Wednesday October 6, 2010 9:05 am
Glee’s Cheesus Episode Gets Serious, Spiritual and Tearful
Tuesday night’s “Grilled Cheesus” episode of Glee delivered up the usual laughs, gave us plenty of new Sue Sylvester quotations to bat around and filled millions of households with beautiful singing—but the show went a little deeper than its usual quips, jokes and jaw-dropping solos.
“Grilled Cheesus” tackled some truly heady subject matter: life, death and spirituality. It’s a lot to take in on a Tuesday.
In-between funny one-liners from Heather Morris as Brittany S. Pearce (“I got dropped one whole letter grade because I wrote it in crayon”) and lots of amusement at poor Finn’s expense, Glee explored different world religions - albeit shallowly. But what do you expect from an hour-long show that’s peppered with no less than seven different musical numbers? Keep reading to get the full recap - but only if you’ve seen the episode already!
Puck (Mark Salling) kicked the night off with his energetic rendition of “Only the Good Die Young,” a song which is much more about wooing women than exploring religion (which makes it the perfect choice for Puck). Immediately thereafter, things took a more serious note. New official cast member Mike O’Malley (Burt Hummel) collapsed at work, and Kurt (Chris Colfer) was taken to the hospital by school counselor Emma (Jayma Mays) and Glee club teacher Will Scheuster (Matthew Morrison). If you were watching closely, you saw Will and Emma holding hands while they waited for news with Kurt.
Unexpectedly, things took a turn for the life-threatening when the doctor explained that this was no simple heart attack but a coma-inducing event … and from then on out, the episode was filled with tears and heartfelt melodies.
Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley) wailed all over “I Look to You” and “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) celebrated Barbra Streisand with an impossibly wonderful version of “Papa, Can You Hear Me,” and Finn (Cory Monteith) checked in with “Losing My Religion.” When the whole cast sang “One of Us,” it was truly touching. Kurt’s shining moment of the episode came when he softly crooned “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” turning the fun, poppy number into a tear-jerking ballad. As he sang, lovely clips of a young Kurt with his father rolled by. Young Kurt was played by Adam Kolkin, whose resemblance to Colfer is rather startling.
In the final moments, viewers were given some hope: Burt Hummel’s fingers moved, giving us a sign that perhaps he will pull through after all. Since next week’s episode showed clips of a much sassier Kurt, we have good reason to think that we’ll be putting the medical drama behind us sooner rather than later.
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