Plus, Adam Lambert shows up to "Marry the Night"
Even with weeks of buffer from the Cory Monteith memorial episode, the latest show has you dreading the elephant in the room right from the opening line, “and that’s what you missed on Glee.”
Healing takes time, but this episode is Glee’s signal that it’s time for the show to roll forward and return to the slapstick, nonsensical, over-the-top production we love, while still remaining reverent of the past. And what more fitting way than by focusing musically on two of the biggest pop divas the show has covered over the years -- Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. In six weeks (six weeks!? when does this year end!?) the Nationals threat is Throat Explosion, a newcomer on the show choir circuit that applies Lady Gaga-like precision to their out-there performances. Worried that without Kurt they’re more Katy than Gaga as a club, Mr. Schue points out the group’s strength is their balance of both Katy and Gaga, and splits the group by their preference to perform a song by their non-spirit animal. Gagas are Katys, and Katys are Gagas.
Sam uses the assignment as an attempt to win over the school nurse; he’s found out that under her demure, Katy-like appearance is a Skrillex-loving alt girl. He orchestrates an over-the-top Gaga performance to "Applause" that features him in wings, Artie in white-face, Ryder in a cage and Blaine in spandex and streamers so horrifying we shouldn’t even consider it. Our lone standout is Marley, who forsakes her seashell bra ensemble to run around in a typical candy-covered Katy costume. She wants to only be herself, and letting her fears of Jake straying from her vanilla-ways earns her a week-long suspension from the glee club.