Maharishi's Bureau of Budget-Cutting. Sue is reacting to the news that the Cheerios' budget is being cut: "You can't cut my budget without written consent from the President of the Federal Reserve! It's in my contract!" Figgins thinks she can get by with two fewer confetti cannons. Will's also upset, but in that quiet, passive way he has -- Glee Club's budget is being cut by 10%, including funding for transportation to and from events. And then we hear a deep, velvety voice telling us that the cuts are mandated by the school district, which has decided that the way to build up alumni donations is to build a winning football team. That voice does not belong to Mel Tormé (which would have been a real coup for this show, in more ways than one). It's the new football coach, Ms. Shannon Beiste (who I sincerely hope does not seek to wreak her wrathful vengeance on me for misspelling her name in the recaplet). And let's just get this out of the way: this character is not a man in drag, nor is she (to my knowledge) a female-to-male transgendered person. Neither is the actor, a woman named Dot Jones. She's just a big, strong woman. The kind of woman who wins arm-wrestling and weightlifting competitions. The kind of woman who, due to Hollywood's short-sightedness, is always called on to play big scary women who are supposed to make men feel emasculated (women who are often just known as "nurse" or "prison guard." Although I'm pleased to see that she played a character named "Skittlez" on two episodes of Prison Break). Anyway, back to the scene at hand. Sue asks who this newcomer is and Ms. Beiste introduces herself.
Episode Report CardLTG: B+ | 1835 USERS: B-
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