Sue, as she is prone to do, is a total buzzkill. She says they don’t need
an Eddie, since she wrote that part out, but they do need a Frank N. Furter.
Dr. Carl, though, thinks that while he likes to get his “freak on” wearing the
bustier in the privacy of his own home, doing it on stage in a high school show
is “inappropriate.” At least Eddie, he points out, doesn’t have to grind
against the other characters.
Will starts getting into a bit of a pissing contest with
Carl over not directing his show for him. But then Mercedes steps in and says she’d like to be Frank N. Furter. Like
the script itself says, “Don’t dream it, be it.” She’s dreamed of doing a lead
part, so why not let her have the role.
BTW, even though this means the sweet transvestite is now
being played by a woman, I totally approve of this casting. To me, it’s very
much in keeping with the spirit of not only of the movie, with it’s “don’t
dream it, be it” message, but also the spirit of the cult screenings, with the people
who showed up in costume doing lines of dialogue and put that “be it” message
rehearsal. The kids are getting all diva-ish about their clothes. Finn
requests permission to keep his clothes on for now and do the tighty whiteys on
opening night. Sam, finally in the gold lamé shorts, asks if he could instead wear board shorts.
The lamé is so tight,
he’s worried people can see some “nuttage.” I’d say they might also see some
“weenage,” and maybe even some “prostateage,” not that I’m complaining. Will
tells them there’s no time for changes right now, and they just need to keep
Mercedes comes in as Frank N. Furter and does “Sweet
Transvestite” and she just kills it. Which is why it also just kills me – kills
me! – that they changed the lyrics and switched out “transsexual Transylvania”
for “sin-sational Transylvania.” Even with the
explanation we’re given earlier of having to tame down the show’s content for
the school setting, I’m baffled why this particular word would be an issue.
(And if this is a cut that was required by the network, I’m certainly baffled
why it’s okay to say “tranny” but not “transsexual.”)
Just when Mercedes finishes, leaving us shivering with
antici – say it! – patience, Dr. Carl, as Eddie, crashes through on his
motorcycle. Will chastises him for entering two acts too earle, claiming he’s
supposed to crash through in the dinner scene, which, not to get all
comic-book-guy about it, but … no. Just … no. In the movie, he’s dead at the
dinner party scene, so there’s no way that’s supposed to be when he enters.
Will takes Carl’s bad entrance as an opportunity to approach Emma and tell
her he thinks Carl isn’t working out. Emma says she thought he was perfect, so
Will bolsters his argument by saying he now agrees with her, that some of these
parts are too adult. She totally agrees, mentioning how uncomfortable Sam
seemed in his outfit.
Will agrees too! So much so that he’s now going to humbly
take the part of Rocky himself and spare Sam the embarrassment. What a great
guy, huh? Because a teacher dancing on stage in nuttage-showing shorts is
Will says he needs Emma’s help rehearsing the part,
particularly with the “Touch-a, Touch Me” number. She agrees, apparently not
finding it strange that he needs help with a song where the only thing he
really has to do is say “creature of the night” while grinding his crotch into
But it gives an excuse to give us “Touch-a, Touch Me”
this episode, which I approve of, although I have serious mixed feelings with
the results. This is one of my favorite songs in the movie, and I think it’s
inclusion in this episode evidences one of the things Glee does at its best – taking familiar songs out of context as a
way of showing us interesting sides to the characters on the show.