Glee Season 1, Episode 12: "Mattress" Made Me JUMP! - Featured

After some hits and misses, the latest episode of "Glee" was a dream come true.



Most importantly, the FABY was finally outed! I have to give major props to the writers for the scene between Will and Terri; Even if you quickly realized what he was going to stumble across while looking for his pocket square (if you weren't giggling at his desire to wear a pocket square), the emotional performances by Jessalyn Gilsig and Matthew Morrison were gasp worthy, if only for the fact that Terri has become a sympathetic character. True, she's manipulative and can't be totally forgiven for lying about the pregnancy, but it is understandable. As Emma puts it, Will is "a lot to lose."


Now, with Emma and Ken's wedding just around the corner, the big question is how Will's rocky marriage might affect his relationship with Emma. The chemistry between them is obviously there, despite whatever Emma may say, and now that Will won't be attending sectionals I wonder if he's going to pull a stunt from "The Graduate." What's even more confusing is that I don't know if I want Will to interrupt the wedding; Ken might not be the perfect guy for Emma, but I don't want to see his heart broken like that, nor do I want him to become the villain in the show (because you know he would have to retaliate if Will ruined his chance at happiness). Oh, drama. What do you think will happen?


As for the kids, Rachel's leadership role will definitely add some conflict within the club, but so far it seems to be a positive force. Without Will backing her up, though, she could be bowled over by the rest of the club. Hopefully, that won't happen, but Kurt seems to be increasingly anti-Rachel, so who knows? And while Rachel and Finn singing "Smile" was totally random and unnecessary, it did reinforce the flirtation between them (and added another song to the iTunes revenue). I wonder if that love triangle (or hexagon, if you include Puck and Santana) will come to a head soon, since Quinn seemed to be separate from her boyfriend in the episode. Still, I want to give Quinn a huge high five. She's always been a curious character because of her allegiance to the Cheerios, but now that she's taken a stand against "Ms. Sylvester" I think she will be an asset to Glee. How, exactly? I have no idea. She is still the pregnant girl, and as the final scene of this episode shows, Glee's commercial didn't help their popularity at all. But, I have hope for Quinn. She's a tough cookie, and I'm glad that she put Sue in her place.


Speaking of Sue, THANK YOU for more Jane Lynch this week, especially more silly ad-libbing in Figgin's office. The students are raising rabbits in Will's office? Fantastic. She is all the adversary this show needs, and I love her for it.


So, what did you think of the episode? Maybe it was some of the more old-school song choices, but I really enjoyed this episode and can't wait to see what happens next week.


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Dec 5, 2009 1:59PM EST

I really enjoyed this episode, especially the commercial they filmed, although, I have to say, with all Quinn's flopping around on the mattresses I was a little concerned for mohawk-baby.
As for Emma and Ken, I will be sad if they end up together, I can't believe that she's marrying him for the right reasons. She doesn't love him, she thinks he's a good guy, the best guy she's going to get since Will is unavailable. She's settling.And, from previews, it looks like Emma goes to sectionals in Will's place, meaning she's not at her wedding.

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Dec 6, 2009 12:37PM EST

Here's what I don't get: Will slept on one mattress and disqualified himself from performing. Couldn't he buy the mattress from the store after he used it so he would no longer be disqualified?
PS. I can't believe that there aren't any more episodes after this week's until APRIL!

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Dec 6, 2009 5:11PM EST

This is one of my favorite episodes, next to "Wheels" and "Hairography". (Haha, all of these episodes are just so precious that we have to refer to them by their names...I mean, they do cost about three million to produce...) I do agree that "Smile" was bit unnecessary and maybe even a little weird, and do I detect some scorn with the "iTunes revenue" comment? I wish it could have had more of a place in the episode; I really like "Smile".
And man, oh man, that scene between Will and Terri was amazing. The moment when he was breathing over her totally changed them.
So I guess we're seeing a first season finale? Or mid-season finale. I saw on Wiki that the "first 13 episodes" of Glee will be released on a ($40) DVD. Going on my wish list!

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Dec 6, 2009 10:10PM EST

@alliemalone - Emma goes to sectionals? How? Wow....okay, now I'm just giddy to see how the wedding day drama unfolds.
@palindrome388 - I had the exact same thought! Maybe it is some weird legal loophole where the mattress has to be bought before it's used?
@theeighthhouse - If any scorn came out in the iTunes comment, it should be aimed at iTunes and not "Glee"....I think it's pretty brilliant that the songs are available so immediately, and thank goodness because I LOVE some of those covers and want them NOW...but, still, I too wish that "Smile" could have had more of a function in the episode apart from its title. The show is usually very careful about its song choices so the lyrics make perfect sense with the plot.....but still, I like the song, and I totally enjoyed Lea Michele and Cory Monteith singing it.Also, thank you for bringing the DVD release to my attention......it's on my wishlist, and I will dream about geeking out to all the extras. Eeeee!!!

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Dec 7, 2009 6:11AM EST

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Dec 7, 2009 9:58AM EST

I'm reasonably certain that she does. In the preview, the kids have to improvise songs (thanks Sue..) and she's holding up a cell phone in the audience and Will is on the other end, like, weeping from pride.
I'm excited for this episode, but I'm going to be lost without the show for so long!!

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