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glee recapping: props

Here’s what you missed on Glee: Prom-asauras

Story

  • Sue wants to beat out Vocal Adrenaline by having Kurt dress as a woman.
  • Tina is finally fed up about being in the background of the glee club.
  • After some motivating words from Rachel (playing Tina), Tina motivates real Rachel to seek out a second chance with Carmen Tibideaux.
  • Sue says the Trouble Tones are going to make another appearance at Nationals.
  • The glee girls find out that Coach Beiste is still with Cooter and they ask her why.
  • Puck gets in a confrontation at school because he was called a “Lima Loser” by Rick.

“My name is Tina Cohen-Chang!” Tell ’em Tina! For a person that has been on the show since the pilot you would think Tina would have more screen time. Or maybe you don’t? Which is probably why we  (I) didn’t even notice her fashion changes over the course of four seasons. I honestly forgot that she was a year behind all of the relevant characters. Maybe Tina will get to live out her dream of being Rachel next year? But most likely she will be relegated to singing behind some new prodigy that happens to stumble about the campus. Cheers to Tina and, more importantly, obscurity.

Talk about Mash-Ups… Question: Why the h3!! wasn’t the whole episode done inside of Tina’s mind? Answer: Who’s Tina? But seriously, if you didn’t think Puck and Finn were the most intimate versions of Blaine and Kurt that we’ve ever seen then you must be delusional. Shuester’s “Sue-Suit” gave off that Eric Northman vibe. Santana is still the hottest living organism in Lima, Ohio while she’s portraying Artie. I know I gave Blaine a hard time about his “broccoli” head, but I’d rather see that than seeing him with Puck’s mohawk. Maybe going all Bizzaro World in the mind of character that barely exists for an entire episode is a stretch–I get that. But Glee, why must you tease me with genius?!

Puck Lucked Up: For a brief second–more like two weeks–I thought Puck was going to be staying around McKinley for another year due to his failed grade. Maybe (Definitely) that was just a vast majority little part of myself that still doesn’t want to let go off the original cast–and I shouldn’t be blamed for that! I’ll admit it was bittersweet when Puck was told that he could retake his European Geography final. I would have never been so happy to witness someone fail a grade in my life. Or maybe I should just say “congratulations”? Whatever, I’m so over it anyway…

Music

I Won’t Give Up – Rachel (A) If you’re like me and you felt that “I won’t give up on us” sounds like Rachel was singing to herself, as well as her hopes and dreams, then this could be considered a narcissistic song pick. Who cares, it was fitting and the future Mrs. Hudson sounded amazing.

Because You Loved Me – Tina as Rachel (A) Her mannerisms were completely spot-on, including the way Rachel closes her eyes when she’s really into the lyrical content of her song choice. Although this technically wasn’t a Tina performance, Jenna Ushkowitz definitely set the stage for Tina to move to the forefront of the glee club next season.

Mean – Puck and Beiste (A) This was an unexpectedly awesome duet from the two people who’ve experienced (arguably) the roughest moments of the season.

Flashdance (What a Feeling) Tina and Rachel (A) Almost definitely the first and last time we’ll hear these two together, which is a shame since they have such similar bouncy, energetic energy. Everything about this performance was the perfect way to head to nationals.

Quotes

It’s time to fight fire with the flaming flames of additional flamey gay fire.” -Sue

“Trick or treat, badabing!” – Kurt/Snooki
“Hey, what’s a guy gotta do to get a candy situaiton up in here?” -Blaine/The Situation

I’m a human prop and I’m sick of it!” –Tina
Take a lap and cool down, Asian number one.” -Sue

“William, I can taste your Axe body spray.” -Sue

Getting metal sparks on your face is how you get freckles.” -Brittany

“The truth is, it takes a lot of crystals to make something shine.” -Tina

“I don’t think I’m allowed back in Chicago after I body slammed Refrigerator Perry during a bar fight.” -Coach Beiste

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thoughts on glee: the spanish teacher

Previously on Glee: Michael

Story

With a tenure position up for grabs at McKinley all our favorite teachers are trying to make a good impression on Principal Higgins. Will must actually learn Spanish at night school. Sue is trying to prepare herself for…pregnancy? Roz is critical of the Cheerios’ dance moves. Meanwhile, Sam and Mercedes go to Emma for help about their secret relationship.

Showing Some Duende: I liked that David Martinez (Ricky Martin) inspired the glee club to move outside of their comfort zone with the song selection. I enjoyed his attempt to mix LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” – emphasis on attempt. I couldn’t help but want to buy some teeth whitener afterwards as well. I’m not sure if his character is going to be one of my favorites going forward if he sticks around at McKinley because I don’t see what else he can be used for besides starting a rival glee club.

Seriously Sue? I’m not even going to try to make sense of Sue’s post-menopausal urges to have a child. I know she was great with her sister and is trying to treat Becky in the same manner, but would u really trust Sue with an impressionable child? Kudos for being able to freeze your eggs 30 years before the technology existed though

Rivalry with Roz: Maybe Sue’s competitive drive is lacking or maybe she is just preoccupied with her new pregnancy phase or maybe Roz is just a worthy opponent? Either way, I’m game. Will has proven that he can’t sustain an offensive attack against Sue but I think Roz will do just fine. We have grown use to Sue’s diatribes directed at the glee club and – pretty much – every other person who gets in her crosshairs, but now it seems that Sue is going to be on the receiving end a little bit more so than she is use to.

Seven Days of Silence: This Sam/Mercedes relationship to be – or not – is starting to get annoying. Every time we get close to something materializing their morals get in the way of a good affair. I honestly never thought that the relationship would develop as much as it has since his return to McKinley but it is a good storyline for the second half of the season since it’s clear we’re over Santana’s homosexuality, Blaine’s transition to The New Directions (Get well soon!), The Trouble Tones, and Beth.

La Musica

This was definitely a crushing return down from last week’s MJ high. I’m disappointed that there wasn’t even a hint of Livin’ La Vida Loca or even a few bars of She Bangs. Similar to Santana I was disgusted with La Cucaracha and I may be mistaken, but did they bring in a new band just for this episode? Regardless, I was muy decepcionado.

Sexy and I Know It – David and the New Directions (C)

This performance was painfully average, but Suga’s pushups, Finn’s body roll, Puck’s chopping, Artie’s chair dance and, Brittany and Mike’s overall dance moves certainly helped move it along. Ricky Martin had great chemistry with the group, but he’s Ricky Martin, the man who helped start the Latin invasion in the late 90s, so the bar was set a little higher than what he gave us. Kudos on the nod to the LMFAO robot man.

Don’t Wanna Lose You – Mercedes (B)

Great ballad and the perfect way to talk to the guy you can’t actually talk to because you’re on a week-long no contact. I thought it was sweet, but not entirely memorable. Unlike most of last night’s performances, it was a song pick that was relevant to their weekly assignment and the overall plot. Darn these two for slowly becoming my favorite non-couple.

Bamboleo / Hero – Sam (and the male members of the New Directions) (B)

Who knew bolo ties could look so adorable? Besides Sam and Tom Haverford, of course. Albeit a little corny, this performance was really cute. I would have loved it if Sam was alone, with his guitar, serenading the whole room singing just Hero. Clearly the writers wanted to go a more silly route.

La Isla Bonita – David and Santana (C)

If this had been anyone else, the performance would have easily been the best of the night. However, when Naya Rivera and Ricky Martin are on stage together, things should happen. Hot things that are just a little bit inappropriate. Sadly, there was none of that. It wouldn’t have been the first time a student/teacher performance crossed a line or two on this show, so there’s really no excuse for why these two looked more like cousins than mutually sexy individuals. Unrelated, but still hilarious: Puck’s childlike fascination with the lights.

A Little Less Conversation – Will (C)

Schue’s outfit, along with Mike and Brittany as bulls, should have been enough to get this one a failing grade. However, I know the whole point was that it was supposed to be bad and in poor taste. With so many other less than amazing performances, they really didn’t have room for a throwaway here.

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thoughts on glee: i kissed a girl

Finn’s Mistake: After hearing that Santana AND “Snix” (Her sassy alter-ego) is going to be suspended for two weeks and miss sectionals he decides to renege on him admitting that she slapped him. I would like to say “Thank You” to Finn for keeping Santana around her classmates. I don’t what I would do if I didn’t get to hear her verbally rip apart her peers on a daily (weekly) basis.

Kurt’s Election: After hearing that Brittany is ahead of him, Kurt tells Rachel that he plans to stuff the ballot with fake votes to ensure his victory. I know he is worried about getting into NYADA with Rachel but I can’t make myself believe that this one extracurricular is going to solidify his admission.

Santana’s Secret: After the New Directions barrage her with songs in support of her homosexuality, Santana tells them that she “came out” to her parents and they were fine with it. But when she tells her “abuelita” she tells Santana that “Everyone has secrets. They’re called secrets for a reason”. This upsets Santana…and ME! After watching this show since it debuted, the only thing that really makes me sad is when Santana is upset. It’s pretty much the worst thing in the world…like 4serialz. But I am glad that Santana is finally admitting who she is now but I hope that doesn’t take anything away from Snix.

Beiste & Cooter…& Sue?: Talk about your bizarre love triangles or whatever. Sue is trying to avoid losing votes due to her lack of a consistent male companion in her life so she takes Beiste’s new beau Cooter. Cooter says that he doesn’t need a buddy to lift weights with he wants a girlfriend. Beiste says that she will fight for his love but I’m sure Sue will eventually end up dumping since the election is over anyway.

Teacher’s (Heavy) Pet(ting): After Puck comes to Shelby’s aid when Beth has to go to the hospital for busting her lip they end up at her place in her bed. Puck eventually leaves after Shelby comes to her senses but is this already too much? I love how Glee goes from one controversial topic to another – even overlapping them in this case. But it’s not too far-fetched from reality so it’s not just ridiculously over-the-top. I’m not legally allowed to say that I like their relationship but I’m glad Puck has come to the realization that Quinn is psycho because of it.

Rachel Steals the Show: After Beiste and Figgins realize that the ballot was stuffed they tell Kurt that he could be suspended if they find it out it was him. Rachel tells Finn she stuffed the ballot because she wanted Kurt to win. Finn tells Rachel that she needs to make this right. After Santana is done performing Rachel comes in with tears in her eyes and tells the group that she told Figgins the truth and she has been suspended for a week and that she can’t perform during sectionals. I actually like this move for the New Directions. By now we all know that Rachel is bound to do something spectacular during the big performances, unless there is a conscious effort to give someone else a moment in the sun. I’m hoping that Blaine gets to solidify his spot in the group or maybe even Rory – but they may be a stretch at this moment. My first place vote: Trouble Tones FTW!!!

MUSIC

F*ckin Perfect – Kurt and Blaine (C)

This is the song Klaine sings to each other in the car? Really? I just can’t see that, which is probably why the first song of the evening failed to really move me. The overall sentiment was lovely, but their voices didn’t quite achieve orgasmic duet power. Kurt’s distracting ensemble aside, I found this performance incredibly ‘bleh’.

I’m the Only One – Puck (A)

I love this song. I loved Melissa Etheridge’s video for this song. Most importantly, I LOVED Puck covering this song. His voice had the perfect amount of ‘rasp’ and he did an amazing job of straddling the line between tossing Santana some solidarity and grrl power, while pouring his heart out to Shelby. Puck (and his weird little faux-hawk) is definitely one of my favorite characters this season.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Finn and the (guy) New Directions (A+)

If you haven’t heard Mr. Laswell’s version, listen to it now. Finn did an AMAZING job covering that cover. It was beautiful and marvelous and flawless and a slew of other adjectives meant to express the perfection of this performance. Cyndi Lauper made this feminist anthem fun and up beat, but the slower version really pulls out the meaning of the lyrics. I was glad Santana didn’t ruin the ending with a smart-ass quip. I love when she does that, but it would have completely ruined the mood.

Jolene – Coach Beiste (B)

Great pick lyrically and the visuals really expressed how badly she wants her Cooter. Anything comments beyond that would be gratuitous.

I Kissed a Girl – The Troubletones and (girl) New Directions (C)

I probably wouldn’t have used a song about drunken girl-on-girl action to empower Santana. She’s not kissing her BFF at the bar for a free shot or making out with her roommate at a party for kicks and giggles. She’s a young girl in high school who is being shoved out of the closet. Alas, the performance was super PG, but maybe they had to tone it down after the enjoyably raunchy Toxic performance. I loved seeing the girls back together for a moment and this was one of the few times in the episode that Rachel didn’t look miserable, so bonus points for that. Also, did anyone else want Santana and Rachel to kiss?

Constant Craving – Santana and Shelby……and Kurt (A)

This performance was well on its way to A+ status. Santana was showing her emotional vulnerability again and that has proven to be the Popeye spinach she needs to really “go there” these last few episodes. Then Shelby came in and her interpretation of the lyrics enhanced the moment. And then….they awkwardly tossed Kurt in for the ending. I appreciate the many layers of the performance, but I would have appreciated Kurt’s contribution more if the segue was a bit more natural. Yet and still, this was another tear-jerker.

Note: This episode was directed by Tate Donovan aka Jimmy Cooper aka Mr. Love Potion #9. Also, Santana was consistently gorgeous this whole episode.

Quotes

If elected I promise to have sugary treats available at all times; it helps with you with concentration, that’s what George Washington said.” -Brittany

I’d rather raw dog a beehive.” -Puck (to Quinn)

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