Glee "Feud" Review: Bros Before Hoes

Glee S04E16: “Feud”


It’s time for another installment of “The Rachel Berry Slut-Shaming Hour!” This week, Rachel’s high school frenemy dragged her to a doctor to finally get a professional opinion regarding the contents of her lady oven. Relieved by the good news that Plastic Brody didn’t slip one past the goalie, Rachel skipped merrily to class and Santana balked at the wasted opportunity for Rachel to get her shit together. Because apparently the chick who 1) made it into her dream school and is currently pursuing her dream job, 2) has experienced some abysmal lows in the past few months only to rise with newfound confidence in herself, 3) auditioned for parts in plays and films and actually won them from time to time... APPARENTLY that woman is a massive trainwreck who needs to take control of her life before reality sets in. Okay, Santana. How’s that dropping-out-of-school-and-crashing-on-your-friends’-sofa approach working out for you?

The best part of Santana’s whole weird, misguided judgement of Rachel’s recent life choices was her outrage over Rachel’s decision to go to class once she'd received the all-clear that she wasn’t actually knocked up, “You can’t just blow past this like nothing happened!”

Except that, you know, NOTHING HAPPENED. So Rachel had a pregnancy scare. Welcome to being a sexually active woman. Santana said Rachel needed to learn from the experience and get her life back on track. Yes—moving forward, Rachel and her bang buddies should be more careful with their sexcapades. Wrap it up. Get on the pill. Track down a shot of Depo. Whatever. Rachel and Brody are two consenting adults who seem to have the definitions of “yes” and “no” down solid. If Brody hadn't lied about his night job, I’d say they were a fairly accurate, mundane, and generally  healthy portrayal of a college romance... even if they did shack up after like, what, a week? Maybe? It happens. It’s usually a bad idea. It wasn’t a great idea in Rachel and Brody’s case, but as we’ve established, it’s not like she’s burning her Barbara Streisand memorabilia to heat the loft, or routinely skipping class, or even, as far as we know, experiencing any significant setbacks in her budding career.


But remember, ladies: If you have sex with a dude who wants to have the sex right back at you, you’re firmly on the path to ruin and shame (so much shame), and it’s just a matter of time before you’re dropping out of your fancy performing arts school to yodel for quarters in the subway in order to finance the destroyer of dreams baking in your baby bump courtesy of Gigolo Ken. #gleefacts

So Rachel has to grow up and make good decisions and stuff, but meanwhile, Santana was more than happy to call Rachel’s sometimes-estranged ex to fly in from Ohio and terrorize Rachel's current beau by declaring Rachel once again his future wife. I’m glad everyone discussed this with Rachel. Yay autonomy. 

Santana was right about Brody, but she’s still so incredibly wrong when it comes to “helping” Rachel, and now Finn has been added to the mix. On one hand, it’s nice to see a lot of the alumni sharing stories again but on the other, OMG Glee, think about your decisions. Think about what stories actually mean instead of what you seem to THINK they mean way out there in your glitter-encrusted, bubblegum-flavored, glow-in-the-dark neon-painted fantasy land. Glee has always been a parody of the world, holding a funhouse mirror to our reality for both comedy and commentary. But lately, Glee has been trying to warp the reflection too much, and the problem with that is that too much distortion renders the message incomprehensible.

Up until the end there, Finn had a great story going. Schue was overreacting to the news that Finn kissed Emma and Schue's refusal to forgive Finn was just the latest in his long line of dick moves. Schue terminated whatever the hell kind of position he had set Finn up with at the school and Finn lamented the latest in his long line of epic failures until MARLEY of all people said what we were all thinking. Finn was whining about how, after returning to McKinley and working with the glee club, he had really started to consider the possibility that he could succeed as a teacher but WOE and SADNESS it's all ruined now over a WOMAN and it’s not even like he was ever going to do anything with said woman and Schue hates him and on top of it all, he doesn’t even have a teaching degree. 

“So go get one!” OMG THANK YOU, MARLEY. 

Boom. Finn had an awesome storyline all set up and ready for the taking. It was logical. Of all the possible futures we’ve seen Finn consider, the teacher option is one that fits the best and I was so ready.

Unfortunately, Schue’s self-righteous, over-the-top machismo rubbed off on his former protege before he headed east and while I’m sure we’ll see some Future Teacher Finn Hudson action in the future, rather than just leave us in the warm glow of his new direction in life, we got cro magnon Finn telling Brody to leave his future spouse alone. FINN THINK RACHEL MAKE GOOD MATE. RACHEL BELONG TO FINN. 

Aaaaaaand cue the inexplicably upbeat closing number. 


What did you think of this episode? 



MUSICAL NOTES

– Glee playlist time: Reeeeally wasn’t feeling any of them this week if we’re being honest, but I guess I’ll take the BSB/N’Sync mash-up for the nostalgia factor (even if it wasn’t a particularly great mash-up), the battle of Blaine and Sue because of the amazing batshit insanity, aaaand “Closer” just cuz I like the song. Yay Tegan and Sara. What were your faves?

 I love when Glee randomly turns people into douchebags for no other reason than providing a quick opportunity to cram a PSA into an episode. In other words, it was really great to see Unique standing up to Ryder, but I’m confused because those two have been interacting for awhile now and the question of Unique’s “true” gender has never been an issue in the past. I’m thinking Glee just decided that we needed a reminder that Marley and Jake are the new Rachel/Finn and any stragglers better ally themselves with the right team NOW. As a result, I will be cheering for Marley/Ryder out of spite.

– Marley telling Finn to grow a pair. Lol, pot meet kettle.

– I’m actually kind of excited about Blaine Anderson: Undercover Cheerio.


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Everything about this reviews is right on, I don't even know why I watch. Santana and Finn are the most loathsome characters on this show, especially Finn, the relationships are demeaning toward women who must be constantly shamed and are not allowed to make decisions for themselves, there is no such thing as consistency, the music numbers are ridiculous, nonsensical, and value quantity over quality... It's just a mess.
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This show is like a train wreck: you know you shouldn't stare, but you can't quite bring yourself to look away, either.
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I only thing I can't agree with are the songs this week. They rocked! How to be a Heartbreaker was awesome! and finally giving Brody an (almost solo) was great! and Santana singing Cold Hearted was practically a dream to me... that girl can do no wrong. Her ridiculousness is what makes her brilliant. And, Closer was great. Yes it didn't belong or fit in but it was definitely a song Glee needed to cover. Plus, you can't tell me you didnt laugh when Sue went all Nicki Minaj. Glee is at its best when is all silly and over the top. Love the reviews though! Thanks :)
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I agree with most of the review, even though I really enjoyed the episode. Kurt's line about Santana interfering with Paula Abdul was awesome, as was Finn showing up at the end, simply because I didn't see it coming. Thought it'd be Rachel. That having been said, does everyone in that cast have a teleporter ala "The Fly" to step go back and forth between Ohio and NY so easily?! Sue Sylvester's Nikki Minaj was unbelievably hillarious (as was her Madonna video so many seasons ago) and yeah, Schue is a dick. Oh, and Finn being a teacher is great, but uh... that kinda takes college... and credentials. But then again, Finn seemed to have his own office there at the end for a job in which he wasn't getting paid for. And what about Ryder's internet pal? Is nobody else a little disturbed by the possilibilities there? It seemed like typical Glee parody until the end. Who is it? I thought maybe it'd be Unique or even Marley, but neither of those quite work logically and because of its flippant, parody-like feel, I can't imagine it's actually who Ryder expects, but who then? If it was realistic, it'd be a TO CATCH A PREDATOR criminal, but again, this is Glee, so that probably won't be the choice. Regardless, fun as hell episode!
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Glee always plants seeds that don't grow. I think we'll never hear from online girl again and that was just to show Ryder's loneliness XD
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I was bracing myself for it to be Rachel at the end there too, with Santana and Brody.

Omg, teleporters indeed!

Yeah, I honestly don't know what to make of Ryder and the online girl at the moment. I feel like it could be Kitty, but apparently she's nice now. Or something.
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I first I thought for sure "Katie" was going to turn out to be Wade/Unique, but by the end I was pretty sure it was Marley because that was the last thing she asked him about.
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Ok, wow, don't know what episode you were watching but I actually found this one of the best this season. The Finn and Will showdown was fun because I got to see how much of a douche Will continues to be since he insists they do this assignment and do BOY BANDS songs...I mean, no disrespect to TBSB or N'Sync (cos I also went through that period) but the seriousness with which Will took to do this and deciding to keep that grudge against Finn was just a new low for Will....I mean, how about going and talking to your fiance about the real reasons she does want to marry a douche bag?

Also, could not love Santana more this season. As for your rant about how Rahcel has it all while Santana does not...well, first of all Rachel in NYADA only because she Racheled her way through to get in after choking at the audition and then stalking Madame Tibbwhatever with muffins and psycho messages about a second chance, Santana always knew she was meant for NY but she decided to go to college....what is so bad about realising the pom-pom thing is not for you and moving to NY to start over? Nothing. And she is totally right about Rachel who needs to NOT get her shit together as you say but maybe RE-Evaluate her whole Sex and The City lifestyle because what if she was really pregnant....because she was so careless? What then? And actually I wish Glee went there because with all this control you say Rachel has, tell me then what would she have done if she was really pregnant.

Also not liking how they treated Ryder this episode....Why do people who are confused as to how they should react to people like Unique get scowled down for being disrespectful. I would be too. I mean, Ryder had a point, because one week Unique is wearing boy clothing, next he is in a dress - I would be confused too as to how Unique wants to been seen as. But glad they worked it out tho becos I was getting tired of Jake's attitude towards Ryder - oh and please Jake and Moron Marley are not Finn and Rachel. Just no.

Loved Jane Lynch doing Nicki Minaj, and where was Brittany? And who is the mystery online girl? I mean its time Ryder gets someone normal since clearly Morom Marley is head over heals for douche Jake and he is her epic love because he did all those things for her...yeah which exactly aside from making her pine for him while dating Kitty and not being interested in her and giving her low self-esteem?
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First of all Santana Rocked that song!! She was just awesome.
Brody needs to go...he will of course have his reasons and he didn't seem to all happy nailing that lady in the beginning, he is still doing it and it is not fair to Rachel.
Rachel needs to toughen up a bit..in the beginning she was all fighty and now she is Rachel from the first season again...!!
I loved how Riley made up with everybody, even if i think that they are making him more a bad person then he actually is...!!! Also i can totally understand the whole confusing part about Unique...he/she is that allright...but if want to be called a woman, dress up ass one all the time then...right???
Good for Finn that he finally knows what he wants...!!! Took three seasons.....
OK...lovevd the end, when Santana was in the room waiting for Brody..and then Finn showed up! I got up of shock!! he kicked brody's ass and loved what he said about...stay away of my FUTURE WIFE!!! Loved it!!!!
Did anybody miss Britney this episode???? Didn't her see at all...
Sue rocked that song! Loved the outfit, the whole thing around it...!!! Loved it! She is so awesome...!!!
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Not everyone has to be a villian Glee. It is driving me crazy that they are villianizing Ryder. It just feels so contrary to his character. I love him - his humility, his kindness, and his passion. I love Marley and Finn for similar reasons and the storylines these characters are getting seesaw so much that I am getting whiplash. Loved Marley's understanding of forgiveness - very powerful and refreshing. Anybody think that the girl Ryder is chatting with is Marley? I didn't think that until the end when computer girl asked if he still has feelings for Marley and he said no and then she didn't respond. All I know is that if I were Marley I would be madly in love with him. He has stood up for her from the beginning and after all the things he did for Valentine's Day I would be putty in his hands.
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I could see Marley possibly being the internet girl. It doesn't seem like the sort of sneaky thing Marley would do, but then again, I never considered that Ryder could be as big of a douche as he was to Unique all of a sudden either. Whyyyy, Glee?
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WTH is going on with this show. Its going places where it doesn't need to go, it getting boring and plain stupid with the storyline. I find myself fast forwarding so much now. I was so hoping that Rachel was gone for good last season, can't stand her. Why oh why did we need to all of a sudden need to go where they did with Unique ? They should have done this a lot earlier
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Long time reader, first time commenter....
I'm sorry, but that was one of the most enjoyable episodes of Glee this season. I LOVE that Santana and Finn are being all protective of Rachel. She is all naive and they are trying to protect her. It was so nice to see! Haven't you ever known a friend dating a cheater and you wanted to warn them? When Finn walked in that room I actually squealed. I have barely had a reaction to anything this season, although I have loyally watched it and mildly enjoyed it, that bit was awesome.
I agree that Rachel's friends have NEVER given her enough credit, in some ways, as in with her talent and ambition she is amazing. But she is one of those people who you just want to baby a little because her other life skills are a bit child like. We all have one of those friends, right?
And I laughed and laughed at Sue doing Nikki, that was hilarious! And Blaine going undercover... yay, a storyline!
I thought the 90s boy band tribute was perfect. Cheesy and barely music but perfect.
Also Will is being a dick. I think he is just trying to blame the whole Emma thing on Finn so that he doesn't have to look at himself, as usual.
All in all, an episode I thoroughly enjoyed. (Although I yawned over the new kids stories as always. However, I thought Ryder's performance with the Elton John song was really good)
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I liked the episode (actually LOVED the musical numbers. Cold Hearted Snake/How to Be a Heartbreaker were the shit) but I really don't know what to make of this Blaine storyline. Isn't the point of Sue randomly destroying the Glee club for no reason, that she's crazy and a bully? So Blaine randomly destroying the Cheerios for no reason makes him a hero? Glee logic.
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Glee logic! Superior to regular logic because...uh...because Glee said so.
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Oh yes. Ps.

I dream of an episode where Rachel and Marely sit down and talk about high school, going through it and having gone through it. The pressures of being the power house voice and the pressures of what's to follow. I really want Rachel to become a big sister figure to her, that would be amazing.

And on a final note: I was left at the end of this last episode imaginig that Finn is now in New York secretly geting his crap together; ie, finding some poor little appartment and signing up at a community college for a teaching cert. and then once he's got everything in place he'll "bump" into Rachel and be like, "oh you go to school around here too?" lol

Though.. I really do wish for Jesse to come back. He was her match. Alas, that'll most likely never happen.
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Serious nostalgia with The Back Strret Boys and N*Sync... wow.. sort of wished they'd picked different songs from them though... oh well.

I agree with Lily on the whole "Rachel does have her sh*t together," but I also agree with Santana that even though Rachel is pursuing her goals she's losing the core of what Rachel Berry is. Rachel shoudn't have to give up her strong values to become some card board cut out produced by NYADA.

I absolutely love that Finn beat the crap out of Brody. Brody is a shallow douche bag. I don't really care for Finchle or whatever, I totally think Jesse should come back and swing her off of her feet, but I'll settle for Finn standing up for the girl he loves. Finally Finn is starting to act like a man.

Really getting sick of Unique/Wade. "Look at me!" "But now you're judging me!"
Look, I accept that you want to be different and you're coming into your own, but stop throwing it in our faces.

I support or ship or whatever it's called Marley and Ryder. It's obvious that her and Jake is to appease the people that wanted Rachel and Puck to work out, but Ryder is a better character, and Jake is no Puck. I would much rather see the kid that plays Ryder stick around and get rid of the kid that plays Jake, or atleast stop making him "the main heart throb" because he's not. There's no depth to him, he's absolutely flat. At least Ryder is a goofy guy that makes up his own touch down dance, tries to learn to read, and is oddly enough very romantic.

Too bad the little chickiepoo he's talking too is probably Kitty or someone nasty.
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Rachel never really had strong values though, She's always kind of let the men in her life control her. She's pretty insecure for someone so confidant.
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Loved this review, MaryAnn totally nailed it on everything. It's funny cos despite the awful Santana stuff & awful Unique stuff I actually felt this episode was a major improvement over most of this season. Marley & Finn's conversation was a season highlight, I liked the newbies bonding together until Kitty starting talking (ugh!). I'm excited by the Blaine Cheerio storyline as well. I didn't like Ryder's internet gal's 'proof' speech though, that was veering towards one of those pitiful why religion is real BS propaganda thingos.

I was freaking out with the *NSYNC song but by the end I loved it. I think it's one of their best mashups ever.
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This episode had a lot of good stuff wedged into the awful stuff. I liked Marley and Finn too. I thought the newbies bonding was sweet and I laughed when Kitty showed up and Unique was like, "Wait. Since when are we friends?"
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i wish i could live in the glee universe, it seems so fun and carefree. like santana getting job as a bartender? even if she were or over 21, she;d still need a bartender;s license!! is glee written by middle schoolers?
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The girl in Coyote Ugly didn't need a bartenders license either. It's make believe fun land. Really though, if they're just looking for hot girls to dance on bars then they might overlook those legal issues. It's New York.
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Actually, I'm on Schue's side vs Finn. Unforgivable betrayal by Finn after all Schue'd done for him. Also on Santana's, coz Rachel is dating a whore. Also because I like Santana and hate Rachel, so you know, bias. And I'm on Finn's side vs the whore, because nothing wrong with being a whore, but being a secret whore when you're living with someone is deeply wrong. Also, teleportation is cool.
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on the backstreet boys/nsync mash up mr schue not only looked like he was waaaaay younger than finn, he also acted like he was younger. it was just really randomly out of place. but then again, so is everything else in glee, and it is till considered a great show.
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It hasn't been considered a great show since season 2 but I still think it is.
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What? Nothing about who this Katie person is? No one actually thinks she's some random blond named Katie, right?
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I'm just taking it as a given that it's Unique.
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That's what I thought. It's unique lol
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I was hoping it wouldn't be, because I'm thinking everyone's thinking that, haha.
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I've decided to enjoy Glee the way that I enjoyed season 1 of American Horror Story. I had no idea what was happening or what was going to happen, but I just decided to enjoy the ride with the hope that things will make sense later on.
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Loved your description of how to watch it. Maybe stop at: "enjoy the ride" and it'll be perfect. I try not to expect things to make much sense on Glee. They rarely do.
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OMG! Your entire Finn commentary is on point! Thank you for not going with the masses and being all, "Yay! Finchel!" Because last night was night cheer-worthy at all. However, I disagree on the Jake/Marley, Ryder/Marley thing. I feel like Jake and Marley are Puck and Rachel 2.0 (bad boy/good girl), while Ryder and Marley are Finn and Rachel 2.0 (because Ryder really is Finn 2.0). However, Jake and Marley just seem to be endgame instead of Ryder and Marley.
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Jake is definitely not Finn. He listened to Marley and agreed to trust that she wouldn't cheat instead of beating up Ryder and forbidding her from seeing him.
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For an out and proud gay guy Blaine seemed really pissed at being called a bottom, especially when it's "not really" (which means it is) true.
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Ok, Mr Shue helps Finn forgive Puckerman when he got Quinn Pregnant while she was dating Finn, and suddenly is too much for him to forgive Finn for having kissed Emma, when he is not even remotely attracted to her? I have no iea why I keep n watching the show. It was never great, but now it's just horrible, and the songs / song versions haven;t been good either.
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"I'm pretty sure she just stole my comforter." "Yeah, bitch took my pillow." That made me laugh. Hearing Marley actually say something a bit bold (telling Finn to grow a pair) was a nice change. On the other hand, does anyone else find it particularly laughable when Finn tries to act intimidating? I just can't take that seriously. He can't pull it off. The scene with him and Brody was silly as hell. I just don't like Finn.
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I wanna know who is talking to Ryder maybe a little catfish action
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ya that story line is going to be some sort of online predator PSA from the looks of it, the schools around here just had assemblies on the subject and whenever a topic comes up here then within a week it's on tv shows too.
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I don’t agree, I think having a drug dealer or prostitute as a boyfriend can be a dangerous thing, for obvious reasons. Santana is right to not trust brody and she wants to protect her friend. Maybe she isn’t doing it the right way (debatable, I agree) but she’s not wrong, she’s not overreacting. He’s having unprotected sex with Rachel and then with all that women. It’s a serious thing.

Oh btw I agree with Auriken's comment
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I don't think that Brody and Rachel are by any means some great romance and it does upset me that he's sleeping around and not telling Rachel, even just to pay his bills. The thing with Santana coming in and tearing the relationship apart though is that it takes Rachel's autonomy away. Santana told Rachel that she thinks Brody is a scumbag and that's fine. But it's RACHEL's decision to end the relationship. Not Santana's.
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Having a pregnancy scare does not mean you are necessarily having unprotected sex.
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The "best" bit of music in this episode had to be Sue doing Super Bass, only because absolute proof of Ms. Minaj's lack of any talent. When Jane Lynch can sing your material better than you can it's time to quit.

I did like the line about who's graduating this year "... and probably Brittany" so there's a chance she'll still be in the Glee Club next year
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lol go to the Glee tumblr to find people who love the show, go to tv.com to find people who hate the show.
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During the N'Sync and Backstreet Boys number, I had to stop and ask myself, "what the hell am I watching?" I have never really "liked" this show, but man; this is bad.
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I felt the same way! I dont understand why i keep watching this show when its soo embarrassing and just plain bad...
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The music was pretty much a miss tonight, nothing really I would consider that good. Though I will say that the Sue/Blaine mash-up did actually make me hate Nicki Minaj even more than I already did and that is saying a lot.

I don't think that Santana is worried that Rachel is changing and pursuing her dreams, it is that she is doing too much too fast. She is also more willing than others to make her opinions known to her friends, especially when she believes they are going to be hurt.

As for her taking on Brody, Santana does have an instinct for seeing the darker parts in people no matter how much they try to hide it. It stems from the fact that she has embraced the bitchy parts of her own personality and that she spent a good amount of time hiding her own secrets. For instance, she knew Kerofsky was hiding the fact that he was gay, and she was the only one that seemed to see through Kitty's BS when they were all back for Thanksgiving.



Speaking of Kitty, she is all of a sudden becoming a good person? I call BS on that one. It is likely that the writers have observed the reaction that viewers have had to Kitty and her actions during the first part of the season and are trying to make her likeable now. But I am sorry, the things this girl has done go far beyond mere bitchy high school crap, they border on pure sociopathic evil. Just having her all of a sudden come in and defend Wade and be all buddy buddy with people is not enough to redeem her.

As Finn, I really thought they were going to go somewhere when he realized that he could be a teacher, show him applying for college, maybe even in New York. Instead we got this very strange and almost stalker like roar from him when he beat the hell out of Brody. it kind of showed him as having learned nothing about impulse control. They could have easily shown some development in the character by having him sit and talk with Brody about the dangerous life he is living and exposing Rachel to and tell him that Brody needed to come clean to Rachel before he or Santana told her the truth.
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Thank You Mary Ann. I have no idea what awful thing Rachel has done this season to need some kick in the head.
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I SO agree about Finn. I thought it was an interesting twist that Shue wouldn't forgive him right away, but at the same time believable (Will needs someone other than himself to blame here), I was very pro-Finn at the end of it all. And I was also very anti-Brody. I mean, I got the impression Glee wanted us to have a little sympathy for him because he was using his earnings for tuition, but seriously, he's a prostitute, he hasn't told Rachel, and that's sort of a big STD risk she should be aware of.

So when Finn showed up in the hotel room I was ready for some smack talk and even some threats. I wasn't ready for a violent physco-ex boyfriend. I assume Glee wants to keep us guessing and test our loyalties, but all it did was make me thing *they* don't know where the hell they're going with all this.
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I really don't like any of the newbies. Its like they want us to forget about the original cast, who are still in the show. Marley was cute in the beginning of the season, but now she is just a girl who always needs a man to do anything. She needed to date Jake because she loves him. She needed Finn to help her with her eating problem. Seriously Marley, grow a pair and think for yourself.

They should really focus on one locale next season. Finn instantaneously showing up in New York again, is just unbelievable. And 'my future wife', creepers. Both Finn and Brody are on the wrong. Rachel is better off finding a man later in life. What the heck is wrong with focusing on her studies? That is the point of college right.

And what is the point of bringing down Sue? We already know what she was and what she does since Season 1. She'll still be there anyway after she is 'brought down'. I guess they just want to give Blaine more screen time with a ridiculous plot line because he is Blaine. I wish Glee was better written.
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Yeah I know this is a worst violent episode, but the next one will be more insulting than violent. The one scene between Brody and Finn was a violent example.

They should include "5ive" songs, such as "It's The Things You Do (US Edit)", "Don't Fight It Baby" or "Lay All Your Lovin' On Me", for example, in this "Feud" episode.

Tina needs more solos for the remaining six episodes of this season! She's doing okay right now!

I understand that Tina, Brittany, Artie and Blaine are graduating this season and I think they should move to New York also. But I don't understand why Sam is graduating with four of them this season also?

I know Sugar and Joe are not in the episode also, but it turns out they are going to get transferred at the end of this season.

Marley, Jake, Kitty, Ryder and Unique are in Glee Season 5 with new odd additional replacements along!


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concerning Rachel:
I fully agree with what was written. Suddenly Rachel is treated like a stupid retard that cannot make decisions by herself, everybody jumps into the boat to "save her" [from herself]. Santana who was a bully to her and never aknowledge that, now has turned into "The righteous" and her moral conscience!!!! Brody had to be thrown under the bus because everybody knows that for RIB what really matters (the ONLY thing that matters) is the "endgame" (aka Finchel) , so Rachel is condmned to never have a decent love story with anybody else bc her "owner" ["my future wife",gimme a break...] is her only pathetic romantic choice in life. I thought Rachel's character assassination on S3 was bad, but RIB was able to surprise me again (for the worst) on S4.
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What was up with Finn's "leave Rachel and don't tell her why" to Brody? Does he WANT to make her fell down on purpose? WTF, Glee!
Anyway, the slut shaming glee has been putting Rachel in has to stop. NY Rachel is so much better than Lima Richael and they are trying to make all the people in her life change her back to the insecure, annoying and (let's face it) boring old self. Cut it out, please.

I agree with your review word by word and the only thing i'm actually looking foward to is the Blaine/Sue storyline. As for the others... I kind of think the Ryder/mistery-girl-probably-a-dude-maybe-Kitty-or-Becky is a snoozefest already.
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This episode was so patronizing, I really wasn't into it. Glee was just basically telling us that if you have a great boyfriend that has a life outside of you, he's most likely a drug dealer or an escort. Or that if you have sex, you'll get pregnant and die. Or that talking to strangers on internet is so wrong and can lead to awful things (whatever they are). Santana's obsession with Brody was boderline frightening. I can put it on the fact that she has nothing going on with her life. But calling Finn, really? I won't even talk of the fact that college/drop-out kids seem to have illimited cash to fly from one state to another.
On the other hand, I loved the duel between Blaine and Sue, it was particularly hilarious.
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I REALLY liked the "The Bitch Is Back/Dress You Up" mash-up. But that was pretty much it for me this week.

I definitely agree. Santana "I Have A Sex Tape" Lopez is probably not the best person to be giving people shade over their private business. I realize she doesn't trust Brody (and he WAS lying), and she's just trying to get Rachel to see it, but this is NOT the way to do it.

I still very much enjoyed the episode overall (and the bit with Sue was, as per usual, hilarious). Just a couple of random notes:

*Kitty....okay writers, WTF?! What. Is. Her. DEAL?! She seems to be oscillating between true bitch super-villain and "bitch on the outside, burgeoning good guy on the inside" from week to week. PICK ONE and stick to it.

*Kurt yelling at Santana for ambushing Brody with a snarky song and dance number.....sure. Because that's never happened before. In the history of ever. AT NYADA. Right, Kurt? Right.

*Who is this mystery "girl" that Ryder is chit-chattin' with? Will they ever meet? Is this something we should care about? And most importantly, what pop-altered songs are in their future?
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I think will needs to get over the kiss. Finn did it more I think to shut Emma up then anything. I think also Santanna's heart is the right place, she just goes to the extreme. I personally liked that she called Finn or at least we think she did. He could be thinking of going to a school in New York for teaching and what's wrong with that? It would give him Kurt, Rachel and Santanna and not high schoolers to hang out with. He's still in love with Rachel and I like that he acted protectively toward her.
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- While Finn and Schue's boy band mashup had a nice arrangement, I was awake for most of the 90s, and the only "feud" between BSB and NSync I remember seemed to be between their fans and not them. And a lot of those fans were more than happy to support both.

I would've liked to see them do an actual song, about an actual feud, from actual feuding artists. My personal choice, even though it's a more obscure song from a popular band, would be "Hatred (A Duet)" by the Kinks. Give it a listen. It's just six minutes of Ray and Dave Davies going back and forth, in mountain tempo, about how much they hate each other. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy_k5FFNFlM

- NEEDS MORE BRITTANY. A casual backhanded potshot at her absentmindedness seems unnecessary if she's not even in the episode.

- Blaine vs. Sue...no comment. Loco como guano.

- I've decided to continue treating Glee like pro wrestling, especially the NYADA half of it. I'm going to keep looking past the broad stereotypes, overacting, and massive plotholes, and focus on the performances and fighting in between. While Santana's meddling is everything you said and more, I did cheer when she finally exposed Brody and sicced Finn on him, even though it was completely inappropriate behavior by all three of them.

- And what kind of teacher will Finn make if he can be so easily manipulated into teleporting to NYC to beat up a gigolo?

- Kitty's personality lately is changing more frequently than the weather, and it's doing almost as much damage to my sinuses. Although it is nice to see Puck having a positive influence on her, even if it is offscreen.

- Ryder's spontaneous douchebaggery has led us to overlook the fact that he's being totally Catfished right now. "Katie" is probably really Lauren or something.
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-- Word. I was awake in the 90s too and I was one of those fans who was more than happy to support both (aaaand, I'm ashamed to say, 98 Degrees as well) and I don't recall there being that much of a divide. Whatever.

I listened! I dig it. "Hatred" would have been a really fun duet.

-- I miss Brittany too. She quickly became my favorite this season. Sometimes I think she's the only character I understand, which is sad.

-- Glee as pro wrestling. My mind = blown. It really fits though. As far as Santana and Brody, if's true, something needed to be done. Brody isn't being honest. Rachel has started questioning her feelings. Things are okay now but are just starting to get to where they could become miserable for everyone and Santana sees that. She's just SO over the top. Not Kitty levels of awful, but I just feel like all she does this season is show up and try to control people/make them unhappy.

-- My first thought was that Katie was Kitty. I'm basing that on absolutely nothing but a gut feeling though, so we'll see.
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I've made the Glee/wrestling comparison before...I believe I blew your mind last time too.
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Well, at least I'm consistent.
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Why is this garbage still running?
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Millions of Itunes sales.
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I love Santana. She might pose as a heartless bi*ch, but she has a good heart. This is just her being, pretending to be lunatic and cold while inside she is so great and she cares about her friends. I knew she will be the one who will drag Rachel's ass to see the doctor. And I loved how she just faced what's-his-face and she confronted him. Hopefully now Rachel will see who he really is. For a moment I was hoping that we will see Kurt coming out of the bathroom, but Finn is also a good choice.
And Finn, seriously why you even said about the kiss? That was a really stupid move. But I feel that he is useless for quite some time and they are looking for opportunity to kick him out of the show.
And Blaine, that was great. I want to see his master plan!
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"Okay, Santana. How’s that dropping-out-of-school-and-crashing-on-your-friends’-sofa approach working out for you?"

BURNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!@@!!@@@!!@!@

I said it in the previous episode's review, I have to say it again: Why are they making Santana such a cold, heartless bitch? Why does she hate Brody? I honestly do not understand. Other than that I enjoyed all of the songs, especially "Cold hearted snake" cover done by Naya Rivera. She was absolutely fantastic!! XD

I am also excited that Blaine joined the Cheerio's team XD - That sign Sue made was pure genious! LOL !<<<

"As a result, I will be cheering for Marley/Ryder out of spite." -- ME TOO!
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Santana should've brought Rachel along, because now we'll get too much mopey Rachel because Brody may be leaving because his male prostitution was discovered. and I'm thinking the girl Ryder is talking to is either Marley or Unique.
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Except why would Unique side with Ryder when he told internet person about Unique confronting him in the hall. That's kind of..crazy to confront some then pretend to understand when the person you confronted complained about you to someone they didn't know really was you. (if that made sense)
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and pretending to be somebody else isn't crazy? :p
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Great episode. Everything you say is true and this show is ridiculous. But I'm too busy being entertained to care? And even when they're doing stupid things in a practically fantasy world, I still care about these characters and am actually more invested than I was in Seasons 2 and 3.

Also, first!
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