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Review: Glee - Mattress

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 3rd 2009 5:02AM
Glee: Mattress
(S01E12) While they were in there, I told 'em to go ahead and yank out those tear ducts. Wasn't usin' 'em." - Sue Sylvester

I wouldn't say this is the best Glee episode we've had, but it had some good moments, and of course, that big reveal, which we'll talk about after the jump. The mattress scene was a nice little number, but I wasn't familiar with the song performed by Rachel and Finn, so that didn't do as much for me.

Sue Sylvester was back to true form from her compassionate scene with her sister a few episodes ago. It's hard to believe she'd have that much feeling for her sister, and yet still be a big you-know-what in the rest of her life. Glee breaks down stereotypes in some cases, but I'm not sure Sue falls into that category. She still seems like a caricature to me.

And there were other things about this episode that bugged me, but maybe it's just me. I mean, it doesn't seem likely that a glee club would be looked upon so badly that they wouldn't even get a photo in the yearbook. Does it? Or that the football team would ridicule Finn so much for being in the club. Maybe I just went to a super-easygoing school. Or maybe I'm just looking at the show the wrong way, and thinking too much about it. Probably all of the above.

At any rate, I was so glad to see Terri's big secret finally brought to light. I don't even care if Will leaves her, because he truly belongs with Emma. And by the looks of what's coming up, maybe they'll end up together somehow. Emma will ditch her wedding to help the kids at sectionals, and Terri will slink off somewhere never to be heard from again. I was calling her all sorts of names when she told Will, "Why don't you just take the food out of the refrigerator and give that to the kids?"

But ooh, that was some scene when Will realized that Terri had been faking the pregnancy all along. I thought we were in an episode of "Law & Order" there for a second. We haven't seen Will get mad like that.

And hopefully, the true daddy of Quinn's baby will be revealed, too. Then all would be right with the world. Oh, and I really liked the last song, "Smile," with the montage of everyone.

What did you think of this episode? Glad to see Will get all up in Terri's face about the fake pregnancy?

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My favorite scene in this episode is. . well there's two of them. The one where Quinn confronts Sue. . and then decides to stick with glee because she is understood there. It shows how much the Glee club has changed her. And then. . the reveal scene of course. That's the first time we see Will get a backbone. It's amazing.

December 24 2009 at 4:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow, can't believe you didn't know that song! It's "Smile" by Lily Allen. You should look it up, it's actually not as happy and sweet as Finn and Rachael made it out to be! One of the lines: "When I see you cry, it makes me smile yeah it makes me smile..."

*shudder* Love that song.

December 12 2009 at 12:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What I meant is: ok, u paint on my face, I can paint on yours, too. What's the big deal about it? We have pens? We have hands to use them as a two-year-old kid would? We're, as I said, stupid (if "stupid" is offensive, let's say immature)?

December 04 2009 at 6:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Liked the episode, not as musical as previous ones. That whole reveal scene though was one of the best so far. I was really afraid they would cross the line and make Will and abuser. The way he held her wrist, wow. As for the matress commercial, I can't believe you haven't heard the sone JUMP before. It's a classic song.

My one complaint has to be the ever changing Kurt character. He's gone to a nice gay kid who was nice to everyone to being a mean spirited Queen. They are turning him into a stereotype and I hate that. Rachel's dads are gay, if anyone should understand him and support him it would be her but he goes out of his way now to be mean.

December 04 2009 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I enjoyed this episode, but Quinn was the one that really surprised me. She gave it to sue right good! Sue showed that it isn't that she is a stickler for the rules, if she was she wouldn't be such a hypocrite. It's about being top dog, and if the Glee club does well at sectionals, etc then her "cheerios' run the risk of being knocked down a peg or two...and she can't take that.

December 04 2009 at 9:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought (for a moment too) that it was Quinn doing the toe-touch jumps and the back flips, but on second glance - it appeared to be Brittany or Brittany's stunt double (if she has one). Both girls had their hair in a sort of side French braid (and Brittany's bangs were pulled back?) so it was difficult telling them apart.

I didn't even notice Santana at all in the Jump number, except near the end.

I didn't really care for the Rachel and Finn duet - it seemed a bit out of place. I think I have heard the song before, but one of the problems of Glee not being the "typical" musical (where people just break into song) is that the song choices can be a little too literal and because of that - cheesy.

About the rest of the kids making fun of glee - I think it's exaggerated purposefully because the glee kids are supposed to be underdogs. I went to a big high school which was known for its athletics, its music and its academics - so there wasn't this kind of division between groups.

@zita - I don't think the glee kids would paint all over the football players' faces (is the hockey kid also a football player now? - I couldn't tell if he was or not) because a) they're not mean bullies like the jocks and b) they are physically smaller than the football players (except Finn).

And about paying for the mattresses - I think whether their amateur status would be stripped or not would depend on the Sectionals committee. You could have a real stickler for rules (such as Sue Sylvester) on the committee who would see it as a violation of the bylaws, even though New Directions didn't intend to accept the mattresses as compensation. And for someone like that, paying for the mattress (or all 12 mattresses, if it was a bundle deal) would not be a suitable punishment... since the idea of punishment is to punish (e.g. disqualify the team) rather than just repay. Kind of like how shoplifters can be sentenced to jail rather than just pay for the item they shoplift.

I love the scenes with Sue, Will and Principal Figgins! They are hilarious. And Figgins saying "oh Will, you can't return a used mattress?" I guess he's tried? :)

December 03 2009 at 9:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have one question. Please bear with me: I don't understand what's the big deal about those idiots painting on the glee-club members' faces? Why don't our guys paint on the football player faces, too? Anyway, all of this is way too childish (aren't they too old for these stupidities?) Ok, I think I just answered myself: they're just stupid!

December 03 2009 at 7:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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It's an ongoing gimmick/exaggeration on the show related to the nerdiness of being in glee club. They'd previously addressed it with all glee club members (especially when they prioritized the club over athletics) getting slurpees in the face.

In a similar vein to "Mean Girls," the show has kind of taken a tongue-in-cheek, over-the-top approach to high school social politics, and I actually think it works so much more effectively than shows like 90210 and Gossip Girl that try to pretend they are "real." By turning high school socializing into a caricature, they simultaneously prove how petty teenagers can be while also shoingw how seriously teenagers take the social hierarchy before they know better. Ends up being a much deeper character study.

December 04 2009 at 1:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This was BY FAR the best episode of the season. The scene between Will and Terry had me just in awe after it was over. When he threw the pad and knocked over some things near the stove....and somebody mentioned the breath that was taken by him once he lifted up her shirt. This scene, I would put up against any other show for it's acting. I mean, if this scene didn't move you, then I don't know what would. I loved the duet between Finn and Rachel too. She is the top star on that show!

December 03 2009 at 6:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think the "big-reveal-scene" was one of the best dramatic moments I have seen in a real long time on tv. No big over-acting, but you do really feel the tension. Great acting, writing, directing there.

And I still feel that the songs are to over-produced. The acting and dancing don't fit with the singing. It still looks fake.

December 03 2009 at 5:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Yuck-Yuck

the mattresses the glee kids were given didn't seem as thick as the ones they were jumping on WHAT'S UP WITH THAT ??? and I thought Terri's evil sister would show up to save the day somehow with a new sinister plan LOL

December 03 2009 at 2:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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