Gleecap, Ep. 2: Nobody puts Brittany in a corner.
With “Project Runway” and “Mad Men” winding down, I’m thinking about recapping “Glee” every week. What do you think? I don’t work with any hardcore “Glee” fans (that I know of …) and I’m looking for people I can Gleek with the day after.
About last night:
I was worried for about the first 15 minutes.
Last season was pretty much ruined by stunts — guest stars, strange themes, episodes that didn’t advance the story … So it made me nervous when Brittany, the practically-out-of-the-closet cheerleader, slipped into a dental haze and began a faithful rendition of “I’m a Slave 4 U.”
The premise was that Brittany — played by Heather Morris, often the funniest part of the show — is named Brittany S. Pierce, and has spent her life in the shadow of Britney Spears. She’s the only member of the Glee Club who doesn’t want to perform a Britney number at the pep rally.
Then Emma’s new boyfriend, Dr. John Stamos DDS, shows up and diagnoses Brittany with the worst yuck mouth of all time:
The first two Britney covers worked — in that Morris can really dance and looked a lot like Britney.
But they were so boring. It’s just not that much fun to watch the Glee kids dress up like celebrities and do straight covers, especially when there’s no real connection to the plot or the story. And no jokes.
I fast-forwarded through most of last night’s songs, something I almost never do. (I did stop and rewind when I spotted Mark, my all-time favorite dancer from “So You Think You Can Dance:”
But after the Britney fever spread to the rest of the cast, the dreamy structure started to work for me. The plot was still moving — Mr. Schue wants to impress Emma, so he tries to loosen up; Artie’s trying to win back Tina; Finn wants back on the football team — and it was great to see so much of formerly B-list Brittany.
Last night’s theme was basically the same theme as the Madonna episode — look at how this music makes us stronger and bolder. The musical numbers were a lot better in that one, for me, but this episode worked better overall.
Also, Uncle Jesse was pretty funny as the world’s coolest dentist. And all the kids-under-dental-drugs scenes weren’t nearly as creepy as they could have been. Even this snake-petting joke didn’t seem dirty:
I’m a little irritated by the way Rachel gets a big, tearful ballad at the end of every episode, but the Paramore song she did last night, “The Only Exception,” really got to me, probably because I still love Rachel and Finn together. (There was some nice acting from Cory Monteith last night. He got a chance to do more than act befuddled. Did you know he’s 28?)