Glee Episode 604 Recap: A Breezy, Femmey Hurt Locker

Welcome to the fourth recap of the sixth season of Glee, a lively sitcom about four extraterrestrials who are on an expedition to the inferior planet Earth, where they must pose as a human family in order to observe the behavior of human beings.


In this week’s episode of Glee, entitled “The Hurt Locker, Part One,” nobody scissored and barely anybody sang and when they did sing, it was super-weird. If you had high hopes that this season would attempt something resembling redemption or, at the very least, entertainment, I suspect your hopes were dashed on Friday night. Furthermore, if you were hoping for a “Papa Don’t Preach” Brittany-Needs-A-Wedding-Dress Montage, hope no more my friend. Hope no more. (Just kidding, good things will probably still happen, like maybe a Brittany-needs-a-wedding-dress montage!)

We open in the teacher’s lounge, where Sue’s invited Will for a “Truce Chat” that’ll set up this week’s arbitrary shenanigans. Will drinks milk out of a carton, has a butt-chin, and leaves his stupid little green fork on the table, which sends Sue into a wild maniacal animal rage that she plans to maintain for the next two episodes at least.

Can you believe how cute the pictures they put in the K-Mart frames are these days?

Can you believe how cute the pictures are that they put in the K-Mart frames these days?

This device brings us to Sue’s storage locker, aka The Hurt Locker, where she’s created an A-Lair, replete with a murder board.  “This is where I store my hatred,” Sue tells Becky.

Now, are you STILL convinced that Ezra is really A?

Look at all of this and tell me who else could POSSIBLY be A

Then the alleged wall of The Lair is triggered by mechanical magic to reveal a larger, more disturbing Lair behind it: A KLAINE SHRINE. Yup, it turns out that Sue, who used to hate everything, has secretly been loving Blaine and Kurt all this time! Why? Why anything, my friends. WHY ANYTHING.

It smells like Yankee Candle in here

Now where did I put those black hoodies

Sue: “I’ve been quietly shipping them since they first met. Apart, they’re so shrill, so whiney, but together, a symphony of self-congratulatory sodomy. I believed their tender man-love was for the ages, and when they broke up I was devastated. Why?! They seemed to be doing so well, and then suddenly it’s over? I hereby pledge to do whatever it takes to get them back together and achieve my ultimate goal, to be flower girl at their fabulous gay wedding.”

Get in line, lady.

You bark, I bite. Say my name, they BOTH get the blame. Kisses – A

You bark, I bite. Say my name, they BOTH get the blame. Kisses – A

But honestly — this scene shocks your system ’cause it requires Jane Lynch to leap dramatically out of character to employ a tone and expression completely foreign to Sue’s character before now. As Heather astutely pointed out in a chat, “I can’t believe this is how they’re spending the final season.”

Sue informs Kurt that she’s dedicated to reuniting him and Blaine, but unfortunately, Kurt’s no longer interested in romancing Blaine’s stone.


Listen, until I hear from her own lips that she’s a bona-fide lady-lover, I refuse to entertain any additional conversations about the sexual orientation of Kristen Stewart or describe her as anything but straight.

You disgust me.

When did your people lose their sense of fun and adventure

Also, Sue pulls a Chaiken and creates a little gay lingo of her own:

Sue: You and Blaine are blouses.
Kurt: What are blouses?
Sue: A blouse is a breezy, femmy top. It’s a term I coined for my favorite type of gay. You always know where you stand with a blouse. And they can’t sneak up on you, because for miles you can har their gentle swish, swish, swish in the summer wind.

Honestly, “blouse” is more likely to catch on than “nipple confidence,” but regardless, we mustn’t dwell. Not today. Not on INVITATIONAL DAY!

Yup, Sue’s put together a little performance party for the rival Glee Clubs to sing and dance for their worst enemies, a move she hopes will destroy Glee Club forever, but probably will just destroy your Friday night. Rachel’s understandably worried that the impressive twentysomething extras of Vocal Adrenaline will psych out her slapshot hopscatter rigamarole gang of instagram superstars. It could even convince them that they’ll never be as popular or as homoflexible as the original cast.

You know it's like every time I so much as OPEN MY MOUTH you just INTERRUPT ME before I've even had a chance to finish my sentence!

You know it’s like every time I so much as OPEN MY MOUTH you just INTERRUPT ME before I’ve even had a chance to finish my sentence!

Rachel reminds Schuster of the Glee 1.0 field trip where she met her gay boyfriend and how challenging it was for the Old New Directions to keep the faith following that lesson in humility. But they managed it, because of high ratings and Santana. Thus, Rachel gamely manages to convince Will to “throw the invitational,” reminding him that if not for the Hallowed Hallways of McKinley High, he wouldn’t be married to Emma Pilsbury, have given birth to their beautiful adult baby or sang so many inappropriate love songs with teenage girls. But Sue’s watching and recording the whole thing via the drone she bought from A or like, the U.S. Military.

Which orgasmic adventure will you choose first when playing with the Lovelife Adventure Drone: clit, g-spot, or prostate?

Which orgasmic adventure will you choose first when playing with the Lovelife Adventure Drone: clit, g-spot, or prostate?

Now that she’s secured anti-Will propaganda, Sue’s next move is to track down Sam fondling jock straps and period-sex towels in the locker room and hypnotize him into falling in love with Rachel.

Sue: “You will kiss her, and the instant you do, you will wake up and will not remember anything.”

Oh my G-d it's like a junior mint covered in gold


The goal here is to fuck with Rachel’s head by offering and then redacting a gesture of romantic companionship to a girl who’d previously sworn off romance after losing her boyfriend to an unnamed, mysterious and undoubtedly tragic death. Glee: It goes there (unfortunately).

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  1. Pretty sure that “A Thousand Miles” took place in Once-More-With-Feeling Sunnydale, so there’s a very real chance that Sam and Rachel will catch on fire, and spontaneously combust.

    Fingers crossed.

  2. So… Will’s a douche, Rachel is apparently only into guys who are semi-jocks who have no desire to leave Lima and want to teach at the high school, as demonstrated by Finn and then only becoming attracted to Sam now, and yep, i can’t believe this is what they’re doing with the last season. On the up side, i spy Kitty in next week’s promo. She can only make things better.

  3. This episode was so dumb, but this recap was full of so many gems! You’re the Rumpelstiltskin of TV recappers!

  4. Damn that Vanessa Carlton cover was shitty. I’m going to go listen to every VC song ever released to make up for it. Maybe throw some Michelle Branch in there for good measure.

  5. I feel like Glee is best enjoyed if one watches it as a surrealist horror story.

    Also, I’m pretty sure ‘blouse’ has been part of gay slang since the 40’s.

  6. a) I’m surprised that they would use titles that have a particular meaning within the Brittana fandom, AND NOT EVEN HAVE BRITTANA.

    b) Are you fucking serious? I hate it when Glee characters reference the fandom so blatantly. Sue shipping Klaine is one of the dumbest plots this show has ever produced.

    c) Sam’s one of the few good characters, but he and Rachel are such a terrible pairing.

    d) You know who should be teaching Rachel to play piano? L. QUINN FABRAY.

    • Looking for this gif dropped me back into the clutches of Tumblr fandom and now I’m upset because #Faberry. Ugggghhhhhh how can I quit you.

    • I’m glad someone mentioned that “The Hurt Locker” was totally stolen from fandom. As soon as I saw the episode title I was like OH NO THEY DIDN’T but of course they did, because it’s Glee.

  7. That Sue rant about Will Schuester is possibly my favorite thing I have ever read about Glee. Thank you Riese!

  8. Every time Sue Slyvester gives one of her famed impassioned rants, I’m like, “Holy shit, you can say that on kid’s television?!”

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