Glee: "Mattress" Review Episode 12


Ah, much better. While not among the very best Glee has had to offer, this episode was certainly an improvement over last week's lackluster installment.


First off, let me celebrate - Schue found out the truth about Terri! At last, that silly storyline is over. The scene in which he found out was a very notable one, though I've gone back and forth if it was notable in a good or bad way.


We've seen Glee be dramatic and we've seen Glee be emotional, but this was the first time they ever went into terrain this intense, and even dangerous. Schue was pissed and got a bit physical and intimidating towards Terri, showing a side of him we've never seen.


The conflict I had was this - Will's reaction was very raw and believable, but it was the pay off to a storyline that's been anything but raw and believable. The shift in tone would have been jarring either way, but especially when it was part of a scenario that had Will looking like such a fool for so long…


…which on the other hand, is why I liked the scene. Because he had been made to look like a fool and completely betrayed by someone he loved, so his reaction was understandable. And Matthew Morrison was great here, asked to deliver material very outside the usual Glee comfort zone. All in all, an odd scene, but one I find myself thinking about a lot, to the point that I admire it simply for garnering a strong reaction.


The main Glee plotline had Schue lamenting that Sue had gotten the kids' yearbook photo bumped from the yearbook, even though the entire group, except Rachel, were happy about this - glad to avoid another level of scorn. Some very funny moments at the top of the episode had the kids examine previous yearbooks and the defaced Glee club kids inside, including a girl with a knife drawn into her head, which Kurt deadpanned was "oddly prescient." And the Tracy Flick-like aspects of Rachel were humorously increased as we saw that she never turned down the opportunity to join a club (and have her picture taken), including the Muslim Student Club and Black student club.


All of this led to the scenario where Schue got the club a very small picture, that only two could be in – and the genuinely sad sight of Rachel by herself, posing, after Finn failed to show.


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