This week it's all about makeovers on "Glee," the forced kind as well as the transformations that come with age, experience and wisdom. On the surface, Sam and Brittany need to be made over to run for student council, Rachel needs to ditch her Ohio duds and get New York-ified -- all fodder for the inner transformations like Kurt going from performer to fashion guru and Blaine from half of a pair to his own person at McKinley.
Outer or inner (or both), the grand making over of the denizens of "Glee" is another step forward in the transformative fourth season.
We begin "Makeover" with Blaine's first "Glee" voice over ever, in which he decides that it's finally his time to shine, and to do so he sings Tears for Fears "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" while signing up for every possible club, from Superhero sidekick club (why is he Robin with kitten ears we'll never know) to some sort of D&D club where he wears a cheap wizards robe.
What we mostly learn is Blaine is into role play. His final sign up is for the student council presidential election, which upsets Brittany who was expecting an unopposed second term. Brittany asks Artie to join her ticket, and after Sam is offended Britt didn't pick him she sets him up with Blaine as a running mate. Sam thinks it will help Blaine is the "non-gay vote" (we think probably it won't hurt with that either.) The only trouble is both Britt and Sam need a bit of a makeover to get them election-ready. As Artie and Sam quiz them on policy, they both drop into a fantasy world where they sing Hole's "Celebrity Skin."
It's trippy and weird, and reinforces the fact that "Glee"'s choreographer Zach Woodlee is really into drill teams at the moment.
When the actual debates roll around Artie is too academic and Sam responds to a stripping in his past question with, well, stripping. Blaine gets overly passionate about the work of the student government and Britt's failure last year, mostly on her prom and anti-hair-gel initiatives. Britt, the best politician of them all, gives a speech with the most soothing tone, except it's completely off the mark, telling the kids she'll outlaw summer and weekends. It's no surprise the the Blam (Blaine/Sam) ticket sews the election up. You can't argue with a shirtless Chord Overstreet.
Meanwhile in New York, Kurt is prepping for his big Vogue.com interview with Sarah Jessica Parker (aka Isabella Wright, but we'll just call her SJP). Kurt breezes through the world's easiest interview, impressing her with his ambition, pluck and style -- three years of over the top Lima Ohio fashion choices come in handy as an online portfolio. He serves coffee through his first editorial meeting where SJP's minions pitch ideas about leather that are increasingly nonsensical (everything is belts to leather socks) and after Kurt has to talk his overwhelmed and anxiety-prone boss off a ledge about her fears of failing at her job. Back at the improbable Bushwick loft, Kurt consoles Rachel who's now being taunted by stuck up ballerina classmates instead of Kate Hudson. Kurt proposes a makeover that will both change Rachel's look and give him a chance to impress SJP with his forward thinking idea of turning a makeover montage into a music video for Vogue.com. They break into the Vogue vault at midnight, only to be caught by SJP, who joins in once she hears the magic M-word.
The trio dance around the magical fashion closet to a mash-up of "The Way You Look Tonight"/"You're Never Fully Dressed" as Rachel tries on couture and SJP and Kurt conspire to be her fairy godmothers. It's straight-up musical fantasy land that "Glee" does well, and everyone sounds strong on the tune. In the end, Rachel gets rid of her reindeer sweaters and Kurt gets a "Great" from Anna Wintour. He's asked to sit down in the pitch meetings from now on, and SJP tells him while his ambition in the performing arts is great, he's got a real flair for fashion and should let change to his dreams come as it may. Sure, Kurt Hummel could be on Broadway and run Vogue, but sometimes adulthood means letting go of one to excel at the other, and we think Kurt might have some big choices coming soon.