Glee: Season 1, Episode 15

The Power of Madonna (20 Apr. 2010)

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Mr. Schuester is concerned that the girls in the glee club are being disrespected and bullied by the guys. Looking to Madonna and her musical message of equality as inspiration, he ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Terri Schuester (credit only)


Mr. Schuester is concerned that the girls in the glee club are being disrespected and bullied by the guys. Looking to Madonna and her musical message of equality as inspiration, he challenges the entire team to choose Madonna songs as their next assignment in the hopes that the girls embrace her strength, independence and confidence and that the guys will see the error of their misogynistic ways. The glee club takes the assignment to heart as they perform some of Madonna's greatest hits, including "Express Yourself" and "Like A Prayer." Meanwhile, Kurt and Mercedes give Sue a vote of confidence with a makeover that is definitely in "Vogue." Written by FOX Publicity

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical

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Sue Sylvester: You wanted to see me?
Emma Pillsbury: Um. Yeah. Thank you for coming. Please sit down.
Sue Sylvester: No.
Emma Pillsbury: Okay. Um. I was just wondering why Madonna was playing everywhere except my office.
Sue Sylvester: Well it's simple, Arlene. You don't deserve the power of Madonna. You have none of her self confidence, her power over her body, or her sexual magnetism. Simply put, you have all the sensuality of one of those pandas down at the zoo who refuse to mate. I had your intercom disconnected.
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Express Yourself
Written by Madonna, Stephen Bray
Performed by Lea Michele, Amber Riley, Dianna Agron, Jenna Ushkowitz,
Naya Rivera and Heather Morris
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One of the Best Glee Episodes Ever!
9 May 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This episode was fantastic! All the Glee episodes are amazing, but this one was a standout. I loved how they took the best of Madonna and used it to incorporate the ideas of female empowerment, while still managing to put the signature Glee fun into it. Not only that, but they showed the guys seeing it from and accepting the girls' point of view too - the best of both worlds. It was one of the most fun 1 hour of television I have ever experienced. This episode's effect on audiences shows how Glee is a game-changer in the world of television. It is changing the way people view TV and deserves all the merit it gets. It's one of the best and most hard-working shows on TV, and this episode is proof of that.

This special episode is microcosmic of the show's values and for all that it stands for and presents. For Gleeks it is a must, and for everyone else still essential viewing!

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