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Recapping something messy makes you messy, right? Join Michael Swan and Jorge Molina as they take a trip back to McKinley High School and do a deep dive on the six seasons of the landmark FOX television series GLEE! From gold stars to slushies, and from sectionals to nationals, they are covering every musical number, every stunt-cast guest star, every Rachel Berry tantrum! Listen every Wednesday to find out at what point exactly they stopped believin'!
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Time to polish the plexiglass dancefloor and warm up for some impossible vocal runs!This week, the Glee club gets a double dosage of themed assignments as they boogie down the hallways in polyester suits in 3x16: "Saturday Night Glee-ver" and pay homage to one of the all-time greats in 3x17: "Dance with Somebody". Who has the vocal chops to give Whitney her due (*cough* Amber) and who falls short (*coughs* Heather and Chris)? Is Saturday Night Fever an effective tool against existential dread...
Time for some unresolved familial sexual tension!This week, the eldest Anderson son visits McKinley High School, leaving basically no imprint on the plot of the show. In 3x15: "Big Brother", Matt Bomer drops in to spy on his younger brother at the gym, Coach Roz Washington steals yet another scene, and Quinn is on a wheelchair, but it's not a really big deal?We also talk about Matt Bomer's extended role in the Murphyverse, Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar, and our favorite moments of the pas...
Take a seat, kids! And get ready to learn about the dangers of teen suicide/ marriage/ text and driving in a new very special episode! This week, comedian Zach Noe Towers joins us to discuss the most afterschool special of Glee yet, as we dive into 3x14: "On My Way." Karofsky's emotional state leads to Mr. Schue making it all about himself, Finn and Rachel rush their wedding bells, and Quinn is late. Oh, and on top of all that, it's also the Regionals episode.Note: the issues addressed in thi...
Time to roll those Rs and prep for our nighttime routine!This week, guest stars abound and racial stereotypes are propagated as the Glee club gets muy caliente with the arrival of Ricky Martin in 3x12: "The Spanish Teacher", and Rachel's buoyant home life is explored with Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell in 3x13: "Heart". We also discuss Samuel Larsen as Teen Jesus, try to explain Blaine's absence without really trying, and discover the gem that is "Disco Duck".We discuss:3x12: The Spa...
Marry me? What would Michael Jackson do?The New Directions try to answer these questions in the two episodes we discuss this week. In 3x10: "Yes/No", Will Schuester outsources his marriage proposal to the Glee club, and that's not even the biggest blur of boundaries he makes. And in 3x11: "Michael", the New Directions try to solve their differences with the Warblers... through dance?We also discuss the bad decisions Rachel makes while spiraling, overstuffed tribute episodes, and we create wha...
Merry belated Christmas and happy Sectionals!This week we talk about two episodes who should be much stronger given its individual parts. In 3x08: "Hold on to Sixteen", the New Directions face off against the Trouble Tones, Quinn confronts Shelby, and Lindsay Pearce returns. And in 3x09: "Extraordinary Merry Christmas", the Glee club puts on a Christmas special with some of the strongest wit and out-of-the-box thinking the show has done thus far. But both episodes end up falling apart. Like L...
It's Lady Music Week at McKinley! But it's all somehow led by Finn?This week's episode "I Kissed a Girl" sees the repercussions (or lack thereof) of the slap, as Santana struggles with her coming out, Finn tries to orchestrate it, and Puck and Shelby continue an incredibly misguided dynamic. We also discuss Quinn's downward spiral, Sue Sylvester's past famous hookups, and Glee's track record with stealing other artist's arrangements.We discuss:3x07: I Kissed a GirlWritten by: Matthew HodgsonD...
Rumor has it this week we discuss a vital episode inside the Glee mythology!In an appearance that has been on the books since we started this show, we welcome Chief TV Critic at Variety, Caroline Framke, to discuss 3x06: "Mash-Off"! In an essential episode for Santana, we talk about the role of Naya Rivera inside queer representation in TV, the nuance of her performance, and, of course, we dive deep into that Adele mash-up. We also talk about The Prom (which we watched!), The Grinch Live...
Top o' the morning! We've come all the way from Ireland to grant you three wishes!This week, we dive into the first episode of Damian McGinty's winning arc in 3x04: "Pot' O Gold", and we try to channel our sexual experiences into our acting in 3x05: "The First Time". A new exchange student comes into McKinley and adds almost nothing to the plot, and the production of West Side Story is on its way. Plus, Quinn tries to frame Shelby, Brittana is officially a thing, and an iconic gay villa...
Mr. Schue was supposed to love me! This week, it's all about presidential campaigns, dance booty-camps, and half-baked diva-offs as we continue our season three recaps with 3x02: "I Am Unicorn" and 3x03: "Asian F". Topics include the perfect gene pool of the Chang family, Shelby Corcoran's hideous behavior, holes in the Glee/ Burlesque-verse, and the many tattoos of the cast. Also, perhaps for the only time... we agree with how Mr. Schue handles things?We discuss:3x02: I Am UnicornW...
Like the titular purple pianos, we have been gutted, torn and used, but we're back to deliver new music!Join us as we embark on our season three journey and discuss the premiere "The Purple Piano Project"! Senior year looms on McKinley High, as the Glee club is shuffled with new additions (transfer Blaine! Sugar Motta!) and departures of old favorites (Dark Quinn is here! Also Sam apparently moved?) But anything they can do, Lindsay Pearce can do better.We also honor Naya Rivera, and disgrace...
Is this the real life? Is this Glee-ality?We have come to the end of the road in our journey through the first season of The Glee Project. Was this trip filled with laughs, some memorable characters, and an overall good addition to the Glee lore? Perhaps yes. Do the final results make any sense whatsoever? You be the judge of that. Alex and Lindsay give us everything, Sam and Damian give us nothing, they all win something and yet it feels like we all lost.Also, keep sending us your thoughts o...
Are you believable? Are you generous? Are you ready for a new episode?We’re almost at the end of the road, as the top five contestants are forced to prove two skills that are only once again just tangentially related to Glee. Hannah develops a mid-season crush, Ryan Murphy insists on gaslighting us about Damian, and Lindsay doesn’t know the words. We also guess the prices for our favorite Glee cameos, and Jorge jeopardizes any future work opportunities with Ian Brennan.We discuss:The Glee Pro...
Oh don’t say the assignment this week is Sexuality… The assignment this week is Sexuality!The contestants sexy skills are put through the test under decidedly unsexy situations like messy food fights, gay panic, and… breaking a commitment to the Lord? Cameron has a really tough week as Samuel seems to effortlessly thrive, and Ryan Murphy decides he will get what he cannot have. We also honor the life of Naya Rivera. Please send us any thoughts you have about how she or her work on G...
Grab a dictionary and look up the word “tenacious”!This week we welcome our first Glee Project guest, as writer and media academic Myles McNutt joins us to discuss 1x06: “Tenacity”, as well as examine the whole show on a different light. Who are exactly the homework assignments benefitting? Why is the final panel fundamentally misconstrued? Was Alex Newell bullied into wearing a wig? We also go into the Golden Age of TV reviewing, Max Adler’s judging talents, and the physics of slushees.&nbsp...
No better time to start a new project than during quarantine!This week, we take a sidestep from Glee as we watch the first episode of the 2011 reality TV spinoff show “The Glee Project”, which aimed to find a person that would inspire Ryan Murphy to write a 7-episode arc. We’re introduced to a dozen of aspiring McKinley student, from the instantly iconic Alex and Lindsay, to Matheus, the cute man we love, and Cameron, the cute man we hate. Darren Criss guest judges. Someone performs Sweet Cha...
We’re back and maintaining social distance guidelines!This week, we go back to the summer of 2011, where crowds were still allowed and Gleeks everywhere gathered for the release of the 3D Concert movie. To discuss that feat of filmmaking, we invited movie buff and Oscar expert Chris Feil, obviously. Chris joins us to discuss the actors staying in character through a national arena tour, the true crime style that was embedded into it, and we wonder if Gwyneth Paltrow remembers being part of th...
Start spreadin’ the news!In the season two finale “New York”, the New Directions finally make it to the Big Apple for Nationals. Will Mr. Schue follow his Broadway dreams (and do we even care)? Can a haircut solve all of Quinn’s problems? How exactly did Kurt and Rachel manage to break into the Gershwin? The answers to all these questions, plus our rankings of best and worst episodes, and our top 10 musical numbers of season 2!2x22: New YorkWritten and directed by: Brad FalchukOutro Song: I W...
Time to get out your prom dress and funeral outfits!On the final stretch of season 2, the New Directions perform at two very distinct events Jorge and Michael dive into 2x20: “Prom Queen” and 2x21: “Funeral”. Kurt finds out that there are many ways to get bullied, Sue suffers a loss as her character suffers another retcon, and Quinn slaps Rachel. We also spend entirely too much time pondering Julie Bowen’s next career moves.2x20: Prom QueenWritten by: Ian BrennanDirected by: Eric Stolz2x21: F...
Leave the rumors and backstabbing behind!This week, the New Directions get a case of the Mac on 2x19: “Rumours”, a tribute episode to Fleetwood Mac’s seminal album. To discuss that, writer Matt D’Ambrosio joins us to explore the troubled waters (for us) of the group, and we break to him all the storylines and characters he’s missed by not watching six seasons of the show. It was a learning experience for all.2x19: RumoursWritten by: Ryan MurphyDirected by: Tim HunterRyan Murphy’s New Netflix ...
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