Glee

Season 1 Episode 20

Theatricality

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 25, 2010 on FOX
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Rachel confronts her mother, while Tina faces an identity crisis. New Directions were given a task to sing Lady GaGa songs.

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  • Show over some people heads

    10
    @ wanderer79, Funny that is Gaga's arrangement. And funny you have not paid much attention cause the songs are not literal. Poker Face here meant these two where hiding behind their feelings not wanting to give them away to the other.
  • No, No, No

    2.0
    Let me just say: I'm gay. But this episode did not sit well with me. Tina was funny and Rachel's plot line was okay, but Kurt's episode with Finn made me want to throw myself out of a window. Yes, Finn screwed up by using a gay slur. But Kurt has been in the wrong the entire time as well - he's continually hit on Finn even when Finn has denied his advances and when Finn has clearly had girlfriends. Finn had to move into another house without free will, had his room re-decorated freakishly without his consent, and then gets sexually harassed. The writers made it seem like Kurt did nothing wrong, which shows how unbalanced this show is. I want equality for everyone, not just gays.moreless
  • Glee goes GaGa! WOW!:)

    10
    I have liked Lady GaGa for some time now and when they had an episode of Madonna, I wanted Glee to have an episode for someone I liked. When I saw this episode, I was singing along to Bad romance because its my favourite song. I loved this episode so much and I want to watch again. One of my favourite episodes. I loved the crazy outfits. Rachels was the best and I really liked Quinns. I want more episodes for Pop stars and icons. Maybe they will do an episode in Season 2 for Michael Jackson. That would be amazing! :)moreless
  • Anyone but Rachel!

    2.5
    What is it with Lea Michele's ability to turn any song, no matter the genre, into a show tune?!? I'm not even a big Ga Ga fan, but when she made Poker Face sound like it came from a sixties' musical, I think I actually threw up a bit... That's not even taking into account that she was singing a song about a woman bragging that her boyfriend can't tell she's gay with her mom... Creepy...moreless
  • Rachel confronts her mother, while Tina faces an identity crisis. New Directions were given a task to sing Lady GaGa songs.

    9.5
    it took me almost a week to review this episode! But now that I have watch it several times (yeah sometimes it helps me to get everything because I don't get all the jokes or allusions at first because english is not my mother tongue) but I really love this episode!

    It was nice to see the Glee club opening themselves and showing up.

    The use of lady Gaga songs was awesome and goes perfectly with the theme THEATRICALITY which, at least for me, is to make the show and playing a part like lady gaga does all the time.

    The idea of all the boys except Kurt being reluctant to do lady Gaga was nice because Lady gaga create a girlyish atmosphere (i don't think at all that lady gaga is for girl only!!! but she speaks more to girls!) The fact that they are doing Kiss instead was interested because it was like they try to show their virility and it brings a lot to the finn-Kurt storyline.



    The Finn-Kurt storyline was really full of emotion with two scenes :

    - first when Kurt's dad speak to Finn and kick him out of his house because it shows how much this father loves his son and all the work he has done to do that speech.

    - second : the final scene when Finn defends Kurt and wears a 'gaga' outfit because it schows how much the glee club memebers take care of each other and show the real Finn, the one who didn't care if others are different!



    The mother-daughter was not that good because i think it was too easy ... the only thing that is good about this is the songs that the two actress sing. Even though some people think it was inappropriate for them to sing Poker Face, I think the song wasn't that bad and they are just rehearsing together a gaga song for the week assignment !!! but the title correspond a little bit of what they are doing at this exact moment they aren't showing their true feelings and putting up their poker face!



    Quinn and Puck share a 'momen' about their baby and how he wants to naame her..that was sweet to see Puck be a little bit sentimental...maybe he is making his mind about this question and try to grew up a little bit.



    To finish my favorite song of this episode : Bad Romance, they've rocked it!moreless
Ashley Fink

Ashley Fink

Lauren Zizes

Guest Star

Hayley Holmes

Hayley Holmes

Liz Schneider

Guest Star

Idina Menzel

Idina Menzel

Shelby Corcoran

Special Guest Star

Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera

Santana Lopez

Recurring Role

Heather Morris

Heather Morris

Brittany

Recurring Role

Harry Shum Jr.

Harry Shum Jr.

Mike Chang

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Continuity: During "Beth," during a reaction shot of Quinn, Finn is visible behind her. However, for the rest of the song, he is sitting on a stool at the front of the room and is not behind her.

    • Continuity: When Rachel and Shelby are singing Poker Face at the piano Rachel starts out in front of her music folder and Shelby opposite her then they switch sides. But then later in the song, their back to their original positions even though they haven't shifted back for us to see on screen.

    • Music featured in this episode:
      "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga
      "Pokerface" by Lady Gaga
      "Beth" by Kiss
      "Shout It Loud" by Kiss
      "Funny Girl" by Barbra Streisand

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Kurt: (To Finn, who is using a tissue to get his face paint off) You are such a boy. You're going to have to use a moist towelette if you want to get that makeup off.
      (Grabs moist towelette and begins to wipe Finn's face)
      Finn: (Slaps Kurt's hand and stands up) Don't touch me!
      Kurt: What is your problem, Finn?! It's just a moist towelette!
      Finn: I'm gonna finish in the laundry room...
      Kurt: Grow up, Finn! (Kicks chair).

    • Ms. Corcoran: I know why you called, and don't worry about it. My reconnection with Rachel is not some kind of plot to mess with you guys before regionals.
      Will: I'm not worried about regionals. It's Rachel. She's special. She's got all the best of you. She's strong-willed, dramatic, wildly talented.
      Ms. Corcoran: Go on.
      Will: But she's not hard like you. She's fragile, over-emotional. And she's clearly convinced herself that you are as committed to this reunion as she is. And I don't think you are.

    • Artie: (about Tina's new look) It's so weird.
      Finn: This so isn't you.
      Tina: I feel like an Asian Branch Davidian.
      Will: Tina, are there any other looks you can try?
      Santana: Biker chick?
      Finn: Cowgirl?
      Mercedes: Hood rat.
      Quinn: Computer programmer.
      Brittany: Cross-county skier.
      Puck: Catholic schoolgirl.
      Brittany: Happy meals, no onions. Or a chicken.

    • Will: When I was in high school, I had a whole year where I dressed as exactly like Kurt Cobain. I mean, come on. There has to be someone who you used to dress like.
      Pincipal Figgins: Yes. For several years in my early twenties, I dressed up as Elvis. But he was a Christian, Will! And he did not possess the ability to transform into a bat!
      Tina: (whispering to Will) I think he thinks vampires are real.
      Will: I think you're right.

    • Rachel: (about giving her up as a baby) Did you ever regret it?
      Ms. Corcoran: Yes. Then no. Then so much.
      Rachel: W-When did you realize it was the right time for me to find you?
      Ms. Corcoran: I saw you sing at sectionals. You were extraordinary. You were me.

    • Rachel: Shelby…before you go, will…will you sing with me? Just one time. It's sort of a fantasy of mine, and it would really mean a lot to me.
      Ms. Corcoran: I would be honored.

    • Puck: (To Quinn) I know you're giving her up, but before you do, I think you should name her Beth. If you'll let me, I'd really like to be there when she's born. I'd really like to meet her.

    • Kurt: It's just a room, Finn! We can redecorate if you want to!
      Finn: Okay, good. Well then the first thing that needs to go is that faggy lamp. And then we need to get rid of this faggy couch cover…
      Burt: (coming downstairs) Hey! What did you just call him?
      Finn: Oh, no, no, I didn't call him anything. I was just talking to the blanket.
      Burt: If you use that word, you're talking about him.
      Kurt: Relax, Dad. I didn't take it that way.
      Burt: Yeah, that's because you're 16 and you still assume the best in people. You live a few years, you start seeing the hate in people's hearts. Even the best people.(to Finn) You use the "N" word?
      Finn: Of course not.
      Burt: How about "retard"? You call that nice girl in Cheerios with Kurt, you call her a retard?
      Finn: Becky-no. She's my friend, she's got Down syndrome. I'd never call her that. That's cruel.
      Burt: But you think it's okay to come into my house and say "faggy"?
      Finn: That's not what I meant.
      Burt: I know what you meant! What, you think I didn't use that word when I was your age? You know, some kid gets clocked in practice, we'd tell him to stop being such a fag. Shake it off. We meant it exactly the way you meant it. That being gay is wrong. That it's some kind of punishable offense. I really thought you were different, Finn. You know, I thought that being in Glee Club and being raised by your mom meant that you were some, you know, new generation of dude who saw things differently. Who just kind of, you know, came into the world knowing what has taken me years of struggling to figure out. I guess I was wrong. I'm sorry Finn, but you can't - you can't stay here.
      Kurt: (softly) Dad!
      Burt: I love your mom and maybe this is gonna cost me her. But my family comes first. I can't have that kind of poison around here. (to Kurt) This is our home, Kurt. (to Finn) He is my son. Out in the world, you do what you want; not under my roof.

    • Finn: I just…I don't want to have to worry about that kind of stuff in my own room, man
      Kurt: And what stuff are you referring to?
      Finn: You know. You know what I'm talking about, don't play dumb. Why can't you just accept that I'm not like you?
      Kurt: I have accepted that
      Finn: No, you haven't. You think I don't see they way you stare at me? How flirty you get. You think I don't know why you got so excited that we were going to be moving in together?

    • Kurt: (To Finn about their new room) I had to skip school to finish it, but I think you're really going to like it. Consider it a peace offering after all the yelling that we've been doing. I used Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper in Morocco as my inspiration. It's a perfect blend of the masculine and the feminine, the muted and the theatrical.

    • Puck: While Jackie Daniels is a great name for a power boat or something, it's not great for a baby girl.

    • Rachel: When I was little and I was sad, my dads would bring me a glass of water. It got to a point where I didn't know if I was sad or thirsty.

    • Kurt: (About Lady Gaga) She changes her look faster than Britt changes sexual partners.
      Brittany: It's true.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Teatrálnost (Theatricality)

    • In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lady Gaga expressed here excitement over her songs being covered. She said, "I love Glee. I love the cast and the creativity of the writers. I went to a musical theatre school, and used to dream that someday the students would be singing my songs. Can't wait for "Bad Romance" and "Poker Face" in Glee fashion!"

    • Although credited, Jessalyn Gilsig (Terri Schuester), Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) and Jayma Mays (Emma Pillsbury) do not appear in this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 25, 2010 on Global
      Ireland: May 26, 2010 on TV3
      United Kingdom: May 31, 2010 on E4/E4 HD
      Australia: June 10, 2010 on Channel Ten
      Sweden: July 25, 2010 on TV4
      Latin America: August 26, 2010 on FOX
      Slovakia: April 24, 2011 on JOJ
      Germany: May 23, 2011 on Super RTL
      Czech Republic: July 30, 2011 on Prima LOVE

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Rachel: They were, um, big Friends fans. Friends was a hit sitcom that run on NBC for ten seasons (1994-2004). It revolved around a group of friends in the area of Manhattan, New York City. One of them was Rachel.

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