GLEE “Britney/Brittany” Review

It was a Britneypalooza on tonight’s highly anticipated episode of GLEE, “Britney/Brittany.” For this Gleek, the best part about this episode was seeing Heather Morris’ ditzy cheerleader step into the spotlight and show off her moves. That girl can DANCE and I’m glad she had an opportunity to shine. Oh, and let’s not forget the debut of John Stamos as Dr. Carl Howell, who was practically lost in all the Britney/Brittany madness.

At the risk of incurring the wrath of Britney Spears fans, I have to admit that this wasn’t my favorite episode. The premise of anesthesia-induced hallucinations was a little weak, and by the third one, I was over it. I do think that some parts of “Britney/Brittany” worked better than others, so let me tell you what I liked.

The Good
Heather Morris is one of the best dancers I’ve ever seen (I think she even out-danced Britney on “I’m a Slave 4 U” and “Me Against the Music”). Brittany also had some hilarious one-liners like, “I was pretty sure Dr. Pepper was a dentist.”

The “Toxic” number was awesome, and I loved seeing Mr. Schue perform with New Directions even if he did it for the wrong reason.

Emma is back and she has a hot new boyfriend played by John Stamos—have mercy! Carl and Will had some great scenes together, and watching their love triangle with Emma is going to be entertaining. Also, Terri is back and crazier than ever (I think she must have blown all her alimony on that fierce outfit).

Sue’s reactions during the “Britney Spears sex riot” were priceless. She also had one of my favorite lines of the night: “You wear more vests than the cast of Blossom.”

The ending with Rachel singing Paramore’s “The Only Exception” was just beautiful.

The Not So Good
The hallucinations were too contrived and it felt like they were used as an excuse to recreate several Britney Spears videos.

I love Lea Michele, but “Baby One More Time” was painful to watch (“The Only Exception” made up for it though).

Jacob’s scenes. All I can say is eeewwwwwwwwwwwww.

“Britney/Brittany” was Glee at its most over-the-top and outrageous. I prefer it when the show is little more low-key, but episodes like this one and the Madonna one are light, frothy entertainment, so I get why people love them. And, hey, if Britney and all the buzz surrounding her brought in some new viewers to the show, then it’s a good thing. Here’s hoping next week’s episode is better (the preview looked pretty darn good).

So what did you think of “Britney/Brittany?” What was your favorite performance?

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