So much happened on last night’s episode of “Glee.”
Kate Hudson continued to be super mean to Rachel (Lea Michele) and refused to let that whole Schwimmer nickname die, which seems insulting to Rachel (from “Glee”), as well as Ross (David Schwimmer) and possibly Rachel (from “Friends”).
Jake Puckerman, a.k.a. Taylor Lautner No. 2, seemed super into Marley, defending her mom, Lunch Lady Doris, during a cafeteria confrontation and getting all “Summer Lovin’ ”-ish with her in the bleachers. Then he randomly announced that he was dating Kitty, the one-dimensionally awful new Cheerio, and I remembered that, wait a second, I don’t care about this subplot at all so why have I just written so many words about it?
Puck made his first cameo appearance of the season in a moment that forced us to believe he would come all the way back from L.A. just to yell at the half-brother he barely knows in the McKinley High choir room.
But these were not the most important things that occurred on the ”Britney 2.0” episode of “Glee.” The most important thing was the meltdown of Brittany S. Pierce, which riffed on the past meltdown of Britney Spears and gave “Glee” an excuse to do nothing but Spears songs for the entire episode. AGAIN.
“We scraped the bottom of that Britney barrel,” said Artie at one point.
Yes, Artie. Y’all sure did.
But, to the “Glee” writers’ credit, “The X Factor” was mentioned only once during the entire hour. It’s called restraint. Look it up.
Less restrained was the spoof of a few low moments on the Britney spectrum, like the umbrella SUV beating (a classic from 2007) and her disastrous performance of “Gimme More,” another classic from the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards that has prompted today’s exceedingly important video comparison.
In last night’s “Glee,” Brittany S. Pierce (Heather Morris) insisted on lip-syncing to “Gimme More” at a pep rally, which, as we all know, is verboten in show-choir circles. She did so while wearing a glittery bikini and lollygagging her way through a choreographed dance routine the same way Spears did during her real-life performance on MTV. Well, almost the same way; the real Britney wasn’t eating cheese puffs and swigging orange soda onstage.
Take a look at the “Glee” take on the “Gimme More”-tastrophe, then watch the real thing and decide which one made for a more entertaining dance train wreck. Personally, I have to go with the original, if only because the “Glee” version fails to include camera shots of 50 Cent looking horribly confused. On the other hand, no one stood up during the 2007 VMAs and shouted “J’accuse!” So, it’s a tough call.