I think I kind of love that "Mash-Off" was a bullying episode that snuck up on us. With both the Troubletones and New Directions heading to Nationals, things were becoming quite heated between the students, particularly Finn and Santana. On a bigger scale, Sue was stoking that aggression fire as she pummeled Burt with some outrageous TV ads. The whole thing had a very mean spirit about it underneath the usual breeziness. It was against that backdrop that the first annual McKinley High Mash-Off occurred and Santana's life changed.
Meanwhile, the "very charming and surprisingly sweet" Puck declared his love for Shelby but sort of straddled the fence by implying to Quinn that he was still on board with the whole steal-Beth-from-Shelby plan. And while we cleared up the issue of his age (18, so it wouldn't be illegal), Shelby was right that at the very least she'd get canned for messing around with Puck. But to be honest, I can see how hard it would be to withstand the full-scale onslaught of Pucktasticness, like the seemingly un-rebuttable argument for why they should be together: "You're hot. I'm hot. Beth needs a father." He even went so far as to reveal Quinn's plans to sick Child Protective Services on the single mother. Yet again, Puck had the perfect amount of edge and sweetness. Read More...http://tvrecaps.ew.com/recap/glee-season-3-episode-6-mash-off/