Glee "Swan Song" Review: A Showcase Full of Sloppiness (Brittany's Dating WHO?)

Glee S04E09: “Swan Song”

According to the rules of Sectionals, leaving the stage for any reason during a performance is grounds for disqualification, and just like that, the New Directions competition season ground to a startling halt before it even truly began. With no reason to rehearse, there was no justification for the glee club to continue taking up real estate in the choir room, which Principal Figgins quickly handed over to Sue to use for rehearsing with her Cheerios side project— Sue du Soleil.

Facing a school year devoid of extracurricular activities, the glee club members quickly scattered to other clubs around the school. Artie joined the marching band. Joe joined the interfaith paintball league. Unique joined the floor hockey team. And last, but certainly not least, Blaine and Tina joined the Cheerios. I was hoping that there would be more shenanigans concerning that particular storyline, but alas, everyone came crawling back to the glee club once Finn wrote them a Breakfast Club letter that wasn’t even all that Breakfast Club-y, aside from the soundtrack. Where was the “Each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess, and a criminal?” There was such an opportunity to draw connections between the students as individuals and as members of the club. I thought it was interesting to see where everyone ended up when New Directions was no longer an option, because they didn’t randomly scatter. No, their choices were made with very specific factors in mind; Unique chose floor hockey because she could still wear a wig under her helmet. Joe’s Christianity is important to him and he felt that interfaith paintball allowed him to embrace it freely while still maintaining a diverse and understanding group of friends. Of COURSE everyone had to come back to New Directions, otherwise what’s the point of Glee, but every team is made up of individuals who have wants and concerns outside of singing at sectionals and it was nice to see that highlighted.

Oh, and Finn? Sweetums? It was TOTALLY healthy that the New Directions kids channelled their disappointment into other constructive activities. Yes, even the Cheerios.

But for the competition-starved viewers in the audience, there was still Rachel to hang our star upon. Whoopi Goldberg returned as Carmen Tibideaux to host the Winter Showcase at NYADA. It was talked up as a big ol’ coming-out party for the best of the best at NYADA and freshmen were hardly EVER invited to participate.

So of course Rachel was invited.

Still, freshmen NEVER win.

Rachel won. Rachel won and then she called Finn to give him a pep talk about how competing isn’t everything and he needed to get the gang back together so that they could experience the important parts of New Directions, like the friends and the romances. Her self-important monologue would have meant more if Rachel hadn’t spent the first half of the episode trying to outdo mean teacher Cassandra who refused to acknowledge how wonderfully talented Rachel is, then the second half prepping for her competition, which she won against all odds after she kissed her new almost-boyfriend.

That was pretty sloppy, Glee. Kind of like Marley’s magical bulimia that comes and goes as the story sees fit with little consequence to anyone or anything outside of prematurely ending the New Directions' season, except worse because we know that Marley’s issues are just a plot device but I think the show was actually trying to make a point with Rachel’s phone call.

After Rachel won all the awards (as usual), Tibideaux was touched by the overwhelming purity of Rachel’s performance, or she had a stroke or something, because she decided to let Kurt audition for the spring semester at NYADA right there during the school's best-of-the-best showcase. I’m sure the other faculty were thrilled. Earlier in “Swan Song,” Kurt had gotten all stalkery and desperate for Tibideaux to give him a second chance, which she quickly rejected, but at least we got to hear her reasoning: While Kurt’s initial audition was great, and in many, MANY ways, better than Rachel’s, it lacked the depth, complexity, and emotion that Tibideaux looks for in “real artists.” That actually made a shocking amount of sense. I mean, it’s great that Kurt designs his own costumes, but no matter how much glitter you throw on a cardboard cutout, at the end of the day, it’s still a cardboard cutout. As he showed in his second audition, Kurt is perfectly capable of channeling the same level of emotion as Rachel. We knew that all along, but he had to show Tibideaux. Yay Kurt... but does this mean no more Sarah Jessica Parker?

And finally, I’m sorry to announce this, Brittana fans, but it looks like Sam and Brittany are a thing now. I personally think it’s a cute thing, but I also understand why Ryan Murphy might be getting a healthy dose of hate mail this afternoon. When you get into all of the real-world implications of removing Brittany from a loving lesbian relationship and replacing that relationship with a straight one, things get more icky and complicated than I think Glee is prepared to handle. My biggest issue with the relationship at the moment is the WTF-ness of it. Brittany and Sam worked just fine as silly besties and I’m not sure what the motivation is for getting them together outside of padding Glee's relationship ranks again after the mass break-up of a few weeks ago... and pissing off the Brittana fans.

How do you feel about Sam and Brittany as a couple? Sound off below!



Music Notes


– My Glee playlist: Kurt’s “Being Alive” from Company was simple and pretty. I also really liked Cory Monteith’s voice in “Don’t Dream It’s Over.”

– I would go see Sue du Soleil, but only if Sue stands in the middle and belittles the Cheerios with the bullhorn during the entire performance.

– “The Walking Dead isn’t based on a true story. I checked.”

– Let me get this straight—a student faints during a performance, everyone hits the nail right on the head and points out that she hasn’t been eating because the resident psycho has her convinced that she bears a striking resemblance to the Staypuft marshmallow guy, but NO ONE does anything about it? In fact, the general sentiment seems to be, “Marley ruined glee club.” W.T.F.

– Piano Dude is free! Freeeee!

– A “swan song” is typically defined as a final act before death or retirement. No one here died or retired and the glee club will certainly rise again in some form. The term is also a reference to the myth that actual swans sing one beautiful song before they die, which leads me to assume that Kurt and Rachel’s careers will now tank since they apparently gave their finest performances ever at the Winter Showcase. But really, it’s probably just Glee trying to be DEEP and sucking at it.

– So, Brittany/Santana is “Brittana”...what does that make Brittany/Sam?

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Dec 31, 2013
Sloppy, indeed. If the ballerina bitch is dancing 'Sylvia', why is the orchestra playing the Mazurka from "Coppelia"? It's livelier and they probably didn't expect anybody to notice Let's send snippy emails complaining that we did notice and we are not amused.
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Dec 10, 2012
Things that annoyed me in this episode:
1) A show choir is disqualified for leaving the stage for ANY reason? Even a medical emergency??

2) The national championship glee club is disbanded because they didn't win two years in a row. That's like disbanding the Super Bowl winning football team for having a losing season.

3) No one pays a bit of attention to Santana rightfully pointing out that Kitty likely coerced Marley into being bulimic (and they all blame Marley for all their problems, presumably even the two guys trying to win her heart, since we never see them defending her honor).

4) A single pianist being able to play "O Holy Night" or "Being Alive" on the fly, I could get... but an entire orchestra, completely ad libbing the song? Granted, I've long ago gotten used to the major suspension of disbelief when it comes to the stunning ability of musical performers on Glee being able to perform a song perfectly on the first attempt (Amusing side note: Watch one of the musicians on the right side of the screen after the lead musician tells them what Kurt is going to sing completely unplanned... He just turns a single page, like the music is right there in front of him after all.)

5) Again, in the "no consequences" department, Kitty is welcomed back, hugged even by Finn, as she joins the Glee Club to sing outside in the snow.

6) By the way, how are they keeping the wood, electrical and string instruments from getting wet from the falling snow (More suspension of disbelief)?

7) And last but not least: They can rehearse on school property, clearly, so why can't they rehearse in the lunchroom? I would think Marley's mom wouldn't have a problem with that...

With that many annoyances (ignoring the random Sam-Brittany pairing, Rachel winning... again, Rachel getting into a fight with her dance instructor... again), it might be time for me to let this show go once and for all. I find myself focusing too much on the inconsistencies, fluctuating character personalities and ginormous plot holes instead of the show itself.
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Jan 18, 2013
two small nitpicks, since logic doesn't ever seem to be taken into account in glee. didn't that drunk bimbo played by kristen chenoweth (or whatever) buy the auditorium for the exclusive use of the glee club, so figgings could never ever again dispose of it for other purposes or make will pay for its use? it belongs to glee club even when they are not in competition. also, isn't brody a nyada student? he may not be a freshman like rachel, but still a student. that means him sleeping with cassandra would land her on the unemployement list immediatly and banned from teaching again. but then again, we are talking about a show where sue poaches a public budget transferring the cheerios funds to a personal account in the cayman islands (and never returns them), and punches a public officer on the face, on stage, during regionals, but doesn't get reprimended, let alone face jail time...
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Dec 10, 2012
..It's a show about a bunch of highschool kids singing. What in the world made you expect depth and consistency in that premise of a show?

You should probably get over yourself, and realize you have issues just enjoying things. Who cares if it doesn't make sense. It's just supposed to be fun.
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Dec 10, 2012
I don't really get what all the fuss is about Brittany hooking up with Sam? Before Britanna Britanny dated guys and was in a relationship with Artie....I always thought she was a bisexual, so if she is into Sam now....what is wrong with that. They only problem I had with that whole issue was that the episode sort of painted the lesbian community as angry and violent but that was really stupid. But then again its Glee.
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Dec 10, 2012
I had a feeling since the beginning of this season that Sam and Brittany would get together and now that they are I think its really cute. I like both characters a lot so its cool to me; although I was cool with Santana and Brittany too: I guess I just like Sam a lot :)
My biggest complaint for this episode was probably how they dealt with Marley, like really? All her problems just magically went away I suppose - cause you know, dealing with eating disorders is so easy...not. And nothing else said towards Kitty?? Hmm.
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Dec 09, 2012
Brittany +Sam= BAM
- First I'll tackle why I loathe the Brittany and Sam thing. Where the hell did it come from? The issue isn't that Brittany is moving on after the kinda mutual split between her and Santana. It isn't even that she's moving on with a guy because she was clearly established as bisexual since the beginning. Her dating a guy after dating a girl stays true to her character and her representation as a bisexual character. I don't think it should be insulting to either homosexuals or heterosexuals. My problem is they took a pretty cool blossoming friendship that came out of left field and then out of left field threw in this ridiculous dating crap just to give them something to do, or meet a quota or something. A pretty, all Caucasian, completely heterosexual, these two should pretty much be the same character...quota. On a show that praises it's differences and what not. People loved Brittana because it was an interracial same sex relationship. Fair enough. People loved Brittany and Artie because it was the hot cheerleader with the cool nerd in a wheelchair. So on and so forth.
I've always had an issue with Sam as a character because he's been damn near bipolar in how they write for him. In the beginning he was savvy and cool and genuinely sweet, somewhere in the middle he was dumbed down to being the male version of Brittany, dense and pretty and shallow. Then the homeless thing came up (which I loved that story line) and he went back to being the sweet, goofy, cool but nerdy Sam from the beginning. He was even that way when he returned. Then apparently this season they went back to dumbing him down etc again. I love the one Sam. I'm annoyed by the other. But what bugs me is his dating pattern. He's been in the most relationships and not in a flattering way because most of them were just never expanded upon in a way that did something for his character. He dated Quinn which made sense at the time. Fine. He moved on to Santana for the sex, but that was poorly showcased. Then he ended up with Mercedes which was the most insulting one of them all because they paired them together and then their ENTIRE relationship was pretty much offscreen! On top of that it never actually ended...or began,, for that matter. It was easily the most unorthodox relationship of the entire show...a show about differences and diversity etc and they never capitalized off of it. Never gave it for all the reasons they wanted it to happen the representation that it deserved. The majority of the Samcedes wonder took place in freaking Fanfiction for crying out loud. Plus as the one storyline that the amazing Amber Riley had going for her in her entire time that she was on the show it failed her miserably. Her dating experience on the show was pretty much non existent, the friendships she had somehow got iced out of and replaced. But that's an entirely different rant. The point being Quinn and Sam was probably the best showcased relationship of his however he's jumped from her to Santana, to Mercedes, and now to Brittany with no halfway decent writing to back up such whiplash inducing transitions and it somehow contradicts half of his character. His speech to Brittany pretty much implied that he somehow liked her most of all all along and somehow dismisses his relationships with the previous characters as if they never existed, whom he sort of said the same thing to each of them in an aroundabout way. But it's played up like he's genuine and sincere which makes it worse, because if he was just saying it to get into each of these girl's pants it would make sense, but hes saying it just to make young viewers swoon or something about how romantic and cute it all is when it's anything but. Like what? So no. I don't like Sam and Brittany. I didn't feel like either of them needed to be in a relationship, or one with somebody in the main case anyway. It was sudden and unnecessary, and ridiculous.
-I too was seething over the fact that everyone eventually came to the conclusion that Kitty aka Quinn reincarnated, destroyed Marley's psyche...yet NO ONE did anything about it. I guess I should consider that an improvement from the previous seasons when no one even acknowledged that Rachel for example was being straight up bullied by Quinn and all the other instances of emotional degradation that took place that didn't involve Kurt.
-Losing Sectionals. I did not see that coming so kudos. Now I wonder how they are going to end up going to Regionals because Glee w/o glee club seems implausible.
-I wanted to toast Piano Dude. Loved his outburst. I feel you man.
-NYC. IDC. But cool Whoopi was there and SJP. Other than that. I really don't care anymore.
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Dec 09, 2012
The problem with Brittany dating Sam has never been that he's a boy. This is the first mistake that people are insinuating. She has always been clearly bisexual, and no one has ever had a problem with this. The problem is, as mentioned in this article, that it eliminates lesbian (and mixed couple!) visibility in exchange for another straight white heterosexual couple. Another issue, and the bigger one at play here, is the one of double standards. It was a long road to have any affection shown between Santana and Brittany, long after they were dating. In their first "dating" episode, Sam and Brittany have already sang a duet together, kissed, talked about love, etc. Take all of this, and then throw in the meta-line about angry lesbian bloggers angry about Sam being a boy (completely incorrect, mind you), and we have some very serious issues. I think if Santana and Brittany would have been giving the opportunity to have their relationship unfold in a more respectful (and less second-class) manner, then we wouldn't be talking about this.
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Dec 09, 2012
One last nitpick before I go: why do they keep forgetting that Finn and Kurt are stepbrothers? First Kurt is too busy swooning over Brody himself to run interference, then Rachel doesn't even mention Kurt's performance during the phone call?
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Dec 10, 2012
Errr...Finn told Rachel she was "free", literally packed her up to NYC when she was set to marry him and then he disappeared without a word for 4 months and Kurt's supposed to run interference? Kurt ogled Brody ONCE and that was more in a "look what's on our doorstep, Rach" manner (now he WAS major ogling Ricky Martin's David Garcia, with decent reason). I AM surprised that Kurt didn't call Finn himself, since (as shown in "The Break-Up" and a couple of other places, they have sort of settled into step-brotherdom pretty well.

Back to the phone call, which I really liked. Rachel called Finn to give him a pep talk; SHE didn't bring up her own competition and her success, which was a pleasant surprise. But TV shows have limited time allotments; maybe it was decided not enough time to mention even "Kurt had a surprise audition and did really well". Dunno. Maybe it was that it would be something Kurt would want to mention himself, in case he didn't get in (so common courtesy).
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Dec 09, 2012
Who knows. It's glee. It's just like how they forgot that before Kurt and Finn were stepbrothers, Kurt was basically in love with him.
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Dec 09, 2012
While I feels that Sam and Brittany are better as friends, the moment of Brittany telling him about all the lesbians in the world finding out about her and Santana, was my favorite moment of the episode.
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Dec 09, 2012
that what happens when you take the best actor\dancer our of the equation for a while- Matthew Morrison... .
Brad Ellis- rocked his part :)

it's about time Ryan gave some more attention to AHS big sister...

I 'all about rachel' not realistic.
never cared about Britney- she's better off with one sentence punch line as in S1
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Dec 09, 2012
Samtany (sam&brittany)
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Dec 09, 2012
I like Bram for Brittany x Sam. Its a weird couple though...
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Dec 09, 2012
Did anyone notice that Rachel already sang "O Holy Night" in the first Christmas album for glee? Kind of seemed like a cop-out for an encore to me (like don't rain on my parade--yeah they are phenomenal versions, but really do we need to repeated on a show boasting its originality).

Okay, maybe it's just me and I'm putting out there a in the void, but here iton is: I'm kind of getting a vibe from Fin and Marley. They're playing Fin like he's so much older than the other Glee kids (his whole attitude and approach to the class) but he's only a year or two older than most. Personally I think "Finley" would make more adorable sense than Rachel and Fin together in the scheme of things...EXCEPT holy-student/teacher-drama, unfortunately (well not teacher, but you get it). Am I alone in this?
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Dec 09, 2012
I still can't get over the Jewish girl singing O Holy Night, but that's just me. Irony at its finest, even the second time.
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Dec 10, 2012
Nu? And Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand's Christmas albums, with similarly religious carols? And lot of others. I was a bit surprised, as well, but (musically) it's absolutely phenomenal, as was her performance. I'd forgotten she performed it in Season 1, so it was fresh to me.
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Dec 09, 2012
Oh yeah.... "Samnay" ftw.
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Dec 09, 2012
Scratch that.
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Dec 09, 2012
Rachel story is exagerated and "perfect" and expected. First, Cassandra pays too much attention to her and treats her like an equal and now she wins the winter showcase? Please! Kurt got the job at vogue without even a proper interview and now gets to perform in a concert for and by the best. This stories are too optimistic to be believable.

I don't like Marley's story and how no one cares about her eating disorder but it's even worse that Kitty is still on the glee club.

I hate Finn and how everybody says he is the best and he inspires people and he's a natural leader. Look back at his story, he has never been the best or a great leader. He barely graduated high school, then was his army deal and now he takes charge of the glee club and it fails miserably. He is no good leader. He did help New Directions win national, but it was not because of him that they won, it was teamwork. I think he also helped the football team, but again is teamwork, not Finn.

I do like Brittany and Sam, she understand and appreciates him, which is great because I think Sam is the most underrated character in glee.
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Dec 09, 2012
I would like to know in what universe a choir would be disqualified for a medical emergency. Like, seriously.
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Dec 10, 2012
Or, heaven forbid, a fire or bomb threat. I think we'll end up finding that it's a case of Sue shoving ONE part of the rule book down the throat of the judges (who have no clue) and getting her way. Bet it'll be reversed and they'll be back in the running. Maybe with a do-over opportunity... I'll watch and see.

But I'd bet Will wouldn't let it go and he's supposed to be in Washington. Of course, he doesn't keep a copy of the rule book around (which should have happened way back). Another of the many TV fantasy world oopses.
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Dec 09, 2012
I liked Rachel's first song but found her second song very confusing. I find it hard to connect to a singer when they are dramatically singing a song they don't believe in. They're really making Rachel quite unlikable. I thought Kurt was trying hard to convey emotion but I found sitting through his song to be torture. Barbara Streisand sang that song and it sounded like she actually was Alive (unlike Kurt). Blaine is a star and they are severely underutilizing him. I like Sam and Brittany but so far I actually like Brittany and Artie better. I love how Bulemia is so easily glossed over. It is a deadly disease that girls die from. Yes, Marley is an idiot but why isn't Kitty culpable at all? At the very least she should be suspended from Glee Club and Marley should get some counseling. The only character I really like right now is Finn. Having no idea what to do with your life, trying different things, having a medial job, are all things that really happen. Plus I just really like how vulnerable and honest he is. I think they are really making him sympathetic. I also miss seeing story lines for Artie. Finally, I like Ryder and Jake's friendship - it's nice to see a little maturity now and then in this show.
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Dec 08, 2012
Also, anyone really bummed that in the 3 or...4? times we've seen Whoopi on the show she hasn't performed! I want "I will follow him" coming outta those pipes again!
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Dec 09, 2012
They also wasted a Gloria Estefan cameo last season. Why stunt-cast people who can sing in a musical show and then not have them sing?
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Dec 08, 2012
'BAM!' With the exclamation point and everything.

Great episode... Felt like a missing episode from the first season sort of. Loved it.
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Dec 08, 2012
I think I like that better than Bram! Even if Bram does sound like it's good for the digestion in keeping you regular!
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Dec 09, 2012
Lmao!
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Dec 08, 2012
I thought we established that Sam and Brit were "Bram". I love Sam and Brit, I hope it lasts a long time and though we were deprived of "Sweet lady kisses" even when they were a couple I am lookin forward to seeing where Bram goes and hopefully more "sweet trouty kisses". I know Britana is awesome wicked megafoxyawesomesexy (or whatever people tend to be writing on anything glee related typically I see that on Darren Criss things lol) But Glee is about acceptance AND new directions! Pun intended, if we didn't shake shit up especially where our hearts are the most (the love lives of our favs) we'd be bored and saturated with covers of chart busting songs...at least this way we're excited and eager and vocal about the show AND saturated with covers of chart busting songs!

I agree I thought it was very un-Glee Club of the New Directions to bitch out Marley for fainting.It's almost as though, since Marley isn't as obnoxiously in your face as Rachel they're attempting to grasp at any reason to be annoyed with Marley since everyone seems to think she's meant to replace her entirely.

Furthermore...I used to love Tina but now they've made her a whiny "B" like she's barely had her moment in the sun and it's already blinded her to her sweet former self! Loved the Piano Guy's outburst lol I'm surprised it didn't trend on twitter...then again he's been MIA more often than not lately, so it didn't have as much an impact I guess as it should have. I think the "Swan Song" part was the end of the new directions for the year....that and it's a nice prelude to the upcoming episode where rumour has it Bram suspects the mayan calendar's prediction to be real, hence the infamous "Bram" wedding photos.

I love Glee, I'm not closed off and living in the first two seasons, shows move on, adapt and progress I think the future of Glee holds awesomess and unpredictability (most of the time) My only critisism is I hope they carry out storylines longer...that and don't just resolve stuff in one line.
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Dec 08, 2012
Anybody else thinks that maybe the title refers to it being Brad's Swan Song?
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Dec 10, 2012
I LIKE Brad. Always wondered the same thing, though, hearing sotto voce grumbles from behind the piano ;)
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Dec 09, 2012
your avatar scared me....
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Dec 08, 2012
hey at least we got some Samttany actions, instead of samtana
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Dec 08, 2012
I don't think Sam and Brittany getting together is going to stir up as much controversy as you think it will. Brittany was never supposed to be a "lesbian" character. The nature of her relationship with Santana was always more about Santana as a person than Santana as a woman. And Brittany had been cast as bisexual long before this development.

Personally, and I say this as a gay man, I think it would be more disingenuous to have Brittany continue to exclusively date women just to have a token lesbian character on the show.
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Dec 10, 2012
/agree Britt lives in her own magical world and responds only to a person, rather than a gender that's part of a person. I can understand that and relate to it, but I would have preferred a lesbian with whom I could relate (I can't relate to Santana as a lesbian, but enjoy her as a character and performer).

I rather enjoyed the irony of the whole Brittany/Sam encounter (s) and fully expected the furor that it occasioned. I don't see the big deal, myself, and saw nothing negative in it. It was entertaining :) Sam's locker full of chapsticks...:) Brittany doesn't have her map, still, so the trail of Cheerios ;) The Cheerios going through their convoluted Cirque Du Sue gyrations as Finn does the sad and lonely packing...

And, of course, I loved Rachel and Kurt's performances. The "O Holy Night" choice threw me off, until I listened to the performance. The song is lovely; it reminded me that lots of non-Christian performers do and love some pieces of religious music, just because the music is beautiful (and some for the money). Artists down through history have done so, just for the beauty of the pieces, regardless of medium. /shrug
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Dec 09, 2012
Not to mention that Brittany, in addition to being bisexual, pretty much loves everybody and everything.
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Dec 08, 2012
As a gay man I feel the same way. Brittany is a bisexual and has always been established as such.
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Dec 08, 2012
Brittam or Samany
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Dec 08, 2012
Rachel did an amazing job in her performance(s), yet I do find it ridiculous that they allowed her to have an encore. This is NYADA (ok, it's fictional but it gave me an impression that it is pretty cut-throat) and they are allowing a freshman to sing twice? Anyways, that aside, she should really have won, that girl has voice and talent like you can't imagine. Glee is Rachel Berry.

That said, the whole Marley thing disgusted me, it's like Mr Murphy decided to tackle something as sad and important as teen anorexia and then decided to just ignore it? What was he thinking? I mean it's bad enough that the kids didn't do anything about it, but her mother wasn't even given a screen time during this disturbing time?

I do think Sam and Brittany make an awfully cute couple and the fact that he left a trail of breakfast cereal is very thoughtful, Brittany picking them off and eating them, not so much.. ugh imagine how many shoes had walked that path.

I am guessing that once Santana knew about the relationship she would try to win Brittany back, and Brittany gave her a very "Brit's Prep Talk" about how Santana is not living her dream etc etc and Santana ended up together with the New York crowd. It is apparent that she being the only alumni (not including Finn) that was around during the Marley debacle that Ryan Murphy has a real thing for her sticking around and actually giving her a storyline (rather than a cameo now and then).

I can't wait for next episode when the glee alumni comes together for Christmas :).
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Dec 08, 2012
Sattany?
I wanna see Santana's reaction to Sattany, that's gonna be good
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Dec 08, 2012
I reckon Britam or Brisam is better as "Sa"m has the same starting as "Sa"ntana.. rather confusing lol
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Dec 10, 2012
yes maybe... but Santana and Britt were Santittany, hahaha
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Dec 08, 2012
My biggest qualm is that after Rachel had gotten two standing ovations, Kurt's just didn't seems as powerful.

I am excited to see Mr. Hummel back next week for Christmas. I'm "awwwing" already.
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Dec 08, 2012
- Only once Glee performed it did I realize just how terribly written of a song "Don't Dream It's Over" really is. I mean, the lyrics are beautiful and inspirational, but their lack of a rhyme scheme, or any attempt at all to actually fit the music, make them suck as a song.

- Of course competing isn't everything when you just won.

- Lesblogger backlash aside, we know 3 things about Brittany: she's bisexual, she's omniamorous, and she's a bit flighty. Also, Santana, though she refuses to admit it, dumped her. I don't see a problem, but then again, I'm not a lesbian. I'm huge fans of their work, though.

- I got nothing for Brittany and Sam. Sam and Santana would've been so much easier. "Samtana."

- As per usual, Kitty is doing a terrible job as Sue's new assistant. Not only does Sue still not know how to properly mock Marley, she's also completely unaware that Kitty was able to do in half a season what she couldn't do in three. Kitty single-handedly, at least for a brief while, destroyed the glee club.

- Leaving the stage mid-performance for a medical emergency? DQ. Brittany's lip-synching scandal that Schue made such a big-ass deal about earlier this year? Nothing to worry about.
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Dec 08, 2012
even by glee standards, where you have to be ready for it to make no sense, i was absolutely appalled at how they handled what happened to marley. i mean, a girl faints during a performances and no one wonders if she;s okay, they;re upset they didn;t win? THAT sends a good message! and i can;t believe kitty is still in the glee club. santana pointed out it;d been kitty, why didn;t ryder say anything about her throwing up before grease? why didn;t they show her and her mom talking about it? glee why must you have actually climatic moments and then go back to sucking at everything?!
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Dec 08, 2012
Before this season started, I was thinking I'd hate the NYC stuff but was I wrong!! The whole McKinley atmosphere is so tiring now and the NYC stuff is really bringing it I feel. It's saving GLEE for me. Just find the the whole change at the HS, terrible, muddled and scattered.
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Dec 08, 2012
I think I didn't hate Finn for the duration of that Crowded House song. I blame nostalgia.
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Dec 08, 2012
This is Glee's swan song, better days are behind them! This show has moved way down the list on weekly shows to watch, only after Fox News!!!!!!!
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Dec 08, 2012
All the rape and murder and brutality on AHS can be forgiven, but Ryan Murphy is going to hell for the reaction to Marley's collapse.
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Dec 08, 2012
Basically.
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Dec 08, 2012
And butt rubies. I forgot butt rubies.
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Dec 08, 2012
I don't have any issue with Rachel winning simply because I can't see how anyone could have outdone her performance. That girl is incredible.

But yeah, the fact that they completely swept the eating disorder issue under the rug was absurd.
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Dec 08, 2012
Hmm the norm for Glee recently has been stronger character development and weaker singing but in this episode the songs were mostly excellent while the character development sucked. The bulimia developments were disgusting in particular.
But back to the music, you really can't do much better than Crowded House and I think Kurt's song was probably the best he's ever done. Rachel was also great but I did find the autotuning uncharacteristically noticeable in her solos.
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Dec 08, 2012
This episode pissed me off so, SO much. How is Kitty allowed to slip by without a single scolding (except from Santana, who is proving to be the only one with a functioning brain in this regard), yet Marley must endure bitter criticism from bitch-faced Tina (who ROYALLY pissed me off in this episode....get over yourself, sweetheart) and everyone else? Then Rachel wins everything because OF COURSE RACHEL WINS EVERYTHING. Then Kurt gets into NYADA by performing at the winter showcase because Ryan Murphy can't decide if he wants us to believe that there is no God or that there IS a Santa Claus. And yay! New Directions got back together and will now be rehearsing in.....the school's courtyard or whatever...huh? Just....why, Glee? Why?!?!
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Dec 10, 2012
Ummm....this is a case where hindsight is 20/20, as always. Otherwise, no one would die of eating disorders. Santana is the one who found the laxatives, yes, and suspected a problem, but she got distracted by her slap-fest w Quinn and didn't pursue the issue at that time. Yes, Jake knew Marley was skipping lunch but didn't know about the laxatives or not eating anywhere else. WE, the audience, got to see the various pieces, as well as Kitty's initial (cruel) "trick" - not surprised from someone who pulled the "Left Behind" "trick" on Dottie. My only consolation is that I caught a flash of guilt and concern, esp when Santana accused her. But no one has followed up in the week following.

YES, THAT should have been addressed immediately, at least to the extent of a full physical performed. Marley's mom obviously adores Marley and should be finding out what's what medically. For the other part, it's been only a week in show time. The spoilers indicate that that WILL be addressed, so I'll wait and see how it's handled.

Regarding God and Santa Claus, it seems that there has been more POSITIVE portrayal of religion than otherwise: Mercedes' church when Kurt's dad was in the hospital was very touching and the way K/M were able to agree to disagree without rancor was hopeful. The God Squad and their reaction to handling gay requests was very positive. Their reactions to most things, in fact.

Though Quinn's personality changes do give me whiplash. At least I never know what side's going to show; it's always an adventure :)
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Dec 08, 2012
Think Tina's still kinda mad about not getting her time to shine after Rachel left like she was promised last season.
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Dec 10, 2012
I'd like some more Tina time. I was glad she got to showcase in "Gangnam Style"; I liked the ND/Glee version, but hate the song otherwise. Just wish she would chill out on blaming Marley. Tina's a really good character who just needs a little more time on stage. Loved her duet with Mike for "Duets" - was perfect for them, when he "couldn't sing".
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Dec 08, 2012
And I understand being frustrated and upset, but seriously...she needs to realize that there are more important things than who is "the new Rachel". I LOVED her character in passed seasons and I hate what they've done with her so far this season.
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Dec 08, 2012
I just want you to know that there was wasabi in my mouth when I read this sentence: Then Kurt gets into NYADA by performing at the winter showcase because Ryan Murphy can't decide if he wants us to believe that there is no God or that there IS a Santa Claus.

And now I can't feel my sinuses because laughter and wasabi is a TERRIBLE mix.

I was wondering about the long term plan to rehearse in the courtyard. I mean, there's this thing called winter and I've done the Ohio winter thing and it's kind of intense so....really? REALLY GLEE?
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Dec 10, 2012
ouch! you both gave me some smiles, so thanks :)
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Dec 08, 2012
Oh no! Glad you liked that comment, but sorry about the wasabi. That sounds like it's all kinds of unpleasant.

And yeah....I guess we're going on the assumption that Mother Nature is a HUUUUGE fan of New Directions and therefore won't bother them this season.....or something.....
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Dec 08, 2012
It's hardly being mentioned - either here or on the show, but as subpar as this episode was, it wasn't particularly worse than anything they've been churning out lately. I actually quite liked the Rachel/Kurt storyline, if only to see good performaces which didn't make me want to kill myself. Although I don't really get Sam and Brittany, the show have thrown random people together before and made it work - although Sam's line about always having liked Britanny was clearly ridiculous. In some ways I think it's a good thing that Brittany's next relationship is with a guy - bisexual people need love too - although with Santana gone they may probably can't be bothered to make up a new lesbian character - they don't have a convenient girls schools waiting in the wings to grab someone out of for an episode now and then.

What I am seriously bothered by is the lack of reaction to Marley's bulimia. Yes it was clearly a plot device, and really made no sense, but for her to suddenly realise that it was all because of her lack of self-worth and get over it, at the same time as being blamed by the rest of the Glee club, is both ridiculous and demeaning. maybe the writer's can't be bothered because eating disorders have, unlike the problems of LGBT teens (which I will always commend them for dealing with - I wish Gee had been on when I was in school) been done before. That storyline deserves respect, and it's not being given any. If all they wanted was a plot device to show how lovely and sweet Marley was and how evil Kitty, culminating in a faint on stage, there have to have been ways to do it which did not include brushing aside an important issue which almost certainly affects many of the shows viewers.

It's both irresponsible and disappointed.
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Dec 08, 2012
Agreed. Brittany is obviously bisexual, probably best they establish it now. If she had a relationship with a girl next it would make the freakout all the worse. Not sure why people gotta get fixated on the lesbian relationship like its all she should be capable of now. I'm not wild about her choice in Sam (its the trout mouth), but also, whatever. I totally love that Brittany just loves who she loves. Not sure why lesbian bloggers gotta call dibs on all the bisexual girls.
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Dec 08, 2012
What I dont get it, why should there be a freakout either way? IF she had a relationship with a boy, then fine, the show's recognizing bisexuality. IF she had a relationship with a girl, though, it wouldn't change that since its not as if she would only ever date girls and it would be disservicing bisexuals
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Dec 08, 2012
I think people freak out a little because it plays into the whole 'the right woman/man will turn you straight' mentality, and then, there is, unfortunately, a lot of bi-phobia in the whole world. Also, it has to be said, there are not a lot of decent lesbian couples out there on TV. Definitely not enough that one of them won't be missed, and I would have found it understandable for Brittany and Santana to stay hung up on each other for a while. As they're apparently not though, or at least not Brittany, the show may as well do what it always does and grab the nearest single guy Brittany hasn't dated and force them together. At least they aren't discriminating against bisexuals. If I'm honest I'm probably only ok with it because a) I'll have a shot with Santana now (allow me my daydreams - she's the perfect woman) and b) chances are that they'll end up getting back together. Santana's all about letting Brittany go for now, but if she ever decided she wanted her back I don't think Sam would stand a chance.
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Dec 08, 2012
I don't know why it's such a big deal for Brittany to go back and forth. People are allowed to be bisexual. She was into Artie earlier in the series right?
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Dec 08, 2012
Pianos man scene was the best scene in glee since season 1. A very nice nod to how ridiculous it is that there is routinely an entire band at the beck and call of glee clubs every whim. This show is worse than Bill Compton.
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Dec 10, 2012
Awwww ;( But, seriously, I loved Brad's comment - could always hear him muttering under his breath in my head. And the poor band in the snowy courtyard-! /applauds all the musicians

BUT I like the show
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Dec 07, 2012
This show has become a JOKE! But the think is...it's not even funny ANYMORE! The only interesting thing is Sam&Brittany's relationship. Just think of how white, blonde and DUMB their babies would be =)))
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Dec 07, 2012
Sattany ? Bram? Srittany ? ;)
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Dec 08, 2012
Bram for sure...lol people need to check out twitter that seems to be the favourite.
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Dec 07, 2012
I was hoping Blaine would've been in this episode a little more because he's definitely one of the best characters on the show!
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Dec 07, 2012
oh and eh, Samany?
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Dec 07, 2012
Does Rachel have any other classes than dance class with (really getting old) the bitchy teacher? Srsly she didn't even show that much dance or improvement as she claims, stick to singing Rachel (but she finally got that anyway). And it's normal for the whole class to STOP while they argue???
Anyway, So agree with Tina, it's all Marley's fault. Poor Tina, she was suppose to be the next Rachel. But now is her last chance and it's ruined because of Marley and her insecurities? so not fair.
All in all this episode was quite inconsistent. Blondies dating, the feel-good ending, it wasn't one of my favorite episodes. But I got to hear Rachel sing again, and Kurt! so that's a plus.
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Dec 07, 2012
My reaction to Rachel winning everything/Kitty innocently joining in on the final song:

"What? Seriously Glee? Are you for REAL? WTF is your problem??"
I honestly just sat there angry/stunned after the episode ended, mostly at how NO ONE had addressed the Kitty issue except for Santana, which everyone just ignored!? Where's the outrage, Glee? Where's my payoff for the terrible, no good, awful bulimia/Kitty plotline??

Since I saw the relationship coming, Sam and Brittany getting together wasn't a big deal to me. I'm glad she's finally trying to get over Santana, instead of staying in that weird sort of break up limbo with her. And the song her and Sam performed was lovely, I can't believe Glee hasn't done it before. And the whole conversation about pissing off Brittany/Santana fans was all so Ryan Murphy could address the issues he'd be receiving hate mail about.
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Dec 07, 2012
Well Glee is really inconsistent.. because Rachel getting into NYADA after she screw up her audition.. even if she is talented and gives great performances things like that doesn't happen in real life. The real thing will be that Rachel have to wait a full year.. but it's GLEE. hahahaha

Yeah Santana was the only one worried about Kitty.. not even her mom seem to worry that she fainted (at least onscreen).
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Dec 07, 2012
I had to switch Glee off after 5 minutes during the first episode of the hiatus and I decided that it would be good for my own mental health to take a break from it. I still read these reviews just to see if I made the right decision, it would seem I have.

To answer your questions 'What does that make Brittany and Sam?' Shit.
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Dec 07, 2012
As they sang the song at the end outside with the snow falling, I couldn't help thinking that it was probably filmed in LA 2 months ago so they must be really hot in those warm clothes.
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Dec 07, 2012
Lol. How thoughtful of you!
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Dec 07, 2012
BRAM!
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Dec 07, 2012
haha hollander
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Dec 07, 2012
One of the biggest problems with Glee is always trying to form new couples, for better or for worse (mostly the latter). Sam only had weird relationships with girls who weren't that into him. (And why the hell did they bore us last season with Sam and Mercedes if it wasn't going to happen ?) Sam and Brittany were awesome as best friends, they should have stayed that way (especially because at the last news Britt still loved Santana, which is not fair for Sam).

And I can only agree with the ridiculousness of Rachel winning all the awards as always. NYADA is only there to show how amazing she is. (And don't they have other classes than dance at that school ?)
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Dec 07, 2012
The couples situation is really starting to feel like the writers all just sit around and go, "Hmm. Those two haven't dated yet. Let's do that," regardless of whether the pairing makes sense and regardless of what else is going on in the Glee universe (like Brittany still loving Santana.)
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Dec 08, 2012
omg NOOOOO we're going the gossip girl way of everyone having dated everyone.
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Dec 07, 2012
The whole Marley fainting thing got on my nerves for 2 reasons:
1 No one defended her whatsoever, not her supposed BFF, not the 2 guys who were fighting over her not that long ago
2 The fact that Kitty was the reason for Marley passing out was only briefly touched on by Santana yet no one else said anything and just swept it under the rug
I'll admit I'm not a hardcore shipper, I generally go along with most relationships unless I think there's a specific reason why a couple shouldn't be together. So bored of the Cassie Vs Rachel stuff, its the same thing over and over again. Loved the winter showcase part. I am interested to see what they will do with the rest of this season now that they don't have any compititions to look forward to. Feels kinda sad that Sam, Tina, Artie and Brittany could possibly graduate without winning regonals or nationals like the previous graduates did. Thought the Finchel phone call started off funny just coz she was wearing a dress and Finn said she butt dialled him but the phone convo was sweet.
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Dec 07, 2012
Piano dude got lines! Yay for him! It was hilarious.

As a Brittana fan I didn't like the way things turned out but then again I didn't expect Brittany to be single for the rest of the school year. And her getting back together with Santana wasn't going to happen.

I, too, think that Kitty should be punished somehow. She didn't actually force Marley to do anything but what she did is also bullying. I don't think the whole storyline about Marley's eating disorder is finished.

As for Rachel and Kurt... Nothing surprises me anymore. From the moment I saw Tibideaux looking at Kurt I knew he was going to sing - and get in NYADA. And of course Rachel got invited to the showcase. And of course she won. I did like both of their performances but at least something unexpected could have happened. Now it just seemed to be a waste of the limited time each episode has.
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Dec 07, 2012
I loved Rachel and Cassandra singing All That Jazz!
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Dec 07, 2012
oh already forgot that happened. this show is so memorable..
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