Glee "Movin' Out" Review: New York State of Mind

By MaryAnn Sleasman

Nov 22, 2013

Glee S05E06: "Movin' Out"

Those rumors that Glee will be moving to the Big Apple full-time for its final season are starting to seem more and more like the gospel truth, with McKinley's latest batch of seniors gearing up for graduation and the apparent mass-exodus from Lima already in the works. Blaine and Sam are joining Kurt, Rachel, and Santana in New York (oh God no), and Becky is apparently all cured of her legitimately worrisome mental health issues thanks to the magic of Artie's meddling, ready to resign her post as Sue's "Beckretary" to go to college in Cincy where she shall eat all the Skyline chili ever and I will be so jealous OMG.

The aptly titled "Movin' Out" was Glee's tribute to Billy Joel, and even though I'm pretty sure that if I were to call up the two real-life high-schoolers I actually know, at least one of them would probs have no idea who Billy Joel is, Glee addressed that concern with a group bout of verbal exposition-vomit. THE MORE U KNO, UNIQUE. Or something. 

Why Billy Joel? Because Sue held a job fair at McKinley and deliberately excluded jobs in the arts because, she claimed, there are none. Schue threw a hissy fit—as Schue so often does—and decided that Billy Joel would be the inspirational homework for the week, the better to remind his minions that that it's important to pursue what you love. Which is true, but being able to pay your rent is nice too. Just sayin'. Sometimes I sincerely worry that Glee is going to leave us with an entire generation full of angry almost-famous Rachel Berrys.

Glee's had a good run lately, and "Movin' Out" was definitely watchable by Glee standards (or any standards, really) but I'm beginning to fear that we've started a backslide into Glee's usual modus operandi of not giving a shit. The show's weird obsession with virginity and just a hint of slut-shaming reared its head this week with Marley's mom giving her the old "Your first time is special," speech. Yeah, well, no it's not. I'm not saying Marley should bang Puck Jr., because at the end of the day, Puck Jr. is still a raging dickbag, but let's stop glorifying female virginity. There are lots of valid reasons to keep your legs closed—Jake being an ass is totally one of them. "It should be special" is not. 

So now Marley's kinda-sorta with Ryder, who I guess has totally forgiven Marley and everyone else for defending Unique's catfishing trip. Rachel is inexplicably still working at the Wannabe Eatery because her director thinks manual labor will keep her Fanny Brice authentic. Now, I had assumed that playing the lead in a highly anticipated Broadway revival was a full-time job, one that theoretically wouldn't leave any time for holding down another one in addition to lending your modest-for-now fame to your friend's bar band, but hey, we needed an excuse for Rachel to spend time with her roommates and also to help Sam get his modeling career off the ground after he blew his college interview. Does Rachel even attend NYADA anymore? 

I'm not even gonna touch the Becky stuff. I'm sick of ranting about it. In a crazy, it's-there-if-you-squint way, I guess we can accept Becky's decision to go to college as an okay resolution to the school-shooting drama that's loomed over her since last season. Ultimately, the solution to Becky's plight was for the people she cares about to just sit down, talk to her, listen to her, and help her make good decisions with regard to her future. If we really stretch, the situation could be viewed as a message of, "If parents and teachers paid more attention to troubled students instead of just doping them up and ignoring the signs of impending doom, then maybe there would be fewer school-shootings blah blah blah," but that's still a pretty simplistic concept and an audience shouldn't have to do so many mental gymnastics with a big story like that. Whatever, Glee

Potential for disaster aside, "Movin' Out" is certain to go down in Glee history as a key Season 5 episode, regardless of whether we end up with ALL NEW YORK ALL THE TIME next season or not. Blaine and Sam are basically confirmed to be relocating to the TARDIS-loft upon graduation, and however flimsy Becky's storyline is, her residual turmoil has been resolved. If we can now just dedicate an episode to getting Tina sorted out, I think we'll be all set, and the more I think about it, the more I'm coming around to the idea of ALL NEW YORK ALL THE TIME because lets face it: What's left in Lima? I really don't care about Marley's love life or her virginity, and any hints at her being Rachel's great successor seem to have fizzled out. There's still some mileage in Unique, I think, except I don't find Unique to be particularly likable or worthy of keeping us tethered to Ohio. Truthfully, the only thing I might miss if we ditch Lima entirely is Sue, but there are options there. Maybe she can be Glee's Mr. Feeny, inexplicably finding ways to follow this select group of students wherever they go. SO HELP ME if Schue ends up teaching at NYADA next year, though. OMG NO. 

Unless it could work. Do you think it could work? If Glee migrates to Manhattan, who do you think should come along? 


– Playlist time: "Piano Man"? I'm just not a huge Billy Joel fan, so you tell me what was awesome because I just don't know here. 

– "Are you gonna tell them how you dreamed of Broadway stardom and ended up rapping for high schoolers?" <3 Sue. 

– "A classic BJ." Lol.

– I felt bad for the Unabomber doppelganger who was stuck putting up with Sam and Blaine's musical mayhem on the bus. Dude just wanted to take a nap and maybe dream about the apocalyptic wasteland that's surely to be brought about by the iPhone. 

– "Your Midwestern eyes have the vacant stare of cows." Oh hey, Tyra Banks.

 "Seriously? You all need to be stopped." Santana is like the Sue Sylvester stand-in of Glee's NYC. Bless her. 

– "Well, that is just the 'screw you' sentiment employers love." 

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  • marcusj1973 Apr 21, 2014

    "The show's weird obsession with virginity and just a hint of slut-shaming reared its head this week with Marley's mom giving her the old "Your first time is special," speech. Yeah, well, no it's not. I'm not saying Marley should bang Puck Jr., because at the end of the day, Puck Jr. is still a raging dickbag, but let's stop glorifying female virginity. There are lots of valid reasons to keep your legs closed—Jake being an ass is totally one of them. "It should be special" is not."


  • carlabeatlesgg Dec 08, 2013

    What about Rachel and Sam?!?!?!?! I kinda like that :)

  • MsSarahMichal Dec 02, 2013

    Are we completely ignoring the two times when Rachel and Sam exchanged a moment?! WHAT IS HAPPENING

  • plaidcladjester Dec 01, 2013

    Really, all three of these people are awful in the triangle. Ryder is not a good guy. He's an idiot and WAY too needy. He's basically made his entire life about wanting Marley, and there is nothing healthy about that. He obsesses about her. It's creepy. I'm actually willing to give Jake a pass. Should SHE forgive him? No. Should HE be forgiven after putting in some work and time, then really committing himself to someone who is actually smart and mature? Yes. Marley's an idiot.

    I have no problem with someone wanting to wait, I think it's admirable although I also think there's a difference between letting yourself do it on your own time without pressure and repressing your own desires. And honestly, that's what she seems to be doing. And honest to God, not that this is her fault (it's no one's fault, they're kids) Jake and Marley are awful for each other anyway. They had zero chemistry. She had zero chemistry with basically everyone on the show. She's also an awful actress and a terrible character, but that's neither here nor there.

    Getting really tired of both Sue and Shue. Shue is just creepy and wishy-washy. He's an awful teacher and he's terrible at his job and I'm really tired of them not knowing what to do with the guy. And the terrible advise he gives people. If it weren't for his dancing and singing, he should have been literally thrown under a bus. As for Sue, how does she still have it out for the Glee club? Seriously, at this point she should have been fired a hundred times over. In this episode alone, she should have been fired. She shoved the wheelchair bound kid into a damn wall for Christ's sake. And do the writer's not understand nuance? Need everything be spelled out? Is that what they think people SOUND like? They need to actually listen to people talk some time.

    As for New York, I really hope it's what they stick with and that they keep Sam and Blaine on for it. Sam and Rachel actually make sense. They make the point in several old episodes that Sam is smarter than he lets on, so I don't know what the hell this reviewer is talking about. As for his losing weight, I agree that it's one of those things that realistically and practically he might have to do-- and that there are actually healthy ways to maintain a slimmer physique than he already has. It doesn't have to be an out of control thing, contrary to popular belief-- popular belief probably contributing as much as anything else to the various health issues and eating disorders plaguing the nation's youth nowadays.

    This show started to lose me when they made Marley feel bad because she didn't want to be either "a Katy or a Gaga" and chose to exist outside of that paradigm and then she got in trouble for it. There perpetuation of victim blaming and rape culture and slut shaming is really sickening and Ryan Murphy and the writers on this show are really awful fucking human beings sometimes. They didn't used to be this bad and I hope they correct it soon. The NY stuff shows they can write decent, mature stuff. I don't know why they can't do that for the Lima part of the show, regardless of whether or not it's set at a high school, but if they can't then they need to cut it and soon.

  • Lionleanne Nov 27, 2013

    Well at least if Shue became a teacher at NYADA it wouldn't be as creepy.....would it?..... :/

  • irehawk20 Nov 25, 2013

    I have a feeling that sue Sylvester ordered Bree to sabotage the glee club and then Bree tricked Jake on making him breakup with Marley. Jake will find out that Bree works with Sue.

    I didn't know that Becky, that down-syndrome cheerleader, is also graduating at the same time.

    Sam wants to go to NY and work rather enter college, that I don't understand that part. I know Tyra talks like a worse criminal than both Queen Latifah and Monique Imes-Jackson types.

    I thought all the guys are singing the Billy Joel songs, but Rachel and Santana joined in. I used to remember when the current glee club sang "Longest Time."

    I wish they includes songs like "matter of trust", "we didn't start the fire", 'I go into extremes", "no man's land" or "all about soul".

    Will they do Elton John songs later on?

  • LaurenYetter Nov 24, 2013

    I just came off watching this episode and was so excited for once to read the review... Maybe my gleexpectaions are extremely low, but the main thrill of the episode for me was that I actually felt JOY while watching!

    This is the first episode in a really long time that I wanted to immediately download every single song. And it was the first this season that the songs actually had some semblance of a connection to the feelings/emotions being discussed. Last episode Shue dancing and singing with the gang to 'Blurred Lines' was all kinds of creepy, but this week, him taking a cue from Becky's 'They're all crazy!' and sliding effortlessly into 'You May Be Right' it felt more like a season one, considerably less creepy, Shue involvement number( and it didn't hurt that it was to one of my favorite Billy Joel songs).

    I don't think it matters if people of this generation know who Billy Joel is (I would bet though, that they all know the words to 'Uptown Girl'), I wouldn't know some of the fantastic artists that I do if I didn't hear them covered on Glee first.

    There seemed to be some more togetherness and fun than usual. And as I pretty much watch glee for the singing and dancing and, maybe a Santana quip or two, this episode was a really good one for me. Week after week you question the logic and continuity of this show, and I just have to ask... why torture yourself with questions and plots that will never be answered or resolved? Just sit back, relax, and enjoy 'a classic BJ'.

  • vcivi Nov 24, 2013

    I always thought that Marley and Ryley are a nicer couple it is nice to see something happening there...loved how he song innocent man, in front of Jake...he deserves it..with his song..not cool..
    I really really wanted to see the audition of Blaine..that would have been awesome...loved it already at thes shop with Piano Man...
    Sam...he talked about his huge chunk, but he was in boxers and we got a half a second to see his unfair....
    Loved loved the whole Becky and Artie storyline..that was really was also cool of Artie to show Sue that she was holding Beck back...trying to protect her from the big bad world, because she is the story behind it..
    All with all nice episode..

  • ben45tpy Nov 24, 2013

    Good episode from a dramatic perspective, not so great musically - I don't think Billy Joel is enough to sustain a whole episode, Innocent Man was great obviously. I agree that it was weird not seeing Blaine's audition.

  • Liria Nov 24, 2013

    I wanted to see Blaine's audition. :(
    Anything that gets me Darren Criss singing is appreciated.

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