Season 3, Episode 6, “Mash Off”
If you’re a little behind on Glee (wait, why is Finn telling Santana to come out of the closet?), check out last week’s Gleecap here.
To help squash rivalry between the Trouble Tones (Shelby’s new all-girl glee club) and the New Directions (Mr. Schuester’s classic, if shmaltzy, glee club that we all know and . . . well we know them), a mash-up mash-off is created. The team with the best mash-up wins . . . the pride of being the best glee club in a school that, until three years ago, never had a glee club.
Sketchy story line of the moment: Glee is all about breaking taboos, but this whole Puck-loves-teacher thing is icking me out. It’s like they thought, “What haven’t we dealt with yet?”, pulled out their Dawson’s Creek DVDs, and answered, “Statutory rape!” Plus, I’ve always thought Mr. Schu was a little creepy. His smiley encouragement for Puck’s rendition of Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher” did nothing to dissuade my feelings.
This episode was devoted to the kind of name-calling that would make your racist, alcoholic grandmother proud. On one hand, we have Santana, who suggests to Finn, “Have fun riding on Rachel’s coattails for the rest of your life, although–you know what? I would just watch out for her come holiday time, if I were [you], cause if I were her, I’d stick a stent in one of [your] boobs and let the Finn blubber light the Hanukkah lamp for eight magical nights.” To which Finn responds, “Why don’t you come out of the closet?”
As sensitive as your puffy chest might make you, Finn, there is no excuse for violating someone’s privacy in that manner. Which Finn learns when Santana slaps him across the face (after the BEST number of the season, a mash-up of Adele’s “Rumor Has It” and “Someone Like You”) because his comments have become part of an Ohio-wide smear campaign against Coach Sylvester that outs Santana as a lesbian cheerleader.
Highlight: The music this week was ill. Besides the Adele mash-up, the Hall and Oates mash-up was a good time, although the Trouble Tones were the clear winners of the mash-off. The only song that flopped was “Hot for Teacher,” which was simultaneously too, and not enough, 80s.
Lowlight: Although I’m normally super-receptive to Coach Sylvester’s moments of touchy-feeliness, I thought the trifecta of cheerleading coach, ex-glee club teacher, and dad of friend/ potential state representative was a terrible group to tell a closeted teenager that she just got publicly outed on television. One of the prominent Glee characters is a guidance counselor. Where was she?
Also, Quinn was playing dodge-ball in a skirt. *facepalm*
Predictions: Finn wallows in self-loathing for outing Santana. Evil Quinn does not reform.