Glee – Kurt and Santana

Last night’s Glee was all about “Guilty Pleasures.” The episode focused on the deep, shameful secrets that the New Directions keep bottled inside (many of which highlighted their poor taste in music). There were a lot of embarrassing performances featuring music from Barry Manilow and Wham! But there was also an impressive number by a surprising cast member.

The Players:

  • Director: Eric Stoltz
  • Writer: Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner
  • 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: “Guilty Pleasures”

With Finn gone and Will out sick, Blaine and Sam take charge of the glee club. In a bid to bring the New Directions closer together, they suggest that for their weekly assignment they perform songs by their musical guilty pleasures. Meanwhile, in New York, one of Kurt’s secrets is revealed, and Rachel learns the truth about Brody, leading her to make an empowered decision.

The Good:

  • Kurt’s Guilty Pleasures: In a cute montage that felt like it was straight from a rom-com, Kurt revealed his guilty pleasures. The worst one being a boyfriend pillow arm. He hilariously admits that the whole thing is “a little Jeffrey Dahmer.”
  • Jake’s Bobby Brown Number: Since the season started, Jake has failed to make an impression on us. Let’s face it, he’s no Noah Puckerman. He feels like a watered-down replacement. But his Bobby Brown number stole the show. He moved like a young Michael Jackson and looked cool doing it. It was one of the best performances of the season, and that’s saying something.
  • Bad Role Models: The glee kids take some time to address pop culture, specifically the Rihanna and Chris Brown situation. When word spreads that Jake’s going to cover Chris Brown, the girls raise hell. He makes the point that none of the pop stars they cover are role models, and we should separate the art from the artist. In the end, he decides to skip Chris and covers Bobby instead.
  • Rachel and Brody Closure: Rachel finally finds out the truth about her gigolo ex-boyfriend. In a very dramatic fashion, Rachel confronts Brody. Lea Michele gave a moving performance, offering the right amount of tears. Our little Rachel Berry has come a long way.

Best Lines:

  • “Hunger is a big problem in this country, although so is obesity, which is confusing.” –Blaine
  • “Lord Tubbington’s guilty pleasure is scientology.” –Brittany
  • “C’mon this is a safe space… we’re on the Internet.” –Brittany
  • “Your boyfriend wasn’t a cater-waiter, he was a gigolo… like Magic Mike with Happy Endings for money.” –Santana
  • “Team Breezy equals team awful.” –Marley

The Bad:

  • Creep Cover: The “Creep” cover between Rachel and Brody was awful. That song is overrated as is, and hearing it as a duet was just uncomfortable. Rachel usually makes an awesome duet partner, but this time it didn’t work well. The whole montage of them in the bedroom was cheesy and unfit for a Radiohead song.

The Music:

  • “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” Wham! – Blaine admits his love for Wham! and then goes all out with a hyper performance. 
  • “Copacabana,” Barry Manilow – Sam confesses to being a Fanilow (Barry Manilow fan) in front of the glee kids. Then he puts on the famous “Copacabana” jacket and shamelessly performs.
  • “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now),” Phil Collins – Blaine plays the piano and stunningly covers Phil Collins. Duh!
  • “Wannabe,” The Spice Girls – The New Direction girls put on their Spice Girl outfits and embody the popular ’90s girl group.
  • “The Prerogative,” Bobby Brown – In one of the most impressive and enjoyable performances of the season, Jake covers Bobby Brown. His dancing routine is Michael Jackson good.
  • “Creep,” Radiohead – Rachel and Brody perform an awful duet, which is worst than the “Run Joey Run” number from season one.
  • “Mamma Mia,” ABBA – Everyone sings and dances to Abba.

Overall:

“Guilty Pleasures” included one of the best and worst performances this season. It also had enjoyable moments, like Kurt’s cute montage. The biggest plot development was the Rachel and Brody breakup, which thankfully got some closure. Now we can all move on.

Rating: 6.5/10

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

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