Glee tried to duplicate the magic of their first episode, which also aired after a Super Bowl, last night and while it wasn't quite as fresh they deserve a Frappuccino for trying. I'm not sure if "The Sue Sylvester Shuffle" should be considered non canon, as it seems to set up another possible love triangle between Sam, Finn and Quinn. It definitely seemed more lively and ridiculous. The little plot there was revolved around Sue trying to top herself because she has become bored. Sue Sylvester is everything I strive to be in life, but she should have been fired by now. After the Cheerios rehearse an already dangerous routine set to Katy Perry's "California Gurls," including electric blue wigs and firework bra, Quinn who apparently has a backbone now, tells Sue that she won't be satisfied until she tops herself. Not one to pass up humiliation, Sue makes them slap each other, and themselves, with their chicken cutlets. I find it interesting that there have been a number of references to Santana's/Naya's alleged breast enhancement. You saw her at the Golden Globes, judge for yourself.
Meanwhile, Coach Beiste and Will are bffs now? Emma is married, so I guess he has to talk to someone. Even though he's a part of the team, Artie is slushied and the two decide the best punishment for the football team is for them to join forces with the glee club. Cue Mercedes' Whitney-like "Oh, hell no!" It was bound to happen at some point, so I'm not going to try to question it. I did love that the Glee boys were ready to fight for Artie. As dumb as they are, at least they stick up for each other sometimes.
After trying to get her mojo back, even getting a misspelled tattoo, Sue decides to shoot poor Brittany out of a canon, her Sueclear Weapon, because that's not dangerous at all. Again Brittany got the best line of the episode, "I don't want to die yet. At least not until One Tree Hill is cancelled." After being told no by Principal Figgins, she goes on the best rampage ever, ending up in the locker room where she decides to stop playing nice. When were you ever nice, Sue?
And then this is where the episode lost me. Sue makes her head Cheerios quit the glee club, and reschedules the cheerleader's regional competition to be on the same night as the big football game. This is all so plausible. Oh I forgot, this is in Ryan Murphy's universe, it doesn't have to make sense. Coach Beiste and Will put their big noggins together and come up with the idea to have the temporary glee club perform at the halftime show. The football teams gets slushied by the hockey team (WHAT?!) and now then they drop out of the club. As all of this continues to not makes sense, the girls decide to feel the void on the football team so they won't have to forfeit.
During the game, Tina gets a tiny moment to shine, almost making a touchdown. The girls looked cute in their uniforms, and Lauren should probably be on the team anyway. After halftime and still in their zombie makeup, the Titans actually win.
Sue somehow gets an interview with Katie Couric, as she has been named "Loser of The Year." Does anyone even watch CBS Nightly News? I could totally believe that Katie would go all the way to Ohio to interview a cheerleading coach. Sue actually beat out Mel Gibson and Dina Lohan, ouch. While it seemed like Karofsky might join New Directions, he shut down the idea when Finn bought it up to him, also suggesting that he apologize to Kurt. (As our friend, Popbytes suggested last night, it could be possible that Karofsky will be singing Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" in an upcoming episode.) While I try to keep my breakfast down, I will admit that it would be more interesting than the obvious Kurt singing it.
In the hallway, Quinn kisses Finn and tells him that the week, which included him fighting with Sam over her, reminded her of why she loved him. And there goes my breakfast.
You'd think that this being the big Super Bowl episode that Glee would have "brought it" but the songs just didn't grab me.
"Need You Now" performed by Rachel and Puck. So Puckelberry just randomly had this song prepared? Guess they've been spending more time together. If you're trying to convince a bunch of knuckleheaded football players why it's a good idea to join a glee club, maybe a love song isn't the best choice. They sounded good though and Puck needs to sing more!
"She's Not There" performed by Finn and the football team. I actually enjoyed this, and Finn/Cory's voice has improved a lot over since the first season. The zombie makeup and choreography made it one of the better performances of the season. Even better was their slow motion walk out into the hall before getting slushied by the hockey team.
"Bills Bills Bills" performed by The Warblers. I missed this so I can only critique the song. When I first heard this song was going to be done, I imagined the girls singing it. It's an okay cover but it's not even the best Destiny's Child song. If we have to get a Warblers song every week in out obligatory Kurt and Blaine scene, at least make it a good 90s classic.
"Thriller/Heads Will Roll" performed by New Directions and the Titans. Where to begin...it wasn't bad. The mash-ups on the show are usually pretty good, and Will's decision to do this was one of the better things he's done this year. Thankfully he kept himself off the field. How funny,cute, odd was it when Karofsky ran out onto the field after he saw everyone enjoying it? He just wants to be accepted, you guys! Also loved the crowd chanting BRAINS!
I think I might be starting to like Glee again.
Written by: Brittani
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