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Glee – The End of Twerk

by Alan Rapp on November 17, 2013

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Glee - The End of Twerk

With Nationals on the way Mr. Shue (Matthew Morrison) continues to try and push the New Directions out of their comfort zone by embracing twerkingSue (Jane Lynch) takes to the airwaves on the latest “Sue’s Corner” to call for the banning of twerking in the entire state of Ohio. Not standing down, Mr. Shue leads the Glee Club in the halls and classrooms of McKinley High School in a twerkfest during a performance of Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines.” Sue’s plan fire Mr. Schuester for his pubic disobedience fails when he enlists the help of the Gee Club to instruct the local school board on a history of forbidden dances none of which are seen as remotely scandalous today as when they first appeared.

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Glee – A Katy or a Gaga

by Alan Rapp on November 10, 2013

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Glee - A Katy or a Gaga

To try and calm the New Directions nerves after learning about their stiff competition at Nationals in only a few weeks, Mr. Shue‘s (Matthew Morrison) latest assignment puts each member out of their comfort zone as the more conservative members master performances of Lady Gaga while the “edgier” members (or what passes for edgy on Glee) of the group are given songs by Katy Perry. Although the episode makes use of the conceived feud between the singers (which may or may not actually exist in any real form), it has a hard time explaining the differences of the two who are equally extravagant (albeit in different ways). In fact, you could easily argue that the episode’s final song, a Perry number, is more over-the-top than the episode’s earlier Gaga numbers.

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Glee – The Quarterback

by Alan Rapp on October 12, 2013

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Glee - The Quarterback

Real life hits hard as current and past members of New Directions come together to honor the passing of Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith, who passed away from a drug overdose this summer) beginning with an ensemble empty stage performance of “Seasons of Love” from RENT. From there “The Quarterback” picks up three weeks after the funeral as Mr. Shue (Matthew Morrison)  gathers as many of his current and former Glee Club members as possible to find a way to memorialize their friend the only way they know how – through song. “The Quarterback” is a heartfelt goodbye containing several emotionally raw scenes and well-chosen performances providing a fitting farewell to both the actor and the character.

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  • Title: Glee – Tina in the Sky with Diamonds
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Glee - Tina in the Sky with Diamonds

The Beatles theme from last week’s season premiere continues as McKinley High prepares for prom and Tina‘s (Jenna Ushkowitz) nomination for prom queen quickly goes to her head beginning with dumping Sam (Chord Overstreet) as her prom date and making everyone around her miserable. The equally nominated Kitty (Becca Tobin), who has no interest in winning the crown, finds herself in the middle of a feud between the Glee Club and the Cheerios (who push the cheerleader’s campaign whether she wants to win or not).

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Glee – Love, Love, Love

by Alan Rapp on September 28, 2013

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Glee - Love, Love, Love

Glee returns for a Fifth Season with the first of two Beatles episodes as Mr. Shue (Matthew Morrison) welcomes the New Directions back (from apparently some kind of mid-semester break as no one has graduated) with an assignment on the music of the band’s early years. Sue (Jane Lynch)  returns from her suspension as well to promptly frame and force Figgins (Iqbal Theba) out as she takes over as McKinley High’s new principal. Her first order of business is to demand national championships from both the Glee Club and the Cheerios if Will and Roz Washington (NeNe Leakes) want to keep their jobs past the end of the year.

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Glee – All or Nothing

by Alan Rapp on May 11, 2013

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Glee - All or Nothing

In the show’s Fourth Season finale (wow, has Glee really been on the air that long?), Rachel (Lea Michele) returns for her final call back for the new Broadway show of Funny Girl, Brittany (Heather Morris) returns from her campus visit to MIT (where they believe the blonde cheerleader might be the greatest mathematical idiot savant they have ever seen) with an over-sized ego, Ryder (Blake Jenner) discovers the identity of his online girlfriend and threatens to quit, and New Directions heads to Regionals.

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Glee – Wonder-ful

by Alan Rapp on May 3, 2013

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Glee - Wonder-ful

Children and their parents are a common theme in the show’s latest episode as Kurt (Chris Colfer) returns to Lima fearing the worst as his father (Mike O’Malley) gets his test results and Kitty (Becca Tobin) discovers Artie‘s (Kevin McHale) recent funk is caused by his fear to leave his mother (Katey Sagal) alone that is so strong it may quash his dreams to head to New York for film school. Meanwhile, the New Directions prepare for Regionals by performing the greatest hits of Stevie Wonder with the help of Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Mike Chang (Harry Shum Jr.) who return to help whip the New Directions into shape and offer Kurt their support.

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Glee – Lights Out

by Alan Rapp on April 27, 2013

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Glee - Lights Out

A power outage at McKinley High School leads Mr. Shue (Matthew Morrison) to throw out his original plans of big arena numbers after catching a glimpse at the competition’s secret weapon (Jessica Sanchez) to have the New Directions instead focus on a group of acoustic numbers while Principal Figgins (Iqbal Theba) works to try and solve the problem. In New York Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) try to perform an intervention for Santana (Naya Rivera) after discovering their friend is now working as a cage dancer at a sleazy New York night club.

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Glee – Sweet Dreams

by Alan Rapp on April 20, 2013

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Glee - Sweet Dreams

As New Directions puts the shooting behind them, in a variety of odd ways, to prepare for Regionals, Rachel (Lea Michele) prepares for “the culmination of every dream” she’s ever had by trying out for the Broadway revival of Funny Girl, with the unexpected help of Shelby (Idina Menzel) who shows up at Miata to help her daughter land her dream role. Finn (Cory Monteith) and Puck (Mark Salling) begin a teenager’s dream version of college together (all partying all the time), Coach Beiste (Dot Jones) convinces Will (Matthew Morrison) to forgive Finn, and Roz Washington (NeNe Leakes) takes over the Cheerios proving to be every bit as loudmouthed, crazy, and annoying as the departing Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch).

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Glee – Shooting Star

by Alan Rapp on April 13, 2013

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Glee - Shooting Star

As the Glee Club gets ready for Regionals, Brittany (Heather Morris) becomes obsessed with a new asteroid she believes will wipe out all life in Lima, which leads Mr. Shue (Matthew Morrison) to placate New Directions’ dumbest member with a “Last Chance” assignment to embrace the urgency of singing together for possibly the last time. However, heartbreak and singing are put on hold when McKinley High is rocked by a school shooting with the Glee Club hiding in the practice room scared for their lives and the friends and family who are trapped alone elsewhere in the school.

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