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Now that we here in the States have come out of our turkey-and-stuffing comas, Glee is sending us right back to every glutton's favorite holiday with its Thanksgiving-themed episode. Not sure why this couldn't have been timed to occur last week on the actual holiday, but I'm sure it's baseball's fault.

"Thanksgiving" brought most of the old gang home to mentor the new kids before sectionals, while Rachel and Kurt stayed in New York reminiscing about sectionals.

A Thanksgiving Song
There was a whole bunch of good about tonight's episode, namely that opening number and the return of Puck and Santana to my screen for longer than .02 seconds. Those two have always been the best of the McKinley misfits. Puck especially.

I like seeing Puck mentor Jake and wouldn't be opposed to him being around more often. Jake is a natural reason for Puck to be included. He could have his old pool cleaning business back up and running in no time! (Writers: Please bring Puck back. It's my Christmas wish.)

Santana was sassy as always and quick to call Quinn on Kitty's nonsense, which I appreciated. But it seems college has quickly reverted Quinn to her Glee Season 1 self, so I was less than impressed with her. She was so starstruck by Kitty's adoration that she couldn't see that Kitty is a special brand of evil not even Sue can match. I feel like the more self-aware, Glee Season 3 Quinn would've been uncomfortable with the hero worship.

And this Santana-Quinn-Kitty thing is where I'm going go off on a little rant about the current Marley storyline, perhaps preemptively.

Glee developed the habit of becoming an after school special last season with its teen suicide and domestic violence "plots." And I'm saying "plots" in quotation marks instead of straight-up plots because those issues, real issues that viewers face, were treated rather dismissively. I can't tell how the bulimia storyline is going to go just yet, but I hope the writers don't just dismiss this. I hope that they've given careful thought and attention to where they're going and what message they're trying to send.

Should we look to television for our life lessons? No, probably not. But that doesn't mean that people, teenagers especially, don't. That they don't look at this show and other shows like it and search for reflections of themselves.

Marley has continued her purging in order to be her best for the glee club because Kitty is in her head. Santana saw it. Quinn refused to acknowledge it when she was confronted with facts and blamed it on Santana's supposed jealousy over Quinn sleeping with a 35-year old man.

Excuse me, what?

Get over yourself, girls. One of your own is struggling. Actually, two of your own if we count Kitty as one of those.

I sincerely hope that next week's episode addresses the very real situation Marley's facing and the fact that Kitty created this situation in the first place. Both of these girls need help.

Marley is not so deep into this that she cannot recover, though a recovery in one week from a disorder like bulimia would be unrealistic. Kitty is not so far gone that she cannot be redeemed. Even Sue has softened hearts from time to time, and the audience certainly came to love Santana. I want a very real, very honest conversation next Thursday and not for this to just be blown over and forgotten.

I also want more conversations between Jake and Ryder because those two were awesome together tonight. (You can read their conversation that cracked me up on the Glee quotes page.)

Also awesome? That Kurt and Blaine have finally spoken. Kurt, at Isabelle's insistence, called Blaine to wish him good luck, to acknowledge that even if they're not together romantically, Blaine is still his best friend. Kurt made the call under the hope that accepting Blaine's apology would give him closure, but it's clear to us that it didn't and gives us a reunion to anticipate.

But first, we have to finish Sectionals and find out what's happening with Marley. The show must go on, right? We'll see.

What did you think of "Thanksgiving?" What are your hopes for the Marley story moving forward?

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@kidkddd, The point with Quinn is that she matured at the end of last season. After everything that she went through (and all her personality changes) she learned her lessons and grew up. This Quinn regressed back to her season 1 bitchy-self as if everything she went through never happened. Her backstory didn't help her either. It seemed to me that the Quinn that graduated didn't need a man nor would she have slept with a married, older one.

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Why are people gaining up on marley and just because quinn left for college doesn't mean that she stopped being a bitch.

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- Finally, can we get more scenes where we see how the old glee club members interact with the new ones? Otherwise it is starting to feel like they are all leading separate lives and only get together when they need to sing. Glee was initially about unity and each member reflected on the other. Now I don't see or feel that. One last thing, surprisingly I for once liked the shower dude because of how mature he acted towards the once again childish Rachel - he wasn't supposed to wait for her permission on be able to read her brain and see that she wanted him once she broke up with Finn. And I didn't like how it sounded out of Rachel's mouth either - as if she finally got out of that relationship and like it meant nothing to her.

Amie

They have more than enough talent to win this so I did not get why Marley acted like OMG, I am going to let everyone down. - Jake - ok, I am cool with the bromance he has going on with Ryder, but I don't like it that they are making it look like all this time Jake had so many hidden talents and now the writers are forcing me to like him more than Ryder. Sorry but Jake was an ass at the beginning and Ryder was awesome. You are telling me Ryder could not do the dance? After he killed the Hand Jive AND had Mike as his mentor? Please do not lessen down the awesomeness of Ryder just because he was like that originally and Jake needs to be painted better. It feels unnatural - Finally, can we get more scenes where we see how the old glee club members interact with the new ones? Otherwise it is starting to feel like they are all leading separate lives and only get together when they need to sing. Glee was initially about unity and each member reflected on the other. Now I don't see or feel that. One last thing, surprisingly I for once liked the shower dude because of how mature he acted towards the once again childish Rachel - he wasn't supposed to wait for her permission on be able to read her brain and see that she wanted him once she broke up with Finn. And I didn't like how it sounded out of Rachel's mouth either - as if she finally got out of that relationship and like it meant nothing to her.

Amie

Good episode, I enjoyed seeing the OG mentor the newbies but while all that was great, I have to point out a few things: - Marley, ok, so last week she was all confident about asking Jake out and then what this week before sectionals she reverted to being the insecure weird Marley again? I know Kitty is 90% the reason behind this but this feels like a plot hole because I would have felt more sorry for Marley if she continued with the bulimia while putting on a brave face for everyone else instead of walking around like a ghost feeling sorry for herself and making herself sick for no reason at all. From last week's duets I thought Marley had gotten at least enough confidence in herself to start questioning what she is doing to herself but this week it felt like she was being sad and overworked for nothing. I mean it is not like the Glee club members are pressuring her to win Sectionals. They have more than enough talent to win this so I did not get why Marley acted like OMG, I am going to let everyone down. - Jake - ok, I am cool with the bromance he has going on with Ryder, but I don't like it that they are making it look like all this time Jake had so many hidden talents and now the writers are forcing me to like him more than Ryder. Sorry but Jake was an ass at the beginning and Ryder was awesome. You are telling me Ryder could not do the dance? After he killed the Hand Jive AND had Mike as his mentor? Please do not lessen down the awesomeness of Ryder just because he was like that originally and Jake needs to be painted better. It feels unnatural - Finally, can we get more scenes where we see how the old glee club members interact with the new ones? Otherwise it is starting to feel like they are all leading separate lives and only get together when they need to sing. Glee was initially about unity and each member reflected on the other. Now I don't see or feel that. One last thing, surprisingly I for once liked the shower dude because of how mature he acted towards the once again childish Rachel - he wasn't supposed to wait for her permission on be able to read her brain and see that she wanted him once she broke up with Finn. And I didn't like how it sounded out of Rachel's mouth either - as if she finally got out of that relationship and like it meant nothing to her.

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Also, Gangnam Style was just plain awful! I finally get to hear Tina sing and Gangnam Style comes out of her mouth. What a waste of talent. As much as I hate the Warblers, they can't even compete with the stupidity of that song. And really two songs for the Warblers?! How about giving Tina or Artie some lines? Let's have a Kiki was a lot of fun. I wish they'd stop with turning Finn into Shue. It's becoming annoying watching second rate versions of the originals. Either bring Mr Shue back or allow Finn to make his own mark with ND. Give him his own teaching styles for god's sake. And quit dressing him like Shue, it's creepy and bordering on obsession.

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As a Quinn fan I was extremely excited to finally see her back and when they sang Home/Homeward Bound, I thought, this will be worth the wait. Until the episode progressed and once again Quinn's personality changed for like the umpteenth time. The writers must like butchering her character. First with the crappy backstory and then making her bitchy, yet again. I felt like I was watching Season 1 Quinn. Not only does she have multiple personality disorder but she also has amnesia. It was QUINN that bought the tickets to GIVE to RACHEL! These writers must have ADHD cause their writing is all over the place. And it's getting worse by the episode.

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@Miranda Wicker That makes much more sense. The switching back and worth does get a little annoying, although I liked Let's Have a Kiki and the Klaine conversation enough for me to not care as much about the constant setting switches THIS episode. But I definitely see what you meant now :)

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@ DC I completely disagree with you, the point was she thought the had gotten fat from the costume and so is now trying to lose weight. So past tense, she THOUGHT she HAD GOTTEN fat, not that she is gaining weight. Also for someone who's dealt with this, you are being absurdly logical, the girls with these disorders are hardly thinking it through. That's kinda the entire point.

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OK, annoying plot point. EVERY bulemic or anorexic I know - and since I used to work in psychiatry ON an eating disorders floor I have known a lot of them - have obsessively weighed themselves, after going to the bathroom, on arising, after eating, after throwing up, etc. Yet we are supposed to believe that Marley is so clueless that she actually buys that she is getting fat based on ONE costume - while the rest of her clothes are presumably the same? And clearly she must NEVER weigh because she would also realize that she was not gaining weight if she had done so! THAT is lazy, plot-point writing. I'm all for real issues, but at least make them realistic! That said, Brady is hot, hot, HOT.

Glee Season 4 Episode 8 Quotes

Marley: When I was 7 years old, I had a dream. It's the first one I actually remember. I was alone, on a stage, wearing a beautiful dress. I couldn't see the audience, but I could feel the full house. They had all come for one reason: to hear me sing. And now, thanks to glee club, with sectionals this week, that dream is about to come true. Well, except the part where Skeet Ulrich gave me a bouquet of kittens at the end. My dreams are weird.

Quinn: Home for the holidays, just like we promised.
Finn: Guys, I...
Puck: Dude, if you start crying, I'm gonna kick your ass. Group hug!

Glee Season 4 Episode 8 Music

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Glee cast come see about me Come See About Me Glee Cast iTunes
Glee cast whistle Whistle Glee Cast iTunes
Glee cast live while were young Live While We're Young Glee Cast iTunes
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