Glee "Sweet Dreams" Review: Friendship Is Magic

Glee S04E19: "Sweet Dreams"


Oh, so we're just going to go back to business as usual after last week's Very Special school-shooting episode of Glee? Okay, Glee. It's not like I was expecting anything better anyway. From Roz's belittling of the McKinley students' experience—"I grew up in the hood, I can't sleep at night unless I hear at least two gunshots"—to Marley's ditzy, "It's like they all have PTSD," seemingly implying that having a severe psychological reaction to a traumatic event is weird, any brownie points Glee earned by not completely sucking at the actual shooting part have been spent. Welcome back to WTF Land, Glee

Along with Glee's general inability to not fall all over itself these days, the worst aspects of Rachel's Rachelness have returned. Tonight, her audition for Funny Girl finally came to pass, and it only served to underline how much more enjoyable and sympathetic she was when she wasn't God's gift to the stage. Honestly, I wish there was a way we could have it both ways, where Rachel fulfilled the prophesy set forth from her very first appearance on this show and she got to do it all without being so irritating.

Also, there was a Harlem Shake moment. There were several Harlem Shake moments. Glee, we need to talk.  

While Rachel warbled her way to a callback in New York, in Lima, Schue reverted to ruling New Directions with an iron fist. Glee club, he seemed to have determined, is not a democracy, and even though the majority of his students rebelled against the idea of doing a medley of songs from the '70s and early '80s at the upcoming dream-themed Regionals, Schue got all huffy and grumpy, hurt some feelings, and reaffirmed the end of his and Finn's bromance. 

Until he... changed his mind? 

Through the magic of friendship and song and a song about friendship, Schue's grinch heart grew THREE sizes that day and he tracked down the college Finn enrolled himself in after Schue threw his Jealous Ex tantrum a few episodes ago and asked his former mini-me to return to McKinley. Finn, despite resolving to get his shit together after getting kicked him out of the clubhouse, found himself tempted by the awesome parts of college and, in typical Finn fashion, came this close to flunking out. 

Puck Sr., who is now randomly squatting in a dorm because why the hell not, basically told Finn to grow up, which Finn did by accepting Schue's apology and letting him bail his slacker ass out of imminent academic probation, though admittedly, Finn's save wasn't kooky at all. College credit for real life experience is totally a thing. 

With Schue's humanity restored, he apologized for hurting everyone's feelings and insisted that Marley teach New Directions one of her original songs. And over in Black Sue's office, Becky and Blaine met with their new overlord to talk Cheerios. From the get-go, Roz suspected that there was more to Sue's departure than the official story. She blamed Blaine for casting a "fruity Fonzie voodoo hex" on her predecessor, but the truth almost came out when Becky defended Blaine and claimed that he wasn't there when the gun went off. So at least we aren't completely ditching that story, but the thing is, even with the understanding that this is just how Glee operates and nothing that happens every really has a lasting effect on the characters who populate McKinley's halls, a shooting is kind of a big deal, even when no one gets hurt. Schue and Beiste were quick to give lip service to their nightmares and the changes they see in their students, but for all intents and purposes, it's like nothing at the school changed—and if you're going to tackle a subject as overwhelming as a school shooting, you can't just handwave it for the sake of moving on to the next dance routine. 

Still, a small amount of progress is still progress. I side-eyed the promo for next week pretty hard, though. 


What did you think of "Sweet Dreams"?



MUSICAL NOTES

– Glee playlist: "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)" was solid, though kind of uninteresting. "You Have More Friends Than You Know" was pretty, though cavity-inducing. "Outcast," an original  song, was enjoyable, though definitely based on the self-congratulatory emo crap I scribbled during study hall when I was fifteen. So... yay for Glee finally getting its characters to think like high schoolers?

– Ah, the sacred hallway slip 'n slide. Classic. Kudos for being smart enough to pad the walls, Finn Hudson. We weren't. 

– Oh hey, Idina Menzel. 

– Okay, I still hate Kitty, but her spot-on dismissal of every single one of Marley's songs made me laugh. 

– Are we happy to see NeNe Leakes again?

– Emma Pillsbury, I miss you and your pamphlets. Come back. 

– So the theme of Regionals is "Dreams." What do you think the glee club should perform? What do you want to see?

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The best part about this episode was "Don't Stop Believing" because it made me reminisce about how awesome Glee USED to be. A time when there were plot lines that went on beyond one episode. A time when the songs they sang were actually good and worthy of an iTunes download. A time before the show caught the eye of every main stream media outlet prompting the creator and writers to use the show as a political, social, and agenda outlet. A time when I could remember all of the characters names because i actually cared enough to learn them. A time when the show actually made me feel happy after watching it, and not bummed out because of an eating disorder, a failed wedding x2, a shooting, a suicide attempt, bullying, gay bashing, Puck as Bernardo in WSS, Sue as Nicki Minaj, breakups, a ridiculous and insulting look into the military, gigalos, stupid arm pillows, 3 tours of NY, and only 1 episode featuring the awesome music of N'Sync, Backstreet Boys, and the Spice Girls.
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What month is it? How did Finn manage to just enroll in what should be the end of the year?
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Marley being dismissive of PTSD was annoying but not unexpected. I would have been pleasantly surprised if they actually took the time to focus on that honestly. I hate how she's become such a ditz of a character. Are there any smart ones left anymore? Initially she just came across as sweet...now she's painfully dumb. We already have Brittany who was meant to be the resident dumb character. We have Sam who started off not being a moron and somehow became one, he tends to flip back and forth which irritates me about his characters. Sam in his first few episodes was cool, laid back, and kind of savvy. Sam dating Quinn was stereotypical sex fiend jock. Post Quinn he was a combination of that geeky guy with the impressions and being stupid. Sam dealing with homelessness, back to being cool, smart, and vulnerable. Sam with Mercedes, sweet, charming, cool. Sam, post Mercedes, back to being a complete and utter idiot with rare moments of insight. It'll give a girl whiplash. Finn is...Finn. Tina has become just as vapid. Like why the war against smart, Glee? Is there a war against common sense and a reasonable amount of intellect?
-Roz's comment didn't bother me one bit. I actually thought it was funny, in the way that some people crack jokes to lighten up a moment. Self included. Humor is a defense and coping mechanism. I didn't think it was indecent. In fact it was true. I grew up in the city. There was nothing to being lulled to sleep mb sirens be them ambulance,police, or firefighter. I could easily detect the difference between shots firing, firecrackers, and a car backfiring. It was nothing to bat your eye at, depending on how close it was to you. So that actually made me chuckle, especially when you think of how suburban kids for whatever reason feel the need to urban themselves up without a full comprehension of what it's like to live in an urban area. I say this as someone who has live in urban, suburban, and borderline rural areas. Also, I like NeNe Leakes. Can't lie.
- I know that college isn't like that, and yet that still had me wishing I could redo my college life all over again. I don't know why I deprived myself of all the fun. Crippled myself with my introversion maybe? Who knows.
-Puck just being there made no sense. They don't even try to think of creative or logical reasons for the OC coming back. I did enjoy that he was willing to be Finn's support. You know it's messed up with Noah Puckerman is the one telling you to hunker down and get your shizz together.
-I was no impressed with the original songs. I've only liked maybe two of the original songs on this show to date though.
-Oh right Rachel was...ohh look Idina...cute supportive friends...yawn.
-I don't know if I'm happy or disappointed that Glee got picked up for two more seasons.
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I wish that my college experience was like that.... because it WASN'T!
The answer is no; to all the people wondering if that is what American colleges are like. ...maybe on weekends though... after a bunch of hard tests... Because that's like saying that most of America is like that Jersey Shore show... absolutely not.

Marley, I don't give a crap about your songs, i just want to know who "catfished" (...is that seriously a term???) Ryder. And Blaine's constant WTF faces crack me up, like he's the only one with common sense in a sea of madness.

I was really hoping that Finn would have gone to college in New York to try to win back his girl. But nope! I really loved Rachel's audition, it made me tear up, just a little bit. I really really reeeeaaaalllyy want Jesse to come back and stir things up. Love him.

Hate Coach Roz. She's such a crude bigot, and it's like we're supposed to be okay with that? I don't think so. I don't think that Sue even says the nasty level of things that Roz does.

Lastly, the only really normal thing I've seen the show do, is Tina's transitions. She's a teenager, and that is exactly what teenagers do. They try on different genre's to see which one fits. When I was that age I went from a Brittney Spears/Nsync loving pop princess, to a Linkin Park head rocking Goth, to a folk listening gypsy/hippy.
Gladly, none of the above sticked. But I like that Tina is actively trying to find herself. Good for her. I thought that Marely had found herself when she first tried out for Glee with "New York State of Mind." I loved her character right there, but that was her only shining moment, since then she pretty much sucks, oh wait.. there was that one moment when she told Finn to "grow a pair." But yeah other than that she killed my high hopes for her.
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My college life wasn't like that either. I used to say that Felicity ruined me as far as how I perceived college when I was younger. I had all these expectations and none of it happened for me.

I'd honestly say that Sue and Roz are equal. Roz is like season one Sue. Sue now says things that are crude or rude with the possibility that she's doing and saying it for valid reasons. That's been a recent development. Sue in the beginning used to say things just to say them, for shock value, laughs, to affirm that Glee is a politically incorrect show, caricature characters, and satirical. Roz, to me, is season one Sue.

It's because at this point I think Blaine IS the only one with common sense in a sea of madness and idiocy. LOL

I actually was disappointed that Finn came back. If they hadn't thrown in the college credit as an afterthought it would have came down to Schue, this grown man with a manchild for a best friend depriving this kid of growing up, having his own life, making his own plans, and educating himself. That didn't sit well with me. I mean he kinda sorta was talking Finn OUT of college. wtf?!
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I grew up wanting to be Buffy, sadly there were no sexy vampires in my college times. Just a bunch of self entitled know it alls that didn't actually know anything.

Yes, I agree... why would Mr. Schue ask Finn to come back... couldn't he be happy that his man child friend was growing up? How is Finn supposed to win Rachel back from Lima High? And I'm pretty sure Finn would still have to fullfill his core credits, even with getting credit from student teaching. That would cover only.. what his internship?

I don't like Roz at all, I don't really care for Sue either, but every once in a while she does something funny or nice. Roz is just a bigot with a medal.
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I too miss Emma, and Shelby's occasional returns are always welcome. And I also wish that Rachel could fulfill her destiny without being so annoying...but unfortunately, that's a side effect of idolizing Barbra. Musically-minded Jewish girls don't really have many other role models, except for Lea Michele and Idina Menzel.
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I think real people act stupid all the time about other's reactions to traumatizing events. I remember we had a teacher in high school who was "kidnapped" and put into the trunk of his car and barely got away when the thieves were driving him somewhere to kill him. The next week he had a moment when he stopped in the middle of a lesson and went outside like he was going to break down and cry. The most horrible thing was that some kids were mocking his reaction, as if it were ridiculous to be traumatized by such a thing (besides, one of them said, it had been a full week almost since the event). So yeah, I do believe people can be stupid enough. And in this case, no one got hurt and there was not a real intent, so I think people would assume there shouldn't be any trauma, which of course isn't the case...

As for the college scenes - seriously, that's what college is for in the U.S.?
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This is getting worse and worse every episode. Of course the show moved on from the shooting, of course we're back to uninteresting original songs. I hate Rachel, the fact that Tina reinvented her style AGAIN (and she should be the diva lol) and that they're portraiting they're PTSD in such a ridiculous way. Schue and Finn are more pathetic and boring than I thought could be possible.
Why am I still watching this? Oh, right, the songs. Those good, harmonized COVERS.
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I honestly enjoyed Rachel's moment in this episode, she actually listened to mom aka Shelby aka Idina's advice and chose a song from her heart, that performance was really spot on. Aside from that, the rest of the episode was so.. dull! I don't know what they are doing to Marley but how can all her storylines be so boring? Puck, Sam and Unique's storyline just seemed very random.
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This episode was pretty lame, it had more 'rolls eyes' moments than the last few episodes combined. Sam's multiple personality disorder, Tina'a steam punk, Unique's 'I'm a real girl' moments and the return of Roz were terrible. Only parts I actually enjoyed were Rachel's entire Funny Girl storyline (I didnt find it annoying, it was just typical Rachel) and the harlem shake bits in the start of the show. Did I mention that Puck's enlightened moment was also forced? Right! I loved Idina's return though and Glee has got to start holding some consistency.
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Both my sister and I agreed that this episode was okay, but it felt like a filler. It felt like one giant set up for what's to come next. Which I guess it to be expected, I just wish they didn't have all the plots as filler. They should have addressed Ryder's issue and put Finn and Schue in some other episode.

I liked the original song Outcasts but it reminded me a bit of Loser Like Me or whatever the song was called from...season 2? 3? I watched all 3 seasons in 2 weeks so it's kind of a blur.

I loved Idina-her voice is amazing.

Also, random, but I love the way Blaine reacts to things that happen at McKinley. I feel as if he has a WTF face on all the time. It's like he's the only one who realizes how ridicules things are. Cracks me up.
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Yeah, Outcast is totally another Loser like me!
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I actually like Finn and was happy to see him pursuing his obvious path by going to college to become a teacher.

Puck's still writing a screenplay! I hope it's amazing.

Sam's "twin brother" was a very lame flavor of random.

Where did Ryder's storyline go? I want to know if Unique is catfishing or if it's band-girl.
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How was Rachel annoying? She was thinking on her head for comedic effect which worked great. She wasn't bad to anyone nor did anything bad.
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I cringed quite a lot in this episode. For example, the harlem shake moments; all the scenes with Marley. She is as boring and lame. Plus, Finn and Shuester plot is kind of stupid and unrealistic. On a positive note, I did appreciate the song choice for Rachel's audition, it's nice sometimes to go back to where they started.
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I understand Roz's insensitivity, in some neighborhoods and cities, a shooting is a normal thing; then you hear it was an accident you understand no one was hurt, then that should be the end of it. It wasn't a "school shooting", it was a gun that accidentally went off in a school.
the "mind your own gay business" line: I was laughing for quite a while. I love Rachel, only because I also love Funny Girl and she is "living" my dream...
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"Also, there was a Harlem Shake moment. There were several Harlem Shake moments. Glee, we need to talk."

How can you stand your job, MaryAnn? You couldn't pay me enough to watch this show the way it currently is.
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A lot of people were up in arms about the shooting episode, but I thought it was done nicely...what bothered me was Roz's insensitivity to the whole thing...I get it, it's how Glee operates, it uses humour in a follow up episode to get past the emotional and sensitive episodes. But really...it was like they did it out of expectation... rather than relevance to that's how they always do things. lol as for the Harlem shakes that were everywhere, I say this, Glee go home, you're drunk.
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Oh God, this episode sucked so bad. It was boring. The highlights were the scene between Roz, Blaine and Becky, it was hilarious. I don't really care about Finn (and Cory Monteith was even a worse actor in this episode than usual), Will was extra creepy and I still don't get how he could be considered as a good teacher. The "Don't stop believing" reunion was sweet, but the episode severly lacked of rythmn and Chris Colfer.
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I don't think Rachel is annoying or irritating at all.
She has a dream and she is always willing to work as hard as she can to achieve it, she's always doing vocal warm ups, practicing, memorizing loads of songs. She has an amazing voice because she worked hard for it and she deserves whatever job she gets.
I actually think she is a great example of work ethic to kids, showing that you have to work really hard to get your dreams because nothing is for free.
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I agree I don't see what she did that was annoying n this episode. It was her inner thoughts, she was pumping herself up. Not sure why the reviewers problem is.
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Okay. I am going to take a completely objective moment here and comment on a trend I have noticed in this thread as well as elsewhere on this site. Folks, reviews cannot be super-happy-positive every single time. It's not a real review if all the reviewer does is go, "AWESOME! A+++!! MORE PLEASE!" every week. But just because a reviewer is critical of an episode, it doesn't mean they hate the show, or that they are trying to be negative for the sake of being negative, etc. It means they felt that something about that particular episode missed the mark. I have read plenty of previous Glee reviews by MaryAnn that were positive. She clearly does NOT hate the show or she wouldn't bother putting effort into these reviews. The same can be said of the other TV.com reviewers. And hey, guess what? This is just ONE person's opinion. You don't have to agree with her! Just like you don't have to agree with her positive reviews, either. I would hate to read kiss-ass reviews every week that just spewed forth drivel about how awesome every character is, and how awesome the songs were, and how awesome the awesomeness was, yet it seems that is exactly the kind of review some people want to read all of the time, and I don't understand why. Do I love Glee? Yes. Do I love every single episode of Glee? No. Will any one review of any one episode affect my overall opinion of Glee? No. Okay? Okay.
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Okay, I get that Glee is supposed to be detached from reality, but how the hell did Finn get into college so quickly? There are application deadlines, which at best allow you to apply up until the first day of class, but mid-semester? I'm going to keep watching the episode now in the hopes that Finn will explain that the university operates on the quarter system.
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Who says it's mid-semester? The university I went to had semesters that didn't exactly correspond with high school semesters. While my high school semester went from January to late June, my University semester went from January to mid-April. Intersession starts in May, when the university gives students the option to do fewer classes in a small amount of time (so instead of 7 classes 2-3 times a week from January-April, you could do 4 classes 3-4 times a week from May-July). And a student could conceivably start with a intersession semester.

And no one said this episode took place immediately after the previous one, so Finn could have had time to enroll.

Don't forget he's going to small-town Lima University and transferred from a small high school in the same town, it wouldn't be complicated or unusual paperwork for the school to process. It's even conceivable that he'd have a personal connection to someone at the school that might fast track the process.
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Okay, well the public universities in Texas follow the more traditional semester schedule. Or at least the five that I'm familiar with do.
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Dunno....probably the same way Puck Sr. just moved into his dorm room....even though there's usually a waiting list and other procedures to get through and OH YEAH PUCK SR. DOESN'T ACTUALLY GO TO COLLEGE....but I digress. :-)
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Well, I figured Puck would just crash. I mean, he obviously doesn't have a problem with squatting, as he used a client's home while Puck Jr was visiting.
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Look, if you don't like Glee any more, STOP reviewing it and give the job to someone else... it's TV, it's supposed to be ENTERTAINMENT, not an in depth essay of the psychological aspects of life as a teenager in high school... people mostly watch for the music, the funny moments and every now and then some kind of PSA, or whatever.. we watch Glee to see Rachel BE Rachel, that's whole friggin point!!! and to see Puck be Puck, etc. etc. The characters are supposed to be mostly kooky and without depth. Maybe every now and then they get some storyline with more depth, but in general it's supposed to be goofy and dumbish. GLEE is supposed to help us relax after a sh*t day at work or school, not give us deep profound messages about life... for THAT, watch one of the religious channels and let us be. Again, if you don't like Glee anymore, stop reviewing and give the job to someone who at least wll be more objective in their reviews.
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First of all ....if there is something CRAPPY..is it the review above...so negative...and than sadly if that wasn't enough...i ready all the dumb reactions below from other people...who can only say the same thing...

First off all, nothing serieus happened with the shooting. It happened. Sue "sorta confessed to save Becky"...is gone...so leave it..get over it...it is done and it happened. I am glad it happened...I am from the Netherlands and things like that, don't happen here...so this was for me actually the first time to see something like that...and for me it was like WOW...can you imagine sitting in a class room, not knowing what is going to happen or is happening outside...and then that you leave a message on your phone, in case you get shot...most be terrible....but i guess as this is simply how the human brain works....nothing happened, so it is not a HUGE big deal...so move on...and that is what Glee has done...

There is another issue i want to point out..every week i read from the same people the same bullshit crappy reviews below about how bad it was etc etc etc...if you think the series is so bad or unrealistic or whatever....WTF are you then watching it for...just to bitch about it here on Tv.com...pathetic...! We can complain and say what we want...they (cast) are the ones who are worldly famous and get the sing and dance and do all the fun things...we can only dream off...so respect that a bit and don't be so judgemental...!!1
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This was always going to be a really tricky episode, especially for the Glee writers. The thing is, nothing really did happen. Sure it was traumatic and they thought they were going to die but they were never in any real danger (especially to their knowledge) so I do feel like that would take away some of the trauma. Because of that, they really had to walk the line between being too melodramatic and impacting the characters too much and being too cavalier about what happened. Of course, Glee did the latter. I wish they would have done something (besides Marley deciding to break open her songwriting book and make a grab for the spotlight) to show that what happened left a serious mark without overstating the situation. Also, giving Sam an alternate personality was probably the most annoying thing they've done yet. I did like the homage to the Harlem Shake though and playing it three times in a row really highlighted how annoying it is. Clever.
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Oh, I didn't see the repetitions of Harlem Shake as a way to point how annoying it is, but it's a good explanation.
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i was actually glad to see that rachel, because that;s the rachel we (or i) fell in love with, not the pushover who allowed brody to toss her around. it was good to see rachel back to her old self.
and this episode embodied one of glee;s grandest traditions: following up an actually impressive episode with an incredibly sucky one (see: original song, followed by night of neglect. and that;s just one example) and also, this episode makes me think that the glee writers haven;t actually attended college themselves, because every time we;ve seen any of the characters in college they just use every college cliche in existence. i go to a party school, and if you do that in the library, they ask you to leave.
now there are only three episodes left and i have absolutely no idea where this is headed
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When did Brody ever toss Rachel around? Sure he lied but he was always nice and supportive of her.
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when she found out about him and the dance teacher he was basically like "well i;m a dude i have needs, and you either accept that or hit the bricks" and he was pressuring her into appearing nude in the student film. i just meant she wasn;t herself around him
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The Finn and Sam parts are weird and this episode needs to slow down.

I'm glad Brittany did not sing in this episode, but since there are three episodes left until season 4 ends, Tina may need a few more lead solos before it is too late. Tina is so far catching up with more publicity this season, but this character cannot be wasted at all!

At least Rachel got something positive in the end after her daydreaming "Don't Stop Believin'" performance version. Mercedes was kind of uncredited in that part.

I know Sugar and Joe are going to appear in the season 4 finale, but afterwards, they won't be in this show anymore!
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Mercedes?
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It wasn't about Mercedes...it would be weird to give her a stand out part when it's all supposed to be in Rachel's head, having her friends as back up.
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So this is what came to me in the middle of the night: There are only 3 episodes left in the season. Since they haven't been to Regionals yet, this means they are either going to lose Regionals OR (and I really like this idea) the end of the season isn't the end of the school year. They can keep the current kids longer that way without them graduating and them having to either create new storylines or find new kids!
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I believe it's been confirmed that the end of the season isn't the end of the school year but they could be covering for the fact that it's painfully obvious they lose regionals if it is.
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THIS. THIS SO MUCH. First of all, I almost changed the channel at the 5th instance of the Harlem Shake at the beginning of the episode. Then, and more disturbingly, AWFUL handling of the transition from last week's shooting (which, as you will recall, I wasn't a fan of to begin with). And this is EXACTLY why a show like Glee has no business tackling issues like gun violence. It went from a very serious, very scary situation one week to NeNe Leakes sassin' everyone about it this week. Really? REALLY?!?!?!?!?!??! Sigh.....

AND WHO IS CATFISHING RYDER?! Is the show seriously not going to address this issue? Granted, Ryder wasn't predominantly featured in this episode (that would have cut into Rachel's pouting time), but still. I really hope this isn't just something that never gets answered.
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Oh my goodness, why do you bother watching this show?
I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. Stop giving Glee crap.... its not supposed to a serious drama aimed at teaching solid life lessons (or needing serious continuity). It's a comedy. You aren't supposed to sit and think about it, that (obviously from this review) takes away all the fun.
And I always liked Rachel, even at her most annoying - she's real. She works her ass off, she's imperfect and she is amazing.
We're supposed to hate Roz. She plays the part well. Not as enjoyable as Sue in any way but we couldn't have 2 likeable "villains"
And Will did his classic lose his way then find it again. Its cool, its the formula that Glee has done since day 1. If you don't like it, stop watching it and being grumpy about it!
Escape, enjoy the music for what it is and let it be.
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"Stop giving Glee crap.... its not supposed to a serious drama aimed at teaching solid life lessons...it's a comedy" Right! Because school shootings are HILARIOUS! If Glee shouldn't be taken seriously (and I DEFINITELY agree that it should NOT), then it shouldn't try to tackle these issues just to prove how deep they are or to shock their audience.
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Yep. Glee cannot have it both ways. It wants to, but that's not how good storytelling works. And all shows should be aiming to be good storytelling.
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I actually fell for and liked Rachel performing "Don't stop Believin" for the audition - mainly because it made me nostalgic for the time when I really loved Glee. I obviously still watch and liked Glee for moments here and there. But those first run of episodes were special.
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Rachel's on-stage hallucinations were cringe inducing. I kept saying "please stop interacting with the people in your head" Seriously these kids need medical attention.
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Really Sam is pretending to be two people, Unique is taking birth control, MIT wants Brittany and you think Rachel having some thoughts during a song and you think that is the weird thing? Rachel was just thinking that the other were actually do those weird things.
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She was singing and dancing with hallucinations at a professional audition. And I did say "these kids need medical attention" not just Rachel. Someone needs to go to their houses and find the toxic mould. I also suggest checking the choir room. Then present the findings to House and after 3 guesses he'll fix them up.
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Okay, I just want to start off by saying that as Finn was talking to Rachel on the phone and saying to do something that gives her the feels I turned to my mom and said that she should totally do "Don't Stop Believin'". Needless to say, about five minutes later I was going all Tiger-Woods-fist-pump for calling it.

Now to the episode. Though I think they could've done more with the shooting aftermath I think they did an okay job, especially when you consider it's Glee. While it is unlikely, some people can deal with psychological damage much better than others and appear rather normal. The changes to Sam, Tina, Unique and, though they didn't state it I inferred it, Schue were pretty good in that it fit with the characters and showed that not everything is normal. I do think they could/should have done more, but I'm not going to throw them under the bus for this because they actually exceeded my admittedly low expectations (I really think they missed a prime opportunity though; even if it was just a 1-2 minute scene, showing Emma consoling some students would've made a ton of sense but come on, why make sense in Glee?).

Though it was a bit harsh, I did like the Schue out-burst and thought it was warranted; he definitely could've gone about it in a softer tone but the kids could've come to him and tried to talk about their reasoning for why they don't like the song choices. But, once their sorta irrational intervention failed there was only one thing to do: sing! And oh boy did they sing. I admit that I really liked the early original songs they did so I was looking forward to this and they delivered. All I ask is for an original here and there. Also, Marley definitely got a bump in my book simply because once she got shot down twice she didn't just cry and actually found a solution. Not quite where I want her to be, but it's a step in the right direction.

And finally the big kids. Though I thought it would probably be the case, I am definitely glad that the following was proven true: Finn+Puck+booze+college=fantastic. In a funny way this got me pissed since I advocated for a spin-off for the big kids and this kind of proves that it would've been awesome. Puck bringing out the "we have to prove them wrong" speech was a bit predictable but he still brought it home in pure Puck fashion and sold me on it. I really hope they show one of his screenplays. Also, do I have to talk about "Fight For Your Right"? No, because it was awesome? Great. I totally agree that this Rachel is a bit annoying but she does bring greeeeeeat songs when she is in this zone. Her and Shelby together is always a bright spot and her "Don't Stop Believin'" was very well done. I totally nominate Kurt for scene-stealer award at the end when he bakes/offers cookies and simple goes all I'm-nervous-need-something-to-chew-on-oh-a-cookie while Rachel is on the phone. I even jumped along when he was told the news lol. (And I just want to bring this up: I love how Finn is so smooth while the girls come to the slip n' slide but totally becomes a kid once the tops come off. I love this Finn, I really do).

Okay, now my two slight problems with the episode. One, I really, really like Blaine, heck, one of my favorite characters, but I don't think he should be the main person to do the "Becky's Got a Gun" reveal. It might not happen, but so far it is leaning that way and I don't like it. Two, while I like Blaine, I have to admit that my major guy-crush is on Ryder and my fan-rection (can I say that? Well, I just did) was very disappointed with him not being a main part of the episode. Where's his acting? Where are his emotions? Where are his adorable smiles/jokes?......okay, cool down. I guess after it seemed that we made such a big break-through on the Katie thing, I was expecting a lot. I said last week that Unique was my front-runner, but she is now in 3rd behind neck-brace Cheerio (please don't Glee) and Aylin from Glee Project 2 (please do Glee).

Overall, pretty great episode song-wise, good episode acting wise, okay episode story-line-wise. Though I hope they improve on the latter two, I can definitely live with that kind of break-down. Now to go spend some money on iTunes.....I hate myself.

P.S. I never type it but always think it, and I finally remembered. I adore your reviews MaryAnn, and love, love, love reading anything you write. You are practically my real-life Santana when it comes to these reviews and I'm pretty sure almost all will agree that Life+more Santanta/MaryAnn=better Life. So thanks! :)
P.P.S. Sorry for the long comment...
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Initially, I didn't really care how they handled the shooting or how they seem to be fine and dandy now, but after reading this article, I agree that they could have handled the aftermath of the shooting more seriously.

Although relatively funny, Tina dressing steampunk and Sam's twin were just too ridiculous as a reason for the kids coping with the incident. You'd think Mr. Shue would be more delicate instead of being so bossy after the shooting.

Glee has a habit of ignoring important plots from previous episodes and I think it is due to the fact that they have different writers each episode. Glee isn't a procedural! I think the shooting story arc should have been a two-parter especially if they wanted the show that Glee takes issues with seriously.
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I agree with Roz. I've lived in the city where gunshots in the same building were not something you bothered checking on until a commercial (probably juxt a drug deal gone bad or a domestic dispute), and in the country, where gunshots weren't worth checking on at all (probably just your neighbor shooting a deer or some random varmint). Unless you are being shot at, don't assume the worst. It's the assumptions that cause the trauma, not the gunshots.
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That's what I said. That was one of the few comments in this episode that actually made me chuckle. I didn't see that comment as offensive like some people seemed to.
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HA! so true! I live in the country and I probably hear about 4 gunshots a night haha
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But they had already made the assumptions when they were locked in the room thus the trauma had already been caused. I do believe that once they found out it was just "Sue cleaning her gun" they probably felt a little safer but it should have left a little stronger of an impact. We had a few lockdowns at our school and some felt really serious and some people would get scared but once they found out it was some kid with a bb gun down the street, they'd usually feel like they were overreacting.
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Definitely true. They freaked the kids out unnecessarily. I thought Roz's point was more along the lines they oughtnt have freaked out in the first place.
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So, there was a big, traumatic event last week. And the school's counselor is... nowhere to be seen.

Whatever happened to the mystery-text girl who was due to be revealed last week? Did everyone just forget about that in the stress over the bang-bangs?

While you CAN get credit for "life experience", it doesn't help your failing grades in other classes. Particularly in classes that are required for your intended major. If you blow a gatekeeper course early on, it can completely prevent you from getting into the program you want.
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But he hasn't failed that class yet. He missed a test and Puck kept him in check. I think that explanation about "getting life experience" was more an easy cover for why his college would let him spend so much time at McKinley than saying "my grade troubles are solved"
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Becoming a student teacher, esoecially, there are pretty strict prerequisites. Like, I dunno, 3 years of specific course work. No college is gonna let an uneducated student do student teaching for credit. They could lose their accreditation, or be open to millions in liability. Whole situation is even more nonsensical than when he wasn't in college. Also, it doesn't make him an equal or a partner, it makes him a goddamned intern, or apprentice (he couldn't even be called a student teacher).
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He isnt technically teaching since its overseeing a club, hes more so observing. Im in college for an educaion degree as well and before i was accepted into the program I did observing at the local high school also.... Now if he was trying to teach Shues spanish class based on a lesson plan then yea Glee would be getting it wrong. I wouldnt be surprised though haha I think Shue calling him a partner is just for Finns benefit...
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Realistically, though, a dean wouldn't just let a student do that willy-nilly. It'd be an independent study organized through a professor in a department (probably music or education in this case), and it wouldn't be something he could just start up in the middle of the term. And also, most college's won't let a freshman do an out-of-the-classroom project for credit. That's typically reserved for upper-division students.

But this is Glee, after all, which grounds itself in reality only when it's convenient for the plot.
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"it's like nothing at the school changed—and if you're going to tackle a subject as overwhelming as a school shooting, you can't just handwave it for the sake of moving on to the next dance routine." - Bang on MaryAnn, bang on (no pun intended). As I was watching this episode I could just hear your disapproval of how they handled the follow up to the shooting. And did I miss something, when did Kitty and Puck splitsville? I assume they did as apparently he was getting it on with 3 girls.
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When couples aren't working on Glee, they just let them fade into the background. Remember Artie and Sugar? Glee generally tweaks storylines to what's working on camera and what isn't which is good because it generally means we don't have to sit through storylines that really aren't connecting but it also makes the show seem really disjointed, poorly planned and lacking any continuity.
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They also tend to fade characters. Where the hell are Sugar and Teen Jesus?
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Good points Marie and Brooke. I do love this show as a mindless guilty pleasure, but some consistency would nice ;)
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