Glee: Season 2, Episode 5

The Rocky Horror Glee Show (26 Oct. 2010)

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On a jealous impulse, Will decides to stage "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" as the school play, and Sue encourages him for devious reasons.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Terri Schuester (credit only)
Burt Hummel (credit only)
Noah 'Puck' Puckerman (credit only)


Will is stung that Emma's new boyfriend is loosening her up, so to get closer to her he decides to have the club stage "The Rockey Horror Picture Show" as the school play. Sue decides to hang Will and the club out to dry in her weekly "Sue's Corner" TV commentary on opening night, so she encourages the production. There are casting challenges: who will play Frank-N-Furter and Eddie? Finn worries about appearing in his underwear, and Sam is ready to show off his six-pack. Is Will's focus on Emma going to expose his exposed kids to criticism and the club to ruin? Will Sue get her regional Emmy? Written by <>

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The lips in the opening credits belong to Santana, the song she sings also happens to be her first solo. See more »


When Finn as Brad is getting ready to do "Sweet Transvestite" he mentions that he knows he should be in his underwear. In reality he should not be in his underwear till after that song. See more »


Sam Evans: [about keeping to his strict dietary regimen] There's no carpool lane to sexy.
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The title card of this episode, instead of the usual white "glee" logo, is orange for Halloween. See more »


References The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) See more »


Hot Patootie
Music and Lyrics by Richard O'Brien
Performed by John Stamos and Glee Cast
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I couldn't be happier with this "Rocky" tribute!
10 January 2011 | by (United states) – See all my reviews

This was a FANTASTIC episode for Glee! It's actual my second favorite all-time episode of Glee (Next to the Christmas Special). The story tells of, now, egotistic and annoying, Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), is going to put on the school's Spring play to impress his ex-girlfriend, Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays). The episode starts off as the Glee club sings "There's a Light" as Dr. Carl Howell (John Stamos) interrupts the show to tell Will off for trying to steal his girlfriend.

A cut back to earlier that day where Will tells Emma he is going put on the school production. To her surprise, he quickly decides to put on the Rocky Horror Picture Show after hearing how much Emma loved it. (To anyone who didn't know, Jayma Mays (Emma) sang the RHPS song "Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch Me" for her audition for Glee.)

The students are all pleased with the choice in selection, but to Principal Figgins (Iqbal Theba), it is a nightmare. He feels that the show is to risqué and that Schuester will have to modify it for school regulations.

Sue's (Jane Lynch) reaction is mixed and doesn't want Will to put on the play for 2 reasons: 1, it's too risqué. And 2: she hates Will. But when Will decides that he wants Sue to be the Criminologist, she happily green-lights the play. She is confused about doing the play because as a girl, when she and her down-syndrome sister, Jean, went to go see RHPS, the audience threw toast at them because they didn't like a disabled person ruining the fun. When two men in suits (Barry Bostwick and MeatLoaf Adler of the original RHPS movie) tell Sue they'd love to have the show be done, she quickly realizes that the show would be a perfect opportunity to show her power.

All the students of the Glee club are excited about doing the show and really hope it'll be a great experience. When there is confusion whether who is going to be tedious Frank-N-Furter, Mike Chang (Harry Shum Jr.) steps up and offers to play the lead. But when the role of Brad is offered to Finn (Cory Monteith), he is afraid of showing himself in only underwear because he feels he doesn't have the best body to be shown around. When Carl comes in and sings "What Ever Happened to Saturday Night/Hot Patootie," Will quickly offers the role of Eddie to him.

While practicing in the auditorium, Carl isn't sure when his cue is, so Will has to go through it with him. While in the gym of the school, Finn is wondering how Sam (Chord Overstreet) is so physically fit. Sam tells him it's because of lots of exercise and protein. When he helps Finn out in becoming more fit and about a week before the show, Finn takes all his clothes off and goes around the school, much to the students' dismay. Figgins is now informing Schuester that the show much be shut down. but Will tells him that there should be no more problems.

When Sue is watching rehearsal for the show, she tells Will that it is terrible and that it should stop. And when the show can't find a Frank-N-Furter because Mike's parents didn't want him dressing up as a "Tranny," Mercedes (Amber Riley) wants to do it because it is a chance for her to step out of her comfort zone. As Will brings Emma to the auditorium to watch the show, they watch the kids perform "Sweet Transvestite."

After seeing the costume for Rocky, Sam does not want to participate as Rocky and demotes himself to a Transylvanian. Will then becomes Rocky and asks Emma to help him practice for "Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch Me." While being intimate while singing, Brittany (Heather Morris) and Santana (Naya Rivera) are keeping a close watch on Will and Emma and mock them for what they're doing.

The next scene is where the episode first started. As Will is watching the kids rehearse, Carl bursts in and tells Will off for trying to put the moves on his woman. He was informed the night before because Emma and he have a relationship where they tell each other everything so they can be intimate.

The next day, when everyone is in the choir room, Will calls the show off, but says that they aren't going to put on a performance for an audience, they're putting one on for themselves. Everyone is cheered up and the episode ends by everyone singing "Time Warp."

This is a great episode and the performances are great! While it isn't a tribute episode to Rocky Horror, it really has great elements of the movie! The plot isn't great but it is something to be proud of! I loved every minute of the episode and I hope everyone who is a Gleek will enjoy it too! 9/10

Diana Agron (Quinn), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Jessalyn Gilsig (Terri), Kevin McHale (Artie), Lea Michele (Racel), Mike O'Malley (Burt), and Jenna Uskowitz (Tina) also star.

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