By Ken Tucker
Updated March 15, 2011 at 12:00 PM EDT
Credit: Adam Rose/Fox

In an otherwise above-average episode of Glee, the much-publicized appearance of Kathy Griffin guest-starring as a Sarah Palin parody fell as flat as Brittany’s speaking voice.

Attired in a flaming-red dress and wire-framed glasses, Griffin’s “Twitterer and former Tea Party candidate” and Regionals judge Tammy Jean Albertson was the evening’s dud moment in the episode written by show co-creator Ryan Murphy. It’s hard to believe that Murphy couldn’t come up with any better lines than “I am not a witch” (a snicker at Christine O’Donnell) and “Obama is a terrorist.”

Don’t worry — a full-length Glee recap is imminent. I tuned in primarily to see what the assiduously “outrageous” Griffin would do to satirize one of her chief pop culture enemies. Palin has called the comedian a “bully,” but after seeing Griffin meekly recite a lame joke about gay rights not being in the Constitution, the former Alaska governor must be feeling pretty cheery this evening.

Griffin and Murphy, who pride themselves on their bite, were curiously toothless in this tiny little subplot.

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