Credit: Adam Rose//FOX ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: Damian McGinty’s Rory is Bullied in Glee Season 3, Episode 4: “Pot O’Gold”

It’s official: Damian is as charming and funny on Glee as we could have imagined! Of course, that was the least shocking element of the episode as the show returned with a bang (or should we say a shattered car window?), full of defections, elections, a crazy kiss, and a scene that Baby Ruth will not be using in an upcoming ad campaign anytime soon. So grab a bowl of your favorite marshmallow cereal — ours is Count Chocula, if you must know — and let’s get started.

The episode, “Pot O’ Gold,” wasted no time in giving the people what they wanted, as Damian’s character Rory was in the very first scene. The Glee Project winner plays an Irish foreign exchange student with an affinity for all things American, which includes our women (and apparently our greaser haircuts from the ‘50s).

Brittany is letting the guy crash with him, and of course the guy is about as smitten with her as Hannah was with Damian on Glee Project. And we thought it was perfect that Brittany assumes he’s actually a leprechaun (although why didn’t the show give us a chance to see him do a little leprechaun jig, so that we could someday die happy?).

Brittany has agreed to exchange her own “pot of gold” (ew, right?) if Rory grants her three wishes. Um, we’re hoping the Robin Williams-voiced genie in Aladdin was never given the same offer. 

Schue didn’t have much to do this week (come back to us, Emma!) except basically patting Burt Hummel on the back when Burt enlists the local funeral homes to buy up the program ads to pay for the musical. In fact, it was awesome that Schue didn’t even have to talk Burt into running as a write-in candidate against Sue in the Senate race; Burt had already decided to do so on his own. (Pat, pat, pat.) Then again, knowing Schue, we’re guessing the guy was actually upset that he didn’t get to deliver one of his trademark, stirring pep talks that convinces someone to rise to the occasion. Schue not getting in one of those speeches at least once per episode is like a penguin not having an egg to sit on. It goes against nature.

Credit: Adam Rose//FOX ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: Quinn and Puck Talk in Glee Season 3, Episode 4: “Pot O’Gold”

Quinn and Puck convince Shelby to let them babysit Beth, but their goals are a little bit different than the characters’ in those Babysitters’ Club books you used to read. (You can admit reading them — we’re all friends here.) Quinn wants to get Shelby labeled as an unfit mother faster than you can say “Dina Lohan,” so she plants incriminating evidence in Shelby’s home. Luckily, before the authorities can arrive, Puck manages to remove the baby-harming substances, which include baby Botox and hot sauce. However, given this is Puck we’re talking about, we’re worried that he’s going to mix up which of those two to put on his sandwich.

What caused Puck’s change of heart? He and Shelby have started to connect a bit, as Shelby helps Puck land a steady gig as a pool-cleaner, while Puck busts out his guitar to calm Beth and make Shelby smile. (Somewhere, John Mayer — a.k.a. the patron saint of playing acoustic guitar for the sole purpose of making girls smile — is beaming with pride.)

Speaking of Shelby, her fledgling glee club — now known as The Troubletones (even though that sounds like it should be the name of a late-’90s ska band) — is rapidly building its roster. Mercedes convinces Santana to join, promising more solos and a girl-power vibe, and then Santana forces Rory to convince Brittany to join, too. However, the less said about that scene in which the convincing takes place — involving the eating candy bars out of litter boxes — the better. (And coming as it does on the day after Halloween, the idea of candy bars being treated like that is tantamount to blasphemy!)

And what exactly is going on over at New Directions, you ask? Things have fallen completely apart, as Finn seems increasingly jealous of Blaine’s increased time in the spotlight. Then again, we can’t imagine that even Finn would be complaining about Blaine getting solos after hearing his unbelievably fun rendition of “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).” It’s official: Blaine is to Katy Perry covers what Einstein was to physics. (And where would our civilization be without either an understanding of relativity or bouncy pop tunes? Nowhere, if you ask us.)

Credit: E! Photo: Darren Criss and New Directions Perform "Last Friday Night" in Glee Season 3, Episode 4: "Pot O' Gold" [VIDEO]
Credit: Adam Rose//FOX ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: Tina, Artie, Rachel, Blaine, Quinn, and Mike Dance in Glee Season 3, Episode 4: “Pot O’Gold”

Wondering what our favorite moment of the night was? (Then again, why would you torture us by making us choose?) The episode had numerous amazing moments, including not one but two great numbers from Rory, not to mention that adorable hug between Finn and Brit after Finn apologizes for using the “i-word.” But the best moment in our book was when Santana and Brittany held hands, albeit under a napkin. Talk about serious Brittana progress being made tonight!

Finally, by the end, Finn saves Rory from getting pummeled and then convinces New Directions to give the friendless wonder a shot; Sue is determined to somehow be even more aggressive with Burt than she’s already been; and Puck and Shelby share a shocking smooch! Seriously, Puck really is like some kind of super MILF-magnet.

To be honest, we really don’t know what to make of the Shuck relationship, since there’s no way this will last, especially when they should be putting the baby’s concerns first. Plus, if you want to be the one who has to tell Rachel that her mom is now hooking up with Puck, go right ahead, because it ain’t gonna be us doing it.

So this episode was truly amazing, with a lot of character growth, crazy twists, and plenty of Damian. Now if you ask us, it’s time for a snack. Anything but candy bars.

 

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