Glee Review: Bye, Bye, Bye, Brody

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Oh, Glee. I knew you had it in you to keep me on the edge of my seat and thoroughly entertain me for a solid hour again! I knew you could leave me wanting more!

Do you want to know how Glee accomplished this feat tonight?

Two words: Santana Lopez. The bitch is most definitely back, and I could not love her any more than I do right now.

Pretty Santana

"Feud" was supposed to be about the epic battle being waged between Will and Finn regarding Finn's puckering of Emma Pillsbury. All the story line did before they sang was make Will look like a giant douche. Seriously. He has Finn make a coffee run and throws a fit because there are three pumps of mocha instead of two? Finn picks up Will's vests at the cleaner and then Will complains that they aren't clean so Finn needs to take them back?

I get it. Finn kissed Emma. Finn is also 19 years old. Maybe even still 18. And up until the past couple of weeks, he's always been portrayed as kind of a doofus. So yes, he was wrong for kissing her.

But on what planet is all of this a realistic reaction for Will to have? It's just ridiculous.

It was also ridiculous for the glee club members to know that Finn kissed Emma and that's why he and Will were fighting, but I've come to realize that student-teacher professionalism doesn't exist in Ryan Murphy's universe. But it did make Tina, Artie, and Blaine force them to duke it out Glee-style with a good ol' song and dance, which gave us one of my favorite performances of the season.

Maybe it's because Justin Timberlake is hot right now having just hosted SNL so it's dredging up all my old N*Sync/Backstreet Boys memories, but that mash-up tonight was phenomenal. I don't think there will ever be a time when I won't love hearing "Bye, Bye, Bye." And I remember watching the making the video for "I Want It That Way." Ahhh! It was perfect. And now my tangent is over.

If nothing else came from Will tapping into his inner diva instead of talking to Emma, we got that musical number and a heart to heart between Finn and Marley where Marley pushed Finn to make the decision we've all seen coming since he first donned a sweater vest. 

Finn's going to be a teacher when he grows up. Finally! 

I like that Marley helped him find his way because, well, because I like Marley. And because Finn has helped her and the rest of the new class, so having one of them be the one to give him a push toward his future was better and more fitting than if one of the other characters had helped him find his way.

I mean, Blaine can only do so much to help everyone, what with the Blam! plot to take down Sue and the Cheerios once and for all after losing to her in their Nicki-Mariah American Idol-inspired showdown. 

Did Blaine throw the face-off with Sue? Was that the Blam! plan all along? Those two, Sam and Blaine, make one hell of a team, but even if Blaine losing wasn't part of their master plan, Jane Lynch as Nicki Minaj singing "Super Bass" was still amazing.

All of tonight's music was incredible, really. The production of the opening number with Brody and the other gigolos and their clients in the hotel was so well done. It was a little gritty and had a more grown up feel than we're used to and helped set the tone for the New York scenes as being edgier and more adult.

It also confirmed what we all knew: Brody is a male prostitute. But he also maybe loves Rachel. He's not sure. And she also maybe loves him but she's not sure either.

Oh, and Rachel's not pregnant after all. 

I have to admit that there's a part of me that is disappointed that she's not pregnant, even if Glee has already done the pregnancy thing. It would've been interesting to see her grapple with whether she would make the same decision her own birth mother did. Or would she keep her child and still make a run for Broadway like she's always dreamed? 

Rachel has been playing adult in New York without actually understanding the consequences of her actions. Either way, like Santana said, this is a wake up call for her. 

Santana: Rachel, you can't just blow past this like nothing ever happened. This is a wake-up call. This is an opportunity for you to take a hard look at the choices that you're making, where your life is heading. | permalink

Santana loves her friends, even if she only considers Rachel her friend 10% of the time. She loves her friends so much she'll do something as awesome as bust into NYADA and get in touch with her inner Paula Abdul in the dance studio, which was way sexier and more appealing than when Rachel went Britney in the same studio.

I loved everything about her quest to take Brody down, especially that firey, fist-flying ending that occurred when she called Finn to New York. Finn is on fire lately and I'm loving it.

What did you think of "Feud"? Which feud was your favorite? Check out the Glee quotes page for more Glee fun and I'll see you in the comments!


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@tjharrison - How much life experience do you have, tj? There are plenty of women who can afford an escort for hire, especially in NYC. If Brody isn't gay, what makes you think he would want to make money on the side servicing men? He would do what he's best at - dancing with the ladies, and charming the pants/dresses off them.


I agree re: the pregnancy angle being done poorly. For me it was more that it had been done before...perhaps now that it's come out that Brody is a prostitute, Rachel could be afraid she has an STD. I know that's kind of gross and Brody's clients are 'high-end' older women, but it can still happen.


Also I agree that the Gigolo bit was a cop out...Brody would be servicing men. Having him service older women just makes him that much more perfect, it would have been nice if he had that one flaw. Gorgeous, Straight, and...ocassionally has sex with men for money for school.


Ultimately what it comes down to is that Glee always has to tackle something new...some controversial or real world problem that isn't often portrayed. Unfortunately dueling/rivalries has already been done, so has pregnancies both fake and real, but what hasn't been done is a cautionary tale of what happens to the sexually promiscuous who aren't lucky enough to only have to worry about adoption and stretch marks. The story of a gigolo is just as good of a plot point to tackle STDs as the story of Sebastion the morally questionable guy who "picks up" guys at bars. And if Ms. Berry must be caught in the crossfire, so be it...after all Kurt did say she needs to be knocked down a few pegs, if would be fitting for a character as naive and self absorbed as she is to have her life ruined by someone else who doesn't seem to care how their actions affect those around them.


The producers of Glee copped out on the gigolo scene. Brody would be servicing MEN, not hot older ladies.


Again I am going to sound very trolley by saying this but I am SO glad I stopped watching Glee. Its beyond ridiculous. How can the same person who has given us two seasons of American Horror Story and the sometimes funny The New Normal make something as ridiculous as Glee. HOW?


I loved this episode it exposed that creep brody and I loved that finn beat the crap out of brody and is finding his way in life. Finchel forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


In WHAT universe is Finn becoming a teacher a GOOD thing? The guy may be 'a born leader', but he has ZERO knowledge to teach! As an aspiring teacher myself, I find that to be a little insulting!

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Glee Season 4 Episode 16 Quotes

Blaine: I'm not rejoining the Cheerios.
Sue: Oh you most certainly are. Or something unfortunate will most likely be happening to you extremely soon.

Rachel, you can't just blow past this like nothing ever happened. This is a wake-up call. This is an opportunity for you to take a hard look at the choices that you're making, where your life is heading.


Glee Season 4 Episode 16 Music

  Song Artist
Glee cast bye bye bye i want it that way Bye Bye Bye / I Want It That Way Glee Cast iTunes
Glee cast how to be a heartbreaker How To Be A Heartbreaker Glee Cast iTunes
Glee cast the bitch is back dress you up The Bitch Is Back / Dress You Up Glee Cast iTunes