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- Published on Wednesday, 01 February 2012 17:01
- Written by Ace Amoeba
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Glee season 3 episode 11 aired on 1/31/12 and it was a perfectly acceptable homage to and celebration of the life of Michael Jackson. The episode is simply titled Michael and features nine of the King of Pop's works ranging through the entirety of his career as promised.
The episode's plot involves the fictitious William McKinley High School hosting “Michael Week” and the New Direction singers feuding with the Warblers, a rival glee club from a Dalton Private school, over the right to perform Michael Jackson songs at regionals.
Glee's Michael Jackson episode opened with Wanna Be Startin' Something. Cast members wore many different Jackson outfits. and the singing and choreography were well done. No doubt that it would be, this is Glee after all. Also before this song Mercedes had a great quote in reference to seeing Immortal, a Cirque Du Soleil touring group. “I don't want to see the spectacle that is Michael, I want to be the spectacle," said Mercedes.
Next was a roundtable discussion of cast members talking about Michael’s influence and contributions to the world. Sebastian, the captain of the Warblers interrupts this session. Sebastian informs New Direction that the Warblers will perform Jackson songs at regionals.
Glee club members decide to fight back, because that is what Michael would do. Taking the fight to the streets provides the backdrop for Glee's tribute to Jackson's Bad. The Warblers and the New Direction Glee club sing against each other in a garage with remarkable acoustic properties. The “glee off” ends when someone throws a slushie at Blaine. Blaine suffers a coronal injury.
New Direction members realize that slushies are not lethal weapons. Glee writers chose this moment to segue into an anti-bullying rant. Artie borrows a line from Dan Savage, although he says he does not want it to get better. Artie wants it to be better now.
The episode moves awkward into Quinn's rendition of Never Can Say Goodbye, which was directed at her ex-boyfriends, who would all appear with her by the end of the song. Never Can Say Goodbye was followed up with Mercedes and Sam's rendition of Human Nature. After the musical numbers, Blaine's friends decide to visit him in the hospital, where they perform another musical number.
“You may look like the villain out of a cheesy 80's high school movie, but you should know that I am fully prepared to go all Danny Laruso on your ass,” says Santana as she prepares to confront Sebastian. Sebastian admits to putting rock salt in the slushie thrown at Blaine, and then throws a non-weaponry slushie into the face of Santana. Santana would later bring to light that she had an audio recording device taped underneath her bra, which she used to obtain evidence necessary to get Sebastian expelled and/or thrown in juvenile hall.
Finn and Rachel, who are in a situation where Finn has proposed to Rachel and Rachel hasn't yet given an answer, perform a romantic and moving take on I Just Can't Stop Loving You. After this Rachel agrees to marry Finn and puts the engagement ring on. Also, New Direction decides not to go to the police or Dalton about the taped confession(which in reality would be inadmissible as evidence) and instead teach Sebastian a lesson.
The Warblers Came to the McKinley auditorium for the final confrontation with New direction on the Michael issue. New Direction decides to concede the Jackson performance at regionals to The Warblers and also add that the rival club doesn't understand Michael Jackson like they do and that they would prove it. This was immediately followed by performing Black or White, which included both the shape shifting special effects of the original video and also every one of The Warblers, except Sebastian, joining in.Santana revealed that she had recorded the confession to Sebastian and submitted the tape to him as an act of compassion