Adam Lambert GleeGlee came back for the first episode after the tribute to Finn, and it's like nothing happened. Rachel's on Broadway. Santana's in a happy relationship. And Kurt is starting a band with the one and only Adam Lambert!

Well, OK, really with a guy named Starchild, who takes the auditions by storm with a version of "Marry the Night" that might be (wait for it) better than Lady Gaga's, and who just happens to be played by Adam Lambert. But same diff, right?

The American Idol alum is here, and he gave Glee just what it needed to push past the trauma of losing Finn:

Fire!

The episode was dubbed "A Katy or a Gaga" in honor of Mr. Schue's challenge to the New Directions to push themselves out of their comfort zones. He labeled half the crew -- including Blaine, Sam, Marley, Artie, and Ryder -- as Katy Perrys for their optimism and tendency to pick happy pop songs. The others were straight up Gagas.

Each side had to play the other, and of course hijinks ensued, complicated as always by Sue and her Becretary (aka Becky). 

But credit goes to Lambert for coming and shaking the whole thing up. The show needed him now more than ever to take the focus off Rachel's heartbreak and back on good old-fashioned performing.

We're all sad that Cory Monteith is gone, but as they say in the biz, the show must go on. And the Glee we love is about fun dance numbers and epic diva moves a la Gaga and Katy.

Down on the floor humping the sky with his glitter eyeliner, Lambert was the perfect Gaga. But it turns out Starchild is also the perfect Katy -- without the makeup, he's just good old Elliott Gilbert, a kid from Paramus, New Jersey, who wants nothing more than to be in an indie band in New York City. And he has a pretty good "Roar."

What did you think of Adam Lambert's performance? How about the band name: Pamela Lansbury?

 

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