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“Welcome to the new world order”: Mash-Up (1×8) recap

October 22, 2009
Quinn and Finn seek advice from Emma on how to be cool

Quinn and Finn seek advice from Emma on how to be cool after receiving one too many "slushie facials"

“Welcome to the new world order,” says a random hockey player guy to Finn and Quinn after throwing a slushie at Finn’s face. This week’s episode is all about the cool kids vs. the Gleeks, and now that the whole school knows that Quinn’s knocked up, McKinley High’s former king and queen have dropped far down on the social ladder. Despite desperate attempts to regain their popular status (Hot tip: Wearing your sunglasses inside (or at night) isn’t cool, unless you’re Corey Hart.), Finn and Quinn are still being outcasted – especially Finn, who’s now being forced to choose between football and glee club after Coach Ken schedules a new mandatory practice at the exact same time as rehearsals. Determined to stay on the cool side, Finn chooses to stay with the team (although the other three crossover characters, Puck, Mike Chang, and Shaft, all stick with their fellow Gleeksters), but after a classic motivational speech from Mr. Schue, he reevaluates his decision and convinces Coach Ken to allow him and the guys to be simultaneously cool and un-cool. Oh, but apparently that only works for the boys because at the end of the episode Quinn gets kicked off the Cheerios for being preggers.

In other storylines, Rachel and Puck make out because Puck wants to date a Jewish girl to please his mom, and although Rachel seems into it, she’s picturing Finn the whole time. They share a few cute scenes, then have a heart-to-heart about how Rachel wants Finn and Puck wants Quinn, and then they break-up and I’m incredibly disappointed that their relationship only lasted one episode. Also, Emma and Will flirt like crazy while Will gives her dancing lessons for the first dance at her wedding (which the ridiculous couple wants to be a mash-up of My Fair Lady’s “I Could Have Danced All Night” and Sisqo’s “Thong Song”). Meanwhile, Ken gets super jealous and finally gets into a fight with Will about it. And lastly, Sue falls in love and subsequently falls out of it by the end of the episode – thank goodness! Lovey-dovey Sue was just weird.

Favourite moments, scenes, and quotes (I loved the episode, so there are lots of faves!):

  • Ken and Emma talking to Will about a mash-up for their first dance at their wedding, and Ken defending Sisqo’s “Thong Song” by saying, “I need something I can shake my moneymaker to.”
  • Will showing off his white boy rapping skillz to Young MC’s “Bust a Move” and once again taking off his top shirt to do so.
  • Quinn and Finn going to Emma for advice on how to be popular. Emma’s advice? Wear sunglasses ’cause celebrities look cool in them. Finn thinks this is the best idea ever because, in his own excited words: “I could be looking at your boobs and you’d have no idea.”
  • Will singing “Thong Song” to Emma. It’s so disturbing yet so awesome all at the same time.
  • Puck and Rachel: Not only are they both "a couple of hot Jews," but now they've also both experienced a slushie to the face

    Puck and Rachel: Not only are they both "a couple of hot Jews," but now they've also both experienced a slushie to the face

    Puck: “Rachel was a hot Jew and the good Lord wanted me to get into her pants.”

  • Puck to Rachel: “Are you questioning my bad ass-ness? Have you seen my guns?” Rachel to Puck: “Your arms are lovely, but I just don’t see us working out.”
  • Puck being incredibly sexy while singing Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline.” Rachel and Quinn were both all googly-eyed, Finn and Santana were both grumpy-faced, and my roommate and I both swear that Artie’s checking out Tina C. Best song scene of the night!
  • Sue (on “Sue’s Corner,” talking about marrying your pets): “So ‘WOOF’ on Prop 15, Ohio!”
  • Sue and Will swing dancing! This scene was totally random yet incredibly adorable and both Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison just looked like they were having so much fun.
  • Will to Ken: “Your commitment to football is about as long as your pants.”
  • Ken finally taking a stand against Will and his flirtations with Emma. It’s about time that Ken had some balls in this situation.
  • Rachel cleaning off Puck in the bathroom after he gets a “slushie facial.” Super sweet, and he puts on a yarmulke at the end!
  • Kurt taking one for the team and giving himself a slushie facial when Finn won’t do it, and subsequently yelling, “Someone get me to a day spa, STAT!”
  • Finn: “I don’t think any one decision makes your life. Unless you accidentally invent some kind of zombie virus or something.”
  • Will and Finn’s “father-son” bonding moment over a game of catch.
  • Sue to Will: “If it’s one minute late, I will go to the animal shelter and get you a kitty cat. I will let you fall in love with that kitty cat. And then on some dark, cold night, I will steal away into your home and punch you in the face.”

Sue's lovey-dovey phase is short-lived, and by the end of the episode she's back at WIll's throat again

Sue's lovey-dovey phase is short-lived, and by the end of the episode she's back at Will's throat again

Song scene video round-up (’cause you know you want to watch them again!):

In my mind, this was definitely a great episode to end on before our two-week hiatus due to the World Series. But what did you all think? Did you like the Puck/Rachel romance and wish it would continue, or are you happy it’s done and over with? And what about Sue’s brief run-in with love? Were you, like me, very happy that we didn’t have to deal with Terri’s ridiculous baby drama this week?

Next week: The World Series is on! And the week after, too! Sorry, Gleeks, but you’ll have to wait ’til Nov. 11 until we get the next episode. Titled “Wheels,” I bet you can all guess which character it centres around!

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