Grilled Cheesus episode of Glee gets mixed reviews

by Derrick Johnson on October 6, 2010

Last week saw the hit Fox show Glee take a lighthearted stroll down memory lane with an homage to Britney Spears, but last night’s episode took a serious turn. The episode tackled a number of religious issues after Finn discovers the image of Christ in a grilled cheese (or Grilled Cheesus), and Kurt’s dad Burt suffers a heart attack.

Despite the weighty subject matter and potential for a memorable episode, The Atlantic reports that some experts say the episode largely fell flat due to some questionable song choices. The comedy that has come to typify the Emmy-award winning show was also lacking.

After Finn announces he has seen the face of Jesus in his sandwich, and Kurt’s father is hospitalized, the group tries to reach out to him through spiritual songs. However, Kurt reveals himself to be an atheist and takes issues with Mercedes’ rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Turn to You.”

Cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester also has an issue with the fact that the glee club sings religious songs in a public school setting.

Finn experiences some doubt when guidance counselor Emma tells him that his prayers may not have been answered by the sandwich, but rather by a string of coincidences – the resulting song made Kevin Fallon cringe.

“I definitely laughed out loud at the mortal sins being done two modern classics. Mark Salling’s [Puck] some computer’s rendition of ‘Only the Good Die Young’ and Cory Monteith’s [Finn] ‘Losing My Religion’ defined disaster,” Fallon wrote for the publication.

Although Kurt asked his friends to keep their prayers to themselves, it did not stop Rachel from singing Barbara Streisand’s “Papa Can You Hear Me.” Kurt finally loosens his stringent atheism and allows his friends to pray for his father, who begins to regain consciousness at the end of the episode.

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