Well, I went into "Glee" thinking the hardest thing about recapping "Mash Off" would be trying to find words to describe how impeccable and wonderful the Adele cover was. But then Santana happened.
I always get a kick out of Santana in the same way we all loved early Sue Sylvester so much -- mean, but quippy and hilarious. But her going off on Finn about being fat (when did that become a thing?) was way harsh, Tai, and I was actually appalled. Then Finn called her out about being in the closet in the freaking high school hallway and the entire dynamic shifted. WHY WOULD YOU SAY THAT IN PUBLIC, FINN?
After how much more sensitive Finn has become about gay issues and bullying since becoming Kurt's stepbrother you'd think it would've been out of character for him to confront Santana like that, but the more I think about it, the more it seems like a natural move. Santana had just berated him, and he was so hurt that he impulsively said the most hurtful thing he could think of.
It seemed like the whole kerfuffle was going to go unaddressed, but then those last 10 minutes happened!!! (!!!!!!!!) Lima is an effed up little town and "Glee" reminded us of that with Sue's completely irrational campaign ads. Even in "Glee's" heightened reality it seems unlikely that someone would out a teenage girl -- but we'll happily accept that bit of fantasy if it means more powerful scenes like Santana reacting to the controversy and later slapping Finn in the face.
The only part that I didn't like was Finn not realizing he was completely wrong to say anything to Santana in the first place, and nobody else telling him what a d--- move that was. It's a shame we have to wait two weeks for the next new episode -- but at least we can bide the time by rewinding the mashup and ensuing slap over and over for the next 14 days.
Oh, and as for the rest of the episode -- Puck's "Hot for Teacher" cover was fantastic. The fantasy song sequences aren't always great, but when they're done right, they're awesome (see: Mercedes' "Bust Your Windows" from Season 1). This was one of the awesome ones, and this is coming from someone who is uncomfortable with most of "Glee's" crotch-related choreography. Most of the mashups were pretty "meh" ("You and I," Hall and Oates), one was okay (Pat Benetar), and let's be honest -- the 300th musical number, a mashup of "Someone Like You" and "Rumor Has It," was the best musical number of the season.
What did you think of "Mash Off"?
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