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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.


Ryan Murphy


Ryan Murphy (created by), Brad Falchuk (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dianna Agron ... Quinn Fabray
Chris Colfer ... Kurt Hummel
Jessalyn Gilsig ... Terri Schuester (credit only)
Jane Lynch ... Sue Sylvester
Jayma Mays ... Emma Pillsbury
Kevin McHale ... Artie Abrams
Lea Michele ... Rachel Berry
Cory Monteith ... Finn Hudson
Matthew Morrison ... Will Schuester
Amber Riley ... Mercedes Jones
Mark Salling ... Noah 'Puck' Puckerman
Jenna Ushkowitz ... Tina Cohen-Chang
Jonathan Groff ... Jesse St. James
Iqbal Theba ... Principal Figgins
Naya Rivera ... Santana Lopez


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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Release Date:

20 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Brochures in Emma Pilsbury's office: (1) Loose, (2) Toxic Shock, (3) Congratulations You're Pregnant, (4) Do I Have Asperger's, (5) RADON: The Silent [Killer], (6) YUK! My Privates, (7) My Mom's Bipolar and She Won't Stop Yelling!, (8) Proper Wiping Easy as 1-2-3, (9) Why is there Blood, (10) Autism The..., (11) I Still Breastfeed...But How Old Is Too Old, and (12) Help! I'm In Love With My Stepdad!. See more »


Film is flipped briefly during the "Ray of Light" dance performance. During a close-up of high kicks, look for graphics that are reversed on the wall signs. See more »


Will Schuester: Where have you been? I have been calling you all weekend.
Emma Pillsbury: I was kind of embarrassed. I really wanted to go through with it, Will. You were so gracious and gentle and... handsome, and it felt so good to be close to you in that way. I just... I don't know why I always freak out that like that.
Will Schuester: Stop. Stop, stop, stop. You don't need to sleep with me to prove anything. You took ownership of your body on Friday when you told yourself you weren't ready... and then ran out of my apartment with no ...
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Referenced in The Cleveland Show: Little Man on Campus (2010) See more »


Burning Up
Written and Performed by Madonna
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"The Power of Madonna" is a wonderful "Glee" tribute to The Material Girl
12 October 2010 | by tavmSee 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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