Glee

Season 1 Episode 3

Acafellas

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 16, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Will forms an acapella group and spends more time with them than he does with New Directions after he is asked to perform at the PTA meeting with some surprising additions to his group. Meanwhile, Kurt is under pressure in his life which isn't helped by Mercedes new found interest in finding a relationship.moreless

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  • Oh Snap, Chris Colfer

    8.5
    Okay, that scene toward the end with Kurt and Mercedes made me realize why my best friend loves Chris Colfer so much. Great acting.



    Overall, a decent episode with a nice theme: go with your gut and don't be afraid to be different. Not mind-shattering but enjoyable. Mercedes had a nice number and Vocal Adrenaline's cover of "Mercy" was great - other than that nothing stood out much musically.



    Also, for some reason, the guy who plays Mr. Shue gets more attractive with every episode.moreless
  • Cheesy much ?

    4.5
    This episode was very disappointing ! I was super excited when Glee began. It made me happy that a a good quality show is on television unlike most of the other dumb stuff we see today but then this episode premiered and I thought...it was too good to be true. It was more like High School Musical than Glee. First the whole " We're going to win because we're different thing " and firing the proffessional chereographer made the show seem like after school special than a mature show. Second, Will, who seems to be a mature, strong willed, confident man forming " Accaffellas " just because of a comment made by Rachel about his chereography was so dumb and devalued Will's position as a proffessional, and third Mercedese's crush on Kurt ? Like, really ? The guy is obviously gay ! How can she not have known ? The episode wasn't even funny and the Josh Groban appearance didn't do anything for me, the guy seems like a concetted jerk. Probably the worst episode of the season.moreless
  • It's all about confidence? Cute but not enough.

    7.5
    I'm sorry to say that this week's episode didn't really make it for me. I'm glad that they're still keeping good about their promise of more songs, but I had the feeling during the show that the music they chose this time around, wasn't good for the rythm of the plot. I don't know, maybe it's just me.

    On the other hand, I loved the 'GUTS' theme they chose this time around, with Will's lost and found dream of a boysband (which I found very funny, especially since it made Terri realize that she has some competition getting Will's attention), the glee club finding the guts to be the misfits that they are, and surprise, Puck can sing? (I loved the reason why he wanted to sing...Not that I approuve or agree but he's one of the characters that I love to hate, like Sue Sylvester and her little snide comment about how Emma's not married) I hope they'll make more use of his character. I love to hate him :)

    The real contrast with last week's episode was probably the number of laughs I had watching SHOWMANCE...It was the case this week, but I hope, come next week that I'll get new songs, and more comic situations.moreless
  • Will is told he can't dance by the Glee Club and he decides to go out and do what he always wanted too. Perform with his own group. The Glee Club tries to hire a task master known to get results. Plus we learn a little more about the Glee members.moreless

    9.0
    Acafellas is the name of the group Will forms to perform. There are quite a few very entertaining numbers this week and no real clunkers.



    The Acafellas numbers were enjoyable in both reincarnations. Originally with the four teachers and then with three teachers and two students. Amber Riley as Mercedes Jones also does a knock out piece at the Glee car wash. In general a very talented cast.



    Originally I thought Glee was going to be more like High School Musical, but it is a little more subtle than that. The musical numbers in a lot of cases fit in with the storyline and aren't always just either Glee Club or someone emoting on cue. So this episode was more of a fixed performance venue. Three out of four of the main numbers were actual performances versus last week when I think it was more 50/50.



    I felt this episode was better balanced as well. Meaning it really touched on more people and gave a broader view of the characters on the show. I think that is a good thing. I really enjoy Morrison and Lynch but they didn't take the spotlight totally in this episode. In general I liked this episode a little more versus last weeks. I think they are going in the right direction. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Schuester starts an all-male singing group; the Cheerios try to orchestrate the end of 'New Directions'; Mercedes struggles with unrequited love; Josh Groban makes a guest appearance to hit on a drunken cougar!moreless

    8.5
    I really enjoyed this episode! The storyline was very entertaining and nice. As usual, the romantic tension between Will and Emma was very enjoyable to watch. I also LOVED the fact that Mercedes and Kurt stepped out from the background, and had a subplot. I hope other characters step up soon, too -- like 'Puck', Finn's football buddy, who finally sang for once. The biggest props go to Kurt's storyline though. It's true that he's incredibly flamboyant, but the writers are treating his sexuality with a degree of respect and shyness. It's much nicer than shoving it down the audience's throats and minimizing what I expect would be a very complex set of emotions when one realizes they are gay (or lesbian).



    Musically, the show suffered a tiny bit. Mercedes's cover of 'Bust Ya Window' was REALLY good! I enjoyed it a lot, especially the choreography. I also enjoyed the Duffy cover by the professionals from 'Vocal Adrenaline'. However, Will's all-male group -- the 'Acafellas' -- were kind of funny to watch. Of course, they are undeniably talented! But can you really imagine people taking a group comprising of a Science teacher, an out-of-shape Phys Ed teacher, a stock assistant, and a cough syrup-addicted Shop teacher from a local high school seriously -- ESPECIALLY when they are singing hip-hop music? I know TV series have creative license, but I hope future events on 'Glee' don't break the imaginative border too much more so than that.



    The laughs were kind of few, but the episode still had cute moments. The scene in which Will brags to the audience about how being in a boy band makes his wife hotter for him is accentuated by shots of Terri frantically taking pregnancy tests in hopes of validating her sham pregnancy. Emma's obvious disgust about being Ken's girlfriend is also pretty funny! Plus, Josh Groban NAILED it with his scene hitting on Will's mother. He was funny! (It's too bad he didn't sing though!)



    Overall, the episode was definitely a good one. The golden moment was clearly Kurt and Mercedes's discussion towards the end, in which Kurt expresses his fear of being honest about his sexuality. For that, the episode shows a bit more of what 'Glee' is all about -- kids and adults struggling to be themselves and find a place where they belong.moreless
Victor Garber

Victor Garber

Will's Father

Guest Star

Debra Monk

Debra Monk

Will's Mother

Guest Star

John Lloyd Young

John Lloyd Young

Henri St. Pierre

Guest Star

Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky

Sandy Ryerson

Recurring Role

Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera

Santana Lopez

Recurring Role

Iqbal Theba

Iqbal Theba

Principal Figgins

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Emma:(to Will) They say it takes more certainty than talent to be a star. I mean, look at ah... look at John Stamos.

    • Quinn: Ms. Sylvester, I wanna thank you.
      Sue: For what?
      Quinn: For teaching me a valuable life lesson. When you really believe in yourself, you don't have to bring other people down.

    • Sue: (to Quinn and Santana) Let met get this straight. The Glee Club got rid of Dakota Stanley. Mr. Schuester is back. And they're busy on a new number, more confident than ever. That is what we call a total disaster, ladies. I'm going to ask you to smell your armpits. (they do as they are requested to) That's the smell of failure. And it's sticking up my office.

    • Will: I hope it's cool me unloading on you like this. I don't want there to be any awkwardness.
      Emma: Oh, no. No, none at all. I mean, you know, especially since we're, um, we're both in relationships now. It's both of us.
      Will: Right.
      Emma: I'm in a relationship. You're in a relationship.
      Will: Exactly, yeah.

    • (Will is showing a new choreography)
      Rachel: Can we stop, please?
      Will: You don't have to ask me every time for permission to go to the bathroom., Rachel. You can just go.
      Rachel: It's not my bladder. It's the choreography.

    • Rachel: We need to have a gayvention. That's gay intervention.
      Tina: It's K-K-Kurt. He's lady fabulous.
      Mercedes: Look, just because he wears nice clothes doesn't mean he's on the down low.
      Rachel: He wore a corset to second period today.

    • Dakota: You're not trying hard enough.
      Artie: At what?
      Dakota: At walking.

    • Emma: I love a car wash too though, you know, when I was little if I got all A's my dad would let me wash his car, so I'd get my little toothbrush out and I'd clean it all weekend long. (Emma clears her throat)
      Sue: You know the way you use your mental illness to help these kids is really inspiring. And I'm shocked you're not married.

    • Sandy: He's here! He's here! Josh Groban is here. Front row, big brown eyes, cute as a buttermilk biscuit. I barfed.

    • Puck: Dude, my bowels have better moves than you.

    • Vocal Adrenaline Dancer: You can't leave rehearsals for any reason, that includes heat exhaustion... or Crohn's disease.

    • Principal Figgins: I need those parents happy! They found out we've been serving the children prison food.

    • Will's Father: We just sold all 17 copies of your CD!
      Will's Mother: I didn't even have to show any of them my bosoms!

    • Will: I can't remember the last time we just hung out with the guys, really talked about our feelings.
      Ken: Wanna know what I'm feeling? I went over to the YMCA. I only have one pair of long pants, and...
      Sandy: Oh, please! My life is a disaster, with no creative outlet, other than writing my Desperate Housewives fan fiction.
      Howard: I'm afraid of my vacuum.
      Will: I know how you guys feel. I, apparently, don't know how to dance.
      Henri: I don't have thumbs.

    • Will's Mother: Wow, when did you learn to cook, Terri?
      Terri: It's just hamburger casserole. Watch out for bones.

    • Josh Groban: Now you might be thinking why would a pop star like me come over here and talk to you? Well, let me tell you something, throngs of screaming teenagers don't do it for Josh Groban. No. Josh Groban loves a blousy alcoholic.
      Will's Mother: (belches) You have to forgive me, man, I'm a little bit drunk and I'm afraid I'm not making good choices right now.

    • Will: Sandy, we voted. When you're in the group it's creepy.

    • Will: Sandy, I thought you weren't allowed on campus.
      Sandy: No William, I'm not allowed within fifty feet of children. Besides Henri and I go way back - I got him a job before we even had a shop class. I told Figgins that 'you are going to have a school full of nancies unless you get some hot wood in those teenagers hands'.

    • Howard: Who is Josh Groban?
      Sandy: Who is Josh Groban?! Kill yourself! He is an angel sent from heaven to deliver platinum records unto us. And if he were here right now, I would club you to death with his Critic's Choice Award.

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Dakota Stanley: You gots to go, Effie!

      Dakota calls Mercedes "Effie," referring to Effie White, a character from the 1981 Broadway musical Dreamgirls originated by Jennifer Holliday and later made famous by Jennifer Hudson in the 2006 movie of the same name.

    • Sandy: I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille!

      Actually, the quote is "Alright, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up!" The line was spoken by Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) to famed director Cecil B. DeMille in the 1950 movie Sunset Blvd.

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