Season 2 Episode 5

The Rocky Horror Glee Show

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 26, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The Glee kids perform songs from the Rocky Horror Picture Show

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  • I did NOT enjoy this episode.

    I had to watch this episode in installments, because it was that bad. I love Rocky Horror too & am all for pushing boundaries, but this felt a little self indulgent to me. I think it was clearly writing around music instead of using it to really further any specific storyline. Sue ending up as the voice of reason was a good shake up. Emmma & Carl's relationship being more than a fling is also keeping this from being a 2 rating for me. It was also nice to see the boys worried about their body image. I did hate the re-writing of the music, although mercedes nailed it. made no sense to have her playing a transvestite. That they would use the song sweet transvestite & not transexual was strange. It felt like the whole episode was a whim from wirters who love Rocky Horror, but instead of going for it, they just got scared & decided to play it safe. What could have been an excellent homage was left as a muddled up mess.moreless
  • This is one of the worst hours of television I have ever seen.

    I miss the Will Schuster of the Glee pilot.

    Do you remember that guy? That was a guy you built a TV show around. He was a man chasing his memories of the good times back in high school. He was a man who was trying to inspire kids to create great art because he never had. He was a man who had to give up a job that maybe wasn't his dream job but was certainly a job he loved because his wife was pregnant. He wanted to be a dad, but he also wanted to be a kid again, and the divide between those two halves of himself was downright poignant. Especially in the original cut of the show's pilot, the one that I don't believe ever aired, he was an essentially tragic figure, holding on way too hard to something he should have let go of long ago. The show realized this was kind of creepy, but it also realized that he could be a sad little man and still create an environment where his kids felt free to be themselves.

    By and large, that Will Schuester is completely gone from the show. You'll catch glimpses of him here and there, particularly in last season's finale, but the show seems uninterested in him as anything other than a mouthpiece for whatever any writer on the show is trying to say that week. The recent, rampant ads on Fox about how "Will Schuester is trying to make the world a better place!" increasingly strike me as outright lies, not just vague advertising platitudes. Will hasn't been even a ghost of a good person for something like 25 episodes now, and the few times the show does anything interesting with him – like when he found out Terri's pregnancy was fake – have been drowned out by everything else the show does with the character.

    I suspect the big beef against "The Rocky Horror Glee Show," a singularly flat and affectless episode of television and the worst hour this show has ever produced, is going to be that everything in it is deeply implausible. Somehow, Will is almost able to pull off a production of The Rocky Horror Show in a small-town Ohio school, while only cutting a few items for content, and he does it all in just a week. At the same time, Sue becomes obsessed with shutting him down because episode writer Ryan Murphy sees the character less as a person and more as a bludgeon and because, for whatever reason, she immediately becomes obsessed with the idea of winning a local Emmy. All of this didn't bother me. So long as the characters on this show are consistent, inconsistency in plotting doesn't bother me. Part of the fun of Glee is that it will do anything for an audience reaction.

    My big beef against "The Rocky Horror Glee Show" is that it tries to have things all ways, for all people. It tries to be a tribute to the original Rocky Horror Show for the musical's fans. It tries to be a standard, Ryan Murphy episode of Glee for those who have a casual relationship with the show but really like Glee. It tries to be a primer on the musical itself for those who've never seen the stage show, though it mostly just gives up on this after the first 20 minutes or so. The way it tries to have things all ways is the most egregious thing wrong with the episode: It grounds everything in the character of Will and in his pursuit of Emma, and it pretends we care about this as much or more than whatever it is the kids are up to. Furthermore, it takes Will's pursuit of her and finds it deeply romantic, when it's really just kinda creepy.

    The basic idea is this: Emma's favorite movie is The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Why? Dunno. The episode half-asses an explanation, but I wish they'd just left it out. Will, abruptly realizing yet again how little he knows about the woman he ostensibly loves, decides to put on the show for the population of Lima, somehow mustering the wherewithal and resources to mount a full musical without anybody much caring at all. There's some argument over who should play Frank N. Furter, but the role ends up going to Mercedes. Sue gets wind of all of this and tries to shut the show down, finally succeeding at "protecting the children" or whatever. Finn, appearing as Brad, doesn't want to strip down to his underwear. Sam … er … CHORD OVERSTREET! is an asshole for no apparent reason. A bunch of stuff happens in a mostly formless middle, then Will makes a series lowpoint speech about how everybody is an outcast, including the original Rocky Horror fans AND the glee kids. It's a muddled, terrible message, particularly in an episode that seems to have an uneasy relationship with ACTUAL outcasts, transsexuals.

    I bag on Ryan Murphy a lot, but I do think the guy is capable of coming up with great moments on this show. I think "Wheels" is a good episode, and "Mattress" has the aforementioned confrontation between Will and Terri, a moment as raw as anything the show has ever done. Murphy's also the best writer on the show's small staff at coming up with completely bizarre one-liners or stock characters that then become amusingly awesome, like Sue or Brittany. But the simple fact of the matter is that Ryan Murphy is one of the most powerful men in television right now. He could be making any kind of show he wants, and what he's choosing to make is a half-assed, attention deficit disorder-ridden show about whatever the hell pops into his brain at that moment. Consistency isn't important to me. If Murphy wants to make a show that's a grand series of giant, musical climaxes, I think he should go for it. But there's nothing in his career that suggests he has anything like the tenacity or the vision to just up and go for it.

    I try to only hand out 1's to episodes I genuinely believe to be the worst of a show's run. A 1, I think, should go to that episode that represents a nadir the show will never visit again. And I certainly hope "The Rocky Horror Glee Show," which has always seemed like an idea Murphy just kinda tossed off at Comic-Conand then felt obliged to make, is the series' lowpoint. As an episode of Glee, it fails because it doesn't bother to ground any of the action in anything other than a funhouse version of these characters. The Will and Emma storyline is a complete mess, misplacing what made either of the characters enjoyable in the first place. It fails as a Rocky Horror tribute because it misplaces a lot of the show's charm and messages, in favor of flat recreations of some of the musical numbers. And it fails as a bridge between those two audiences because it mostly just gives up trying to satisfy either. I still think Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan are making a fantastic television show. I still think Ryan Murphy is capable of doing so. But the show Murphy makes is increasingly holding the other shows hostage, and it's time for all involved to cut bait with these ridiculous theme episodes and get back to what made the show lovable in the first place.moreless
  • The Glee-cast sets up their own version of Rocky-Horror - or rather They try to and fail miserably...

    Oh! My! God!!! Who ever thought of including Rocky Horror into Glee should be cut from the show! I have been a huge Rocky Horror Fan since I was eleven years old and had really been looking forward to this (especially after I read that it's fairly ok). But what I then saw made my toenails curl.

    I basically have two points to critic:


    What on earth did they do to the songs. The way they interpreted them totally took their soul away. Worst part - and I'm sure, everybody will agree – was Mercedes as Frank'N'Furter. OK, The immortal Tim Curry can never be reached in this part – but what they did here was worse than anybody could imagine. Here version felt like singing to a puppy. All this scariness that surrounds Frank'N'Furter was gone. Plus, they changed the lyrics in a very nonsensical way: "I'm not much of a girl"…but still wearing a corset and singing about being a transvestite. Hello? .

    What also killed me was the display of Magenta. Here voice had the same problem that Frank'N'Furter's hat: It just wasn't scary at all. And Rocky Horror HAS to be scary (or rather trashy). Otherwise it doesn't work!!!

    In general, all voices were way to soft and by far not edgy enough.


    What was all this stuff about the show being to adult for teenagers about? As I said, I was eleven when I became addicted to the show (btw: I'm 28 now) and I saw it as a school's musical at my sisters High school (she was 13). Nobody cared, it was fine. Fine, that Rocky should be played by a teacher. Which student would dare to wear golden underpants in front of the entire school? (Back then, it was also played by a teacher, as well as Dr. Scott). But the worst part was, when I hear the innocent version of Touch me. Hello? They changed several parts of thy lyrics to make it compatible with the normal, conservative parent.

    Well, Glee, thanks for almost ruining the favorite musical in all my lifetime. Please, do yourself a faver and stay with current pop songs – and leave your fingers from old classic songs.

    I gave the episode 1 point, because it just doesn't deserve anymore.moreless
  • This show runined Rocky Horror Picture Show. What part of "Sweet Transvestite" did the creators of Glee not understand? Mercedess vocals, and well...everyone eles ruined Rocky Horror. Watch this if you want to torrture youself!moreless

    No No No! Yeah Mercedes go ahead and but on a short black dress with shear sleeves and sing "I'm not much of a women" Blah! I don't think that Kurt has a Riff-Raff voice. I was looking forward to seeing a male have the guts to be Frank-N-Furter, insead of a women. This show was suppose to push boundries, that was why there was a slut, a nerd, and a transvestite! But there wasn't any of those in the play. Oh yeah let a football player play Brad, let the main lead of the show play Janet, and let a chick play Frank-N-Furter! Yippee?...No No No *shakes head in shame*moreless
  • Jayma Mays made this episode.

    Even if the entire episode is bad, which it is not, watching Jayma Mays throw down the sexy really brought a smile to my face. She manages to be sexy and classy all at the same time.

    Heather Morris came off sweeter than the Columbia from the original, but I rather liked the fact that her voice wasn't high-pitched and ... well ... the kind of sound that makes you want to punch babies.

    Chris made a perfect Riff Raff. I especially like the "Creature of the Night" part. It may have been short, but it is what I would describe as an iconic "Igor" moment.

    The entire show was a phenomenal tribute to Rocky Horror. Only one thing could've made it better: Tim Currymoreless
John Stamos

John Stamos

Carl Howell

Guest Star

Barry Bostwick

Barry Bostwick



Meat Loaf

Meat Loaf



Chord Overstreet

Chord Overstreet

Sam Evans

Recurring Role

Harry Shum Jr.

Harry Shum Jr.

Mike Chang

Recurring Role

Lauren Potter

Lauren Potter

Becky Jackson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Music featured in this episode:
      "Dammit, Janet" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show
      "Time Warp" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show
      "Touch-a Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show
      "Hot Patootie-Bless My Soul" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show
      "Sweet Transvestite" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Carl: You guys have a hole to fill, and I'm just here to help fill it.
      Santana: Wanky.
      Emma: Santana!

    • Kurt:(turning down the role of Frank-N-Furter) No … there's no way I'm playing a transvestite in high heels and fishnets and red lipstick.
      Santana: Why, cause that look was last season?

    • Will: Now since we're short on girl roles, we're going to double up on Magenta and Columbia.
      Rachel: Classic Broadway technique. It'll help preserve your voices.
      Mercedes: I'd like to preserve you. In a jar. In my basement.

    • Sue: You know, Halloween is fast approaching. The day when parents encourage little boys to dress like little girls and little girls to dress like whores and go door to door brow-beating hard working Americans into giving them free food. Well you know what, western Ohio? We've lost the true meaning of Halloween: fear. Halloween is that magical day of the year when a child is told their grandma is a demon who's been feeding them rat casserole with a crunch garnish of their own scabs. Children must know fear; without it they'll try frenching a grizzly bear and will consider living in Florida

    • Emma: It always freaks me out to eat candy that someone else has touched.

    • Kurt: What are you going as for Halloween?
      Brittany: I'm going as a peanut allergy.

    • Finn: I have no idea what's going on in this script, and it's not in a cool Inception kind of way.

    • Brittany: I'm looking forward to seeing Sam in his gold bikini.
      Sam: It's gonna be ab-ulous

    • Sue: People who dress like librarians? All sex addicts.

    • Finn: I don't need to hide behind my muscles like you do.
      Sam: Awesome. I think. Are you insulting me?

    • Carl: Unlike you, I believe in the powers of the arts. I don't use them to pick up other guy's chicks.

    • Becky: Give me some chocolate or I will cut you

  • NOTES (3)