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'Glee' - 'Funk' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 2nd 2010 11:20AM
Glee: Funk
(S01E21) "You're still that 16-year-old boy to me. You always will be." Terri to Will, after they signed the divorce papers

Awww ... I actually felt a little sorry for Terri tonight. And that's saying something, because I've been gunning for her and Will to split up since the beginning. I must admit, though, it was pretty sad when they signed the divorce papers, but really, it's for the best. Like Will told Glee Club, he regretted spending so much time in a relationship that wasn't working, because it kept putting him in a deep funk.

Funk was the order of the day, as each of the characters went through their own personal brand of funk. While this wasn't my favorite episode of 'Glee,' there were plenty of great songs, storylines and moments tinged with heartache.

Quinn doesn't usually get a chance to shine in front of the microphone, and her version of 'It's a Man's Man's World' certainly offered a different perspective than James Brown's version. Plus, it was downright fun, with the Unwed Mothership Connection singing backup.

And Rachel getting egged in the parking lot by Jesse and Vocal Adrenaline seriously put ME in a funk. Who does that sort of thing? I know Rachel and Jesse have had their problems, but he's the one who was working with Shelby to get to Rachel about her parentage. I don't really get where he's coming from.

As for Will's ploy to throw Sue off her game by coming onto her with 'Tell Me Something Good' -- it creeped me out! I threw up a little when he and Sue nearly locked lips. Oy, just the thought of it makes me queasy.

Sure, I understand where he's coming from, and it was a stroke of genius when he came up with the idea after hearing Rachel complain about how Jesse and Vocal Adrenaline put her off her game by breaking her heart so close to Regionals. 'Glee' is good at connecting the stories that way. Sort of like 'Seinfeld,' where somehow at the end, all of the various stories intertwine and crash into each other in the worst way.

But, of course, it backfired. Will was going after Sue, because let's face it, she's a bitch. He didn't count on his strategy making things bad for the Cheerios, who needed that trophy to get a college scholarship. However, I did cheer quietly to myself when Will threw Sue's trophy against the wall, even though I know it was a really childish thing to do. Then again, Sue isn't exactly an adult either. She gave Vocal Adrenaline the keys to TP the glee room.

Hmmm ... talk about an odd pairing: Quinn moving in with Mercedes, who has an extra room in her house since her brother left for college. I like it, though!

A few other things:

All the Vocal Adrenaline kids got Range Rovers? That's some booster group they've got going.

Terri hallucinating that Finn is Mr. Shu. I so don't like where that's headed. No, sir.

Will plying Sue with a tub of Extreme Lifestyle Carbo Gels. And in her favorite flavor: Appletini.

Sue getting stood up, waiting at the restaurant in her pearls and track suit. Kind of pathetic, really.

Loved the scene-stealer shopping at Sheets and Things for his bathroom -- an homage to Jane Mansfield -- and missing the muzak. "How am I supposed to shop without my Kenny G?!"

Also loved Finn and Puck's version of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch's 'Good Vibrations' with Mercedes. It almost made me like rap for a minute.

Some quotes:

"You know, for me, trophies are like herpes. You can try to get rid of 'em but they just keep comin.' You know why? Sue Sylvester has hourly flare-ups of burning, itchy, highly contagious talent. Enjoy your last few days here. This room is mine." - Sue to Will, after he smashes her trophy against the wall

"Let's be honest. When white people try to be funky, you end up with KC and the Sunshine Band." - Mercedes

"I'm alone, William. I don't even like you, and I was willing to jump at the chance to be with you ... and even though I completely loathe you, you'd make a great trophy husband." - Sue to Will

"You know what Wednesday is, right? Hump day." - Will to Sue after asking her out to dinner.

"Even your breath stinks of mediocrity, and it's making me sick." - Sue to Will

Jesse: "They did a funk number. We've never been able to pull off a funk number."
Vocal Adrenaline girl: "Well, that's because we're soul-less automatons."
Jesse: "I'm so depressed."

Next Week: Regionals! What will happen when Sue is one of the judges?!

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Thought it was hilarious the whole episode because they had to sing funk. marky mark, mr shu is right not even close to funk. It was a valient effort but these kids wouldnt know where to begin on being funky and soulful.

June 04 2010 at 11:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I loved that Brittany was so messed up with the Cheerios she put her outfit on wrong.

Not a strong episode, and also contradicting it kinda shows that these kids don't have the funk. Quinn's Man's World was weird and in the start I found it offending for James Brown, but I grew into it. Having that song sung by a woman gave it a new perspective, I did like that.

June 03 2010 at 6:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Leroy are you seriously calling into question Sue being a judge? Josh Groban and Olivia Newton John are going to be judges as well, which is just as ridiculous. It is a TV SHOW!!! None of this is real, kids don't make costumes like that, they don't learn 6 new songs a week, they don't have Broadway caliber voices. Sue being a judge is not a shark jumping moment when the whole premise is out there.

June 03 2010 at 11:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"All the Vocal Adrenaline kids got Range Rovers? That's some booster group they've got going. "
It's just like the football players on major college teams. Ohhh wait thats' right they bought those rides themselves.......

June 03 2010 at 1:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Also - did Jesse just sorta disappear after the mother episode, then suddenly reappear as part of Vocal Adrenaline again with no segue between the two? did I miss an episode or something?

June 02 2010 at 4:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Gwin's comment

I've read that this episode was supposed to air before the Gaga episode. It would have been a bit smoother if Fox hadn't screwed with the schedule, in my opinion.

June 02 2010 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

yeah I picked up on the jesse thin too. I was like what he left? im so confused, did i miss something?

thanks for the explanation

June 04 2010 at 11:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Loved the scene-stealer shopping at Sheets and Things for his bathroom -- an homage to Jane Mansfield -- and missing the muzak. "How am I supposed to shop without my Kenny G?!"

Seriously? Does this reviewer watch this show?

June 02 2010 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I guess it's too late for me to give a spoiler alert to those who avoid watching the previews since you mentioned this in the article.

I know it's a comedy, but for me having Sue judge at regionals is a shark-jumping moment. First, a teacher at a participating school would never be allowed to judge. Second, Sue in particular would never be allowed to judge after being suspended for helping the competition cheat at sectionals.

June 02 2010 at 12:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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