GLEE “Prom Queen” Review

GLEE Prom Queen Season 2 Episode 20
GLEE “Prom Queen” Season 2 Episode 20Glee has been building up to prom for several weeks now—in fact, the kids have seemed more obsessed with the competition for prom King and Queen than with preparing for Nationals. The anticipation culminated on tonight’s episode with the crowning of the unexpected King and Queen. Things quickly went from best prom ever to worst prom ever when a cruel joke ruined everyone’s night.

The prom drama started with the return of Jonathan Groff as Jesse St. James, ex-Vocal Adrenalin star turned show choir consultant. Surprisingly, Rachel forgave Jesse and agreed to go to prom with him. As anxious as I’ve been to see Jonathan Groff back on Glee, I don’t think Rachel should have been so quick to trust him.

Finn, on the other hand, hasn’t forgiven Jesse for egging Rachel last year, and became crazy jealous when he saw them dancing together. Tempers flared and the two guys ended up getting kicked out of prom for fighting—and by fighting, I mean mostly just pushing each other until Finn finally took a swing at Jesse. Of course, Quinn blamed Rachel for everything that happened and slapped Rachel across the face. We knew this was going to happen thanks to the previews for this episode, but it wasn’t the major smack down I was expecting. Quinn quickly apologized, and the two ladies seem closer than ever. The most surprising thing is that Quinn now wants to transfer schools. What?

When Principal Figgins announced Kurt was the write-in winner for Prom Queen, all I could think was, “Poor Kurt.” He was so excited to go to prom with Blaine and wear his “gay Braveheart” kilt outfit—plus things are finally cool with Karofsky—and then this happens. At least, after his meltdown, he was able to walk out on the stage with his head held high and earn a cheer from the crowd.

Tonight’s music:
“Friday” – I liked Puck, Sam, and Artie’s version way better than the original but not as much as the Jimmy Fallon/Stephen Colbert version.

“Rolling in the Deep” – Jesse St. James know how to make an entrance. This a cappella version of the song was very different from the Adele version I’m used to hearing, but it was so perfect for these two dramatic personalities. Lea Michele conveyed confusion, surprise, and anger during her performance. It was intense, and I loved it.

“Isn’t She Lovely?” – Artie can sing Stevie Wonder anytime, as far as I’m concerned. It wasn’t enough to convince Brittany to go to prom with him, but they seemed pretty cozy by the end of the episode. By the way, how cute is it that he spiked the punch with lemonade?

“I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You” – I’m glad Blaine was included in the prom performance. I thought this song was perfect for him, and Brittany and Tina were great on backup.

“Jar of Hearts” – Rachel and Finn were exchanging some serious looks during her performance.

“Dancing Queen” – Mercedes and Santana singing ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” after Kurt was elected Prom Queen was cheesy, good fun.

My favorite quotes from “Prom Queen”:
Kurt: “Eat your heart out, Kate Middleton.”

Santana: “Just because I hate everybody doesn’t mean they have to hate me, too.”

And a Pretty in Pink reference from Kurt: “What about prom, Blaine?”

What did you think of the prom episode of Glee? Every TV show about teenagers eventually does a prom episode, so it’s hard to really break new ground with one. Kurt’s storyline was exactly the same as what happened to Justin on the final season of Ugly Betty. I thought it worked, though, because of Chris Colfer’s heartbreaking, emotional reaction and Blaine’s support. Was it my favorite TV prom ever? No, that would be Buffy being elected “Class Protector” during her prom on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Brenda and Kelly wearing the same dress to the spring dance on 90210 and Logan’s alterna-prom on Veronica Mars are among my favorites too. Still, the Glee prom was fun, filled with drama, and probably had the best music of any TV prom I’ve ever seen.

So what are your thoughts on Glee‘s prom? After Finn’s jealous outburst, what lies ahead for him and Quinn? What New Directions performances would you add to Sue’s worst list?

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