Glee: Season 1, Episode 15

The Power of Madonna (20 Apr. 2010)

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Concerned that the Glee Club girls are being bullied by the guys, Mr. Schuester challenges the kids to choose Madonna songs as their next assignment.

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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 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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Madonna watched an advance copy of the episode before it aired, and then released a statement voicing her approval: "I thought the Madonna episode of Glee (2009) was brilliant on every level. The dialogue and the entire script was genius. I completely appreciated the layers of irony, especially when all those macho boys sang 'What It Feels Like For A Girl.' I also loved the fantastic performances of 'Vogue,' 'Express Yourself' and all the messages about the boys being respectful to girls. The entire cast was amazing. They're all so talented. I especially loved Sue Sylvester and Kurt Hummel's characters. Ryan Murphy did a great job bringing all these elements together. [Madonna's daughter] Lola loved the show too. I wish I went to a high school like that... if only." See more »

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When Santana and Brittany are talking about Santana dating Finn because he's younger, Brittany says that his birthday is three days before Santana's. This would actually make Finn older than Santana. See more »

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Quinn Fabray: Would you please stop talking, you're grossing out my baby.
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Referenced in The Cleveland Show: Little Man on Campus (2010) See more »

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Justify My Love
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Written by Lenny Kravitz and Ingrid Chavez
Additional lyrics by Madonna
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Fun Episode but felt a little forced
31 May 2010 | by (Roanoke, Virginia) – See all my reviews

There was maybe 3 or 4 minutes of this hour that didn't have to do with Madonna. It's like honey. Honey is really good and sweet but too much of it starts to make you feel a little sick.

It also felt that several key parts of the storyline were adjusted just so they could connect it to Madonna. Having 3 virgins suddenly want to have sex just so they could play "Like a Virgin" didn't really fit the flow of the season. Making all the guys act even more like misogynists than usual so they could empower all the girls was kind of offensive as well.

It almost felt like Madonna's agent was standing over their shoulders during this episode, trying to eek out every minute of promotion for his client.

Don't get me wrong, it was still enjoyable. But not up to the usual standards I've come to expect from Glee.


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