Glee' Recap: Madonna Invades William McKinley High

Tuesday's (April 20) all-Madonna episode of "Glee" imparted an important lesson: Even the almighty Material Girl can be upstaged by the power of Sue Sylvester. From her shot-for-shot remake of Madonna's "Vogue" music video to her extra-acerbic insults of Will Schuester's hair, the Cheerios coach was just on.


At most high schools, Madonna songs blaring at high volume over the loudspeaker would prove to be a bit distracting. Then again, most schools aren't William McKinley High, where Sue blackmailed Principal Figgins into playing her idol's music full blast to inspire the students to be more independent and powerful. (This also, conveniently, allowed as many Madonna songs as possible to be squeezed into the 44-minute episode.)


Sue had her Cheerios harness Madge's power by encouraging them to troll the middle school for younger boyfriends and abandon their last names. She also choreographed a routine to "Ray of Light" involving stilts (not creepy — in fact, amazing) and hurled her greatest one-liner yet: "Sloppy freak-show babies. Somewhere in the English countryside in a stately manor home, Madonna is weeping."


Following Sue's lead, Will made New Directions brainstorm Madonna numbers in an attempt to empower the female glee clubbers and discourage the guys' misogynistic tendencies. This brilliant idea struck him when he overheard Rachel asking the female gleeks for hypothetical romantic advice after her new boyfriend tried to get her to do it after a Wiggles concert. (Remember, Rachel and Vocal Adrenaline's Jesse St. James are secretly dating.) Unfortunately, guidance counselor Emma was no help. As we learned last week, she's a virgin, too, but she did have some pretty hilarious sex-education brochures.


After Rachel's girl-power-y "Express Yourself," her duet with Finn on the "Borderline/ Open Your Heart" mash-up, and a clandestine meeting with Jesse in the Stephen Sondheim biography section of the library, where he apologized for pressuring her, she decided she would have sex with Jesse after all. But Rachel wasn't the only character contemplating losing her virginity: Emma took to heart Sue's quip that she wasn't powerful enough to have Madonna piped into her office and told Will it was on. Foreplay would start at 7:30 sharp. And Santana decided Finn was the younger, inferior man she needed in order to emulate Madonna.


The resulting (and inevitable) "Like a Virgin" extravaganza followed the three couples on their sexual adventures and was perhaps the best "Glee" number yet, as far as integrating the song and choreography into the plot and allowing multiple characters to sing solos. All six shared vocal duties — even Santana! And she sounded great.


Kurt and Mercedes made the Sue Sylvester "Vogue" video as a multimedia presentation for their New Directions Madonna song (it's almost indescribably amazing), and they were rewarded for their hard work in the form of positions as the Cheerios' new lead singers, roles they debuted with a cover of the Madonna/ Justin Timberlake duet "4 Minutes." Closing out the episode was a take on "What It Feels Like for a Girl" from the boys and a show-stopping "Like a Prayer," complete with gospel choir, from the whole gang.

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Apr 21, 2010 6:13PM EDT

one of the best (if not the best) glee's episode... really amazed...and loooooved sue's vogue!

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Apr 21, 2010 8:56PM EDT

I agree, it was such a good episode.. One of the best!I loved the music, loved the plot, and the opportunities it has brought. I love that Jesse will become a regular (hopefully), now that he changed school.And I absolutly loved sue's vogue.
I can't wait for the next episode..
And btw. is it just me, who's totally voting for Jesse, when it comes to Rachael and who she should end up with, or??.
First of all, I like Jesse personality. I like that he's a manly version of Rachael. I like that he has a little bad boy side to him (we don't know if he's good or bad still). I mean it is pretty sweet that he change school for her, but there is still the scene from last episode ,when he was looking at his coach while kissing rachael?!
Second of all, I find Jesse a lot more attractive than Finn. Personally (because that kind of stuff is subjective) I think Jesse is way better looking than Finn, but then again I never really found Finn that good looking. And the chemistry between Jesse and Rachael is so much better.
And Third of all, I find Finn boring when it comes to rachael. For right now I don't feel and wish for them to end up together. I found Rachael and Finn as a couple boring. And it is not one of these couple I really hope for and wanna see more of.
But I don't want Finn completely out of it though, because I believe he can make things more interesting (as we saw in the end of this episode). He can give some spice, so the whole Jesse and Rachael plot.
For now, I just hope for Jesse and Rachael to end up in the, that's all.. (love them)

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