By Darren Franich
Updated May 04, 2010 at 12:00 PM EDT

Well, Glee fans, that was an exciting night in the concert hall, eh? Twisted romance, all kinds of meta references to “going viral,” Molly Shannon on drugs, the terrible terrible terrible sight of Will Schuester rapping, and some seriously not-great songs. But for once, they were kind of supposed to be bad! SPOILER ALERT from here: read on for more!

The episode had slightly more of a plot through-line than the last few episodes. Somebody made a hotness list of our friends in New Directions: Quinn was on top, Rachel was on the bottom. This led to a surprisingly enjoyable exploration of what it means to have a good/bad reputation in this post-tabloid, post-Hills universe. “Is your stupid reputation more important than your relationships?” asked Finn. (This was one of those weeks where Finn was leaning more toward “secretly smart” on the Lunkhead-o-Meter.)

We got second Sue Sylvester music video, a recreated-with-more-man-meat version of Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical.” Included in the video: Ms. Newton-John herself! For my money, this video combined three of Glee‘s worst instincts: too much Sue, too much celebrity, and songs that last forever and have nothing to do with the plot. Far better was Rachel’s retro-weird high-concept video for her version of David Geddes’ “Run Joey Run.” To me, this was the best song of the night, and a definite contender for best performance of the season.

What did you think of “Bad Reputation,” Glee viewers? Start the chitter chatter below, and be sure to check back at for a full recap [UPDATE: Here it is] in the morning!

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