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Glee S05E09: "Frenemies"

Raise your hand if you were surprised that Rachel ended up turning into a psycho because she's a big star now even though her show hasn't even opened yet, so in reality, she's still basically a nobody.

Yeah, me neither. 

Okay, I was a little bit surprised, if only because I assumed (I know) that when Glee returned from its extra-long winter hiatus, having taken the time to regroup and maybe even reinvent itself in the wake of Cory Monteith's death, it would want to keep Rachel front and center—and more specifically, front, center, and likeable. I want to like Rachel so much. I really do. I like Lea Michele just fine and Rachel has had her moments, but then the character goes and acts like she did in "Frenemies" and I remember that she's actually kind of awful and then everything is ruined and I would dump the slushie on her myself if that was a possibility.


I'll give Rachel this: I do understand why she was angry about Santana auditioning for, and then accepting, the role of Rachel's understudy in Funny Girl. I'll even go as far as to admit that, given Santana and Rachel's history, the possibility of Santana actively trying to sabotage Rachel so she make it onto the stage isn't that far-fetched, and Kurt came off as incredibly naive when he insisted that "Nuh-uh, Santana changed and we're all besties now!" Based on what? Even if Santana didn't have a history of terrorizing Rachel, Glee's deliberately demented approach to character development and story continuity pretty much guarantees that history is irrelevant (unless you're this week's Tina and Artie). If it is so decreed that Santana Lopez shall be horrible to Rachel Berry, it's going to happen, whether it makes sense to or not... which means it's also just as likely that Santana doesn't do anything to Rachel. It really just comes down to what kind of PSA Glee feels like being on a given week. 


Despite "Frenemies" featuring a large swath of screen time dedicated to Rachel being Rachel, Glee's return to Tuesdays was still strong. For Glee(Glee is its own beast with its own unique standards for what constitutes "good" and "bad.)

Back in Lima, Tina angsted because she ended up on Brown's waiting list with no guarantee of when or if she'd be accepted, meaning she's STUCK IN OHIO FOREVER. OHIO. A.K.A.: HELL. OMG. CAN YOU IMAGINE? I really wish that someday Glee will do a PSA where someone, anyone realizes that Ohio isn't hell, high school is hell. It's an important distinction to make, and even though it makes a lot of sense to move the show to New York on a full-time basis in the future and I'm somewhere around 97 percent on-board with that decision, at the same time, I feel like it kind of confirms what Glee has long implied: If you don't hate where you came from, if you didn't GTFO of your dinky midwestern town, if you somehow managed to fit in just a little bit in high school and don't carry any resentment toward your parents for forcing you to grow up in such a hole, well, then you're weird and unfulfilled and a loser. Your fate is a sad one and you should be pitied. 

It's perfectly normal for the students of McKinley to long for bigger and brighter things as they prepare to graduate. But the reality is that sometimes things don't work out... and that's okay. I think Glee was starting to head in that direction with Finn returning to help with New Directions and deciding to go to school to become a real teacher. I don't know who makes a good candidate to fill that vacancy, but I think it's important. There's always one who comes back


Anyway, Tina whined because there's nothing worse than attending Ohio State, amiright, Buckeyes? She saw the valedictorian position as a means to boost herself out of the Brown University wait-listed sludge pile and demanded that Artie drop out of Sue's glorious competition for the coveted slot after it was revealed that their GPAs, attendance records, and extracurricular activities were identical. Artie was basically like, "Nope, deal with it." and their argument actually got rather heated and was kind of upsetting to watch because unlike Rachel and Santana and Kurt and Starchild, I never really doubted that Tina and Artie were friends.  

In the end, they threw Sue's competition and ended up being co-salutatorians because Glee. Blaine will be McKinley's 2014 valedictorian. Because Glee.  


Blaine may've simply been handed a solo and an academic honor this week, but it looks like Kurt's bonding time with Starchild miiight just cause some problems on the homefront, what with his posting of flirty pictures of the two of them on Instagram for Blaine to rationalize away and then secretly cry about so that he can confront Kurt later because Glee. All in all, not a bad return, Glee. The groundwork has been laid for the big NYC shift, and with the seniors graduating in "a few weeks," it seems like Glee's internal calendar has also been reset to mirror real academic years outside of TV—which, honestly, feels right. I appreciate the effort to try something new last season, but it just felt weird and off. 


MUSICAL NOTES

– First Glee playlist of 2014: Ummm... I actually really liked Santana's version of "Don't Rain on my Parade." I also liked her "Brave" duet with Rachel. 

– Rachel said that Santana can't be Fanny Brice because Santana isn't Jewish. Thaaaaat's kinda racist, yes?

– I forgot that Marley and the gang even existed until we saw that glimpse of them at the end. Oops. 

– I was silently pleading with Starchild not to eat Kurt's sandwiches. Kurt was being creepy and I wouldn't put it past him to lace them with ex-lax or something. 

– "I'm surprised you didn't throw those eggs on that lady's feet." "No, I need this job." Touche, ladies. 

– "It's really hard being a star." Shut UP, Rachel. 

– "But we're friends!" "No we're not!" And that pretty much sums up Glee


What did you think of Glee's return? And Rachel and Santana sharing the stage? 


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So Rachel is the only one who gets to see a shot and take it? If she did what Santana did, she would think of herself as brave and daring! C'mon people...it's show biz...and that's a cutthroat environment! If Rachel has a meltdown because someone she knows auditions as her understudy, she's in the wrong line of work! Plus, why didn't she offer her "friend" Santana the role....because she's jealous of ANYONE talented (remember poor Sunshine). And Santana IS talented...in spades! LOVED her rendition of "Don't Rain on My Parade"! Way better than the shrieks of Rachel.

Even Kurt took Santana's side on this one. I think that Santana seized an opportunity, hoping that Rachel just might be supportive. However, when she didn't, Santana fell back on old behavior and lashed out. After all, she's been a good friend to Rachel since she's been in New York....with the Brody situation and the pregnancy scare. Rachel is being a diva shrew and I now detest her more than ever.
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I was REALLY REALLY REALLY hoping for a bit of an homage to The Importance of Being Earnest with the sandwich scene. :( Anyway, while I think Rachel is a bloody crazy person who won't last long, I think that Santana is just as crazy. I hated her version of Don't Rain On My Parade! Personal preference aside, though, let's look at the show itself. Rachel is VERY Barbra. Santana is the exact opposite. The people who would cast Rachel as Fanny would NOT cast Santana because those are two completely different visions. And while you may think that pointing out Santana not being Jewish is racist, that's one of the requirements for the role. That's like me, a white girl, trying to be Effie in Dreamgirls. It doesn't work. But eh, that's just my two cents.
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Fanny Brice was a real person part of her schtick was being jewish. So yeah in some cases the story needs hire the right erpson for looks.
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I'm on Rachel's side. Not because I like her more but because she had the role first. Throughout the show, Santana has also tried to take away what made other people happy if it can help herself.
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I realized something. Basically what's happening with Rachel and the show in general, is that she can't stand talented people defying her. She can't accept that in this world someone might be better than her. But in the real world, we always meet with people that are better than us, right? That insecurity kept her going on and is a main point about her character: she was afraid of Sunshine, she was afraid of Mercedes (and the apex was the school musical), she's afraid of Santana now. She should learn from Kurt: the only character that wanted to be an allmighty diva until he accepted he just wasn't and couldn't be and stopped fighting for solos. Tina knows it too!
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I totally agree with your review. And I might add this, what makes me take Rachel's side a bit more is that Santana kind-off just lives of other people's achievements and just whines that nobody sees how awesome she is - like with the apartment, she just moved in, like that. Because Kurt and Rachel already did the job for her with finding a place so why just not crash with them. Now with this audition - would have Santana tried herself out in it if Rachel did not already get the part and actually achieve being there. I mean, it may sound weird, but Santana is like that second or third child in every family who has it easier in a way of like getting into college or applying for something because the big brother or sister already went through that process, know the hardships and they can tell the lil one all about it. And Santana just needs to admit that instead being plain awful to already awful Rachel. Because she had to know that Rachel would be pissed about it. And sorry but Santana's 'I am in the background' speech is just killing me. Stop complaining! Go and do something, but not because someone else is already doing it, but because it should be your thing. Go and search. I hate when people complain about not doing what they want to do....yes, the world is tough and so many people search for jobs is incredibly difficult, but complaining ain't going to get it for you. And honestly, I think maybe if they actually talked about maybe Rachel would not be soo psycho about the whole thing. Because the way Santana did it, is very high school, and that is why Rachel has a very high school reaction to it.
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I loved Santana audition, but I don't know Broadway, is it possible for the understudy to sing in a different key? I'm sure that wasn't the case on Smash... It was all very funny and unexpected, but their voice and style are totally different, and more importantly, their voice extension for the same character...
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The key CAN be changed, but it is rarely changed more than a step or two because people are used to hearing it in a certain key and the orchestra is used to playing it in a certain key. The likelihood of them changing the key just for an understudy is basically zero because understudies sometimes have to go on with less than a day's notice. And Smash is a great example of how understudies would be chosen. They have to be similar to the main.
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Thank you for your elucidation :)
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Ugh, Santana is not right for the role of Fanny Brice not because she is non Jewish but because she is beautiful. Fanny thought she was ugly and used comedy as a coping mechanism. How on earth does Santana sing "His Love Makes Me Beautiful" when she's the most beautiful and sexy person on the stage? How about when her mother and her friends sing "If A Girl Isn't Pretty"? Are they going to cover her face and body with prosthetics? Also, isn't New York the place where every hopeful singing talent goes to try and make it on Broadway? Seriously, the audition saw only a handful of crappy singers? I know Glee has the most ridiculous storylines on t.v. but, come on! At least the singing was good and Artie - way better singer than Tina.
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I can see Rachel is overreact, but she always does. But then I don't like Santana. She was a bully in school that could dish it out and not take it and I might like her a lot better if she sincerely found the people she made miserable and apologised to them and did something to make up for it. It frustrates me that Santana can be the biggest bitch in school and everyone always ends up feeling sorry for her whenever something happens to her. It's the Santana/Finn fight all over again! Neither was really in the right yet Santana gets sympathy.
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I think it was okay of Santana to audition for the role. It would have been nice if she had told Rachel before but it's not betrayal. Rachel herself said that she "won't be ill" so why would she care who's the understudy? And, honestly, she would have been just as crazy if some other girl who's got talent had gotten the role. (Btw, slapping somebody is never right).
Now, with their history, I can understand that Rachel sees it as "betrayal" or something but honestly - this "friendship" hasn't been realistic all along. They lived together because they knew each other and they got along. Does that make you friends? No. And their personalities are so different, I never really bought that.

And why complain about Santana getting the role? I expect everything but reality nowadays from Glee. It's sad but true.
But I wouldn't be surprised if she stepped back because poor Rachel can't live with having an understudy (like everyone in theatre has , I guess?).
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Well Barbara Striesand was a bitch, so Rachel can be as well.
And can we all start a campaign to bring Puck back to the show? There's a hole left by Finn, and he can fill it.
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I think Sam will fill that role, he has the same problems understanding what to do in life...
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I really enjoyed this episode, and I'm surprisingly not on Rachel or Santana's side. Rachel has no reason to deem Santana a traitor because of the understudy audition, but I can understand why she's going psycho. High school is hard to shake off, especially less than a yea after they graduated. Santana was a huge bitch to her, but not here. She's actually way more grounded than Rachel is at this point and I'm glad she didn't go over the top when Rachel slapped her.
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I'm not one to usually stand up for Rachel but I believe that this is mostly Santana's fault. Not because she became the understudy but because of all the things that she said to Rachel which pushed on all of her insecurities. She basically pressed all of Rachel's buttons. What did she expect would happen? Also, even though Santana is a great singer, you can't compare her to Rachel. At least on in a broadway setting.
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I agree, Santana's amazing, but not on that kind of broadway show! (Elphaba maybe?)
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i never liked rachel much, but she OWNS 'don't rain on my parade' and deserves to be fanny - santana's rendition was just... bland compared to rachel's and the same goes for their voices, santana is pop (and almost always autotuned), not anywhere close to rachel's range. kudos on that bitchslap! :)
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How is it backstabbing to go for a job and get it? Never mind that it is ridiculous that two girls barely out of highschool and with no real experience get a lead role on Broadway without a reality show being involved. They both want to be actors. You don't get to say "called it" in real life and expect no one else will go after what you want. It's not like Santana is taking her role (and even if she did, tough luck) and actually Santana is far less likely to poison Rachel than a legitimate actor who actually worked hard to get onstage and is now outraged that some rich teeny-bopper with a pretty face has landed the role. If glee had even the least bit of realism, those girls would be living in a studio apartment with 4 other girls eating ramen noodles once a day and praying their next audition doesn't turn out to be for porn again.
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I am on Rachel's side.I loved Rachel berry ever since the pilot.Her persistence to get to the top and become a star inspired me.These past years with Glee I grew with Rachel in my life's potential to achieve something.In my journey to get a good job,reach that goal weight and find happiness I was relentless because Rachel taught me that.Rachel berry motivates me to not give up on my life.This weeks episode made me feel sad because even after going through a lot to get to where she is now,she is called short and not talented enough by Santana.How cruel when Santana said that her hard work was all because of how rude Santana was to her in her high school.How come life is so unfair?I used to love Santana.I felt her pain when she had to break up with Brittany and her determination when she sang 'at the ballet' song.I don't know what Ryan Murphy has against Rachel,she may be annoying and likes to show off but that is what makes her unique.Her perseverance makes us strong in pursuing our dreams.Its heartbreaking to see my favorite characters hate each other.
Songs were awesome this week.
Brave and breakaway were my favorites
Don't rain on my parade was different.That song is not Rachel's private property but when she sings it she owns it.So good effort on Santana's part.
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I have to say that this was a great episode...loved it...the songs were cool...
it was more about Rachel and Santana, then the rest...
Rachel was really a mega Diva this episode, but Santana ruled it with Don't rain on my parade song! It was Awesome!!! Then she got slapped...which was half ok....Santana did back stab her a bit.,..but still...if Rachel is so confident about herself and her role...then it shouldn't matter who is her under study!!
Tina pushing Artie of his chair was not so cool...!
Sue was as always fantastic with her stupid remarks...
I have to say Glee is not Glee anymore, like it was in the first three seasons..
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I legitimately hate every character on this show. Don't get me wrong. I am a loyal fan, used to love it, but the writers are determined to make everyone super unlikeable!

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Glee has writers? Thought they employed a room full of drug-addled chimps with keyboards. It's the only explanation that makes sense for the utter crap passing for plot and character development on this show.
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I totally agree, I only love Tina at this point
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except Sue &3
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Anyone who has seen at least ONE episode of Glee knows that Rachel Berry LIVES TO BE FANNY BRICE. Its been her whole life since, ever. And now comes Santana who had always sabotage Rachel and get between her and her dream. I mean Santana has never even like Broadway, she has always find it stupid and has always mocked it.
Yes, Rachel was flying high about her show and the cover, but come IT IS the cover of NY Magazine and about living her dream. But I wonder how many of us have been smug about something we've achieved? She just needed her friends to bring her feet to the ground.
What Santana -who btw I love- did was backstabbing. What is the purpose of an under study if not knowing everything from the show and desperately hope the main actor fails to be on in it? Don't tell me Santana was just trying to find a job because she could've found anything else on NY. Even if she didnt want to be the "main actress" (lets be honest she IS hoping to get to stardom) It definetely wont be comfortable for Rachel having her there giving their history. Plus Santana did say to Rachel that they're both equally talented and she can achieve the same as Berry... Bitchy if you ask me.
And finally: Rachel did get Santana on the cover and S still complains about being in the back? What was she expecting? To get the cover?
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I quite liked this episode. The NYC storyline, however, was much better than the McKinley storyline (which was really irritating). I think moving the show to NY is a really good call. I liked Kurt and Starchild bonding (even though it was half-fake), and the Rachel/Santana storyline was pretty good too. I just hope they have a good idea for how they want to continue it. Also I'm waiting for Blaine to move to NY, and Sue and Puck too (Puck needs to come back). The songs in this episode were pretty great too.
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Glees return was more like moldy cheese. Most everyone was doing way over the top "acting". Blaine has this "look at me" vibe going. Matthew Morrison looks 10 years older and Jane Lynch looked like she had a serious beauty facial treatment with makeup. Sue Sylvester is a au natural kind of woman remember? Shocked that Artie and Tina were trading "bitch" insults and Tina actually pushed Artie out of his wheelchair. Really??? Who's writing this stuff? Rachel is actually more obnoxious than I have EVER seen her but on a good note Naya knocked DROMP out of the part and the musical arrangement was fantastic. I like the rearrangement of the song.
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And enough with shoving Blaine in our faces all the goddamn time! He doesn't deserve all those solos, and he doesn't deserve to be Valedictorian.
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Yeah the show's really destroyed his character, I hate him now!
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I'm totally on Santana's side. Rachel cannot handle that Santana has a bit of success. Ever since that (hilarious) commercial she has been bitter. Rachel should be HAPPY - Santana boosts the shows buzz and having your friend as your understudy is way better than some random. Santana has changed a lot from S1. She hasn't been bad to Rachel for years, and has actually grown as a person. Rachel is still is stuck up, egotistical little madam she was when she was 15.
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Totally... maybe Santana was wrong not telling Rachel she was going to audition, but in the end they really had to just sit and talk it out. Rachel is just really afraid Santana's better than her!
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It's sort of sad that I used to love Kurt and Blaine together, and now I want to see Kurt with other guys (first Adam and now Starchild). I feel like the chemistry and sweetness between them is gone. Anyway, not a bad episode at all, even if I rolled my eyes several times at Rachel's and Tina's behaviours. I love that Rachel decides to move away and does it right away. Where are you going, girl?
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Tina and Blaine are the new Santana and Rachel... Go Tina! And yes I wish this engagement nonsense would just stop! Kurt and Blaine are so NOT made for each other...right now they're too much alike!
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The only good thing about this episode was Naya (Santana) singing "Don't rain on my parade"


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rachel is totally right and santana's being a megabitch
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Not at all. Rachel is way too up herself to see that Santana being her UNDERSTUDY is a good thing.
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Dammit, Glee. Stop giving my homestate a bad reputation.
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I am experiencing this very, very weird sensation of, for the first time in my life, siding with Rachel Berry. It's like an out of body experience, and I can't decide whether I like it or it's making me hate Glee's character development even more. One thing I'll give them props for: I forgot how downright horrible Santana used to be to Rachel, until this episode came along and made me realize that I'd even been kind of rooting for her.. you pulled a fast one on me there, Glee!
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By the way, the only correct answer to the question Whose Side Are You On? is nobody's.
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I'm on Rachel's side.
Knowing that Rachel was sadistically tormented by Santana, Quinn, and Britney I completely understand why she's afraid of the move Santana made. And it WAS personal. Santana should have tried to audition for another play, or another role, but not only did she audition for Rachel's role, she also used Rachel's favorite song. That made it personal.

We've all known from the very first episode that Rachel dreams of become a STAR. Remember the silly little stickers she put by her name? I'm glad that Rachel is finally stepping up for herself. She's fighting back and taking a stand.

Moving out was a bit much, but she feels betrayed. After forgiving Santana for all of the horrible things she did to her, which is kind of a big deal, she let down her guard and befriended her.

Rachel seems like a really great and loyal friend. She tried to cheer up Santana by getting her on the magazine. I'd love to be Rachel's friend. So yeah, I think that Santana's move to get the understudy was a spiteful act of jealousy.

Ps. Tina is still a vapid bitch.
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I agree. I mean the amount of 'angry' Rachel got was a bit much. Buts thats amount. But the reason she was angry was completely damn right.
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I do understand Rachel a little. When you're so close to your dream and see any threats to pop along the way, sure you will do anything to eliminate that threat. Every now and then we forget to get a hold in our virtues. Rachel just had her moments. I mean Santana, you know that Rachel has been dreaming for the role of Fanny Brice since high school why would you spoil it for her. Don't think of a lame excuse for expanding your horizons to broadway. Santana clearly has an agenda on derailing Rachel's track to stardom due to her jealousy. Bad move results to FO. Sucks
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I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Rachel pointing out that Santana wasn't Jewish isn't really racist in this case. She wasn't saying that Santana didn't have the chops to play the role because she wasn't Jewish. Fanny Brice was a real person, and a big part of her persona involved being Jewish. Santana just really can't pass as Jewish. It would be like saying that a white kid can't play Seaweed in Hairspray. He might have the range to pull off the role, but you can't have a white kid playing a definitively black role.
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Like Maria couldn't be black ahahah ;)
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What if Santana converted to Judaism? Would it then be all right?
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My reply to that would have to be that "Jewish" isn't just a religion - there are physical traits associated with people of Jewish heritage, and that's what I was referring to, not the religion part. Yes, I understand that not every Jewish person "looks" Jewish (take Dianna Agron, for example), but Fanny Brice did.
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OK. methinks, then it's more a matter of looking like Fanny Brice herself, than looking "Jewish." But then what do I know?
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Hate to break it to you, but Judaism is a religion. If you practice Judaism, you are a Jew. It is also an ADAPTION of the Broadway play. Things change.
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And I think that only adds to the WTF-ness of Santana getting cast as the understudy. It was already RIDICULOUSLY unbelievable that Rachel - a freshman in college who has never been on Broadway before - was cast as Fanny Freaking Brice in a BROADWAY production. The notion that Santana (heritage aside), a college dropout who has literally NO training in musical theatre, could waltz in and grab the understudy role was already completely and utterly laughable.
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Maybe it's more realistic to take an unknown girl as the understudy? I'm just basing this comment on what happened in Smash season 1
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Right on target there!! In Broadway reality, adults struggle for years paying their dues for bit parts before they get to the big shows.
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One thing I really hate that Glee does is when they use a song out of context. They're numbers are so much more powerful when they fit the perfect song with the storyline. When "Every Breath You Take" started in reference to Rachel and Santana's rivalry, I involuntarily rolled my eyes.

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I don't think they used "Every Breath You Take" in the wrong context. The thing about songs is that sometimes they can be interpreted differently e.g. every breath you take, every step you take I'll be watching you... in glee's context, it's clearly about rivalry. Songs can be given with new meaning and it depends on the situation. Glee does it often.
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Sometimes a song only has only one meaning because the writer said so. It's about a stalker ex with dark thoughts.
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Yeah, but it's still a love song...
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It's not really a love song, it's a song about stalking and obsession.
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Ok, didn't think it was so dark.
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It WAS a love song. This cover clearly isn't. That's ok - I think it's called "artistic license". ;)
Reminds me of when Blaine and Cooper did "Somebody that I used to know" - that was given a bit of a new spin as well, although not as much as this. :)
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Ugh...I don't side with anyone but Kurt who is the most oblivious of all characters! Poor guy is so nice he doesn't even know when Santana is bad for Rachel and vice-versa OR (fuck i want to punch him) When he humiliates his FIANCE on instagram...really?..Great episode...and Santana's ROMP was AWFUL...no Broadway presence what so ever.
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I do have to agree with the ridiculous stunt Kurt pulled. Posting a picture with another guy? Dude, you have a fiancee. Lots of people will misunderstood.
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OMG Blaine better rip Kurt a new one...I'm seriously..its those kind of shenanigans that drove Blaine to cheat in the first place....I don't condone cheating..but it takes 2 to break a relationship and Kurt is doing his own bit pretty good...but i'm not worried i'm pretty sure Blaine is going to set him right...just like he did in the Whitney episode...
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Especially as he's gotten in trouble due to flirty online presence with another guy in the past...
Either Blaine needs to move to NY to keep Kurt out of temptation's way, or they need to break up and move on - I don't think EITHER of them are mature enough for an engagement, really.
Especially given Blaine's obsessive-compulsive creepy stalker-thing before they got back together...
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Well Blaine is moving there so I think that should be safe...but I agree..they are far too young! But maybe they're the type that will be engaged for a VERY long time...lets hope so at least...
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Please let them break up! I want them with new people!
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Is Rachel a raging egomaniac? Yes. Did Santana 100% deserve that slap to the face? Yes. If not for audition to be her understudy, than for the "you're short and awful and you're never going to be better than me" diatribe. I don't think this was a situation where one person was so much more horrible than the other. They both handled it terribly and are both being pretty childish over it.
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I enjoyed the episode, but did anyone else think the script reading directions was the dumbest thing a TV show has ever done?
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This show...here was my decision last night. So, because I kind of hate my job, I can't get up for it in the morning, so I have to shower at night. Then I frigging grew my hair out and it wouldn't dry in time anyway. So, then NBCSN was reshowing the team figuring skating competition. Then I wanted to watch that and realized I wasn't totally interested in watching anything on my DVR so as to avoid commercials. So, I decided, I guess I will watch Glee live because I would rather watch the Originals with no commercials and I can flip to the Voice. I don't know what I am going to do next week.

On principle, I was totally with Santana, she had every right to audition and to accept the part and not to tell Rachel beforehand. But, it was a little passive aggressive to use that particular song and then almost stage it exactly the same way. Then I sort of feel like Santana took it back to high school a little quickly. Rachel was being a snotty bitch though.

I didn't terribly mind the high school stuff, but was sort of thinking, it must be weird for the cast there.
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They both handled it childlishly with Rachel taking the big hit but Santana started it in the first place so I'm not sure how to weigh this. In the end, they lost their tempers, ruined their friendship and they're both losers
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Rachel slapping Santana was wild! So she moved out of the apartment very badly.

I'm glad Tina and Artie withdrew from the valedictorian offers, especially against from each other. That offer was badly-created by Sue, especially. applying to Blaine, IMO. Blaine got depressed that he lost Kurt, but he will get worse when he ends up victimized and finds out that the valedictorian offer was badly created by Sue.

But I hope Sue will end up getting caught red-handed for sabotaging the glee club. I don't think she will end up in New York because of these steps:

1.) Lose her principal's job.
2.) Removed from office.
3.) Expelled from high school.
4.) Arrested by the police.
5.) Thrown in jail forever.

Figgins will get his principal's job back, no offense.

Marley, Sam and Ryder did not speak nor sing in this episode.

I don't understand why the writers and producers do not like Emma at all. She cannot get removed automatically for these reasons:

1.) She sang some songs in this show, but not completely.

2.) She was in this show since the beginning of the series.

3.) She officially tied the knot with Will, promised not to divorce this time and about to give birth.

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still waiting for a blina and dantana duet
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Congrats to writers for making almost all the people unlikable. Never would I have wished to have someone with Down's syndrome get hit by a bus, but god help me I want Becky to die.
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I like the fact Glee includes a role for her… but for the life of me I couldn't understand a word she said last night! Too much dialog, it all came out as mush.
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They rely on her schtick far too much. It got old around the time she started getting her own storylines.
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So I didn't like all much of this although it was harmless enough. Pretty much the whole cast is unbearable at times and they don't need an excuse to behave more annoyingly than usual. Rachel and Santana's stuff sorta broke through the facade to something real so I guess that's a plus.

Musically it didn't distinguish itself. I got goosebumps when I heard the famous Police opening riff but was very disappointed when the dance beat started. No doubt that was lifted verbatim from some recentish version. I love the song Breakaway and they mostly did it justice, although some of Artie's vocal was subpar.
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I don't think I pay attention to people enough to have frenemies.
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I can believe that.
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I think I've liked every song that Rachel and Santana have sung together. On the other hand, I didn't really like Santana singing Rain on My Parade. She sounded good, for sure, but I can't help but compare it to when Rachel completely nailed it way back when.

I've always liked both of their characters so I'm able to be entertained by them liking each and also hating each other. That last scene seemed like a damn heel turn for Rachel, haha (if this were the type of show to actually continue little character arcs like that, anyway). And I, for one, quite enjoyed it.
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While I'm all for people making songs their own, they turned it into a pop song to better suit Santana's voice and as good as she sounded, I don't buy they'd see that as a fit for Broadway. But then again, this is the show where they went out of their way to say that there were no talented singers in New York interested in auditioning for the lead understudy role in a major Broadway revival so...Glee.
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Wow, so I guess the message here is that Finn made Rachel a better person. She had her moments throughout high school, but generally got better, but now she's back to being this awful self-centered person. Easily my least favorite character this episode.
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Not really though? I wouldn't put this episode under Rachel's diva moments. The fight wasn't only about fame getting to her head, it's related to much deeper issues, aka her being tortured and rejected by her peers for years and the insecurities that resulted from that, which were brought back to the surface by Santana's whole "I'm better than you speech". Nobody gets over being bullied like that in a couple years with no leftover hurt feelings whatsoever. So while she could have done it without blowing up, I don't think Rachel getting hurt and angry over Santana's behavior is that selfish and out of character. If anything, I think this "breakup" was more credible and honest than everyone being super good friends without any doubts and leftover animosity.
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But Santana's speech came *after* Rachel got all bitchy about Santana auditioning to be her understudy, a position Rachel felt NO ONE had the right to audition for in the first place. Sorry, this reminded me of when Rachel sent the short Asian girl to a crack house in order to prevent her from auditioning to join the New Directions.
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Oh, and what about Kurt? He tried to keep the peace and remind them that they were friends, right? Santana never argued with him, but Rachel flat out told him that *they* weren't friends either.
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Sorry BS. This is one episode she was fine all season long and all but one peisode last seaosn The problem is the writers are lazy and once a season they have to regress Rachel. Santana revert back too. Everyneon this show has been selfish and self centered.
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That's what I said. She *had* evolved past being an entitled, self-centered brat, but now that the Finnfluence is waning, she's reverting back to her old self. Obviously, it's the writers' doing, since Rachel is not a real person.

Also, I would argue that Santana never really changed enough to "revert." She's always made comments about being better than everyone though, she's recently said it in a joking manner. Still, it seemed to me like she was basically frustrated at her inability to make it, and she lashed out at Rachel. Rachel, on the other hand, had no real reason to lash out beyond being petty.
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Like Tina, at earlier seasons I was proud of Tina when she acts her right to be a diva but then she does it every time to the point that I'm start to get annoyed.
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I was expecting glee to come back with a bad episode to be honest, but this was good! Elliot and Kurt were fantastic i liked their number!

Rachel and Santana? Well Lea and Naya are glee shining stars so im glad they got this storyline. Don't rain on my parade sung by Santana was okay i guess, i mean she nailed it but lets be honest, she's not a brodway actress and she can't beat Rachel in that area. I love this Rachel i was missing her! And I love the whole broadway thing and the fact that "Every Breath You Take" wasn't sang as something romantic.

I didn't pay much attention to McKinley to be honest though i have to admit that despite i have been hating Tina all this season, she was really outstanding in this ep.

And blaine? Please i just love the guy, he makes me laugh, he knows how to sing, he's amazing character for glee in my opinion.
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Kurt singing rock was amazing!
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I gave you a thumbs up by mistake, I read the first sentence and then I read the rest.... I'll take back my thumbs up.

I loved Santana's version of Don't rain on my parade better than Rachel's.

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okay
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Man!! That was a long 10+ weeks!! But now, Glee is back!! I liked the episode, although I felt it was all over the place.
So, Frenemies:
Artie and Tina: ridiculous and stupid, but they made up, yay!
Kurt and Elliot: been waiting for that since they met; we knew Elliot was going to be Kurt's nemesis, so there was bound to be some friction; their musical number, awesome!!!
Rachel and Santana: for some reason I felt tense and unhappy; I know Rachel is being unreasonable, and Santana didn't help matters, but I did not like them "breaking up"; that final scene made me unhappy.
Elsewhere:
- "Brave": wonderful and beautiful
- "Every breath you take": amazing
- "Breakaway": loved it
- Becky is REALLY getting on my nerves!!!
Overall: C+
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Omg that last scene. All I could think about was Derek from Happy Endings saying "Dramaaaaaa!"
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I thought it was really good! Funny at times and sooo dramatic at other times.
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