Glee turned spiritual Tuesday night in an episode aptly named “Grilled Cheesus.”
The episode kicked off on a comedic note with Finn (Cory Monteith) accidentally burning his grilled cheese sandwich and seeing Jesus’s likeness in the burnt bread. Finn, being Finn, starts praying to the sandwich for things like a win on the football field and a chance to touch his girlfriend Rachel’s boobs.
The crux of the show, however, focused on the glee club kids grappling with spirituality after Kurt’s father, Burt Hummel (Mike O’Malley), has a heart attack and loses consciousness. Kurt (Chris Colfer) declares, “I don’t believe in God,” and copes with his grief with a heartbreaking version of the Beatles tune “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”
The rest of the cast gets in touch with their spiritual sides in their own unique ways: Puck (Mark Salling) channels Billy Joel with the hit “Only the Good Die Young,” while Rachel (Lea Michele) takes a cue from Barbra Streisand in Yentl to sing “Papa, Can You Hear Me?”
Mercedes (Amber Riley) sings lead on two songs, a heartfelt version of Whitney Houston’s “I Look to You,” and a rousing rendition of “Bridge over Troubled Water” backed by a gospel choir.
After a whole episode of getting his prayers answered, Finn has a “come to Jesus” moment when the school quarterback is injured during a game, allowing him to reclaim his position on the field. He got what he prayed for, but not the way he expected. To express his disillusionment Finn sings – what else? – R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion.”
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