Glee: The Lady Gaga EpisodeMargaret Hartmann5/26/10 6:30pmFiled to: Gleeking outGlee theatricality recapGlee theatricalityGlee recapGleeKiSSlady gagaTV showsTV468EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkOn last night's Gaga-inspired episode of Glee, Tina fought for her right to dress like a freak, Finn learned gay slurs aren't cool, and Rachel discovered that "when it's love, if it's not rough it isn't fun."AdvertisementInstead of doing an hour-long tribute to Gaga, like the Madonna episode, "Theatricality" used themes from Gaga's music to serve the plot, making one of the series' best episodes so far.The shows starts with Principal Figgins telling Tina to stop dressing "goth" because he doesn't want her promoting Twilight-related vampirism. (Tina protests, "My mom won't even let me watch Twilight! She says it seems like Kristen Stewart's a bitch.") Tina wears a little skull bow in this scene, but it's actually the first time I've noticed her wearing something goth. Then again, this description came from Figgins, and I don't expect a man who thinks vampires are real to understand the subtle differences in Hot Topic attire.AdvertisementDuring rehearsal, Rachel tells Mr. Schue that Vocal Adrenaline is planning a Lady Gaga number and he assigns them Gaga songs. Note: Other clubs stealing ideas from New Directions = not cool. New Directions copying other clubs = totally fine.Rachel, Quinn, and Mercedes spy on a Vocal Adrenaline rehearsal, and Rachel realizes Shelby is her mom when she performs "Funny Girl," ostensibly to demonstrate the concept of "theatricality" to her students. Idina Menzel's performance is great, but is it really the best example of theatricality? Rachel approaches the stage (presumably in front of all the Vocal Adrenaline kids) and tells her she's her daughter.Back at McKinley High, Finn walks in on Mr. Schue, who is deeply engaged in Lady Gaga's Wikipedia page, and tells him the guys don't have any interest in donning lobster glasses or Alexander McQueen heels. The girls (plus Kurt, of course) come to class dressed in homemade Gaga outfits, which all look awesome except for Rachel's Beanie Baby-covered outfit. The kids are magically transported onto a stage, where they perform "Bad Romance." Afterward, Rachel asks Shelby to fix her costume because, "My dads can't sew. I really need a mom right now." And she does, because all moms are awesome seamstresses!AdvertisementSponsoredThen the boys debut their act — KISS's "Shout It Out Loud." Their costumes are fun, but it's an odd song choice. Kurt sums up the number nicely: "I liked the boys' performance, even though the lyrics left something to be desired." Earlier in the episode, Kurt's dad asked Finn and his mom to move in, so now the boys are sharing a room. Back at home, Kurt asks Finn to make the football players stop bullying him, then tries to help him remove his KISS makeup with a moist towelette, but Finn freaks out and tells Kurt not to touch him.Kurt tries to make him more comfortable by redesigning their room using "Marlena Dietrich and Gary Cooper in Morocco as my inspiration," which lead to this epic scene:Looks like I was too quick to judge Glee earlier. Finn asking Kurt to be less flamboyant seems to be a direct response to critics who complain that the character is "too gay." Finn's freakout is somewhat understandable — moving in with a classmate who's obviously in love with you is never comfortable — but hearing him use the word "fag" was a jolt.