Glee S5 E5 – “The End of Twerk”

It's about to get blurry up in here. Welcome to McKinley High's Inappropriate Teacher Invitationals!

It’s about to get blurry up in here. Welcome to McKinley High’s Inappropriate Teacher Invitationals!

My favorite thing about watching Glee is when I’m utterly surprised by an episode. Maybe I’ve read the description and seen the song list and thought – meh. Maybe I’m convinced it will not entertain me. And then there’s that moment when I’m either laughing my head off or reaching for a tissue and thinking – man, I’m so glad I didn’t expect this.

“The End of Twerk” is just such an episode. There was instant rush of embarrassment when I heard the title and saw “Blurred Lines” was a featured song. It didn’t bode well, I thought. But this hour proved just how wrong it is to underestimate what can be done with a controversial song, a port-a-potty metaphor, and some really outstanding performances.

When last we left our Lima and NY residents, we found that the Glee Club was trying to decide what their image would be at Nationals, to combat a fierce competitor. In NY, Kurt was experiencing some doldrums about his life. This theme continued with “The End of Twerk” as the kids try to figure out how to rebel without losing yourself entirely.

In a move that surprises no one, Blaine apparently likes to twerk while he’s tidying up the choir room. Tina makes a video of the aforementioned booty shaking and shows the rest of the NDers. Blaine is terribly embarrassed as his friends laugh (though Ryder makes a point to sit and give him a bro snuggle to help him out. Awwww.), but Mr. Schue is inspired!

Boundaries, we don’t need no stinking boundaries.

He thinks that twerking their way to Nationals will erase their goody-goody image and let the judges see them in a whole new way. Rebellion is the buzz word, even if the white board says Twerk.

Sidebar: Will has run out of ideas and is just desperately trying to get to graduation without bursting into tears. Discuss.

Kitty and Jake run Twerkaturial for those who don’t know how; Tina and Ryder get sent to the back row, Sam does a White Chocolate body roll, Unique is a prodigy, and Artie’s eyes are about to fall out of his head – he’s clearly made an excellent life choice regarding a girlfriend. From the back of the auditorium, Sue watches like an angry hawk.

From hairdresser’s chair to rehearsal goes Broadway leading lady Rachel; she and Paolo will be performing “You Are Woman, I Am Man,” and Rupert the director wants them to bring the sexy. Rachel pulls off her hat to reveal a sexy Barbra bob, which Rupert does not take kindly to. He’s in control of this production, and that means he’s in control of her. But Rachel won’t back down. She’s been going through hell lately and she needed to shake things up.

She and Paolo do their number and it’s fun and sexy (though the lyrics will give you pause!). Lea Michele as Fanny was inevitable; how fortunate we are to see it on our television screens. Rachel seems to be inhabiting Fanny’s skin fully, and in the end Rupert is convinced. The haircut has transformed Rachel – he loves it! Yay rebellion! (but don’t do it again).

Back at McKinley, Will is teaching and I’m convinced he’s the only educator left in the school. The rest of the student body just rotates through the halls, dodging dancing New Directioners until it’s time for the one class of the day.

Anyway, Unique needs to use the bathroom and hurries through the halls to…sneak into the girl’s room. Unfortunately, it’s occupied by none other than the most evil in the land, Bree. We hold our breath waiting for a smack down, but Unique says she uses the girl’s room because she feels safer in there. Somehow Bree takes this to mean…well I don’t know what or why, but the Great Bathroom Incident begins. Bree decides that the boy’s room is a great place to make out with Jake (a metaphor for this story line), and Stoner Brett realizes the girl’s room is more conducive to his delicate soul. This all ends in a rave in the girl’s room.

Hi, Kurt in New York! Rachel and her new hair enter the loft and Kurt is shocked right of his ice cream/popcorn/television zone! He’s relieved to see it’s a wig – clever Rachel! – and while she’s happy to report that Rupert knows it’s a wig now and he likes it, Kurt comes up with a million things that could have gone wrong. And his bestie has had enough. She’s shaken herself out of a rut and now it’s his turn. School, food, television, and cuddle-Skyping with Blaine don’t represent the life he should be living. He’s boring.

She’s been diving head first into life; she wants to feel a sense of urgency. And yes, maybe (as Kurt points out) this is about Finn’s death; this is her grieving process. Okay, Kurt’s convinced. Let’s do something crazy! She rejects using flash photography at the Met (you should never do that!) and instead proposes some limoncello. And that is just the beginning.

1 2 3