Yes, the third instalment of season four marks the arrival of Carrie Bradshaw herself playing Isabelle Wright, who hires Kurt for an internship at Vogue.com. Unlike Kate Hudson's Cassie July, the other 'woman of power' to crop up during the show's shift to New York, SJP's "styling maverick" and Steve Jobs turtleneck-inspirer is a warm, open and encouraging figure. She uses terms like "epic fail", instead of poking fun at people's muffin tops.
Unfortunately for those hoping for some Sex and the City-style quipping, she's also pretty lame. A little later Isabelle holds a meeting to relaunch leather and, after seeing Kurt's disapproving looks, is forced to admit that she hates the ideas being put forward. Then she goes off on a rant about how she feels she lucked into the job.
Now, we can understand why Ryan Murphy avoided making both SJP and Hudson's new characters horrible mega-bitches, but it feels like he gave them the wrong roles. The world of fashion has always been presented as completely cutthroat and represented by people who need to be outwardly perfect, while in drama maybe you can get away with being a little awkward and reclusive. Basically, we feel they should have made SJP the bitch and Hudson's NYADA teacher the fragile one bogged down with self-doubt. The idea of a major player at Vogue being comforted by the intern just doesn't work.
Even though he's basically the only thing keeping his boss from spiralling into a depression, Kurt still feels the need to prove himself at Vogue and comes up with the idea to give a downtrodden Rachel a makeover that they can then film and stick on the website.
They sneak into Vogue HQ late at night and are quickly caught by Isabelle - who of course loves the idea and sings 'You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile' from Annie (Christ, get backbone woman). Cue a fashion montage full of hair twirling, cheesy grins and other nausea-inducing sights. Seriously, it's disgusting. But this is Glee, so I suppose we can't grumble too much.
Afterwards, Isabelle reveals to Kurt that the fearsome Anna Wintour has approved the video, or at least a spruced-up version of it for which he will get credit, which naturally leaves him delighted. Isabelle declares that they are "kindred spirits" and advises him not to cling on to his dream of going to NYADA if it will prevent him from furthering his fashion career.
While everything may be peachy in Kurt's world, Blaine's not having the best of times. In his desperation to make something of himself, he signs up for every club in school - including superhero sidekick club, which we're pretty sure isn't a thing, but does get Darren Criss in a Robin outfit for a bit. He also decides to run against Brittany for school president.
Blaine and Britt hire Sam and Artie respectively as their running mates, but the blondes are in need of a drastic image change if they want to be taken seriously. FYI, this is where that quarrelsome 'Celebrity Skin' cover rears its ugly head, so all those who were offended when the audio leaked earlier this week should probably skip this bit.
The two parties do battle in a debate chaired by Sue, who thankfully is on top form, introducing vice presidential candidates Sam and Artie as "the pimp and the gimp" and asking them to explain why anyone should give a "hot wet steamy dump" about student council.
Predictably, the whole thing descends into chaos - Artie bores everyone stupid with his 96-point plan to restoring McKinley's future, while Sam defends his past as a stripper by ripping off his shirt and performing a routine for the crowd. Blaine steps up and gives a pretty solid argument for why Brittany should not be voted back into office after snoozing through her first term, while Brittany - dressed up in Sarah Palin glasses - makes a misjudged pledge to ban weekends and school holidays if she is elected so that everyone she loves at McKinley can be together all the time. To the surprise of nobody, Blaine is voted president.
His joy is short-lived though, because Kurt is too busy having a laugh in New York to speak to him. He asks himself why he is even at McKinley since he only came for Kurt, but Sam reminds him of all the good he has done and is yet to do by becoming the school's first gay president.
Sam is also able to cheer up Brittany, revealing that he even voted for her in the election, for which he gets a rather cosy hug. Ah, the impromptu Glee couple - an awkward staple of every season. We've kind of missed it in a way. And at least there's been more build-up to the Sam and Brittany pairing than the random re-emergence of the Artie/Sugar thing at the end of the episode.
Elsewhere at McKinley, Will is out of ideas for New Directions now that he's realised his dream of the school's glee club recapturing the Nationals trophy. Sue is less than encouraging, suggesting that he embrace his next natural career choice of "paedophile birthday clown". We should probably be outraged at this line, but our unease at his relationship with Finn over the seasons has been well-documented.
After hearing that glee clubs are starting to fold due to a lack of arts funding, Will comes round to the idea that trying to land a spot on the blue ribbon government panel will recapture his passion for show choir. He goes to Emma for advice about whether he should apply to join the panel, as it would require him to be away from her and the kids at school for months. She gives him her approval.
Will might only have quite a small part to play in this episode, but we're glad the adults of Glee have not been forgotten about among the major developments in the kids' lives. Let's hope this serious-sounding storyline goes somewhere.
Oh, and while Kurt and Blaine seem to be having difficulties, Rachel's love life is hotting up. Brody's still being his charming self, complimenting Rachel on her makeover (rightly - she looks stunning) and making another pass at her through the medium of song. We were sceptical at first, but we're coming round to the idea of Rady or Brachel, whatever you want to call them. Their high-energy, hip-bumping, sweaty dance through the streets of NYC to a pimped-up version of Sheryl Crow's 'A Change Will Do You Good' leaves them panting in each other's arms and with plans for a dinner date at Rachel's place.
With 'Moon River' by the late, great Andy Williams playing in the background - hopefully as a coincidental tribute, not a grim nod to his recent death - and the place basked in candlelight, the two finally give in to their feelings and kiss. It's all so perfect that when there's a sudden knock on the door, everyone out there should twig who's on the other side - welcome back to Glee, Finn...
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