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Glee Review: World War Glee

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It may or may not be the modern day version of stoning, but the dodgeball scene in this week's Glee episode, "Mash Off," smacked the taste right out of my mouth!

From the beginning of the scene - where Kurt brushed aside Rachel's olive branch and reminded her of her "borderline sociopathic climb to the top" - the stage was set for an epic battle.

This was madness you say? THIS WAS DODGEBALL!

Santana on Stage

Any time you have actors performing athletic acts, chances are you can expect to see some awkwardness (see Tom Cruise throwing a baseball in 2005's War Of The Worlds).

The cast of Glee, however, impressed the heck out of me. For those on both teams who lacked the arm strength, the two-handed soccer throw-in style looked very effective, but nothing was more impressive than Brittany's spinning cyclone sling of death. Is there anything that girl can't do?

Okay, math comes to mind, but you know what I mean.

Artie looked like an old contestant on Double Dare with those goggles on and Rachel guarding her nose was just classic. 

While the Hit Me With Your Best Shot/One Way Or Another mash-up was as hot as the gym class uniforms the Trouble Tones sported, and despite a lifelong love of Hall & Oates, the best song of the night, hands down, had to be the take on Adele.

Mercedes was stellar as usual, but after initially missing her first cue, Santana gave me chills when she finally took center stage and let all her pent up pain and emotion burst forth in what had to be her best performance to date. 

As much as I always love the sharp-tongued taunts that spew forth from our Lima Heights Lolita, I could not have gushed harder when it looked like Heather Morris actually made Naya Rivera laugh for real when she quietly sang "stop the violence" to her in the choir room.

Watch the scene again. I think it was a totally natural laugh that was spared from the trash bin because of how real it was, despite Rivera's voice momentarily falling out of character. A small but amazing scene I thought.

It might be the last time we see Santana smile for awhile as her life looks to get flip turned upside down in coming weeks. 

Lastly, Puck was hot for teacher and who could blame him? While his attempts to charm Shelby - such as when he brought her the gourd because they were out of apples in the cafeteria - were steak-headed yet suave, where he really proved irresistible were his interactions with his little monkey faced Beth.

If not for the whole teacher/student legal issue, I found myself almost rooting for it to happen, if for no one else but little Beth... but then it looks like in the scenes for next episode, Puck tells Quinn about his extra curricular activities with their rival coach.

Is it possible Puck has been playing both sides of the mohawk the whole time, seducing Shelby only to expose her and get Beth back for Quinn? 

Can't wait to hear what you all think. Matt will be back to review the next episode in two weeks, but I hope "You and I" saw eye to eye this week or at least had a few favorite Glee quotes in common. 

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I've wanted to see Finn get slapped since season 1. I'm glad it finally happened.

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By UKGleek on tumblr(she is genius) So it’s that time of the week again where I share my thoughts on the recent episode of Glee. I usually really enjoy the mash-up episodes, ‘Vitamin D’ and ‘Never Been Kissed’ are easily some of my favourite episodes of Glee so far. So I went into this episode with high expectations, here’s what I thought about the episode as a whole.
I’m still not feeling the whole Puck/Shelby storyline, but I guess that’s the Puckleberry shipper in me. I love Puck as a character and I hate that they’re taking this route with him. Yeah, I know that he likes older women, but he had so growth last season, I feel like they’ve taken him back to Season 1 Puck. But, saying that, I really did enjoy the ‘Hot for Teacher’ performance. BIKE CHANDERSON totally took over that performance, and they ruled all. I’ve been wanting a friendship involving Puck/Blaine/Mike for ages now, I really want the writers to do something with them. I mean Blaine has been with ND for 6 episodes now and he still doesn’t have any real friends in the group aside from Kurt. Fix it RIB! That being said, what the hell was Blaine doing in class with them? I thought he was a junior? Or have RIB forgotten that as well? They seem to be forgetting a lot of things this season, so much for more continuity. But back to the performance, it was a fun number, even though Puck’s intentions were awkward. Rachel had a point. Remember what Will told her in Season 1? Wasn’t he the slightest bit suspicious?
Anyway, moving on. I like that it was Will and Shelby who instigated the whole Mash-Off idea. I still don’t like the idea that Will is blaming himself for Mercedes, Santana and Brittany leaving ND. It wasn’t his fault. They were being diva’s and honestly don’t deserve to be in ND with attitudes like that. I liked their Mash-Up with bringing the two clubs together. But yet again, we had to watch Mercedes and Santana believing that this was Will’s way of begging them to coming back. Yeah, get real. Oh and another thing, Santana telling Finn and ND to get off the Troubletone’s stage. Did she forget that April brought the auditorium for New Directions. Not the Troubletones - New Directions. Maybe they should remember that. After all, New Directions are basically allowing their competition to use their rehearsal space. Not something I’d been keen on doing.
I loved the scene in the choir room, with ND discussing their mash-up idea’s. Slightly random that Finn chose Rory for the lead. I mean I love him, but if it’s a competition, then surely they should’ve put their strongest foot forward? Just a suggestion, but like I said, I still love Rory. I think he’s adorable. I also loved Blaine in that scene, him thinking that Finn was actually talking about him. Talk about break through, Finn has been putting him down for weeks now. But still, Blaine took it on the chin and supported Rory for the solo. Like I said, the guy is adorable. I really enjoyed ND’s Mash-Up, yeah it’s still disproportional in regards to guys and girls, but it really worked. It was a fun performance, something ND do best. Yeah, their dancing often needs work. But you can tell that they’re doing something they all really enjoy. Isn’t that the point of Glee. Everyone’s personality shines through. That’s what I love about their group performances. We haven’t seen enough of these.
I really liked the Shelby/Rachel scene. I feel we need to see more of these. Shelby came back to try and fix things between the two of them, as well as involve Puck and Quinn in Beth’s life. She’s barely spoken to Rachel the whole time she’s been there. Seriously, I was really looking forward to seeing the relationship that these two could have. It just hasn’t been explored enough. Even though Rachel told Shelby she didn’t want anything to do with Shelby in episode, Shelby is still her mother and Rachel still holds her in high regard. She wouldn’t have taken her letter of recommendation to her otherwise. Yes, Shelby is an award winning show choir director, but if Rachel was against her that much, she still wouldn’t have bothered with her. Come on RIB, give these two a chance.
The dodgeball scene? Santana had annoyed me before this scene, I was willing for someone to take her down. She deserves it, always dishing out the dirt to everyone around her. I don’t understand this vendetta she has against Finn. All of a sudden she’s attacking him for no reason, other than to be mean. Simple answer, she’s a bitch. I loved the whole performance, Finn taking charge, and being a man about things when ND lost. Then of course Santana and The TroubleTones had to take it one step further and attack Rory when the game was over for no reason reason what so ever. Because it was funny. It was expected of Santana, because she’s a bitch, not that it’s any excuse. But the rest of the group. What was Brittany saying a couple of weeks ago about not tolerating Bullying? Yeah, keep telling yourself that Brittanty. You’re all as bad as each other.
Hummelberry? Oh Rachel! You know, I really love her, I just hate that the writers are so hell bent on destroying her this year. I don’t know why. Kurt really annoyed me, especially when Rachel was trying to talk to him. He’s just selfish, no other way of putting things really. He only really thinks about himself and how things will effect him. So in order for them to be friends, Rachel has to give up things that mean something to her, just to make Kurt feel good? What kind of friendship is that? Notice he only spoke to her again when she withdrew from the race. What’s going to happen if there is a competition for a solo on ND. Is he going to guilt trip her into giving him the solo, because if she doesn’t he’ll refuse to speak to her? He needs to grow up. The campaign speeches were odd as well. Yes Brittany used lies to back up her campaign, nothing was ever said about Rachel. But he directed his speech at her. Are we really supposed to believe that she was using lies and the like to help her campaign. I don’t see it myself. But again, this is Saint Kurt we’re talking about. He can do no wrong in the eyes of the Glee writers. My mistake.
Quinn? Oh Quinn, I really want someone to reach out and help her. I’m a fan of hers, but even I can’t defend what she’s doing. Whether or not Beth get’s taken from Shelby, she won’t be given back to Quinn. It doesn’t work like that, surely she’ll be taken into care. Quinn gave up all rights to her when she signed the papers. She’s not her mother anymore. Sure I feel for the girl, but I just want her to get some help. She’s lucky that Shelby even let her have contact with Beth at all, she didn’t need to do that. As well as Rachel, the writers seem determined to ruin what shred of Quinn’s character we have left.
The TroubleTone’s Mash-Up? Yeah, it was good. I’d never say it wasn’t. But I still enjoyed ND more. For the reasons that I mentioned above. They were like a machine, a machine that had been thrown onto the stage, you couldn’t tell whether they were enjoying themselves or not. Do they actually enjoy performing? You couldn’t tell. At least with ND, they do show their emotions when they’re performing. Yeah, Santana was showing some emotion. But it wasn’t because of the performance, so it doesn’t really count. What do they call VA? Soulless automatons? Well that’s basically what TTT are turning into yeah. VA 2.0. Not good.
Sue is getting tiresome now. Her add campaigns against Burt were ridiculous and we’re supposed to believe that the people of Lima were actually believing what she was telling them. Are they really that stupid? It’s things like that, that really makes me laugh about this show, and not in a good way.
Going to back to Santana and her emotions in TTT mash-up. While I don’t agree with outing someone. She had it coming. Karma’s a bitch. She’s been hurting people for far too long now. For three seasons she’s been dishing out the hate, and people have laughed it off, because hey, it’s Santana. It’s funny. It doesn’t matter if her comments hurt someone else. How many times has she hurt Rachel? Too many to count, but it doesn’t matter because it’s funny when Rachel gets picked on. Yeah, Finn probably shouldn’t have just blurted it out like he did. But how the hell was he supposed to know that someone was going to use it against Sue in an add campaign. Finn is a lot of things but he isn’t psychic. So yeah, it isn’t nice what she’s going through, but it isn’t Finn’s fault and he doesn’t deserve the hate that he’s been receiving. But again, I forgot, Santana is a Saint just like Kurt. She doesn’t deserve anyone calling her out on her crap. How silly of me to forget.

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THERAPY QUICK FOR:
1) Quinn; if anyone ever needed a counselor more I haven't seen it.
2) Santana; her deeply insulting and relentless verbal bullying (why has she targeted Finn anyway?) along with her history of blackmail (Karofsky anyone?), and now dealing with a teen-aged "outing" with presumably hostile parents? This is a recipe for teen-suicide.
3) Sue; well, she's probably too far gone and set in her ways. She is pretty crazy though. WHO DOESN'T NEED THERAPY SO MUCH:
Finn, Puck, etc.; they are immature and not too bright so they make bad decisions (outing a classmate, going after a teacher romantically for a relationship with a child, etc.). Isn't this just typical 'teen' behavior? I'd like to see Emma earn her pay, but I'm not sure she's qualified. [p.s. Who wouldn't snap inappropriately under the verbal barrage of a Santana?] I love Glee.

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Brittany did out her cause she only back pedalled when Santana got upset so the idea of being outer. As for Finn doing it in the hall no even look to pay attention to conversation and in no way was he saying it to be cruel and spoke to her in rational tone and I agree I think people knew already cause I am doubtful people really took Brittany's clarification as truth. I just feel bad cause she should been the one to tell her family.

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question - I know this is a tv show and its scripted but the last two face-offs seemed so obviously "rigged" When Rachel and Mercedes went head to head Mercedes belted it out whilst Rachel's killer voice was underplayed and under-used now with the mash-off New Directions dress up and it was fun but the TT's are made to look so finished and professional - also it helps if there are suddenly some professional dancers in your group. I miss some of the authenticity! previously glee could hardly scrape together enough members and suddenly they have enough for two - rules aside. As for the storyline - the only authentic one was Rachel and Kurt making up. britany's campaign which was fun at first has turned to pot and they are trying to tell us that six girls are going to obliterate the New Directions who have more members as well as 3 football players - Seriously? seriously! i'm not asking for realism - this is glee afterall - but authenticity has always been there.
-rant over-

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question - I know this is a tv show and its scripted but the last two face-offs seemed so obviously "rigged" When Rachel and Mercedes went head to head Mercedes belted it out whilst Rachel's killer voice was underplayed and under-used now with the mash-off New Directions dress up and it was fun but the TT's are made to look so finished and professional - also it helps if there are suddenly some professional dancers in your group. I miss some of the authenticity! previously glee could hardly scrape together enough members and suddenly they have enough for two - rules aside. As for the storyline - the only authentic one was Rachel and Kurt making up. britaany's campaign which was fun at first has turned to pot and they are trying to tell us that six girls are going to obliterate the New Directions who have more members as well as 3 football players - Seriously? seriously! i'm not asking for realism - this is glee afterall - but authenticity has always been there.
-rant over-

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Hahahaha, Santana was on a f***ing roll - it was hilarious to watch. I get why Finn said what he said but saying it out loud in a hallfway full of students regardless of if they knew or not was totally uncalled for. The Adele mashup was AMAZING! Team Santana ftw

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I'm glad Santana was outted. It wasn't Finn's doing, he was merely speculating. But oh boy was he right. Now Santana will learn what it feels to be in the bottom and how people feel when she treats them like shit.

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Santana was over-the-top with her bitchiness, but that did not give Finn the right to call her out about her sexuality in the MIDDLE OF A CROWDED HALLWAY. Would I be as upset if it were in a room with just the two of them and the door closed? No, I wouldn't. He should know, more than anyone else, how coming out can affect someone because his step-brother is gay and his girlfriend has two dads. I could understand if he tried to talk to her rationally but trash-talking her in a hallway where I KNOW I saw a Cheerio turn to look at him as he spoke (I'm guessing she's the niece of the guy who made that video). Yes, like he said everyone knows, but her life is about to change, most likely for the worse. Everyone might have assumed but now they'll get confirmation and Santana only wanted time before she told her parents; I believe that she was planning on tell them, hence the "I haven't even told my parents YET". To say Santana deserved being called out about being a coward is wrong, and I do see that Finn deserved the slap, even if he doesn't understand the seriousness of what he done.

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While I feel sorry for Santana and the way her life is now, she kind of deserved what Finn said to her in my opinion. She has been rude, mean, and hurtful and it was finally time for her to get a taste of her own medicine. I get why she slapped him but I really don't see Finn talking about her to Rachel like she accused him of doing. Finn doesn't gossip and talk about people like that. However I was glad to see Mr. Shue there to support Santana with Burt and Sue. The Trouble Tones treatment of Rory was just wrong. The game was over, they should not have thrown the balls at him. I found myself yelling "No headshots!" at the tv because I work with kids and when we play dodgeball (with soft balls!) they aren't allowed to throw the balls at people's heads. I think they needed some ground rules with that game! I'm wondering if Mercedes might go back to New Directions with Santana seemingly taking over Trouble Tones. Quinn deserved everything Shelby said to her. Quinn seems to want what she can't have or what she shouldn't have. I knew Rachel was going to give up being president for Kurt.

Glee Season 3 Episode 6 Quotes

It's not personal Porcelain, it's politics.

Sue

I'm Sue Sylvester, I have a human heart and I approve this message.

Sue

Glee Season 3 Episode 6 Music

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Song Rumor Has It/Someone Like You Glee Cast
Hot for teacher Hot For Teacher Glee Cast iTunes
You and i 3 You And I Glee Cast iTunes
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