|"Tina in the Sky with Diamonds"
|Original air date
|October 3, 2013
"Tina in the Sky with Diamonds" is the second episode of the fifth season of the American musical television series Glee , and the ninetieth episode overall. The episode was written and directed by series co-creator Ian Brennan and first aired on October 3, 2013 on Fox in the United States. The episode is the second of two tribute episodes to the Beatles. It features the prom, Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz) runs for prom queen, the crush of Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet) on the new school nurse (Phoebe Strole), the new romance between Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera) and Dani (Demi Lovato), and a surprising news for Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) about Funny Girl . Special guest star Lovato makes her first appearance as Dani, a struggling artist in New York City, and Peter Facinelli returns as Rupert Campion, the Funny Girl director.
The episode received generally positive reviews by critics, with many of them saying the episode was better than the previous episode. Upon its initial airing, this episode was viewed by 4.42 million American viewers and garnered a 1.6/5 Nielsen rating/share in the 18–49 age group. The total viewership and ratings for this episode were down significantly from the previous week's season opener, "Love, Love, Love".
An album was released on September 24, 2013 to coincide with the season premiere, which features music from this episode and the episode "Love, Love, Love". The album, Glee Sings the Beatles , has received generally positive reviews from critics.
New Directions continues their two-week assignment covering the Beatles. Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz) is nominated for prom queen at the new combined all-grades prom and is determined to win, dumping Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet)—who she had previously accepted as her prom date—to capitalize on the potential votes of girls without dates, and belittling her assistant and campaign manager, Dottie Kazatori (Pamela Chan). Although she is also nominated, Kitty Wilde (Becca Tobin) decides to support Tina. Upon learning of this, Bree (Erinn Westbrook) campaigns for Kitty, a fellow Cheerio, without her consent and ropes Dottie into a scheme to humiliate Tina at prom.
At NYADA, Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) performs "Get Back" to cheer up Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), who is depressed by her disappointing "chemistry" audition for Funny Girl . At the diner where Rachel and Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera) work, one of their co-workers, Dani (Demi Lovato), is interested in Santana; the interest is mutual, though scary for Santana, and Rachel gives her a pep talk before making herself scarce at the end of an overnight shift. Dani and Santana perform "Here Comes the Sun" and, after walking through the city, they share a kiss.
Principal Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) hires college student Penny Owen (Phoebe Strole) to become McKinley High's nurse, and Sam develops a crush on her, singing "Something". When Sue decides to fire Penny for incompetence, Sam overcomes his fear of needles and allows Penny to give him a meningitis shot, and later praises her to Sue, who reverses her decision.
At prom, Ryder Lynn (Blake Jenner), Marley Rose (Melissa Benoist), Jake Puckerman (Jacob Artist) and Wade "Unique" Adams (Alex Newell) perform "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". Afterwards, Sue announces Tina and Stoner Brett (Ryan Heinke) as prom queen and prom king. On Bree's command, Dottie reluctantly drops a bucket of red slushie on Tina while she's on stage in the style of Carrie ,and she exits in tears. New Directions follows her to the choir room, where they sing "Hey Jude" and encourage Tina to face the crowd and go back. She does so, receiving her much-awaited standing ovation.
Rachel is surprised at the diner by Mr. Campion (Peter Facinelli), the Funny Girl director, who tells her she has been cast as Fanny Brice. In Lima, cheerleading coach Roz Washington (NeNe Leakes) informs Sue that Bree is behind the prank and demands that she is punished. Sue instead promotes Bree to captain of the Cheerios and encourages her to torment New Directions as much as she can, in order to toughen them up in preparations for Nationals. Rachel, Kurt, Santana, and Dani perform "Let It Be" in celebration of Rachel's achievements, while New Directions does the same song in honor of Tina.
Two new recurring characters debut in this episode. The first, Dani, played by special guest star Demi Lovato, who is set to appear in at least six episodes during the fifth season, has been described as a "starving artist" in New York City who becomes friends with Rachel and Santana.Naya Rivera, who plays Santana, has stated in an interview that Dani will be Santana's "love interest". The second new recurring character, Penny Owen, who is played by Phoebe Strole, has been said to be a college sophomore who wants to become a nurse, and is planned to be Sam's new girlfriend; subsequent information from Fox has her as McKinley High's "new school nurse", who has to give Sam a shot in this episode.
Special guest star Peter Facinelli returns as Rupert Campion, the Funny Girl director. Other recurring characters credited in this episode include McKinley janitor and former principal Figgins (Iqbal Theba), cheerleading coach Roz Washington (NeNe Leakes), cheerleader Bree (Erinn Westbrook), and Spotlight Diner owner Gunther (Christopher Curry).
Songs from this episode and the previous one have been released on the album Glee Sings the Beatles , which contains fourteen songs by the Glee cast originally written and performed by the Beatles. Eight of these songs were performed in "Love, Love, Love". The six remaining appeared in this episode: "Get Back" is performed by Michele and Colfer; "Something" is sung by Overstreet; "Here Comes the Sun" is performed by Rivera and Lovato; "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" is sung by Jenner, Newell, Benoist and Artist; "Hey Jude"is performed by New Directions; and "Let It Be" is performed by Michele, Rivera, Colfer, and members of New Directions.The album was made available for pre-order on iTunes on September 10, 2013, and was released on September 24, 2013, nine days before this episode airs. The episode features another Beatles song, "Revolution", which was performed by Ushkowitz in a truncated version, and was not released on the album or as a single.
"Tina in the Sky with Diamonds" was first broadcast on October 3, 2013 in the United States. It garnered a 1.6/5 Nielsen rating/share and received 4.42 million American during its initial airing. The total viewership and ratings were down significantly from those of the previous episode, "Love, Love, Love", which was watched by 5.06 million American viewers and acquired a 2.0/5 rating/share in the 18–49 demographic upon first airing one week before.
Via Twitter, the episode placed seventh overall for the week.
"Tina in the Sky with Diamonds" received generally positive reviews by critics. Miranda Wicker of TV Fanatic gave the episode a four out of five, saying the episode "was a strong second week for Glee, Beatles week continued on Glee and this one was (even) better than last thursday's premiere, there was Sue snark, there was progress in the story lines, there was great music, there was Demi Lovato." She also wrote the episode "was a solid second episode of the season, building up enough momentum so far that next week's tribute to Cory Monteith will be appropriately devastating".
Lauren Hoffman of Vulture gave the episode a four out of five saying that "there was character growth, there were actual jokes, and there were songs that were actually relevant to the situations in which they were being sung." She praised the "Hey Jude" scene, saying that it was "oddly powerful, as is the fact that they storm back into the gym as a cohesive unit".
Brandon Nowalk of The A.V. Club graded the episode "B−", He commented "I just hope the writers are asking themselves why they're doing what they're doing as often as I'm asking myself every Thursday night."
Ian Bloom of Guardian Express gave the episode a positive review saying "feel good" and wrote "these last two episodes have been fairly typical, Glee wise, but they take on a different taste and feel because we know something tragic is going to happen".
MaryAnn Sleasman from TV.com also gave the episode a positive review saying "that was better last week's episode" and said that ""Love Love Love" set the bar pretty low to kick off the season". Also, she shows worried about next week episode.
An album was released on September 24, 2013 to coincide with the premiere of the season, which features music from this episode and the previous episode "Love, Love, Love". The album, Glee Sings the Beatles, has received generally positive reviews from critics. Heather Phares of AllMusic wrote: "The July 2013 death of Cory Monteith, cast a pall on the beginning of Glee's fifth season", than she added that two of the album's songs, concretely "Yesterday" and "Let It Be" were "bookended versions of the Fab Four's cheerier fare with subdued renditions of two of the band's most poignant songs". Phares also commented positively on how "[the album] could have left the cast's women stuck on the sidelines as screaming Beatlemaniacs, [but instead] it had the ladies front and center [on songs] like the sweet rendition of "Here Comes the Sun" and the playful take on "A Hard Day's Night". She then calls the album as "a promising start to season five's music".
Tina Cohen-Chang is a fictional character from the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee. The character is portrayed by actress Jenna Ushkowitz and has appeared in Glee from its pilot episode, first broadcast on May 19, 2009. Tina was developed by Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. Initially, she is a shy and insecure performer with a fake stutter, and member of the glee club at the fictional William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio, where the show is set. As the series progressed, she became more independent and confident.
Santana Lopez is a fictional character from the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee. The character was portrayed by Naya Rivera, and has appeared in Glee from its pilot episode, first broadcast on May 19, 2009. Santana was developed by Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan. Introduced as a minor antagonist and a sidekick to Quinn Fabray in the first episode of Glee, Santana's role grew over the course of the show's first season. In the second season, Rivera was promoted to a series regular, and Santana was given more high-profile storylines, such as the development of her romantic feelings for her best friend Brittany Pierce, and the subsequent realization that she is a lesbian. Rivera, who was vocally supportive of the love story between her and Morris' character, received widespread praise for her portrayal of Santana, as well as for her for vocal work in numerous songs performed as part of the show's central glee club, New Directions.
Mercedes Jones is a fictional character from the Fox popular musical comedy-drama series Glee. The character is portrayed by actress Amber Riley, and has appeared in Glee from its pilot episode, first broadcast on May 19, 2009. Mercedes was developed by Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. She is a dynamic diva-in-training who refuses to sing back-up, and is a member of the glee club at the fictional William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio.
"New Directions" is the thirteenth episode of the fifth season of the American musical television series Glee, and the one-hundred-first episode overall. Written and directed by series co-creator Brad Falchuk, it aired on Fox in the United States on March 25, 2014, and is the second part of a two-part anniversary episode that features the apparent end of New Directions after the club is shut down by principal Sue Sylvester. Many graduates of the glee club have returned, as have special guest stars Kristin Chenoweth as April Rhodes and Gwyneth Paltrow as Holly Holliday. This is the last appearance of Paltrow, Chenoweth, and Melissa Benoist on the series, although Benoist is still credited as a series regular throughout the remainder of the season.
"Prom-asaurus" is the nineteenth episode of the third season of the American musical television series Glee, and the sixty-third overall. Written by Ryan Murphy and directed by Eric Stoltz, the episode aired on Fox in the United States on May 8, 2012, and features McKinley High's senior prom.
"Props" is the twentieth episode of the third season of the American musical television series Glee, and the sixty-fourth overall. Written and directed by Ian Brennan, the episode is the first of two new episodes that aired back-to-back on Fox in the United States on May 15, 2012. It features New Directions preparing a heavily props-dependent routine for the impending Nationals competition, an extended sequence in which Tina has a vision of the glee club having swapped roles, including herself as Rachel, and an appearance by special guest star Whoopi Goldberg as NYADA dean Carmen Tibideaux.
Kitty Wilde is a fictional character from the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee. The character is portrayed by actress Becca Tobin, and appeared for the first time during the first episode of the fourth season, "The New Rachel", first broadcast on September 13, 2012. Kitty was introduced as a bully and a member of the McKinley High cheerleader squad who slushies the newest members of the Glee club, Marley Rose and Wade "Unique" Adams, and serves as the new teen antagonist for the season, as well as serving as a parallel to an early Quinn Fabray. As the season progressed, she joins the glee club and becomes Marley's worst enemy. However, later it is shown that Kitty also has a soft side. Her harshness and cruelty seems to be greatly lessened during the fifth and sixth season, as she is seen becoming a better person, though she still acts rudely in general most of the time.
"Naked" is the twelfth episode of the fourth season of the American musical television series Glee, and the seventy-eighth episode overall. Written and directed by co-creators Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, respectively, it aired on Fox in the United States on January 31, 2013.
The fifth season of the Fox musical comedy-drama television series Glee was commissioned on April 19, 2013, along with a sixth season. It premiered on September 26, 2013, as part of the 2013 fall season. After a winter break, it returned on February 25, 2014, moving to Tuesday nights to finish its season. The second part of the season featured the 100th episode of the series, the 12th episode of the season, which aired on March 18, 2014. It was shorter than previous seasons, with twenty episodes instead of twenty-two.
"Love, Love, Love" is the premiere episode of the fifth season of the American musical television series Glee, and the eighty-ninth episode overall. The episode was written by series co-creator Brad Falchuk and directed by Bradley Buecker, and first aired on September 26, 2013 on Fox in the United States.
"The Quarterback" is the third episode of the fifth season of the American musical television series Glee, and the ninety-first episode overall. Written by all three of the show's creators—Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan—and directed by Falchuk, it first aired on Fox in the United States on October 10, 2013. The episode sees the death of character Finn Hudson, and acts as a tribute to Hudson and to actor Cory Monteith, who had played the character since the start of the series, and who died on July 13, 2013. The episode's plot centers on the impact Finn's death has on the characters, specifically Kurt Hummel, Will Schuester, Santana Lopez, Noah Puckerman, and Rachel Berry.
Glee Sings the Beatles is the fifteenth soundtrack album by the cast of the American musical television show Glee. It was made available for pre-order on iTunes on September 10, 2013, with the expected to be released date on September 24, 2013, two days before the fifth season premiere. The album features fourteen songs recorded for the first two episodes of the season: "Love Love Love" and "Tina in the Sky with Diamonds".
"A Katy or a Gaga" is the fourth episode of the fifth season of the American musical television series Glee, and the ninety-second episode overall. It was written by executive producers Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner, and directed by co-creator Ian Brennan, and it aired on Fox in the United States on November 7, 2013. The episode features the music of Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, the debut of guest star Adam Lambert as Elliott "Starchild" Gilbert, and the return of special guest star Demi Lovato as Dani, Santana's girlfriend.
"Puppet Master" is the seventh episode of the fifth season of the American musical television series Glee, and the ninety-fifth episode overall. Written by Matthew Hodgson and directed by Paul McCrane, it aired on Fox in the United States on November 28, 2013. The episode features the return of special guest star Demi Lovato as Dani, and of Adam Lambert as Elliott "Starchild" Gilbert. The reason why Sue Sylvester always wears tracksuits is finally revealed.
"Previously Unaired Christmas" is the eighth episode and fall finale of the fifth season of the American musical television series Glee, and the ninety-sixth episode overall. It was directed by Wendey Stanzler and written by Ross Maxwell, and it aired on Fox in the United States on December 5, 2013. The episode is the show's fourth Christmas special, but due to season five being set in the same calendar year as season four, it is a non-canonical episode which purports to be the original season four Christmas special, suppressed by Fox.
"Frenemies" is the ninth episode and spring premiere of the fifth season of the American musical television series Glee, and the ninety-seventh episode overall. Written by Ned Martel and directed by Bradley Buecker, it aired on Fox in the United States on February 25, 2014. Effective with this episode, the show moves back to Tuesday nights at 8:00 pm Eastern time from Thursday nights at 9:00 pm Eastern time.
"Trio" is the tenth episode of the fifth season of the American musical television series Glee, and the ninety-eighth episode overall. It aired on Fox in the United States on March 4, 2014.
Elliott "Starchild" Gilbert is a recurring character in the musical comedy TV series Glee during its fifth season. Elliott is portrayed by actor and musician Adam Lambert. Elliott's main storylines have seen him share scenes with character Kurt Hummel as he is part of Kurt's band. Other storylines saw Elliott being involved with Santana Lopez and Rachel Berry during their feud. Elliott's performance of Lady Gaga's "Marry the Night" was well received by critics.