A much better episode this week, and probably one of the best episodes of the season.
I love the Glee finally decided to be a comedy again. The scene with the news anchor at the beginning of the episode was hilarious, but also was able to point out how ridiculous the whole doping scandal plot truly is. Hopefully they never speak of it again.
If there was one thing that didn't work for me this episode, it was the nudity plot with Rachel. It hit some good beats (Kurt's startled reaction to Brody's nudity, Santana and Quinn giving Rachel a pep talk, etc.), but the part that didn't work for me was the scene between 'old Rachel' and 'new Rachel'. A good idea in theory, but something about it just didn't work for me in its execution.
I really wish that they would drop the whole 'Tina loves Blaine' story. I was hoping that it had been played out after last week, but it looks like the writers are going to continue running the character of Tina into the ground until she graduates at the end of the season.
Can Schuester just stay off the show forever? Seriously, Finn is so much better, and it's nice to finally see some decent character development for him. I loved his interactions with Sue, and his scene with Artie was great in the way that Glee used to be back in Season One.
Jake and Marley finally won me over. Some of it was fairly cheesy, but I think this is the most convincing romance plot that the show has done since Rachel and Finn. I keep wondering if Ryder will ever come back into the equation. I find it hard to believe that a High School boy would give up so easily.
Sam getting the lowest SAT score in the history of the school was interesting. The character has never come off as overly stupid to me, although he's mentioned before that he has dyslexia, so it seems semi-plausible.
I was hoping that someone would make a comment on how absurd it is that a group of minors would be able to pose semi-nude for a Calendar and distribute it through the halls of McKinley, but I suppose that more unrealistic things have happened on Glee.
The song selection was all top-notch this episode. I loved the ending song, it felt like a classic group number from the first season - no fancy costumes, no elaborate choreography, just a couple of High School kids messing around in the auditorium. The trio on Love Song that Rachel, Quinn and Santana sang was probably the high-point of that story. The love songs that Jake and Marley sang to each other didn't make me want to gag, and as cheesy as it may have been, the mash up of Getting Hot in Here and Centerfold was a lot of fun.
A nice return to form, let's hope that they can keep it up for the rest of the season.
I thought 'The Winner' was the best show in between the Sunday cartoons since Arrested Development was moved all over the map by Fox. It's possible it was just a one trick pony, but I've been sick of King of the Hill for eons now.