Glee Season 1 Episode 12: Mattress

Posted on December 03, 2009

Well! They certainly decided plot was the new focus this week, didn’t they? That was like a season-ender of Mad Men, so much happened.

But first, a quote retrospective. As usual, someone got most of the good lines and this week it was Sue Sylvester.

“While they were in there, I told them to go ahead and yank out those tear ducts. Wasn’t using them.”

“All I want is just one day a year when I’m not visually assaulted by uglies and fatties.”

“Get out of my office… if you can manage squeezing through the door without your water breaking all over the carpet.”

“You’re too busy chasing tail and loading your hair with enormous amounts of product. Today, it just looks like you put lard in it.”

“Aside from nudity and the exploitation of animals, I’ll pretty much do anything to break into the business.”

“Ken has a lot of flaws. He has 74 flaws as of yesterday.”

Now, let’s get something out of the way first. We wouldn’t be us if we didn’t have something to complain about, and with this episode it’s weak musical numbers. The “Jump” bit was cute, but the rest of the episode was seriously lacking in any notable music numbers. And no videos of the numbers to be found anywhere online. Boo, FOX.

But wow, how about that Will vs. Terri showdown? Didn’t see that coming. At least not yet. It was actually kind of a harsh scene for this show. We just did an interview for Metrosource magazine with Jessalyn Gilsig, who plays Terri. She talked about how, as fucked up as Terri is, everything she’s done, she did out of a fear of losing her husband. For all her scheming and its resultant pain caused to Will, we couldn’t help feeling sorry for her when the truth dawned on her that not only was she exposed, but her marriage was over.

Or is it? Emma acted like an adult for once and put her feelings for Will aside to show him that Terri did the wrong thing for the right reasons. As silly as Emma’s impending marriage to Ken is, she at least managed to show a little maturity and both put Will in his place when he got out of line and gently give him the kind of advice that might not necessarily give her the outcome she would like. Although who knows with these two. It’s a Hallmark of the show that the least mature characters are all the adults and these two carry on like a couple of 15-year-olds.

This week we were treated once again to the Villainous Sue Sylvester. She’s had such a range of personalities depending on the episode, so you never quite know which Sue you’re gonna get; the hilariously egotistical one, the visiting her developmentally disabled sister one, or the overtly villainous one. It’s to the great credit of Jane Lynch that somehow she manages to pull it off by giving Sue a just-under-the-surface insanity.

Considering all the grownup drama, it was nice to not focus too much on the teenage drama for a bit. Rachel still falls all over Finn, but she seems pretty aware of where they stand. And a big hooray for Quinn, who used all her well-learned skills of bitchy mean girlness for good by going mano a mano with Sue Sylvester – and WINNING.

And Will’s fired from the Glee Club. Sure. That’s gonna stick.


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