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Recap of Glee Episode "The Rocky Horror Glee Show" 2010-10-27 05:30:00

Glee-ful Highlights From Episode "The Rocky Horror Glee Show"

It's no secret that all of us at Buzz have been looking forward to this week's Rocky Horror-themed Glee with much antici . . . pation. We've even been talking about it since the announcement of the episode at Comic-Con. So how does it live up to the hype?

It's not that the tribute show isn't fun in spirit (it absolutely is) or that the New Directions kids don't sound great doing their renditions of the Rocky Horror songs, but to me, the episode feels a little anticlimactic. Not to worry, because there's still plenty of good to discuss. Let's review when you


  • Excellent intro, Glee! The show does Rocky Horror proud by kicking off the episode with giant red lips singing the opening. It's the perfect nod of reverence to the musical.
  • Right up front, we discover the real reason why the New Directions are putting on Rocky Horror: Will's feelings for Emma (or is it his ego?). After he realizes that she's happy with Carl (he's even stopped her from cutting her sandwich crusts!), he's feeling desperate to win her back. She mentions that she and Carl went to a showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, so Will blurts out that the kids are reenacting the musical, getting himself into quite the pickle.
  • Sue's Halloween edition of "Sue's Corner" may be my favorite yet. The topic: fear, as in, how to instill it in your children. Her sensationalist approach attracts the attention of two local station managers (it's Rocky Horror alums Barry Bostwick and Meat Loaf!) who enlist her to do a sneaky expose on the kids' musical performance. She joins the production under the guise that she wants to help the arts, so Will puts her in. How does he not spot her scheme from a mile away?
  • Finn is conflicted about his muffin top. As Brad, he's required to strip down to his undies, and the thought of standing in front of the school without a shirt has him sweating. The guys hop up on a soapbox about how men are objectified nowadays (Artie blames it on porn), until Finn decides to fix his problem by boldly walking down the hallway in his boxers. I think the boys' body image would actually make for an interesting episode on its own, but the subplot gets overshadowed by all of the Rocky Horror flash.
  • Things I never wanted to see: Will Schuester's face during "Touch A Touch A Touch A Touch Me" as he speaks into the camera. When Mike Chang drops out of the production, Carl swoops in to help by playing Eddie — which threatens Will, of course. To counterattack, Will boots Sam from the role of Rocky to take over the part himself (didn't he learn to stay out of the glee productions after the "Toxic" performance?). He asks Emma to "rehearse" with him, and whoa does Emma get into it. She strips Will's shirt right off and nearly kisses him before running out of the room. Will later apologizes for the stunt, telling Emma that if he "really loves her" that maybe he should let her be with Carl. Sweet, but you know John Stamos isn't going to be on the show forever. How long until Will and Emma reunite?
  • What's your final verdict of Mercedes as Frank-N-Furter? I know many fans were up in arms about her taking on the part, but I kind of liked her rendition of "Sweet Transvestite." Hey, if nothing else, she has the attitude down! That being said, I would've enjoyed seeing more of Kurt in character as Riff Raff or just the costumes in general. Rehearsing Rocky Horror in the glee room isn't nearly as fun as watching an all-out production.
  • So after all of the drama and multiple casting changes, that's it? No actual Rocky Horror performance?! Will pulls the plug on the show once Becky reveals Sue's plan to bring glee club down. But first, he gives a cheesy motivational speech about how the original Rocky Horror was a favorite among social outcasts (like New Directions . . . get it? Get it?). The episode closes with "Time Warp," which is fantastic — but it still left me wanting more.

So did the special episode live up to your expectations, or do you feel let down? Which song was your favorite? Get talking in the comments below or over at the Glee Club in the Buzz Community!

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smileet147 smileet147 6 years
"Give me some chocolate, or I will cut you!" Oh and check out my review here!
Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 6 years
Disappointing to say the least.
zeze zeze 6 years
can I just say when the episode opened with John Stamos in that all leather outfit, I thought was playing Frank-n-Furter...
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 6 years
I was really hoping that John Stamos would be Frank-n-Furter, but I know that would have been kinda ridiculous in terms of why a dentist would be playing that part.
Blix Blix 6 years
I watched the original Rocky Horror Picture Show last night - because I have stupid cablevision! Dammit Janet!!
bransugar79 bransugar79 6 years
I didn't like this episode at all. In fact I may be giving up on Glee altogether. I am a fan of RHPS (although not super die hard) and the overall feeling I got was annoyance. This was the first time I really felt the performances didn't live up to the source material. Rocky Horror is so fun and campy and they made it heavy and obnoxious. I didn't mind Mercedes as Frank. In my opinion NO ONE is ever going to be able to live up to Tim Curry in that role. The man is a legend just for his performance in that role , in my mind. I was really annoyed by the boys body image issue and the way it was handled. It was so over the top and felt like a mock up of an ABC after school special, which just doesn't work any more. Will's whole motivation this episode was stupid, and I think he may be the worst teacher in history. He's supposed to be an adult but he is more adolescent than the kids he teaches. Also, what the heck was up with all the substitute lyrics in the songs????? Are we really not able to say transsexual on TV even though they said transvestite in the same sentence? And what's wrong with petting or bed wetting? I don't get it, and I really wish they would have done some other Halloween episode.
steen steen 6 years
I loved the RHPS casting but I wish we could've seen more of the Glee kids acting out RHPS. I hated the attempt at plot.
Mandi-Villa Mandi-Villa 6 years
My favorite part of this whole post was "Things I never wanted to see: Will Schuester's face during 'Touch A Touch A Touch A Touch Me'" - I COMPLETELY agree. As soon as he popped on screen my roommate and I started laughing hysterically. That was just unnecessary. Overall I was a little disappointed with this weeks episode but I'm definitely looking forward to next weeks!
cibele cibele 6 years
I didn't like this episode at all. One of Glee's worst. There was no actual plot, just Will whining.
care0531 care0531 6 years
I wasn't really blown away by any big musical number but I have to say it was nice to see the Glee club working on a musical number since that was my impression of what Glee kids are supposed to be doing. I have to say that I LOVED John Stamos and Sue's Corner. I also like Sam's line (as he pinched his hard abs) damn those cool ranch doritos!! :)
redchick152 redchick152 6 years
it was fun, but i also felt it was kind of a let down when they didn't even perform it for anyone. the whole reason they were doing it was a lame idea from will....go figure! i used to love him and emma, but he's just trying way too hard. although i love carl and his performance was great, putting a dentist in a high school play?? huh?? yet another episode where the music trumps the story line!
Pistil Pistil 6 years
I was looking forward to it just as a Halloween special. I agree, too much script not enough song and dance. But that's kind of how I feel about most episodes.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
I think the episode would have been better if they had made a 2 hour special and actually done the Rocky Horror performance. I agree that it was too much for 45 minutes. Will Schuester annoys me more and more every week and this week was the worst. He is whiny and completly inappropriate--creepy, in fact--when he performs with the kids. I actually like Emma with John Stamos and I wish he would stick around. Emma is annoying with Will and Will is annoying regardless, so I'd rather keep her with Stamos and find someone else for Will. I thought the Mercedes performance was outstanding, but I'm not enoguh of a die hard Rocky Horror fan to get offended of her not looking exactly like Frank-n-furter.
stephley stephley 6 years
"So after all of the drama and multiple casting changes, that's it? No actual Rocky Horror performance?!" I was disappointed too - the one show that would have been fine without a lot of script and they won't shut up and sing. I thought Mercedes singing was fine, but she looked too much like an every day (:? ) dominatrix character, not Frank-n-furter.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 6 years
it waas probably my least favorite glee episode so far. first off, i didnt know what rocky horror was all about (sorry.. super sheltered child) then after wikipedia-ing it, the show made even less sense.. i think there was too much to fit in the 45 min that the show gets, and basically, i didnt like it. so much for all the hype.
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