Wednesday, October 20, 2010

'Glee' does "Grilled Cheesus"

A look back at the musical highlights from the latest 'Glee'Posted by MSN TV Wednesday, October 06, 2010 8:18:51 AM

By Rebecca Harper (HULU)

Special to MSN TV


Producers  promised we'd learn more about some of the other gleeks this season, and they didn't disappoint with this week's episode, "Grilled Cheesus." It focused on McKinley High's best-dressed glee club singer, Kurt (Chris Colfer), who questioned the power of religion when New Directions' focus shifted to God and spirituality for the week. When his father was unexpectedly hospitalized, he struggled to accept his choir-mates' good intentions as he managed the sudden prospect of losing his father. Here's a look back at "Glee's" musical selections this week, which ranged from Billy Joel and the Beatles to Whitney Houston and Barbra Streisand.


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After a holy encounter with a grilled cheese sandwich -- he saw Jesus in the burn marks of his toasted lunch -- Finn (Cory Monteith) reports to glee club rehearsal ready to hold up his end of the bargain he made with the "grilled cheesus:" Since the McKinley High football team won their game, he'd devote the full week to songs about Jesus. And while Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Quinn (Dianna Agron) were on board, the ex-quarterback faced some resistance from Kurt.  Instead, as a compromise, choir director Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) suggested they sing about spirituality. Enter Puck (Mark Salling) who proclaimed that spirituality is about "enjoying the life that you've been given" and treats the club to Billy Joel's "Only The Good Die Young."

Meanwhile, Kurt's dad ended up in the hospital after a heart attack at work. While Kurt dealt with the grief -- his dad remained in a coma -- Mercedes offered sympathy in the only way she knew, in the form of Whitney Houston's "I Look To You." Only problem? Kurt doesn't believe in God.

All this finding of religion, of course, provided Cheerios coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) with more ammunition to use against her nemesis, Mr. Schuester.  She uses the troubled Kurt to file an official complaint with the school board. The root of her issue with the glee club's newfound interest in God? The tracksuit-loving coach's sister. While she was still very young, she noticed that people were cruel to her sister, who has Down syndrome. When her prayers to help her sister went unnoticed, she realized "that no one was listening," she said. "Asking someone to believe in a fantasy, however comforting, isn't a moral thing to do. It's cruel."

Given her penchant for theatricality, Broadway wannabe Rachel took boyfriend Finn to the park to pray for Kurt's dad in typical diva fashion. As they sat in a park at night, she lit a candle and sang "Papa Can You Hear Me" from "Yentl." As the song progressed, they ended up at the hospital, where the glee club came together to pray for Mr. Hummel. Only problem? Kurt didn't want their prayers.

Kurt eventually explained to the glee club that his dad was the one who comforted him at his mother's funeral with a simple squeeze of his hand. That was enough. And so Kurt finally began to express what he was going through with a heartfelt, flashback-laden cover of "I Want To Hold Your Hand."

As Kurt dealt with his feelings, Finn had a string of good luck, all attributable to the Jesus that appeared his grilled cheese sandwich. When he prayed for a football win -- and it happened -- he gave credit to the sandwich. And when Rachel let Finn finally get to second base and a not-so-unfortunate tackle took quarterback Sam (Chord Overstreet) out of the game, well, that had to be the sandwich, too. After some guidance from Emma (Jayma Mays), Finn started to question whether his sandwich was actually all that holy.

Mercedes invited Kurt to attend church with her, promising him the opportunity to wear a fabulous hat. Mercedes and her choir sang to Kurt as she asked the congregation to keep Burt in their prayers. Later, at his father's side, he admitted that he didn't believe in God, but he did believe in his dad.

Joan Osborne's "God" wrapped the episode as Kurt's dad showed his first signs of recovery.

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