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Glee "The Break-up" Review: Welcome to Splitsville (Population: Everyone)

Glee S04E04 “The Break-up”

Tonight, Puck Jr. and Marley bonded over their free lunch status while Brittany and Blaine watched young love blossom from across the cafeteria and reminisced about the beginnings of their own relationships. It was the only moment in “The Break-up” that didn’t stomp all over my soul, and considering Brittany’s observation that she and Blaine are still young and shouldn’t feel as sad and nostalgic as they do was still kind of a downer, that’s saying a lot.

The stresses of life apart and life in general have finally caught up to some of Glee’s most prominent couples. Finn left the army after accidentally shooting himself in the leg with his rifle—which he called “Rachel” (so appropriate)—and arrived on Rachel’s doorstep hoping to find himself. Despite seemingly overcoming the worst of her inability to cope with Santana being in college during “Britney 2.0,” Brittany still struggled to fill the space left by Santana’s absence, specifically with the slightly insane Left Behind Club created by Kitty. Blaine faced a similar problem, longing for his long-distance boyfriend, but unlike Santana—who admitted that she'd LOOKED at another woman, but resisted the temptation—Blaine gave in and Kurt was less than forgiving. And finally, Mr. Schue and Miss Pillsbury faced yet another roadblock in their never-ending engagement when Schue received confirmation of his placement on the Blue Ribbon Panel and asked Emma to take a sabbatical from her position in Lima to accompany him to Washington D.C. She likened his expectation that she would just drop everything to follow him to the behavior one might expect from a clingy puppy.

Of the four troubled relationships, Schue and Emma’s is the only one that appears to have any life left in it. The other three are totally DOA.

Let’s start with Finn and Rachel. Brody’s presence in Rachel’s apartment when Finn knocked on her door was almost a non-issue for the first half of Finn and Rachel's time together in “The Break-up.” Rachel saw Finn’s discharge from the army as an opportunity for them to be together in New York. He could get a job or go to school, maybe even NYADA. They could be together and live happily ever after chasing their dreams together.

However, after spending just a few days with Rachel, it became clear to Finn that New York wasn’t the place for him. At a karaoke bar frequented by NYADA students, Rachel sang a duet with Brody and Finn finally confronted her about why Brody was around in his absence. I don’t know bro, maybe because you essentially dumped Rachel at the end of last season, then ignored her for the first three episodes of THIS season until YOU needed HER?

I'm so over Finn. I’ve done the clingy, needy, codependent boyfriend thing and I promise, Rachel is better off without him. And what a fabulous break-up she initiated! Finn argued that he was only trying to give her freedom when he dumped her at the train station, and Rachel, in uncharacteristically HBIC fashion, countered with, “I don’t need you to give me my freedom—I’m a grown woman!” I have never been prouder of Rachel Berry in my life.

So I guess Finn is just going to wander around Lima and stalk the glee club until Schue goes to D.C. Hey, maybe Schue can take Finn in place of Emma since they both seem to misunderstand how being an independent woman works. Having a boyfriend or a fiance isn’t a loss of freedom. Neither Emma nor Rachel were made beholden to their respective partners by agreeing to join them in romantic relationships. However, having disagreements with those partners doesn’t mean that the relationships must end. If they’re mature enough, they can work through it. It’s called compromising, and that doesn’t mean Emma should just go to Washington like Schue wants her to. Emma’s refusal to accompany Schue is not the same as rejecting him as her future husband, which seems to be how Schue took it. Their disagreement doesn’t have to be a death sentence for their relationship if they can talk like adults, so I’m holding off on adding them to the dead list just yet.

Santana and Brittany seem to exist in the same realm of possibility. Santana broke things off with Brittany, not because she was no longer in love with Brittany her but because “long-distance relationships are almost impossible to maintain.” It’s true. They are. Been there, done that BUT I got an engagement ring out of it, so things turned out okay. It worked due to a lot of effort and understanding, and the fact that neither one of us was in high school at any point in the relationship probably helped, so Santana’s concerns are well-founded.

However, I take issue with her refusal to actually call her break-up a break-up. Santana claimed that it wasn’t fair to Brittany to keep Santana tethered to her when Santana couldn’t be around to actually BE a girlfriend. She assured Brittany that it wasn’t a “break-up,” it was just a “break.” Uh, Santana? That’s not any kinder. Do you REALLY think that Brittany will move on if there’s even a possibility of reuniting with Santana? Their break-up almost felt like an attempt by Santana to make herself feel better for looking at other women without ACTUALLY breaking up with Brittany.

It looks like Blaine and Kurt are actually broken-up, though. Blaine crashed pretty fast, didn’t he? After hooking up with an old flame, Blaine hopped a plane to New York to visit Kurt, but his guilt got the best of him. He admitted what he'd done and apologized profusely. He said that he was lonely, but showed maturity and understanding by not explicitly blaming Kurt for that loneliness, because that would have been unfair. Yes, we’ve seen multiple examples of Kurt ignoring Blaine, but Kurt also has a very busy full-time job and Blaine understands that. You can understand something but still dislike it.

After returning to Lima, Blaine sent flowers and a card to Kurt’s office. Kurt pitched the card. At least Puck Jr. dumped Kitty and seems to be well on the way to dating Marley? Yeah, it doesn’t really make me feel any better either.



MUSICAL NOTES


My Glee Playlist for the night: Oooh! So much to pick from. I’m going to go with the “Don’t Speak” performance and “The Scientist,” because ouch. The stripped-down “Teenage Dream” was noteworthy for its impact on Blaine and Kurt, but it’s not something I could listen to multiple times.

My Glee nitpick of the night: Semi-honorable discharge isn’t a thing. Finn probably received a general discharge.

– Santana’s rant about the absurdity of how easily Kurt got his job at Vogue was very welcome. Thank you, Glee, at least I know that you aren’t completely delusional.

– SO MUCH FLYING BACK AND FORTH FROM NEW YORK TO OHIO. All I could think was, “So many SkyMiles!”

– I need Coach Sue back in my life, but I understand why she didn’t make an appearance in “The Break-up.” Her catty pessimism adds desperately needed balance to Glee’s usual everything-is-made-out-of-rainbows-and-lollipops demeanor, and “The Break-up” was actually dark enough on its own. But with that said, I feel like we haven’t seen much of Sue this season though and I’d totally dig it if that were remedied.

– So, which teams are you on after all these break-ups? Team Rachel? Team Finn? Team Kurt? Team... gosh, there are so many to pick from.

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Santana and Brittany's break up hurt my heart the most! Their's was the only one that was genuinely for the benefit of each other. No infidelity or ambition was involved. The decision was made by Santana purely because it was the best choice to make as a couple. She couldn't make herself commit to a complete end because she knew that it would be a temporary parting. They both will will always find each other in the end. Team Brittana.
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Is anybody else thinking Finn is gonna be taking over the club while mr. Shue's away? haha That would be weird...



I liked the song selections in this ep the best this season. And it was great hearing the stripped-down version of Teenage Dream... Loved how it fit into it, and I never thought it would be the background for such a sad scene, lol. Totally awesome, lol.



I really hate cheaters, but I get how things can get that messed up in this case... Everyone's talking about the once a cheater, always a cheater thing... I guess it's a matter of how it happened. I really do think those people that think that cheating is a fun game won't ever change.



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Mine was by far the worst song Glee has ever done. THEY COULDN'T EVEN GET THE WORDS RIGHT!
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Huh, I feel like Blaine at least he came forward with it and seemed extremely upset with himself more than he was blaming Kurt. Actually the only reason I watched glee was because I liked Kurt and Blaine's story.



I've seen a few relationships that mended over a partner cheating and others not.

Sincere remorse was probably the key and some of those that mended made them stronger than before. The whole idea of once a cheater always a cheater is generalizing the populous into saints or monsters. Depression, loneliness, or neglect can fuel a need for comfort especially when in here Blaine felt like he was being tossed away like an old shoe. I don't condone what Blaine did was right at all, it pissed me off but I could understand that those feelings of comfort do come into play. I feel like Kurt should make him work extra hard to get back into his good graces and not just as well. My motto is You try to work it out because if you don't want to fight for it to make things work when you can, did you really even care about it?
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Team Blaine, Team Rachel!
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Team Blaine.
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Oh gosh, I so agree... Finn was really awful in the episode, trying to acuse Rachel for moving on when that's was he told her to do at the train station, coming back only when he needed her and and then leaving NY because he felt like he didn't belong there and saying that he was trying to give her "freedom" again, ugh. And while Rachel was there, saying how much she loves him and everything all he manage to do was act jealous and petty and in the end of her speech, when she broke up with him, he only said something like "i don't have my girl, my job" like Rachel was just there to make him feel better about himself... ugh, really... I hope she finds a new love, someone that will treat her right, and not just use her to reassure himself. It's not like I'm not going to roor for him to find his dream, but I really don't want him to be with Rachel again.
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I really hate Blaine, I dunno why but he irks me. That Teenage Dream performance I found painful and had to fast forward.
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"He said that he was lonely, but showed maturity and understanding by not explicitly blaming Kurt for that loneliness, because that would have been unfair. " Blaine blamed Kurt.

What episode saw?
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I could see the whole thing with Kurt and Blaine not working out from a mile away. Yes they are each others first true loves, but in life you rarely see someone who is with there very first. Yes they are cute together but basically it comes down to that they are both Bottom Queens!



Blaine is the type to mess around in life, because he needs to feel superior and the center of attention. He has proven that he is a cheater "its not right but its okay" .... No its not once a cheater always a cheater in my book.



Kurt likes to be glamorous, the center of attention as well, and is always a great friend and yes he does have a full time job and doesn't respond quickly to Blaine, but he didn't cheat. Kurt can find someone that will love him with all his heart, and maybe someone older who Kurt can lean on for support and grow fond of.



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how did blaine prove he's a cheater in "it's not right but it's okay"? he was singing that because kurt was (emotionally) cheating on him with with chandler via texting, kurt was the one cheating in that situation not blaine...
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But the whole thing comes down to that Blaine is the biggest cheater! He fooled around with another guy and then went to NY tried to hide what he did but really couldn't. It's not like Kurt actually went around kissing someone else and fooling around! text messaging isn't on the same level as sleeping with someone!
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I ON FINN TEAM ALL THE WAY. FUCK RACHEL TEAM LAMP. kirk team lololool9ollloolo99l.lo9o
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this episode the break up suk
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didn't u all see RACHEL KISS A OTHER MAN SO THE MAN GOT ALL RIGHT TO FEEL BAD RACHEL IS NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FUCKING GOOD AND THEN COME TO THE HIGHT SCHOOL CRYING FUCK MAN. FINN U SHOULD DONE WITH SHE NOT THE OTHER AROUND SHE NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD SLU.....
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Quite apart from all the other stuff in this ep, I really felt like Finn needed to be taken in hand and told, "Look, buddy, you're confused and don't know what to do with yourself, and I get it, but self-pity is never pretty and its not doing you any favours. You wanna lose this lost feeling then pull your socks up and start actively looking for something to do with your time. It doesn't have to be mind-blowing and it doesn't have to be big, but for fucksake, this moping and sad-packing at your girlfriend has to stop. And for that matter, New York, like ALL cities, is made up of more than fashionable, talented people who sing. Just because Rachel or Kurt's species of dream isn't for you, doesn't mean its not still somewhere that city.



And by the way, have you thought about teacher's college, since you miss high school so much?"



Alright. I'm good. Carry on.
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RACHEL NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FUCKING GOOD
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I think this episode was my favorite of Season 4 so far!

I loved Blaine's stripped down version of "teenage dream" It's now on constant repeat on my playlist! I hope Klaine reunites before Season 4 ends!
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OMG Finn is sooo PATHETIC! I've never liked him. He was with Quinn then he liked Rachel. Then Quinn again and called Rachel 'needy girl'. Then Rachel again. And they both fell for him? He has always been a terrible character, he wasn't even a 'decent' QB, his voice is not that great, he's not a good student or soldier, he can't dance, I mean what CAN he do? He is the needy one, always expecting everyone to do what he wants and be there when he wants. And now he doesn't even want to work! Ryan Murphy could do us a big favor and just write him off. Rachel is clearly ambitious and will do something with her life someday and she deserves better, that guy is just garbage.
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speaking as someone who;s always liked rachel, i was glad how she handled things with finn. i thought that the end of season 3 he broke up with her and the fact she hadn;t heard from him in months seemed to confirm that, and i loved her pointing out that no matter what she does, he;s always going to see her as the awkward girl who terrified him when they first met who needs him to protect her. Bring on the Brochel!

I liked Santana;s version of Mine, it was weird what parts they skipped but she sounded a lot like taylor swift.
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Wow, that episode was sad, sad, sad! Poor Kurt. I can't say I loved this episode because of ripping apart of couples I love. But I think Finn will end up being the Glee Club teacher while Will is off fulfilling his dreams. It will at least give him something to do.

I'm really wishing Ryan Murphy would reconsider his stance on a New York spin off. Rachel, Kurt, Brody, NYADA students and teachers and Vogue staff could easily carry their own show! It would mean all the Glee characters could get the screen time they deserve as well.

I'd watch it :)
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Oh yeah and any song that gives me goosebumps the way The Scientist did gets my vote for awesomest song of the episode!
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Why no love for Barely Breathing? Aside from cutting out the entire second verse, I thought it was a bangup job of a cover.
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Finally an episode I enjoyed. I didn't care for Blaine and Finns duet in the beginning though. This episode reminded me how much I wish they'd ignore New Directions more and more and just follow with the old lead cast members are doing, with occasional flashbacks to McKinley. I missed Santana so much, and her voice, and too bad she didn't get trade quips with someone.

Also I have this weird feeling...it's that I like Rachel. Without the glee club she hasn't had the chance to be super whiny and annoying, and stuff. And loved that she put Finn in his place, because no one ever does. If you'd asked me about Rachel before this season I wouldn't want to pay any attention to her unless she was singing lol. But I guess it's the fact that character is finally growing.



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Fantastic episode, especially after last week's one...very sad though, but it's so true the way relationships shift and change after high school....quite heartbreaking! Favorite song definitely don't speak.....I wonder if Finn will take Mr. Schuster's place while he's away......will we see Quinn again?
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I don't know if it's because last week's episode was so, SO terrible, or because this episode really was awesome, but I LOVED it! The break-ups were very compelling stories and ALL of the music selections were well done and on-point. And you know, I will even accept this Rapture/End of Days/"Left Behind" club/cult they have going on.....because in a weird way, it made me like Kitty a little bit more. She's been upgraded in my book from "unfathomable bitch" to "straight-up crazy". Like....it's harder to take her seriously now, so....that makes her insults let's hurtful and more pitiful. I hope that made sense! ;-)
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At first I couldn't figure out for the life of me why Brittany would join the Left Behind Club...then I realized that in true Brittany fashion, she probably misunderstood the purpose of the club...all she knew was she felt left behind.



And, also in true Brittany fashion, I don't think she's quite figured out yet that it's not that.
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Ahhh yes....classic Brittany.
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Why can't they just tell us a story ? It worked fine for the previous 4 seasons. This season, all they've done is trying to move the characters around to see who fits where. Been painfully boring.

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I have been watching Glee and not really enjoying it, just something to watch while I get ready for work. This is finally an episode I liked: my favorite No Doubt song, My favorite Coldplay song! The Kurts broke up!! Just great. I just don't get why they put new characters in the show that are so much like characters they already had.
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Because the writers only know how to write certain character archetypes.
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No more screeners for you! I read this review 2 hours before seeing the show and your negativity certainly spoiled and colored the viewing experience.
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YEAH! How DARE she make you read her review before you watched the episode!! What kind of person.....oh....what's that? You KNOWINGLY read the review before watching the episode? So....you see how this is kind of your own stupid fault, right?
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Without a doubt this has been the best episode this season so far. For a lot of reasons, but I think that mostly because the focus of the episode was in the NY characters rather than the ones in Lima. Even though they managed to include the newbies in the ep, it really felt more like glee than any other episode this season. In my opinion, Finn was incredible this episode. And wow, that last scene between him and Rachel was probably my favorite glee scene ever. Props to Lea and Cory, they really did an amazing job with that one. The episode was sad but by the end of it, I was feeling hopeful. I'm excited to see what's next for Finchel, Klaine and the show in general. also, Team Finchel. Always.
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This episode was so real and the acting was so raw that I almost felt intrusive. Cory Monteith and Lea Michele were phenomenal. I actually walked away seeing both of their points of view. And, now I am rooting for Finn Hudson, who I already adore, harder than I ever have. He has been so much to so many and now it's his turn to find out how to make his own dreams come true or what they even are. Finn's is the story I am most hooked on and I hope it's completion is of epic proportions.
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Shockingly the episode that broke my heart is the one that i love the most so far this season... Ryan did an amazing job. As much as i didn't want Finchel to break up they did it in the best way possible, 100% out of love and gave me hope one day they ill reunited again (soon i hope). Lea and Cory knocked it out of the park last night, i felt every emotion Finn and Rachel felt last night. Now that she's set him free to find himself i can't wait to see what the journe ahead will be. #FinchelForever
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Wow, probably the best episode since season 1. Bravo, Glee. I was hoping though that Finn would stand up for his little brother a bit more. When Blaine said something like "I don't know if Kurt broke up with me" I was hoping that Finn would answer "He should." Lea Michele was really, really great in the scene where she broke up with Finn. That scene made me tear up!



And I have to admit: it would have been really awesome if the whole gang sang "Don't stop believing" one last time while they were all there together. One downside: I did think that some of the many, many songs in the episode ruined a lot of what could have been great moments in the episode. They should dial it down a bit.
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With all the spoilers that have preceded this episode - I was fully prepared to see everyone break up and thought I'd get through it without shedding a tear. And I almost did.

I've never been a Finchel fan - I mean Rachel can sing circles around anyone, but she's spent 3 years being unlikeable most of the time and I never got the attraction of Finn. Now that Rachel's in New York she's growing on me and I was all for her getting together with Brody, so the quicker Finn just goes away the better, but I still teared up a little when Rachel broke up with him, just because of the whole first love thing.

What really got me though, was the flashback to Kurt and Blaine running through the halls at Dalton. That just broke my heart.

Having watched Glee from the beginning I knew the writers would make Blaine be a douche at some point. They do it with all their likable characters. Remember when Mr Shue was a great teacher? Or Finn was a stand up guy? So now it's Blaine's turn.

Klaine was the one good thing left on Glee, and I'll miss them
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I managed to get to this episode relatively spoiler-free so I was only expecting, like, ONE of the couples to break up. I was SO shocked when it was most (All? Are Emma and Schue in Splitsville too?) of them called it quits.



I've had my issues with most of the relationships, ESPECIALLY Finchel, but I agree, that was a rough scene to get through. Kurt and Blaine at Dalton too.



I miss when Schue was a good teacher :(
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First off I have to say this was a great episode however a few things bugged me:

1 I'm getting so sick and tired of Finn and his self pitty, it wasn't too bad last season but now it's just full on annoying.

2 The writers don't seem to know what they are doing with Kitty, I mean the whole rapture thing didn't make me laugh it just creeped me out

3 Did we really need the Jake/Kitty/Marley thing in this episode? Considering what was going on with the other characters I found myself not caring 1 bit when Jake mentioned he was dating Kitty due to popularity then later dumping her

4 is a different issue, I don't see why Blaine cheating on Kurt is so suprising when we've seen in previous seasons that Ryan has no idea what to write for Blaine unless it's related in some way to Kurt plus, Ryan seems to love making his characters look like hipocrites alot

Anyway, onto the things I loved about the episode

1 Brittany showing Santana how she's been feeling since Santana's been away, I thought Brittany was amazingly mature during that part

2 Rachel ending her relationship with Finn, as much as I liked them before I feel that Finn drags her down a little and I believe time apart will be good for them

3 Santana singing Mine by Taylor Swift before realizing that the long distance thing wasn't going to work and that it'd be better if they broke up/took a break

4 Emma standing up to Will, I was annoyed that Will seemed to thing that Emma would just up and leave with him just because he said so and I was glad when she told him no and that she wasn't some clingy puppy that he could jerk around with him everywhere.
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UGH. Finn's self-pity. UGH. It was like he expected Rachel to fix it, but at the same time, realized that it was wrong of him to put that on her, but wanted her to do it anyway, and got frustrated by the whole mess. I wanted to feel bad for him, but mostly I was just annoyed.



Emma and Rachel had AWESOME standing-up-for-themselves moments. I was proud.
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Four breakup plots: Brittana, Finnchel, Klaine and Wemma. But what about the mentioning about "Jarley"?



That was depressing! I would rather see Tina sing more solos than watching breakups, instead!
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A few notes of my own:

I was sick of Finn and Blaine's storyline in the first 5 minutes of the episode, but my issue is mostly with Finn. I'm a SO ready for this character to be written off, I can't even bare to listen to him sing any more. His defeatist and self-pitying way of life is way beyond being old. It's downright infuriating. I feel the urge to stop watching this show altogether every time Finn shows his face. (And my beef isn't with the actor, it's with the writing of the character.)



I liked the "Don't speak" performance on the musical level but it somehow gave me the impression that Finchel and Klaine situations were somehow equalized by having all of them sing the song together. I think Finn was a total douche for getting mad at Rachel and Blaine was a total douche for cheating on poor Kurt.



I have to say. I liked the season premiere better than the entire previous season put together but ever since then it's getting progressively worse. You know what? The only remotely enjoyable things happen in New York with Rachel and Kurt.



And I loved the way Rachel told off Finn. It was a long time coming.
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BTW...I don't think Santana and Brit got enough face time and neither did "Porcelain" and what's his face-Blaine ... just my opinion.
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I don't know, I was all about Rachel and the new guy. I felt sparks and passion...lots of chemistry...oh wait, that was the last episode, sorry. Did anyone else feel the heat? Anyway, wow Rachel looks so...so...I don't know...freaky? I must point out, nevertheless, that I think Finn looked better than ever. I wish they would have provided him a gimmick or SOMETHING... I don't know...this episode was disjointed but I still want to see what happens next.
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In all fairness to Santana, she's a freshman in college. "It's not a break-up, it's a break" is about as common as "I think we need some time apart." Sucks, but it's actually pretty realistic, no?
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I got so caught up saying how awful Emma was this episode, I forgot to say anything else.



"Don't Speak" was not bad at all. Expected them to butcher it.



If they are going to invent things, I like quasi-honorable, or perhaps a quantum-superposition-of-states-of-honorability.



Exact right amount of Sue.



I'm team wishing-the-taxi-to-the-karaoke-bar-had-crashed because, as expected, this show has completely lost focus and half these characters need to go away now.
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There were alot of hype to this episode and in many ways it did live up to the expectations. However there were many moments when I questioned what the writers were doing.

I definitely did not appreciate how much screen time was given to Finn. I do not hate Cory, but he isn't the best male actor on the show. He can't carry this show with that much screen time. I did not appreciate how Glee spend a whole segment of the episode only focusing on Finchel and Klaine and then it went to commercial. Yeah that gave them time to develop their story lines, but what is so disrespectful to Brittana. Brittana wasn't focus on as much prior to their breakup so it seemed rushed.

That little scene at Breadstix? about the not getting left behind made no sense. It was funny at first, but their it just got weird and Santana's expression during the whole thing matches mine. Only Brittana from that scene made sense. What I also liked is how Brittana is next to each other. I know its not a surprise, but its just really nice to seem them sit together as a couple, outside of school.

The first performance is definitely the weakest out of all of them.

I feel really bad for Klaine fans. I personally do not ship Klaine, but I know that this couple is really special and for them to end up the way they did tonight because Blaine cheated was very heartbreaking. The "Don't Speak" performance was awkward though. I thought it was too cheesy. I rather Klaine talked more about it rather than even doing this number.

Give Your Heart A Break was a really nice performance, but I thought it was weird how Rachel said it works better as a duet, when the original was sung by a solo artist.

I wished this episode didn't focus on Jake/Marley/Kitty because clearly the truth is they are the characters viewers focused on the least in this episode. So why even bother?

As good as The Scientist was, I didn't like how it cut off so that Finn was the last person.

My favorite performance of the night is definitely without a doubt "Mine" by Naya Rivera. As she kept singing you can see the tears, that I had tears in the beginning so imagine what I was like by the end. Brittany's facial expression was also heartbreaking because you can really see how much they love each other. This whole performance and their conversation after and their kiss stole the episode for me. I love them so much.

I just have to say that, that girl in the library was very unattractive so if the writers wanted Santana to feel an attraction, they should have picked someone that is attractive! That girl was not. Compared to Brittany? NO WAY.

I just want to lastly say that Ryan Murphy said once that Brittana would kiss as much as Finchel would. In this episode, Finchel kissed 4 times, and Brittana kissed twice.Hmm so that's definitely no the same amount. So two reason would be he basically lied to us OR the episode he is talking about was not this one but one in the future!
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There are different ways of counting as much. You counted occurrences. Another way would be to say both couples kissed 100% as much as the story required or 100% as much as appropriate. So, there's a third option for you, that is neither lying nor a future episode. Another way would be amount of screentime spent kissing. Another would be number of scenes in which they kissed. There's a world of possibilities in the words "as much". Could mean anything.
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Loved this sooo much!
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Emma wasn't being an independent woman, she was being her usual scared little girl self. She should just admit that she doesn't want to go to DC because she's neurotic and couldn't live in a hotel. Fact is, anyone who has worked the same job for several years isn't going to lose anything by taking a few months off, and there is no way she could run out of shit to do in DC. It doesn't matter at all how much she likes her job or how much of an independent woman she is. These are lies she tells herself. Valid concerns are that it would be unpaid time off or that she can't live in a hotel. Her inability to fill days on her own in a new city proves that she is the OPPOSITE of an independent woman. I'm not saying Will was right, but Emma was definitely wrong, she either needs to learn how to live her life or admit to her fiance that she is uninterested in living life.
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Hmmm. Valid. Actually, I kind of hope this gets addressed at some point in the next few episodes because it raises a good point about Emma's motives. She really does have justification to be upset with Schue for just expecting her to drop everything and run off to DC for a few months, but she DID get REALLY angry REALLY quickly and didn't even seem to want to consider going with him, which, yeah, if you think about it, is pretty odd if she's thinking rationally, but not at all weird if she's thinking with her neuroses.
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No question, Will was awful for assuming. I just think Emma just had more lines in which she was being awful and that dominated the scene for me. I usually like Emma, and I'm one of the few people who is unhappy at the little screen time she gets, so I get particularly annoyed when I think the screen time she does get is spent being helpless and dishonest. I want to see her get past her issues and be a functional human being. Tenured educators who don't take sabbaticals become awful educators over time. If she really loves her job and her students, she'll learn how to take a break. What should have happened there is that she should have recognized an opportunity, said that it would be a lovely time for a sabbatical, traveled around doing whatever it is that's important to her, and dropped in on Will whenever she felt like it, maybe a few weeks, maybe a couple weeks, maybe even a month if she wants to write or do some research at the library of congress or at the smithsonian (DC is like heaven for educators). Will put in his place; Emma self-actualized; mature relationship crisis negotiated maturely; end scene.
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I was about to say, what educator worth their salt is going to just stay holed up in a motel room in Washington DC?
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I totally disagree with you. As a woman I'd be pissed as well if my man walked up to me and told me "Hey, you're gonna go and take a few months break from your life to hang out with me while I do what I want".

While it is true that such a "sabbatical" would be difficult for Emma for a number of reasons, she didn't refuse Will out of fear but out of... I dunno... wanting to actually do the jobs she loves? In many ways Emma is in the exact place she wants to be. You take breaks and sabbaticals when you're unhappy with your life or confused in it.
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No, not at all, teachers take sabbaticals because it makes them better at their jobs. That's the theory anyways. Either it refreshes you or gives you new perspective or you take the time to develop yourself professionally: take a class, write a book or an article. Often it is used as a time to take an extended trip.
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since that aspect of ther matter wasn't much disscussed in the episode, I don't think you can say that(well you can but not rightly). Yes she has a fear of everything, but Will really suprised her there and just told her that out of the blue. Yes she can take some monthes off but a. the fact that Will took it for granted is just so annoying that I would have instinctivly taken a step back too and asked wtf is he on about; and b. I get that maybe in the US this isn't the case but where I come from teachers aren't allowed to up and leave for no good reason mid year. it's like a contract or something, you want to leave make plans ahead for it. While I get that there is no such rule in the US, I understand that when emma planned ahead DC wasn't scheduled. Will didn't really give Emma time to start freaking out about motels, and while we can't plan everything in life, an adult without much problems can plan an year. That's what Emma did. She even offered to come on long weekends and stuff, she just didn't feel she should drop all just 'cause Will feels it's right for him(an also smart move for a couple, one side stable the other looking for itself)
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Well, in her case, she obviously cares a lot about her kids. I prefer to think that she was scared that no one would be around to take care of them in her absence. I mean, let's be honest here--the way things go at that high school, they'd probably get Sue to fill in for her. Sue. There is absolutely no way in hell that Emma would be cool with that.
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Sue would probably be too busy with Cheerios and covering Schue's ass.



Y'know who'd be a good subsititute guidance counselor? Roz. And that's saying something coming from me, because I can't stand NeNe Leakes.
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I feel like this episode was very true to life...high school is the last major time in a young persons life where everything's ok and your relatively safe and then u leave and it's sudden. Things don't work out like u wanted. I was in show choir and we went to nationals my senior year and we were a relatively small group who felt on top of the world and suddenly your all apart and your bubble is blown and relationships implode its the one part of life I would never want to repeat just like this episode. It's hard to move on. Nobody said it was easy esp when you leave your identity behind.
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Team Brittany all the way. Although I fully understand that Santana has to come back eventually, because YOU DON'T STUNTCAST GLORIA ESTEFAN AS SOMEONE'S MOTHER ON A MUSICAL SHOW WITHOUT HAVING HER SING.
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