First things first, whose bright idea was it to air a Thanksgiving episode of Glee a week after Thanksgiving. Then again, last week was a stronger episode, so maybe they wanted that one to be the one to get the big football bounce.
As for this episode, while it was great to see all of the old members of the Nude Erections back, I can't help but wish that they had done a little bit more. The cat-fight between Quinn and Santana seemed to come out of nowhere and the bitch-slaps would have been better with a bit more build-up throughout the episode.
Speaking of Quinn, once again she proves to be the most inconsistently written character on a show that once featured Uncle Jesse as a pretty chill dentist who randomly decided to become a dick one day (never to be heard from again). Seriously, what happened to all of the character development at the end of Season 3? Now she's back to the scheming/whoring Quinn who made up the absolutely god awful baby kidnapping plot point roughly a year ago.
The New York scenes are still boring the shit out of me. Rachel and Kurt just aren't very interesting when separated from the rest of the Glee club. Add in a terrible guest appearance by Horseface McGee (otherwise known as Sarah Jessica Parker) and we have the makings of a real stinker of a subplot. That strange 'kiki' musical number in the apartment came out of nowhere and was straight up painful to listen to. I've never been to New York, but if that's how people behave, count me out.
The show would honestly be better off cutting its losses and only focusing on the High Schoolers, with brief appearances from former New Directions members. Puck's killer cameo last week as a superhero is a perfect example. Short, sweet, and to the point.
The newbies are striking a chord with me - I especially love the bromance between Ryder and Jake. I know that the development was kind of rushed, but it was worth it if we can have more scenes like their locker chat and their Gangnam Style practice session.
Speaking of the song selection, did anyone else find the ambiguously gay group of guys wearing matching blazers and frolicking around the stage while singing a song about blowjobs a tad off-putting? No? Moving on...
We all knew that Marley was going to faint in the middle of the big number, it was the only possibility that could add a little bit of drama and suspense into the otherwise predictable sectional performances. I feel like it would be really ballsy of the writers to actually go all the way and have New Directions lose at sectionals under the guidance of Finn. Fingers crossed that it happens, it would open up a lot of plot possibilities for the rest of the season.
As it stands, this season of Glee has completely restored my faith in the show, and I really hope that the writers can keep up the momentum going into the Christmas break. I just hope that they pick better songs in the future. I'm a fan of Tina Blowing-Wang, but Gangnam Style did nothing for me. Apparently it took her a few days to learn the various Korean verses, so congrats to her.
Trivia courtesy of my wife: Kiki is slang in filipino for female genitalia. She couldn't stop laughing during that song number. Personally, I couldn't stop rolling my eyes at the stupidity of that scene. Good lord, I will never understand their existance. Kurt and Rachel are just so...I dunno.
Welcome back, Quinn! Go home, Quinn!
Interesting how Tina didn't get a single word in during the episode yet she sang the song during the Sectionals. She's incredibly sexy.
Oddly, though: the last episode that Tina and Mike shared screen time, there was some unresolved issues...same with Santana and Brittany. Yet, all was ignored today. Really?
I'm really creeped out by Wade, a/k/a Unique.
Song selection, as mentioned by Turtlebayunlimited, was more miss than hit. Whoever the group that sang between the Warblers and New Directions should win.
Oh, and the ONLY plot point really running right now is Marley and Quinn v2 - and that green "tic tac" she left on the sink counter. Really, there's nothing else.
I had never seen Hugh Laurie in anything besides Blackadder, so to see him playing such a... dramatic role is surprising. However, he does it very well, although the American accent threw me off. Hopefully this show won't get canceled.