'Glee' Recap: Mercedes Is Selfish For Not Sharing The Lead Role!

Tue, October 4, 2011 10:22pm EDT by 19 Comments

Mercedes threw away a chance to show how great she would be as Maria in ‘West Side Story,’ all because of her pride!

After Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Rachel (Lea Michele) had a ‘Maria-Off’ on Glee, Coach Beiste (Dot Jones), Artie (Kevin McHale) and Emma (Jayma Mays) gave the coveted role of to BOTH of them. But Mercedes complained about having to share and quit! How stupid!

Mercedes has shown us time and time again that she doesn’t want to practice, she just wants to be handed the spotlight and yet when despite herself, she’s given a chance to shine, she refuses to take it!

Why, Mercedes? You would have been an amazing Maria!

What’s more ridiculous is that the directors had decided to add an extra week to the musical’s run because they couldn’t decide between the two divas. If they had only picked one, there would be no need for the extra performances, meaning that Mercedes would have only played Maria for a week anyway, if they had just chosen her over Rachel! There would have been no difference to her!

And more than that, her stubbornness led to her ousting from New Directions. And instead of doing the right thing and apologizing to Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison), she went straight to Shelby Corcoran (Idina Menzel) to join her singing group.

Meanwhile, Rachel dealt with winning the part “by default.” (Yes, she’s annoying and no one likes her, but I doubt anyone would think — except for Mercedes — that she wasn’t a worthy choice.) Furthermore, she decided to run against Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Brittany (Heather Morris) for class president, putting Finn (Cory Monteith) in a tough spot and causing a rift between herself and Kurt.

In other West Side Story news, Blaine (Darren Criss) was cast as Tony, to his boyfriend’s delight, Santana (Naya Rivera) as Anita, and Mike (Harry Shum Jr.) as Riff.

And speaking of Mike, his storyline gave the episode its name — Asian F. He got an A-minus (the eponymous Asian F) on a Chemistry test, prompting his father to suspect he was on drugs or over-extended. Mr. Chang wanted Mike to quit the glee club. But, obviously what his son really wants to do is dance!

This lead to a sweet scene with Mike’s mother, who told her son that he was braver than she ever was for following his dreams. And she told him that when he was cast in West Side Story, they’d tell his father together. I wish they’d show that conversation!

As for Mr. Schue and Emma — he thought was ashamed of him and didn’t want to introduce him to her parents. It turns out that her parents are “ginger supremacists” (is this a real thing?) and she was actually ashamed of them. And there was a revelation about her OCD, but really this is boring.

Of course, I could never forget Brittany. She did an incredible version of Beyonce‘s “Run The World (Girls).” I hope the writers are planning a few presidential debates, because I can’t wait to hear what she has to say.

What do you think of the episode, HollywoodLifers? Was Mercedes better than Rachel? Or was she foolish to give up Maria like that?

– Denise Warner

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Lwazi mangcangaza

Posted at 7:14 PM on May 4, 2014  

It is rachel whom is selfish i mean she already has too many solos in her hands why can’t she let mercedes do maria alone .I think mercedes did a great job by quiting because Rachel gets all the spotlight without even auditioning for it and every time when the solo has to be given to another glee member Mr schuster opens the auditions because how rachel feels about losing the spotlight, while in rachel he just give it to her. And rachel is overrated too much. I think Mr schuster is being racist against Mercedes because she’s black i mean like we all know Mercedes is the GREATEST singer on glee and none of them RESPECTS or appreciates that. Mr schuster loves rachel very much more than eny other glee member.

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jim

Posted at 5:44 AM on July 1, 2014  

This musical was Rachel’s idea and she needs it to boost her resume. Mercedes had a chance to prove herself for she made it about Rachel not about wanting to get the spot light. Mercedes was wrong all around.

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gel

Posted at 5:34 AM on November 13, 2011  

I think it should be mercedes to perform the role of maria…..she sang better than rachel berry..im disappointed with the judges..??????JUST MY OPINION….please dont be to harsh with me for those rachel berry’s fans…..:D
mercedes really got the SPOTLIGHT…!!!!
and even if mercedes showed some kind of bad attitude here…i guess she’s in the right place..?

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jim

Posted at 5:46 AM on July 1, 2014  

But she really didn’t sing it any better. Plus Rachel’s first audition was better and showed she could sing Maria. Mercede’s first audition did not show she could be a vulnerable young shy girl jsut to amercia.

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joe

Posted at 9:03 PM on October 28, 2011  

Mecredes was delusional. Rachel IS NOT Mr Shue’s favorite and people do not always try to make Rachel happy. Mercedes let her resentment of Rachel cloud her decision.

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Canuck

Posted at 3:56 PM on October 7, 2011  

I feel like I’m the only person that thinks Mercedes was in the right here. She sang better than Rachel – even RACHEL admitted that. But for whatever reason, the judges couldn’t bring themselves to cast Mercedes. Mercedes has a right to be upset. If Rachel had sung better than Mercedes, they wouldn’t have double cast. She’s right to be angry.

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test

Posted at 10:56 AM on October 12, 2011  

but she has a bad attitude, and is unreliable. What if Mercedes divas out and doesn’t come for the show?

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m

Posted at 9:02 PM on October 28, 2011  

But she didn’t sing better that is the thin at worse they were tied.

And Rachel first audition was more appropriate and showed she could be Maria. Mercedes they said she was glamorous after her Spotlight solo. Maria isn’t glamorous.

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kim

Posted at 9:06 PM on October 28, 2011  

Just becasue Rachel thought she was better doesn’t mean the directors did. Plus Rachel’s confidence is shot since the NYADA stuff. Taht is why they tried to compromise. Mercedes could have taken the part get her spoltlinght and try to prove she was better than Rachel throw the performance.

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gel

Posted at 6:43 AM on November 13, 2011  

im on your part..
:D

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Kim

Posted at 9:56 AM on October 6, 2011  

Does anyone know about the black dress Rachel wore for the 2nd audition?

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annie

Posted at 10:07 PM on October 5, 2011  

I heart Rachel Berry

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DRAMA!!!!!

Posted at 2:32 PM on October 5, 2011  

so much drama in this episode. britany dancing was kinda random. one minute shes in the hallway, then she smehow changed, then shes in the glee room and suddenly in the gym. it was kinda weird. luv the part when mike imagined tina there while he was dancin…so sweet!!!dont get me started on rachel vs. mercedes. i feell sorry for mercedes but she just overreacted and took diva to the next level. WEMMA! cant wait till next episode!!!

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andy

Posted at 2:56 AM on October 5, 2011  

ohh..man.. it says here how could i forget brittany and the other cast… but what about quick? i mean, almost all of the cast names were called here,… what about sue? and what about quick? tsk tsk tsk… ohh well, but i want to know who did they pick as maria, will it it be, annoying yet better rachel or mercedes, that somehow got selfish yet big hearted one… i wonder..

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Go rachel

Posted at 2:01 AM on October 5, 2011  

Deal with it, Rachel was better!

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rachel's team

Posted at 11:36 PM on October 4, 2011  

mercedes is always rude against everybody and wich glee club she was in?! because rachel berry fights for the spotlight and everybody is rude and hates rachel berry, so said she was the loved one was unfair.
rachel will be a great maria

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Briana

Posted at 5:47 AM on February 22, 2012  

Rachel Berry is a egotistical person all she cares about is her own self I think Mercedes deserved to get it and shine on her own I commend her for her bravery. She’s the better Singer by far Rachel’s voice is annoying

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Joe

Posted at 9:09 PM on February 25, 2012  

Please Rachel has reached out to help more people in the glee club than anyone, including Mercedes.

Mercedes made it about Rachel, Rachel was trying to get a part not trying to prove she is better than someone else.

 
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jim

Posted at 5:47 AM on July 1, 2014  

You need to get your speakers fixed it you think Rachel’s vocie is annoying.

 
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