Glee Round Table: "The Break Up"

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We've had a few days to dry our tears after Thursday night's break-up centered episode of Glee. Our hearts will go on, right?

Join our Round Table panel of experts - TV Fanatic readers Suzanne Davis and Suzanne Brown, TV Fanatic staff members Leigh Raines and Miranda Wicker, and Maria Julia Nevis from GleekDail - -as we break down "The Break Up" and look toward the show's return on November 8. Sound off below with your answers to this week's questions...


What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Suzanne D: My favorite scene was Rachel singing the duet while Flynn watched. His face was just fantastically sad and confused.

Suzanne B: The best scene was Blaine showing up, forcing them to figure stuff out. And the breakup scene had gorgeous NY background and lighting. No Doubt's "Don't Speak" was a perfect song choice for that scene.

Leigh: I think this was the best episode of the season. The final scene with everyone and the flashbacks was beautiful.

Miranda: This WAS the best episode of the season, Leigh. It even eclipses almost every episode from season 3. So I'm going with I loved ALL of it equally except for the left behind scene at Breadsticks. That was way too much setup just for Brittany to say how she felt.

Maria: Definitely the Finchel scene in the auditorium. The parallel of this place being where they had their first date in the very beginning of the show, where he proposed to her in season 3, and where she broke up with him is great. Also, Lea Michele's acting in this particular scene was phenomenal.

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What was your favorite song?
Suzanne D: I liked EVERY song, which is saying a lot since I hate Coldplay. "Teenage Dream" is one of my all time favorites (I bought the Warbler's version on iTunes) but I think I made a sound out loud at "Don't Speak." It pretty much DEFINED all my breakups in high school.

Suzanne B: Blaine's "Teenage Dream" reprise is my favorite song. The Warblers singing that song seasons ago gave me Glee fever and Blaine's solo is so memorable.

Leigh: In real life "Mine" is my fave, but their rendition of "The Scientist" was amazing. "Nobody said it was easy, no one ever said it would be this hard, oh take me back to the start." -one of my favorite lyrics.

Miranda: "Mine." As Santana was singing it I kept thinking "Damn! Naya Rivera's KILLING IT!" And she did. Close second is "The Scientist" because I love Coldplay and that was such a well-done scene in general.

Maria: Coldplay's "The Scientist" for sure! Everyone singing it while flashbacks of the four couples were showing made me almost tear up to say the least.

Jake mysteriously left Marley standing at her locker. Where did he go?
Suzanne D: I sort of figured he flaked out now that he was single and is going to come back with "Oh I'm just so damaged and emotionally unavailable and I like you soooooo much I don't want to screw this up." If I'm right, do I get paid for writing this show?

Suzanne B: I have no idea why Jake left but I'm so glad he broke up with evil, crazy, left behind Kitty. I'm #teamMarley!

Leigh: Jake had a surge of confidence and then went to silently freak out when it was over. Kitty sucks. The rapture scene was a waste of my time.

Miranda: He did casually mention that he's taking dance lessons. Maybe he also volunteers at homeless shelters during his spare time.

Maria: I would say he went to chase Kitty to explain to her what's going on between them.

Hearts were broken. Which couple will you miss most?
Suzanne D: Blaine and Kurt for sure. Rachel and Flynn have to break up so they can dramatically get back together in the last episode. It's what TV Rachels DO.

Suzanne B: I think I'll miss Blaine and Kurt. They were cute together and I loved that Glee made a gay couple cute and normal and real.

Leigh: Tie between Finn and Rachel and Kurt and Blaine. I feel attached to both storylines.

Miranda: There's a lot of Blaine and Kurt love in this room right now. Like I said in the review, that's the couple I'm pulling for.

Maria: As much as I love all the couples, Brittana will be the one I'll be missing the most.

What are you hoping for when the show returns in November?
Suzanne D: More awesome songs. Lots of Grease mash-ups. Puck to come back. And more New York with newly unencumbered Rachel.

Suzanne B: I didn't think Rachel and Finn would make it. I'm interested to see how they incorporate Finn in the show though with them not together and where Rachel and Brody go.

Leigh: Grease is the word :)

Miranda: Grease IS the word, Leigh. It's got groove! it's got meaning! I hope we get more Puck, definitely, but I'm also excited to see Blake Jenner, winner of season 2 of The Glee Project, make his debut. He was pretty talented and not bad to look at, so I hope they do good things with him.

Maria: I hope to see how Rachel and Kurt will be in NYC after the break-ups, what's going to happen with Will and Emma and with Brittana as well, and what Finn is going to do with his future. In Lima, I'd like to see more of Jake and Marley's relationship, and Blaine and Sam's friendship. I'm also looking forward to Mike, Mercedes and Quinn's return! And as a big fan of the musical, I'm very excited to see the Grease tribute too.


1/ Favorite scene: All those involving the "old" cast. They killed every one of them. 2/ favorite song: this one's hard. I can't choose, because for once, each song was a perfect fit to the scene it was used in, and so much emotion was conveyed! 3/ Jake and Marley: Seriously, this episode was so emotional that I couldn't have cared less about the new characters. 4/ Couple I'll miss most: Kurt and Blaine. Theirs was the only loving, supportive, honest and healthy relationship on the show. It was a great model for young couples, straight or gay. 5/ Looking forward to: character development! I want to see Rachel and Kurt grow into adulthood by themselves (plea to the writers: DO NOT throw them into someone else's arms right now, let them enjoy independence!). I want to have Blaine's backstory, not only on the cheating but also on how he became so desperate. I want Tina to shine. And i want the writers to let the new cast grow on us step by step, not shove them down our throat.


Favorite song : when finn was with the rest of the nd's at mckinely.that was the least sad part.
Fave song: the scientist.don't speak
Don't care where he went
I will miss klaine and brittana


Sorry but these people reviewing really dont know what they are talking about. Teenage Dream was sad and awkward to watch. Finchel breaking up was expected and redundant. And Blaine cheated! So ppl need to be mad at him for that. And we can't excuse that he felt lonely because Brittany's going through the same thing and she didn't cheated!

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Finchel n wemma on teh other hand was over them two seasons ago. i felt they were forced characters for the show and served no more purpose in the new format. i hope that the writers used these break-ups (unsure of wemma's dtr) to further the show n not make the mistake that the other shows are at the moment by being stuck in the past and cycle. rachel has broken free of season 1 let her embrace and move forward! finn, let him become the the new will. wemma make them have a purpose again and not sideshows and egotistical extras.

Drea xoxo

klaine best rendition of teenage dream sorry ms perry but they made me forget it was even your song!! the emotion felt i couldn't stop crying and ofc had to go n purchase the song!! n brittana scene too, again i forgot original, but still like both versions. santana's version made me hear the words more and understand the story. hopefully they'll both get back. best episode since season 2 tbh


I didn't see the episode on Thursday of Glee the break up. I don't have that channel.
I heard that the Break up scene was really sad.
Rachele must have wanted Finn back so badly.
Kurt must have wanted Blaine back really badly too.
When Blaine sang the Teenage Dream song so emotionaly to Kurt at Nayada I thought he was really feeling regret and sadness for his big mistake. Your a big star Blaine and Rachele remember that. You shine like a big stars in my heart.
Hope you will find a way to be happy together.
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Miranda wicker

Hey, y'all. Simmer down. In the day of autocorrect, the name thing is an obvious mistake. And if you have to lash out at people, lash out at me for not seeing and fixing it before this was published.


Yes, it was a very well written episode. It was also incredibly sad. Mr. Murphy decided that no high school romances ever last, which is completely untrue. Some of the happiest couples I know have been lovers and best friends since high school. But he obviously wanted to wipe the slate clean, as far as relationships go(including perhaps, even Will and Emma). Look, I know there is a lot of s*** in the world. I certainly have my fair share to deal with on a daily basis. But I don't need Glee to bring me down even further. So I'm going to follow RM's lead. It's time for a change, as in change the channel. I know that means I'll miss Brody and Rachel jumping in the sack together (should happen within a couple of episodes), but I'm sure I'll get over it.


One of the best Glee episodes ever, and certainly the best of season 4 sofar. The fact that the newbies got so little screen time.... AWESOME
1. Favorite scene: Rachel break-up monologue with Finn. I'm not a Finchel fan but that was so painfull to watch. Lea Michele at her best. 2. Favorite song: I have 3: Give Your Heart A Break, Mine and The Scientist. 3. Don't care where he went and if he, Marley, Kitty, Ryder can disappear for the rest of season 4 that would be a added bonus. 4. I will miss Brittana the most. I think out of the 4 couples that broke up they are likely to reunite the soonest. Klaine, I dunno I'm just so angry at Blaine for doing that to Kurt. Won't miss Finchel or Wemma tbh. 5. Looking forward to Tina finally getting her opportunity to shine. And definately looking forward to Quinn's return and more on the NYC storyline.


Best episode for a long time. I most enjoyed the break up scenes in New York with the song 'Don't speak'; this was also my favourite song on this episode. What i didn't like about this episode is the fact they are going to do Grease. I hate it. Why cant they do a good musical like Miss Saigon. Then again they always go for the rubbish happy musicals like grease.

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Glee Season 4 Episode 4 Quotes

I'm gonna take this down to the park and watch drug deals go down.


Brittany: Ah, young love.
Blaine: Do you remember when you started dating Santana and I started dating Kurt back before everyone was so busy and far away and things were so much simpler? We had so much more hope and innocence. Every day was just like Valentine's Day.
Brittany: We're still young. Shouldn't we still be experiencing those things?

Glee Season 4 Episode 4 Music

  Song Artist
Teenage dream 1 Teenage Dream Glee Cast iTunes
Glee cast barely breathing Barely Breathing Glee Cast iTunes
Glee cast give your heart a break Give Your Heart A Break Glee Cast iTunes