Glee Recap: Episode 2.2 – Britney/Brittany
Oh ma gawd, ya’ll. It’s the Glee Britney episode!!!
I’ll admit: I’ve been praying for this one since Glee began. I do love me some bubblegum pop. Matthew Morrison, however, who plays Will Schuester, apparently feels very differently, as last spring he told US Weekly that he hoped Spears would not be performed on Glee. Sorry, Mr. Schue.
But I gotta tell you the truth. This episode was not everything I had hoped. Some of the musical numbers were awesome, especially Artie’s “Stronger” and the ensemble’s “Me Against the Music.” (As annoying as Morrison’s Will is getting, he sure can sing and dance). But Lea Michelle’s “Baby One More Time” came up short against the original and overall I found the story and characters this episode very, very irritating. Far more irritating than entertaining. What gives? Did I get old and cranky over the summer (possible), or is Glee just not shining this season?
Anyway, the writing on this episode just seemed juvenile (Emma must have told Will he was too uptight half a dozen times, and it wasn’t interesting the first time) and have the characters always been this caricatured? Jacob and the fat girl during “Me Against the Music” was just mean and gross. The irony is that it’s the episode itself that seemed really uptight. Ryan Murphy seems to have lost the touch to shape likable characters and storylines. Even Sue’s lines struck me as super unfunny today.
The less said about the device of nitrous oxide and the visits to John Stamos’s Carl Howell, the dentist of Emma’s affections, the better. I wondered why Will was so eager to have Carl give the Glee club a seminar on oral hygiene, and… I’m still wondering. How weak can these motivations get? Carl does look clean enough for Emma but how is she okay with his tight, shiny dress shirts that gape between the buttons? It’s like the male version of slutty dressing. I was expecting a song or at least dance from Stamos and am disappointed there was no sing off. He’s hardly an A-list star. Why have him on if he can’t sing?
Oh and the depressive, loser, dysfunctional relationship between Finn and Rachel: I’m so over it. It’s so unhealthy it makes me feel kind of ill to see it, and it certainly doesn’t make for fun TV. Finn has been nothing but sullen so far, and it’s not a good look for him.
Well, forget all this griping. There was clearly only one thing in Ryan Murphy’s mind with this episode and that is Heather Morris’s dancing. Which is spectacular.
Makes sense, because Britney Spears is arguably almost as famous for her dancing as for her singing, and Morris is an amazing dancer. As you may know, her show biz career started as a back-up for Beyonce, and in fact she started at Glee! backstage, teaching the steps to “Put a Ring on It” to regular cast members. From backstage pre-season to cheerleader with no lines in the first season to the star of an entire episode this second season—Morris has come far.
So, here we have an entire episode built around it, and the two songs she stars in (“I’m a Slave 4 U” and “Toxic”) are produced as elaborately as music videos. Now that she’s not slowed down by having to choreograph for the entire cast, she breaks loose and they have to be seen to be believed. But are they a TV episode?
As I mentioned, I found Rachel’s version of “Baby” less than impressive. Her vocals are of course great, but she’s less of a dancer and even less of an emoter, than Britney. Britney is also exaggerated and dramatic in her video, but she’s also playful and sweet, in a way that Rachel is not here. It just didn’t seem like a happy version, and above all, Britney’s version made her career because it was happy and made people feel happy.
Lea Michelle almost makes up for it though at the end, on Paramore’s “The Only Exception.” Girl can deliver a ballade, that’s for sure.
Sorry, kids, to be so grumpy. I really wish I’d have liked this better. Aside from the Brittany’s dancing, I think I liked Artie’s “Stronger” the best. And for the most part, the characters and stories just bummed me out. Don’t even talk to me about Terri. I am so tired of both her and Emma. And that scene in Emma’s office where Will says something about how the best he was wasn’t enough for Emma blah blah blah. My ears started bleeding. Make it stop!!!
Maybe, like Will, I just need some candy.
Oh also, it was disappointing not to see “Oops I did it again” (they used the music to close out before commercial breaks), or my favorite Britney song, “Lucky.”
Read all my past recaps, where I love every second of every episode:
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Santana: You are the hottest dentist I have ever seen. Carl: I get that all the time.
Brittany looking around Carl’s office: This is like the spaceship where I got probed.
Santana to Rachel: You dress like the bait girls on To Catch a Predator.
Brittany, stroking Jacob’s Jewfro: It’s like a Jewish cloud.
Artie: Every day Tina and Mike’s Asian Fusion grows stronger.
Principal Figgins: Fresh off their last place finish at Regionals, it’s Glee!
Sue to Will: … your extensive collection of vets. You wear more vests than the cast of Blossom.