"Glee" Recap: 'Naked'
By Ivetta Babadjanian
Jan 31, 2013 - 10:04:04 PM
HOLLYWOOD—In the episode "Naked," "Glee" had many characters bearing it all both physically and emotionally.
After some detective work from Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Blaine (Darren Criss), it was revealed to the public that the Dalton Warblers used performance-enhancing drugs. Thus, they were disqualified from Regionals and the McKinley High glee club were welcomed back in the competition.
In order to compete, the glee club needed to raise money for the cost of transportation to Regionals. Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) came up with the idea of "Men of McKinley" calendars as that year's glee club had many attractive boys. Most of the guys were excited to show off their pecs and start working out together with Sam as their leader.
Sam was working especially hard on getting his body in perfect shape as his SAT results came in and he managed to get the lowest SAT scores in McKinley High history while Brittany (Heather Morris) somehow got the highest score. Sam feels as though his body will be his only chance at a bright future and begins to be hard on himself. The glee boys sing a mash-up of "Centerfold" by The J. Gelis Band and Nelly's "It's Getting Hot In Here" as they show off their strength to the ladies. The two songs make a great combination and the guys do some impressive moves.
The boys of "Glee" strip down in the episode "Naked."
Artie (Kevin McHale) doesn't feel comfortable with his body and lets Finn (Corey Monteith) know that he is not interested in participating in the calendar. Coach Sue (Jane Lynch) doesn't like the calendar idea either and threatens Finn that she will put a stop to it. Finn surprisingly takes on Sue by calling her a hypocrite since she posed in "Penthouse" many years ago. He even threatens to expose the photos if she so much as does anything to jeopardize the glee calendar. Maybe it's all the blazers he's been wearing, but Finn is looking good in his more mature role at McKinley High.
In other Lima news, Marley (Melissa Benoist) is encouraged by Brittany to let Jake (Jacob Artist) know the full extent of her feelings. She attempts to do so as they sing "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri, which is a very romantic song and even more so when sung as a duet. Marley was just about to say the big "I love you" when she hesitated at the last second and said she loved the song instead.
Jake seems disappointed and gets advice from Ryder (Blake Jenner) to be emotionally vulnerable to Marley. He also attempts to do so through song by singing to her Ne'Yo's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)." This version of the song was so much better than the original because it dropped the dance beat, allowing the meaning of the song to shine through better. Jake, however, also becomes hesitant to say the three words straight out despite Ryder's prodding.
As the photo shoot commences with the boys wearing little clothing for various months in the calendar, Sam has a bit of a breakdown. Blaine notices and lets Sam know that there is so much more to him than his good looks. He even has Sam talk with Mrs. Pillsbury (Jayma Mays) to look through colleges that don't pay as much attention to SAT scores. The sweetest notion was the video made of Sam's friends listing his accomplishments in order to help boost up his self-esteem.
Artie decides at the last minute that he wants to be featured in the calendar also and everyone seems happy with the final product, especially the high school girls who ogled the boys' bodies. Jake finally gets his moment to tell Marley how he feels by signing a copy of the calendar that said "I love you," to which Marley responded with an "I love you back."
Meanwhile in New York, Rachel is offered a role in a student film production which requires a topless scene. The current, more sexy Rachel contemplates what to do while she duets Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" with the old Rachel who adorned animal sweaters and knee-high socks. This was an interesting scene since it symbolized her struggle to find out which of the two Rachels is her true personalty.
Kurt (Chris Colfer) is outraged that Rachel is considering doing a topless scene and brings reinforcements to help change her mind by having Quinn (Dianna Agron) and Santana (Naya Rivera) pay her a visit. They let her know that those images will haunt her forever and she is still too young to consider something like topless scenes. On set of the film, Rachel decides that Kurt was right and refuses to disrobe. Santana, Quinn and Rachel then begin to sing Sara Bareilles' "Love Song" which was a fun performance to watch.
The greatest song in this episode was the closing number with Ian Axel's "This Is The New Year." The glee members were having fun with the song as they danced and goofed around to a song with lyrics that defined the episode well.
Next week's episode, titled "Diva," will showcase lots of attitude and a Queen number that can't be missed!
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