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Gleeview: The Sue Sylvester Shuffle
mjacton

Spoiler Alert!

Sue is in a funk, and she's not happy about it.  This is what sets the tone for this episode, and as has happened before, one Sue Sylvester is at least indirectly the catalyst for good things at MckInley High School.  So, her boredom with cheerleading didn't directly lead to the football team's divisions--that was Karofsky--but it certainly made it worse for awhile since the Big Three (to borrow a football-type term) cheerleaders had their own identity crisis because of it.

A lot of story lines were nudged along and further set up in this episode, and I'm actually liking the direction things are pointed.  The major major development is that the aforementioned Big Three (namely, Quinn, Brittany, and Santana) are at least for now no longer Cheerios.  That's big news, especially in the case of Brittany and Santana.  They started out following Quinn, who only joined because she wanted to keep an eye on her boyfriend.  And, speaking of that boyfriend...well, it looks like she's turning attentions back to him.  The good news about this?  Looks like trouble for Sam/Quinn (Fabrevans).  This also means the potential for the return of the active Finn/Rachel/Quinn love triangle.  We'll see if it happens and how it works itself out.  Finn is the quarterback again.  Quinn has more than one reason she might want him back, and if she stays off the Cheerios, she's going to need the help to stay on top.  But, I'm glad to see a little bit of the return of the New and Improved Quinn of last season.  It praised the decision to go back to the Cheerios, but I'm glad to see that even though she's fallen into some of her old patterns, she steps up when it's really necessary.  And, yes, Quinn turned my head to in that outfit at the end.  Wow!

So, all in all, it was a really well done episode, I thought.  I loved the musical numbers, mostly, and I didn't dislike any of them.  Finally, I just want to point out, in a lot of ways this was the conventional Halloween episode we could have gotten in October and didn't.  So, kudos to the Team Glee for switching things up a bit again.

Oh yeah, and the WMHS won a championship?  Who'da thunk it?

Favorite Brittany Quotes:
Even though this was Sue-heavy episode, Brittany was the one who had the funniest lines, I thought, with the possible exception of the Honorable Mentions below.  So, this quote block is dedicated to Brittany S. Pierce.

Brittany:  I don't wanna die yet, at least not until One Tree Hill gets canceled.

Quinn:  What the hell are we gonna do?  If we go to our cheerleading competition then we miss the half-time show, and we're outta Glee Club.  I'm torn.
Santana:  Well, I'm not.
Brittany:  I'm Brittany.

Brittany:  Baby cannons? (No context needed)

Brittany:  How many m's are there in the letter r?  Oh, Brittany.

Honorable Mention:
Lea Michele is an underrated actress, in my opinion, and she's especially good as at comedy.  These lines would not have been nearly as funny without her skills.

Rachel:  So, when they snap the ball, we're just gonna lie down on the ground.  We're just gonna lie there.

Rachel:  Let's kick some ass!

Musical Numbers:
"California Gurls" by Katy Perry (feat. Snoop Dogg)--This wasn't a regular number.  I'm told the music was the original recording, but whatever.  It was fun and fun to watch.

"Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum--One word:  wow!  Loyal readers of mine know what I think of Lea Michele and her singing and that I especially like it when she sings duets.  She even makes Cory Monteith sound really good instead of just average.  And, this one was just amazing.  Mark Salling (Puck) is a singer/songwriter in his own right, and he holds up his end of the bargain here too.

"She's Not There" by The Zombies--This is pretty good.  It was a good move to put Kevin McHale (Artie) in a lead role here.  It was certainly lively, and the singing was good.

"Bills, Bills, Bills" by Destiny's Child--I think Glee makes it a point to make numbers by Glee Clubs from WMHS rivals good but lacking in excitement.  Despite Kurt and Blaine's assertion that this was "so off the hook it's dangerous," it was kind of boring.  It was very well done, but I zoned out halfway through.

"Thriller"/"Heads Will Roll" by Michael Jackson/and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
--This was the epic number of the episode, and it delivered mostly.  It was certainly well done and put the right punch to the climax of the episode, but I guess it's not my kind of music really.