Glee – Marley and Jake

Several of Glee‘s characters are suffering from a broken heart. According to Mr. Schue, the best remedy for that kind of pain is… cinema! In last night’s episode, the New Directions were told to perform songs from their favorite movies. “Girls (and Boys) On Film” featured a bunch of nods from the past, and a jazzy Tom Cruise tribute.

The Players:

  • Director: Ian Brennan
  • Writer: Michael Hitchcock
  • 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: “Girls (and Boys) On Film”

The new assignment for New Directions is a boys vs. girls competition inspired by film. Kurt, Rachel and Santana’s living situation doesn’t go smoothly, especially after she snoops and uncovers some stunning information.

The Good:

  • Ode to Movies: The Glee kids paid tribute to movies like Say Anything, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Risky Business, Ghost, Animal House and Top Gun. It was nice to see them do something other than Broadway musicals for once; and the re-imaginations of iconic scenes were fun. 
  • The New Roommate: Santana has overstayed her welcome. Rachel and Kurt can’t stand her because she’s mean, bossy and looks through their things. For us, however, everything that comes out of her mouth is completely hilarious. Last night, she revealed to her new roommates her true feelings about Brody. “He is a freaking psycho,” she announced in the middle of Moulin Rouge! She found a large wad of cash lying around and a beeper, which can only mean one thing – Brody is a drug dealer. Rachel is refusing this theory, but Kurt is totally for it… as are we. It makes perfect sense!

Best Lines:

  • “My first real week in New York and I’m snowbound in Bushwick with a bunch of musical theater queens. It’s like Eli Roth decided to make a gay horror movie and this is the scene right before we all eat each other.” –Santana

The So-So:

  • New Beginnings: Will and Emma have decided to rebuild their relationship. They want to get to know each other all over again… Snooze! Why can’t these two get married already? We feel so bad for Mr. Schue for having to put up with all of her insecurities and craziness. Also, we don’t want to see them “get to know” each other again. We know them well enough already!
  • The Honesty: Marley tells Jake that Ryder kissed her. Finn tells Will he kissed Emma. This show needs a priest, ASAP. These people keep confessing their sins to the wrong people, and they need to stop doing that.

The Music:

  • “You’re All The World To Me,” Royal Wedding – A cheery and hyper duet by Will and Emma. 
  • “Shout,” The Isley Brothers – The Glee kids prep for their weekly challenge by performing all over the school. They tip-toe down the halls, invade the library and crawl all the way to the cafeteria. A very energetic and happy number.
  • “Come What May,” Moulin Rouge!– Blaine sings and reminisces about his happy days with Kurt. Later, Kurt shows up and the two sing and slow dance. Their voices mesh together perfectly, as always.
  • “Old Time Rock And Roll”/”Danger Zone,” Bob Seger/Kenny Loggins – The New Directions boys pay tribute to Tom Cruise by singing songs from Top Gun and Risky Business. It’s a lively number, and the costumes are great!
  • “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend”/”Material Girl,” Gentlemen Prefer Blondes/Madonna– The Glee girls dress in pink gowns and imitate Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. They also tie in Madonna‘s “Material Girl.”
  • “In Your Eyes,” Peter Gabriel– Will serenades Emma, and brings the Glee kids with him. It’s cheesy at first, but he spices it up with that John Cusack in Say Anything boom box gesture.
  • “Unchained Melody,” The Righteous Brothers– Jake tries to romanticize Marley by singing “Unchained Melody” and getting them to do the super famous scene from Ghost. The gesture is romantic, but it gets a little twisty.
  • “Footloose,” Kenny Loggins–  The New Directions sing and dance like they’re in the tiny town of Footloose.


Glee likes to pay tribute to pop stars, a lot. (How many Britney Spears homages have there been again? 100?) “Girls (and Boys) On Film” offered something new, and the show gets points for that. Also, we appreciate that Santana is bringing these theories about Brody to light. We never quite trusted him either.

Rating: 7.5/10

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

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