Glee tackles body image on a regular basis, but last night’s “Naked” dug a little deeper. Rachel is cast in a student film which requires her to do a topless scene. She has the support of her live-in boyfriend Brody, but Kurt completely shuts down the idea. Meanwhile at McKinley, the New Direction boys are dealing with their own type of bareness.

The Players:

  • Director: Ian Brennan
  • Writer: Ryan Murphy
  • Cast: Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Jenna Ushkowitz, Mark Salling, Matthew Morrison, Ashley Fink, Chord Overstreet, Harry Shum, Jr., Cheyenne, Darren Criss, Jayma Mays, Jane Lynch, Dean Geyer, Melissa Benoist

Episode Title: “Naked”

Rachel is cast in a student film production, but is faced with a dilemma when the part requires nudity. The New Directions need to raise money, so the guys pose mostly bare in a photo shoot for a “Men of McKinley” calendar.

The Good:

  • Breakfast Chat: Rachel decides to go ahead and film the topless scene for a student’s thesis film. Brody supports her decision, and shows this by showing up to breakfast completely nude. Kurt, on the other hard, rejects the idea and tells Rachel that serious actresses don’t do nudity. But he’s wrong. Brody gives Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly and Kathy Bates as examples (they all got an Oscar after showing some skin). This information doesn’t keep Kurt from calling Rachel a “slutty barbie” though. It’s a very hostile first meal, but quite entertaining.
  • Quinn and Santana: At Kurt’s request, Quinn and Santana show up in New York to have a last minute intervention with Rachel. They make her rethink her decision to do the nude scene, not because they’re against nudity, but because it’s not a Hollywood movie. Rachel shouldn’t need her friends to fly in for this. She’s smarter than that. Still, it was nice seeing Quinn and Santana perform a song again. We’ve missed their voices.
  • Calendar Idea: Tina comes up with an awesome plan to make money for Regionals. All the New Direction guys get to show off their hot bods for a calendar. Most of the episode revolves around Sam’s self-esteem issues, but there’s still a lot of time dedicated to the guys’ rocking physiques.
  • I Love You: Marley and Jake share “I Love Yous,” and it’s such a sweet, innocent and awkward moment (as it’s intended to be).

Best Lines:

  • “Those Twilight books are poop on paper and we’ve turned them into a billion dollar industry.” –Kitty
  • “It’s Broya. Yoga for bros.” –Sam
  • “Well not everyone in here looks like they’re on The CW, some of us are more PBS.” –Artie
  • “Sue Sylvester you can suck a hot one because you are a hypocrite.” –Finn
  • “Now you’re slutty Barbie asking misogynist Ken to move in with you, doing pornos” –Kurt

The So-So:

  • Take Down of The Warblers: We were hoping to see The New Directions destroy The Warblers, slowly and painfully. It was super exciting to see that mystery unfold last week. Unfortunely, the writers decided to skip that and just show that the glee kids are back in the race and that the Warblers are out.

The Music:

  • “Torn,” Ednaswap – Rachel sings to herself about being torn. It’s creepy, but different.
  • “Centerfold”/”Hot In Herre,”  The J. Geils Band/Nelly – Shirtless New Direction guys get ready to pose for the McKinley Calendar. It’s completely ridiculous and hilarious.
  • “A Thousand Years ,” Christina Perri – Love birds Jake and Marley perform a romantic duet. There’s a lot of hand holding and kissing.
  • “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself),” Ne-Yo – Jake serenades Marnley with Neyo’s most romantic tune. It’s a beautiful and emotional rendition.
  • “Love Song,” Sara Bareilles – Rachel, Quinn and Santana sing happily together. This is lovely reunion of voices.
  • “This Is The New Year,” Various The New Directions close the episode with this cheery number.

Overall:

We’re glad the New Directions are back in the running for Regionals. The McKinley calendar was a great idea too. That along with Rachel’s nudity problem offered a fresh take on the subject of physical appearances on the show.

Rating: 8/10

Glee airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.

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