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“It’s Britney, bitch!”: Britney/Brittany (2×2) Gleecap

September 29, 2010

Anesthesia-induced Britney fantasies, John Stamos, and about a dozen killer Brittany lines – how could this episode fail? Except that, well, it kind of did. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved the performances (particularly the Britney video re-creations), John Stamos was excellent, and Brittany rocked each and every one of her hilarious scenes and one-liners. What the episode was sorely lacking in, however, was plot and a decent theme. The musical numbers completely overwhelmed the episode and were incredibly forced, and the little bits of plot that were thrust in between were super flimsy. But more on that later, let’s break this episode down:

Favourite character: This honour has to go to Miss Brittany Susan Pierce (or Brittany S. Pierce), for finally breaking out from Britney Spears’ shadow. Brittany completely rocked this episode. From her awesome singing debut, to her amazing dancing, to her always hilarious one-liners, it’s only fitting that she finally got the chance to truly strut her stuff in her namesake episode. And to give credit where credit is due, I point you towards the next category…

Favourite quote(s) by Brittany:

“I was pretty sure Dr. Pepper was a dentist.”

“This room looks like the one on that spaceship where I got probed.”

“Finn can fly?”

Favourite quotes(s) not by Brittany:

Finn: “You see what I’m talking about, they’re personifying you!”
Rachel: “Objectifying.”

Finn: “How can you get caught between the moon and New York City? They’re like a hundred miles apart.”

Sue to Will: “You wear more vests than the cast of Blossom.”

Santana: “Normally, you dress like the perverted fantasy of a Japanese businessman with a very dark and specific fetish, but I actually like this look.”

Favourite song: Ah, a hard choice! And it’s surprising that this is hard for me, ’cause I’m not actually a Britney fan. I think for me it was a tie between Artie and the football team’s performance of “Stronger” (it was like “Single Ladies,” but this time they were actually singing!), and Brittany’s performance of “I’m A Slave 4 U.” The first was hilarious and cute, while the second was such an amazing re-creation of the original video and Heather Morris’ dancing was mind-blowing.

Weak point: The startling lack of plot and incredibly weak theme. We all need to let loose sometimes and not be so strict and uptight? That was the theme…that we learned through Britney Spears songs? This concept seemed way too forced, and the lack of serious plot demonstrated this. Rachel was being a controlling bitch to Finn, Will was being ridiculously desperate to win Emma back, and…that just about sums it up. I was really disappointed by the lack of solid plot development this week.

Tribute episode ranking: Compared to “The Power of Madonna,” this episode came out smelling less than fresh. “The Power of Madonna” had all the amazing music plus fantastic Madonna references plus a sensible theme and storyline. The one bonus point I will give to “Britney/Brittany” was the use of the opening notes from “…Baby One More Time” as the scene change music – a very nice touch. Also, I liked that the pop starlet’s cameo was, in fact, a cameo. Anyone who watches How I Met Your Mother knows that Ms. Spears is no actress, so I’m glad they didn’t try to use her as one. As a tribute episode, “The Power of Madonna” gets an A, while “Britney/Brittany” gets a C+.

Favourite throwaway line/reference: “Is this real life?” – Rachel (If you don’t get the reference, do yourself a favour and go watch one of my favourite viral videos.)

Next week: Some glee clubbers find religion, some glee clubbers lose their faith, and Kurt and Burt have more scenes designed solely to make us cry. Check out your first look at episode 3, “Grilled Cheesus”:

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 29, 2010 9:56 am

    I think this might be one of my favorite Glee episodes! I guess for me, the plot comes secondary to everything else so it didn’t bother me. I thought Stronger was the weakest “video” too many scenes of Artie working out. I love how they worked the theme into this episode, instead of it all coming from a Mr. Shu assigned theme. Hilarious! And the end was very sweet!

  2. Ashleigh permalink
    September 29, 2010 10:53 am

    I loved the one where Brittany was singing with Santana singing as Madonna. I liked New Direction’s performance of toxic lol. I loved Mr Schu’s solos. I also loved Rachel’s face when Brittany asked to have all the solos in glee club lol she looked like she was about to kill her lol

  3. September 29, 2010 11:25 am

    I couldn’t stand the bit during the homecoming assembly when the crazy kid with the afro was screaming and gasping in some sort of sexual frenzy. And that big girl screaming out at Mr Schue was just stupid. I found the performance the Glee club did fun to watch, and Sue’s reaction was fun, but those two in the crowd were cringe-worthy.

    I agree about the hilarious one-liners though. There were a lot of them. My favourite was “Finn can fly?” and the one about the moon and New York City.

    I have high hopes for next week…

  4. September 29, 2010 1:58 pm

    Erin, I agree their “interruptions” distracted from the performance!

  5. September 30, 2010 1:41 am

    I agree with Alea. The plot is secondary in GLEE. If you watch Glee, it’s all about the music… Then the plot.

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