Glee: Season 3, Episode 11

Michael (31 Jan. 2012)

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The rivalry between New Directions and the Warblers intensifies en route to Regionals. Kurt and Rachel receive news about NYADA.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sue Sylvester (credit only)
Emma Pillsbury (credit only)


In a special episode celebrating the music of Michael Jackson, the rivalry between New Directions and the Warblers intensifies en route to Regionals. Meanwhile, Kurt and Rachel receive news regarding their admissions process at NYADA, and things continue to heat up between Sam and Mercedes. Written by Fox Publicity

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical




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31 January 2012 (USA)  »

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This episode was originally scheduled to air on January 24th, 2012, however it it was pushed back to January 31st, 2012 due to the State of the Union address. See more »


During the song 'Smooth Criminal' Sebastian's hand movements change between shots and are repeated as he makes gestures in the background towards Santana. See more »


References Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) See more »


Written by Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
Performed by Kevin McHale and Harry Shum Jr.
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Possibly one of the best tributes out there with superb covers but did they really know wwmjd?
16 February 2014 | by (bolton, manchester, england) – See all my reviews

WWMJD= What would Michael Jackson Do

I don't know how much of a Glee fan I could really say I am to be honest. I do watch the show and in a time when cover versions feel bland, all the same and too much like the original I am supportive of Glee for now and then doing something different. Episodes involving mash-ups and their famous renditions of Journey's Don't Stop Believing all being great examples of this. Plus also as someone who is a strong supporter of diversity acceptance and equal rights I do think the show does convert a lot of positive messages for these subjects.

But I am I near life long Michael Jackson fan without a doubt. As far as the first three seasons goes to date I have seen all episodes where they had covered his songs and I would say that this is the best one. Yet, for the kind of messages Michael would sometimes try to convey in his music... I don't think I would say this was the most fitting tribute to the man himself.

There was a episode during the second season which may have been their first attempt at a Michael Jackson tribute where two rival clubs, being the Glee club and the school's American Football team would in attempt to break an ongoing feud by performing Thriller during a half time show (inspired by the Prison youtube video). Although Thriller may not have been a song Michael would have used for this they succeed in bringing the clubs together, motivating other characters to overcome their troubles and more.

This full on tribute does succeed in being a excellent tribute to Michael Jackson, there is no references to how he died, the controversy surrounding his personal life or him with young boys. For me as a Michael Jackson fan (who was never convinced any of that controversy was true) I can appreciate this. The covers of his songs where well done, most of the song choices reflected the character's situation or that moment in time. If anything it shows the kind of legacy and impact he has had and left behind on people.

But there is part of me that thinks they didn't convey his messages in the same way they had the previous season in the Thriller episode.

(Spoilers): Much like that episode this involves two rival Glee clubs arguing over who can perform his songs in a upcoming competition. Although their use of Black or White at the end of the episode did reflect on whether the other club understood Michael, I am not sure giving in to pressure like that would have been what Michael Jackson would have done (Ok yes he did give into difficult problems of his own before but would reflecting on that really be the best way to pay tribute?) When they where saying about how he would have taken a stand part way into the episode, I think the only way his message remained by them giving in was that he wouldn't have let it go that far to begin with. (This has been hard to put into words so if it doesn't make sense I'm sorry. (End of spoilers))

But however they still succeed in paying probably one best Michael Jackson tributes that i have seen yet. Even if you hate this show but are a Michael Jackson fan I would urge you to at least give it a try with an open mind.

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