'Glee' Recap — The Big Super Bowl Episode Is Less Than Thrilling As Sue Sylvester Becomes Murderous!

Mon, February 7, 2011 12:48am EST by 11 Comments

We are all about suspension of disbelief but for what will no doubt be their biggest episode, ‘Glee’ dropped the ball and gave us one of the most ridiculous hours of television ever!

Where, oh where, to begin with the sometimes good but mostly horrible Glee post-Super Bowl episode? In the sake of leading off positively, the duet of Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” by Rachel (Lea Michele) and Puck (Mark Salling) was one of the show’s best musical numbers. Ever. As for a critique, having a teacher finding humor in knowingly killing a student is the worst idea ever — especially for a musical comedy.

Yes, Glee spent an hour having Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) destroy the entire school and try and convince cheerleader Brittany (series MVP Heather Morris) to allow herself to be fired out of a cannon, leading inevitably to death. Now, we know this show goes over the top at times, but this was just ludicrous. It’s not even something that would seem to aid in retaining the new audience the football lead in ensured the show!

What did get in the men no doubt were some lovely changes that came about during this episode. Rachel showed some cleavage at one point (never happens) and some of the Cheerios traded cheerleading outfits for bikini tops (I could see it happening).

Hands down the worst part of this episode however was Rachel’s hair. For a major show to not realize that she went back and forth from having to not having bangs seems like a major miss. To be honest, her hair color even seemed to shift at times!

Positive note. Ummmmmm, oh the creepy all boys school. Now I can’t stand to watch them because it is just too odd and weird, but their rendition of “Bills, Bills, Bills” was great. However, the producers need to get Kurt (Chris Colfer) back to McKinley High. These scenes with him now seem so throwaway, something you want to try and avoid with the actor who just won a Golden Globe for the show. Or at least one would assume.

As for the much anticipated “Thriller” performance — eh. The scene appeared to be shot by Michael Bay so you couldn’t see much of the dancing which was a bummer. Also, wanted WAY more “Heads Will Roll” — that sounded amazing!

Also amazing is the revisiting of Quinn (Dianna Agron) and Finn (Cory Monteith). Their kiss at the end was sweet and nice and they should get back together. Or she should get with Brittany and Santana (Naya Rivera). They seem fun.

Now I won’t even get into the whole football plot because we all just know that is unimaginable. Obviously not the girls playing part, well those girls playing is ridiculous, but more the last second plays, the easy to assemble team and the belief that a group of rhythmless men can learn to dance in a few days. Great little scene for Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) though!

What did you think HollywoodLifers? Did Glee score for you tonight or just miss the uprights (see what I did there? Clever!)?

-Chris Spargo

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Posted at 10:31 PM on February 7, 2011  

The Sue scenes were, yes, absolutely ridiculous. She’s shown in previous episodes that she *is* actually human and has a certain degree of empathy, so this was over-the-top and it took away a lot of the likability that (surprisingly) can go towards the character. I enjoyed the Thriller/Heads Will Roll mash-up, mostly because it gave Artie’s voice a chance to shine. That character can get overlooked, which is a shame. I, too, LOVED the duet between Rachel and Puck. I thought Lea Michele and Mark Salling’s voices blended beautifully, and I also think the chemistry between their characters helped to create special ‘Puckleberry’ moments throughout the entire episode. I’m rooting for them, to be honest, though I think both still need some growth. They seem to compliment one another, without altering their personalities. They’re fun to watch when they interact. As for Finn and Quinn… Eh. Finn will come off looking like a hypocrite if they get back together and Quinn would lose any credibility she has as a young woman who has learned from her mistakes.

All-in-all, I enjoyed the episode, loved the music, and I want to see more Rachel and Puck.

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Posted at 1:24 PM on February 7, 2011  

finn was a douch boyfriend to rachel, and yet he can forgive quinn (this couple is a big mistake) but can forgive her? seriously?
the good point is rachel pre-finn is back full force.
tina, mercedez, rachel and lauren were the best of last night episode. their atitude was like the glee club from season 1.

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Posted at 12:31 PM on February 7, 2011  

too harsh…it was cute. How is the boys school creepy? and their not throwing Kurt into the background…but not every episode has to focus on him. Sorry I disagree with your critique!

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Posted at 9:19 AM on February 7, 2011  

“As for a critique, having a teacher finding humor in knowingly killing a student is the worst idea ever — especially for a musical comedy.”

Why? And why “especially for a musical comedy?” You’d probably think killing people and baking them into pies or feeding them to a giant plant was also a bad idea.

Also, what is so “creepy” about the all boys school?

I’m not saying the episode was tops, it had a lot of problems, but this review has just as many.

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Posted at 9:17 AM on February 7, 2011  

when i glanced over at it mid-ep, lady lumberjack was kicking everybody off the football team because they wouldn’t put on a fabulous song’n’dance extravaganza at halftime. lolwut? ‘hey that episode would be perfect right after the super bowl, now hold still midget while i snort another line off your ass’

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Posted at 8:36 AM on February 7, 2011  

What about the Dina Lohan joke??? Didn’t the cast just apologize to Lindsay for making fun of her in a previous episode?

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Posted at 3:49 AM on February 7, 2011  

Qhat QUinn cheated AGAIN!!!!. Plus she was always so mean to Finn. He must be crazy. I didn’t really like Rachel ( I like Rachel and B-way) and Finn but at least she never called him a moron or stupid.

Anyway the show MVP is Rachel she doesn’t get the quirky one liners but she was damn cute in this episode and always pulls out a decent song.

They over do Sue and while Brittany wasn’t as stupid as usually she didn’t do much I am trying to think back beside telling sue to suck it .

Warbles time to pack it up and get Kurt back to WMSH, that was unnecessary.

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Posted at 11:28 AM on February 8, 2011  

omg Rachel was HILARIOUS this episode. The look on her face when she was explaining to the Glee football player that: “We’re just going to lie there.” High-fiving her teammates. Strutting onto the field smiling and seconds away from pageant waving while the other girls were giving serious business face. And trying to attack Azimio after performing with Puck. Everything she did basically!!!

Also, Finn and Quinn suck. And Dianna Agron’s delivery this episode was especially bad. Like painfully, “omg what is she doing cringe-worthy bad.”

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Posted at 2:53 AM on February 7, 2011  

“Creepy” all boys school – I’m sorry, was this written by a middle school student?
And if your biggest complaint about a show is someone’s hairstyle, please – for the love of God – go back to school so you can actually expand upon that tiny mind of yours.

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Posted at 1:18 AM on February 7, 2011  

Word to Need You Now being absolutely incredible. Mark and Lea need to sing together more often.

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Posted at 1:18 AM on February 7, 2011  

Nice and sweet? She’s cheating on another boy!!!!! And at this point, the words Finn and hypocrite together are becoming redundant.

This show is so freaking irresponsible!!! If this whole Finn/Quinn gag fest lasts more than three episode, and if there isn’t more Rachel being ridiculous and awesome to balance it out, I’m done. Seriously, her and Tina saved this episode.

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