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Glee Recap "Grilled Cheesus" 2010-10-06 05:30:00

Glee-ful Highlights From Episode "Grilled Cheesus"

Hey, remember how much fun we had on last week's Britney Spears episode of Glee? Well keep that memory fresh in your mind, because this week's episode is as serious as a heart attack. Literally. When Kurt's dad suffers a heart attack and goes into a coma, the gleeks do some soul searching and embrace religion to pray for his recovery. The only member of the New Directions who's not quite ready to embrace his spiritual side is Kurt.

Finn's religious experience is a focal point of the episode, as a routine sandwich on the George Foreman grill becomes his own personal idol of worship. But as Miss Pilsbury astutely points out, "God works in mysterious ways, but I'm pretty sure he doesn't a lot of time trying to speak to us through sandwiches." The episode is filled to the brim with tears and soulful tunes, so let's discuss the highlights when you


  • As you can gather from the title, Finn finds Jesus in a grilled cheese sandwich. He announces his faith to the glee club to help honor Cheesus, and is met with mixed reactions. Surprisingly, Puck makes a good point about how spirituality is different for everyone before getting the gleeks up on their feet with a rendition of Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young." It's a fun way to kick off the episode, even if it is the only upbeat number we're treated to this week.
  • As Kurt and Finn's families continue to mesh, Kurt unexpectedly starts to pull away. He goes all angsty teen on his dad, refusing to participate in a weekly family dinner (even after a heartfelt speech about how their family time is "sacred"). Unfortunately, the spat is the last conversation Kurt has with his dad before Mr. Hummel goes into a coma — which makes the experience all the more traumatic for Kurt.
  • While the rest of the club is praying for Mr. Hummel, Finn prays to Cheesus for personal gain. His first prayer session earns him a football victory, while the second gets him to second base with Rachel (side note: did it bother anyone else that Rachel claims she's waiting until she's 25 to have sex? Someone is conveniently forgetting the "Like a Virgin" encounter when she almost does it with Jesse St. James). Finn's praying takes an interesting turn when he gets his wish to be football quarterback — but at Sam's expense. I have to say, I was surprised that Finn doesn't start praying for Kurt's dad earlier, especially when he gets so heated about Kurt keeping the secret from him. Finn may be a little dense, but he's usually more sensitive than that.
  • As usual, Brittany provides a bit of comic relief in an otherwise bleak episode. Notable one liners: "Is God an evil dwarf?" and "They knocked it down a letter grade because I wrote it in crayon."
  • It wouldn't be Glee unless Mr. Schue was doing something to irritate Sue, and this week it's separation of church and state. Sue doesn't believe in God because as a child, she prayed for her handicapped sister to get better and it never worked. As much as I wish Glee could get a little less formulaic with the Sue/Schue debates, I always appreciate the rare scenes where Sue gets real — and this week's episode has quite a few.
  • Hallelujah: Mercedes gets more screen time this week! I loved both of her solos, and the theme could not be more perfect for her soulful voice. Watching her work it with the choir at church was perfect: she sounded great and seemed much more in her element than when she was trying to bump and grind to "Toxic" last week.
  • While Mercedes shines, Quinn stays in the background. Did she get demoted or something? I can't remember the last time she had a solo.
  • Favorite performance of night: Kurt singing "I Wanna Hold Your Hand." Though the Beatles classic is a romantic song, it fit perfectly with the situation, and how amazing are the flashbacks? Not only is mini-Kurt a dead ringer for Chris Colfer, but I couldn't help smiling at younger Kurt's bowtie and tea parties.
  • Thankfully, Kurt's dad starts to recover at the end of the episode and Finn finally eats the grilled Cheesus (ew that thing has seen the inside of a boys' locker room!).

How'd you feel about this week's heavy-handed episode? Which performance was your favorite? Do you prefer the serious or silly episodes more? Tell me what you thought in the comments, or start a thread of your own in the Glee Club community group!

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atpanda atpanda 6 years
This episode was really disturbing to me. To the point where halfway through I said to my husband "I don't know if I can watch this show any more". So what lesson did we learn from this one? It's ok to cram your beliefs down someone else's throat even after they've told you they don't believe the same thing as you. It was basically the whole choir against poor Kurt who happens to not believe in God. Way to bully the poor kid into going to church. And as someone who has been through a situation w/ a parent like that, I know how hurtful it is for people who KNOW you're not religious to tell you things will be ok if you just pray. I can't believe more people aren't upset about this episode.
sookeh sookeh 6 years
so then i guess rachel told finn that she didn't really have sex with jesse? and finn told rachel that he actually had sex with santana? i thought for sure they'd make a plot line about him telling her/she gets pissed/break up etcetc
smileet147 smileet147 6 years
Read my recap here!
supertramp supertramp 6 years
Third's a charm. Seriously this is the best episode of the new season. It was the funniest and the saddest. I've said before that Chris Colfer is the heart of the show and that's because every time I am on the verge of tears it involves his character. I loved his rendition of "I wanna hold your hand." i think the episode was about finding meaning and that performance had a lot behind it. I also thought it was disgusting when he ate the sandwich; Finn you had it for about a week, throw it away. Otherwise: Bravo Glee!
iloveogres520 iloveogres520 6 years
This episode was ok. I liked the cover of "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" but I really disliked the cover of "Losing My Religion". It seemed forced in and although it's one of my favorite songs, I thought it was unnecessary. I am glad that they added the atheist storyline though. I thought it was refreshing how straight forward Kurt was about his views.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
OMG, the first thing I thought when Finn ate the sandwich was "Dude, that thing has been hanging around for a week. Cheesus is so giving you food poisoning."
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 6 years
Agree with runningesq and demarco11. I was scared after the church scene that Kurt would turn to God and his dad would magically get better, but fortunately that cliche didn't pan out. Loved "Papa Can You Hear Me" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand" - all the other songs I could do without.
demarco11 demarco11 6 years
I agree with runningesq -- too preachy. He said their beliefs weren't for him, but they still pressured him into things. I was gonna be so annoyed if his dad suddenly got better once Kurt had gone to church. I'm glad he said "I dont believe in God, but I believe in you" One of my least fav songs was Bridge Over Troubled Water... love the actual song, just wasn't really feeling the gospel-y version of it. And ew, cant believe Finn ate that week old sandwich that had been transported to various places. Saran wrap is NOT that awesome!
stephley stephley 6 years
Ha, I thought little Kurt looked like Jason Bateman. I thought the episode was a step in the right direction, but really the script was uneven. Sue's complaints were awkward - Shue wasn't advocating any religion in Glee Club, Mercedes church was such a stereotype (and the singing wasn't great) and Finn isn't usually so utterly clueless. I thought Rachel singing at Kurt's father's bedside was incredibly creepy and she didn't do that song well at all. Why was Emma suddenly holding hands with Shue after being so snarky last week? And why do Puck's songs always get chopped up? He's good and they always seem to cut him short.
zeze zeze 6 years
This is incredible! How are they not related?!
runningesq runningesq 6 years
I loved the episode, but hated how preachy everyone was to Kurt. When someone says they don't believe in God - for whatever reason - let it go. It's one thing to say to Kurt "we're your friends, we're here for you" and another to tell him that they are continuing to pray for his dad. I love when Sue's character is further developed -- great scene with her sister!
weffie weffie 6 years
I'm pretty sure Young Kurt was played by Adam Kolkin, he's not Chris Colfer's brother but they do look remarkably similar... there was a story somewhere yesterday about how the producers were amazed when he auditioned. Bridge Over Troubled Water was my fave, Amber Riley could probably make me cry just singing Mary Had a Little Lamb :P
Happsmjc Happsmjc 6 years
Thank you anonymous, I thought that HAD to be his little brother, simply AMAZING. Rachel's solo was my least fave song and solo, but overall liked the episode. Kurt;s, Puck's and Finn's were my very favorite. Where is Quinn, I agree with Buzz. I got sadly excited when she bopped around with Puck!
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
Even though the songs weren't all that upbeat, I enjoyed most of the musical performances this week. That's about it. I actually find that the more I watch this show, the less I like the characters and because of that I'm starting to lose interest in this show as a whole. Glee is very formulaic. The characters are more like caricatures than realistic people. Stereotypes abound in the individual characters and you can always count on a Sue/Shue showdown in the principal's office with a Sue moment of enlightenment that will be completely lost by next week, Finn looking like an idiot, and Rachel looking like a psycho. Sudden strong Emma moments are also increasingly common. I'm getting bored, and the only reason I still watch is for the musical numbers not for the story lines, which other than this week are consistenly weak anyway.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 6 years
FINALLY, an episode with plot and character development. Thank you, Glee.
zeze zeze 6 years
I wasn't really a fan of the episode. I guess I just don't like Kurt. He seems so obnoxious and difficult all the time. And while I loved the song he sang, his high notes are like nails on a chalk board for me. It also bothered my why Finn was suddenly so dense. He's a slow guy, sure, but not when it comes to feelings/sentiment. The discussion between Emma and Sue was a really interesting one though. I've never really thought things in Sue's perspective before. I don't think there is an issue with Rachel saying she is waiting until 25, she didn't go through with it with Jesse and maybe after the experience she knew she wanted to wait much longer.
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