“Glee” Episode 205 Recap: “Oh, the Horror!”

Later on, Will receives a trick-or-treat visit from Becky, who happily tells him that “Rocky Horror is an abomination.” When Will hears that she learned that from a tape she saw in Sue’s office, he goes running to investigate, as Becky calls after him, “Give me chocolate or I will cut you.”

Will watches the tape of Sue’s news report, in which she blah blah blahs about the menace to our children of programs in the name of the “arts.” “Squeamishness about what we want our children exposed to,” she says, “is not the same as bigotry.” I guess she does have a point, but I’ll tell you, a lot of times that so-called “squeamishness” looks an awful lot like bigotry to me. Just saying.

Will confronts Sue and accuses her of setting him up. She asks him if anything she said was unreasonable, then raises her suspicion that the reason he pushed limits with this production was more for his own motives than for the kids. He argues back that the kids are exposed to material like this everywhere, especially on the Internet, but she counters that it’s their jobs as teachers to guide them safely through all that.

This is definitely an interesting debate, at least about material introduced into the schools. But what’s troubling, I think, is where Glee, and this episode in particular, fit into this debate. The episode seems to endorse the P.O.V. that it’s okay to “protect” high school kids from certain “inappropriate” material in the school, but Glee the show, certainly watched by a fair number of high school kids, repeatedly features material that some might find “squeamish.” Can it really have it both ways?

Will acknowledges that Sue is right about everything, and announces he’s cancelling the show. This of course outrages Sue because it means no expose and no daytime Emmy.

Will then goes to see Emma and fesses up to putting the show on just to get close to her. She replies that love can make you do some crazy things. He apologizes and says he sees that being with Carl, for now, is the best thing for her. If he loves her, he realizes he needs to back off.

Finally, Will tells the glee kids the show is off. He says Rocky Horror isn’t about pushing boundaries — that was his own issue. But what it originally was about was embracing outsiders, which is something the Glee club, and Gleeks everywhere, can certainly relate to. So they’re going to do the show, but just for themselves.

And with that, we get a rollicking final “Time Warp.” Kurt, who hasn’t been featured nearly enough in this episode, manages to be better with his few lines as Riff Raff than anybody else. But at this point, that’s no surprise. Is there anyone on T.V. required to be so versatile? Every week, they make such extreme demands on Chris Colfer, and he’s always up to them. Next week they could ask him to do a hip-hop version of an opera aria in a chicken suit and he’d pull it off.

“The Time Warp” is a fun way to end the episode, and again puts me in a good mood, not just from hearing music that always puts me in a good mood, but from seeing characters I like also enjoying that music so much. The music to me was the best part of this pretty mediocre episode, one that aimed for “sin-sational” and instead settled for “sweet.”