Glee

Season 4 Episode 13

Diva

28
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 07, 2013 on FOX
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  • WOW. OKAY. WHERE TO BEGIN?

    Glee "Diva" Review: No More Miss Nice Tina (and WTF, Finn/Emma?!)

    After last week's actually-not-terrible "Naked" explored body issues in a way that didn't suck, Glee opted to follow up its victory with "Diva," a celebration of everything awful about its characters.

  • Episode Summary

    Finn instructs the glee club to discover the inner powerhouse in themselves in preparation for Diva Week. Kurt and Rachel's friendship hits a strain when he can no longer take her arrogant behaviour. Emma prepares for her wedding to Will.

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    • sparks

      8.0
      Surely this episode has problems. Indeed, there are several quirky things going on that almost spoil everything. However, I had a lot of fun watching this very pleasurable episode, that almost made me forget the obvious drawbacks.



      This is not one of these "emotional" episodes, and there is little psychological development (even if there are nice moments here and there, especially regarding Santana and Tina), but it is definitely entertaining. Glee does one of the things that does better: creating conflict and resolving that conflict in music.



      The best part is the NYC storyline, with the quarrel between Kurt and Rachel. The story sounds for once well justified (it can only be expected that the victory at the showcase goes to Rachel's head), it has the right amount of tension, with no useless extra moments and is well built. The Diva Off is the climax of the episode and brings levels of tension long forgotten.

      I just would like to see more of Adam: are him and Kurt boyfriends already? there are already rumors of it, but we just saw an innocent request to go for a cup of coffee, in comparison with the tedious courting between Rachel and Brody of the first half of the season.



      On the other side, not everything works in Lima. Compared with the Rachel-Kurt confrontation, the Diva competition in the Glee club seems to be its very diluted version. It is basically just an excuse to make the awful Tina-Blaine storyline go forward. This plot is really pretty stupid, not to mention the sudden change in behavior of Tina which is absolutely not motivated and way over the top with respect to what we watched (as Blaine's apologies at the end). I agree Tina deserved a more leading storyline, but this one is ludicrous.

      Also the Santana-Sam-Brittany love complications come out as rushed and pretty uninteresting. At least I'm happy Santana is back to stay! But in New York, where she belongs.



      finally there is the weird Finn-Emma stuff. I don't know where the authors want to aim with this bizarre development. In that particular moment, considering the fragile state of mind and soul of both of them, the event at the end could make some sense, but I'm afraid they are going to blow it out of proportion. Very pessimistic about it.



      Musical review: really good music and performances this week.. Of course the highlight was the Kurt-Rachel showoff, but Blaine also was pretty good faced with the impossible Freddy Mercury comparison.moreless
    • another episode with odd moments

      7.0
      Overall a decent episode but definitely odd moments.



      Diva week was nice and Tina out in front was good. Her performance of Hung up was amazing.

      Rachel was brought back to Earth and the whole feud was setup nicely.



      I love Santana but she came back to try and win Britney back after breaking up with her in the first place? Then she decides to go to New York, where she truly belongs, but decides to barge in on Rachel and Kurt and move in? Very weird. Like Sue said dont they have anything better to do than revisit Lima?



      The emma/finn story was way out there. I really hate finn now. Before I felt sorry finn for always losing out but this is just messed up. I hope this sets up an opportunity to get him to NY or somewhere else. The old cast should not be in Lima.



      Performances worth seeing/listening: Naya-Girl on Fire; Jenna-Hung Upmoreless
    • Great in some spots and borderline weird in others...

      8.0
      This episode was definitely fun to watch. The whole cat fight between Kurt and Rachel was EPIC, and their second Diva Off was fantastic, they put tears in my eyes. Not sure if I'm into Kurt's new guy, yet again, he had little to do in the show. Hopefully more of the Adam Apples will cover the screen in future episodes. I like it when they introduce new choirs with different styles. My favorite so far are obviously the Warblers. Another good subplot was the Blaine and Tina. It was so sad, and heartbreaking seeing Tina give in to unrequited love. Wait did I say sad? Actually its kind of embarassing. Yet again things like that happen ALL the time. I'm sure many straight girls fell in love with gay men before. What girl wouldn't? They are much cleaner, they dress better, absolutely in touch with their feminine side. Well, at least the ones they fall in love with. I know if I met Kurt, I would be in love with him in a heartbeat. Ok that's the good stuff.



      The weird stuff. Santana? I guess it is realistic that she dropped out from a floozy cheer leading School. But coming back and trying to get back with Britney? That was a bit rich. Also, the whole move with Kurt and Rachel is a bad idea. 3 Divas in one apartment = death race. Rachel and Kurt are already biting at each other! Tina's weird blow out on Blaine was so unwaranted, and poor Blaine is so broken he apologizes anyways! For what I have no idea. No girl should demand love from Gay boy, its unfair and mean. The last weirdest mind boggling move on the show was Finn kissing Emma. I bet everyone reenacted CeCe's reaction in New Girl. I know i did cut to credits. I also gagged just a bit. I hope Emma never mentions it. Or I hope the whole world can forget it happened, because it was the cheapest and lousiest episode writing ever done on Glee. I mean Come on!



      Over all though, I was entertained.moreless
    • turned out to be not a great ep

      7.0
      At the beginning I thought, wow, this is going to be a real cool episode. The I am a Diva performance at the beginning was really cool and sparkling. And then the ep got worse and worse. The Madonna performance by Tina killed it (in a negative way). Is it only me or was Tina half-hearted while dancing and not the right one to perform the song? It felt kind of wrong watching her perform, and this is strange as the performances are almost always really good. The Tina diva storyline kind of sucked anyway and bed-scene with Blaine too. Unique is much more of a natural diva with more charisma than Tina. All in all strange episode. Cool thing that Santana is back. And the lingering of the graduates at McKinley has to stop. It's weird, like Sue said, don't they have jobs or something else to do. Not very creative by the writers.moreless
    • Somewhat Muddled But I Liked It

      7.0
      This was a bit more interesting to me than last weeks' episode hence my semi-high score.



      I loved all the Tina Cohen-Chang action it felt really great to see Tina who has been in the background for a long time come front and center!



      Rachel/Kurt's storyline was a tad bit good, I liked seeing Rachel getting knocked down a peg



      Santana's appearance felt really odd, even by Glee standards I didn't like it at all.



      Finn & Emma's subplot came totally out of left field for me, it really caught me by surprise.



      The songs in this episode were powerful, however ultimately this episode still felt really muddled.moreless
    Oliver Kieran-Jones

    Oliver Kieran-Jones

    Adam Crawford

    Guest Star

    Patrick Stafford

    Patrick Stafford

    Sycophant 1

    Guest Star

    J.D. Phillips

    J.D. Phillips

    Sycophant 2

    Guest Star

    Jayma Mays

    Jayma Mays

    Emma Pillsbury

    Recurring Role

    Jacob Artist

    Jacob Artist

    Jake Puckerman

    Recurring Role

    Melissa Benoist

    Melissa Benoist

    Marley Rose

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Music Featured in this Episode:
        "Diva" by Beyonce
        "Bring Him Home" from Les Miserables
        "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen
        "Hung Up" by Madonna
        "Make No Mistake, She's Mine" by Barbra Streisand and Kim Carnes
        "Nutbush City Limits" by Ike & Tina Turner
        "Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Sue: (talking to Santana) What is with you Glee Club ex-pats? Don't any of you have jobs? You have to have some source of income so you can pay the staff of scientists who service your teleporters that you all clearly own, since you're constantly showing up here.
        Santana: I have a light schedule this semester.
        Sue: Do you not remember who got you that scholarship to Louisville? Your coach is sending me weekly reports, and you dropped out a month ago.
        Santana: I'm sorry, I hated it there! Everyone thought that I was being a bitch when all I was doing was being brutally honest with people. Look, please don't tell my mom.
        Sue: Oh, I can't. I don't speak Spanish.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Tina: I mean, she doesn't even go here.

        Direct quote from Mean Girls, a 2004 movie starring Lyndsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams and Tina Fey. The line was originally said by Daniel Franzese's character, Damien.

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