I think I can safely say that tonight's Britney Spears tribute/theme of an episode did not disappoint. I was a little bit worried that they might overuse Brittany S. Pierce after her surge in popularity, but I'm so glad my worries were unfounded. She had so many quotes, and nearly all of them were gold. And damn, Heather Morris, I love it when we get to see you really go crazy and dance! Awesome.
All of the Britney mania was inspired by an upcoming pep assembly at McKinley. The kids wanted to do something by Britney, while Mr. Schue was set on adult contemporary. Their Britney mania only intensified when Carl, Emma's new dentist boyfriend, played joyfully by John Stamos, put so many of them under anesthesia while doing dental work. Therein followed some great Britney homages courtesy of Brittany, Santana, Rachel and even Artie.
Will's resolve slowly weakened over the course of the episode when he was continually called uptight by multiple people, including Emma, Kurt, and Carl. He tried to remedy this by buying a car and joining the kids in a Britney group number at the pep rally, but after a sex riot gone wrong, found out that that's not what Emma wanted him to do at all. She just wants him to relax and be himself. These two will probably eventually get together, but not for some time yet.
Meanwhile, Finn is still feeling the sting of being cut from the football team. Rachel, meanwhile, starts to gain in popularity when she takes a page from Britney and starts dressing sexy. That all stops when Finn makes it back onto the football team, though (Artie gets to join, too, as Coach Beiste realized she was wrong about Finn's motives in asking to let Artie join). Rachel goes back to dressing normal and wants Finn to quit the team, despite him trying to reassure her that she's the only girl for him. She even tests him by having Quinn pretend to want to get back together with him, which he refuses. In the end, she realizes she was wrong, and we get a second Rachel solo of the evening, and the only song not by Britney Spears, in The Only Exception. You like how the song also nods to the fact that it's the only exception in an episode of Britney songs? Wink!
And that about wraps it up. Here's a rundown of the Britney performances featured this evening, in order from my favorite to least favorite.
I'm a Slave 4 You - Brittany
Me Against the Music - Brittany and Santana
Stronger - Artie
Toxic - Group Sing (a little overproduced, in my opinion)
(Hit Me) Baby One More Time - Rachel
Quotes... and there are a lot of them:
"All right, who can tell me who Christopher Cross is?" - Will
"He discovered America." - Brittany
And Finn nods in agreement!
"Kids can't sing without teeth right?" - Will
"No, it wouldn't be singing, it would be gumming." - Carl
"I don't brush my teeth. I rinse my mouth out with soda after I eat. I was pretty sure Dr. Pepper was a dentist." - Brittany
"This room looks like the one on that spaceship where I got probed." - Brittany
"Are you a cat?" - Brittany
"I look forward to the day the paparazzi provokes me and I attack them." - Rachel
"Is this real life?" - Rachel
"You see what I'm talking about? They're personifying me!" - Finn
"Objectifying." - Rachel
"Whatever!" - Finn
"It looks like a Jewish cloud." - Brittany
"You look like a cast member of Kids, Incorporated." - Emma
"It's a Britney Spears sex riot!" - Sue
"I'm gonna take your house, your car, your extensive collection of vests. I mean seriously, you wear more vests than the cast of Blossom." - Sue
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