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Will tries to reconnect with Emma by pushing New Directions into covering a racy musical -- complete with gratuitous ab-baring


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October 27, 2010 at 03:53 AM EDT

Be prepared Gleeks: From now on, I’m going to be using the Sam-coined term “ab-ulous” quite often. I’m actually jealous that I didn’t say it first. Let’s use it in a sentence: In the words of Sam, The Rocky Horror Glee Show was “ab-ulous.” In fact, instead of The Rocky Horror Glee Show, it should/could have been called The Ripped Torso Glee Show. Clearly, the gentlemen of the cast have been working out with their shake weights or some other kind of muscle-making device. (Side note: Any guesses as to which episode of Glee will yield the most online screengrabs?)

Now if I’m being honest, Glee has had a mixed track record in terms of theme episodes. I loooved the Madonna tribute but had more lukewarm feelings about September’s Britney Spears hour. Still, if there was ever a musical ripe for the Ryan Murphy treatment, it’s definitely The Rocky Horror Picture Show. (It helps too that Hairspray director Adam Shankman called the shots on this ep.) And it definitely did not disappoint, particularly in the man-candy department. Plus, it was an oddly timely episode given the uproar over the cast’s racy GQ photos that some have called sexist. The entire hour was pretty much about the objectification of men, something that’s rarely ever an issue. It was kinda refreshing…and obvs also fun to look at.

But it also sorta speaks to Glee and my annoyance with the whole GQ controversy: This show is already edgy. It’s not really for young children. It’s a show about teens and it’s best watched by that age group and older. The folks at the Parents Television Council clearly have never seen the show if they think that it’s supposed to be High School Musical. Glee is a subversive, clever, snarky satire. It may be on at 8 p.m., but it’s not on the Disney Channel folks. Anyway…

It was similarly enjoyable to have an episode based more around the adults, like Will and Emma. I thought Matthew Morrison was adorable in the lunchroom scene when he tried to convince Emma it was a complete coincidence that the glee club was doing Rocky Horror for the school play. I’m still not completely convinced any school would allow teens to tackle such a sexually charged production, but McKinley is not your average educational setting.

It’s been so long since we’ve seen John Stamos, and it was great to actually get a sense of why Emma and Carl get along so well. He clearly unlocks her wilder side without pushing too far. And the dude has great hair. Carl seems like a genuinely nice fella; I love that he was outraged that Will would break a promise and go after Emma. He seemed more upset about Will going against his word than the flirty, shirtless song-and-dance-number his rival performed with his girlfriend.

Um, I also love that Sue is also an ace pumpkin carver. Her “Sue Sees It” was genius, but went by in a flash. I do remember some kind of choice quote about a “rat casserole garnished by their own scabs.” Ridic. Meat Loaf and Barry Bostwick cameo alert! I’m still a little confused as to their roles—they wanted Sue to do a TV expose about a local high school theater production…for ratings? Would that really do well? Either way, it was fun to see them and have a little tie-in to the original film.

NEXT: Letter grades for each musical performance — plus, the episode’s best lines.

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Jane Lynch, Lea Michele, and high school anxiety star in Fox’s campy musical.
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