Glee "Makeover" Review: Storms on the Horizon

Glee S04E03: “Makeover”

We get it, Glee. First it was “The New Rachel” and then it was “Britney 2.0” and now the title is “Makeover” as though your audience needs to be reminded each and every week that we aren’t in Kansas, er, OHIO, anymore. Except that we are, sometimes, when we aren’t in New York trying desperately to be sexy and getting borderline dream jobs with the sort of ease typically reserved for I-don’t-even-know. I think Kurt had an easier time landing his position at Vogue, as well as new BFF Sarah Jessica Parker, than I did earning my fry girl wings at McDonald’s when I was sixteen. I’ll blame it on the apparently nervous breakdown her character seemed to be on the verge of before Kurt swept in to save the day with his brilliance.

While Kurt seemed to find his place in New York and heal some of the damage to his confidence inflicted by his NYADA rejection, boyfriend Blaine struggled back in Lima. Blaine missed Kurt and filled the empty space with every possible extra-curricular activity that he could think of. That included, much to Brittany’s horror, student government. She was under the impression that students don’t have to be re-elected every year. At least we’ve previously established that Brittany is a dumbass, so her misunderstanding was excusable.

Brittany teamed up with Artie because she believed that the fact that he’s a robot would give her an edge over Blaine. I loved Artie’s defeated corrections, “No, still not a robot,” every time she brought it up.

Brittany also orchestrated a union between Blaine and Sam, thinking that Sam, essentially being the male Brittany at McKinley High, would drag her opposition down. But, wonder of all wonders, Blaine and Sam actually made a pretty decent team. During the big debate, Sam’s striptease overshadowed Artie’s long-winded rant and Blaine’s victory was cemented when Brittany declared her intention to eliminate weekends and summer vacation. Artie was definitely onto something when he declared that her brain “exists in this magical other dimension where anything is possible.”

But despite all of this epic winning going down in both Lima and New York, there’s some angst on the horizon. Finally. Kurt loves his new job at Vogue, as he should, because it seems like a sweet gig, being SJP’s BFF and not even getting a warning when he and Rachel got caught breaking into Vogue’s offices to make a music video. Like Brittany’s pining for Santana and Rachel’s initial longing for Finn, Blaine struggled to make the best of life without seeing his boyfriend all day every day. It was hard, but he seemed to be coping well. Unfortunately, Kurt seems to have gotten caught up in the fun aspects of living the dream in Manhattan at the expense of what little time he could spend on Skype dates with Blaine before. To be fair, Kurt certainly couldn’t have known why Blaine was calling him when he ignored his phone, and in the long run, winning student body president pales in comparison to successfully landing a glamorous fashion job in what basically amounts to Glee’s center of the universe.

Blaine and Kurt have reached one of the hardest parts of maintaining high school relationships after graduation, particularly when only one half of the partnership has actually graduated. It’s easy to dismiss high school victories as unimportant or childish when you’re working hard to stay afloat in the real world, even if only a few months earlier, that same win would have meant the world to you.

Blaine’s hurt at the end of “Makeover” wasn’t due solely to being ignored by someone he cares very deeply about during a great personal victory. It was the result of many incidents that, to Blaine, simply confirmed that Kurt had grown apart from him. Blaine gave up a lot to be with Kurt; it’s understandable that he’s disappointed by Kurt’s seeming ambivalence toward him and his little Midwest high school world.

Blaine and Kurt were not the only romance to take a beating this week. New and improved almost-sexy Rachel made a play for Brody after weeks of radio silence from Finn. She burned dinner and ended up ordering pizza, but Brody was touched that she had at least TRIED. Their date was actually going rather well until Finn showed up. Ugh. He doesn’t call. He doesn’t write. And I’m sure we’ll spend next week watching him make Rachel feel like the worst girlfriend ever. I don’t do this very often, but I’m on Team Rachel here. What about you?


MUSICAL NOTES


– Schue applied for a position on the Blue Ribbon panel to improve arts education in schools because all of his class pets graduated and he doesn’t feel all special and beloved anymore. He also cited his lack of ideas for New Directions’ performances going into the new competition season. It was heavily implied that he got the position, so I guess New Directions will just have to fend for themselves because, you know, the best teachers ALWAYS ditch their students in search of self-glory and instant gratification. That’s how that works, right?

– Everybody kept ripping on Brittany for the dinosaur prom as though it was the worst thing to ever happen to anyone at McKinley High School EVER. I don’t think they understand what awesome is when they see it.

– Blaine ditched his signature bowtie at Sam’s urging. On one hand, it was a nice moment for him, on the other, Blaine is synonymous with bowtie and I don’t know if I can approve of his decision. Thoughts?

– During Week 1 of Rachel’s Search for the Sexy, I was on board. College is all about reinventing yourself and finding yourself and who doesn’t want to feel sexy? During Week 2 I decided that Rachel’s problem was that she simply tried to hard and couldn’t help but fail miserably. Now in Week 3, I stand by that belief, and I can’t stop laughing. It’s like watching a little girl play dress-up, but more weird than cute.

– My Glee playlist for this week: Brittany and Sam’s “Celebrity Skin” performance was energetic and fun. Also, color guard! What was your favorite song this week?

– The promo for next week's episode looks brutal. Was that “The Scientist” in the background? (Yes. Yes it was.) However, I don’t think I care enough about Marley and Puck Jr. to weep over their relationship woes on the same level as Rachel/Finn, Blaine/Kurt, and Schue/Emma. I’m hoping that was just wonky editing.

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This episode was a so much better than Britney 2.0

Next week is gonna be incredibly harsh, the Internet is gonna EXPLODE with angry Klaine comments!
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Tbh I've never really cared about Blaine because the writers have made him so 1 dimensional, I mean look at season 2 and show me anything about Blaine other than being the star of the Warblers and being with Kurt. Season 3 was just as bad as it seemed like most of the time he performed a song just for the hell of it. The only time I felt that we got some insight into Blaine was the big brother episode, which was something, maybe not the most amazing or interesting thing but it was something. This is why I wasn't that bothered by Blaine's storyline during this episode because it basically highlighted the fact that his character was created soley to be Kurt's boyfriend on the show. I like the fact that Sam seems to have this power to cheer and comfort the people around him no matter how depressed they are like Brittany in the previous episode, Marley in the premier and now Blaine. I don't know why but I found it funny when Rachel opened the door and found Finn on the otherside and how his face changed as soon as he saw what was going on. I can see Finn acting all high and mighty to make Rachel feel like crap for actually moving on with her life instead of wasting it pinning over him. That's one of the reason Finn gets on my nerves so much, he has such an ego and he can be such a hipocrit. I'm not saying it's going to happen but based on previous seasons it is very likely but we'll just have to wait and see.
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"That. Is. Sick" - is perfect quote to describe how I feel about this episode of Glee. Guys, I don;t know, maybe its just me, but I hate being confused and not knowing where I am going or why because the last time a person told to just go with something, it ended up being an 8 hours walk in the mountains, then the promised 4 hours... In terms of storylines I am starting to feel like maybe Glee should have just graduated all of its members and continue the show with a plot of them now trying to make it on their own somewhere else that is not McKinley because that place is just sad and boring. Like the student council election shown this week, I personally only related to Sue when she could not wait for the debate to be over because election speeches are just ugh these days - however the only thing Glee did succeed in is showing that in modern day history we only have two types of candidates to vote - a) those like Britany who have no idea what politics is but they somehow think they should be in it, and b) those like Blaine, who look like they are great for the position, but their heart does not truly lie in politics. The songs accompanying the elections were bad.



Only thing good about Glee in terms of high school this week - not one of the new kids got to sing anything, so screen time was not wasted.



Now onto New York and the make-over.



I am still laughing at the fact that Kurt got an internship at Vogue.com..but I guess we can write it off to the fact that Glee like Brittany's brain lives in a some weird universe where anything is possible.



I hate the fact that they are turning Kurt into someone who acts like he did after only 2 episodes ago he was still so into Lima life...not to mention Blaine...Ignoring Blaine and his problems - I don't feel good about that.



However, nothing makes me more furious that Finchel. Ok, so I get it that Rachel has the right to have other guy relationships since Finn has been so MIA. BUT, it is one thing to make new friends, and to make-out with new friends after claiming two episodes ago that your boyfriend is still in your heart. Also, Glee is making it look like now that Rachel does not wear knee-high socks and curls her hair that MAGICALLY she is interested in hot shower dudes, wants to cook the dinner solely based on the fact that the shower dude "likes her"....not even is in love with her but just "likes her", shower dude's words not mine. So I am actually on no one's team at this point because on the one hand you have Finn to is so MIA that no wonder Rachel feels like she maybe she needs to move on, and on the other hand doing everything Rachel did just because she feels more confident as a result of her make over does not make it ok to just go and be "I WANT TO COOK YOU DINNER", like where did that come from? But that is not even what bothers me most about this situation, its the fact that whether you love or hate Finchel, Finn and Rachel love (or is loved already) each other for whom they really are. Finn loves the entire Rachel, not just when she is nice, and cute with an iPhone and ice-cream, but also when she is bitchy, annoying, diva-like and selfish. Will the shower dude like this side of Rachel? That is what I am interested in. Because to me its kind of offending that every teenage show likes to get into this theme of when there is a difficult time in a relationship, its time to call it quits and not work on it and try and save it. And if you don't agree with that, then maybe you can agree with the fact that Rachel probably only likes the shower, but still loves Finn, so is it fair to him that she kisses him while not being over Finn and is fair the other way around?



I don't know, my thoughts only, but next week looks depressing in the couples department.
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Wait it was Rachel that was getting a makeover by curling her hair?

I finally figured out the very small detail that throws rachel from still reaching sexy even a little bit, it's the BANGS! Omg seriously look at pictures of Lea Michele on the red carpet w/o bangs and tell me it doesn't do just a little something for you.

Also ugh Finn, go away. And knowing Finn I bet he's going to be all self righteous and not believe Rachel was moving on when he lefter her and never contacted her when she was leaving to a city where hot guys are like a dime a dozen and come in so many varieties.



Moving on New Directions still boring, only helping realize how boring Blaine is w/o Kurt with this episode. Liked more Sam as he helped with adding comedy. Also noticed with Blaine signing up for the other clubs that outside of Glee club most of the new direction kids lives are extremely boring and aren't good at anything else nor seem to focus on anything else. Like outside of glee, quinn still had the pregnancy, prom, etc going on. Kurt still had his at home, gay stuff problems, puck still had his bad boy rep, finn still had football, bieste, girl trouble, getting kurt as a step bro, and so on. The background characters of new direction are still treated as background characters with no lives outside of glee except small glimpses.
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Surprised that no mention was made of the fact that Brittany seems to be losing her interest in scissor-Skyping in favor of blonder pastures.
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Maybe its just me, but the cross-dressing student is kind of a turnoff.
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Was Unique even in this episode?
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I don't recall seeing him. And just about everyone at still at Mckinley is a turnoff soo...
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Sarah Jessica Parker does not talk very well at all, even if she's a good actress. But Kurt should survive the internship rather being in NYADA with Rachel. But I knew the surprise at the end was Finn's visit to Rachel.



Blaine and Sam were elected as president and vice president of senior class. Tina needs to sing some lead solos and Emma needs to be back tot he regular cast lineup!
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Why does every character get shafted by the hands of Blaine? God, for a huge cast, they really need to spread roles around instead of having one in the spotlight and the rest as background-swayers.
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Remember in season one when Mr Shue was that teacher you always wished you'd had? When he was the sweetest guy ever, who was self sacrificing to a fault and would do anything for his Glee club? Whatever happened to that guy?



I didn't dislike this episode as much as some, but I am worried. I'm worried that my beloved Klaine are going to be the next Mr Shue.
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I agree with you Mr. Shue has gotten so ANNOYING! & pointless!
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Actually, Mr Shue was the teacher I always hoped I'd never have. Seriously, he was kind of the worst teacher ever!



For starters, his REAL job was to teach Spanish (which we later learned he does not even speak!) and he loathed this job! It was just so that he could eat, and his bitchy wife could buy things and boss him around. It was not a calling, or a real desire to help kids.

Then, when he decided to revive the glee club, it was all for the wrong reasons. He just wanted to recapture a few moments in the spotlight when he was a high school kid! He did it for all the wrong, selfish reasons.

So yeah, after a few weeks (months?), he got to love his "glee kids", and really care about them, but it certainly did not start this way.

And now, we're back to square one: he has no ideas, no motivation, and he has no idea what to do and how to do it! So instead of actually trying, working hard, and finding what to do for the kids, he just gives up, and finds a new hobby! It's bad, it's sad, but it corresponds to his character.
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Yeah, that promo looked depressing. I ho[pe Klaine actually stays together even though its been implied otherwise. I really hope Rachel doesnt get back with Finn. Not just because I don.t like that couple but because he's honestly been screwing around with her by ignoring her and then suddenly showing up expecting her to take him back. Definitely more of a fan of the RachelxDean couple.

I agree on JakexMarleyxKitty triangle not being as exciting. We dint know them as well, and I'm sure that there wont be a ton of stuff that changes with that triangle.

It's interesting that Brittana wasn't featured much in that promo though. Either they wont focus on them or nothing much happens with them.
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Yeah, that's the thing with Finn, I feel like he's playing mindgames with Rachel and that's really uncool.
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"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity. "



I laughed when I saw this. I don't think Finn has the equipment to play mind games.
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And I thought my Glee/Pro Wrestling analogy last week was deep. Now you've gone and invoked Hanlon's Razor.
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*RachelxBrody
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Did anyone else think that SJP's character being nice was strange (but good strange)? I expected a character like that to be bitchy since that's the stereotype, but that they made her sweet and neurotic was cool and original.
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Yeah, but I'm still expecting her to stab Kurt in the back. It stresses me out!
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http://popgoesthearts.blogspot.ca/2012/09/why-im-done-with-glee-recap.html



My feelings on the CRAP episode.
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Last night's episode of 'Glee' was a complete INSULT to anyone

who has ever tried to break into the magazine or fashion industry.



Even with all the connections and experience in the world -- it would be

next to impossible to land a job that amazing (especially confessing

that "in four years" you'd hope to remain there "part-time").



Even if a person actually followed the proper procedures and channels --

they could not even get an internship at 'Better Guns & Ammo' as easily

as 'Glee' so FALSELY portrayed Kurt Hummel "somehow" managing to do.



And worst of all -- the audience is expected to IGNORE the FACT that Kurt

is supposed to be a 3-month's prior HIGH-SCHOOL grad who was on the

wait-list to get into his local OHIO community-college -- and, yet, without a

college-degree (ex. fashion merchandising, fashion design, magazine copy,

etc) or even a single college-credit -- our young 18-year old kid, who hails

from some small town located "in the sticks" of Ohio (the "fashion capital

of the world" -- oh wait, I'm sorry, just like everyone else on the planet --

I keep mistaking Lima, Ohio for being Paris, France ... my apologies) as

he simply email's "various pix of his ebay-purchased and hand-made outfits"

(or as they referred to it on the show, his online "resume" ... give me break).

.

Glee failed it's fans in it's handling of stroylines ranging in everything from

domestic-violence to outed-athletes ... and now it insists on insulting it's fans

-- in making it appear that a person can fail their audition TWICE -- yet STILL

get accepted into NYADA (while the one who had nailed the audition in flying

colors, is rejected); that a high-school senior would apply to only ONE college;

and that a person can move to NYC -- get a large apartment -- and within days

to weeks of their arrival, manage to get what would be THE MOST COVETED

internship in the world of fashion or magazines via emailing pictures of outfits.

.

What a pathetic portrayal of life after high school.

.

In the media world the term "jumping the shark" is used when a television program

has run out of steam and creative ideas -- and -- in a last-ditch effort to maintain

it's fan-base -- decides to throw in one totally-preposterous storyline.

.

It seems to me that the 'Glee' has clearly managed to "jump the shark"

with the ridiculous Vogue-internship storyline of the 'Makeover' episode.

-- and by doing so -- may have managed to strike the final nail in it's coffin.

.
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Good Lord. You're JUST NOW figuring out that Glee is not based on anything like reality?
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Of course it's ridiculous that Kurt would get that internship, but not get into NYADA. But it's Glee! When was Glee ever realistic? Nothing one the show makes sense in the real world, and personalities change dramatically from one episode to the next all the time. If you want consistency or realism I'd recommend you look for it somewhere else.
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I think you're taking this show too seriously.
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Creating an entire new account with a username implying that said user was a fan of Glee, but now isn't? That's not taking it too seriously at all.



On a completely unrelated note, sarcasm is hard to get across on the internet.
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I am not a Finn fan at all i don't feel one tiny bit of love for him and he break up with her and then come back 1 question how he has the address Kurt said that he hasn't talked to him to Rachel is he lying?? and he is going to make rachel feel like the worst girlfriend of the world hope that rachel tell him that is over and that he doesn't have any claim on her
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His mom and stepdad would have his stepbrother's (Kurt's) address.
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I was just excited to see Kirk there. Even though he barely spoke.
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I love Glee, I do....but I HATED this episode. H-A-T-E-D. Even the musical selections were mediocre at best. I just....GAH. I hope the show redeems itself next week.



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Word. I wasn't feeling any of the music either. I mostly went with "Celebrity Skin" for the choreography. I'm crossing my fingers for next week too!
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Did not like the cover of "Celebrity Skin" because Britney had a weird look on her face the whole time. irritating. Feel bad for Finn though. It had only been 2 months right??
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But...doesn't Courtney Love have a weird look on her face all the time?
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Really enjoyed last night's episode. It was better than last week's. Again, the New York stuff was by far the most interesting. I do think Kurt's Vogue experience is a bit unrealistic though. Was still really entertaining and I loved Sarah Jessica Parker.



I thought the cover of "Celebrity Skin" was fun too. Also really liked "The Way You Look Tonight / You're Never Fully Dressed." Sarah did a great job singing. Really like her voice. Hope she'll get to do more musical numbers in the future.



That being said, I really want them to excise everything going on at McKinley after this season. I don't want Darren Criss gone though so he needs to go to New York. Bring Santana there too and the show could be perfect. Right now it's not focused enough and there are too many characters.



Anyway, next week's looks great.
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I agree that the Kurt stuff was way too rushed and easy. I feel like this was their way of appeasing Kurt fans. They're pissed that he didn't get into NYADA and that his time in New York has amounted to being Rachel's GBF so they gave him this win to make them happy.
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I didn't like this episode as much as the first two but Glee is setting up a lot so far. Will be interesting throwing Finn into it all.
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Celebrity Skin was actually good, and sorry, but no. Matt Smith's Doctor == bowtie.
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Hahaha, YES.
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Am I the only one who remebers Finn saying: I'm breaking up with you.' And then they didn't have contact for months. In that light, it would be totally normal for rachel to move on.
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