Glee 220 Recap: Prom, Queen of the Desert


I was so unfamiliar with the song “Friday” that I didn’t even know there was a rap interlude. This whole thing was a huge surprise for me, much like the information that Saturday comes after Friday. Gotta have cerealtickcinononananaononon Friday FRIDAY Friday Friday Friday.

The good news about Prom is that I have a really nice Intern now. Her name is Grace. Hi Grace! She made all these screencaps for me! Aren’t they so good?

So a few other things happen at prom:

1. Santana & Karofsky: Dancing Like the Stars

I know that “we play for the same team” is like, a figure of speech, but watching them be ridiculous and sort of pantomime obnoxious heterosexuality made me think “I’m happy they’re on the same team.” You know? Like at least there’s no straight boy or straight girl thinking they’re on a date with one of these two when they’re really just on a charade.

two tops, one prom


2. Mercedam

Sam asks Mercedes to dance, if they don’t start dating I’m gonna quit. I’m gonna burn the whole place down. Every other time on this show that a guy has talked to a girl, they’ve ended up doing it later that season.


3. Jar of Hearts

Rachel sings a ballad and it’s super good, but there’s heaps of Dyke Drama with Finn gazing creepily at Rachel like he’s gonna dump menstrual blood on her $5 Goodwill dress. Or, you know, start a random fight with the guy Rachel brought to prom.


4. Brittany Slow-Dances With a Girl


5. I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You, But I will Punch Him in the Face

During a riotous dance/song number which offered Heather Morris an opp to do that sexy shoulder-jerk-move she does, Finn decides to start a fight with Jesse. Jesus if we wanted to have lesbian feelings, we’d CLEARLY WATCH A DIFFERENT SHOW or you know, talk to our ex-girlfriends or be possessive of our lady-loves when we’ve already refused to re-date them again and, consequently, ruined “Last Christmas I Gave You my Heart” for me FOREVER.

Is Sue Sylvester the only chaperone at the prom? This is weird.

Really I’d be doing the English language a disservice to use its words to describe this neverending love triangle of hell. However, I liked the blue lights of regret shining on Rachel/Quin as they watched their dates get escorted out by Sue Sylvester. The music was very Desperate Housewives, which I’ve seen 2-3 times and the imagery was very Independent Filmish. Oh, speaking of Sue Sylvester!


6. My Orthodontist’s name was Dr. Fear. True Story

There’s a subplot in which the school cheerleading coach and all-around rabble rouser locks a disabled kid in her office and threatens to harm him with giant iron dental instruments from the 1770’s, which is really altogether just so ridiculous that I need not waste your time with it, right?


Okay so, back to the show — so we’re on the dancefloor and things are getting real dark. Like kill-a-baby-harp-seal dark. Quinn’s boifriend is throwing punches, Sue’s in the other room yelling about punch, and it’s time to announce Prom King & Queen.

Because everyone loves a walking talking piece of sausage (it’s a thing, it’s like the next bologna), Karofsky wins King…

…so Santana is obviously gonna win queen..

Except instead Kurt Hummel wins queen.


And we enter Zach Morris TimeFreeze 2.0: Glee Edition for the second time. It’s fine. You can breathe here. Nobody else exists. Not even Fashion Week.

Kurt: “Don’t you get how stupid we were? We thought that because nobody was teasing us or beating us up, that no one cared. Like… like some kind of progress had been made. But it’s still the same.”

Blaine:It’s just a stupid joke.”
Kurt: “No, it’s not. All that hate, they were just afraid to say it out loud. So they did it by secret ballot. I’m one big anonymous practical joke.”

You guys, they have matching chest-flower-thingies!

In the Powder Room, Quinn informs Rachel that this was her fault, that nobody voted for Finn because they knew he was a lesbian. I mean because they knew he would rather be with Rachel. Nobody knows that, the writers change their mind every week. She should blame Ohio, NOM or Florida.

Then she slaps Rachel in the face.



“Just because I hate everybody doesn’t mean they have to hate me too,” Santana says, storming into one of many unlocked offices of the McKinley High Time Freeze.

someone get this girl a tumblr

Oh! Okay. I mean — I get it. She’s less afraid of being ridiculed than she is of simply being unpopular or unliked — a thing she’s not used to, and a thing she usually combats with all her offenses on blast. She wanted that last moment where she shone for being crafty and heartless but also for being, at least superficially, popular, and loved. She wanted to be on top because then she’d be far enough from the bottom to forget about it. Because what will happen when she becomes the thing they’d vote for but only as a joke?

I wish there wasn’t such a price on honesty, because it really is the bee’s knees.


Kurt: “I’m not going back in there.”

Quinn: “I’m going to transfer.”

Santana: “As soon as we get to New York, I’m bailing to live in a lesbian colony. Or Tribeca.”

Now that would be a great spin-off!


Blaine says do they wanna ditch prom or not ’cause if they’re gonna ditch prom, they could maybe still get home in time for Glee, which would be meta.

Kurt: “Wasn’t this prom supposed to be about redemption?”

Kurt’s concerned about redemption. You can’t have redemption in the hallway, where the time freeze still exists. This isn’t the Matrix. This is Glee Club. This is a Glee recap. I am really tired, is the movie in my mind.

Kurt: “I’m going to go back in there and get coronated. I’m going to show them that it doesn’t matter if they are yelling at me or whispering behind my back; they can’t touch me. They can’t touch us. Or what we have.”


Rachel: “Most girls would be upset about getting slapped in the face, but I can appreciate the drama of it.”

Quinn recedes. Let’s Rachel handle her, or trusts Rachel to handle her. She lost prom queen, she slapped Rachel in the face, sometimes you gotta just lean on the sink and let show choir girl take care of you.

Quinn: “I know you think it’s hard to be you Rachel. At least you don’t have to be terrified all the time.”
Rachel: “What are you so scared of?”
Quinn: “The future. When all this is gone.”
Rachel: “You have nothing to be scared of. Look, you’re a very pretty girl Quinn, you’re the prettiest girl I’ve ever met but, you’re a lot more than that.”

What else is she? No seriously, what else is she. No? Well, a ship just turned into a booze cruise, so get back to me on that so we can bring everyone back to shore safely.


Back with Team Lesbifriends, Santana’s trying to figure out what gave her away when she hasn’t even gotten an alternative lifestyle haircut yet.

Santana: “They must have sensed I’m a lesbian. They must’ve. Do I smell like a golf course?”
Brittany: “They don’t know what you’re hiding; they just know you’re not being yourself. If you had embraced all the awesomeness that you are, you would have won.”
Santana: “How do you know?”
Brittany:“Because I voted for you, and because I believe in you, Santana.
Santana: “This prom sucks. Now what am I supposed to do?”
Brittany:“Go back out there and be there for Kurt. This is gonna be a lot harder for him than it is for you.”

G-damn when did Brittany get so wise. Oh! I know when, when she broke up with Artie.

Did they kiss or make out? No, if they had, I would’ve told you like two days ago. But isn’t she lovely?


So these kids who organized a secret ballot to elect him Prom Queen are all just standing there like the cat has tied up all of their tongues when Kurt returns to reclaim his dignity. You can so tell these extras are not the same extras who voted for Kurt.

Kurt says, “Eat your heart out, Kate Middleton” and the crowd goes WILD. I mean it! Kurt is Johnny-on-the-Spot right now! He’s just hitting one note after another. KATE MIDDLETON! LOL! LMAO! Seriously best PROM Ever.

The Principal, clearly in a daze from the lines he was assigned to read this week, announces that it’s time for the first dance between the Prom King and Queen.

“Now’s your chance,” Kurt says to Karofsky.

“To do what?” Karofsky asks, confused at how “our first dance after I was crowned Prom King and you were crowned Prom Queen as the subject of a terrible practical joke” could be a good time for anything besides “duck & cover” or “dance.”

“To come out,” Kurt says. “You know, to reveal your life’s largest secret, your greatest fear. Why not now? There’s at least six kids within earshot, and there’s a spotlight on us! A SPOTLIGGHHHTTTT!”

He didn’t actually say that, but he said it with his eyes.

Surprisingly, Karofsky skips the golden opportunity!

Don’t worry, Brian Kinney is here — I MEAN BLAINE!

Kurt will have this dance (look at the extras!!)

Rachel quickly sees an opportunity to re-orient the focus back on her and bursts giggling into the dance area, setting off a chain reaction wherein all the children begin dancing and nearly convulsing with joy and laughter, falling all over each other (I’m telling myself this is how Brittany ended up dancing with Artie at the end of the night) like a bunch of horny pandas.

The good news is Santana’s doing Dancing Queen and has that 70s Disco Diva walk down PAT. I almost want to dance and have the time of my life. ALMOST! I’d rather watch cartoons with my stuffed pet dog, Tinkerbell.

Also, if you were wondering, over the course of the evening it became very clear that Brittany came to dance:

Um, sidenote — who are those two totally old dudes right next to Brittany and Artie?

At the end of the prom, we can assume Jesse and Finn are bitchslapping each other across the football field while everyone else laughs so hard that I’m kinda worried they might die. Maybe that’s why next week’s episode is called ‘Funeral.’


I’d like to end with another tweet from gabby:

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  1. You referenced Priscilla: Queen of the Desert in your title. You legend, Riese!
    Loved this episode.
    Brittany’s egg comment = priceless.
    Santana’s golf course comment = priceless
    Loved the cover of Dancing Queen not so much Rolling in the Deep though.

  2. awesome recap!
    love the Indian in the Cupboard reference at the beginning and your moment of potential meta for Blaine – the geekier your recaps are, the more I love them;-)
    one tiny correction: when quoting Mercedes in her first locker-freeze-time: I’m pretty sure she said “corny crepe paper streamers” not “crate paper”. Though crate paper would be far more interesting than most prom decorations!

      • The VHS tape came with a plastic key and Indian, and the case had a key hole in it. I definitely tried to make that shit work for a larger portion of my childhood than I am proud to admit. I am nothing if not stubborn. Except maybe really naive. (If it comes from the movie/cereal box/shooting star, it must really work! I’m just doing it wrong. I’ll try wishing harder on that star.)

  3. I wish I stereotypically fit the whole “lesbian golfer” thing. Guys, I CAN’T DO THIS SHIT. I can’t move the ball from the tee. I joined the golf team and quit a week later after having moved the ball about five feet in total. Eff.

  4. “All that hate, they were just afraid to say it out loud. So they did it by secret ballot. I’m one big anonymous practical joke.”

    This made me feel exactly like I did when I woke up and found out that prop 8 had passed. It was the same California I had woken up in the day before, but the day before I hadn’t known how many hateful people were all around me. This scene made me sadder than I have been made to feel in a while.

    • Word. I spent most of the show giddy, you know, because it’s prom and something is meant to happen at this life changing event they talk about. But no.
      And because of that, I will be tuning in again next week, just in case something *really* happens.

    • Seriously. It’s ridiculous how many movies and tv shows I’ve watched for just two minutes of lesbianness. Glee is really not a good show. I hide my screen from my roommate when I watch it because I know I’m getting judged.

  5. My high school’s vice principal was named Mr. Wenk.

    And the principal was called Mr. Gentle. He left after my junior year, and they named the school library after him. It was there in a big sign on the side of the roof: The Gentle Resource Center.

  6. Great episode and great recap. Only one problem: Brittany and Santana are still not together and I totally thought Brittany was going in for the kiss and I totally almost had a heart attack and then she didn’t and then Artie came and danced with her and then FUCK!

    Like just all FUCK.

    also, agreed….if Sam and Mercedes don’t start dating I’m going to shoot the writers.

  7. I really have to wonder if they are making Jonathan Groff’s character super gay on purpose because like…that scarf? that grace kelly reference?!?! COME ON.

    I am becoming more and more attracted to Blaine over time, like I have a lot of feelings about him wearing that black polo shirt on Kurt’s couch. And his weird/adorbs dancing. This places him on the extremely short list of men I would make out with. KLAINE MAKEOUTS FOR EVERYONE.

    BRITTANY’S MINI TOP HAT. I immediately thought of that snl skit and loled…anyone else? Also her dancing is perfection, can I rewind time and get her to take me to that HS prom I didn’t go to? She had many wise words this episode, Brittana. must. happen.

    Music this week was meh, but I’m a sucker for “Dancing Queen”. Especially since Santana sang it, and, well, yeah.

  8. Also Riese, one of the best parts that your recapping missed was Brittany in the background as Rachel sang “Jar of Hearts.” You can see her wondering around the dance floor trying to steal people’s dates. At first she’s chatting up some girl, then she’s dancing with another girl (which your intern capped), and by the end of she’s moved on to some tall black dude. Three dates stolen in one song. That’s the power of Brittany S. Pierce.

  9. The make-out fake-out was probably the most disappointing 2.5 seconds of my life. Seriously.

    Also – Tribeca, really? REALLY? Is there something I don’t know about Tribeca?

    • Yeah! Can we talk about this Tribeca thing a little more? Because I’m not American, but I live here now and I am planning to move to NYC this summer, so… This is relevant. Also, my partner was looking at possible places to rent and when I started chanting “Tribeca!” there was much confusion in the room.

      • Tribeca was the up-and-coming super-hip neighborhood in about 2004 — it actually had the highest real estate value of any place in manhattan within a few years. Everyone was flocking there.

        Currently it’s mostly inhabited by Wall Street guys who can afford it but still want to be cool and trendy — there’s a lot of expensive clubs and some of the city’s best restaurants there. I think it’s still the most expensive or second most expensive neighborhood in the city, but the scene there is a little older than the scene in, say, the east village.

        i have no idea why she said Tribeca, maybe because it’s a fun word to say?

      • she probably said it because she’s a high schooler in Lima, Ohio, and it is the only neighborhood of Manhattan she has heard of in a tone of voice that implied it was cool and trendy.

  10. Ahhhhh so many feelings about this recap!!
    1) Prom Sorcerers FTmotherfuckingW
    2) I would join that lesbian colony in a heartbeat. Everything Santana said was on par this week (lawlz! I made a pun)
    3) I seriously burst out laughing at the Two and a Half Men joke. 5 points for Riese.
    4) Blaine’s dance moves terrify me. Nobody’s legs should bend that way.

    Firstly, this episode was entertaining but SO DAMN PREDICTABLE!!!! Gawd, I am so fucking over all the stupid het-drama. a) Kurt and Blaine are entitled to make out for 20 minutes in the last episode. b) There needs to be some major action between Santana and ANY FRIGGIN’ CHICK. I don’t even care if it’s Brittany. c) In my mind, I’m turning everything between Quinn and Rachel as being “they’re secretly in love with each other and using Finn as a buffer before they realize it” because the Lea/Dianna rumours are like permanently embedded in my brain. And it’s better this way.

  11. Riese!!!!! You missed that magic moment during “Friday” when a blond chick with a red dress walks by Santana and Karofsky dancing, Santana stares at her butt a moment and then shakes her head to snap out of it. I thought it was hilarious and I totally recognized myself in it…

  12. “making their own hair accessories out of flowers from their mother’s gardens”

    Is the show THIS BAD with continuity that they forgot that Rachel has two dads, not a mom?

    I mean, not like the gay dads couldn’t have a garden all their own, but they did say “our MOTHERS’ gardens”…

    • Yeah, I mean why does it have to be gendered at all? They could have said parents’ garden. I mean my dad is an accomplished gardener. My mom is pretty much like: that’s nice — just keep the veggies coming.

      GAH gender – it’s EVERYWHERE.

    • Bet they try to weasel out of it by saying that they meant her bio-mom’s garden.

      I have a head-canon where Rachel’s two dads are incredibly chill, and confused by her excessive drive. All the stuff she says about being encouraged to succeed is in her head. You know that scene in the first episode where Baby Rachel is acting like a diva in tap class? Her dads are just off screen looking slightly embarrassed about the glares the other parents are sending them.

  13. In reading the stuff about Finn, I was wondering…what exactly is the criteria for “straight dude who is actually a lesbian”? I can’t remember if it was here or somewhere else but I heard someone say that about J.J. from Skins, too. I’m beginning to wonder if my best guy friend falls into this category. I’m pretty sure he does but I would like to have justifications.

  14. These recaps are so soothing.

    1. Both my 13-yr-old and I started cheering when they announced that Kurt was Queen, because we thought it was happy and awesome and then it became evident that it was A Very Bad Thing. It was like when you start clapping before the song is over during an extended pause and everyone tries not to look at you like you’re a moron. So sad, except on our couch.

    2. I leaked breast milk at my prom. That’s edgy, right? I mean, for 1998?

    3. On the hotness of Dianna Agron – have you seen her new haircut? It’s SUPER foxy. Like ‘Yes, ma’am, I am taking you VERY seriously” foxy:

    ,,,and I don’t even have a thing for blondes.

  15. Okay, I think Quinn is really pretty hot. Even if she doesn’t do it for Riese. I love that pretty girl thing. If i met her in real life, I’d be all, let me buy you a house! Of course, in real life she is a TV star and can buy her own house…

  16. Honestly, the thing I took away from this episode was that I am mad at Glee for crediting Blaine’s song simply as “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You” by Black Kids. The song performed on the show was actually a remix by The Twelves. It’s a brilliant, wonderful remix by a duo who has a ton of super bad-ass remixes. (I recommend The Twelves remix of Radiohead’s Reckoner or New Young Pony Club’s Get Lucky.)

    There was a moment I loved in the episode — when Brittany shot down Artie. I love seeing a girl stand up for herself. It’s too common that the guy is kind of a dick and then makes some cutesy gesture (like singing a song in home ec) and the girl just throws the reason she dumped him out the window and forgives him. I’m not making a moral argument as to whether or not Artie should be forgiven, but I loved that she was perfectly fine with her decision and didn’t fall for some gimmick. I feel like they inches toward making Brittany more three-dimensional and human and I like it.

  17. I think Brittany knows people better than she knows “facts”. She seems to be very intuitive, especially recently with Santana.

    Oh, and the egg thing. I believe the eggs you get in a store to eat are unfertilized eggs, fertilized eggs grow into chicks.

  18. Riese, this was one of my favorite recaps ever and I don’t even really like Glee that much. “Kurt, wearing Nazi Boots, a bandana swiped from Amelia Earheart’s grave and the very same jumpsuit Dale Earnhardt was wearing when he won The Indy 500 on the moon” = genius.

  19. “Anyhow Next thing you know, people will be bringing dogs to prom”
    You kid, but that’s basically the plotline of “Absolutely, Positively Not” by David LaRochelle. It’s a YA Fiction book where a guy takes his friend’s dog to the prom instead of a girl so that no one will suspect that he’s gay. Exactly how this was supposed work I’m not sure. But it’s pretty funny. They both have a wonderful time. Then he comes out later.

  20. I thought I was the only one that noticed Brittany dancing with another girl! :D

    Brittany totally kicked ass this episode. I was really happy to see them start treating her like an actual human being and less of a brainless robot. Like the whole working on herself thing, and helping Kurt? Rock on.

    Kurt and Blaine own my heart, as usual.

    And the treatment of Mercedes is so fucking frustrating. It was mentioned before in passing in blogs, but recently I’ve finally seen an influx of blogs really attacking the producers of Glee (and rightly so) for treating Mercedes like a mammy.


    For realsies, Dr. Fear did some pretty scary oral surgery things to me so the name was actually quite fitting.

    Also thanks for recapping yay

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