C’mon Down to Mattress Land

By Andrew J. Stride | Trade News | December 7, 2009 | Comments ()

By Andrew J. Stride | Trade News | December 7, 2009 |

It's also cool to show some of the band members enjoying the performance instead of just being props, including Brad Ellis, a Broadway composer who doubles as the Club's pianist.

Finn's moment of happiness quickly dissolves as after football practice, he is assaulted by teammates Karofsky and Azimio. He fights them off as they attempt to fill in his dimples with sharpie'd on obscenities. That is only practice for what they will do when the yearbook is released. Also Finn yelling out "Screw you Karofsky" always makes me laugh.

When it's time for the Glee photo, Rachel is distraught when Finn doesn't show. It takes a minute and the nearest mirror for her to pull herself together. Through the help of Judy Garland's "When you're smiling" she takes her photos, but is remiss when the photographer doesn't take more than four. He's in a hurry to cast for a local commercial he's directing, but look no further: Rachel Berry is multiversatile and will do anything to break into the biz.

Calling her first session of Glee as captain to order, Rachel breaks the big news: they have all been cast in the local commercial. Her reasoning is that no one messes with celebrities or defaces their pictures; just ask Tiger Woods. The class is ecstatic; everyone knows mattress ads are the first step to the silver screen. It's true; mattresses have been an important part in starting many young starlets' careers.

They sure do have quite the budget for a local ad, especially for one for a mattress store. The students excitedly prepare in their own staging area, trading stories of what they'll do when they make it big. But they aren't feeling the original direction. They might be performing off script, but as long as they can convey that mattresses are for more than sleeping and fornicating, they should be OK.

And what's the first thing that comes to mind when you think mattresses? That's right, Van Halen (I know, me too!). The Glee kids jump into the part and onto some mattresses, with an all-choir rendition of "Jump."

It's pretty cool to see the Glee kids doing back flips off of mattresses; you can tell they had a lot of fun doing it. Although I'm not sure if it's healthy for Quinn to be bouncing around like that and the commercial is definitely going to be longer than 30 seconds (ad space is expensive in Ohio!).

Tearing the bedroom apart, Will is desperately looking for his pocket square. He must have a cruise ship to wave off that evening. Digging through several of Terri's drawers, he (finally) runs across a pregnancy pad, the exact same one Terri hid a few episodes back while still struggling with her deception. He quickly puts everything together and runs down to confront his wife. She can cover pretty quickly, but he will not take excuses anymore. He demands Terri pick up her shirt. In an instant, he is devastated. Ripping the belly from her waist, Will flies into a rage. She blames this all on the Glee Club, and how it makes him happy. The marriage is based on Will being defeated, and Terri did everything she could to see to that. After Terri admits her scheme to take Quinn's baby, Will storms off. A great performance between the two actors, though I half expected Terri to still be dragging behind Will's bumper as he drove away.

With no other options for a place to stay the night, Will returns to the one place he has left, the Glee Club practice room. Mysteriously, he runs across a stack of mattresses with a thank you note from the Mattress World owner. Stripping the protective cover off of one, Will throws it to the floor for a nights sleep. Luckily for him, that mattress is so comfortable you can't even feel a kid dancing next to you on it; as least, that's what the ads say.

On a ground-breaking new "Sue's Corner," Sue tackles the hard-hitting subject of uglies and fatties. A few dollars to look permanently surprised definitely gave her a greater boost in confidence. Walking off the set, Sue pauses when she hears a familiar voice. She stops in time to catch the latest Mattress World commercial on a station playback monitor.

At school the next day, Quinn approaches her old mentor Sue for her old spot on the squad. She hastily denies Quinn's request. Sue also announces her intentions of getting Glee disqualified.

Apparently receiving payment for services rendered negates amateur status, and since they received mattresses as payment for their hard work, this counts. Returning them is also no longer an option as one had been opened and used. It's true, check the tags. He also has to answer to why a used mattress is sitting outside his office (which was not for him and Emma), and he admits that he spent the night at school. Figgins can't fight the scholastic board, it's over. IT'S OVER!

Visiting her journal, Sue recant's her latest victory over Glee. She believes it's a total victory, until Quinn pays her a visit in full Cheerio's uniform. She has proof that Sue is a hypocrite, and has been receiving gifts from businesses for many years. Sue relents and Quinn can come back to the Cheerios, but as far in the background as possible. Also, Sue will give one of her yearbook photos over to Glee. Leaving, Quinn decides she doesn't want to be a part of a team where she appears to belong, but rather part of a group that is proud to have her, like Glee.

Will is remiss about the incident. He tells Emma that he blames himself. Giving more than her advice on the students, she also talks about his marriage. She is surprisingly sympathetic towards Terri, and suggests Will should take some time to figure things out. She can understand Terri's intentions, even if the methods were a bit extreme.

Will devises a plan. If he accepts the gift of the mattresses, then only he can be disqualified from going to sectionals. They have worked too hard to give up now, and the group will have to do it without him.

In a montage to Charlie Chaplin's (lyrics by Nat King Cole) "Smile," the students prepare for the Glee photo. The vocals are pretty when sung by the group.

Other teachers prepare for their photos as well, and Will never gets to wear the green tie. The show ends with the football players defacing the Glee Club photo.

Next week the mythical SECTIONALS will finally happen! They can't go unescorted, will Sue be taking them? It is also nice to finally resolve the faux-pregnancy plot-thread; it will be interesting to see if Will ever confronts Quinn for being part of Terri's scheme. It's also nice that McKinley wastes no time in delivering the yearbooks; Thunderclap must be in reference to the speed at which it's published. Also, who names their yearbook the Thunderclap? That just makes me imagine that the school mascot is a burrito supreme.

Andrew J. Stride lives in Omaha, somewhere in middle America. You can email him or leave a comment below.

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