Glee is back BIG. See the return of Mike Chang (Harry Shum Jr.) and Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz) in Glee Season 2 episode 1. The latest addition to William McKinley High School is Filipino exchange student Sunshine Corazon (Charice Pempengco). From the Glee promo, Charice and Lea Michele have a sing off in the girl’s bathroom to the tune of “Telephone” by Lady Gaga. Charice has quite a bit of the storyline and dope vocals in this episode. We’ll add spoilers beneath the video below. Looking forward to see more Charice, Harry Shum Jr. and Jenna Ushkowitz this season.
Glee Season 2 episode 1 (Telephone by Charice x Lea Michele)
Glee Season 2 episode 1 highlights/spoilers:
Rachel attempts to recruit Sunshine Corazon, a foreign exchange student from the Philippines, by promising opportunities to “sway in the background” during Rachel’s solos. However, when Sunshine joins her in an impromptu ladies room duet on Lady Gaga’s “Telephone,” Rachel is blown away by her talent – and is not-so-secretly worried that her own glee club spotlight might be stolen.
Rachel tells Kurt and Mercedes about Sunshine’s amazing vocals, clearly threatened but claiming she’s worried that the “lesser glee clubbers” will lose solos – not her. She reveals that she’s secretly paid off Azimio and Karofsky to traumatically slushie them in front of Sunshine to scare her off, but Kurt and Mercedes think Rachel is being awful. Anyone who can help them beat Vocal Adrenaline is automatically in, they insist. Rachel relents and promises to show Sunshine she’s welcome, giving her directions to the audition.
Sunshine is a no show for glee club auditions. Will learns that the reason Sunshine never came to tryouts is that Rachel’s directions took her to a local crack house (a low-traffic crack house, Rachel insists, but still . . .). Although Rachel says that she was protecting the other glee club members, Will insists that she make things right with Sunshine. Rachel invites Sunshine to the auditorium, where the new girl unleashes a mind-blowing rendition of “Listen” from “Dreamgirls.”
Will welcomes Sunshine to New Directions but is interrupted by Dustin Goulsby; Dustin’s the new coach of Vocal Adrenaline, and he’s secured Sunshine for his team with a new condo and green cards for Sunshine and her mom. Sue alerted Dustin about Sunshine in retaliation for Will abandoning the hate campaign against the coach, but Sunshine also confesses that she was reluctant to join New Directions because she felt the jealous, over-ambitious Rachel couldn’t be trusted. After the glee club finds out why they lost Sunshine, Finn lets Rachel know how upset they are with her.
Artie urges Finn to help him get on the football team in a bid to reclaim Tina’s affections, revealing that Tina dumped him after falling for Mike Chang at “Asian Camp.” Artie had neglected Tina in favor of his own self-centered pursuits, and Tina likes Mike because he’s into things that SHE’s into, like his abs.