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Born This Way

'Glee' Season 2, Episode 18 Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 27th 2011 12:00AM
'Glee' - 'Born This Way'
['Glee' - 'Born This Way']

Faced with 90 minutes of airspace -- more like 60 or so, after commercials -- to fill, 'Born This Way' could have gone in any number of bad, self-indulgent directions. We could have had wall-to-wall music, or the Gleesters could have done a medley that lasted ten minutes long. Or, we could have had a handful of story threads going at once, none of them progressing with any satisfaction.

Instead, we got a pretty damned good episode. Sure, there was a self-indulgent moment or two, but for the most part we got good story, good music, some pretty fine acting, and even a fun surprise or two along the way.

And here's the first surprise: No Sue Sylvester. At all.

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'Glee' Star Max Adler On Having to Bully His Costar Friends, Singing & 'Global Guts'

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 26th 2011 9:00AM
Max Adler, GleeLet it be known: In real life, Max Adler and Chris Colfer are friends.

But on 'Glee,' Adler plays the closeted bully who tortured Colfer's Kurt with such hurtful homophobic slurs that the high school sophomore had to transfer to a private all-boys academy. On Tuesday's super-sized episode, though, Kurt returns to McKinley High and some of the pair's tension comes to a head.

After last weekend's prom spoiler leak, Adler was especially tight-lipped about what's coming up for Karofsky, but the admitted Lady Gaga fan did his best to share a little about tonight's sure-to-be-epic 90-minute 'Born This Way' episode.

"It's going to be, I'm going to say, one of the best episodes," he told AOL TV last week. "Right [up there with] the Super Bowl episode. The whole message is tackling everyone's insecurities as far as their sexuality, physical appearance or inability to do something, and it makes them realize over the course of the episode that the thing they're most insecure about is really the thing that makes them the most special and makes them stand out from the crowd. It's a really important message for people to see."

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Listen to 'Glee' Cover Gaga in 'Born This Way,' Chris Colfer Sells Pilot to Disney Channel

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 21st 2011 11:10AM
Glee, Born This Way, Lady GagaAfter what seems like months of hype (and some major spoilers), the super-sized self-acceptance-themed episode of 'Glee' is almost here. With it comes the Gleek-y version of Lady Gaga's "be yourself" anthem, 'Born This Way.'

Though the episode doesn't air until Tuesday, the full version of the track (along with two other songs from the episode) have leaked. After the jump, hear Kurt, Mercedes and Tina take the lead on the Lady Gaga song, Finn cover 'I've Gotta Be Me' by Sammy Davis, Jr., and Kurt tackle Barbra Streisand's 'As If We Never Said Goodbye.'

Speaking of Kurt, Chris Colfer has been keeping busy during what little free time he has between 'Glee' shoots -- he's already written an indie film that's scheduled to shoot this summer (he's the lead, natch), and now he's sold a pilot to the Disney Channel.

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'Glee' Scandal: Extra Reveals Prom King/Queen Spoilers Via Twitter

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 18th 2011 5:30PM
Glee, Born This WayJust when it seemed the 'Glee' camp had finally realized the art of keeping important plotlines a secret, an extra managed to spoil the outcome of the much-anticipated 'Born This Way' prom episode.

Warning: Spoilers ahead! Do not read any further if you're trying to avoid leaks about the episode.

As chronicled on ONTD, a rogue extra answered fan questions about the episode on Twitter the other day and spoiled the outcome of the heated prom race -- majorly pissing off 'Glee' co-creator Brad Falchuk in the process.

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The 'Glee' Bullying/'Born This Way' Episode Will Be 90 Minutes

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 29th 2011 12:00PM
GleeGet ready for a very special episode of 'Glee.' So special, in fact, that the episode is being expanded to 90 minutes instead of the usual 60.

The episode in question is the long-anticipated 'Born This Way' installment, in which bully Karofsky finally comes to terms with the fact that he's gay (presumably ... at least that's what we gather from past interviews with creator Ryan Murphy), but it will also feature several other characters struggling with acceptance and body-image issues, TV Line reports.

The story will obviously end with a triumphant rendition of Lady Gaga's hit, but throughout the episode, the zaftig Lauren Zizes (TV Squad BFF Ashley Fink) will run for prom queen, an unorthodox candidate for sure, and Rachel will consider getting a nose job, something star Lea Michele has been open about struggling with in the past.

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