It’s the episode we’ve all been waiting for, it’s Britney bitch! After months of hype Fox finally aired their Britney Spears themed episode of “Glee” entitled, “Britney/Brittany.” The show centered around the ditsy cheerleader of the same name and her fantasies of dancing alongside the pop princess. How did it all go? Check out our review to find out…
- Director: Ryan Murphy
- Written by: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan
- Cast: Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Jayma Mays, Chris Colfer, Dianna Agron, Kevin McHale, Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Jenna Ushkowitz, John Stamos, Britney Spears
Episode Title: “Britney/Brittany”
When the New Directions kids decide to devote the week to Britney Spears, the nature of Ms. Spears’ music (and public persona) are up for debate. Encouraged by a Facebook campaign for glee club to perform a Spears number at Homecoming, the kids fight an uphill battle to convince Mr. Schuester to agree. However, he tries instead to push less controversial performers Michael Bolton and Christopher Cross (Tina: “Don’t know who he is, don’t care”) instead. Sue, naturally, won’t stand for a “Britney Spears sex riot” at McKinley High. We also meet Ms. Pillsbury’s new boyfriend, the very attractive dentist Dr. Carl Howell (Stamos), who gives glee club a dental hygiene seminar. When a few of the young singers go in for their check-ups, they experience anesthesia-induced fantasies in which they perform some of Britney Spears’ greatest hits.
- BRITNEY!! Finally! I was furious that Lady Gaga had a “Glee” tribute before the Princess of Pop, but last night’s episode more than made up for the oversight. Ms. Spears’ cameos were funny, but it was more interesting to watch how “Glee” chose to discuss her influence on pop culture and music, namely her overt sexuality.
- BRITTANY!! Brittany S. Pears is quickly becoming a major force on “Glee.” The hilarious airhead makes it out from the back row of the choir room to take center stage this week in the episode devoted to her “namesake”—and nails it. She truly captures the essence of Britney Spears. She is innately sexual, charming yet dimwitted, and a truly phenomenal dancer. Brittany got some of the best one-liners this week, too: On Jacob’s hair: “It’s like a Jewish cloud.” In the dentist office: “This is like the spaceship where I got probed.” Genius.
- John Stamos. Already his performance has breathed some new life into the show, and unlike Charice, it appears he will stick around for a solid amount of episodes. His Dr. Carl Howell is a nice foil for Mr. Schue; their confrontations were fun to watch, especially when the charming dentist calls Will out on being incredibly uptight. I’m looking forward to Stamos’ first performance.
- Cultural relevance. This show is fast becoming television’s pop culture barometer and its awesome. Like “The O.C” before it, “Glee” references hot technologies, utilizes popular music, and incorporates trendy lingo to great effect. Tonight, for example was centered around a Facebook campaign; there was even a funny nod to YouTube viral video “David After the Dentist.”
- Rachel brings the crazy: Rachel’s wide-eyed narcissism, which was once funny, is now starting to get annoying. She tells Finn: “I wanna be the only thing that makes you feel good!” After he re-joins the football team, she sets up a little test for him, getting Quinn to tempt the poor guy into being unfaithful. Added up, Rachel’s psycho antics are starting to rival even the lunatic Terri Schuester, Will’s ex-wife (who shows up in the school parking lot screaming as usual, but looking good).
- Man up, Schue: Speaking of annoying… who could blame Ms. Pillsbury for choosing the dreamy Dr. Carl over whiny, uptight Mr. Schue? The best Will can come up with in his attempt to loosen up is to buy a car… the exact same car Dr. Carl drives. He almost redeems himself with his ridiculously sexy dance moves. Almost.
- Not enough Sue: “You wear more vests than the cast of Blossom.” Come on, we deserve more than that… though her reaction to Jacob jerking off to a video of Rachel dressed in full Britney schoolgirl regalia was pretty hilarious.
- “I’m A Slave 4 U,” Britney Spears: This performance set the bar high for every other song in the episode, and maybe in the whole season. Heather Morris’ dancing was absolutely stellar, and her voice sounded very good. The most impressive part, though, was how unbelievably well Morris pulled it all off. If you’d been flipping through the channels, you’d have thought it WAS Britney Spears working that snake.
- “Me Against the Music,” Britney Spears and Madonna: Brittany returns to Dr. Carl for more anesthesia and a joint Britney fantasy with BFF Santana. The Cheerios do Madonna and Britney proud. Heather Morris can DANCE. Naya Rivera can SING. At the end of the song, Britney Spears appears in Brittany’s dream, encouraging her to realize the her own talent: ” From now on, I demand to have every solo in glee club.” Amen.
- “Baby… One More Time,” Britney Spears: In Rachel’s anesthesia-fantasy, she performs Britney’s first hit single. In all honesty, this was not Lea Michele’s finest singing. Her performance managed to suck the life out of one of pop’s guiltiest pleasures. On the plus side, it was cool how the performance alluded to Rachel’s fears of losing Finn to football.
- “Stronger,” Britney Spears: Artie’s Britney fantasy included a Cheerios uniform clad Britney Spears telling Tina what a fool she is for dumping him, and a great montage of Artie as a football player. Another great showcase for Kevin McHale’s voice— he could be a boy-bander! Later on, his dream becomes reality when Coach Beast puts Artie and Finn on the football team.
- “Toxic,” Britney Spears: The glee club gives a decent but not mind-blowing performance at Homecoming. Brittany got her well-deserved solo and Mr. Schue whipped out some sexy moves. As the performance progressed, the McKinley students devolve into sex crazed teenagers (shocking, right?) as Sue looked on panic-stricken.
- “The Only Exception,” Paramore: Its not really an episode of “Glee” unless Rachel delivers a self-aggrandizing closing performance, now is it? Admittedly, though, Lea Michele killed it on this one and when Finn took her hand in the hallway, girls and gays everywhere (myself included) were jealous.
Overall “Britney/Brittany” was at its best when Heather Morris was onscreen. On that note, I’m very much looking forward to a Ke$ha performance in Brittany’s future.
“Glee” airs Tuesdays at 8PM on Fox
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