This episode fits a specific category of Glee episodes, the "light comedy that wants to teach something". And, some sloppiness aside, it manages to convey the message. This is helped by the facts that for once it has a clear storyline: prologue (Warblers out, New Directions in), problem (need of money), solution (shirtless boy calendar), happy ending after some minor problems.
Of course behind there's the message: do not undervalue yourself because you're not just a sculpted body, but there's substance and heart around it. Or something like that.
The good thing is that the episode contained some very nice scenes. I like how the friendship between Jake and Ryder is developing, Ryder providing a sane down-to-earth point of view to things, and the "love you" scene between Marley and Jake was cute. Also Artie's doubts and Finn's response were well played.
I still have the feeling that the younger Glee would have treated the complementary storyline - Rachel facing the nude acting dilemma- with more grace and more shade. Since when a topless scene in an underground student movie is the same as porn, Kurt? The writers could have introduced the arguments against the nude scene in a more nuanced way, like this it becomes ridicolous. They could have squeezed a much more effective story out of this plot.
For once Lima wins over New York. I was happy though to see Dianna and Naya back!
Musical review: quite good; Torn and the New Year song stand out, but also the trio between Rachel, Quinn and Santana was well played.