It's Britney, bitch! In last night's episode, Britney 2.0, we got plenty of Brit-Brit songs and even some tongue-in-cheek references to Spears' infamous paparazzi encounters. Let's recap, shall we?
Brittany spiraling out of control
A long distance relationship with Santana, and repeating senior year has left our Brittany in a fragile state. Soon Mr. Schue and Emma realize Brittany is on a downward spiral. (How did you like the pamphlet "You Look Like Crap"?) Schue declares it Britney 2.0 week, and assigns everyone to do a Britney song, hoping it will pull Brittany out of her slump.
Leave Britney/Brittany Alone!
Despite everyone's best efforts, Brittany continues to implode. After Sue kicks Brittany off of the Cheerios and strips her of her high ponytail, Brittany decides to really remove her ponytail WITH CLIPPERS! In one of the most hilarious Glee scenes ever, Brittany attempts to chop off her ponytail, then has a hallway "paparazzi" run-in where she attacks with an umbrella, and finally a ginger kid screams "Leave Brittany alone!" just like YouTube sensation Chris Cocker did.
And just when I thought it couldn't get any better, we got a Cheetos reference, and Brittany parodied Britney's lackluster "Gimme More" VMA performance right down to the outfit, half-ass dance moves and lip-synching. I was seriously laughing so hard.
Making Her Comeback
Unfazed by the seriousness of the lip-synching incident (Schue was pissed), Brittany admits to Sam it's all part of her plan for a glorious comeback. Using a loophole, Brittany declares to Sue that she is still class president and that she is putting herself back on the Cheerios. Sue, impressed that Brittany had a moment of intelligence, makes Brit a Cheerio again, on the condition that she brings up her grades.
Rachel and Brody
With so much hilarity going on in Ohio, I kind of was like hurry up with the New York scenes so we can get back to Brittany. In NYC. We learn still no word from Finn, and that Brody seriously has the hots for Rachel. I'm still not sure I trust Brody, but helping Rachel out with her dance routine, and traveling 45-minutes to bring her an orchid, does make it seem like he could be a nice guy. At the end of the episode, it looked like Rachel was falling for Brody because she painted over Finn's name. I just hope Berry doesn't get burned like the typical upperclassman uses freshman cliche.
Cassandra July: The E! True Hollywood Story
Kurt, ever on the pop culture pulse, is shocked that Rachel never heard about Cassie's Broadway meltdown. We get to see a delicious flashback of Cassie flipping out on a guy whose cell phone rings during a performance. Later Rachel uses that ammo to diss Ms. July, only to find herself getting kicked out of dance class. Little Miss David Schwimmer goes back to apologize and learns that due to school policy, Cassie has to give her a warning, so Rachel isn't kicked out of class. (I figured as much.) Cassie also admits that she picks on her students to prepare them for the critics, and it looks like our Ms. July and Schwimmer have come to an understanding.
I thoroughly enjoyed Glee's spin on Britney's songs. We had a nice mix of her more popular tunes, and a couple of throwbacks like her "Boys" duet with Pharrell (btw nice mashup of throwing in Beiber's "Boyfriend") There were plenty of hits, and in my opinion, only really one miss. I wasn't too fond of Marley and Jake's version of "(You Drive Me) Crazy." I like the more up-tempo pop version. Glee's "(You Drive Me) Crazy" just seemed too slow for my taste. In fact, I would have liked to have seen Marley perform with Jake "Hit Me Baby One More Time."
My top two favorites were "Womanizer" performed by Unique, Tina, and Marley (Unique hit it out of the ballpark), and the acoustic version of '3' performed by Tina, Joe and Sam. Their harmonizing gave me chills. I'm definitely headed to iTunes to download that version.
Jake is Puck 2.0
Jake and Puck finally come face-to-face. Puck encourages Jake to join New Directions because it's a great way to work out emotions and frustrations. Jake joins, but it looks like he still has plenty of work to do regarding his womanizing ways. How sad was it to see Marley's face fall when she realized Jake was dating Kitty?
Brittany saying her phone has Kiki, Siri's cousin was hilarious. Also Lord Tubbington is now a gang member was random.
Rachel: "New York Domino's is so much better than Lima Domino's." Kurt: "It's the water."
Brittany: "My name is Brittany S. Pierce, and I finally know how Jesus feels in his house way up at the North Pole because I am on top of the world. Senior year was awesome and now I get to relive every minute of it. I'm head Cheerio, vice-Rachel of the Glee club, and now I'm planning a Middle East style sham election that will install me as senior class president for life." Blaine: "Brittany, who are you talking to?" Brittany: "I thought I was doing a voice over."
Blaine: "We don't lip sync in Glee." Brittany: "My voice is too weak to sing live. I've been up every night this week yelling at the shrubs in my yard that have been making fun of me."
Puck: [to Jake] "You think you're a badass? Nailing a bunch of chicks and beating up some punks in the cafeteria? I'm the original badass. I had my first threesome at seven, and once, I beat up a police horse."
"Crazy/(You Drive Me) Crazy"
"Gimme More (Phone Talk)
"Hold It Against Me"
"Oops!... I Did It Again"
Gleeks, so far this season has been amazing, and next week we get an appearance by the one-and-only super fabulous Sarah Jessica Parker. I'm uber excited. See you next week!