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Glee – Previously Unaired Christmas

by Alan Rapp on December 8, 2013

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Glee - Previously Unaired Christmas

Set during the show’s previous season, this “lost” Christmas episode (obviously filmed this year) centers around various Christmas themes in both New York and Lima. As Rachel (Lea Michele), Kurt (Chris Colfer), and a visiting Santana (Naya Rivera) all struggle with their holiday jobs as Christmas elves, the New Directions focus on winning McKinley High’s room decoration contest and auditioning for role of Mary in the live nativity that Marley (Melissa Benoist), Unique (Alex Newell), Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), and Kitty (Becca Tobin) all have their eye on.

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Glee – Puppet Master

by Alan Rapp on November 29, 2013

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“Did you really think I was too stupid to suspect that you would come back here under the cloak of darkness to claim your monstrous puppet bride?”

Glee - Puppet Master

Control issues are the common theme of “Puppet Master” as the School Board shows up for an inspection to judge Sue‘s (Jane Lynch) performance as principal and both Blaine (Darren Criss) and Kurt (Chris Colfer)  have trouble getting the other members of their respective muscial families to listen to their “brilliant” ideas. Blaine’s psychotic break (caused by a gas leak in the choir room which leads him to daydream living puppets of the Glee Club are singing and talking to him) leads to a performance of Queen‘s “You’re My Best Friend” and leads to the creation of his own Kurt puppet (which Sue quickly confiscates).

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Glee – Movin’ Out

by Alan Rapp on November 24, 2013

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  • Title: Glee – Movin’ Out
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“In the words of civil rights leader Genghis Khan, everyone deserves a shot at their dreams.”

Glee - Movin' Out

As Blaine (Darren Criss) and Sam (Chord Overstreet) travel to New York for opportunities after graduation , Mr. Shue (Matthew Morrison) responds to the lack on representation of careers in the art at Sue‘s (Jane Lynch) hastily arranged McKinley High career fair to offer his students a lesson the the music and unlikely success story of Billy Joel. Of the single artist episodes Glee has done, “Movin’ Out” offers several strong musical performances as character in both Lima and New York belt out hits by the Piano Man.

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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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  • Title: Glee – A Katy or a Gaga
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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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