Glee "Puppet Master" Review: The One Where Blaine Has a Nervous Breakdown

Glee S05E07: "Puppet Master"

When a show deems itself important enough to steal the spotlight on Turkey Day it better be freaking amazing. Puppets are not amazing, they're creepy—I think it's the dead eyes—but at least now we can scratch another item off our Glee end-of-days wishlist. "Puppet Master" may not have been an exact Avenue Q homage, but eh, singing puppets... close enough. 

Mr. Schue had to be a real teacher for, like, ten minutes, when some education powers that be decided to tour McKinley to make sure it was functioning the way a high school should function. Lol. That left Blaine in charge because reasons, and when the rest of the glee club didn't much care for his plans to destroy Vocal Vomit at Nationals, he first threw a tantrum, then hallucinated that the New Directions were puppets who loved and adored him and it was one of the creepiest and most unsettling thing Glee's ever done. Then Blaine built a Kurt puppet in craft class. Blaine loved Kurt Puppet and took him everywhere, prompting a series of thinly veiled anal fisting jokes until Sue confiscated Kurt Puppet because the schizophrenic kid talking to his dead-eyed puppet pal in the hallway is the sort of thing that the previously mentioned educational powers that be would frown upon. 


Sooo... about those powers: Sue crushed on the superintendent, who thought she was a dude. So Sue reached out to Schue and Unique to teach her how to be a real girl, only to have the superintendent turn her down when she asked him on a date. Awkward. 


Sue's adventures in love was but one of the bazillionty B- (and C- and D-) plots permeating "Puppet Master"; at times, the episode felt a little chaotic. In New York, Kurt booked Pamela Lansbury their first gig, but it was at the lame theater-geek bar and Kurt's fellow bandmates were less than enthusiastic. Their fears appeared to have been valid when only one man showed up, and only because he thought Angela Lansbury was scheduled to perform. However, the one man was the right man, who had a connection to a venue much better suited to whatever Pamela Lansbury is. 


Also, Jake claimed to have slept with every Cheerio ever and Breh claimed to be knocked up, which seemed to imply that Glee was going to tackle a *whispers* abortion storyline, but then she conveniently got her period and let Jake (and Glee) off the hook. She also slammed Jake for being a manslut, even though that was pretty much why she found him appealing when she banged him. Let's not worry about that pesky little detail too much, though, because consistent characterization is hard—right, Glee?


Blaine's nervous breakdown and subsequent psychotic break was ultimately blamed on a gas leak in the choir room, but no matter, his newfound love of soulless puppets rubbed off on everyone else and the boy got busy in art class, gifting everyone with little dead-eyed doppelgangers and giving the group an excuse the reuse the "Roar" set from "A Katy or a Gaga" for a cover of "What Does the Fox Say?"—a meme I had somehow actually managed to successfully avoid until now, so thanks for that, Glee. Also, pretty sure foxes bark. Cuz they're dogs. 


"Puppet Master" was fun and weird and creepy. It wasn't worth the interruption of a Pittsburgh Steelers game that my household had been eagerly anticipating, but it tried. When you're airing a new episode on a national holiday, you have one of two options: 1.) Go the Doctor Who route and start a tradition (which requires much more cultural clout than Glee has or will ever have), or 2.) Make it really, really special. "Puppet Master" was pretty special. "Holiday special" special? Not really, but I don't think it was intended to be. It was just another zany week on Glee... with puppets.



MUSICAL NOTES

– Performance of the night? Schue and Sue because no puppets. 

– Aren't you supposed to not operate power tools in a room full of leaking gas? Like, won't you possibly explode? 

– 1986 Sue was pretty amazing. DAT. HAIR. 

– Except wasn't Figgins' comment about wearing pants some kind of harassment? IDK. 

– Also Sue asking the superintendent on a date. I was kind of expecting them to just revoke her principal status on the spot for that one. 

– Okay, "mansturating" is a great word. 

– "Did you just touch me with a puppet?" Thank you for giving voice to my terror, Sue. 


What'd you think of "Puppet Master"?


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Dec 23, 2013
The Fox song.... Dumb, and out of place. The pregnancy stuff... More of the same. The puppets? Very cool! The Madonna song, great. I just saw the episode 2 nights ago, because it was on my DVR and recorded on my vacation... And well... When I do not want to think about anything, Glee is the best option from there...
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Dec 04, 2013
Really disappointed in this episode of glee. I didn't realize how much having a "theme" for the week ties the episode together, but this episode really showed how things fall apart without a theme.

The Fox song at the end was ridiculous. Pointless, crazy, and just trying too hard to be culturally relevant. I hated that.

Also, did anyone else notice how Demi Lovato's character is mysteriously absent from the NY side of the fox song? Like really, what happened!?

Additionally, I was very disappointed that a show about acceptance that is always so politically correct and speaks against bullying and advocates for homosexual rights... This show allowed a character to throw out the word "schizo" so carelessly. That would be like someone calling Ryder "stupid" because he has dyslexia or Becky a "tard" because she has downs. Mental Illness has a huge stigma around it, and I'm really disappointed that they would have Marley flippantly call Jake schizo in a vent sesh with her mom. Shame.
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Dec 02, 2013
It was a fun episode, but that's all that it was... All the depth and brilliance which stayed on during d early glee days, has slowly ebbed away from the show, till we're left with nothing but shallow entertainment... Not to say that I dont like it now, but its now just a faint silhouette of what was once a BRILLIANT show.

Also, everything that's happening with the new glee cast seems quite reminiscent of what we've already gone through in the first 3 seasons with the original cast... They're now just rehashing similar issues using different characters... dont care much for it
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Dec 01, 2013
I was thoroughly surprised by how good this episode is, especially since I have somewhat stopped watching Glee after Season 3. In that regard I really should not be commenting on the show but I had a great ride watching Blain-Jong-Il goes Blainy days :)
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Dec 01, 2013
Puppets are amazing! That's all, lol.
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Dec 01, 2013
Sadly very disappointed about this episode. I honestly am not all that big on Thanksgiving specials (Except for Friends, and HIMYM.. Slapsgiving, hello!). I'm not sure the whole puppet thing was necessary. Plus, if Blain was that good at making puppets he wouldn't be in Glee club and wouldn't be going to theatre school but fashion school ;-) All in all not that funny and wasn't that great. Too bad :(
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Dec 01, 2013

Please forgive my double post, but I kinda felt Darren Criss was acting weird, if not bad. What are your thoughts about his performance?
Also, since when has he become so petulant? He's becoming more and more like Kurt and Rachel...
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Dec 17, 2013
No if he was becoming more like Krut and Rahcle he would be fun and entertaining to watch. Darren Criss is not a good actor and Blaine Anderson has been whiney and an attention whore forever. Kurt and Rachel were never as bad as Blaine is or has been, but where they were seeking attention they were at least fun to watch.
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Dec 21, 2013
Well often I found Rachel and Kurt painful to watch, so I guess that's it then XD
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Dec 01, 2013
I'm starting to worry, because this is the third episode of Glee I liked in a row. That could only mean that the show is back to where it belongs, not taking itself too seriously? *___*

The gas leak induced dreams reminded me of the anaesthesia dreams in season 2, so much to laugh for.

So Bree can sing, of course. How much until she's part of ND? I'm getting tired of bitches that bangs so many guys and then are heartbroken because the guys are also man-sluts and are also heartbroken for another girl. GIRL YOU CAN'T JUDGE!

Also this is weird, but I liked the Lima part more than NY.

The Sue-Schue duet: AAAAW *.*

Feminine Sue: WOW!
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Dec 31, 2013
There hardly any NY stuff and a good part of that was a phne converstion with Blaine.
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Dec 31, 2013
Hardly? What about Pamela Lansbury?
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Jan 01, 2014
NY had less than 8/9 minutes and two of those scenes were Blaine whining on the phone with Kurt so yeah NY hardly had anything. Plus most of the other time about 5/6 minutes was in song that really meant little to the over all story or development of the characters.
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Jan 08, 2014
I'll try explaining myself better: For me the gas leak plotline was amazing because I like the show when I find it hilarious, that was my reaction to that kind of absurdity and dream-logic.
The NY part was no dream. Kurt, Rachel and Santana, the closest characters to Finn, the ones with too many jobs, and too much luck for my taste, start an unbelievable band (five potential stars would never get along in a real world band) and end up with another stroke of luck.
IMO these are two completely different plotline.
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Jan 08, 2014
Yeah cause a gas leak and only people who happen to sit right next to it are effected and see puppet that isn't silly The band singing a gig is silly in relationship to that yeah ok.
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Jan 01, 2014
Well, I don't agree, the NY was moving too much around a storyline that I find silly. Thank God it took not too much time of the episode.
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Dec 01, 2013
I understand why people hate Blaine, now... I'm a Darren Criss fan, but his spotlight in this episode was so unessecary and self-indulgent.
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Dec 17, 2013
This has been happening a lot though over the past season and a half. Like Rachel use to get a lot for time but the other chracter always kept her in place. For Blaine they have nealry everything kssing his butt and prenteind he is the great thing ever.
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Dec 01, 2013
Sup Beneke?!
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Dec 01, 2013
Why do I continue to watch this?! Seriously, no more!
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Nov 30, 2013
I can honestly say, this was by far The worse episode ever on Glee. Not only because it was boring as hell, it had a useless puppets theme, it had no plot growth whatsoever and it was focused around the most boring characters but it also featured one really annoying thing on Glee; the on and off switch of the character Sue Sylvester. One episode she's an ass, one episode she's the nicest person. This is not realistic nor a normal character development/growth. You can be the most absurd and evil person and then suddenly have a glimpse of niceness and logic.
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Nov 30, 2013
I'm from Norway, and was looking forward to seeing them perform "The Fox"... But wow, that was just too random. The writing in general this episode was terrible, to be honest. And I tend to like the over-the-top Glee-humour. I didn't like any of the musical performances this episode, the only one that was okay is Jake's musical number. And that's just because Jake... well, because it was Jake.
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Nov 30, 2013
Was there something in the stuffing? I didn't get it (or maybe I whish I had or want the same) ...
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Nov 30, 2013
so basically this was a total filler episode.. didn't like any of it.

and yes, foxes make a barking type sound, I've heard them before. crazy Norwegians.
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Nov 30, 2013
For the second I thought they were going to go the pregnant cheerleader route again I was like NOOOOOOOOO DON'T DO IT GLEEEE. They didn't, Thank God. I'm not to big of the whole Jake storyline they are doing either I feel like his character randomly did a 180 and is not a completely different character then what was previously there..... I feel like I am being to negative ): On the plus side the scene with the piano guy was THE BEST. I love the Piano guy, he's great :)
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Dec 01, 2013
*too
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Nov 30, 2013
Those puppets were adorable. You're nuts, MaryAnn.
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Nov 30, 2013
Let us not forget Blaine talking to the Piano guy about his problems. That scene was great. I really like that recurring joke about the unhealthy relationships between adults and kids on Glee.

Did Glee need puppets? You can't really answer that question without asking: Does Glee need to exist? It continues to push the envelope and get away with it because...I'm not sure. Is it the singing?
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Nov 30, 2013
Ok I loved that episode! Probably the best of the season for me (only 2nd to the quarterback cos it didn't make me weep uncontrollably)
It was funny, all of the songs were great (excepet for the very boring Madonna cover) I loved that there were a few different plots happening and I really love when Blaine gets a lot of episode time.
I thought the puppets were cute and funny rather than creepy - why do innocent things have to be turned to something so negative by some people?
I thought the Sue story line was sweet, I love it when she's a bit vulnerable.

Just... relax... breathe in some noxious gas and enjoy, k!
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Nov 30, 2013

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Nov 30, 2013
same as last week's... i fell asleep during the end
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Nov 29, 2013
You know something's gone really, really wrong when Sue is the only one seeming like somewhat of a sane person. Because not being feminine/manly enough is a legitimate fear for a lot of people, me thinks. And she was the only one rightly terrified of the puppets.

Also, is it just me, or do they make Blaine super cliché gay in some episodes (all that was missing this time was a some sassy snapping), and others he's just "one of the guys"?!
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Dec 01, 2013
Blaine has been a cliché gay for a while... since he lost the blazer IMO.
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Nov 29, 2013
Somebody needs to put Glee out of its misery.
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Nov 30, 2013
It already has a final season confirmed, what more do you want?
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Nov 29, 2013
Is Cheek to Cheek the oldest song they've done on Glee?
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Nov 29, 2013
It is creepy and horrifying. Bree was order by Sue Sylvester to sabotage the glee club, so she intercept Jake and tricked him by cheating on Marley. I'm glad jake dumped Bree, but still has a hard time getting back with Marley. Maybe if Jake will win Marley back if he understands the awful truth that Bree worked with Sue Sylvester. I also hope that Sue will get expelled immediately!
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Dec 01, 2013
I didn't even remember Bree was working with Sue XD I just thought she was horny too!
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Dec 01, 2013
I think the show forgot, too.
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Dec 01, 2013
They could have shown us them talking at least, to remind us -.-
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Nov 29, 2013
I loved how the show tried to make us feel sorry for Bree twice: 1) when she learned that Jake banged the entire Cheerios squad, and 2) when she ranted at him. Considering their whole started due to his horniness and her orders from Sue, her self-righteous and hypocritical smackdown of him was lame.


Meanwhile, Jake needs to earn back Marley's trust. That will take a long while, and he hasn't proven to patient. However, the show seems to be invested in Jarley, so who knows.
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Nov 30, 2013
Marley and Jake will both know the awful truth about Sue setting up a sabotage situation on the glee club by sending Bree to trick Jake.
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Nov 29, 2013
NO! Absolutely, NO! It was awful. That is all. Glee is not worth it.
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Nov 30, 2013
And you still watch why???? If you tune in every week knowing you'll hate it, you don't really have a right to complain.
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Nov 29, 2013
So, as I thought, last week's episode being good was luck...this week's was...bad. Not as bad as "Katy or Gaga" or "End of twerk" but still not good. And I soo hate this stupid and annoying fox song. When I first heard it, it was a ringtone commercial and I didn't even think of it being a real song...
The other songs didn't do it for me either. And the whole episode was kinda boring. The story was forced, since when is Blaine a control freak?
And can they please stop Kurt's band?
Sorry, maybe I'm in a bad mood but I really did not like this...
I would have liked Bree's speech - if it hadn't been her who had given it.
I did enjoy Brad the piano player...
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Nov 29, 2013
Tbh I found Blaine being a control freak really forced, like they took Rachel's personality and placed it onto Blaine just to create a storyline for this episode. I found Blaine's obsessions with the puppets, particularly the Kurt and Tina based puppets, seriously creepy. Seeing him pretend that the Tina puppet was flirting with him felt a little disturbing. Loved the Sue storyline since she's always viewed as masculine and she does rarely show her more feminine side. The whole Jake/Bree part of the episode had me rolling my eyes because it felt like they took the season 1 storyline of Puck knocking up Quinn and last seasons storyline of Rachel thinking she's pregnant and just mashed them together. I might've believed Bree's little speech about Jake's lifestyle is she hadn't been the one to try and seduce him in the first place as well as saying it was what she liked about him to begin with. I may not like Jake but I thought it was so unfair that Bree was trying to pin it all on Jake when she was just as responsible for the pregnancy scare as he was. I was surprised and a little impressed that Marley didn't just give in and date Jake again, she just needs to take the time and be by herself for a while. The NY side was good and made sense apart from the puppets but again it's glee so I went with it. I didn't like how all Blaine had to do was pout and act like he was in the right and everyone just decided to apologize because again, it felt more like something that Rachel would do and not Blaine and it just felt like they were trying to say that Blaine could do no wrong. I love Glee but it's really getting harder and harder these past few episodes and I am sorry for the long comment I just had so many thoughts about this episode.
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Dec 01, 2013
You're so right, Glee can't exist without Divas!
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Nov 29, 2013
I actually really enjoyed this episode. I thought the puppets were a little weird but it was done really well and I was amused by their use. This episode brought a lot of entertainment value back that has been lacking recently and made me laugh the whole time.
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Nov 29, 2013
Anyone else worried that Blaine needs psychiatric help?
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Nov 29, 2013
This episode was further proof that the Glee writers are doing drugs again, but for some odd reason I liked it. I pretty much couldn't stop laughing the whole episode. Mostly it was 'wtf is going on' kind of laughter, but still... I was amused and I enjoyed it.
Also, that manstruating joke was gold.
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Nov 30, 2013
i agree with your comment completely! Although, the 'what does the fox say?' performance threw me for a loop. It might be because i despise that song. The episode was funny in places and bizarre in others; at some points the episode seemed almost like a parody. The only things that really annoyed me was the Bree/Jake scene and the part when Blaine has the Tina puppet flirting with him. I mean, they called the whole vapor-rub scene 'vapo-rape' and now he's making jokes about it, it stumped me for a minute.
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Nov 30, 2013
I agree. The 'What does the fox say' performance was completely unnecessary. I understand what you mean but, I thought the Tina puppet scene was pretty funny (mostly because of Blaine's falsetto). Glee has been making a LOT of jokes about the vapor-rub scene which I enjoy because when I first saw that scene I was honestly weirded out. But the fact that they are making jokes about it is proof that the Glee writers realise how ridiculous that whole scene was and are now making fun of it. Glee makes a lot of fun of themselves and I see that as a redeeming factor, in a sense. But I was confused by how Blaine was making 'Tina' flirt with him - he's never been interested in her at all. In general Blaine was just totally OOC in this episode. And I totally agree with you about the Bree/Jake scene. It didn't make any sense.
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Nov 29, 2013
Well that was different. Honestly I don't think it's advisable for Glee to go on these sorts of flights of fancy when it's already narratively crippled with 400 millions plots at once. But the episode was really entertaining and I'm happy Puck Jr made some progress towards not being hopeless.

All the cutaways to new sets was especially weird and the quality of the fantastical episodes was variable (the Janet Jackson thing was a bit of a misfire) but Blaine sold the puppet collegiality very well, Criss is such a good actor.

I liked the idea of Sue and Schue channelling Astaire and Rogers but that didn't really work either because that style of music is not Schue's strength and obviously even less so for Sue, AND their dancing was nothing like Astaire and Rogers at all - no tap, no medium shot long takes. Oh and by the way all that stuff about Ginger was stupid. Surely there's a more potent example of femininity and strength then that. She didn't lead dances so the whole point was invalid. Yes she replicated most of what Astaire did backwards and in heels, but that's not so impressive when Astaire created all the dances himself and spent gruelling hours teaching them to her to get her up to speed.

Anyway apart from the fast pacing and the goofiness another thing I really liked about this episode was the 80s sensibility. 80s music really suits Glee with its glamour and heightened reality and I think it's been underused in the past. Into the Groove was the best song of the night and I liked it a lot more than the original version.

I'm not sure this episode can be expected to right the ship of Glee's troubled 5th season and it was so unusual it can't really be emulated. Next week they'll return to the standard formula with the standard problems and this little moment of joy will soon be long forgotten.
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Nov 29, 2013
NY storyline pleasee, I mean come on where is Demi Lovato??????
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Nov 29, 2013
Oh god, I hate that stupid fox song! I'm norwegian btw. Someone please rescue me from this weird and embarrassing country of mine! I will not shed a single tear when the lights go out and that stage shuts down for good next year. Glee is just one big WTF moment! Season 1 had it's thing, but now it's just like a bad acid trip (not that I would know)!
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Nov 29, 2013
I thought the episode was very entertaining, I quite liked it. I didn't care about the songs but the puppets were great. It was fun.
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Nov 29, 2013
It's smile time!




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Nov 29, 2013
Gas. Spark. Boom.
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Nov 29, 2013
One of the worse episode ever. Enough of Blaine already. Bree shut up.
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Nov 29, 2013
They ended this episode with that Fox song. Nope.
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Nov 29, 2013
OK, that was one funny episode, almost bordering on ridiculous, but funny as hell.
Best lines:
"Looks like somebody is manstruating"
"If I catch you with your hand up the butt of anything that isn't human, you're in a world of trouble"
"I know a gas induced fantasy dance sequence when I experience one"
For some reason, I couldn't stop laughing during the "Get Into The Groove" number... a stroke, maybe?
Brad talked!! Although not for the first time.
The number with Blaine and the puppets was... cute? Can't think of another word for it... well also a little bit creepy.
The musical numbers were all OK, not great, but OK.
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Nov 29, 2013
I too try to avoid all the stupid song memes so yeah, thanks for that Glee. NOW I've heard What Does The Fox Say. And it was weird and creepy. And yes, they bark. And howl to the point where it sounds like a woman screaming.
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Nov 29, 2013
It was a good episode but it doesn't totally make up for the fact that every episode since "The Quarterback" has been Glee just spinning its wheels until they figure out what to do post-Finn. This entire stretch of episodes have felt totally unnecessary. I kind of just wish they did what they had originally planned and let "The Quarterback" be the last episode they aired this year so they could plot out proper storylines and give us some tighter writing but that's probably too much to hope for. At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if every episode this season is a tribute episode with a self-contained plot that adds nothing to the overall narrative. Also more characters will claim to have been molested and/or had abortions but it will be totally forgotten by the next act when they shame another character for getting an abortion.

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Nov 29, 2013
I laughed at that "manstruating" line but menstruating already has "men" in it so it's a bit redundant no?
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Nov 29, 2013
What you just did, blew my mind away! No joke!
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Nov 29, 2013
The way the Steelers have been playing this season, it's a no brainer... Glee, by a long shot. I haven't watched the episode yet, but I think it's going to be a good one, because... puppets!
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Nov 29, 2013
I was expecting Avenue Q covers, but I gets my hopes were too high. I guess it was better that Glee didn't cover Avenue Q. Anyway, I actually enjoyed the episode. I like it when Glee goes dream sequence because it be more outlandish. It was similar to the switcheroo episode they had about Tina. I wasn't sure if I liked the Blaine-centricness, but at the same time, he was making fun of himself so it balanced it all out.

Also remember that Sue was having a flashback so even though it might be seen as harassment now, the "pants" comment might have been acceptable back in the 80s.

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