Glee Season 2 Episode 19: Rumours

Posted on May 04, 2011

Oh, Glee. You are in so much trouble now.

Everyone has “their” album; that one collection of songs by a group or artist that, for whatever reasons became the soundtrack to their life; the songs they want played at their wedding AND their funeral; the songs that got them through just about everything, from heartbreak to housework. For Tom, that album is Rumours, and because we’ve been together for 15 years, Lorenzo knows every intake of breath and tambourine rattle as well as Tom does because he’s been subjected to it at top volume every time Tom has been in a good mood or a bad one.

We were as interested in the New Directions versions of these songs as we were in our own reactions to them. We found ourselves a little apprehensive every time the opening notes started for a song we (or at least, Tom) consider sacrosanct (which, for the purposes of this album, is all of them).  Back when the Rocky Horror episode aired we noted, like anthropologists, the reactions of the Rocky Horror faithful to hearing their songs Glee’d up. Since Rocky Horror was never really part of our lives, meaning, we knew it, but we were never fanatical about it, we felt at the time that the “HOW COULD THEY DO THIS TO ‘SWEET TRANSVESTITE?!?” reactions were a bit much. After all, the original versions of all those songs still exist happily. If Glee did a bad or ill-advised cover version, well then, you need not ever hear it again and can safely listen to the original every day for the rest of your life.

But oh, it’s different when it’s YOUR soundtrack being re-interpreted. We wanted to be fair and come to each piece without preconceptions, but we’re not gonna lie, we had to WORK at it. This was a decent enough version of “Dreams.” Kristin’s voice makes a nice proxy for Stevie’s and Will nails the backup. It’s a little odd, seeing this song about the dalliances of young musicians being sung by a middle-aged lounge lizard shimmying in a too-tight pantsuit, but that’s Glee for you.

April seemed pretty wasted this time around. It seems her only real function in the story is to get Will to want to leave. Since all roads are leading to the finale in New York, this is obviously going to be a plot point for the rest of the season. We don’t mind. It’s a return to the Will of the earliest episodes of season 1 and that’s never a bad idea, considering how much crap they’ve thrown at the wall with this character, trying to make anything stick.

Here is where they won us over. Part of the fun of the episode was wondering which character was going to sing which song. When the opening notes of “Never Going Back Again” started, we were delighted, because Artie is a perfect fit for the song. Besides, having a teenage character sing an ode to cunnilingus while watching his girlfriend canoodle with her girlfriend is just subversive enough to make us clap our hands with cheeky glee. We really loved the staging and the arrangement here. Granted, the only arranging done to the song was to add more guitars, but it was surprisingly effective and it turned this quirky little song into something much sadder; a lament for all heartbroken guys.

So Artie and Brittany are just… over? We realize teenagers can hop from romantic partner to romantic partner awfully quickly, but when you look at this group, it’s kind of insane how many relationships they’ve all been in in a short time.

 

See, this is what Glee does well. We never would have thought so, but “Songbird” makes an almost perfect love song for two women. It’s an exceedingly tough song to sing so Naya didn’t always nail it, but it was sweet and pretty.

For once, the “hook” of the story actually worked with the song theme. New Directions has been cracking from the strain of all the strife roiling inside the group all season, so working through the Rumours tracklist fits amazingly well for the characters. We love scenes like this, where characters perform, but there are a half-dozen stories being told by the reactions of the other characters.

This is where our fanboyism reached its zenith. “NO! ‘Go Your Own Way’ is NOT a girl song! Stop it, Rachel, stop it!” But aside from a few times where she lapsed into Rachel wailing, which doesn’t really suit the song, we really liked this cover. It won’t make us forget the original, but it was a fun Glee version.

You may have noticed by now that we’re not really talking all that much about the story this week. It’s because we don’t have much to say. It’s the usual partner-hopping from the kids, existential crisis for Will, and Sue acting like a silly supervillain. We don’t have complaints, really. Like we said, it was integrated well with the songs and everything made sense for the characters, but it’s a lot of the same-old, same-old and besides, we were way more invested in hearing the kids get their Mac on.

 

But Sam’s story surprised us. If we had to choose a couple people to trim from the bloated cast, Chord Overstreet would probably top the list. Not because of any deficiency on his part; just because we don’t really get what this character is for. They tried to set him up with various people and it fizzled out each time. He can sing, but he’s not the only guy in the group who can. He’s cute, but that’s another area that’s being handled well by other cast members. He just doesn’t seem to add anything to the cast the way that, say, Blaine has or even Lauren has. This was the first time we thought he was worth keeping. It hasn’t escaped our notice that, besides being a group of uncommonly good-looking supposed social outcasts, New Directions is also composed mostly of teenagers from affluent families. This rather stark illustration of the middle class poverty that’s currently growing in this country was quite compelling, even if the answer to it was typical for Glee: Here, have a guitar and we’ll sing a song about it. But that’s what musicals are for, after all. As Fleetwood Mac purists, we kind of hated this cover on its own terms (Choreography? Adorable children? For THIS cocaine-fueled masterpiece?), but it was a perfect capper to the story, done in perfect Glee style.

Look, the show still has all the flaws its always had. It’s not like we’re suggesting this hour signals a Return to Quality for the show. But it was fun and it mostly fit the plot and the characters as we know them. That can’t be anything but a plus after the wildly uneven, increasingly nonsensical season we’ve been treated to.

[Screencap: tomandlorenzo.com - Video Credit: hulu.com]

    • tom

      Best part of the entire show, hands down, was Sue in her insane David Bowie and Ann Coulter costumes. PURE silliness handled with absolute straight face. Loved it! I was waiting for some FOX News folks to get cameos as advisors to the “Muckracker” staff……. It was just good to hear great songs for a change, even though half of the demographic was probably watching, saying “Fleetwodd who?”.

      • tom

        Oh yeah, and Brittneys “Fondue for Two” segments are priceless. I love her!!

        • Jill

          For me, that part of the show did not work at all, but I suspect I have a different perspective than most GLEE viewers. I happen to have seen a couple of the actress’s real life videos that are done in much the same way, including the cat, one called “Between Two Candles”. So when I saw the character doing what I’d seen the actress doing previously, it took me too much out of the show and into Real Life.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcQnuA0RV2A&feature=related

    • http://profiles.google.com/thehilariest The Hilariest

      Not a big Fleetwood Mac fan, so I can’t really weigh in on the music from this episode. I did find myself fast-forwarding through every scene that didn’t involve Brit. She’s become my reason for watching Glee, and I was utterly done in by her Fondue for Two segments. Please make this a regular feature, Glee writers. It’s pure gold.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sauchih Sau-Chih Feng

      For me, the best thing about the episode was definitely Sue Sylvester dressed up as Ziggy Stardust. LUV-HUH. That might be because I have a terrible fancy for Mr. Iman

    • http://profiles.google.com/alison.sigman Alison Sigman

      I sat watching it last night, wondering if my mom still had “Rumors” on CD that I could totally steal from her since I forgot how much I loved these songs. Then I was really happy that I got to laugh, and while it wasn’t anywhere near the top of the heap, it was enjoyably sub-par.

      • Anonymous

        “Alison Sigman said: I sat watching it last night, wondering if my mom still had “Rumors” on CD”

        Ouch.

        –GothamTomato

        • Sara__B

          Double ouch. I’ve got the LP!

          • Anonymous

            …and you know what an LP is!

            –GothamTomato

      • http://twitter.com/1carmelita 1carmelita

        CD? I have “Rumors” on vinyl. I bought it when I was in high school (it was new then!) and still love to play it.

        • http://twitter.com/SHAbangdesigns SHAbang

          my mom may have Rumours on vinyl also. I think I have it on cassette somewhere.

        • Jill

          Me, too! (Except that I was in Jr. High. :) )

    • Tilly

      I never knew Never Going Back Again was about cunninglingus.

      • Anonymous

        Me either.

        • mimi

          me either either

          • Jill

            Count me as another “me, neither”.

        • Anonymous

          Nor did I, which makes my elementary school wailing on this song kinda creepy in retrospect.

      • twc

        Neither did I. Interesting.

      • http://profiles.google.com/dmb610 Doreen Bierman

        Every time I read cunninglingus I heard Amy Poehler in my head-Colonel Angus!

      • http://profiles.google.com/dmb610 Doreen Bierman

        Every time I read cunninglingus I heard Amy Poehler in my head-Colonel Angus!

      • Sara T.

        I don’t think it is. Lindsay Buckingham has said it’s about the feeling of crumbling relationships after he had a fling with some random girl and then went (briefly) back to Stevie. And as a cunnilingus ode it’s pretty awful: “Been down one time / been down two times / never going back again”? RUDE.

        • Aquacandy83

          I think you’re right, both Lindsay and Stevie lashed out at each other with their songs esp during the Rumours period and subsequently with other albums (with FM and solo). Lindsay usually cuts to the chase, Stevie writes from the inside out.

        • antares

          I’m pretty sure Buckingham commented it was about bad relationships and repeating the same mistakes in relationships.

        • http://profiles.google.com/flminivanmama Andrea Mass

          that’s what I’m pretty sure it’s about too… not oral sex

          -Andrea

          • Tignor1

            I didn’t either, and did some research on the ‘Net–couldn’t find anything that says this. TLo, can you please explain why you said this? Thanks.

    • Anonymous

      Loved the direction they took with Sam and I thought this was one of the better episodes of the last few. Entertaining music and sometimes heart wrenching moments. Sue is getting annoying, however. I also find it sad that April would use Will like that, but whatever. I don’t think he is going anywhere.

      • tom

        I think April’s manipulation and useing of Will fit perfectly with her character – a pill popping drunk. They will use anyone, trust me, I know. I used to be one a long time ago……

    • Robin

      I enjoyed the lampooning that our pathetic excuse for a news media got tremendously.

      The only deficiency in that area is I don’t recall any of the characters saying “some people say”.

    • Ismene68

      I can’t believe you did an entire Glee post and didn’t even mention “Fondue For Two” which was the best part of the whole episode and the only time the show made me laugh.

      • http://twitter.com/JoannaOC JoannaOC

        Lord Tubbington!

    • Anonymous

      I liked the plotting with Brittany. They gave her some depth and still stayed true to her. The scene between her and Artie was achingly beautiful and a perfect lead in to the number.

      I had forgotten how dark these songs were. Grnated I think they great songs and glad they did not muck around too much with them

    • http://profiles.google.com/xxtriplestarxx Jennifer Durheim

      I’m with Tom – this album is sacred material, and I was nervous as hell for how it was going to be done. I was expecting nothing but a flame out – but like you boys said, the storylines fit well for the album. It helps when the plot actually makes sense, and while this week was not perfect (yet another weak story for Sue, and a misuse of KChen) it was a damn good hour of musical television. First episode in a while that I wanted to rewatch right away. Artie really killed on “Never Going Back Again” – I can’t stop listening to it. And Sam broke my little heart in two – I’ve loved his character since the beginning, because it’s nice to see a boy be a jock but also not afraid to be nerdy, so I was thrilled he was given a good storyline to work. Hopefully they’ll continue to reference it and not drop it after this episode, like so many other plots. Great recap, boys.

      • Aquacandy83

        Rumours is on the top of my list for all time favorite albums too. It’s amazing FM was able to crank out such good music while they all lived out a soap opera while recording it. It’s one of the few albums where you can listen to every single song over and over, no filler on that album!

    • Claire

      You had a much better reaction to this than I did. Although I was touched by Santana and Sam’s stories, I CRINGED at Rachel’s version of “Go Your Own Way.” Her voice is not suited for a rock-n-roll.

      • Lauren

        The funny thing is, she does do rock and roll pretty well. Bad quality and she is obviously wasted, but look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beZGjyW6eeE

        Glee has made her have this squeaky thing in her voice and it annoys me so badly.

        • Guest

          I wouldn’t say that video proves your point…i don’t think her voice fit with “i love rock and roll” at all….

        • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Beth

          Ditto on the squeakhate. It’s noticeable and irritating to the ear. I can’t imagine what it’s doing to her fantabulous vocal chords, either. She never sang like that before, not even in Spring Awakening.

          Even sadder, Chris Colfer has begun adopting the same technique for Kurt. So, so sad. Do people LIKE the squeakage? What does it represent? What does it accomplish, aside from making me want to climb a wall using only my fingernails?

    • http://profiles.google.com/nykaren24 Karen Jones

      I enjoyed the episode; I agree it wasn’t one of the best ones, but it wasn’t one of the worst ones, either. I did agree that April’s reappearance was kind of pointless this time around, although I did enjoy her previous appearances. This one just seemed like a glaring plot device to, as you said, introduce a little conflict–will Will leave for Broadway? (Of course, the idea that he could actually get his big break in April’s autobiographical show, which as far as I could tell existed only in her mind at that point, is pretty far-fetched) Since Will leaving the kids seems pretty unlikely I just found it distracting and silly. But otherwise, it was a nice hour. I was also surprised by the Sam development and I thought it was handled well. At least they did show Kurt offering him clothes and Quinn helping with his siblings, so that was something to add to his getting his guitar back (I actually did like that scene and found it quite touching.)

    • Anonymous

      I thought Sam had seemed unhappy recently and he has needed a haircut for a while according to my daughter. She’s satisfied they were leading up to his being homeless.

    • TheGirlInTheAfternoon

      Didn’t like this ep. The Sam plotline came out of nowhere – don’t get me wrong, I’m all for them covering a storyline with some weight to it about something OTHER than the kids’ relationships, but a week or two or prior set-up would have been nice and made it feel less “time for a teachable moment!” than it did. Still, Chord Overstreet handled it well, and I was glad to see him get something more to do than just sit there looking cute. Although I’m fairly invested in Brittana at this point, I was sad to see Brittany/Artie end (?) like it did. And as a complete non-fan of Finn/Rachel, this episode was really disappointing because it made their (already-inevitable) re-pairing even more inevitable than it already was.

      I don’t know Fleetwood Mac all that well, so I can’t really speak to the appropriateness of the song choices or to how well they were done. But I ended up checking my email through every musical performance this week.

      Redeeming moments: Fondue for Two (“Shouldn’t it be Fondue for Three?” and especially “I want to talk about the rumor about Asian men. Not true.” – I want SO MUCH MORE of the Tina/Mike relationship than we’re shown) and…actually, no, that’s about it.

      • Lea

        I’m really hoping that Finnchel isn’t inevitable. That boy needs to stop dating and figure out his own self!

      • Tignor1

        Am I the only one that just doesn’t like
        Kirsten Chenowith

        ? I think she has tremendous vocal ability and really love to hear her sing, but her little girl high voice ditzy thing she does when she’s just walking around talking grates me the wrong way.

        Best new character of this episode: Lord Tubbington. I’d like to see more of him.

        Kurt, Mercedes and Lauren were stage dressing for this episode. I don’t care for Lauren’s character, but really missed out on Kurt and Mercedes.

    • The Magpie

      Did Amber Riley have tonsillitis or lose her voice at some point? Other than the quick moment with Britt she was background this week, and most of last week. (I also understand that the Mercedes take on Fleetwood Mac may be a little tough and probably a bad idea, but what about last week?) I do think that the bloated cast has moved the show almost backwards. Early on there were a few characters and almost everyone got a song or at least a verse. Now it’s like entire characters have to be sacrificed for certain plot points (which don’t weave together well) to make sense.

      • Lexie

        Amber was definitely sick when they were filming “Born This Way” and possibly while filming parts of this episode, too; I follow all of the kids on the Twitters and I remember that she was tweeting from her sickbed while they were shooting the mall flash mob.

      • Glammy

        I’d have thought Amber could have done a bluesy version of “Oh Daddy”. But, yeah, the cast is bloated and I miss seeing more out of Mercedes and, especially, Tina. Jenna Ushkowitz does a great job singing back-up, but I like it when she solos.

    • Anonymous

      This was, by far, the best episode in a long time. And how embarrassed am I to find out that “Never Going Back Again” was an ode to cunnilingus. I never listened carefully to it, I guess. Loved Puck walking behind Artie – it was the icing on the cake. I was prepared to be horrified by “Go Your Own Way”, but I really liked it instead.

    • Lori B

      There was a lot to love in this episode, best in a while.
      I miss you two listing your favorite lines.
      And I’m surprised the interns didn’t insist Mr. Tubbington get a mention.

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        Same here. This is actually the first time I haven’t.
        Sorry, I meant this in reply to Tam below. Still gettign the hang of this new set up…

    • Tam

      Hi guys – sorry for the OT-ness, but has anyone else reported browser performance problems since your shift to the new environment? There’s a script running on the main page that just pegs my CPU. For me, Brittany gets MVP honors this week. “Fondue for Two” – the interview with her cat, and her accusation that he’s started smoking again? OMG – was great, as was her reaction to Artie’s ‘stupid’ comment.

      • Emily Fox07

        Everytime i visit the site i get a message that says something about a script too! It’s super annoying that it always asks me if i want to contiue running the script or not everytime i visit the main page, but for TLo, it’s worth having to click yes all the time

      • Emily Fox07

        Everytime i visit the site i get a message that says something about a script too! It’s super annoying that it always asks me if i want to contiue running the script or not everytime i visit the main page, but for TLo, it’s worth having to click yes all the time

      • SingingSkies

        To the OT part – I’m having the same problem. Didn’t know where to comment on it.

        • mjude

          glad to know i am not alone on have problems. i was begining to think it was just me.

          • Anonymous

            I think there’s a lot of us with the script problem… really irritating, and makes me only check the page once or twice a day – instead of refreshing ALL day! :)

      • marciekr

        The script problem is driving me nuts.

      • Anonymous

        Are you browsing through Internet Explorer. I find sometimes IE suffers froma script error. It happened to me and I just switched over to Google Chrome which has its own separate quirks :p

        • tom

          I have the same “script” problem! And this is the only site it pops up on, no where else so I don’t think it is IE, besides, I use Mozilla Firefox. I do find the whole site to be running slow and does anyone else have the problem of the last comments bleeding over the bottom disclaimer, ect at the bottom of the page?

          • SingingSkies

            Yep! Just got the disclaimer bleed.

      • Anonymous

        IE gave me problems here too. No problem with Firefox or Chrome.

      • Pinksuedemanolos

        Me three. I use Mozilla Firefox, and I think the script is slowing down the performance. The one where my cursor hovers on a post on the mainpage and dims the other posts is pretty annoying.

    • http://profiles.google.com/amanda.leigh.albert Amanda Albert

      I think I disagree with your assessment that the glee kids are mostly from “affluent” families. Kurt’s dad owns a tire shop. Whatever Finn’s mom does, their house never seemed anything more than lower-middle class. Sure, Quinn seems like she’s from an affluent family, but we don’t really know anything about any of the other kid’s family situations. None of them before Sam had seemed like they ever knew any real financial hardship, but “affluent” seems like a really big stretch.

      • Cuddles

        I recall Mercedes saying to Sue her dad is a dentist.

      • Anonymous

        IIRC, Santana told Emma’s husband that her father was “a doctor – a real one” during the Brittany/Britney episode.

      • Lea

        Given Kurt’s wardrobe and his fabulous bedroom, his Dad’s tire shop must be doing pretty well. Finn and his Mom upgraded when they moved in with the Hummels.

      • http://moodring54.livejournal.com/ moodring54

        Burt seems to be doing quite well. Not rich enough that Dalton wasn’t a strain, but enough to keep Kurt in designer clothes and a big shiny SUV. Before his mom remarried, things were tight for Finn as well. He was really focused on football for a scholarship, iirc.

    • SignLadyB _,,/

      And, see, this is why this grandma still watches Glee. Yes, I get really annoyed by the teen angst. I get rather uncomfortable with some of the plottings and pairings. Not wild about some of the story lines. I wish they’d give Jane back her ‘self’ (almost made it this week) rather than that characture she’s been playing since Christmas but then–Fleetwood Mac, Rumours! No was never a big Mac fan but I do love a lot of that album and enjoyed the covers–especially Artie’s and all the guitars.

    • SignLadyB _,,/

      Ooh, yes and Fondue for Two–great! Also, am I seeing things or did several of those teen aged boys (Kurt and Finn in particular) seem to have a little five o’clock shadow? No, more than peach fuzz–poor make up or maybe I’ve been watching too much of Shangela on Drag Race.

    • Anonymous

      Thought it was good show last night. Really loved Rachel’s Go Your Own Way. She definitely had a moment there. Thought she killed it.

    • Anonymous

      Thought it was good show last night. Really loved Rachel’s Go Your Own Way. She definitely had a moment there. Thought she killed it.

    • Anonymous

      I loved the clothes. It was nice to see Rachel and Brit don those 70s-inspired tunics.

    • Anonymous

      I liked when Rachel was in the truck with Finn and says, ‘this is just like an episode of Hart to Hart.’ ha!
      And I’ll admit it, I like when the Glee kids sing songs I know and much like, Tom, I know these songs. And well.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      No mention of Fondue for Two? Really? I liked the storyline of Sam, but next week it will be like it never happened, and that is just annoying. I seem to think they will leave us hanging after Nationals whether or not Will is going to stay in NY or not…..

    • Steve

      I’m glad I gave up this show a long, long time ago… (Although, here I am still reading recaps… Whyyyy…)

      Sidenote: I like Community’s version of Glee waaaay better than Glee’s version of Glee: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ww9Q_hFbec

    • http://visceralresponse.com Dina dV

      Rumours was one of the first “cool” albums I bought in junior high, and my undying crush on Lindsey Buckingham (his beard/fro combo was sweet) made me apprehensive of anyone trying to match his upper register, so I wasn’t as happy with “Never Going Back Again,” because it was just out of McHale’s range. The arrangement was pretty with all the guitars because the melody is pretty and hard to mess up, but while I love Kevin McHale’s voice, he’s not Lindsey Buckingham.

      And yet, I was perfectly able to disassociate Fleetwood Mac/Buckingham from “Go Your Own Way” and let Lea just Lea all over that song. Maybe because it was one of the big hits and not the little gems I didn’t feel too protective of it. Glad they didn’t even attempt “The Chain” though.

      But I completely bought Brittany just dumping Artie at that moment. Even if his jealousy and insecurity made sense, as soon as he called her stupid everything that was special about him to her was lost. He was just like everyone else.

      • bolierbabe66

        I take great pride in the fact that the first album I ever bought with money I earned was Rumours – in junior high, no less.

        • http://visceralresponse.com Dina dV

          Mine was Aja but Rumours was during the same pivotal school year.

          • Tam

            Mine was Aja as well, Dina!

            • sunnygirl

              Wow!! Aja and Rumours-my high school faves!!

            • sunnygirl

              Wow!! Aja and Rumours-my high school faves!!

    • http://visceralresponse.com Dina dV

      Rumours was one of the first “cool” albums I bought in junior high, and my undying crush on Lindsey Buckingham (his beard/fro combo was sweet) made me apprehensive of anyone trying to match his upper register, so I wasn’t as happy with “Never Going Back Again,” because it was just out of McHale’s range. The arrangement was pretty with all the guitars because the melody is pretty and hard to mess up, but while I love Kevin McHale’s voice, he’s not Lindsey Buckingham.

      And yet, I was perfectly able to disassociate Fleetwood Mac/Buckingham from “Go Your Own Way” and let Lea just Lea all over that song. Maybe because it was one of the big hits and not the little gems I didn’t feel too protective of it. Glad they didn’t even attempt “The Chain” though.

      But I completely bought Brittany just dumping Artie at that moment. Even if his jealousy and insecurity made sense, as soon as he called her stupid everything that was special about him to her was lost. He was just like everyone else.

    • JonnyF8

      The great thing about the Wall of Guitars on Artie’s number is that its a clear that someone has seen Lindsay Buckingham’s solo concerts more than once (like me). It’s the sort of thing he does and it’s amazing. 2 of my top 10 all-time favorite concerts have been Lindsay’s. Tom needs to go see him solo if he hasn’t already.

      • http://firstvine.wordpress.com/ Tom

        The wall of guitars made me remember what a good guitarist Lindsay Buckingham was — and I thought he was really cute, too.

    • Sara T.

      I don’t understand how you can praise that flat, autotuned mess of a cover of “Never Going Back Again.” That song is perfection, built on one of the most incredible and addictive guitar compositions in the history of modern pop, sung with the all pain and frustration of a man dating Stevie Nicks. Glee destroyed it.

      I know this show is not for me and I try to keep my mouth shut about it 99% of the time and just let the people who like it like it because, fine whatever. But I can’t do this anymore. These are Great pop songs. Not “great” like “awesome and fun and totes my favs!” but “Great” as in the foundation of all modern pop music, as in deserving of worship and awe and respect. Rich Juzwiak once described this kind of thing (in the context of the Green Day broadway show) as the “High School Musicalization of our culture” and I think that’s particularly apt. These are Great pop songs sung by Great pop singers — I mean, Glee has covered Queen!! FREDDIE!!!! — and they don’t need these kids to prop them up. Out of their mouths they’re just all flat, autotuned blandness. I can’t take it anymore. They’re ruining music I love.

      (And uh, T.Lo, you are both older than me and have more life experience with that album but I REALLY don’t think “NGBA” is an ode to cunnilingus — it’s about the dissolution of relationships, like the rest of the album. Plus, as an ode to cunnilingus it’s REALLY mean — “Been down one time / been down two times / never going back again”?? MEAN.)

      • Steve

        Rich Juzwiak! He’s always so on point with his deconstruction and analysis of pop culture it’s scary. Here he describes why the 2008 VMA’s sucked, but I can’t help but think of it as a comment on our current state of pop culture/music/GLEE:

        “No, the fault rests on us, or what’s left of the music-buying public, who seem content with the blandification of our pop culture. So many things in the past one-and-a-half years have damaged pop music almost to the point of destruction. Jordin Sparks, she who is as personality-free as she is sexless (a fistful of rings will do nothing to help either), won American Idol; Leona Lewis brought a tide of nondescript sonic wallpaper to these shores, opening up the door for everyone to give adult contemporary another try; squeaky clean teen fare like High School Musical and the Jonas Brothers (a three-man rendition of Greg Brady’s Johnny Bravo persona, in my estimation) hit cultural juggernaut status; Katy Perry introduced Girls Gone Wild-style pseudo-sexuality to pop music and people were still titillated despite having seen thousands of infomercials (as a peddler of counterfeit edginess, Katy Perry is nothing but Diablo Cody with an actual stripper’s body, instead of a former stripper’s body). And on and on and on. It’s times like these that you’re happy to have someone as unpredictably trashy as Miley Cyrus commanding attention. Which is to say: we’re fucked.” (Source: http://fourfour.typepad.com/fourfour/2008/09/clearly-weve-le.html)

      • Steve

        Rich Juzwiak! He’s always so on point with his deconstruction and analysis of pop culture it’s scary. Here he describes why the 2008 VMA’s sucked, but I can’t help but think of it as a comment on our current state of pop culture/music/GLEE:

        “No, the fault rests on us, or what’s left of the music-buying public, who seem content with the blandification of our pop culture. So many things in the past one-and-a-half years have damaged pop music almost to the point of destruction. Jordin Sparks, she who is as personality-free as she is sexless (a fistful of rings will do nothing to help either), won American Idol; Leona Lewis brought a tide of nondescript sonic wallpaper to these shores, opening up the door for everyone to give adult contemporary another try; squeaky clean teen fare like High School Musical and the Jonas Brothers (a three-man rendition of Greg Brady’s Johnny Bravo persona, in my estimation) hit cultural juggernaut status; Katy Perry introduced Girls Gone Wild-style pseudo-sexuality to pop music and people were still titillated despite having seen thousands of infomercials (as a peddler of counterfeit edginess, Katy Perry is nothing but Diablo Cody with an actual stripper’s body, instead of a former stripper’s body). And on and on and on. It’s times like these that you’re happy to have someone as unpredictably trashy as Miley Cyrus commanding attention. Which is to say: we’re fucked.” Source: http://fourfour.typepad.com/fourfour/2008/09/clearly-weve-le.html

    • Anonymous

      Will observation

    • Anonymous

      Will observation: He (the character if not Mr. Morrison) is about my age (36) and he has more vinyl than I do now for sure! My DAD has Rumours on vinyl. Mine is on CD and my iPod (listening now!) This ties into Will being a slightly older soul/older school than his age might imply. With that, Fleetwood Mac would be the one musical influence I can directly attribute to my dad (I’m blocking the Steve Winwood records from my memory, though), so I was very excited about this episode. Some brilliant choices, and not just the “hits.”

    • EvilPanda

      I disagree with your assessment of Naya Rivera’s version of Songbird. I think she completely blew it out of the park. The full version of the song on iTunes is amazing. This has been one of my favorite Glee episodes of the season.

    • Joyce

      Where is Coach Beiste (spelling?) I miss her.

      • Lea

        Coach Beiste confirmed somewhere online that she’s not in the last episodes of the season. :(

    • http://profiles.google.com/cbueno.sanders Carla Bueno-Sanders

      I’m going to be the jerk here who rolled her eyes at Sam’s storyline. How many shows have used this plotline before? How many movies? The sheer cheese factor of his little sister going DON’T CWY SAMMY as Finn and Rachel gave him his pawned guitar that the whole glee club ~banded together~ to buy back for him, it was just WAY too much. The Pursuit of Happyness did it better.

    • http://twitter.com/JoannaOC JoannaOC

      Every few weeks, Glee manages to make me cry because it speaks to some situation in my life, or my child’s or my friends’, which is why I don’t much care about the lack of consistency in plot and characters. All of Kurt’s scenes with his dad, the frank conversation about mental illness with the therapist last week, Santana’s confession to Brittany, the google chrome ad featuring the It Gets Better campaign (sniffles). That album was on my turntable for most of my college years (way back when), and I am a Christine McVie fan for life. So I absolutely lost it with Songbird: such vulnerability, such braveness,such confusion. I think I didn’t stop crying for about an hour because it hurtled me back into so many memories. I spent the next hour on YouTube playing and replaying all the versions I could find, including Eva Cassidy’s. It was fun to listen to the other songs from Rumours, but Songbird just destroyed me.

    • aussiegal77

      I’ve heard Fleetwood Mac songs for most of my life and I never really got it. I loved the songs, they always reminded me of growing up in Sydney in the late 80′s, early 90′s. Funny I know…..but late at night, I’d listen to the radio on my walkman when I was supposed to be sleeping and spin fancies to these old songs on the radio. I didn’t even know it was Fleetwood Mac…..I just knew I loved the songs. “Gypsy”, “Landslide”, “Dreams”. But now, I’m going thru some very definite changes in my marriage and these Mac songs, along with others, have taken on more meaning. The words resonate even more than before. I understand the words in a more personal way now. I don’t have an album that I listened to constantly from any artist but I have individual songs though that never fail to touch a chord in my heart and bring back memories. I love music. It expresses what words and prose can’t always do sometimes.

    • Cole

      Well not as unbearable as last weeks, we all still hated it. Likely because being in our early 20s were to old to care about the exausghting hyper-angst everyone spewed this week, and too young to care about fleetwood Mac. Noone in the room had heard any of the songs from last nights episode until the last two. The fondue for two segments were the only enjoyable bits

    • Cole

      Well not as unbearable as last weeks, we all still hated it. Likely because being in our early 20s were to old to care about the exausghting hyper-angst everyone spewed this week, and too young to care about fleetwood Mac. Noone in the room had heard any of the songs from last nights episode until the last two. The fondue for two segments were the only enjoyable bits

    • Cole

      Also was anyone else extremely irritated by Rachels reaction to finding out about Sam? “mmhmm… yeah… that really sucks for you, but you can’t quit glee club…” The guitar would have been enough, everything they said with it just ruined the gesture. Realistically he’ll probably just selling the guitar a second time anyways if they really are that hard up for cash.

      • Lea

        You have to admit that Rachel’s reaction was totally in keeping with her character – win at all costs.

    • MilaXX

      I liked this episode because the songs actually fit the plot, well mostly. I guess a better way to say it is the songs/artist featured didn’t eclipse the show. My only quibble was the new levels of silliness for Sue. Even though I chuckled at her Ann Coulter, the disguises felt a bit unnecessary even in Glee land. Also the social worker in me couldn’t help but wonder why the little kids weren’t in school at the end, but that was a minor quibble.

      • Lea

        The glee club rehearses at 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays! :)

    • Ta

      I only watched the musical numbers; didn’t feel the “hey, this is MY song” feeling until “Don’t Stop.” I listened to that INCESSANTLY after my last bad breakup. Not a great arrangement IMO.

    • http://twitter.com/stelledelmare Samantha Scott

      I can’t say much about the music of this episode in particular but I think overall, Glee has taken alot of downturn as far as song selection. It seems that now in season 2, they have one or two songs per episode (maybe) that are fantastic and then the rest are mediocre. It’s disappointing. There hasn’t been any song since maybe near the beginning of this season that I’ve just really really wanted to have on my ipod, playing over and over. I still refuse to get over the fact that now they’ve even given Sam more of a storyline than they’ve ever given Mercedes.

    • J.K.

      3 questions I’m confused/like more clarification about.

      First, is Never Going Back Again really about cunnalingus? I couldn’t find anything confirming that online, but if so, geez, the guy doesn’t come across very well if the song is just “I’m not going down on you again.” I feel like they should always amend that with “and I never expect you to go down on me again either.”

      Second, I’m confused why Songbird is, according to T Lo, the perfect song for two girls in love. I mean, I thought it was lovely and totally worked here, but I don’t feel like it’s necessarily gendered….. just confused why you’d say so. I’d also love to see a bit more mention of what’s going on with the relationship between the two girls here!

      Lastly, why is “Go Your Own Way” not a girl’s song? I didn’t really think that was gendered either…. Lea Michelle actually surprised me a bit with how well I thought she pulled that one off. But what about the song read masculine to you? (Maybe I just don’t read Fleetwood Mac as all that masculine, which certainly doesn’t mean I don’t adore them, because I do).

      You boys are the bees knees, and I’m sure have wonderful reasons, I just couldn’t quite figure those things out and would love more insight from you fabulous gents!

    • Tripletmom96

      loved the music in this episode — what a great collection rumours is… sure, these were “glee-ed” up — different contexts, but i still enjoyed it. i saw fleetwood mac on their tour last year – what a treat to hear these great songs again!

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      Well, I didn’t love Artie’s version- vocally, he’s no match for Lindsay. But what he brought to the table was emotion, and paired with the scene leading up to it, it made me cry a little. That was definitely my favorite number of the night.
      But I kept waiting for “Second Hand News”! Alas, only time for so many songs.
      Oh, and the minute they showed Sam at the hotel, I knew he was living there. Poverty is not so fa removed from my life that it was shockign at all.I appreciated that they put the storyline in there.

    • http://profiles.google.com/junkfoodgenius Neva Reese

      I haven’t seen the episode yet. I have listened to Rumours probably more times than I have said my own name. I’m on pins and needles. (And how many songs did Lindsey Buckingham write about performing oral?! Answer: More times than I have said my own name.)

    • Ummsgna

      So, this was basically just a review of the songs? No plot review? No funny quotes? No Fondue for Two?
      I’m disappointed in this review

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

        I thought the same thing….no comments on much else except Sam’s storyline…..

    • Me!

      Lord Tubbington is so cute.

      • Lalongvanbrocklyn

        Yes! Perhaps he can get a spin off- “Lord Tubbington’s Cheesy Adventures.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

        Completely loved the “I know you are smoking again”….best line!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      No mention of Fondue for Two? Really? I liked the storyline of Sam, but next week it will be like it never happened, and that is just annoying. I seem to think they will leave us hanging after Nationals whether or not Will is going to stay in NY or not…..

    • Jill

      Glee is not generally known for its acting, but Tim Hunter did an amazing job with the kids in the cast last night. Watch Finn & Quinn’s duet again, this time for the characters’ acting and not so much for the singing. Subtleties abound, like Quinn trying to lead Finn around as if she controlled him; his face and “thumbs up” when he sang the line about just wanting her to feel fine; their apparent reluctance to even touch each other, yet occasionally hanging on for dear life. The facial expressions, not just theirs, but all the kids as the camera went to them, told as much of the story as the lyrics did, which is not at all usual with the acting on this show. And it was evident throughout the episode. I think these kids have come a long way.

    • miatamam

      Loves me some Glee..but this episode was just a train wreck.

    • ailsieengland

      Can they all just STOP saying “hit it!” to the musicians!? I find it unBEARably annoying…

    • Anonymous

      Puts on Fleetwood Mac nerdhat….I always thought it was “Second Hand News” that was about….ahem. But I could be wrong. I really loved the Fondue for Two segments.

      • http://thehousesparrow.livejournal.com/ thehousesparrow

        Fondue for Two was adorable. It needs its own Youtube channel.

    • http://profiles.google.com/xelad007 C Deal

      Lol at the names for the couples groupings.

      The 2 that jumped out at me were Puckleberry and Pysces (spelling?)

      The rest went by too fast but I am sure they were priceless too.

    • filmcricket

      Hate, hate, HATE Fleetwood Mac and especially this album. (Sorry, TLo – had to listen to it every shift for two years at a horrible retail job and it still makes my skin crawl). So I didn’t have the musical numbers to look forward to, and I was annoyed that part of the “assignment” was to “put your own spin on [the songs]” and then they proceeded to do what they always do: karaoke covers.

      I was glad they gave Sam something to do, especially since it took focus away from the stupid Finn/Quinn/Rachel storyline which ohmygodenoughalready. That wink-at-the-audience scene with all the portmanteau names was cringe-worthy. Still interested in where the Santana/Brittany plot is going, although I’m starting to lose patience with Brittany trying to push Santana out of the closet when she’s not ready yet.

      Basically, I’m very much looking forward to next week’s episode where I know at least one song that I like will be played.

    • JBeauD

      I was pleasantly surprised with the performances in this episode, and was relieved to have an episode without the song stylings of the Dalton Warblers. I especially enjoyed Kevin McHale’s performance of “Never Going Back Again”, and the entire guitar chorus. In fact, he really made the most of his part in the plotline this week. The look of hurting on his face and regret everytime they showed him really was touching. So TLo had some apprehension about Gleetwood Mac. I would be interested in the opinions of the bitter kittens as to just what artists are untouchable. (Springsteen? Dylan? The Traveling Wilburys?

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      is that what it’s about?

      so help me, i’ve known that song since i was maybe twelve years old & i had no idea.

    • Julie Woolfolk

      Listen I loved that album as much as any 40/50something gal does and had it on vinyl, then cassette and now CD, but Lord Tuppington was the bast part of the episode….hands down.

      Santana did make me cry singing Songbird though. I love that song too much….

    • Lea

      I have decided to forget that the last two episodes ever happened, except for Kurt’s return to McKinley. This episode had emotion and some great music, and these days, that’s all I’m asking for from Glee. As a new Gleek, I’m disappointed that the first season’s adult show has morphed into a show that’s mostly aimed at teens (how else to explain the ludicrous episodes of late and the fact that the adult characters have turned one-dimentional? I don’t even see a spark between Will and Emma anymore). It was a much better show – and made WAY more sense – when it was an adult show masquerading as a teen drama for irony.

      • Lea

        Also, I’m one of those die-hard Rocky Horror people who screamed “WHAT DID THEY DO TO SWEET T?!?!?!??!” I definitely watched that episode the way you watched this one.

        And is “Never Going Back Again” REALLY about cunnilingus? Pardon me for being naive enough to ask, but if Lindsey Buckingham was that much of a ladies’ man, I doubt he was really giving it up!

    • ApexGDS

      I disagree about Naya’s performance. I LOVE it! She’s really got a great voice, and I hope we get to hear more from her!

      Am I the only one that noticed the girls were terribly PALE last night? Did they cut the makeup budget? Or did it all go to Sue’s Bowie getup?? Naya looked sick, Brit was a bit splotchy, Mercedes had nada on … watch “Dreams” again and you’ll probably see what I mean.

    • http://profiles.google.com/amandack Amanda Kelly

      This was the first time a theme episode melded well for me. As soon as the fighting started, it clicked why this was the Fleetwood Mac episode. One teensy tiny quibble…a 16-year-old making a Hart to Hart reference. Granted, it’s something I would say when I was 16…10 years ago…but it really is pre-my era, I’m just bizarrely versed in useless pop culture. The writers just seemed too smart for themselves on that one.

    • http://profiles.google.com/amandack Amanda Kelly

      This was the first time a theme episode melded well for me. As soon as the fighting started, it clicked why this was the Fleetwood Mac episode. One teensy tiny quibble…a 16-year-old making a Hart to Hart reference. Granted, it’s something I would say when I was 16…10 years ago…but it really is pre-my era, I’m just bizarrely versed in useless pop culture. The writers just seemed too smart for themselves on that one.

    • Guest

      “Rumours” is one of my favorite albums, too. Amusingly, I had to introduce it to my parents, even though I wasn’t born when the album came out. I love all the songs on the album. All the dark songs about crumbling relationships. And Christine McVeigh’s touch of lightness on the album, as well.
      Glee did okay. It was passable. The songs fit the story, so that helped. But, nothing here would shake the strong memories of the originals. Especially since I still listen to that album fairly frequently.

    • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Beth

      He doesn’t look much like the adventuring type, in my opinion. More like the splay-out-and-drink-chocolate-milk-and-watch-soaps-all-day type. Housecats have the best lives ever. I type this as my cat is happily curled up on my lap.

    • raisin mountaineer

      This show had the air of being that moment in teenagehood where kids who’ve been playing at life start to realize that it means something. I liked it a lot.

    • annrr

      I am watching this a couple days later. Rumours was one of my first albums. My older sister gave it to me for my birthday when I was in 7th grade in 1978. I played the hell out of that album so I LOVED this episode. I am amazed that you never had a Rocky Horror phase. That was huge for me in high school. Those are two of the albums that I love every single song on them. The only other one that I can think of is Who’s Next. In writing this I have to say that it was nice to be able to ‘say’ album again without having to mentally correct myself.

    • PeaceBang

      Congratulations on the new digs, boys!!! WOW!!!

    • Lindsay

      Is April Rhodes starting to remind anyone else of Jerri Blank?

    • http://www.facebook.com/LizBWilson Liz Baxter

      “Go Your Own Way” is my all-time favorite song, so I was excited to see it was on the show. Even more excited when I realized the entire e[episode was devoted to FM. I was annoyed that Rachel sang it, because I just can’t stand her voice. She’s talented, I just think she’s whiny and annoying. Her voice is too screechy. But I guess it had to be done to fit the storyline…. Also, I didn’t mind it being sung by a girl, cuz I love the Cranberry’s cover.

    • ccm800

      must Lea Michelle make that goddam face every time?

    • Tignor1

      I didn’t either, and did some research on the ‘Net–couldn’t find anything that says this. TLo, can you please explain why you said this? Thanks.

    • Tignor1

      Am I the only one that just doesn’t like
      Kirsten Chenowith

      ? I think she has tremendous vocal ability and really love to hear her sing, but her little girl high voice ditzy thing she does when she’s just walking around talking grates me the wrong way.

      Best new character of this episode: Lord Tubbington. I’d like to see more of him.

      Kurt, Mercedes and Lauren were stage dressing for this episode. I don’t care for Lauren’s character, but really missed out on Kurt and Mercedes.

    • Margaret Schultz

      OK, I’m late to this party, but I only just now caught up on all the Glee episodes. 

      Holy smokes, I’m really surprised they reached this far back into time for music. Rumours came out when I was a freshman in college. 1976. And yes, I had it on vinyl, along with several other previous Fleetwood Mac albums. What surprises me is this music doesn’t fit their demographic, which is confirmed by some of the posts here.

      So musically, I enjoyed this ep. Sure, they glee-ified it, but what the hell else are they gonna do?? 

      I think that’s why I’m so on the fence about this show. Music speaks to me in a very deep way, but most of the time they are using music I’m not familiar with or don’t connect with. It has brilliant moments, but it has WTF lows as well. It’s almost like they trying to please too many people at once. Pop music is very specific to WHEN it was on the charts. Some music transcends it’s original time frame, like musicals, for instance, or of course, classical or opera. Everyone has heard music from Oklahoma or the Sound of Music or  ….? 

      But this one did surprise me. If you like Rumours, you should really check out the album that came the year before, just titled Fleetwood Mac. It’s also awesome. BTW, FM and Rumours were their 10th and 11th albums.