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The Power of Madonna 

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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Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical



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20 April 2010 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


When Jesse and Rachel are making out (at around 3 mins), the music playing is from the song "Hello 12, Hello 13, Hello Love" from the musical "A Chorus Line". Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff recorded a version of this song for Glee: Hell-O (2010) but the scene was cut. See more »


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 »


Mercedes Jones: You all just trot me out at the end of every number so I can wail on the last note. How is that okay?
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References Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) See more »


Like a Virgin
Written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly
Performed by Lea Michele, Jonathan Groff, Matthew Morrison,
Jayma Mays, Naya Rivera and Cory Monteith
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"The Power of Madonna" is a wonderful "Glee" tribute to The Material Girl
12 October 2010 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Well, I finally watched the first of the "Glee" theme episodes! In this one, Madonna's music is showcased through the courtesy of Sue Sylvester who decides to have the school intercom filled with her songs for the day though Emma's office is the exception since Sue doesn't think she is sexy enough. Depite her club-mates warnings, Rachel is indeed dating rival glee member Jesse but doesn't want to go all the way with him. When Finn finds out, he agrees to have sex with Santana. And Emma herself decides to give herself to Will...I'll stop there and just say what a wonderful showcase of many of Madge's greatest hits that were compiled for this episode of "Glee"! Especially noteworthy was Sue's tribute video of her "Vogue" in which she changes a few lyrics in which one mentions her and another mentions Will as in "Will Schuester, I hate you!" Kudos for everyone involved. Can't wait to watch another episode...

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