Teacher's Lounge. Sue confidently struts in from the hall, as is her wont, only to be smacked in the face by a series of garish, slow-motion, fish-eye lens close-ups of each and every one of her colleagues howling with laughter -- at her! "This is not happening!" Sue voiceovers to herself in a desperate panic. "The cruel, slow-motion laughter is just your imagination," the little voice inside her head continues. "You're Sue Sylvester -- legend! They're not laughing at you because of your 'Physical' video. Just calmly pour yourself a cup of joe and focus." But what's this? That smell! It's... it's coffee! An odor that's "usually masked by the smell of fear"! And as one of her especially big-boned coworkers mockingly grinds his rhythmically gelatinous way towards her, Sue realizes, "Sweet merciful Lord, this is happening! You're being laughed at in slow-motion by a roomful of inferiors whom you used to terrify!" Speaking of inferiors... Molly Shannon, who'd been off to the side examining the contents of the lounge refrigerator, slams shut the door to sidle on over and say hello, much to Sue's obvious disgust, which is about the only tolerable part of the introduction that follows. Long story short, Molly Shannon's playing "Brenda Castle," a teacher who just transferred from Fort Wayne because Indiana kicked her out of the state over a drug problem that somehow ended up involving her students. "I saw your video," Molly Shannon confides before bursting into a fit of giggles, "and you, my friend, are an embarrassment!" "And that's me talking!" Molly Shannon adds to emphasize Sue's brutal humiliation before joining the others in the lounge in yet another round of garish, slow-motion, fish-eye lens close-ups that by now are all but demanding an appropriately hysterical Piper Laurie voiceover to accompany them. Sue flees.
Episode Report CardDemian: B+ | 1983 USERS: B-
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