Glee Review: When It's Over, Is It Really Over?

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One thing is certain after tonight's episode of Glee: Things are officially done for Kurt and Blaine and Rachel and Finn. Our dynamic duos won't be reconciling any time soon. Mega bummer.

But in other McKinley news, "Glease" rocked the house, and proved to me, once again, life is better on Glee when the drama stays in high school.

Blaine and Sugar

I'm a fan of Grease. I grew up watching it and singing along and found myself doing the same tonight, which is always a good sign. While "Greased Lightning" was a bit slow and forced, the slumber party scene, aside from the hideous costuming, felt like something that Kitty would do: invite the girls over for the purpose of humiliating one (or more) of them.

Overall, the McKinley production of Grease was pretty great. Perhaps not as good as Rocky Horror, but it definitely wasn't terrible. And did anyone else who's a fan of the film besides me marvel at just how much Sugar looked like the original Frenchy? The similarity was downright freaky!

But the ultimate purpose of tonight's episode wasn't about the musical at all. That was simply a means to an end. Or two ends, to be more specific.

Rachel and Finn are now so broken up they don't even want to have contact with one another, even in song. And Kurt refused to speak to Blaine after borrowing Rachel's courage and bravado. I can't say that I saw reconciliation coming for either couple, but at least there's closure now. Their final words, or some of them, are chronicled on the Glee quotes page and were actually heartbreaking to listen to.

The doors are still open for Santana and Brittany and Mike and Tina, though, so fans of those couples should be excited.

I truly can't even begin to think about how clunky the story with Brody is right now. Did he really just sleep with a dance teacher? That whole thing is a hot mess and it makes me kind of cranky to think about being asked to care what happens to him.

I know that Cassandra is bitchy and has it out for Rachel, but Brody sleeping with her, even in the context of Cassandra's conversation with Rachel about Rachel going back to Ohio, makes no sense. While we haven't exactly gotten a lot of characterization for Brody, tonight didn't fit and was, in my opinion, simply an opportunity to have him take his shirt off again.

When this season debuted, I thought the New York scenes were fantastic and fresh and kept the show alive. I was disinterested in the stories of the new high school students. After the past two weeks, I wish more than ever that Rachel and Kurt Take New York had been an actual spin-off instead of what's beginning to feel like baggage.

We all lamented the noticeable absences of Mike, Mercedes, Santana, Puck and Finn in the first several episodes of Glee Season 4. After tonight, aside from the whole Santana-as-Rizzo lunacy, I'm convinced that writing their whereabouts into the dialogue without writing them into the physical scenes was the way to go. 

The same needs to be done with Rachel and Kurt no matter how much I love them.

Here's the thing: Rachel and Kurt are Glee. They are and always will be. But they're not in glee club anymore. And neither are any of the other graduates who've gone off to do their own post-high school things.

While watching Marley and Kitty tonight, and seeing the way Kitty manipulated Marley, and then watching Marley and Ryder, I found myself asking "What if these characters had come first?" If we'd gotten Ryder and Marley and Jake and Kitty first, chances are good we'd feel about them the way we feel about Rachel and Kurt and the other graduates now. In short, our new McKinley High School students need their fair shake, and they won't get that with the dueling story of Rachel and Kurt in New York always diverting our attention.

Those are my musings on things so far, anyway. No doubt there are those who'll disagree with me. I'm okay with that.

What did you think of "Glease"? Are you more or less invested in McKinley after the past two weeks?


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Jojo, they show Brody and Cassandra kissing after their rehearsal. So maybe they didn't sleep together (I know they're adults but IMO a teacher-student affair is inappropriate), but something *did* happen.


Vanessa Lengies is a prettier version of Didi Conn (no offense intended to Didi), though a different body type (Didi was generously endowed in the bust department). I noticed the similarity from her first Glee appearance; it's a pretty specific facial type. Yes, I'm old (sigh). I loved this episode's musical treatment of Beauty School Dropout, was touched with a bit of nostalgia by the fantasy elements in the finale You're The One That I Want. I wish that first-season-excitement would return; not sure why it's absent, but covering the same plot-lines with different actors doesn't help the show. They must know this.


Who I really miss is Quinn ..a visit from her would be entertaining.


The weight storyline was beyond stupid. If Marley's that worried, why the hell isn't she checking up on her weight and noticing that there are no BIZARRE changes? stupid.


I feel like I am the only one loving the new cast. I sort of over the old cast members. Santana coming back to be in a musical was so dumb. As much as i love her character it'd be nice if the old cast coming back would make more sense instead a contrived plot twist. You're the One that I Want with Finn and Rachel was so weird. Not the dream sequence that was okay. But the way it was shot was a little trippy. I want more Jake Marley Ryder and Kitty. Oh and more Sam. I love him. He's so funny. This episode is what Glee needs more of. Good songs and story lines and a good love triangle. And less random pop ups.


can we focus on the new kids let the old ones go. it felt ridiculous to have Santana in a HS musical when she's supposed to be in college.They where great but give the new kids a chance.Im enjoying their story lines


Finally, I just wish we got to see Sam perform a number as Kenickie! Because now it feels like Sam and Brittany have been reduced to guest stars...I owuld have loved to see Britannt as Cha-Cha! P.S. Sugar totally looked Frenchy - it was creepily awesome! And Blaine was wonderful as teen angel!


I loved the episode! I think this is the first Glee episode in the past 2 seasons that I have watched twice! I just did not like how they dealt with bringing in an issue like bulimia. It seemed a bit forced and totally out of place since Marley never questioned her figure before and how could she be so dumb and not see what Kitty was doing to her? Also how could Tina not see that the dress was getting smaller every time? But overall it was a great episode! I am totally liking Marley and Ryder, they have great chemistry! I loved how they did " You are the one that I want" with the new couples and the old! When Finn and Rachel appeared I was soo happy! And that flashback to s1! Hilarious, because remember how Rachel used to freak everyone out? Even Finn? Plus, I am so glad Tina and Mike might be getting together! We need some love on the show! Finally, I just wish we got to see Sam perform a number as Kenickie! Because now it feels like Sam and Brittany have been reduced to guest stars...I owuld have loved to see Britannt as Cha-Cha! P.S. Sugar totally looked Frenchy - it was creepily awesome! And Blaine was wonderful as teen angel!


I watched the summer shows choosing the new young person for Glee, "The Glee Project," and I was very excited to see Blake Jenner as Ryder in the role of Danny. He is a fantastic actor, dancer and singer, fitting right in with the other existing actors, proving he was the best choice for winner of the Glee Project. I'm also glad they are continuing to show "Unique" in more than his two appearances that he won originally. Sam, the guy with dreadlocks, has also been carried over and appearing now in the song/dance routines instead of only being the religious guy who plays guitar. I love musical theatre and at "retirement age," I love this show!


I'm gonna need for Rachel and Kurt to go away. I'm very happy with what u guys are doing, it looks super cute and all but in all honesty ur time is gone, ok. You are not in high school anymore so please leave. I have never liked Rachel. Kurt is fine but if I have to see Rachel when he's on TV too then I'm sorry but no, guys please go away. I love the new characters and Rachel and Kurt keep coming in and I have to watch them. This isn't even glee anymore. And how is it possible for Santana to play a part in a high school performance? Is this legal?

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Glee Season 4 Episode 6 Quotes

[to Finn] You know, I don't really know what's going to happen between us, but I know that you used to be the guy that would make me feel like the most special girl in the whole world, and it doesn't feel that way anymore. Now it just feels sad and confusing. And the worst part is that it doesn't even feel that bad anymore.


I've seen your true colors, Finn Hudson. You've got hate in that heart, Double Stuff. And probably also frosting.


Glee Season 4 Episode 6 Music

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Glee cast greased lightning Greased Lightning Glee Cast iTunes
Glee cast look at me im sandra dee Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee Glee Cast iTunes
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