Season 2 Episode 20

Prom Queen

Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 10, 2011 on FOX
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Prom madness abounds and a king and queen are named amidst the return of Rachel's ex and Vocal Adrenaline superstar, Jesse St. James.

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  • Glee continues to soldier on with a powerful second half of the season.

    Ever since Glee returned from its winter break, I thought (personally) it was highly uneven. For every good episode of the show we got, we got another ridiculously themed episode that made me question why I was still watching the show. Luckily, the show has included a few great episodes in a row, this one being one that focused on the emotional development of these characters. Sure, I could complain that Will and barely any of the other adults weren't there, but I blame that on the writers: they don't know what to do with these adults.

    Thankfully, though, the writing here gave the younger actors plenty to do without it seeming completely lame. It's prom night, and since it's been referenced since the beginning of the second half of the season, it's clear that there will be plenty of stuff going on. Quinn is still obsessed with winning prom queen, while Finn it seeming to be second-guessing his relationship with Quinn. I mean, the only reason he got back with her in the first place was because of what Rachel did with Puck.

    We also find Kurt and Blaine preparing to go to the prom together, where Santana and David are making sure they don't get bullied. Both here and with Finn are where I thought there was the best stuff happening. The Kurt/David plot has evolved from seemingly forced to something that has grown very interesting. I like the idea of David being forced to defend the same person he was teasing before.

    Meanwhile, Finn's feelings towards Rachel grow even stronger after Jessie St. James returns. Now, this is one guest star that I think is pointless to return, since he had plenty of impact on Season 1 events but seems brought here just to stir the drama pot. However, the drama is certainly stirred here, and the little fight between Finn and Jesse (basically just a shoving match) was intense and was a great way of showing Finn's true feelings towards Rachel.

    All in all, this was a great episode. I like the cleverness of the episode title.. it's not Prom Night, it's Prom QUEEN, and seeing Kurt being teased for being gay after going all night without a hitch was sad to watch, but a great way to see him once again evolve into a new character. Kurt really is the star of this show, no matter what other people may think. Let's hope the show can finish on a high note.moreless
  • Best prom ever. ;)

    I thought this episode of Glee really was good and special! Actually I think the whole season 2 is better than season 1, the show's improving so much and the characters are really growing. Of course the show has flaws and some stupid things but it can't be perfect. For me, almost all the episodes of this season were so good, especially the ones that have aired since the Original Song (except A Night Of Neglect which was really boring in my opinion).

    But let's get to Prom Queen. Sue was like the best so far in this episode. She was so funny and really original. She was herself again and didn't need anybody on her "team" to be hilarous like that. :D The conversation at the beginning and her gift for Schue... :D I mean, priceless! That interrogation with Artie was also funny like hell! The Mercedes' storyline was kinda sad once again and here I'm a little disappointed that they still don't think of a better storyline for Mercedes or at least a storyline with a better ending that that was! We finally got to see more of Blaine and Kurt and I'm happy for that. Blaine stood up for Kurt and they're perfect together. The fitting of the dresses with Kurt and the girls was so funny too. :D The most fascinating thing for me was the talk between Karofsky and Kurt, there we could see some great character development.

    Songs were really good! I usually don't like Jessie but his duet with Rachel (only acapella) was brilliant. Artie singing was sweet too. And Rachel's solo breathtaking as always. Dancing queen gave me chills! Mercedes and Santana are so good together. Friday... well, okay. :D That scene with Santana, Quinn and Kurt was filmed very nicely, the tension was really building.

    The only things that bothered me are the following: I mean at which school the headmaster would read out Kurt's name after all he's been through? When will Finn FINALLY decide what he wants? It's so obvious he'll be with Rachel at the end but there are beginning to be too much songs where Rachel stares at Finn and sings songs to him and he only has that smug face. :D And the last thing - Santana is strong enough to accept herself and I don't know what are they waiting for. Let her be who she is.moreless
  • a powerful episode

    well it's Prom and everyone is getting ready. and to think that evil guy Jessie st James you know from season 1 and former memeber of Vocal Adrenaine returns and wanted to see how Rachel sings Rolling in the Deep by herself but Jessie inturepd. And later I can't believe Rachel goes with him to prom I have she doesn't forgive him and later to think Karasky finally says sorry to Kurt and later at Prom I can't believe that Puck,Sam, and Artie were sing that lame Friday song but they sounded better and a funny thing is that Artie try to spike the punch and Sue caught him and was gonna pull out one of his teeth but Artie turn out to just put lemonade Sue"your no fun to pick on" and later Finn punches Jessie and to think the winner of Prom Queen turns out to be KURT? (I thought it was gonna be Lauren) I can't believe those voter there nothing but assh@les! and for no reason Quinn blames rachel and slap her I hate Quinn sometimes and later Kurt gets the strenght to go back and the crown Kurt is the bravest one in the whole show and that was a good prommoreless
  • Sub-par writing and Superb acting wrapped in tafeta ...

    Has the writing on Glee always been so bad? Honestly, so many cringe-worthy moments. It felt pretty disjointed most of the time and the pacing was just off. I'm coming to the realization that the saving grace of this show are the wonderful wonderful actors. And sometimes directors. Though I give you one thing, this must have been one fun episode to film. Cory was amazing. His scenes with Lea are always the best they just shine on the screen. And I like Ashley. And I have to say I was very meh about Chord but he was great here. This is a character I could root for. Same goes for Amber. I think I prefer Bartie to Britana. Kevin and Heather work really well on screen though I do like the dynamics between Naya and Heather. Mark really works the daredevil charm well. He is a great performer but I'm not so sure about his acting chops. I think he works best with either Cory or Dianna. And sometimes Kevin. And I'm really sorry but either the writing for Blaine is really terrible or Darren is just not a very good actor. Because I cringed during his scenes with Chris and it wasn't just because I don't like Klaine. They just really don't work well together especially as a couple. And when you put them in contrast with Max and Chris? Yeah, poor boy stands no chance. The things I loved:

    Max/Dave – he was on fire tonight. So vulnerable and so happy to be the King. We got to see more of the boy hidden behind the mask and it was heart-breaking. And his voice. The way his voice changes when talking to Kurt. He sounded so young and vulnerable in the hallway scene. Max and Chris – watching them in a scene together is a pure joy. They bring so much to the table and play off of the other so beautifully. The hallway scene was just … I have no words. To watch Dave dissolve right before our eyes at Kurt's words was a performance worthy of every single acting award ever created. and then see those walls come back up in a second when people approached? Brilliant. And how Chris looked so young and touched confronted with the regret and pain of Dave. Max and Naya – these two need more funny scenes together. She does harpy so well and he needs lighter material for the character. Their dancing and the way she cheered for him just warmed my heart. Cory and Lea – always. Their scene was like a breath of fresh air in the episode. They still have it and that one moment is yet another proof to me that Rachel and Finn are simply meant to be

    Chord and Amber – yeah, I didn't think either of them were that great of actors but tonight they proved me wrong. And I couldn't be more delighted. Thing I liked:

    Sam and Mercedes – they were very cute and I could be interested in seeing a relationship develop there. I think they finally found a Sam personality they liked so hopefully we are stuck with this sweet dorky footballer. And Mercedes breaking the fight between Jesse and Finn in the restaurant – brilliant. You go girl! We need more of that. The shameless rip-off of Cameron Diaz in Something about Mary when Quinn descended the stairs in her prom dress. Kurt and the Girls shopping for Prom dresses. Rachel and Mercedes as friends. Nice continuity there. All the matchy matchiness in their clothing. Kurt and Dave in the hallway scene. Mercedes and Jesses and Sam and Rachels corsages. Quinn and Finn. Puck and Sam. So so cute. Kudos costume department. Things I didn't like:

    Jesse – and especially the way Rachel's IQ seemed to drop at least by 30 points every time he opened his mouth. I dislike the character so his return alone was a sad moment for me and the only good he can be is in bringing Rachel and Finn back together. Again. See, lazy writing is unimaginative. Blaine – it is so clear the writers have no freaking idea what to do with him and just basically pull stories out of thin air to suit the situation. I really feel bad for Darren but I want Blaine gone gone gone. Like yesterday. Because all he is doing right now is stealing valuable air time that could be dedicated to characters I actually care about. Kurt pressuring Dave into coming out. Not cool. It really feels like Kurt thinks the only way to be gay is his. Like he forgot what a struggle it was to come out. And that not every action needs to be a statement. That some people just want to be. It sort of sends mixed signals and I hope it is addressed at some point. Santana not confronting Dave in any manner after he ran out of the gym. Or anyone. Will. Azimio. That was such a missed opportunity. I want to know how he felt. Why he ran. Where he ran to. I want someone to hug him.

    Sue reduced to a bad joke. I never really liked her but she used to be fun to hate. Now she is just too over the top and no fun at all most of the time. The underdeveloped Prom Queen joke. Who did it? Why? Was it aimed at Kurt or at both Dave and him? Maybe its just me being stupid but I mostly just missed the meaning beyond cruelty. Songs:

    Rolling in the Deep – it was not bad but I think it would have been better with just his vocals and her doing nothing more then back up if anything at all. Her voice just didn't suit the song at all. Isn't she lovely – was just lovely. I have nothing more to say about it.

    Jar of Hearts – nice song. Seen better. Seen worse. Friday – it was a fun performance but the song sounds a lot like the Biebs Baby and that is never a good thing. I won't teach your boyfriend how to dance with you – as long as I don't need to watch Blaine I'm good with it. But the fact he sang at McKinley's prom is still making me angry. Dancing Queen – it was time for some ABBA on Glee but this was a bit underwhelming. And in the wrongest moment possible. And too short. But I like Naya and Amber singing together so as a song, not bad.moreless
  • Great Songs, Great Acting and Great storyline, finally a better episode after a mostly disappointing season.

    This is probably one of the more enjoyable episodes of Glee this season. I suppose mostly because there isn't much of Will Schuster (I am seriously getting so tired of him) and this episode marks the return of Jessie St James. I literally laughed out loud when he walked into Rachel's rehearsal, I guess it's about time they introduced him back (but he actually looks a lot older.. bad makeup maybe). Rachel had been in the slums eversince Finn and Quinn hooked up and hadn't really been able to be happy. With the reintroduction of Jessie, maybe there will be a Finnchel again? Oh well, there will be no story if there is no Finn/Quinn/Rachel drama. Oh, back to Jessie, it's nice to actually hear another guy singing for a change, the duet performed between him and Rachel was spectacular and full of chemistry. However, he is still pretty much an a$$ though and a really dumb a$$ it seems. We'll see how they develop the episode. I felt kinda sorry for Sue though, it felt like the storylines for her is just growing thinner and thinner. In this episode, she delivered some funny lines, but it was simply not at par as the 'old' sue that we loved to hate. I believe they should bring back Cheerios so she has more of a role. I like that Brittany has more than one-liner in this episode, but the poor girl looked really nervous when she has more of an importable role. I wish they will develop her more, she is definitely one of the most loved character in this show. This episode threw in a number of storylines that I felt is tying up the season rather nicely, so I hope they don't screw up the next episode again.moreless
Charlotte Ross

Charlotte Ross

Judy Fabray

Guest Star

Luke Spinelli

Luke Spinelli


Guest Star

Jonathan Groff

Jonathan Groff

Jesse St. James

Special Guest Star

Iqbal Theba

Iqbal Theba

Principal Figgins

Recurring Role

Harry Shum Jr.

Harry Shum Jr.

Mike Chang

Recurring Role

Chord Overstreet

Chord Overstreet

Sam Evans

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Music Featured in this Episode:
      "Rolling In The Deep" by Adele
      "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder
      "Friday" by Rebecca Black
      "Jar of Hearts" by Christina Perri
      "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance" by Black Kids
      "Dancing Queen" by ABBA

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Sue: You are seriously the worst POW ever.

    • Rachel: Quinn, you need to calm down.
      Quinn: It is all your fault! I didn't get voted because everyone knew he would rather be with you.
      Rachel: That's not true. (Quinn slaps Rachel)
      Quinn: I'm.... I'm so sorry.

    • Finn: Hey! Dude, keep it PG.
      Jesse: Dude, it's none of YB, your business.
      Finn: Well this is my school so it is my business.
      Jesse: Well, this isn't your girlfriend so beat it, MJ.

    • Kurt: Isn't it great that prom is so inclusive this year?
      Blaine: Someone for everyone.
      Kurt: (About Karofsky and Santana) Even if it's a lie.

    • Finn: Hey, Jesse. What'd you order, scrambled eggs? I mean, I know you usually like them served on people's heads.
      Jesse: Quinn, you look stunning. The ghost of Grace Kelly. Let me know if you get tired of your boyfriend stomping on your pretty little feet all night. I'd be more than happy to cut in.

    • Jesse: I came back to see you, Rachel. What I did to you... It's my one great regret.
      Rachel: Yeah... It was kinda weird. One day you're telling me you loved me, and you were inexplicably throwing eggs at my head the next.
      Jesse: I know, I know. I traded love for a fourth consecutive National championship. It was a bum deal. For a first maybe but for a fourth, no way. I've come to make amends. So... What are you doing for prom?

    • Sam: Mercedes?
      Mercedes: Yeah?
      Sam: You look beautiful. Would you like to dance?

    • Lauren: What about getting married?
      Quinn: Oh, you can get married as many times as you want, you only get one shot at your junior prom.

    • Kurt: (of Santana as she walked out of the dressing room in her red prom dress) : Devil in a red dress! Perfect. And it is totally appropriate for your personality. I have no criticism... Go with God, Satan.. (slight pause).....Santana.

    • Santana: They must have sense that I was a lesbian, I mean, they must have!! Do I smell like a Golf Course?? (to Brittany)

    • Rachel: Most girls would be upset about getting slapped in the face, but.. I happened to appreciate the drama of it (after being slapped by Quinn in the washroom)

    • Santana: Just because I hate everybody doesn't mean they have to hate me to.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Královna plesu (Prom Queen)

    • This episode marks the last appearance of Mike O'Malley (Burt Hummel) as a series regular, although he is still listed in the main credits in the next two episodes.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 10, 2011 on Global
      United Kingdom: May 23, 2011 on E4/E4 HD
      Australia: June 1, 2011 on Channel Ten
      Sweden: June 1, 2011 on TV11
      Czech Republic: December 31, 2011 on Prima LOVE
      Slovakia: February 5, 2012 on JOJ


    • Sue mentions about John McCain rolling in his grave.

      John McCain, who was the unsuccessful Republican presidential nominee in 2008, is actually still alive.

    • Jesse, is wearing a t-shirt with the image of Darth Vader from the Star Wars movies when he first appears on this episode.

    • When Kurt says, "Eat your heart out Kate Middleton" after being crowned queen, he is referring to Kate Middleton becoming a princess (and a duchess) two weeks before episode's airdate by marrying Prince William.