By Meryl Gottlieb | firstname.lastname@example.org | @merylgottlieb
Glee airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on FOX
“It’s Britney, bitch!” Yes, it is still by far the best introduction to anything, ever.
“Britney 2.0” opened strong with Brittany (Heather Morris) talking aloud, thinking she is doing a voiceover but not actually doing one, and detailing her awesomeness. So, she took to the spotlight with a spectacular “Hold It Against Me” performance. During the number, Kitty (Becca Tobin) tries to out-dance her and show her up — Girl, please, have you seen Heather Morris dance before? Go try to build up a character and personality before you try to outshine a beloved character like Brittany.
Despite her fabulous introduction, we see Brittany isn’t actually doing as well as she seems. She misses her lady-love, Santana (Naya Rivera) and not even her cat, Lord Tubbington, can cheer her up. Ergo, in an effort to boost her spirits, the glee club holds “Britney 2.0” week since it helped Brittany find herself the last time it was an assignment in season two.
Over in New York, thanks to Kurt (Chris Colfer), we learn Cassandra July’s (Kate Hudson) backstory: She freaked out over an audience member’s ringing cell phone, and, to her misfortune, the whole charade was put on YouTube and resulted in the end of her career. As a frequent theater attendee, I always feel like yelling at someone in the audience who could not take two seconds to turn their phone off. I mean are you really that important that you need your phone on?!
But I digress…
Furthermore, as the newbies of glee club, Unique (Alex Newell) decides it is rightfully so that she becomes best friends with Marley (Melissa Benoist). So, Unique thinks it is her duty to warn Marley of the “Womanizer” that is Jake (Jacob Artist) by performing the song to a spectacular routine that I can’t describe in any other way then by saying it was purely wonderful — a fantastic mash-up of Unique’s sass, killer choreography, and an overall catchy song to begin with. Nothing but magic could have come from that scene.
Nevertheless, the next performance was a wrong-in-many-ways acoustic version of “3.” I had to look up the lyrics to Britney’s original pop-dance version to see if she actually says “everybody loves countin’ ” — which she does — but the way it was performed by Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), Joe (Samuel Larsen), and Sam (Chord Overstreet) just did not mesh well with the lyrics of the song. They made it seem like it was a counting song, and it is not. “3” was not meant to be an acoustic song, and there never should have been an attempt to make it one.
The best moments of the show were the parodies of Brittany’s meltdown that mimicked the actual Britney Spears catastrophe, such as shaving her head, attacking the paparazzi with an umbrella, and lip syncing to “Gimme More,” which Brittany did while eating Cheetos. I’d like to take this moment to compliment Morris on a spectacular job well done at being hilarious every second she is on camera.
While I’m all for Brittany, I’m very indecisive about my feelings towards Marley’s interest for Jake. While interest is growing in Melissa Benoist – she definitely has great star potential – I just hope she gets a better story line than desiring the unavailable bad-boy and an overweight lunch lady for a mom.
Now came the most anticipated performance of the episode: Rachel (Lea Michele) doing “Oops, I Did It Again” in an effort to show Cassandra that she has sex appeal. She actually sang this one well; it fit her vocal talent much better than the atrocious performance of “…Baby One More Time” from the first Britney Spears episode.
Despite that accomplishment, the choreography was a bit extreme – she’s trying to show she can tango, not grind and be provocative while crawling on a table, which, I may add, is not dancing. That’s probably why that performance alone did not change Cassandra’s mind.
The episode was also chock full of inspirational moments: Puck (Mark Salling) tries to knock some sense into Jake; Cassandra finally tells Rachel the reason she is so harsh; and lastly, Sam tells Brittany he understands that she is trying to hit rock bottom like Britney Spears did so she can have a monumental comeback similar to Spears’, which Brittany thankfully achieves.
At the end of the episode, Brody (Dean Geyer), who has been the typical nice guy in a new town character, finally tells Rachel that he likes her but will respect her stubborn persistency to be with Finn (Cory Monteith), who still has not contacted her. Yet, just before the episode ends, we see Rachel cover up the word “Finn” that she had painted on the wall in her and Kurt’s new apartment – showing signs of a possible competition between Finn and Brody in the future. Oh, I can see the Twitter war now.
I’d also be remiss to conclude this review without mentioning Marley’s wonderful performance of “Everytime,” a personal Britney favorite. She’s going to have a future, and I can’t wait to see it.
Despite some achievements, this episode didn’t leave me yearning for the next, like I used to every time during season one, nor did it have the “wow factor” I was expecting, but I must say the show buoyed thanks to Morris’s hilarity.