Last night's (Feb. 6) highly-anticipated "Glee" was the show's biggest sports vs. music episode yet -- a smart move considering how many first-time viewers the show may have found in its coveted post-Super Bowl time slot. And in a move toward musical diversity, the episode featured not only pop hits, but also country, 1960s Brit-pop, R&B and indie rock.
McKinley High was particularly divided on last night's "Glee," as the football team railed against the New Directions yet again -- and Sue Sylvester proved to be even more conniving than usual. Coach Bieste paired with Mr. Shue to lessen hostility between the football team and the "Glee" club. Meanwhile, Rachel (Lea Michele, who sang "America the Beautiful" during Super Bowl kickoff) and Puck showed the team how its done with a surprisingly sweet duet of "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum -- taking "Glee" in a country direction it has so rarely explored.
Video: Puck and Rachel, "Glee," Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now"
All the McKinley footballers gave the "Glee" thing a go with the Zombies' 1964 Brit-pop hit "She's Not there" (and truly badass zombie make-up). While the usual "Glee" viewership may have been scratching its collective head over this oldies choice, the song selection was certainly an appreciated change of pace.
Video: The Zombies' "She's Not There" on "Glee"
Another surprising song selection came over at Dalton Academy, with Darren Criss and the Warblers taking on Destiny's Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills." Criss and co. undoubtedly shine vocally, but we're far from convinced that R&B is the Warblers' best genre -- and we're even less clear as to how this fits into the show's overall plotline. Criss will have another opportunity to tackle R&B on Tuesday's Valentine's Day episode, when he sings Robin Thicke's "When I Get You Alone."
Video: The Warblers, Destiny's Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills," "Glee"
As the big game arrives, Sue's evil takeover fails her when Brittany, Santana and Quinn finally show allegiance to the New Directions and ditch the Cheerios to perform "Thriller" with the gang. "Glee" gals take the field and the football team takes the proverbial stage -- but that wasn't even the most surprising element of "Glee's" halftime show: it was that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Heads Will Roll" actually mashed-up nicely with Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Tossing two songs together based on similar gory themes seems like a stretch, but "Glee" pulled it off. The costumes and dance moves were just the icing on the cake -- not the main attraction. And hey, it was certainly a better showing than this year's Super Bowl halftime show starring the Black Eyed Peas.
Video: "Thriller / Heads Will Roll," "Glee"
Post-game, mounting tensions between Finn and Sam came to a head when Quinn ended the episode by planting a kiss on Finn -- the backlash of which we'll certainly see on tomorrow's Valentine's Day episode.
Do I smell a "Glee" takeover at next year's Super Bowl halftime show? I can only hope. What do you think, readers? Would you like to see that?