Glee "Shooting Star" Review: Shots Fired

Glee S04E18: "Shooting Star" 

Admittedly, that could have gone a lot worse. When the possibility that the "unthinkable" event on Glee might be a school shooting was first mentioned, I was concerned. I've always gotten the sense that the reason Glee likes to tackle huge, noteworthy subjects is that Glee seems to think it's the most important, insightful, and inspirational show on television—and while sometimes, Glee CAN be important and insightful and inspirational, most of the time, it's really not. For reference, please see Marley's eating disorder and Coach Beiste's domestic violence storyline, to name a couple that come to mind. 

Basically, I was really worried that the big, scary, school shooting portion of the episode would involve the New Directions kids hanging out in the choir room and singing their way through a lockdown. I was concerned that Glee's inherent melodrama would come off as crass and immature. I'll laugh at anything if it's handled properly. I just didn't think Glee would handle it properly. 

"Shooting Star" wasn't perfect. It wasn't even in the same ballpark as perfect. But I think it was at least been standing in the parking lot of the ballpark, because what Glee did well in "Shooting Star," it did very well.  

I don't like to end reviews on a negative note unless there is truly nothing positive to say about an episode, so let's do an about face and talk about what wasn't so great before I ramble about how the lockdown scenes were actually quite frightening and upsetting and I had to pause the screener because it reminded me a lot of this one time when my own high school spent a few hours sitting in the dark due to a similar incident that occurred too close for comfort to the school grounds. 

Glee's inherent melodramatic tendencies were relatively muted, but the show's habitual ham-fisted commentary was loud and proud in an obnoxious way. Seriously, it was all over the place, in everything from Brittany's meteor of mass destruction prompting everyone to "live each day like it's the last" to Mr. Schue's lament over his students' lost innocence to Sue's defense of "her" actions and how tragic it is that despite her long and illustrious career at McKinley, the thing she will be remembered for is this one unfortunate incident. I'm not saying that their sentiments are wrong, because they absolutely are not, but in an episode that featured far more subtlety than we usually get on Glee, taking my weekly 2x4 to the face stung more than it usually does. 

In the wake of December's tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, Mike Hayes over at Buzzfeed wrote an elegant tribute to his hometown that says what Sue was certainly aiming for, but the problem is that a town and a person aren't the same thing. A town can't act the way a person can. Before we learned the truth about the true culprit being Becky, when the story we heard was that Sue had accidentally discharged the weapon she kept in her office while going through her daily safety check, the fact remained that Sue had made a conscious decision to bring that gun to the school where she worked knowing full well that it wasn't permitted there. It was hard to feel much sympathy for her, because she had essentially determined her own fate. 

Sue's comments did feature a modicum of subtlety, however, when you consider the community of McKinley High as an extension of Sue, who as a former high-profile employee was certainly in a position to represent the rest of the population on some level. Knowing Glee's penchant for dropping storylines entirely throughout any given season, the real fallout of the incident at McKinley is entirely up in the air, but the thing is, by taking the fall for Becky, Sue is, if we're being brutally honest here, contributing to the problem that led to Becky feeling like she needed to bring a gun to school in the first place. 

No one could have foreseen that, out of every character we've ever met on this show, it was Becky who would bring a gun to school, and by taking the blame for that gun going off, Sue ensured that for the time being, at least, no one might ever know. Becky's life gets to go on, but it's important to remember that Becky was terribly unhappy with where her life was going, and frightened by the idea of watching her friends graduate and go away... and now her favorite teacher/coach will be gone as well... and it's kind of Becky's fault. Sue highlighted America's crappy mental health care and inattentive parents and adults letting unstable kids get worse and worse, but covering up Becky's most telling action and cryptically asking Beiste and Schue to "look after Becky" isn't much better than the passive-aggressive care Sue railed against... which was probably the whole point.

So, despite Glee's insistence on punching us in the face with its message, "Shooting Star" is an episode the series can be proud of. The directing and acting were all around excellent, both during the lockdown scenes and in the aftermath. The images of Brittany hiding in the ladies' room and Marley's mom watching her cell phone continue to ring just out of reach honestly made my heart hurt the way Glee's manufactured emotion generally doesn't. I can't emphasize enough how much the decision to downplay the musical aspect of the series was a good call. Absolutely, musicals can and have tackled some seriously dark stuff (ahem, Miss Saigon) but it takes an incredible amount of care to do it right, and I'm fairly certain that harmonizing our way through a set list full of pop standards wouldn't have worked in this case. 

Omg and don't even get me started on the goodbye videos. Go find my broken heart, Glee. Find it and fix it and put it back where you found it!

What did you think of "Shooting Star?"



MUSICAL NOTES

– Glee playlist of awesome: It was a light night as far as the singing and dancing goes, but all three performances were strong and "More Than Words" for Lord Tubbington was just too precious for this world. 

– So Ryder was definitely catfished and the culprit appears to be someone in New Directions. Who do you think it is?

– Lol at New Directions' upcoming competitive rivals: Hoosier Daddies from Indianapolis and Our Ladies of Perpetual Loneliness from Battle Creek, Michigan. 

– How do you feel about Kitty finally telling Marley about taking her costumes in? (Good effort, Glee, but I still hate her guts.)

– Sue's coming back, right? I mean, I know Jane Lynch is doing Broadway stuff, but that's a limited engagement.

– After spending most of the episode playing second fiddle to Lord Tubbington, Sam embraced his girlfriend's kooky ways (more than he already does, anyway) and embraced the opportunity for the fake newlyweds to start a fake family with the addition of Lady Tubbington.

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I am Alex Doyle watch this someone in bigger trouble by me.
In glee this character is Sam and Blaine you be trouble by me anyway
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This episode was sooo good! I was so terrified when the shooting started, and not because im scared of the idea of that happening to me, but because the characters that we have all grown to love and care for were put into some seriouse danger! I mean i mean i mean... Sam or Tina or Britany ( BRITANNY U POOR GIRL) or or or or or BLAINE could have... CoUld hAvE- *has spaz attack*

This is a tv show about being a teenager and having teenage problems then singing about it. U just always assume that in a show like this, the characters (BLAINE) are never going to die (BLAINE!!!), but in this epiesode it felt like my safety rules came tumbling down and (BLAINE) then maybe, other walls can fall like maybe that personne (BLAINE) who u always assumed would live forever (BLAINE) could die tomoro and and and...

This was a very emotional (scary) episode.

P.S Im not obsessed with Blaine, he's just my favorite character and Darrens acting was so amazing and believable I just... I JuSt CANT. *sobs*
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Sue didn't have much choice though. Because of her condition, Becky would have been screwed if it was discovered she brought a gun to school. She could've been committed or worse. Knowing that she doesn't deserve that, Sue made the tough choice and allowed Becky to have a second chance.
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I had finally gotten around to watching this episodes, I had no idea that Glee was planning to do a school shooting. This episode was honestly...Amazing. I'm going to be honest and say I did shed a tear. or tears..... I think this episode was close to perfect, one of the best in the entire series. The acting was phenomenal, we hope Glee can keep it up.
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I was also really surprised that Glee "went there."
The last time I saw a show go there was "Earshot" from Buffy, which came out around the Columbine school shooting.

Now here's the problem.

When Buffy did it, it was more about reaching out to hurting teens. Buffy told Johnathan that people didn't hear or see his pain, because they were too busy dealing with their own. And that's the thing, they were dealing with it, dealing with the pain, they'd get through it, and so would he. That was really uplifting and real for people to hear.

When Glee did it, they turned it into a political thing. Sue ranting quickly about guns and blah blah. Glee, turned a huge/important thing (as they so often do), into a political statement, ironically on the same day a gun related issue was being voted on.

I can't speak for the other commenters, but I'm sick of Glee and other "care free" shows constantly cramming their political agenda down our throats. This may have finally been the one that does in it for me.

It's not educational, nor is it entertainment anymore, it's become poor writing that howls into the abyss of all the other shitty shows out there.
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Fleur, I see you point, but object to it for a few reasons. From a realistic standpoint, and a responsible one btw, having the characters hide was what should have been done. When a real shooting happens, you don't hear about people fighting for their lives, you hear about them finding a place to hide and staying there in quiet terror. It would have been irresponsible of the show to portray the teachers and students tackling a shooter, disarming them, or attempting negotiations because in real life, that would most likely result in more casualties. What the show actually did was show what people ought to do in those situations: hide, be quiet, and wait for the cops to give the all-clear.

As for them turning it political, I disagree. If sue had actually been the shooter, yes, her rant about gun control could have come off that way. Since she was actually covering for Becky, she had to come up with an excuse fast as to why she, a teacher, would have a gun at the school. The scared or bullied kid defense wouldn't work for her situation. The idea that she'd want to protect herself and kept a loaded gun in her desk for that reason would. Also, keep in mind, this is the woman who brought us polititions with baboon hearts and Abe Lincoln, Americas first gay president.
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So if I understand you correctly... then if both you and I were at the Boston bombing; for instance, you would be the person running away for your life, while I would be the person running in, to save others.

Thank you for putting that in perfect clarity.
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The Buffy episode was not in response to Columbine. It was supposed to air in spring of that year, but Columbine happened the week *before* the air date. Buffy was just unlucky enough to have coincidental timing.

As a result, the WB pulled the episode, as well as the season finale episode (which featured kids with weapons at the school's graduation). "Earshot" aired in the fall, just before the season opener. "Graduation Day" aired in July, by which time it was felt the "violence at graduation" theme would be non-issue, since schools were all out for summer.
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You're completely missing my point. I never said it was in response to the shooting. I said it came out around that time.

The point was the message. That they were fighters!!! They fought for their lives, for another day, and that they would eventually deal with everything. There was a message of strength there.

Unlike Glee's episode, which was a political plot device.
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I have to say, I did not think glee would go there. A shooting episode. Every show has one.. 50 % of those who watches glee are american teens. My guess is that some of them have experienced a school shooting. Is this what they want to see?
Many people watch glee because it is safe..

I can't wait to see if the kids have PTS after this episode. But I do not count on it.
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I watched the Glee project, and I was sure that Ryders secret girl would be Aylin from season 2... I would love that, a crazy, flirty muslim girl on Glee!
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I can't believe no one has figured it out that he secret Ryder's girl is that band girl. You never get to see the people in the background reactions and in this episode that happened. Also she appears in the final song.
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Which one, the asian girl?
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The black girl in green, also in that last scene Ryder texts her and inmediatelly you see the girl playing the violin, obviously that's why she doesn't answer
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A lot of people are complaining that this episode is too soon after Sandy Hook and that it shouldn't have been aired and that it was exploiting all of it. Listen. Having a fictional world of characters endure something teenagers are scared half to death of is not exploiting. Listing all of the names of the Sandy Hook children and the shooters backstory is exploiting.

That set aside, this episode had me shaking and in tears still to this day. I went to school the next day, hugging everyone and telling them how I felt about them. I couldn't stop shaking because the simple thought of your time running short and not being able to say goodbye... it sends chills down my spine. That's not something I want to happen, I promise. Darren Criss' performance in this episode brought me to tears. He had the best example of an anxiety attack that's ever been done on television. Seriously. Props to him. (I looooooooove you Darren!) And Chord too. Well, just, everyone. I can't single people out now that I think about it.

The music downcut really helped too. But, when they sang Say at the end, it really got me. The song was a perfect choice. AND I CANNOT EXPRESS MY LOVE FOR THE LACK ON NYC. I've hated that whole choice of plot from the day they started it. Yeah, I wanna see how Rachel is doing from time to time and Kurt, but I really hate the fact they go back and forth. It's called "Glee" not "Glee and NYADA". It's about kids at a high school, getting through teenage years, not people going onto Broadway.

Overall, this episode was perfect in my opinion. Props to Murphy.
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I loved this episode. It just felt so real.

Who's cat fishing Ryder? My guess would be... Unique. BUUUUTTTT, Tina's stuff was in that classroom. Also, when Unique got up, she had her phone in her hand which means it probably wasn't Unique. But Sam said Brittnay went to the bathroom and didn't have her phone (he possibly figured she didn't cause she has no pockets? And she usually keeps it in her bag? maybe? Idk.)

So: Unique, Tina (cause she's lonely), OR Brittnay (cause she was cat fishing for lord tubington?) lol can't wait too find out!

Oh, and Blaine has a thing for straight guys, lets not forget. :)
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But Tina was late for Glee practice, so her backpack couldn't have been there? Or could it?
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I don't know... They never have backpacks on in hallway scenes. Like ever. Lol so it could be possible they leave it there? Idk any things possible I guess lol
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Since it's Glee I think it could be totally possible for Tina to just leave her backpack in the choir room all the time lol
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Glee enabled a large group of people feel and empathize the impact of shootings on children, staff and administrators.

-Choosing Becky, who as a Down syndrome child reflected the innocence and the literalness of her acting upon her parents' belief by stating a gun, would make her safe. Her fears increase and peers decrease due to graduation (leaving) she resorted to what her parents have said (even it they are quoting the NRA) as the solution. It is great that all the adults criticizing the program are forgetting the disability -but the idea she would run to do what her daddy said "carry a gun to be safe" I thought was great for the audience to see and remember the parental impact in the moment of a child's crisis.

-Glee takes place in Ohio.
In January2013, Texas and Ohio decided on Free shooting classes for teachers and recommending that teachers should have guns in their class rooms and their homes - or they are not good teachers and parents should see this as not putting the children first.
Jane Lynch character was perfect and the principal showed the state of Ohio - wanting it both ways -the ability to fire the teacher yet she is doing what the state is recommending.
Being a teacher from San Francisco, watching the Cafeteria Staff in trouble, High school teachers trying to protect the children and thinking, fast on their feet how they could to get outside help and connect with the parents of their class! Brittany hyper-scared because, she is right, the popular kids are usually shot in the high school and middle school shootings first. As a viewer the quickness of all of these events coming down on the characters I could empathize.

- The mundane-ness of the beginning of the show-forced me as a viewer to feel the quickness of the turn of events, which is told to us as we watch the news of the actual shooting does happen and the residuals do carry on.

-The sincerity of Ryder ensnared by cat fishing and identity theft lets us know its real danger even for kids.

Thank you for this opportunity to write my thoughts about how good this episode was in forcing viewers to feel more deeply for others.

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I am at a lost for comment. It went from a jumble of silliness to a jumble of intense suspense. I couldn't handle that sort of transition from Glee. That said, I don't think a "shooting" episode should really be shown. It was just too terrifying, what is Murphy's obsession with school shooting? First in AHS (which was appropriate in that it was a horror series) and now in Glee, what's next?

I agree with another comment that I don't miss the NY crowd for a change (and I am not ashame to say Rachel is my favourite character). But being a total Brittana fan, I was hoping that Brittany was singing a song for Santana rather than Lord Tubbington.

The usual questions remained, like how in the world did Mr Shue know Brittany was in the bathroom?
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Sam told mr shue she was in the bathroom and didn't have her phone.

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I guess this is one of those episodes you either hate or you love. I loved the suspense and basically figured out it was Becky Sue was protecting half way through. I'd even say this is one of the strongest episodes of the season, let alone the series. Sue's sacrifice was very noble to take the fall for Becky's accidentally triggering the gun. Poor Becky!
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I thought it was a good episode in terms of the story because it has been a long time since Glee felt real for me and great in terms of the acting. Thankfully shooting did not happen at my school, but when in 2004 terrorists from Chechnya held a school in Beslan hostage for almost a week, no one felt safe in my country. My parents did not want to let me go to school because there were warnings that maybe more hostages could take place. I remember watching the tv and seeing the children finally being rescued and thanking god it wasn't me there. In Russia we live with terrorists bombings bound to happen any day when someone is least expecting it. So what I am trying to say is Glee did right in showing how out of nowhere sudden gun shot was. Nobody was expecting it and the way everyone reacted was the most real way anyone else would....tragedy always comes when people least expected so why is everyone giving Glee a hard time about a very serious issue. Because there is an appropriate time to talk about topics like these? The answer is no and I applaud the show for finding a way to talk about gun violence and one of the factors that cause it. The mood was set perfectly as all week they were talking about last chances and Brittany had this whole thing about a commet coming.... Becky was in that astrology class and this whole awareness of life maybe ending and the difficulty of saying goodbye and moving on really scared her. And what do people do when they get scared - they either confide in someone or find a way to protect themselves. But the best part about this was that the that it was actually Becky's gun. That it looked like Brittany talked to her and we thought ok she should feel ok after this but Becky went and got her day's gun..... No one saw that coming and that is how usually in real life it happens - we don't think someone can go further just because we know them well enough to assume so. But that is why Sue said at the end that Becky while being a strong person still sometimes gets scared like children do. And that is why I think glee diod a good job at bringing up this very controversial topic. In terms of acting everyone was outstanding - Blake Jenner is definitively a rising star, so is Beca Tobin and even Heather Morris, Darren Criss and Jenna Ushkowitz in the little scenes those last two had. Also Chord was brilliant. Loved this episode.
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I'm honestly surprised by the number of positive comments for this episode, because I have to say this was the single worst episode of Glee I've ever seen. I was, actually, physically angry at my television for showing me this.

This episode starts out in typical silly, over-the-top Glee fashion, with a fake meteor and singing to a cat. That's fine. That's the sort of ridiculous arcs this show has built for itself, and the sort of thing I've grown to expect when watching it. And then, pretty much out of nowhere, a school shooting episode begins. Don't get me wrong, I have no issue with the concept of that arc, but to expect the audience to go from the complete and utter nonsensical song-basted silliness that we started with to suddenly serious, dark, and fearsome is... Well, for lack of a better term, stupid. At the very least it was done poorly.

There are serious teen dramas out there that approach serious teen issues. Glee is not one of them, nor should it ever attempt to be. Ignoring the fact that the show is CALLED "Glee", and therefore there's an implication that it should focus on happy things, there is the fact that Glee only works if we accept that every high school student is a played up stereotype, and let's face it, very one-dimensional. Now I'm not knocking the show as a whole, I like it. It works in its simplistic, silly charm. But it is not a serious show, and I think perhaps the writers need to stop trying to send deep and powerful messages, and focus on what they really are... A show about kids singing.
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"there is the fact that Glee only works if we accept that every high school student is a played up stereotype, and let's face it, very one-dimensional. Now I'm not knocking the show as a whole, I like it. It works in its simplistic, silly charm. But it is not a serious show, and I think perhaps the writers need to stop trying to send deep and powerful messages, and focus on what they really are... A show about kids singing." agreed!

And the characterization is inconsistent (as stated below) so I can't completely buy into Artie tearfully saying he loves everyone in the glee club; when earlier in the season after Martie collapsed on stage at regionals and everyone is nastily blaming her, he holds up his hand and snottily says "Preach" (wanted to be able to punch him in the face). Where was his sympathy and compassion for someone he loves then? There are other moments where the kids in the glee club are selfish, self-centered and mean to each other and rarely does glee ever have them apologize for it; usually just all the sudden they are happily singing a song together and it's all good; until next episodes where any and all lessons learned can easily be forgotten.
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Finally, a voice of reason against the non-stop crapfest that is Glee script writing. No other TV show that I'm aware of sports such inconsistent plot, characterization, and shifts of mood. I don't think a show like Glee can truly jump the shark because the show's basic premise is jumping the shark -- every frakkin episode!
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And I agree with the other commenters who thought this was one of Glee's worst episodes. I was laughing my ass off at the show's attempt to inject a serious topic into what has always been an absurd farce of a show.
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I couldn't disagree with you more. That's the way things happen in real life. You are going along doing your thing, and in an instant your whole world can change due to the actions of others. Should the episode have started dark with a cloud of doom hanging over WMHS? No. That would have been ridiculous! The show has touched on so many hot button topics from bullying, suicide, teen pregnancy, domestic abuse, etc., so why wouldn't they approach a subject like school shootings?
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The point is, though, that Glee is not real life. Nothing about the show is real. It isn't based on a real concept, or full of real scenarios. The characters aren't even close to real people. Glee is a fantastical show, and we're expected to suspend a lot of disbelief when watching it... So when an episode switches gears like this, to a place where Glee isn't comfortable, it doesn't support the run of the show. It feels forced,a nd it feels silly, and it loses the seriousness something like this is supposed to have.

I don't see any issue with doing a school shooting themed episode, but this wasn't one. This was an episode about Ryder being catfished and Brittany being silly, and Sam being sweet... And it just happened to have a gun going off in the middle of it. It isn't the subject I didn't like, it was the forced, hackneyed way they involved it.
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And they are probably never going to talk about it again, like it never happened..
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The whole speech that Sue gave about the heath system failing the mentally ill kind of lost its meaning and purpose. She covered up for Becky who is having problems. She has brushed Becky under the rug and not helped her. To me she has failed Becky.
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very nice episode. I like it when Glee is about difficult subjects: it brings awareness! nice job even if the whole episode wasn't perfect. I think it's one of the best of this season on the plot side.
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Fantastic episode. Have to say that I did not miss NY at all this week and that's always good imo. Though I think it's gotten better over there, I still like Lima and love when I don't think about NY.

Okay, this episode did three things for me even though I already knew it before: I love Brittney, I love Sam, and I love Ryder. Those three really carried the show tonight and that's a good thing. Sam+Brittney is a great sub-plot and something that is still interesting even though most relationships on Glee have already been forgotten/played out by now. And it doesn't hurt that they are adorable together. Also, Ryder is possibly the best character from this season. Blake Jenner is a fantastic actor and has brought things that Glee has lacked for a while: legit acting, emotion, and legit acting. He makes you feel the way he is feeling and doesn't do it in a over-the-top way. Love it and I really want to see more of him (which should happen with the "Katie" thing not being resolved). I am still of the opinion that Unique is Katie though it is probably what Glee wants us to believe. I mean she was a big talker about accepting Unique for who she/he is and, if Glee is going the route of Manti, then Unique is the most fitting for their version of Ronaiah. I'm probably reading too much into it, but Katie even capitalized the "U" in her text which leads me to Unique. Idk, but we'll see. Looking forward to how Glee deals with Becky/Sue. I'm glad that Sue took the fall for her to a degree, but I also think that Becky won't like this. Though it isn't there on the small stuff, Becky has shown that she can feel guilty when she does things wrong and this was a biiiiiig wrong. Curious to see how she reacts to Sue leaving and if/when she spills the beans.

Overall, the episode was fantastic and sets up some potentially great story-lines. I don't expect much since Glee has let me down before, but I really hope they keep the momentum moving going off of this episode. Can't wait till the next Glee!
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Glee is getting a lot of flack for having a "school shooting episode." I read the synopsis and I call total bullcrap on the critics. No one dies, or even gets shot. There have been a LOT of school shooting episodes on TV post-Columbine, and someone ALWAYS gets injured or killed in these episodes. Degrassi: The Next Generation, for example, had the Rick arc, which an abusive boyfriend attempts to change his ways after going to rehab, but he's bullied for his past actions that he finally snaps and shoots up the school, paralyzing a character and getting himself killed in the process. That was one of the darkest story arcs of the series, AND NO ONE COMPLAINED! One Tree Hill had a similar storyline, with a bullied character bringing a gun to school, shooting a kid, then killing himself (and getting framed for a murder of one of the main characters) That had ramifications lasting a season and a half, AND NO ONE COMPLAINED! Glee has a gun go of accidentally, no one gets shot, and yet people are up in arms about it as being insensitive to school shootings? WHY??
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But viewers and networks have always worried about addressing a tough topic "too soon" - including with school shootings. After Columbine, the WB cancelled/postponed two episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that were seen as too close to the issue of school violence.
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The explanation is simple. I've never seen Degrassi, but I have watched One Tree Hill. And the thing about One Tree Hill is, even though the shooting-arc is playing into current events and manipulating the melodramatic... They performed it well. They tackled the subject with an honest perspective and more importantly: they didn't make light of it. The repercussions were severe and that arc resonated through the rest of the season, even longer. It wasn't just "a case-of-the-week" like it is on Glee. And more importantly: Glee still has ludicrousness in the exact same episode: a meteor? A song for a cat? Yes, that totally honors a tragedy like having a shooter at the school. And even though no one got shot on the episode, that doesn't mean nobody was scared?
A show like Glee shouldn't try to take on serious subjects. Because they do it really badly. They make light of things, which is exactly what Glee stands for and should do, but don't do that when it concerns serious subjects. It's like a comedian asking himself "Where's the line?" when he's making jokes. This is me telling Glee: you've gone too far. Go back to having drama about how your boyfriend told you your butt looks big in that dress. Then sing "Baby got back" from Sir Mix-a-lot. Keep it simple. Keep it light. Keep it gleeful.
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Am I the only one left super annoyed and mad at Glee for not telling us who Ryder has been texting/sending pics to??????

I seriously felt like punching something, also upset by the fact that the "shooting" was just an accident and nothing really BIG happen at all. I expected more...

Looking forward to next one, I was left dissapointed by this. :( :( :( :( :(
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Outstanding episode, maybe this season can still be redeemed.
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I was completely expecting this episode to be a mess considering the topic and the writer, but it defied my expectations in every way. I would even go as far to say it's the best of this season, and one of my favourites. I think they handled the school shooting well. Nobody had to die or get hurt to still prove a point. I'm surprised that Becky fired the shots, but in a way, it made sense with her fear combined with the ongoing gun debate. The episode also had some great emotional performances. The lock down scene was well done and very tense, and even though they should have all shut up, it definitely showed off the cast's talents. Props to Marley, Kitty, Brittany, Sue and even Sam and Ryder in this all. As for the loose plot threads, I think it will be touched upon later. Ryder's catfish is obviously someone in ND, and Sue's heroic fall for Becky definitely needs to be returned to. It's a defining moment for Sue's character, but the truth can't be hidden.
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I agree! and I'm assuming the whole sue thing is at least partially a way for jane lynch to leave for a few episodes while she is on broadway. I'm sure when she comes back it'll somehow get out that it was really becky and sue was covering for her and she'll be reinstated.
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Well said!
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how would any student nowadays not know whose backpack it'd be? Day in day out they're there so who? who? I say. Someone sure the hell knows. I'm surprised this took until the 4th season of Glee to have some form of shooting. Didn't want to pull that out of the hat too early but knew it'd happen. I did like how Glee handled pretty much all the serious part of the gun fire. I always feel Glee shouldn't be afraid to be more serious since the silly gets beyond ridiculous.

And Ryder should forget this whole catfishing since the girl he sang to is plenty great.

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Listen! Obviously it wasn't Jake, Arty, or Sam who catfished Ryder! Their boys! It couldn't have been Marley because she had her phone with her when they were in the choir room while they were hiding! It wasn't Brittney cause she was in the bathroom hiding! It couldn't have been Blaine cause he likes Sam and Kurt and plus he has a brown backpack! You people think when Ryder called that the phone rang from Kittys backpack.. it didn't cause she had her phone with her when they got up and stopped hiding and when she hugged Briteney! And Tina wasn't even in their! The phone rang from the red backpack behind Kittys! The only other person it ciuld have been was... UNIQUE!!
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Just got to say - the reason Jake, Arty or Sam aren't catfishing Ryder isn't because they're boys, it's because they're nice, friendly guys who seem to genuinely be his friends. Catfishing means misrepresenting yourself to manipulate someone into an emotional/romantic relationship, often done online, and is often done by people pretending to be the opposite sex.

In a show where there have been several gay characters, attractions across gender lines, and pure, petty scheming (Kitty taking in Marley's dresses), ANYONE could have been guilty of this.
But as none of the guys have exhibited the sort of nasty, manipulative personality so far, we're left to conclude that it's one of the girls. And the only one who would do it for "evil" reasons is Kitty; the others are too "nice", and would be more likely to do it for mostly genuine reasons - trying to get close to Ryder, make him fall for them, and hope that he would accept them when they came clean.
Or possibly just trying to live vicariously through the net, cause they believe he would NEVER accept them (i.e. Unique - he might accept 'her' as a part of the Glee family, and even a friend, but there's quite a step from that to accepting 'her' as his transgendered girlfriend).
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Amazing episode! I loved it, and I wish Glee would go into this darker direction every once in a while. There's no need for escapism to take over the whole series.
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The main thing I want to know is, to the student's knowledge, Sue shoot the gun, there was no shooter, but either way their world will be different. I know Sue's firing will continue to be a thing, but I want to know if the kids will continue to struggle with the aftermath of a school shooting. Are they gonna work through it like you actually have to or was all wrapped in a nice bow to be left that way?
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I really liked this episode, I thought the intensity of the lockdown was great, and it had some great acting (very impressed with Sams attempt to get to Brittany). That said, I hated the following episode where, thanks to ptsd or a renewed "take on the world" attitude, Sam pretends he hasa twin brother and Marley decided to take her chances with her songwriting. It felt like they took what was a good episode about a dramatic and very real issue and made it something of a joke a week later.
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So some students would now have PTSD to deal with, and if there'd been no drills and procedures some people would have gone towards the gunshots and everyone would have quickly found out that there was no active shooter. So in the next episode there should be dozens or hundreds of students who have PTSD caused by the safety precautions. The rest of the season should be taken up with a class action lawsuit resulting in the bankruptcy of the school district.
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Look, I'm like 80/20 percent sure this is mocking me. Whether there was an active shooter or not the kids started saying their goodbyes, they were faced with the possibility of them dying for probably the first time in their lives. As a person who has been in a school shooting years ago, I'm saying it's not something that you get over. I once hide under the table at a restaurant and sobbed after a car backfired in the parking lot. I'm not saying there should be law suits and everyone have PTSD, I'm saying it's unreasonable for them to be unchanged by the events of this episode, in some form. Whether it brings them closer or they're fearful or they're angry. They would change.
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Mocking? No, it's an illustration. So you don't want everything to be a sitcom reset, but you don't want to take everything to its realistic conclusion. You want it to be the precise in-between amount of realism that you think is appropriate. The amount that would be appropriate if it had been a school shooting that involved malice. But this was neither nothing, nor was it that. It was a farce, and that's the storyline they should follow, exposing this mockery of a school shooting. This ends with Becky expelled.
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I'm sure Becky will be expelled that's not my point. I love the characters and even though they aren't real, I would like them to be happy, but this event, farce or real, would change them, and I just meant I would like the reflect that. The reality of kids trying to adjust back to normal, even though normal will never truly come. Also, a representative for 20th century fox told The Hollywood Reporter that there would be "more aftermath to the shooting story line in the four remaining episodes of season four."
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This was a good episode. I think they handled this well. School shootings are something that happen, it's a sad truth, and it doesn't hurt to address them. I don't think this was a stunt. If they were trying to exploit recent tragedies they could have gone worse. They could have gone One Tree Hill. No one was hurt. They did it without being violent and not being an After school special.
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I have thought about this...Kitty's attitude has changed, and is changing...I can still see her as the IMer...albeit embarrassed maybe...but I think she might actually like him, based on past episodes. My money is on Kitty.
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How did I just know, before even clicking the link, that Jane Lynch would be playing Miss Hannigan?
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Kind of awesome episode. At one point I found myself wondering if there's not going to be anymore songs after the two and thinking how in the world can they write the whole NY stuff in this episode. And in the end I didn't miss either. Not that I miss NY anyway but I do like the musical numbers.

It was so awkward when you knew what was happening first with Ryder and "Katie" and then with Beiste and Schue. "Luckily" I forgot about everything when the shooting began.

I was actually waiting for somebody to get shot. Then again I kept in mind that this is Glee we're talking about. I started to go through the whole show in my mind to remember if there had ever been a funeral and death. Because apparently the show has to go through every single thing in life. And I actually just now remembered Sue's sister... I was so moved and impressed about the acting and everything. I actually found myself glued to the chair. And then Schue opened his mouth and started talking about the lost innocence etc. It just felt forced and stupid and *facepalm*.

I sort of figured out it was Becky. Otherwise the whole conversation between Becky and Brittany would've been totally random.

Like I said: awesome. Mostly because of the feeling Glee got out of me during the lockout. Wonderful acting with verry little going on. Not much talking, not much music on the background, not much happening, and I was barely breathing.
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RE Catfishing. Ryder spoke very fast, but he did say that "Unique's ring tone is (different...a song)" so not a ring, so it wasn't Unique's phone ringing in the choir room, so Unique is not Catfishing...unless Unique has two phones or switched his ring tone. FYI
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it doesn't even require two phones. you can set individual ringhtones for different people, you know.
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I think we can assume no one maintaining a fake persona would give out their real number. So someone's got two phones. Since can assume the guilty party has two phones (or at the very least a custom ringtone for the target), and they singled Unique out because of this nonissue, one can deduce this is a red herring. Therefore, it is almost certainly Unique.
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I believe the song was "Bootylicious."
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Am I the only one who didn't believe for more than two seconds that ridiculous story Sue was feeding Figgings? Even as Sue was talking I was thinking, "It was Becky. She is totally taking the fall for Becky." Because really there is no other student she would sacrifice her career to try and protect.
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Yeah I believed she was taking the fall for someone, but I didn't know who it was
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Can we just all agree that the secret IMer is totally Unique? Who else might be a little afraid of revealing themselves, particularly to Ryder than a young, insecure transgender girl? Kitty is more than confident enough to admit she likes him if she did. Marley could've had him any number of times, including a couple weeks ago, and Tina is still hagging out over Blaine. What other girls were in the room? Sam and Jake are both firmly hetero (and paired), and Blaine is still in love with Kurt and crushing on Sam. Then there was the library scene a couple of weeks ago - Unique was clearly hinted at there. Finally, what normal high school girl who wasn't a sexual or gender minority would be as articulate about "self-truths" and being transgender as Ryder's girl was about Unique and his confusion regarding her identity?
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The phone appeared to be in a Cheerio's backpack, and there are three Cheerio's in the Glee club so take your pick :
Kitty - humilitating someone just for the hell of it ? Could be.
Blaine - He's just got over his Sam-crush doubt the writers would go there again so soon.
Brittany - Why she'd do it who knows, but Sam was trying to get out of the room because he knew she didn't have her phone with her.
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OH SNAP! Good point!!! I would have NEVER picked up on that!
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No. Unique's phone has unique ringtone... it is not a 'ring' so it's not Unique.
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Exactly. Ryder even said something about it in this episode. Unique is too obvious a choice.
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Here's my question: They were at school. Will told Shannon he was back together with Emma. When the shots were fired, why wasn't Emma his first thought? I know he's a teacher and has a responsibility to the kids, but he didn't call her or anything. Even when he went and got the kids out of the bathroom, shouldn't he have been a little wiggy wondering where Emma was and if she was safe?
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Not sure Emma's gone back to school yet after the wedding fiasco.
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Because the show can't fit everything into its time frame...instead of having Mr. Shue worrying about Emma, they wanted to display him as a teacher: how he cared about his kids, how competent (relatively) he was, etc.
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Funny that they wanted to display him as a teacher, since we haven't seen him teach an actual class in eons.
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Bravo Glee, you did good to the episode. It wasn't award winning but you did good! Not many people are ready to face reality, but these issues are happening so why not shed light on to them?! Yes, we all know glee is known for singing and dancing but they've also shed light on many other issues that this generation is dealing with. They do it in there own special way and you know what for some people it works. So I applaud them for the effort!
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Can we address something that is not being talked about? The end of Jane Lynch's character, or at least so we think. This is epic. She has been the anti-Will for so long and with still no indication if season 5 is a go, the show is without its #1 nemesis and possibly off the schedule completely.

My head is swirling with how many classic one-liners and cruel speeches Sue has delivered, only in the way Jane Lynch can give us. In (possible) memory of Sue. Season 1, Journey to Regionals...

"I know you think I’m heartless, Will, and you may have a point. I spend large segments of each day picturing you choking on food. And I recently contacted an exotic animal dealer because I had a very satisfying dream that the two of us went to a zoo, and I shoved your face into one of those pink inflamed monkey butts that weeps lymph. And I know that you think I’m a bad person because I remain unmoved by your nattering of trite platitudes to your ill-shapen students about how the human condition can be improved by, yes, singing about it! And I’ve proven that I can wipe you and your Glee Club off the face of this earth. But what kind of a world would that be, Will? A world where I couldn’t constantly ridicule your hair. A world where I couldn’t make fun of you for tearing up more than Michael Landon in a sweeps week’s episode of Little House on the Prairie. And you know what, Will? Sue Sylvester’s not sure she wants to live in that kind of world..."

I don't want a world without Sue Sylvester!
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She's not going for good. She has a summer stint on Broadway, so this allows her to miss a few episodes, but Becky won't let her take the fall forever. It'll come out what Sue did and why soon enough.
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Jane has a 6 year contract or something. Glee's definitely getting renewed, but she'll likely be back before the end of this season.
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Because Jane Lynch isn't truly leaving Glee. Just like other characters have taken siesta (like Mr. Shue for a good portion of this season), so is she. I guess she's working on another project for a short time. My guess is that the truth of what happened will come out and that will give her a path back to McKinley...esp since Glee isn't always realistic about these things.
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SHOOTING STAR: Heather Morris was this episodes MVP hands down. NOBODY sold their scenes like she did. Heather deserves all the awards especially the crying in the bathroom which grab your heart and did not let go..
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Heather crying in the stall was my favourite single scene. It was gripping.
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So of course Heather has to go and get pregnant...it's her life and I'm happy for her, but it will eventually rob us of one of the best characters on TV today.
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But the character is graduating in four episodes anyway, and if she's six months along now, she may very well be back next season the way almost all the other graduates have been.
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"No one could have foreseen that, out of every character we've ever met on this show, it was Becky who would bring a gun to school"

On the contrary, EVERYBODY in my household went to Becky as soon as Sue started taking the blame.
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Because Becky is the only student in that whole school for whom Sue would take that risk.
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And in the 15 minutes between the gun going off and Sue taking the blame, how many people in your household were pointing the finger at Becky?
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I thought it was her as soon as they said Britney wasn't in the choir room. I thought it was going to end up that Becky was going to shoot Britney so that Britney couldn't leave her or some other nonsense. I'm glad they didn't go that whole route, though.
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Yeah but that is not what he meant. I think having Becky as the culprit was a truly brave move on Glee's part. I mean, who guessed Becky before Sue started taking the blame? Even with that little scene with Britney. And if you had been spitballing ideas before this week about who would commit a school shooting on Glee...she wouldn't be very high on the list, if she made it at all. (Ben-Jacob anyone?)
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She would have been the only person on my list apart from someone-we've-never-seen-before. At least since the alterna-prom.
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I never actually considered JBI, but it would've made sense.
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Same here.

Sue: It was my gun.
Me: Aaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnd Becky was the shooter.
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The lockdown was pretty scary and I really was about to cry. Of course then nothing really had happened, so it felt so pointless! Still, I loved their acting, really touching.
I'm not gonna say all the negative things on the show I wanted to say, because I just can't do it anymore XD I'll just say that this show is amazing at wasting opportunities.
I loved Tina before, I love her now even more! I'm just sorry that one way or another she always ends up being the one left behind! Also, Heather Morris was amazing during the scene in the bathroom, I was actually afraid Brittany was going to be killed off (and then I remember that I was watching Glee)!

About the catfish, I've never been completely convinced that it was Unique, I thought the show only wanted us to believe that, but now? I really don't know what to think.
Also, Marissa was nice, but I would totally freak out if someone started singing to me Your song.

Ah, I'm so over Marley and Jake. But I love Ryder and I hope he never ends up with her.
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Pointless? For every school shooting that makes the national news (i.e. those that have casualties or injuries) there are any number of scares - someone brought a gun to school or shot near a school. I remember sitting in my Lit class one day and this kid found a gun under his desk. They didn't have to have a lockdown, but we were all questioned, etc. It was definitely a bit scary.

Schools all over the nation have experienced violence, involving guns or not, that didn't result in injury or casualties. But they did harm. Perhaps "I was scared" doesn't compare to "My child was killed" but they both mean something. The shootings and near misses deserve just as much attention as the shootings that kill someone. Saying its pointless seems shortsighted.
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I'm sorry if my comment sounded insensitive. I guess it's because of my italian point of view? Since it's difficult for an italian teenager to bring a gun to school, when accidents happen, there kind of are casualties. So yes, I was expecting something like this. I probably can't understand what the "I was scared" really mean for you people who actually live these situations. You are absolutely right to say that these episodes deserve attention! Because clearly there isn't that much information on violence that didn't involve injury or casualties!
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Without a doubt my favourite episode of Glee. The most moved I've been by a TV episode since the One Tree Hill school shooting which will always be the bar that any dramatic TV episode is compared to. The acting and tone was perfect. I think I liked the writing a little more than you did. It was a perfectly written episode (we definitely heard three gunshots) but I think it was as close to perfect as Glee comes. I don't see how Glee covering this subject matter is any different from One Tree Hill or Degrassi covering it. It's an important social issue that has never been more relevant and it moved the story forward and gave genuine purpose instead of just being exploitative.
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*It WASN'T a perfectly written episode is what I meant to say.
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this is quite a powerful episode. at first i thought that it would be another pointless episode until the gun shot. i knew Becky is likely the "shooter" before they showed it but, how Sue handled the situation will not help Becky in the future. the scenes inside the choir room is gut wrenching so is Brittany's bathroom scene.
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I can say, without a single shred of doubt in my mind, that I absolutely hated this episode. Not even so much the school-shooting plot, but because of the fact that Ryan Murphy et. al. thinks that Glee is the kind of show that should be tackling these kinds of issues. The actors' performances were spot-on, so no complaints there. But what exactly is the message here? "Tragedy happens." Golly, thanks Glee. I don't understand why the show is trying to force itself to be taken so seriously. I realize that, unfortunately, school shooting, eating disorders, domestic violence, etc. are real problems in the world, but when has Glee EVER even come close to the realm of reality? Who has watched past seasons of these kids randomly breaking into song and dance numbers and thought, "Yep, that's how it is. Boom, baby! You show 'em, Glee!" And I'm not saying it's beyond the scope of the show to delve into real emotions and problems, but again, these things are usually handled through sing-song performances. To force these sudden, serious, dramatic themes into the show seems ridiculous to me.
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Because Glee has had serious moments. And sometimes, putting these serious moments into otherwise innocuous packages can make a difference. I agree that Glee sometimes takes itself too seriously, but it still has an artistic right to change direction occasionally.

In its own way, Glee and this episode will undoubtedly make more difference than any episode of Law and Order, Lost, or most other dramas. Being a comedy, even a more-than-a-little-ridiculous one, doesn't preclude you from featuring serious subjects.
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You're right, Glee has had serious moments, but it is not a drama. It has always been a fun comedy series that parodies the high school (and now college) experiences of a group of young adults with over-the-top song and dance numbers. So let's take Law and Order, for example. What if there was an episode that, for the first 20-ish minutes, was like any other episode, and then, out of the blue, they started singing, and dancing, and cracking jokes, with a laugh-track thrown in for good measure? Law and Order is not a comedy show, or a musical, or anything like that. I understand the argument here is "well, kids unfortunately have to deal with this in the real world, so...." but it just didn't feel right to me. It felt forced. It felt out of pace with the general ideology behind the show. It felt like it was less a message of "we relate to current events" and more like "hey, I know what will shock our audience!"

But again, this is just my own opinion. I can see the argument you are making, too.
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I disagree, and I applaud Mr. Murphy for tackling all of the issues you mentioned. Not many shows want to tackle them, but why not? These are things are happening and this generation is dealing with. So why not make awareness or bring attention to them?! I'm not saying this episode was extraordinary but they did a great job with what they did do. Every one has their opinion you stated yours and I stated mine.
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"Every one has their opinion you stated yours and I stated mine." Fair enough! :-)

For me, it's not so much that a show tackles these topics. It's the fact that Glee tackles these topics, as I described in my comment above. I don't know.....like you said, this is just my opinion.
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Sue was expelled for this setup, but Becky should be also expelled because of the gun use. At least nobody was hurt in this school, which is good!

Tina was late for the choir, but she was alright when she arrived. Since there are four episodes left, she may need some more right away!

Ryder couldn't find her real lover at all, but Brittany and Sam got themselves their love cats!

Rachel, Emma, Sugar and Joe are not in this episode at all!
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I'm not sure how many cross over Glee/ American Horror Story viewers there are. But they lockdown scene was very similar in the school shooting flashback episode of AHS (S1) (apart from the obvious details of no one got shot and/or pissed themselves)

The AHS shooting episode was in context of the series so while it was really well done, it wasn't shocking like a real shooting would be. I can imagine there was meeting where Ryan Murphy tried to convince the network executives that they should do a real shooting episode where 1 or 2 characters get killed off - They said no.
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I saw the parallels but they were done very differently. The AHS was cold and emotionless to show the brutality of a mentally disturbed shooter while the Glee scenes focused on the emotional trauma the kids are subjected to.
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I think AHS also showed the emotional trauma of the kids. In AHS we are inside the library(?) with the kids as they knew the gunman was coming for them. Just as with glee (except for the lack of gunman)
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Not to the same extent. We saw them scared but it was a one minute scene and it was over. We didn't stay with them long enough to really care about them so their pain had less of an effect. It was mostly a faceless person knocking them off one-by-one.
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Guys, you know who catfished Ryder. It was Schue. Recall how he knew all of those details about Beiste when he created her dating profile? He's got stalker skill, y'all. And he has a history of crossing the line with his students. You heard it here first.
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That'd be a sick way to end Will on Glee. I love your darkness!! LOL
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I feel really weird about this episode. I'm shaking while writing this so I guess it really touched me. The first half of the episode was boring, but it makes sense when you're at the end. You live your life quietly and then everything can shatter because of one incident. I knew right away that Becky was the shooter, especially when Sue tried to minimize what she "did". I thought the locked room scene was really good and it hit me as well because I lived a situation like it and I was genuinely scared one character would die/get hurt. But I'm not sure how Glee would have handled it and I'm glad it was more scare than hurt. I liked Kitty's reaction and even if it was a little misguided, I admire Sue for what she did. It was a well-handled episode, overall. Even if I would have liked a little link to New York (Blaine texting Kurt or something).
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Also, how weird it was for what's-her-face girl to not be freaked out by the fact that someone uses her pics to catfish guys?
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There's only one show who did a school shooting episode and made the world a better place by it. One Tree Hill examined the mind of the shooter and the fear and misunderstanding that comes with it. It was perfect in the sense that it left us not with hate for whoever did it, but with reflection of how we, as a world, can and should do better. No one should ever feel like firing a gun is the solution.

That said, that's not at all what this episode of Glee was about. And that's also kind of a problem, because it was teased to be. We spent an half hour thinking these kids were in mortal danger and not only was that misleading, it was wrong. The point of Glee was to make everyone say what they needed to say, love like you're dying. The device by which this end goal was processed could have been anything though. Like an impending asteroid. It did not have to be a school shooting and therein lies my problem. This topic, which is an actual problem this world faces far too often, was used as a story device with almost no pay-off. Becky's reasoning was rather good but she never shot it, it was an accident. So for every troubled teen who doesn't know how to deal with his/her issues this episode contributed nothing. For every person who doesn't understand why this happens, how it happens and why 'evil' wears many faces, this episode contributed nothing. Why put your characters and audience through something this realistic and horrifying if it's not going to pay-off?

That said, if you take the shooting element away, the performances and the directing were outstanding. This show can be terrific if it allows its characters to be and when I did thought these lives were in danger, it was truly horrible. The confessions, Sam, Britney crying in her stall, the water boiling over and Marley talking about her songs, it was absolutely gut wrenching. My stomach literally hurt and I covered up my eyes more than once.

But again, these strong reactions and feelings shouldn't have been related to a topic that is so confronting as a school shooting. I'd like to hope that that won't ever happen again and that no one has to experience it again. So when any show/movie puts us through something like that, it should contribute to that hope. Not for character development.
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Agreed that One Tree Hill is the bar that any school shooting episode should be held to. I don't think any other episode is necessary following that perfect hour. However, I think what Glee did really well was showing the emotional ramifications of putting children in that situation. The trauma that it can cause even if you don't see the shooter or even if no one gets hurt. I think this episode does have the power to get through to people and make them see that there's no excuse to bring a gun to school, even for protection. It won't change the world but it does have the power to do good. It wasn't a "ripped from the headlines" episode, it was a genuine character study and that's what made this episode so good.
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I agree somewhat with you. Yes the situation was done in full extend of the alleged situation. We got the dark room, the whispers, the regrets and the goodbye messages, but to what end? Not for the sake of the world. I'm not saying OTH wasn't a TV show that wanted to stay on the air and ended the ep with a shocking twist that had very little to do with the message. But at least there was a message. I can't see that in these twenty minutes that Glee pretended it was a shooting. There is nothing genuine about this episode. It didn't need to happen. It could have been a bomb-false alarm, a terrorist attack, a car crash or a natural disaster. It didn't need to be this, so soon, so confronting. Because honestly, detract production time from the air date and you do in fact get a plot that was ripped from the headlines.
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the 'lockdown' scene in the choir room was really intense, the rest of the episode was meh. it was obvious Sue didn't do anything because she was fine until she found out somebody would be expelled, and I guessed Becky at the start because of her not wanting to graduate talk with Brittany.. but Becky bringing a gun to school in the first place made no sense.

I'm not sure who's 'catfishing' Ryder though, I figured that's what was going on since it started and I assumed it was Unique then but as he said, Unique's ringtone is Bootylicious so I don't know anymore.
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I think it made a lot of sense. She was scared for her life and doesn't make great decisions.
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also, I'm sure Sue/Jane Lynch will be back, if the show even comes back since it hasn't been renewed yet. at this point I'd be fine if it ends, but I don't want it to be cancelled. I like when things can wrap up better. I'd also be fine is Tina, Blaine, Sam, and Brittany end up moving to New York and hanging out with the original cast even if they don't attend NYADA.
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I really hope that next season the show will leave McKinley forever.
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i didnt know what this episode was about until it happen.
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MY HEART!
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