Glee

Season 1 Episode 21

Funk

9
Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jun 01, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Mercedes and Quinn fight over New Directions assignment, but Quinn gets in touch with her "funky" side. Meanwhile, Terri Schuester returns with a plan while Will has some plans of his own for Sue.

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  • Out of Place

    4.0
    This was a really weird episode. Sue and Will were out of character, Jesse's break up with Rachel was really sudden, and Quinn's plot line felt underdeveloped. Not sure what happened to this show... maybe the finale will pull it all back together?
  • Ugh, seriously??

    1.0
    Worst episode ever. I get what they were trying to do, but what a horrible execution. Try to get in Sue's head - sure, but did he have to try to seduce her, those were some of the most awkward scenes I've seen in almost any television shows...just about made my stomach churn. And there was no precursor to Jesse leaving. He just left after two episodes ago saying he really cared about her. And how could Shelby at least have a heart the last episode and in this one, just let her kids do that to her daughter? That's just ridiculous. And funk? Really? And I like the whole Quinn-Mercedes friendship, but did it have to come about by a bunch of pregnant girls dancing and singing to a horrible song?



    I love Glee - one of my favorite shows by far, but nothing about this episode will ever entice me to see it again. Pardon the pun, but the writers of this episode must have been in a funk...moreless
  • This show is getting into the zone of borderline boring..

    6.2
    I really don't know why. Is it because all fall shows have ended, or something else that this show is boring as hell.



    The comedy element which was a huge factor in the initial few episodes is clearly missing here. And honestly all the egg hurling and Jamba juice throwing are getting stale. I felt like throwing up after will did his stripper-esque routine to seduce Sue. And the drama that followed with Sue going all desperate for love was too cheesy and not something you expect from Jane Lynch's character.



    We got one episode left, and I don't expect it be a shot out of the park.moreless
  • Kurt: Mr Schue, Rachel's one of us. We're the only ones who get to humiliate her.

    8.5
    I had mixed feelings about this episode. Here are the problems I had with it: Quinn's awkward dialogue about being funky. It just seemed very staged and inauthentic. Mr. Schuester's scene seducing Sue Sylvester. It was somewhat funny, but also, a bit disturbing and totally cringe-inducing. I was yelling "No! No! No!" at the tv for his whole performance of "Tell Me Something Good."



    Jesse's abrupt turn to the dark side. Hadn't Jessee forgiven Rachel for her video? I thought he had. If so, there was no new fallout between him and Rachel, so why was he acting as if there was? Knowing that he likes her (or at least he said he did!), why is he being so cruel to her? I guess maybe that was an act too? (It had me convinced!)



    Why would Rachel's biological mother stand by and let her students harass her daughter, even if they aren't going to have a mother-daughter relationship? She may not have known they were going to egg her, but she apparently was aware of the tp-ing prank. Here's what saved the episode for me: I loved the musical numbers. I actually thought that Quinn's "Man's World" performance with her fellow unwed mothers was great. Most of all, I especially enjoyed New Directions performance of "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)." I liked the progression of the friendship between Mercedes and Quinn. It was very kind of Mercedes to offer Quinn an escape from the Puckerman household. Sue Sylvester is awesome and was the single greatest redeeming factor for this episode. Here are some quotes that exemplify why: Sue: Dear Journal, something strange happened yesterday. I felt something below the neck. Dare I admit it? I have feelings for one Will Schuester. Sexy, non-murdering feelings. ... Sue: That gay terrorist went on to become the first gay president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Sue (to Will): And though I completely loathe you, you'd make a great trophy husband. And as you can see by my decor, I love me some trophies. Sue: You know, for me trophies are like herpes. You can try to get rid of them but they just keep coming. Sue Sylvester has hourly flair ups of burning itchy highly contagious talent. Sue: Will, I'm not going to do this. Even your breath stinks of mediocrity. Yay Sue! I love her! Overall, a good episode, I would say, despite my reservations.moreless
  • How many times can we say "Funk" in one episode?

    7.5
    What the 'Funk' was this? This episode seemed oddly placed as the lead-in to next week's finale. If there was some rearranging done by the FOX network regarding this last batch of eps, it certainly shows. The plot here was kind of all over the place, inconsistent, and what's worse, half the songs weren't very good.



    The idea was that Vocal Adrenaline has basically already beaten New Directions psychologically. And with a little bullying. Our glee club is in a rut. Depressed. In a 'funk' if you will. Mentally, they don't think they can win. So Shue decided to give everyone the assignment of finding and fighting the funk within themselves. Mercedes and Quinn both misinterpreted this to mean soul or blues, and they got into a little spat about which of them was 'funkier'. Somehow Quinn tried to equate being pregnant with racism? What the funk? In fact, they were both wrong, but whatever. They still have good scenes together. Mercedes invited Quinn to live with her, and I can't help but think Mercedes is in now place to make a decision like that. She does have parents, doesn't she? What's frustrating about this plot was the way Jesse broke up with Rachel, (which I could have sworn happened already) and how he complained about glee never accepting him as one of their own, (he was never around half the time!) and how Shelby, who had such emotional reconciliation with her newly discovered daughter Rachel, would allow this kind of behavior from her team going into the competition. Yes, that thought was one long sentence of a paragraph. I did kind of like the symbolic egging scene of Rachel in slo mo. Poor kid.



    The other completely out of place element was Will and Sue. It's no surprise that the show runners would play with a romance element with these two (at least maybe next year) but everything about this came out of nowhere and just didn't ring true to either character at all. Some might excuse this because Will was only manipulating her, and Sylvester was so lonely she considered it, but I don't buy either excuse. Sue hates Will. Period. And Schuester has done a lot of things, but not even he would stoop so low. Everything about this plot was false false false. But at least we got to see Sylvester's house, cluttered with nothing but trophies and track suits- awesome!



    There was basically only one thing I liked, and it was surprisingly, the return of Terri, who I admit, I've kind of missed. She was an interesting and somewhat pathetic villain, who I kind of feel for when she makes those sad puppy eyes. Signing the divorce papers was a good scene. As was everything at Sheets N Things, which also saw returning goofballs Howard and Sandy. Puck and Finn got jobs there to pay for slashing the tires of Vocal Adrenaline's cars. At least the guys stepped up in this episode. The store stuff also hosted the best song of the night.



    "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen

    Vocal Adrenaline (VA) intimidated New Directions (ND) with this one, but I don't see why they got so scared. This number wasn't very good.

    Grade: C



    "Tell me Something Good" by Chaka Khan.

    It was a little humorous to watch the tension between them as Will tried to seduce Sue. But as I said, didn't buy it, and it goes against character. I threw up in my mouth a little...

    Grade: D+



    "Loser" by Beck.

    This was AWESOME. Puck and Finn were great, and the whole store chiming in was a lot of fun. So mad they cut this one short. Great song, great use of it in the show.

    Grade: A-



    "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" by James Brown.

    In my opinion, one of the greatest songs of all time.

    I was totally surprised to see Quinn tackle this, and the backup pregnant dancers were hilarious. I liked the feminine touch. However this was also really weird. Grade: B



    "Good Vibrations" by Mark mutherFunkin Wahlberg!

    Ah, The Funky Bunch...I miss those days. What has music become? Mercedes lead ND, handling Loletta Holloway's vocals with ease. And Puck did Marky Mark proud. Grade: B



    "Give up the Funk" by Parliament

    This was the only real 'funk' song of the episode, and even then, this could be classified as disco.

    ND fired back at VA with this set piece, and I thought it was a chaotic but also muddled performance. No standouts. Was that Rachel in the hat and shorts? Why can't we see her? Is she hiding?

    Grade: C Overall, I appreciated the show's loose definition of 'funk', and the collection of songs represented that in a wide variety (variety of songs is always a plus). I also appreciate that Glee doesn't confine itself to only pop radio from KISS FM. and take risks with older material. But pop does seem to be their strength. That and show tunes. The funk didn't quite work for me this time.moreless
Keisuke Hoashi

Keisuke Hoashi

Peter Gow

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Brian McGovern

Brian McGovern

Brett Baxton

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Tonita Castro

Tonita Castro

Imelda

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Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera

Santana Lopez

Recurring Role

Heather Morris

Heather Morris

Brittany

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Dijon Talton

Dijon Talton

Matt Rutherford

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Puck: See you punks at Regionals!
      Jessie: They did a funk number.We've never been able to pull off a funk number.
      Giselle: Well, that's because we're soulless automatons.
      Jessie: I'm so depressed.

    • Santana: Besides creeping us out, why are you telling us this?
      Will: If we lose to Vocal Adrenaline at regionals, none of us are gonna regret it. We will have given it our best shot and we won't look back. But we will regret letting them get the best of us before the competition, which is why we need to hit them back just like they hit us.
      Quinn: So you want us to T.P their choir room?
      Will: Whatever the better, cooler version of that is, like, uh- maybe... maybe we should steal their school statue.
      Kurt: Their school statue is a giant, bronze of a great white shark eating a seal pup. It weighs three tons.

    • Kurt: Rachel's one of us. We're the only ones who get to humiliate her!

    • Sue: (to Will) You know, for a second, I saw a flash of something. I pictured myself living a normal life. Having someone to come home to every night. And though I completely loathe you, you'd make a great trophy husband. And as you can see by my decor, I love me some trophies.

    • Sue: Dear Journal, something strange happened yesterday. I felt something below the neck. Dare I admit it? I have feelings for one Will Schuester. Sexy, non-murdering feelings. Oh, it all makes sense now, Journal. True love always springs from true hate. I'll admit it, in the past, I've fantasized about waking up with Will's head on the pillow next to me, except now I picture it attached to the rest of his body.

    • Kurt: I'm so depressed, I've worn the same outfit twice this week.

    • Will: Today, I want to talk to you about regrets. Who has some?
      Rachel: Giving my heart to Jessie, just to have it crushed like the stage floor at a performance of Stomp.
      Quinn: Thinking "Trust me" was a sensible birth control option.

    • Sue: (to Will) You know, for me, trophies are like herpes. You can try to get rid of them, but they just keep coming. You know why? Sue Sylvester has hourly flare-ups of burning, itchy, highly contagious talent. Enjoy your last few days here. This room is mine.

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