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Glee Recap "Bad Reputation" Episode 2010-05-05 06:00:00

Glee-ful Highlights of This Week's Episode "Bad Reputation"

After last week's polarizing episode of Glee, we're back on track! The all-encompassing themes that the show has been adopting (hello, home) had been bugging me with their overreaching, but this week's motif of bad reputations works pretty solidly.

I'm still humming and quoting stuff from this episode, but I don't want to spoil anything. Don't miss your last chance to win a trip to a Glee photo shoot, and then to get chatting, just


  • Those naughty gleeks post a video of Sue Sylvester dancing to "Let's Get Physical," and Sue reveals something more incriminating: the "glist," the hotness quotient of the glee club members, a list based on number of sex acts of each gleek. Rachel somehow has a negative 5, but she doesn't even fare the worst: Tina, Mercedes, Kurt, and Artie don't even make the cut. That stings. (P.S. Jesse St. James seems to know too much about Olivia Newton John videos. And ballet. I'm just saying.)
  • I love the theme of finding a song with a bad rep and rehabbing it, but um, Mr. Schue, I thought we agreed you wouldn't rap anymore? However, "Ice, Ice Baby" gets a pass, because it got everyone out of their seats and dancing (sorry, Artie).
  • Molly Shannon has checked in! She's Brenda Castle, a former alcoholic sent to teach astronomy, badminton, and square off with Sue. Her time this week is brief, but precious.
  • Back with the crew left of the glist, Kurt and Co. try to finagle a way to tarnish their reputations. Brittany wants in to get into the top three, which gifts us with her quote gem of the week: "I took all my antibiotics at the same time and now I can't remember how to leave." Kurt proposes a storming of the library, er, "gettin' your glee on in the stacks," and then we're treated to a performance of "U Can't Touch This," aka the scene that played on my TV over four times. Sadly, the librarian just calls them cute. Oh, and Brittany? Who knew that McKinley High's most random quote machine is such a fierce dancer?
  • Over on Sue's Soft Side, the feared Cheerio coach talks to her sister about being taunted about her Internet fame. It leads her to finding someone who's worse off: Emma. Her "help" comprises telling Emma what Mr. Schue has been doing — I mean, who. Honestly? I'm glad his dalliance with Shelby came back to haunt him. The upside is that Emma gets to borrow Sue's, ahem, pair, and confront Will. "You're a slut, Will," she repeats until she's good and done. I know I'm supposed to think she went overboard, but all I want to do is pat her on the back.
  • Rachel, disappointed with her low standing on the glist, enlists Artie to help her move her name up (their awesome exchange includes Artie saying, "I'm gonna stop you. You had me at sex tape."). Her plan is to make a short film of "Run Joey Run," and we revisit Rachel and Puck's relationship — meet "Puckleberry." You know what? I'd like to go there again. Anyway, the film makes all the guys jealous because they were all stars in her clip, unbeknownst to them. Love how Rachel's version of slutty is dueting with multiple guys, and the ultimate betrayal to Jesse is being forced to share the spotlight.
  • When MC Hammer's minions decide to admit that they posted the video to finally get the bad rep they so desire, it backfires: rather than a punishment, they only get Sue's gratitude. Seems somebody got an encouraging call from Olivia Newton-John, offering to remake the music video with her. When it becomes the next viral hit, Sue gives her profits to the nursing home. You know you awwed so hard at that.
  • After Emma's epic showdown, rumors of Will's activity spreads though the school. Despite his presentation of guilt flowers, Emma won't take him back. I like this for two reasons — because the two damaged people they are do need some time to figure themselves out, and because they need the separation to get the tension back. In any case, it's in Will's shaming that he finds the glist maker: Quinn! Schue realizes that her fall from grace pushed her to make it. She thinks "a bad reputation is better than no reputation at all." Even so, Schue won't give her up to Figgins. Yes, Mr. Schuester is often a good teacher.
  • Jesse dumps Rachel, spurring on one of the most amazing moments in an episode of amazing moments: "Total Eclipse of the Heart." Rachel totally nails it. But that's largely because this is one of my favorite karaoke songs to sing. Aaand now I've revealed too much.

What were your favorite parts of "Bad Reputation"? The performances, the awesome dialogue? Let's talk below, and then if you're a true gleek, join the Glee Club in the Buzz Community!

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pinkmystic pinkmystic 7 years
^^ I hope that's true. I love Jesse and Rachel together.. there's each others equal which makes for crazy/cute fun
suziryder suziryder 7 years
I noticed that at the end of the film, it said "Fin" instead of "The End" - wonder if that's an indication that Rachel would pick Finn out of the three guys? Or am I reading too much into it? But that seems like a deliberate choice...
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 7 years
I loved this episode! Loved the "You Can't Touch This" scene with the Hammer pants. Loved the "Total Eclipse of the Heart" scene at the end, although I am not ready for Rachel and Jesse to be broken up yet. I also loved the chemistry between Puck and Rachel. They are so hot together.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 7 years
lilkimbo--totally made me think of MSCL! I think Buzz is right, I missed the sex act comment, but it makes sense, why else would the list be such a big deal?? That cleared that up. I am too wondering where Quinn is living runningesq!! And I loved Rachel's love triangle in the run joey run video and then total eclipse--one of my fave glee songs ever!
popcorn19 popcorn19 7 years
Heather Morris was also on So You Think You Can Dance Season 2--she auditioned with her bffl Ben who made it through but she was cut at the final 20. She was brought onto Glee as a choreographer for the Single Ladies dance, and (thank god) she stuck around!! And ps I LOVED this episode!! Jonathan Groff dancing ballet was... oh it made my night.
lyrical_angel lyrical_angel 7 years
I enjoyed seeing more of Puck. Agree that Rachel has amazing willpower.
animatedpunk animatedpunk 7 years
I'm bummed that Jesse and Rachel broke up already! They barely developed their relationship at all... hmmmm... I wonder if he'll stay or go back to his old school.
RyanRachelFan RyanRachelFan 7 years
The girl who plays Brittany was doing the "All my Single Ladies" dance with Beyonce before Glee, so yeah, she can dance!
meeshee meeshee 7 years
i have such a crush on heather morris (brittany)!
amybdk amybdk 7 years
Loved the episode but couldn't handle all of the vocal effects used on Sue. Hardly any were used on ONJ, so it really stuck out to me.
cibele cibele 7 years
I wanted Puckleberry, but now I like Rachel and Jesse. Maybe I'm crazy LOL
Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
Yeah, Sue says you "get a point for each act of perpetuated depravity." I take that as something to do with sex.
sumbum sumbum 7 years
I missed that part about the Glist being based on sexual acts..but I guess that makes sense. "I'm gonna kick you square in the taco" ahahha hil-arious!! Brit is bad ass! Here's a vid of her dancing w/ B!!
ihaveaqtsn ihaveaqtsn 7 years
Wow, before I hated Jesse and Rachel together, but them actually showing that they cared about each other made me like them...too bad they are broken up before I could even appreciate them! It would have been a bit more sad if they had spent more time developing the relationship though...they have only been together for what, three episodes? Its hard to care about that relationship or believe its real when she has spent the rest of the season in love with Finn.
Rwandawithlove Rwandawithlove 7 years
PUCKLEBERRY, my favorite flavor of Glee! Please let them get back together now that Jesse is out of the way. I mean they are two hot Jews! Run Joey Run was epic, kudos to Rachel for making all the boys look like her playthings. Jesse was way too dramatic, you do not break up because you are not the star of her video. Whatever more chances for Puckleberry!
koolbr33z3 koolbr33z3 7 years
This episode was so much better compared to the disaster that was last week's episode. Kudos, show, kudos!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Oh, I promise this is my last comment for a bit, but did the Glist make anyone else think about the episode of My So Called Life in which a list of the the hottest girls at the school was released?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Oh, and I'm 99.9% sure it did have to do with sex acts. At least, that's what Sue said when she first showed Figgins and Mr. Schue the list. Although, that narrative was a bit murky at some points in the episode.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I agree, this was a great episode! (And, Total Eclipse of the Heart was my favorite song, too. Although, every song was great this week.) Sue and Olivia Newton John singing Let's Get Physical was kind of great, but the Sue music videos (this one and Vogue) just never seem to really fit in to the show for me. It was still hilarious, though. And, that's my only (minor) complaint about this episode.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 7 years
I agree, I don't think it had anything to do with sex acts. And I have to say, Rachel Berry has some AMAZING willpower. HOW did she resist making out with Puck?
jhilly123 jhilly123 7 years
Yeah, I also thought it was a list of who was hot and who was not, not about the number of sex acts... Good episode, it sucks how in real life the guy who plays Artie can actually dance really well (after searching on youtube haha) Loved Sue and Olivia Newton-John's duet. It was a really good episode. I'm wondering what will happen now that Jesse and Rachel aren't together, did they just give up on the Vocal Adrenaline storyline or has Jesse always been playing for the other side? I want more Idina!
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