We didn’t need another Britney Spears tribute episode, but we got it anyways. The kids exhausted her best songs, in my opinion, for the first one which left this one just feeling like an unnecessary sequel, which it was.
Brittany faces a teen life crisis, while Rachel and Kurt adjust to living on their own in New York.
Kurt and Rachel somehow find a pretty big loft apartment, and Rachel tells Kurt about her tough dance teacher Cassie. So Cassie was a Broadway babe until she had a meltdown on stage, caught by video phone of course. Her career ended and since then she’s been giving cupcakes like Rachel a hard time.
Cassie doesn’t think that Berry has the chops, or body, to pull of sexy but Rachel is determined to show her she can play Sally Bowles if she wants to. Knowing that the glee club back home is having another Britney week, they use to help Rachel tap into her sexiness–words I never want to write again.
Her performance with Brody goes well, for him, with Cassie giving her new friend all the attention. Rachel lashes out, calling Cassie a “YouTube joke,” and she gets kicked out of class. Later, Brody stops by their apartment to drop off a flower and tell Rachel that she really enjoyed dancing with her. They almost kiss, but uh, what about Finn?
At McKinley, Brittany can’t get her voice over right, and on top of that she’s failing all her classes. That doesn’t matter much to her as she is happy to get to do her Senior year again, but Sue kicks her off the Cheerios and takes away her high pony tail. This sends Brittany into a downward spiral, eating nothing but bacon and cashews all day while watching reruns of ‘The Client List.’
Mr. Schue has her talk to Emma on a daily basis, and encourages the other kids to help her feel better by performing some Britney songs. Brittany’s life started to mirror Britney’s a bit too much, she started to shave her head at one point, and not even a pep talk with her former girlfriend Santana could cheer her up. Sam figures out whats up, and tells her she doesn’t have to continue her fake downfall because she does have a friend in him. I like how Sam is stepping up sort of play the role that Finn did his three years in the club, the shoulder to cry on. Except he’s doing a much better job.
New girl Marley learns that Jake is nothing but a player from Unique, but that doesn’t stop her form crushing hard for him. This sounds familiar. She goes out with him anyways, and he reveals that he was bullied at his old school. He even sticks up for her when the popular kids pick on Marley and her mom again.
Will reaches out to Puck, Jake’s half brother, for some advice on how to handle him. I kind of missed Puck’s mohawk, but I’m sure Mark Salling is ready to grow his damn hair back. Just like the the club helped him to calm down, a bit, he says the same thing could help Jake. So Will officially welcomes Jake into New Directions but it already seems like he doesn’t quite fit in. He’ll be even more uncomfortable being around Marley all the time, knowing her feelings for him even though he just started dating cheerleader Kitty. Seriously, haven’t we done this before?
“Hold It Against Me” sung by Brittany, Kitty and the Cheerios. Spears’ big comeback single was the start of things going downhill for Pierce. Numbers featuring the cheerleaders are generally pretty good but Sue wasn’t having it. So Brittany is off the team, for now.
“Boys/Boyfriend” sung by Artie and Blaine. I love hearing Artie/Kevin sing, with Finn off in the Army he can finally have his time to shine. Okay, he didn’t really shine with this mash-up of that last of Britney’s Neptunes produced singles and Justin Bieber‘s latest, but it surprisingly wasn’t that bad.
“Womanizer” sung by Unique, Tina and Marley. Unique is trying to do right by Marley and let’s her know that Jake is romancing all the ladies around school. I actually really love this Britney song and they did a good job with it. I also liked the gymnastics inspired choreography, probably a nod to the Olympics. God, I’m getting sucked in again.
“3” sung by Tina, Sam and Joe. This songs is about a threesome, in case you didn’t know. Again, not bad, just not all that great either.
“Crazy/(You Drive Me) Crazy” sung by Jake and Marley. Another mash-up, Jake isn’t all that into Britney, but he does know a little Aerosmith. Jake seems to take his acoustic guitar everywhere, just like Puck did, and it works when it comes to picking up chicks. Just like it did for Puck.
“Oops…I Did It Again” sung by Rachel. Trying to prove that she can be sexy, Rachel enlists her classmates and Brody for this steamy take on one of Britney’s best known songs. I think she would have done better ripping off a suit to expose a a sheer bodysuit. I mean hey, it worked for Britney.
“Gimme More” sung by Brittany and New Directions. Echoing Spear’s infamous VMA performance, Brittany gets the club into trouble by daring to lip sync and falling all over herself with, bag of Cheetos in hand.
“Everytime” sung by Marley. This weepy ballad closed the show as Marley had to let Jake and everyone know about her feelings. I hope we don’t get more of this. It’s really depressing, mmmkay?