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Glee Episode: "Grilled Cheesus"

Season 2, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: Finn has an existential crisis when he sees the face of Jesus in a grilled-cheese sandwich, or thinks he does. Meanwhile, the glee kids engage in a theological discussion after rallying around Kurt when he faces a crisis of his own.
Original Air Date: Oct 5, 2010
Guest Cast Romy Rosemont: Carole Hudson
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Season 2, Episode 3
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Length: 43:39
Aired: 10/5/2010
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Glee Episode Recap: "Grilled Cheesus" Season 2, Episode 3

In this week's episode, Glee takes on religion after Finn sees the face of Jesus in his grilled-cheese sandwich. Meanwhile, New Directions offers their support to Kurt via song — and prayer — when his father has a heart attack.

The episode opens on newly reinstated football jock Finn making a sandwich on his George Foreman grill. However, he's reluctant to eat the half that has Jesus on it. Yup, that's right, the face of Jesus appears on his grilled cheese. Finn decides to pray to the Grilled Cheesus, asking Him to help the team win their football game, and in exchange he'll honor "his cheesy lord" at glee club that week.

Elsewhere, Kurt brings his father a healthy breakfast at his garage. (Foreshadowing!) Burt insists that Kurt join him for a Friday-night dinners with Carol and Finn, but he resists. The conversation ends with Burt telling Kurt he's very disappointed in him.

Everyone at glee is confused when Finn says he has an announcement to make. Though Puck thinks maybe he's gay, the new man in his life is actually Jesus Christ, and he thinks they should all sing about it. The club is split: Kurt says he doesn't go to any church, since they usually don't hold gays, women or science in high esteem. But Mercedes and Quinn are down with Finn's sentiment.

Puck reveals he's a Jew for Jesus, though he doesn't think anyone should use Jesus to cramp anyone else's style. Continuing his streak of only singing songs by Jewish artists, Puck grabs his guitar and sings "Only the Good Die Young" by Billy Joel.

Back at the garage, Burt collapses after suffering a heart attack. In a sequence that gives me goose bumps, Emma and Will bust into Kurt's French class to retrieve him. Burt's still unconscious when Kurt gets to the hospital. The doctors have no idea when he'll wake up, if ever. Kurt holds his father's hand and pleads with him to squeeze back, but Burt is unable to return the gesture.

At glee club, Finn snaps at Kurt for not telling him about Burt's heart attack. He tries to convey that Burt is like family, but Kurt is not interested. Meanwhile, Mercedes decides the only way she can support Kurt is by singing "I Look to You" by Whitney Houston. Quinn and Tina sing back-up on the spiritual track. Kurt thanks them for the song, but tells them it doesn't mean anything to him because he doesn't believe in God.

Sue finds out about glee's spirituality-focused assignment and hauls Will into the principal's office. "If your kids want to praise Jesus in class, I suggest they enroll at Sweet Holy Mother of God Academy on I Love Jesus Street, but not here," she says.

Again, Finn prays to Grilled Cheesus, this time for something even less noble: He wants to touch Rachel's boobs. Later, Rachel drops by because she's concerned about Finn's sudden piety. She hints that she won't have sex until she's 25 and that she wants her children raised in the Jewish faith. Finn dopily agrees, but only because he thinks it might lead to some over-the-clothes action between the pair. And it does. Praise Cheesus!

Sue encourages Kurt to file an official complaint against Will for not keeping church and state separate at school. Emma confronts Sue about her meddling, explaining that the glee club is just trying to give Kurt some comfort during this horrible time. When Emma asks what horrible thing happened to Sue to make her such a tyrant, Sue explains that her one hero was her big sister. Growing up, she noticed that people bullied her, so she prayed for things to change, but nothing ever did. Ergo, she doesn't believe in God.

Kurt follows Sue's lead, so the glee club can't sing about God or religion, much to their chagrin. "Last week we were too sexy; this week we're too religious," says Tina. "We can't win."

Finn prays to the cheesy Lord one last time in hopes of regaining his quarterback position on the football team. Puck sees him kneeling in front of his sandwich and reveals that he went to temple with his nana and prayed for Kurt's dad, which spawns a look of guilt on Finn's face. Has he even prayed for Burt at this point?

Rachel, who was upset that she couldn't sing her spiritual song at glee, drags Finn to a moonlit park so she can sing Barbra Streisand's "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" from the movie Yentl. That scene segues into one of Quinn, Mercedes, Finn and Rachel at Burt's bedside, singing their well wishes to him, as Kurt looks on from the hallway. Following the song, Kurt rushes in, upset, because he doesn't want their prayers.

At glee, Kurt wants to express himself and sings the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand," explaining that his father was there to squeeze his hand when his mother died. The performance is paired with a sweet flashback montage of Kurt and Burt. Bravo, Chris Colfer! This was an amazing number. (Sidenote: That kid was a total mini-Colfer, no?)

Later that day, Mercedes approaches Kurt, saying that she doesn't know how to be around him during this time because of his inability to connect to the spiritual world. He apologizes for pushing his friends away. She hopes that he'll come with her to church, where they will be dedicating their worship to Burt. She convinces him by telling him he can wear a "fabulous hat."

When Finn changes the play on the field mid-huddle during their next football game, Sam gets pummeled and dislocates his shoulder, meaning that Finn gets to be quarterback again.

Finn later confesses to Emma that it's his fault Sam got hurt because he asked Grilled Cheesus to be quarterback again. Emma explains that God didn't make these things happen, so Finn shouldn't feel guilty. Finn is disappointed that his sandwich-based connection to the Almighty is not, well, real. So he sings R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion," which is a little too on the nose, especially when he finishes the song and announces that he's having doubts about his faith.

Kurt, in a fabulous hat, goes with Mercedes to church. She asks her congregation to pray for the Hummels. Hoping that Kurt may finally find religion, she sings Aretha Franklin's version of Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

Then we see Sue on another visit to see her sister, who tells Sue that she believes in God and doesn't think that He makes mistakes. She also says that she'll pray for Sue.

Back at the hospital, Kurt speaks to his dad, who is still unconscious. He recalls their first Friday-night dinner after the death of Kurt's mother, when they cracked up over Burt's failed attempt to cook a chicken. Though he may not believe in God, Kurt says he believes in their family. The hand squeeze is finally returned by Burt as New Directions closes the episode with Joan Osborne's "One of Us."

In the end, Finn eats Grilled Cheesus. Um, Finn, that sandwich is a week old.

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In this week's episode, Glee takes on religion after Finn sees the face of Jesus in his grilled-cheese sandwich. Meanwhile, New Directions offers their support to Kurt via song — and prayer — when his father has a heart attack.

The episode opens on newly reinstated football jock Finn making a sandwich on his George Foreman grill. However, he's reluctant to eat the half that has Jesus on it. Yup, that's right, the face of Jesus appears on his grilled cheese. Finn decides to pray to the Grilled Cheesus, asking Him to help the team win their football game, and in exchange he'll honor "his cheesy lord" at glee club that week.

Elsewhere, Kurt brings his father a healthy breakfast at his garage. (Foreshadowing!) Burt insists that Kurt join him for a Friday-night dinners with Carol and Finn, but he resists. The conversation ends with Burt telling Kurt he's very disappointed in him.

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