Glee "A Wedding" Review: Twice as Nice

Glee S06E08: "A Wedding"


It's always nice when a TV series has the luxury of knowing the end is near—particularly a TV series as unstable as Glee has been throughout the seasons. I'm a sucker for a well-planned final run. It's an opportunity to celebrate the good and concentrate on a legacy by wrapping up loose ends and righting the wrongs that may have accumulated over time. 

With ample warning and time to prepare, Glee has so far utilized every opportunity to get itself back on track before its curtain call (in just a few weeks from now, can you believe it?), and the joint wedding of Brittana and Klaine is one of those things that just had to happen. Glee wasn't about to walk into the light without its big gay wedding extravaganza. 

However, at no point did "A Wedding" feel like an obligation, or like Glee was just going through the motions and delivering the goods were promised when the show decided to add these two pairs to the pantheon of golden couples. "A Wedding" even managed to work in a few soapbox moments without throttling the momentum, with Sue's recruitment of Santana's abuela providing a quick, funny, and poignant commentary on the ridiculousness of this whole "sanctity of marriage" argument—even from well-meaning grandmas who can't wrap their heads around a wedding featuring two brides or who can't reconcile their religious beliefs with the choices their loved ones make. 


The episode was peppered with those sorts of cutting observations, reminding us all that while Brittana's wedding was perfectly "normal" in practically every way, it still wasn't the sort of thing that happens, or even can happen, everywhere. While Brittany and Santana were able to get married in the barn where Brittany was born, surrounded by their friends and families, as Burt pointed out, they still had to cross a state line to do it. They couldn't get married back in Lima the way they wanted to, which is sad, because that's where they grew up, fell in love, and experienced so many other huge moments in their lives. It wasn't even an option for them. 

You know, because reasons. 

The sociopolitical undercurrent could have overwhelmed Brittana and Klaine's big day, and "A Wedding" as a whole. It was an important episode, in that the act of marriage is an important statement in the current climate. However, a wedding is still a wedding, a celebration—a party commemorating a very personal commitment. In the past, Glee has often lost sight of the smaller stuff in its efforts to make sweeping political declarations and subsequently devolved into the hottest of messes. *coughschoolshootingepisodecough* Sometimes, it's the small stuff that makes the most powerful statement. 


The small nod from Carol that gave Rachel the approval she needed to move on with Sam, Santana's justification for seeing Brittany in her dress before the wedding, the no-nonsense reinstatement of Kurt and Blaine—these fleeting moments can get lost in the dizzying wedding prep and the big day itself, but they're huge for the characters involved in them.

Also hugely defining, if not as fleeting: Tina's proposal to Mike. It was the sort of spontaneous and vaguely attention-seeking stunt Tina would pull, with the added Glee-ness of turning a traditionally gendered role on its head. In the past, I think there would've been a definite possibility of Mike saying yes, for "happily ever after" purposes (except this is Tina, soooo...). Or, if he had said no, it would have been a decisively villainous move because subtlety is hard. For so long, Glee had its cake, ate it too, and eventually got us all sick of it. 

I'm always uncomfortable pointing out that Glee's turning point came with Cory Monteith's death, because I feel like that makes his passing into something weirdly positive—and while good things can certainly be born out of terrible things, at the end of the day, Glee is just a TV show and he was, by all accounts, a decent person, so who really cares that his death seemed to force Glee to grow up? The loss still resonates, though, and given the close connections between the fictional and the real where Glee and its cast and crew is concerned, I can't help but feel like every episode since "The Quarterback" has been working through grief and toward healing. It's part of growing up. 


Mike's gentle rejection of Tina had the potential to take a turn for the dramatic, but instead, Glee played it as a learning moment—an opportunity for Tina to examine her insecurities and embrace her worries as opportunities. Tina is a character who's often let her insecurities dictate her life, often to disastrous results. While her ensuing chat with Artie may not have actually solved Tina's "alone" problem (welcome to your 20s, girl!) it at least gave her the reassurance that she's not really alone or destined to be alone.

Weddings are great for bringing out people's anxiety—along with the family drama, the token weird uncle, daddy's secret drinking problem, and all the quirky and slightly sexist superstition stuff—but at their core they're meant to be wonderful and inclusive. It's easy to feel left out when all your friends are getting hitched and popping out babies (or, you know, when your state government refuses to issue you a marriage license), and Glee highlighted the good and not-so-good experiences inherent to any wedding... and especially a surprise double ceremony. While it's probably safe to say that Glee has reached its final chapter for Brittana and Klaine, this isn't a "happily ever after" situation and that's not a bad thing. The fairy tale always ends with the wedding, as if that's the end of the story, but for most of us, and certainly for Brittany and Santana and Kurt and Blaine, it's not. And hey, Glee just so happens to have four episodes left before it takes its last bow. Blaine and Kurt are back together and officially Mr. and Mr. Anderhummel, but they've struggled a lot in the past and marriage isn't going to magically fix that. Santana's abuela put aside her feelings about one woman marrying another and attended the wedding, but she isn't going to magically going to completely change her beliefs. Rachel has received Carol's blessing to officially move on from Finn, but that won't magically erase any conflicting feelings she still has.


For the longest time, I felt like Glee billed itself as a modern-day sort of fairy tale where everyone wins. Everyone lives happily ever after except for the Sue Sylvesters of the world, who get their comeuppance because you can't live happily ever after when the witch is still on the loose... except you kind of can. Glee's black-and-white, good-and-evil, right-and-wrong stance in all things has been frustrating to watch in recent seasons, which shall henceforth be dubbed "the dark ages." The series always had the potential to be great, and early on, I would even say it was great. It's home to so many interesting, vibrant, living, and breathing characters who, somewhere in the middle, stopped being allowed to live anymore because life, even fictional life, can't flourish if it stagnates.

Glee's final season has been a celebration of its characters, flaws, insecurities, losses, and victories. While Klaine and Brittana finally got their fairy-tale wedding, it seems Glee has finally learned that "they lived happily ever after" isn't the be-all-end-all of everything. The be-all-end-all is that its characters simply lived.



MUSICAL NOTES

– I was impressed that we made it to the first commercial break without a musical number. 

– Lol @ Sue's "dressy" track suit.

– Song of the night? I mean, it's hard to argue with "At Last."

– I really don't think I'm feeling Blaine's bowtie w/ polo shirt look. I know he's been doing it all season, but it just bothers me. 

– The story of Brittany's birth literally had me in tears. 

– Ugh, I <3 Burt Hummel. However, I feel Glee missed an opportunity to make an AggroCrag joke. I mean, it's an "awesome rock." Like diamonds are rocks. On wedding bands. Weddings are awesome. I don't know, the man is always going to be the host of Nickelodeon GUTS for me and I need it to be a thing in everything he ever does. 


What did you think of "A Wedding?"


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Feb 28, 2015
So the Glee Club is suddenly up to 8 members, but there is only one episode left before the series finale, at which point they'll need to have 12 members. Is it possible we'll see the return of New Finn, Puck 2.0, Kind Rachel, and Cross-dressing Mercedes? I mean, it seems pretty convenient that the New Directions need exactly as many member as there are missing ones from before the time skip, right?
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Feb 26, 2015

This episode had so much potential, but in typical Glee fashion they tried to do WAY too much in one episode.

Brittany/Santana: I can I just say that Glee has proven that they know how to do a wedding episode and knock it out of the park. The show has had how many almost weddings...? So it was absolutely wonderful to see them do something great. Trying on dresses, the drama of S seeing B before the wedding, B freaking out over trivial things, but ultimately it being about how awesome B and S are together and that they belong together. Congrats to Glee for a job well done.

I also thought that they did a great job of including Abeula. She has made her stance on gay marriage very clear and I love that they didn't have her cave on her morals, but rather acknowledging that family should come first. I have a lot of respect for how Glee has portrayed Christians throughout the seasons. They easily could have made Christians appear terrible for their religious beliefs, but instead have tried to be understanding. (Cause isn't acceptance really what it is all about, even if you don't actually agree with it)

Unfortunately Glee has shown that it can not multi-task well. I don't think I can fully express how disappointed I am with Kurt and Blaine's part in the episode. The beginning made no sense at all. Was Kurt's running after talking to Walter or before? Before running did Kurt already know that Blaine had broken up with Dave, if so, why was Kurt now running? Shouldn't he have already run? So that was them getting back together... oh, okay, that had perfect clarity... Wait, what?

Then it is time for the wedding and Brit and Sue get together with this great plan to have Kurt and Blaine join the wedding. Even by Glee standards it made no sense. Unfortunately Kurt and Blaine had to be the ones to make that obvious statement which further makes it look like they really didn't want to get married in the first place. (Come on Glee, why couldn't someone else talk about how crazy it is besides K/B?) But since tuxes have already been picked out and rings purchased, why not... I think the writers wanted the audience to be left wondering will they/won't they... and never really made things clear for dramatic purposes. A wedding between two people is NOT the time for will they/won't they dramatics!!

The ceremony itself was really beautiful. I personally think the vows, etc, was slightly more Klaine focused because they had received the short end of the stick up until this point and it was the writer's attempt of giving shippers what they wanted. I honestly don't know that there was a way to make everyone happy in this situation and compared to the rest of the episode, the wedding went really well.

The acknowledgement of Finn was wonderful and Rachel's obvious sensitivity to Carol was really sweet. It showed a lot of maturity on Rachel's part, and there were several tiny gestures that made the scene feel more realistic.

My Wish List for This Episode/Season.
- I really think that it all comes down to one big wish. I wish that they hadn't broken up Kurt and Blaine for this season. It made everything feel so rushed. At the end of Season 5 they were in a great place. Them leading to a wedding would have made complete sense. There could still be drama. Maybe they are having MAJOR fights that are all related to wedding prep stuff. They can get mad and frustrated and when talking about breaking up they are adamant about wanting to work it out. It is the WEDDING that is so frustrating for them, not THEM as a couple. So when they are invited to join this wedding then it is like YES, LETS JUST DO THIS and forget the wedding planning crap that they have been fighting about. Kurt and Blaine could be actually excited that they are finally just getting married. Someone else mentioned the Warbles singing at their wedding and maybe a surprise visit by Sebastian.
I feel almost heart sick by how much great potential there was and how it was rushed together makes me sad. :(
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Feb 26, 2015
Although I've enjoyed this pas season (except for the "transition" episode which was - to put it in a nice way - flawed, I can't help but feel that Klaine got robbed of its own wedding! I mean, WHOSE dream wedding looks like this? Their family wasn't even there! I mean, yeah, their parents were there (The "Hey! Hi! I'm Blaine's mom!" was veeeery subtle!), but what about grandparents? aunts and uncles? godfathers? cousins they may have grown up with? Other friends? They just got married in front of another couple's family, and they don't even seem to care! They didn't plan it, they didn't pick the food or decoration... hell they didn't even have a say in their tuxedos! In what world would KURT and BLAINE be OK with that??? Brittany and Santana's wedding was sweet and cute and romantic, but I this "double wedding" felt forced to me.
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Feb 26, 2015
I could not agree more. What a rushed and horribly orchestrated double wedding. So many simple things that the writers could have done differently to have made it better. :/
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Feb 23, 2015
GREAT episode. But where the heck was Quinn? No explanation regarding her absence. And Emma?
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Feb 23, 2015
Emma is absent taking care of her son.
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Feb 24, 2015
You would think she'd get a sitter for attending the wedding of four of her former students.
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Feb 24, 2015
She did not plan ahead at all. But she will return on the series finale.
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Feb 23, 2015
This was one of the best episodes...i laughed, cried, yelled with joy, cheered and applaused....it was a amazin wedding...i hope my wedding will be like that...with friends, people dancing, singing enjoying...
Love how Sue kept her cool en even did some good things this episode...you really have to love her...
Rachel getting the nod so she can move on with Sam...
Santana's mother and abela are reunited again...
There was not one thing that was bad this episode...even the father of Brit, when he started with his speech....all was good...
Just loving this season badly!!
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Feb 23, 2015
I don't understand Ryan Murphy's obsession with young marriage. He's been having kids on the show engaged since they were juniors in high school. Yes weddings equal ratings but shame. Check out my article on the subject on Hot2Molly.com
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Feb 23, 2015
Kitty, the mean girl, is a really good dancer with cute moves. She was dancing cute during Outkast's song, "Hey-Ya!" especially in her mint dress and she pinches, grabs, shakes her mint skirt and twirl around both ways. I have a feeling Quinn cannot appear because of too much guilt not appearing in the Finchel wedding.
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Feb 22, 2015
i luv every episode this final season. unlike before feeling an obligation.it dragged on and on. now, i watch it to enjoy and prepare myself to say good bye. i wonder why quin didn't show up at the wedding nor the wife of wil
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Feb 22, 2015
I am really enjoying Glee's final season so far. It's weird and funny and the writers are just giving us everything they got. The only thing that bothered me in the episode was the fact that Blaine's mum apparently never met Carol before, when their (step-)sons have been dating for years. But hey, that's a minor point. Keep it up, Glee.
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Feb 22, 2015
I totally agree. Even though I am a huge fan of glee,I too wondered why Blaine's mom just met carol. Then I remembered that she was only a cameo.
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Feb 22, 2015
Ugh, I don't know. First, and because this stuck me: "if we don't get married by thirty, I'll marry you." THIRTY, Artie and Tina? Really, Glee? Really?

I've stuck with Glee all this time despite its flaws and I've always been willing to give it a chance because of how much I loved the first few seasons, but this season has been hit or miss so far for me. And this episode was a miss. I really liked the new kids when they were introduced and it disappoints me that they've been relegate to the background so fast, while at the same time unrealistically adding them to every big event/storyline that's about the first generation gleeks. Why should they care? They don't even know them. I know the show's days are numbered, but I'd have appreciated at least one more episode of character development before these kids who were just barely, reluctantly brought into the Glee club are thrust in the storylines of the first Glee members.

Also that's a matter of opinion, but nothing touched me in this episode, apart maybe from Rachel qualms about moving on from Finn and Carol's aknowledgment (would have liked to see more of that). This episode was too sweet, too fluffy, too expected, and I just didn't feel it. But that's me.
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Feb 22, 2015
Glees my life and I don't think it should end now. Its helped through a lot in the past six years and has taught me so much more.
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Feb 22, 2015
I really would love it if it was continued
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Feb 22, 2015
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Feb 22, 2015
Agreed. Glee is one of the few shows that, no matter how many times ive seen an episode, always makes me smile. Its sad that its coming to an end.
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Feb 22, 2015
I think I'll still watch it no matter when it ends.
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Feb 22, 2015
The last line of your review is so Ever After.
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Feb 21, 2015
I hate that Glee utterly ruined Kurt/Blaine by making them selfish, flip-flopping immature characters in a toxic relationship and then just ignored all of that by marrying them. They have so much work to do before they can even consider spending the rest of their lives together and all that was glossed over in favour of a big splashy gay wedding cause why not? Ideally, Kurt and Blaine's storyline this season would have been them in couple's counseling (by recently licensed therapist Emma Pillsbury) working through their many issues, the climax of all that them finally getting to a place where they can be in a committed relationship and taking it slow. It would have been a smaller, quieter story but so much more meaningful. Sadly however, I think that's too mature for Glee.
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Feb 21, 2015
So many fun cameos in this episode; I barely recognised Gina Gershon as Blaine's mom!
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Feb 22, 2015
Oh i know!!

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Feb 21, 2015
The last season of Glee reminds me of the last season of Star Trek: TNG. They knew it was their final season so they said, "What the hell." At least that's what it felt like with Blaine dating Karofsky and then the whole Sue "Saw" scenario. But this just felt right. This was Glee at its heart. I enjoyed this episode immensely. Also, I figured the wedding - weddings as it turned out - would be part of the 2 hour series finally after nationals but it worked fine here. I have to admit, I love Sue as a villain. What makes her so great is her motivations. While she is selfish and self centered, she also knows compassion and how to deal with intolerance. How she got Santana's grandmother there was brilliant and totally Sue. Not sure how Glee will end - they've been so hit or miss over the past couple of seasons - but if they can keep the episodes feeling like this one, they will definitely end on a high note!
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Feb 21, 2015
I'm glad we should publicized double gay weddings in this episode. But I have a feeling that Dave might get killed in the next episode.
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Feb 21, 2015
I liked this episode quite a lot, but I agree: where was Quinn? They could at least have found some half-assed excuse (broken leg, important exam...) for her absence. And I think there was once more some really sloppy writing when Blaine's mom apparently met Kurt's step-mom for the FIRST TIME at their sons' wedding - what the f***? Carol has been Kurt's mom for about as long as he has known Blaine, and thinking back to the big family meeting of Rachel's and Finn's (ie Kurt's) parents, and both Burt and Carol taking so much interest in Kurt's life, it seems simply absurd that they haven't met before. And it would have been so easy to make the whole scene plausible: have Carol say "Hi, so nice to see you again!" and then introduce Blaine's mom to Britt's and Santana's moms - problem solved. And btw - what was Mrs Anderson doing at the wedding?!?! She supposedly didn't know at that point that it'd also be her son's wedding. And where was Mr Anderson? In the bathroom with Mr Pierce? But all in all - we finally got the long awaited KLAINE wedding, and it felt actually quite right. I also liked that Mr Shue was there, but stayed in the background, no weird and overly emotional moments there - almost an adult episode! Except for Mr Pierce, I found him just embarassing and annoying, but I've never been a big Brittney fan anyway. Really sad that there are so few episodes left!
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Feb 21, 2015
I thought this episode was pretty good. Then again this is coming from someone who hasn't watched the show in a long time. The show is what it always was a PSA on tolerance that often got lost in bad writing and weird characterization. It is sometime thow really really good.
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Feb 21, 2015
I thought it was a great episode but yeah, where was Quinn?
Honestly thought I was seeing things when Vanessa Lengies name popped up in the cast list.
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Feb 21, 2015
WHERE WAS QUINN?? :(
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Feb 21, 2015
Where was Will? And, time-travel fanfiction notwithstanding, what purpose did Sugar serve?
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Feb 21, 2015
Sugar is kind of a life at the wedding party type of person.
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Feb 21, 2015
Will was part of the wedding party.
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Feb 23, 2015
My bad, I blinked and must've missed him.
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Feb 21, 2015
I know that Glee wants to wrap up the story lines of all the original cast members, but they introduced interesting new characters this season just to completely ignore them.

Tina wanted to third wheel on the wedding joy which, if she is a bridesmaid is a huge faux pas. Yes, it's easy to get caught up in all the excitement but spontaneous proposal near or on the same day as a wedding is just stealing attention.

Thank-you to Santana for pointing out Sue's flaws and actions. She continuously expects to be invited and forgiven but then turns around and performs acts of great cruelty or just straight up crimes. Yes, her complete and utter support of Coach Beast was amazing but it came right after she'd jeopardized Will's job and after years of bullying.

Got to admit, I got teary when Finn's mom came onto the scene.

I knew Abuela Lopez was going to make it to the wedding because this is Glee, but kudos to Sue for one of her grand and rare acts of kindness.

Um...as cute as the Klaine marriage in the back of a barn would be, they'd still need a marriage licence.

I'm glad Tina and Mike didn't get engaged as well, it would have been a complete and utter fanfic story line to have absolutely everybody paired off on the same day.

There was a lot more singing than plot in this episode. If you were just a regular guest than this wedding would have got really tedious after the second song.
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Feb 21, 2015
I'm going to have to disagree on the "more singing than plot" issue. We were halfway through the episode before anyone even sang anything. Plus, wedding episodes, regardless of the show, are rarely all that complex.

I'm just glad they didn't waste another Gloria Estefan cameo by having her not sing.
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Feb 22, 2015
I just thought that instead of three singing numbers in the very short wedding reception they could have had scenes of Rachel talking to the Hummel's or perhaps Kurt and Blaine being congratulated by their parents or maybe even had the new kids talk and socialise with one another this episode.
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Feb 22, 2015
Agreed. More of the new kids please. They just got introduced and they're already background for the first generation members' storylines, when they barely know each other. It'd be more organic if we saw them interact a little more.
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Feb 21, 2015
Thank You God, Allah, Buddha, Zeus, Odin and Satan!!! Finally!!! I won't spoil for the west coast, but like Santana says, Hot Damn!
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Feb 21, 2015
*Sigh* Is it just me that feels Kurt and Blaine are far more interesting as characters when they're not together? Though I found it unbelievable that Blaine would be with Dave given Kurt and Dave's past, it was at least nice to see him with someone else, and directing the Warblers, and having a life outside of Kurt. I found it refreshing AND daring for the show to have Kurt dating an older man, which does happen - for good and for bad. I think they could've explored that a little more. If Klaine (I prefer Blurt - lol) was to be endgame, so be it. Fine, whatever. I just think it was nice to see them separate, but still in each other's lives (because, you know, Ohio - I mean they basically implied Dave slept with every bear in the state, which, LOL, probably true). If only there were more episodes. Funny how we finally get a (pretty) excellent season and the (mostly) coherent one in forever, and it's the last and shortened season. Ugh, Glee. Oh, and congrats to Brit and Santana. Yay!
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Feb 21, 2015
If I don't see a talkback for Agent Carter next week, I'm staging a protest. Fox doesn't even promote Glee anymore.
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Feb 21, 2015
I love this comment. I come every week to see Parks and Rec, Empire or Agent Carter and they never get any love.
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