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!


Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.


Ryder's being catfished...


And one more thing, why does the review forget one of the options when you are pregnant: abortion. I mean it is the most obvious choice for an 18-year-old college student! I would have liked Glee to show us that a strong woman, as Rachel is, can make this kind of decision because it is the best for her and her carreer.


I didn't find the episode that great. I mean I don't get why Brody and Rachel should break ur. They care about each other and the fact that he is a male prostitute has nothing to do with his relationship. He is doing that to pay for his tuition, that's all, he doesn't care about his clients. He should tell her and see what he needs to do after that. I also find that Finn's words were offensive ('my future wife'), he is the one who broke the engagement off, and he cannot assume she's just gonna be waiting for him. Don't get me wrong, Finchel is endgame, but I think Rachel deserves to have fun and explore her options before ending up with Finn again


I didn't like this episode. The Sue/Blaine feud was just stupid. Finn had no right to get involved in Rachel/Brody's relationship and was creepy with the whole "stay away from my future wife" thing. Santana should of just left things alone after she confronted Rachel with her suspicions about Brody. I thought it was kinda funny in the last episode but in this episode it was just ridiculous. Jake/Ryder handled their feud pretty maturely, unlike Finn/Will, the adults, with their feud. None of the performances in this episode were really that interesting. Although the Cold Hearted Snake one was actually pretty good. And I felt bad for Tina in this episode. She's treated like a joke.


I really liked last nights episode. I love that Finn is becoming more confident. I love that Santana is trying to make Rachel realize what a crazy person she is becoming. It's time to cut the bs and reunite the only couple on Glee that should have always been together, Finchel. The only downside is Will is being king of a douche. Also, thank The Lord for the death of Brody. Worst character ever on Fox.


I love santana, sue was funny when she was doing that nicki song and that fight between finn and brody was great.

Miranda wicker

I've been meaning to come back here all day and say that I like what I think is going to turn out to be a Catfish story with Ryder. I had that in my notes and didn't put it in the review. I think it's Kitty.


the episode was okay for me, blaine was great, sue a little werid but fun, will had to act his age, santana was great, rachel is so annoying now, I wan't to know who the mistery girl is, marley is bleh, and I hate unique, can't they get rid of him already? and he is a boy sorry


I hated this episode. Most of the characters are becoming unlikable. The continuity between singing, dancing and editing is now total crap. And the stories are getting ridiculous. Santana disrupting classes at NYADA? Ludicrous. And are these folks traveling by wormhole going seamlessly between Ohio and New York? GLEE used to have 45 minutes of heart and two minutes per episode of blah. Now, it's five minutes of OK and 42 minutes per show of I can barely stand these people. Who is the showrunner now? Get rid of that person immediately!!!


So the lesson is girls can't make decisions for themselves and will of course get an std or pregnant and die if they have sex because slut shaming is cool now if it gets in the way of your ship, and the intruding girl who barged her way into their apartment needs to call in the psycho ex boyfriend who can't let go to make decisions for his ex girlfriend because she of course can't do it for herself? And that's okay with you? Good lord.

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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