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Miley Cyrus‘ twerking epidemic took over this week’s episode of Glee. In “The End Of Twerk,” Mr. Schue decides that the New Directions need to rebel a little if they want to make a memorable impression at Nationals. His assignment for the week was simple: Just twerk.

The Players:

  • Director: Wendey Stanzler
  • Writer: Michael Hitchcock
  • Cast: Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, 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: “The End Of Twerk”

In New York, Rachel decides that both she and Kurt should get tattoos, though Kurt may not be persuadable. In Lima, the New Directions learn how to twerk, and find out what it’s all about. Marley finds out about Jake’s new closeness to Bree.

The Good:

  • Dance History Lesson: After Sue bans twerking from McKinley, Mr. Schue decides to save it. He goes before the school board and states his case with a neat visual history lesson on dance. He goes all the way back to the 16th century and educates them on the waltz, which was once seen as an outrageous dance. He also mentions dances like the Charleston, rock ‘n’ roll, the twist and the lambada. Mr. Schue point is that in 20 years, twerking will just be remembered as another silly dance. For this, he deserves an applause.
  • Will’s Tantrum: The best moment of the night is when Mr. Schue throws a Sue-like tantrum in her office. He screams, hurls a cart of books, wipes Becky’s desk clean and exits with an evil laugh.
  • Rebel, Rebel: Both Rachel and Kurt decide to pull themselves out of their funk by trying something risky. They get tattoos! Rachel honors Finn, while Kurt goes for something more hilarious.

The Bad:

  • Twerking Speech: What in the world was Mr. Schue saying in his twerking speech? Did he really say that twerking is the same as blurring the lines between men and women? Once again, this dude takes his job way too seriously.
  • Marley’s Miley Moment: Miley’s “Wrecking Ball” video might be a little disturbing, but we won’t deny that the song is pretty good. It’s full of personal emotion and whatnot. So when it became obvious that Marley was going to sing “Wrecking Ball” after finding out Jake cheated on her, we were thrilled. But her performance was disappointing and lackluster. It happened way too soon after Jake’s admission. And why on earth would the writers put Marley on top of an actual wrecking ball? The homage went a little too far for our taste.

The Music:

  • “You Are Woman, I Am Man,” Funny Girl – Rachel wows her Funny Girl director with a confident performance.
  • “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke – The New Directions twerk all over McKinley High School.
  • “If I Were A Boy,” BeyonceAfter getting bullied in the boy’s bathroom, Unique performs an emotional cover of “If I Were A Boy.”
  • “Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus – Marley gets on top of a wrecking ball and sings “Wrecking Ball.” It’s weird. 
  • “On Our Way,” The Royal Concept The New Directions decide to stop twerking and revert to their fun and energetic ways with a number of “On Our Way.”

Overall:

Even if twerking is an awful dance, it’s always entertaining to watch people “shake it”, especially when they don’t know how to (which was pretty much the case in this episode). For the most part, “The End Of Twerk” was another success for Glee‘s fifth season. New storylines were introduced like Unique’s bully problem, and Marley and Jake’s breakup. Plus, we like that Mr. Schue is playing on Sue’s level. He was on fire last night.

Rating: 8.5/10

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

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