joining New Directions, because that's what you do on this show. [Particularly if you've won Glee Project and they have to find a way to shoehorn you into a show.-- Angel]
In other news, Quinn's still hell-bent on regaining custody of Drizzle, and she conspires with Puck to have Child Services yank the little bastard from Idina Menzel's care. Idina, however, does Puck a solid by securing her condo's pool-cleaning contract for him, so Puck decides to undermine Quinn's nefarious efforts right before he and Idina so totally have sex with each other.
And finally, the fallout from Mercedes's defection continues, with Santana and Brittany joining her in Idina Menzel's lady-choir, which the gals promptly christen "The Troubletones," even though they really should have gone with one of Santana's initial suggestions for the name. And if the group's inaugural performance is anything to go by, New Directions is hosed. Again.
Featuring "Bein' Green" from Sesame Street, as performed by the very Muppet-like leprechaun; some random piece of poppy crap I completely didn't recognize, as peppily performed by Dreamboat Blaine for the benefit of his somewhat dejected fellow Glee Clubbers; Foreigner's "Waiting For A Girl Like You," as performed by Puck for the benefit of a shrieking Drizzle; a too-short version of Christina Aguilera's "Candyman," as performed by The Troubletones; and another thing I've never heard of, as performed by the leprechaun as part of his New Directions audition.
Watch a video recap of the episode courtesy of The Morning After show:
The camera fades up to find our dear little Brit-Brit lost in "thought" in front of her locker. Incidentally, Brit-Brit's locker still features her "Don't Stop Believing In Brittany" cover from American Cheerleader, which makes me wonder whatever happened to her Trendiest Girl In America subplot from last February, which is incredibly stupid of me for what should be painfully obvious reasons at this point in this show's scatterbrained run, and look at that! Some fresh-faced Oirish lad I've never seen before in my life has magically appeared at Brit-Brit's side to greet her with a chipper and heavily accented, "Top o' the mornin'!" This walking stereotype -- he's even got a green bowler yanked down around his ears, for Christ's sweet sake -- is apparently someone named Damian McGinty, an actual teenager who was one of at least four so-called "winners" on a basic-cable reality competition I did not watch, and according to various sources (i.e., his Wikipedia entry, because I'm really not that interested in reading much more about him), he's going to be around for at least seven episodes this season. So, you know: Get used to staring at his stereotypically weak jaw, kids, 'cause he's not going anywhere soon.
Anyway, where was I? Oh, yes: Dear little Brit-Brit asks the fey -- in many senses of the word -- nerdling how his first day at school went. As if in answer to that question, some random ponytailed jock stops by long enough to flick that ridiculous bowler off the kid's head in a manner most menacing before disappearing down the hall. "Wait," Brit-Brit gasps, "other people can see you?" The wisp of a lad remains silent, so Brit-Brit guesses, "But only because you let them?" "That's right!" beams the scrawn, much to Brit-Brit's giggly delight. Meanwhile, on the other side of the hallway, Frankenteen frowns to himself, for he's been openly eavesdropping on their entire conversation thus far, mainly because he's got nothing else to do this episode. Ooops! Spoiler! In any event, Brit-Brit next announces that she's been thinking quite carefully about things, and she's finally settled upon her first wish: "Your magical race? They make my favorite [Product-Placed Breakfast Cereal]. I really wish you would make me a box of [Product-Placed Breakfast Cereal] with all marshmallows." Speaking of marshmallows, Heather Morris sounds like she's got a mouthful of them in this scene -- I had to listen to that one line five goddamned times before I was able to decipher it -- and the esteemed Mr. McGinty's not doing much better, to be honest with you. Between his over-exaggerated accent and her marble-mouthed mumbling, I'll be very surprised if I hear a single word of theirs correctly this entire evening.