It's difficult to remember an episode of television as hyped as this week's installment of Glee.
Incredibly, though, the show lived up to all expectations, wasting no time in getting to the theme of the evening. We were instantly thrust into Sue's Journal, as our favorite cheerleading coach referred to the Material Girl as "the most powerful woman ever to walk the face of the earth."
Everyone except Puck agreed, of course, as he didn't see how Madonna songs could translate to the social choir. Enter a tremendous duet of "Borderline/Open Your Heart" by Finn and Rachel, as these two have mastered the concept of singing to each other, as opposed to simply performing with one another.
The actual plot of "The Power of Madonna" centered around female empowerment, specficially as it relates to sex. A racy subject matter for a series with such a teen demographic, no doubt.
But you can't focus a show on high school students and not tackle this topic. It was mostly handled well, depicting the pressure that both girls and guys have to lose their virginity, though a couple quick straddling and thrusting scenes during "Like a Virgin" may have crossed a line.
While the show's music was more of a focus than ever this week, there were actually a few major developments, as well:
- Finn and Santana had sex.
- Mercedes and Kurt joined the Cheerios.
- Jesse joined New Directions.
- We learned that Sue's parents were "Nazi hunters" and there's admitted jealousy behind her constant badgering of Will about his hair.
Okay, the final item listed might not be considered significant, or even entirely true. But my wife and I carry on a debate about whether or not Sue goes overboard with the hair jokes. My take? Impossible! Hers? A dozen per week is probably enough.We now interrupt this review to bring you a new running feature: The Brittany Quote of the Week. This episode's winner?
Brittany: When I pulled my hamstring, I went to a misogynist. | permalink
Back to "The Power of Madonna." One of the best moments of the hour took place during Finn and Rachel's aforementioned duet, as they sung in the hallway and various students popped out in classic Madonna outfits. Is there any other singer in history who is so easily recognizable in so many forms?
Meanwhile, will the cast's cover of "Like a Prayer" trump its heavily downloaded version of "Don't Stop Believing?" It was quite the closing number, wasn't it?
It may have been topped by "Vogue," but many of us saw that number already last week.
Did the show have to force a few moments in order to make everything fit into the Madonna them? Of course. But if you want to analyze storylines and plot development, there are plenty of other programs out there. This is Glee. This is about the music, the dancing, the empowerment of high school dorks over the typical stereotypes that hold them down.
In those ways, the episode was a winner in every sense.
What was your favorite song from the episode? We've listed more of the funniest Glee quotes from it below. Take at least 4 Minutes to look them over and don't be afraid to share your opinion on each one. It's okay. Go ahead and Express Yourself...
Jesse: You tell me when you're ready, and I'll make sure I'm fastidiously groomed. | permalink
Will: Enough with the hair jokes. By the way, how is the Florence Henderson look working for you? | permalink
Santana: She's like a cat in heat. She talked about him yesterday and practically sprayed the choir room. | permalink
Sue: You think this hard. I'm passing a gallstone as we speak. That is hard! | permalink
Emma: Lindsay Lohan looks like something out of Lord of the Rings. | permalink
Quinn: Would you please stop talking? You're grossing out my baby. | permalink
Sue: What would Madonna do? Well, the answer to that question would normally be: date a younger man. | permalink
Sue: A la Madonna, I'll no longer acknowledge that any of you have last names. | permalink