Ho It’s New York: Glee is a Broadway lovers’ show, and there are tons of little musical kids in the area.
How It’s Irish: Damian McGinty is from Northern Ireland, as is his character on
Glee, Rory Flanagan. And the show is full of little Irish jokes, including Lucky Charms, “say U2 is overrated,” the words “top of the morning,” and many a green shirt.
In which Damian, aka Rory, gets pushed and shoved a lot, sings “It Isn’t Easy Being Green,” turns cat poop into candy bars, and does not kiss a girl. Yet.
Damian McGinty is on Glee tonight!— our exclusive interview! (more to come…)
Damian McGinty made his first appearance on Glee last week, after his win on The Glee Project. And to celebrate his appearance he’s got a central role in the episode and inspired its title “Pot O’Gold.” We quickly find out that he’s an exchange student named Rory Flanagan. He’s staying with Brittany, who believes he’s a real leprechaun, and if he grants her three wishes she’ll show him her “pot of gold.” Heh. He’s a virgin and he really wants to snog her, he admits later to Finn. The show has fun with every Irish cliche they can think of, and I’m sure there will be more to come!
In the episode Damian just couldn’t look any cuter,blue eyes twinkling and shy little smile. But it’s not only Brittany who has trouble understanding him. It must be catching because half the time I couldn’t understand Brittany, either, or Santana, or even Sue. Articulation, people.
But now to the Damian recap.
“Top o the morning, Brittany,” are Rory’s first words on the episode. He’s wearing a green shirt and a green bowler hat. He wears green in almost every scene.
She tells him he looks magical and amazing, but she doesn’t understand him so he’ll need to speak English. Hee. I see the writers went with an idea showrunner Ryan Murphy had during the Glee Project, about having Brittany never understand him.
A passing football player knocks Rory’s hat off, just for fun. Brittany seems confused. How can anyone else see him? (she’s already asked how his first day of school was, so the question doesn’t make that much sense). Then she answers her own question and says he must be wanting them to see him.
Yup, that’s it! He twinkles. Hell I’d be tempted to find him a leprechaun too. He’s got an amazing ability to twinkle.
Her first wish is for a box of lucky charms that is ALL marshmallows. Brittany is a teenage embodiment of an inner child.
“You’re in luck,” he says, “because Lucky the leprechaun happens to be my cousin.”
“If this nation wants to impress its future Chinese overlords, it needs to get its priorities state, “she says.
“I love America, especially NASCAR, your half black president, and Victoria’s Secret catalogues.”
“about different unique people coming together and accepting one another.”
That’s a pretty old brochure, dude, Finn says.
“Thank you so much, Rory leprechaun,” Brittany says.
But she turns him down for dinner because he’s not supposed to eat anything but some kind of flowers anyway.
He watches Brittany eating her marshmallows, in class. She gives him a little wave.
“She thinks you’re a sprightly green mythological creature. But I know you’re a potato eating something poser. But since Brittany likes having a pet Irish I’m not going to explode you.
Here’s what’s going to go down.
Leprechaun, starring a young Jen Aniston, is my favorite movie.
But learn me two things.
1, leprechauns like fixing shoe buckles because they’re gay.
And 2, they grant wishes. So you’re going to grant me a wish.
“I blinked”, he says. Quick thinking there Rory! (though since the door is unlocked I don’t quite understand the question anyway, but again, whatever). “I made your wish come true,” he grins.
And ick, she wants to eat the candy bar. She must have wished the cat would crap candy bars. Oh Brittany.
He tells her Santana found out about him and only had one wish. It was for her to leave Glee and join the new one.
Next we see Finn confronting Brittany. “Is it true?” Brittany says of course not. But then realizes he’s not talkinb about Selina Gomez but about leaving Glee Club. Yes, it’s true.
Brittany says she has to leave because Santana made a wish on Rory the Leprechaun.
He tells her she’s going to have to grow up and stop being such an idiot.
She says that’s mean, it’s bullying and she won’t accept it. You know, whenever she drops the little girl voice and says something sensible the actress gets way more attractive. I swear her nose actually shrinks. It’s curious. She and Santana catch up to Mercedes in the hall and ask who else is in this girl group? Mercedes looks happy.
They sing a kind of Andrews sitsters song which is not boogie woogie bugle boy but has vulgar lyrics like he’s a one stop sweet shop making all the panties drop. Ick. I looked it up and it’s Christina Aguilera’s “Candyman.” They are so much better than everyone on The X Factor it’s not even funny. Finn and Mr. Shue watch them rehearse (because it’s Glee, they rehearse in full costume onstage, with back-up singers and a band), and agree it will be trouble.
AndRory comes up after Finn goes and says now that her third wish came true with nobody’s feelings hurt, he get to see her pot of gold.
“say U2 is overrated! Say it!”
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