'Glee' Recap: Throwdown

Fallout from Principal Figgins's end-of-episode dictate last week is, as you would imagine, immediate, as new Glee co-director Sue Sylvester quickly moves to exploit a readily apparent chink in the club's armor: Will's terrible habit of shunting the minority students into the background in favor of showcasing Rachel and Finn. To that end, she unearths a loophole in the show choir rulebook that allows smaller subsections of eligible teams to perform individual songs at Sectionals, and siphons off Santana Lopez, "Wheels," "Gay Kid," "Asian," "Other Asian," "Aretha," and "Shaft" to form "Sue's Kids." Will, at Terri's urging, retaliates by academically disqualifying nearly all of Sue's Cheerios because, as it turns out, McKinley High's faculty has been socially promoting functionally illiterate cheerleaders for years rather than face Sue Sylvester's considerable wrath.

When Sue responds to this outrage by further poaching Puck and Britney -- he's Jewish, you know, and she's a member of that infamously oppressed minority group known as "the Dutch" -- the co-directors' simmering war of attrition erupts into the titular throwdown between Sue and Will right there in the middle of the auditorium during a Sectionals rehearsal, and all of the kids end up flouncing in disgust, with the football players most awesomely carrying Artie out in his wheelchair. And in the end, it's Sue, oddly enough, who proposes a truce, stepping aside to allow the reconstituted club to proceed without her interference. I'm convinced it's merely a strategic retreat on her part, and next week will find her slowly poisoning the entire ungrateful lot of them with arsenic-laced PowerBars when she's not busily sneaking Nair into their shampoo bottles.

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