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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?

Review

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Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.

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Deann

I agree with the reviewer that Marley's bulemia needs to be addressed in a serious way, so that other girls watching will realize that this is a physically dangerous thing to do to your body, and that it can mess up your internal organs, screw up your teeth (the stomach acid errodes them and turns them gray)and give you gut problems that may lead to more serious problems like bowel cancer or IBS. I knew someone with bulemia when I was a magazine editor back in the 1980s, and she ended up with stomach cancer that metastisized to her intestines and she died young. I also think Kitty needs to be expelled or given a smack down at the very least for making Marley think she was getting fat...that kind of evil can kill another person. I loved the music and the musical number in Kurt and Rachel's apartment was my favorite! And hurrah for Kurt for forgiving Blaine...that was awesome! I loved that all the old characters were back!

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@one: Quinn decided to grow up? What show did you watch?

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The Quinn/Santana feud is a must have there are no better b's at McKinley. Kurt and Blaine just don't work without one another. Rachel and Finn should move on they sucked as a couple. The new Rachel is hot and seems like the only one who grew past McKinley. Santana will rescue the new girl like she did brit. Brit will get jealous and all hell will break loose when Santana find out about trout mouth. The new gay guys part is going to be interesting to watch unfold there's a lot that can be done with his character. True he is no Kurt but is strong in his own way. They need to stop making Finn look like a complete idiot. Mercedes character never truly got developed please don't let another American of color get lost on the shadows. Last rant. Lead chick country western. Let's start some stuff and dismantle the glee club and force the newbies to go solo that way each character gets developed then bring them back together as a stronger group. Each one could pair off with a mentor to spice things up a little more. Except Blaine he doesn't need one he should be one. Ooh to a straight guy.

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The Quinn Abrams

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See here I was HOPING Quinn would resurface, tell Kitty "Get over yourself; I was a bitch like you and nearly lost all my friends.", but alas no. Instead, Quinn gets all wet at the hero worship; it's like giving up a baby and being injured in a car accident had ZERO effect on her maturity. I think I'm done with this show--it's stuck in a loop.

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What, no one mentions the best musical performance of the entire episode? The Rosedale Mennonites? Awesome! Quirky things like that are why I fell in love with this show. Like those 'Starlight Express' roller skaters at Nationals last season.... I want more. Seriously.

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first off i would like to say i welcome quinn back on glee. the Unholy trinity was the highlight of the episode. i don't know why everyone is blaming quinn for marley's bulimia. She didn't have anything to do with it. Yes Santana brought it up but she was also a bitch about. first she dissed quinn by bring up her daugther and then she disses her for living her dream. second how is it that puck can date older women but quinn can't date a older guy. that's double standard b.s. in my opinion quinn has changed in to a person who left high school unlike most of her friend who graduated. i like the fact that she doesn't hang around Mckinley like a stalker and decided to grow up.

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Miranda, I agreed with you that it's sad that we get Quinn S1 back.
It's like all those teen pregnancy and wheelchair stuff didn't seem to affect her at all.
I was hoping for a mature Quinn, who will put a stop on Kitty's crazy loop but instead she protects her.
And Santana caring on Marley is really sweet.
Why not make Santana team up with Crazy Kitty and Mature Quinn protects Marley? Plua does this mean we're not getting any info of Marley-Blaine duet? Since usually they performed duets first.

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Now that's what I call Glee! I 'd been drifting in interest as the season wore on and it was all noob love quadrangle drama and eating disorders with the retread characters. Snoooze. But the grads came back and brought that spark that made Glee fun back with them! Loved Santana/Quinn hashing things out and giving us insight into their post-grad lives. Puck was great with Jake and Quinn. Mercedes and Mike were, well, there and it was good to see them. All this just makes me want more, more more! Home/Homeward Bound was so good. I've missed those sorts of group numbers, and this is the first song I've bought since the Breakup episode. The original cast have such strong and distinct voices, that indefinable Glee sound that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. These new kids just don't have it. They're too soundalike studio singers. I hope this is the start of focusing more on the grads and where they're going in life. That's way more interesting than the same old same old high school love triangles again and again. My one nitpick with the grads is that Kurt and Rachel need more people to talk to. Can we send a couple more of the kids over there with them? Brody's okay, but he's kind of the only other person they know except Rachel's teacher and Kurt's boss. Needs more peeps, and this show has plenty floating around to spare. Still, best episode in quite some time, and it actually felt like Glee again. Achievement!

Drea xoxo

the whole marley pity me story is actually annoying me! i thought she was rachel 2.0 and then you throw this unnecessary spanner in the works (english sayings sorry) i think they need to address it for only one episode and make her recover for sectionals (2 episodes will do it no more PLEASE) its uncomfortable to watch and frustrating that no one has noticed that she is starving herself! someone would have realised by now please they are not that airheaed.

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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