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Glee Episode: "Mash Off"

Season 3, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: Sue starts a smear campaign to take down her biggest foe for the congressional seat. Meanwhile, Puck has a crush; and Will and Shelby Corcoran encourage some friendly competition.
Original Air Date: Nov 15, 2011
Guest Cast Idina Menzel: Shelby Corcoran
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Season 3, Episode 6
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Length: 40:24
Aired: 11/15/2011
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Glee Recap: "Mash Off" Season 3, Episode 6

On this week's episode of Glee, the campaign for Congress heats up, and Sue has decided to use her voice in numerous campaign videos to slander her competitor, Burt. Her methods will come back to bite her, but more on that later.

New Directions and the Troubletones are at each other's throats, with one side feeling betrayed by another. To ease the tension, and add a friendly sense of competition, Shelby and Will decide to create the first annual McKinley High mash off, where the two groups will go head-to-head. To set an example, Will and Shelby serenade the group with a mashup of Lady Gaga's "You and I" and "You and I" from Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle. (Not high up on my list of favorite Glee songs, but it was nice to hear Shelby finally sing again.)

On the New Directions side of the competition, Finn decides Rory should take the lead on the mashup, an obvious pass-over on Blaine, who truly has been hogging the spotlight a little too much lately. (While I love his and Kurt's storyline, wake me up when he and Finn finally have a full-on blowup.)

On the Troubletones side, Santana has decided that insulting New Directions, namely Finn, will work better than the actual competition. Finn tries, and fails, to turn the tables on her after her many insults insinuating that he's fat, but instead resorts to an off-the-books game of dodgeball to settle the score. After New Directions loses — while both sides sing mashup of Pat Benatar's "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" and Blondie's "One Way or Another" — Santana takes things too far by leading the Troubletones in pelting Rory post-game with the balls.

Mercedes decides she's had enough of Santana's bullying ways, and takes control of the Troubletones by electing herself president of the group. Though Santana promises to kill New Directions with kindness, her apology to Finn is a backhanded barrage of more insults. Finn finally finds her kryptonite, though, and publically outs her in the hallway, calling her a coward for not admitting her feelings for Brittany. (Finn previously showed initial insensitivities towards Kurt, so I'm disappointed that he obviously didn't learn his lesson on this matter.)

All the while, Puck has come to the realization that he's in love with Shelby. (Full disclosure: When they kissed, I nearly swore off Glee, but this pairing is turning into a favorite of mine.) His choice of song — Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher" — is a bit obvious, but through the episode, he shows that he truly cares for her, especially when Quinn sets a new plan in motion to get close to Shelby by asking to join the Troubletones. Puck decides to admit Quinn's original plan of planting evidence and calling child services, which leads to a confrontation where Shelby bans Quinn from ever seeing Beth. (Though based on the promos for next week, that's going to quickly backfire on Shelby.) 

Prior to, Rachel asks Shelby to write a letter of recommendation — not so much write, as sign one Rachel's already penned — for NYADA. When Shelby notes that no one stands a chance against Rachel's impressive resume, Rachel decides to withdraw from the race for senior class president and throw her weight behind Kurt's campaign, which is advocating against bullies.

As for the mashup competition, New Directions sings Hall & Oates' "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" and "You Make My Dreams." Prior to the Troubletones' turn, Sue, Will and Burt call Santana into Sue's office, where Sue regrettably admits that her competition has taken note of her slanderous videos and have made a video exploiting Sue's so-called family values being diminished in light of promoting a lesbian to the head of the Cheerios. Crushed at the realization that she will be forced to come out publically not just to the school, but to the community, Santana takes the fight straight to Finn after the Troubletones perform a mashup of Adele's "Rumor Has It" and "Someone Like You." I can't wait to see the fall-out from the slap heard round the world.

What did you think of Tuesday's episode of Glee? Was Finn out of line? Did Santana take it too far by slapping him?

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On this week's episode of Glee, the campaign for Congress heats up, and Sue has decided to use her voice in numerous campaign videos to slander her competitor, Burt. Her methods will come back to bite her, but more on that later.

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