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Glee Review: The Power of Britney

Let’s cut to the chase: Schuester’s looking for a song for the Glee kids to perform during the Homecoming pep rally. He tries to introduce them to some classic musicians (whose names I can’t even remember), but Kurt takes one for the team and tells Schue they need to do something contemporary that everyone will love. The answer’s simple: Britney Spears.

Brittany shoots down the idea along with Schuester because she’s tired of living in Britney Spears’ shadow. Another of Glee’s character mysteries is solved and we find out our favorite dumb blonde’s full name is actually Brittany S. Pierce. So technically, Brittany SPierce. Haha, get it?!

Anyway, Schuester then goes to have one of his usual chats with Emma and who should walk in but Carl (John Stamos!), Emma’s dentist boyfriend. Carl laments on the state of the modern student’s teeth and Schue – being obnoxiously nice – invites him to come speak to the Glee club about dental hygiene.

In turn, Brittany ends up being the first sitting in the dentist chair after Carl discovers she has a cavity on each tooth. Damn! The anesthetic induces some Britney Spears dream and we’re treated to our first musical skit of the night: “I’m a Slave 4 U” with the classic VMA “Slave” outfit, “Oops.. I Did it Again,” and “Toxic.”

From there it’s all about Britney!

Rachel performs  …Baby One More Time.” Artie and the boys do “Stronger,” and Brittany and Santana do “Me Against the Music” all while under the spell of anesthetics. Heather Morris really shines in this episode and it’s fantastic to see her have this opportunity!

While they’re not having dentist-induced fantasies, the Gleeks are trying to convince Schuester to let them perform a Britney song. Brittany’s on board now after her dreams showed her she can be a “truly powerful woman.” It takes a while, but Schuester finally relents (he’s trying this new “be more spontaneous thing” to impress Emma) and ends up performing “Toxic” with the gang. It was just so wrong, on so many levels but it spurned one of the greatest Sue quotes in the show’s history: “It’s a Britney Spears sex riot!”

Personally, I loved this episode because of how ridiculous it was. Yes, it’s incredibly weird and convenient that everyone is having Britney Spears hallucinations at the dentist’s, but it’s an exception I’m willing to let slide like a lot of Britney-related things. There’s just something about this pop star that people don’t mind bending the rules for. It’s Britney, bitch. That’s all there is to it.

The real Britney Spears did have a cameo in some of the hallucinations – I was sort of expecting a bit more, but it was fun seeing her in the parts she was in. Probably the best was the quick shot of her as the teacher in “…Baby One More Time.” Talk about coming full circle!

There are a lot of other things that took place during this episode, aside from Britney: Finn is let back on the football team and last week’s mean new lady coach shows she has a heart and lets Artie join as well. Schue realizes that Emma’s not going to ditch Carl no matter how spontaneous he becomes and Rachel is so damn selfish and insecure. We all knew Rachel is selfish, but she really grated on my nerves this episode. The final musical number was a Paramore song and it completely killed the Britney Spears momentum. I’m sure they could’ve found an appropriate Britney song for Rachel to sing that would show how sorry she was for being a manipulative crazy girlfriend.

The numbers are in now and the Britney Spears Glee tribute episode received one of the highest ratings ever for the show. Is anybody really surprised? Sure, the Madonna episode was great, but not a lot of young people really care about her the way they do Britney. Many of the people who watch Glee (myself included) grew up with Britney; she’s from our generation. And though there was a Lady Gaga inspired episode also, she hasn’t proven to have the same longevity as the legendary Miss Britney Spears.

For another opinion on this episode, check out I must confess, I still believe. by Alana D.

Season 2, Episode 2: Britney/Brittany (originally aired September 28, 2010)

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