Tonight’s Halloween-themed episode, entitled "Rocky Horror Glee Show," was a blast — and not just because it featured more topless guys than an Olympic swimming event. This week we watched as the kids tried to make sense of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Apparently, we aren’t the only ones who have no idea what’s going on in that movie!
The whole episode was an homage to the cult classic, meaning that it began with those red, singing lips. That was great and all, but were we the only ones who missed hearing the episode open with Schue’s voiceover in the “here’s what you missed last week” segment? (Okay, so maybe that is just us. But c'mon — the guy's got a lovely voice.)
We start with a flash-forward, revealing that Carl is mad at Schue about something (but who on this show isn’t mad at Schue at one point or another?). We then start from the top, where Schue realizes that previously germ-averse Emma is loosening up around Carl, and even attends Rocky Horror screenings with him. So Schue decides to stage a production of Rocky Horror at McKinley to connect with her. Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had a bunch of kids at our disposal to use as pawns in our dating efforts?
Sue gets wind of the production from a pair of television producers, played in a hilarious scene by Barry Bostwick and Meat Loaf, who were both in the original cast of the film. They manage to coax Sue into ratting out glee club for a TV segment by letting visions of daytime Emmys dance in her head (although how much coaxing does Sue really need to thwart glee?).
Meanwhile, Sam doesn’t love his gold-plated shorts, which were so revealing they would make Richard Simmons blush. So Schue decides he should replace Sam in the production as Rocky. Carl joined the show too, taking on the role of Eddie. Long story short, Schue finally gets a chance to show off those fabulous abs of his (while doing “Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me” with Emma). And that’s really all that matters.
But what we did love is that the Rocky Horror production allowed Mercedes to finally take on a leading role, as Frank N. Furter in a sensational rendition of “Sweet Transvestite.” And the episode even gave John Stamos a chance to show off his pipes!
Of course, there wasn't a happy ending for everyone. Thanks to Sue, Schue ultimately decides to cancel the production. Not only that, but Finn and Sam seem headed for frenemy territory.
In the end, Schue has to finally concede that Carl is actually good for Emma. It’s sort of like when Pip had to acknowledge that Estella had moved on from him in the Dickens novel, Great Expectations; or when Billy Bob got in the way of Sadie Mae and Shaggy’s relationship in the 1980s made-for-TV movie, Scooby Doo Meets the Boo Brothers.
Clearly, there was a lot to love about tonight’s episode. But try telling that to our co-workers at the office tomorrow, when we spend the entire day humming “Time Warp,” at which point it will have been stuck in our heads for approximately 18 hours straight.