Sure, the blogger who recaps Glee has never seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show, so she might have missed out on a true appreciation of the episode. But if your enjoyment of an episode relies completely on your knowledge of another, better work of “art,” then how good is it?
The episode started with Emma telling Will that Uncle Jesse (Dentist Carl, hereafter known only by his real name, Uncle Jesse) took her to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Will also found out that Emma’s mental illness is going away with Uncle Jesse. The horror. Will decided to do The Rocky Horror Picture Show with the Glee club to impress Emma, because he was obviously losing his in with her. He and Emma do a “hot” number (Touch a Touch a Touch a Touch Me). We wondered who was going to be the kid who sang that song with Will in the stage version….ewwwww (probably Rachel, in case any of you were wondering, since she's Janet). He would have done it in those gold shorts too. Will finally admitted that Emma is better with Uncle Jesse for the time being. Uncle Jesse can still sing, by the way.
Finn dealt with his body issues and we found out that Sam has some as well. We enjoyed both with their shirts off though, so what was all the fuss about? Actually, we enjoyed Will with his off as well.
Sue wanted to use the musical as a way to get a local Emmy calling out Will on TV for being inappropriate. Sue was completely right, as usual, and Will finally realized that it wasn’t a good thing to show kids in school and that he was doing it for the wrong reasons. This was a totally hypocritical, weird lesson in light of the Glee photo shoot in GQ. You shouldn’t expose kids to smut? You have a responsibility to society to watch the media? Whatever, we don’t care anymore. The kids performed the show for no audience. It was for themselves, since they are outcasts, just like RHPS started out.
Maybe we would have enjoyed this more if we weren’t so sick of the gimmicky episodes. It was just ok. Average. Meh. A few good moments, fun costumes, and decent renditions of songs. The Time Warp was the best.
Episode grade: C
It's up on hulu, if you want to see the hot mess Glee has become.