Thursday night's episode of Glee entitled "Guilty Pleasures" was very little to do about nothing. It was a filler episode that didn't concern itself too much with plot development, basking instead in the glow of silly songs that most of its targeted demographic wouldn't recognize, being born a few decades too late and all. By the end, this episode felt like the end of a Broadway musical, (and that's not simply because it ended on a mediocre version of Abba's/Broadway's "Mamma Mia").
Blaine (Darren Criss) finally admitted his feelings for Sam (Chord Overstreet) in the best way that Blaine knows how: ripping his own still-beating heart out of his chest via a gut-wrenching performance of Phil Collins' "Against All Odds", hunched over a piano and while stealing periodic, guilty glances over at Sam. And how obnoxiously attractive was that red sweater/pants combo?
Anyway, Sam is completely cool with this news, stating that nothing will change between them, and that he is actually a little flattered. Yeay! This allows for wiggle room for the potential re-kindling of what was once Blaine and Kurt (Chris Colfer) without a potentially drama-filled, awkward situation existent between Blaine and Sam.
Hysterically, after the group chastizes Jake (Jacob Artist) for wanting to perform a Chris Brown song as his guilty pleasure, he decides to go with another, arguably worse "Brown": Bobby Brown! Jake's performance of "My Prerogative" was decent enough vocally, but wow, those moves! Add Jake to the list of another artist influenced by the Moonwalker himself, Michael Jackson.
Sam's macaroni portraits were awesome and endearing, but did they really have to go down the "Fanilow" path? This was so awkward, it was painful to watch, though his performance of Barry Manilow's "Copacabana" actually wasn't terrible. The puffy purple and black sleeves he chose to wore, though, were a bit over-the-top.
It seems we are once again going down the "Artie (Kevin McHale) dating a cheerleader" hole in his newfound affection for Kitty (Becca Tobin). While it is endearing to make Artie hook up with nearly all of the females on the show, this is completely lacking in realism. Plenty of girls will be as nice to a wheelchair-bound kid as they would be to their gay best friend and, similarly, they won't want to sleep with either one. Unfortunately, Artie gets way more top-shelf women than another teen in his position would.
How hot did Marley (Melissa Benoist) look as Posh Spice in the ladies' Spice Girls' "Wannabe" number? Holy crap, she should dress like that every day! Lovin' the mini-skirt that wasn't too mini, the hair that was just dark enough, and the fierce little attitude to go with it. Rock those gams, girl! But what was up with drum guy's cranky look? As for the song, the chorus sounded so identical to the original that it was almost eerie.
Rachel (Lea Michele) and Brody (Dean Geyer) have officially put the kabash on their relationship. It is truly sad that someone this hot should have to be made into the bad guy. Someone had to be the go-between before she eventually gets back with Finn (Cory Monteith), though if Rachel was dumping a guy that looked more like, say, Ryder (Brody Jenner), that would have been easier to swallow.
Though, no one would probably believe that Ryder could actually sell his body for money, let alone multiple times. Rachel and Brody closed their union with Radiohead's "Creep", a song I wanted desperately to like but alas, this was simply a messy reincarnation that you would more than likely not want to show off to your friends.
All in all, there were some great jokes in this episode (Vapo-Rub, breathmints), and some not so great (the boyfriend arm just makes Kurt look pathetic, and for someone who's currently torn between two hot dudes, Kurt is far from pathetic). It was difficult to imagine that today's tweens and teens could enjoy, let alone relate to, Wham's "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go", though seeing the kids in their '80s hair and get-ups was cute enough to save the song from being the worst tune of the episode.
Best Song of the Episode: "Against All Odds"
Worst Song of the Episode: "Creep"