GUSHING GLEEK: I am proud to admit that I am a gushing gleek. It’s a feel-good show with unreal talent and seriously underrated one-liners…and I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t been counting down to this season’s premiere. Season two is in session and I’m here all semester season long to give you my opinions and picks.
SEASON 2, EPISODE 5: THE ROCKY HORROR GLEE SHOW
After a week hiatus you can bet I was beyond excited for last night’s much-anticipated Rocky Horror themed episode, and from the start, it was on point. It began just as the actual RHPS starts with a close up of lips singing “Science Fiction/Double Feature,” before we’re brought to a rehearsal of the show, going well until Carl interrupts. A flashback of Emma enjoying a sandwich, crusts included, shows. Will is shocked as Emma’s OCD-inflicted self always cuts the crusts, but Emma explains that ever since being with Carl she’s having so much fun she forgets about the things that used to pester her. Not only did her and Carl go see Rocky Horror, they plan on dressing up as the musical’s characters for Halloween. Will, crushed, spontaneously decides the Glee club will perform Rocky Horror as a way to keep Emma’s interest.
The show is quickly and predictably cast and Sue tells Will that she wants to be involved in the production, which Will in all his naivety believes, unaware of her hidden agenda, namely that the producers of “Sue’s Corner” have asked her to speak badly about the show on air. Will offers Sue a role in the show and she happily obliges, right before she finally meets Carl whom she suggests plays Frank-N-Furter as they have no one else! Her malicious intent is disguised as Carl does love the show and the part does need to be filled.
Will insists that Carl audition, but even Will must know that Carl was lead singer of Jesse and the Rippers. Carl performs “Hot Patootie” which is amazing, but Will gives a slew of excuses as to why it isn’t going to work. Mercedes asks to play Frank-N-Furter and upon being granted the role does a stellar rendition of “Sweet Transvestite.” The costumes (courtesy of Emma) are unreal. Sam is then booted from the show as Will decides that having one of the students play Rocky is too big a risk, now acting upon his own hidden agenda to get Emma back and play the role himself. He asks Emma to rehearse “Touch-a Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me” with him and though some of the lyrics were changed, their rehearsal is pretttty steamy, and the rest of the cast’s “creature of the night” interjections are perfect.
Sam convinces Finn to be confident in his unconfidence and it works, resulting in a near suspension as he waltzes down the halls in his undies. Cut to innocent Becky outting Sue’s agenda when she blindly tells Will that, “Rocky Horror is an abomination.” She shows him the tape of Sue’s Corner where she publicly condemns the performance, and Will finally realizes he was set up and cancels the show for everyone’s sake. He apologizes to Emma and announces to the glee club that they can perform for each other, but not publicly. The last scene of the show is the entire cast performing “Time Warp” which is spot-on perfection.
GIRL TALK TIME: Asian Mike and John Stamos dancing may or may not have been the highlight of the episode for me. What was your favorite part of the episode? Which was your favorite performance? Did you think they cast Rocky Horror well?