After a month hiatus, Glee returned Sunday night with "The Sue Slyvester Shuffle." The Outhouse's own Erik Galston breaks down and reviews the episode.
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After a brief hiatus, Glee returned last night to arguably its biggest audience yet. Following the Super Bowl can make or break a show, and Glee is no exception. The show pulled out all the stops, from pyrotechnics, complicated choreography, and iconic songs Glee set out to show the post Super Bowl audience why its one of the most watched shows on television. With reports saying that the episode was not only the most expensive episode of the show to date, but also the most expensive post game show ever, FOX really put support behind the sophomore show.
This episode dealt with two championships, the football teams championship bid, and Sue Sylvester's Cheerios regional championship, one worked out the other other didn't. The episode started out with the Cheerios rehearsing they're regional number, Katy Perry's "California Girls." The group went all out, including blue wigs, juggling fire, bmx riding, and firework shooting bras. The number was good, but of course Sue Sylvester wanted more, much to Head Cheerleader, Quinn's dismay. Sue wants the number to be bigger, so she buys a cannon to fire Brittany out of, even if it kills Brittany. After being told no by Principal Figgins, Sue goes on the rampage and throws things and breaks things throughout the school.
Meanwhile the football team is imploding a week before the football championships. With tensions at their breaking point, Mr. Schuester and Coach Beiste decide to to have the football players join the glee club. Needless to say both groups aren't too happy. Making matters worse, Sue some how has the Cheerio's regionals moved to the same day as the big game, causing the Cheerios to pull out the half time show. Trying to find a solution, Mr. Schuester decides to have the combined glee club and football team perform a mash up of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and the Yeah Yeah Yeah's "Heads Will Roll" at the half time show. Making matters worse Sue forces Brittany, Santana and Quinn to choose between Glee and the Cheerios, all chose the Cheerios.
After the football team gets slushied by the hockey team, all the non glee club members quit, days before the game. Unsure of how the team will compete, Mercedes and Rachel get advice from Kurt and Blaine. The advice gets all the girls to agree to play football along with the boys. The girls don't help much, and right before the final half, Finn realizes the team needs to football players, and the glee club need Quinn, Brittany and Santana. After getting the group (minus bully Karofsky) together, the club performs their amazing mash up. Half way through Karofsky has a change of heart and joins the group on the field. Bieste allows the football team back and they win the championship for the first time in many years. Even though Karofsky has talent, he still goes back to being the bully.
Things don't go as well for Sue's cheerios, they lose at regionals, and during a hilarious interview with guest star Katie Couric, we learn that the glee club has received the remaining Cheerio budget for the rest of the year.
The show ends with hints of Quinn and Finn getting back together.
I must say for a big episode, they really pulled out all the stops. The make up on the zombies were amazing, and the vast majority of the performances were very good. The songs performed this week were Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" performed by Puck (Mark Salling) and Rachel (Lea Michelle); "She's Not There" by the Zombies performed by Finn (Corey Monteith) and the football team; Destiny's Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills" performed by the Dalton Academy Warblers, and the previously mentioned Thriller/Heads Will Roll Mashup. All four songs were very good, though "Bills, Bills, Bills" seemed tacked on. (and was since the song wasn't in the episode to begin with).
This episode featured some hilarious lines from Sue and Brittany, and also had arguably the best mashup the show has ever done.
I give this episode a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Remember Glee is on again this Tuesday at its regular time 8/7c on FOX. I'll be back later this week with my thoughts on the new episode.
Review by: Erik Galston