Glee Season 2 Episode 22: New York

Posted on May 25, 2011

We should warn you right now: if you’re looking for an Entertainment Weekly-esque gushing review, you should probably just head over to Entertainment Weekly. Since we don’t have to worry about whether or not Lea Michele will ever appear on our cover again, we have a little more room to speak our minds.

And can we just say? We were ready to love this episode. This season has been pretty much nothing but a series of disappointments as the show inevitably lost sight of its original theme – small town losers and outcasts grabbing at their last chance of glory before depressing adulthood settles in – and became a show about well-dressed, good-looking adults playing teenagers and teaching lessons about life and diversity. Bleh. The only high point of the season, the exploration of gay teenhood with Kurt, collapsed almost as soon as it got underway by stripping the character of anything but the most noble of attitudes and turning him into a marble statue, always catching the light so that we can see the one beautiful tear making its way down his face. Kurt stopped being a funny, bitchy, messed up character and became a gay paragon. Double bleh. But we really thought that all the creative energy that seemed to be missing from most of this season would reappear for the finale because this was the ultimate Glee story; where the show was always heading. Will New Directions win Nationals? This has been the goal since episode 1 of season 1 and we (rather sadly, in retrospect) assumed that the writing and performances would be excellent.

Well, they weren’t. This episode sucked and the more we think about it, the more it pisses us off. This should have been a series-defining episode and a payoff to the previous 40+ episodes. Instead, it was just a half-assed effort that didn’t seem to demonstrate the slightest bit of respect for the audience. We’ve been pointing out all season that the show decided to ignore its adult audience and appeal directly to the more-likely-to-buy-songs teen set. And that’s fine. We’d still enjoy Glee if it was a smart, funny, entertaining show that happened to be geared toward the young. But it’s not. It’s High School Musical stripped of any consistent plotting and characterization crossed with American Idol-style performing (God almighty, Schu’s number made our teeth ache), and if you know anything at all about our tastes, you’d know that’s not even in the same solar system. In fact, we were so underimpressed with all the musical numbers this week that we really don’t have anything to say about them. We’re including the videos of the songs but you’ll have to supply the commentary. Kurt and Rachel’s number was cute (if staged kinda dorky) because their friendship is one of the few relationships on the show that makes any sense (which means it was ignored most of the season, of course) but aside from that, nothing else stuck out.

And we’re not complaining that New Directions didn’t win. In fact, we were happy to see them go that route. If New Directions are the champions, then what’s the point of Glee? They’ll probably win at the end of season 3 and then get a mostly new cast of losers for season 4 (if it makes it that far), at which point they can start the whole “road to Nationals” storyline all over again. No, New Directions had to lose and we actually liked the way they handled it. They lost, and as the viewer you can see why they lost. That onstage kiss was extremely odd but it got the job done from a storytelling perspective. We have to buy that Finn is desperate to win Rachel back, but we’ve always had to buy them as some sort of epic love story, even if the week-to-week storytelling belies that. Fine. Rachel and Finn are the star-cross’d lovers of Lima. Despite the unevenness of this arc, we liked how it ended. They’re together, but you can clearly see that Rachel thinks less of Finn for ruining the number. That’s perfectly in line with her show-must-go-on-at-all-costs character and sets up the conflict for season 3. Let’s face it, if they’re going to be true to the characters (however unlikely that may be) Rachel and Finn can’t stay together.

Of course, Finn can’t go back to Quinn because, completely out of left field, Quinn has become the plotting, devious ex-girlfriend, ready to destroy the entire glee club to get her revenge. Oh, wait. She got a haircut. Nevermind. Storytelling!

So Kurt and Blaine declared their love for each other (although Kurt seemed a bit reluctant, no?), Finn and Rachel declared their sort-of love for each other, Santana and Brittany declared their sideways love for each other, Mr. Schue declared his love for “his kids,” and Mercedes and Sam hide their love away. Wait, what? We guess it’s a good thing that they’re giving Mercedes a storyline and hooking up with her is the first interesting thing Sam’s done as a character, but the theme of football players and cheerleaders dating the unpopular kids (Finn/Rachel, Puck/Lauren, Brittany/Artie, Mike/Tina) has been a bit more than played out at this point.

We’ll be back for season 3, but we have to admit, before the show aired last night, we were talking about it and concluded that no matter what the finale was like, the show needed a break from itself and needs to decide what kind of show it’s going to be for the next season. It’s still a hit, but the ratings have been slipping and if they don’t get away from the wildly uneven plotting and characterization and rethink the idea that the show is just a machine to make money from song downloads, it may not make it to the end of season 3. It would be a shame if we never got to see New Directions become the champions just because the show creators lost sight of the reasons the show was successful in the first place. Bring back the cynical undertones and stop trying to Teach The World a Lesson. Be funny, be entertaining, and strive toward a little consistency. That’s all we ask, Glee.

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  • http://onebluetree.blogspot.com/ Sara L.

    Yeah, pretty weak all around. The musical numbers were all tedious, in my opinion, and I usually love the music in this show. And the plotting was all over the place, like this finale had been written without any of the other episodes being down on paper.

    I did enjoy the overly cliched “New York!” stuff, from the gruff stage guy letting Kurt and Rachel sing, to Shue getting a “You got talent, kid!” from the other stage guy, and the Finn/Rachel date stuff culminating in Bella Notte. It had a very tongue-in-cheek feel, and I appreciated that. Everything else was a train wreck. 

    Oh! I forgot the epilogue ending! I actually really liked that. Best part of the show. Really demonstrates that despite them being a bunch of Sturm und Drang teenagers, life goes on.

  • Anonymous

    also, kick Darren Criss out, enough of him already…

  • Joshau Norton

    aside from the opening bits showing New York City and the tiny bits featuring Cheyenne Jackson, it was a real yawn-fest.  The songs were generic noise, especially at Nationals.

    The judges must have hated that kiss even more than Jessie did. Or maybe it was that they wrote their songs, taught them to the band (where, by the way, did the band stay, since they weren’t in the hotel and Will said he had only two rooms?) and learned them in like, an hour.

    • http://twitter.com/tasdj Tiffany

      woah, your second paragraph was a straight copy and paste from this recap: http://www.afterellen.com/tv/recaps/glee/222-new?page=0%2C5

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=66100189 Joslyn Bloomfield

    I’m confused… I get what you’re saying about the show changing but the whole “Teach the World a Lesson” thing was kind of beneficial to the gay cause as a whole. I’m still annoyed that Mercedes is getting no attention, but maybe this fake pairing between her and Sam will bring her into the spotlight more.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RK5MAF2VNT32ULNYFIXDANTEC4 Terence

      Yeah, it’s beneficial, but it’s the difference between a zhuzhed up PSA and a television show episode with a message woven into its plot.  Unfortunately, Glee is now the former, whereas it used to be the latter.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=66100189 Joslyn Bloomfield

        Oh, I see what you’re saying. But I don’t think that this PSA could really hurt society even though Kurt’s character had to change for the sake of it. Ho well… I wonder if we’re going to go into interacial relationship PSA’s now that Smercedes exists.

        • Anonymous

          It may not have hurt society, but it sure hurt the writing on the show.  

        • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

          Smercedes. Hehe. 
          But anyway, yeah. Nice throwing her a bone. 5 minutes before the end of the season. 

    • http://twitter.com/Acts4u Stevie Holcomb

      No, I saw the Mercedes/Sam pairing coming the last episode. I wasn’t the least bit surprised, but I’m disgusted as to why they are hiding their relationship. There is no rhyme or reason for it, but they have three months to figure one out I suppose.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        I figured it was because of all the crap that happens to the other Glee relationships.  I mean, there is SO MUCH drama around each of those pairings that I’d keep it a secret if I started dating someone too! 

  • http://twitter.com/loserfairy loserfairy

    UUGH. I completely agree with everything you’ve said here. It was the most wildly uneven season, with some of the most wildly uneven characterizations. Glee absolutely needs to get it together by season 3, and for god sakes, if they’re going to make half the members of ND hate each other, at least make them act that way during the group numbers. And what were those song choices? And Kurt/Blaine needs to be over, because I’ve run out of teeth to get cavities in. And Finn/Rachel is totally bogus. And Quinn is totally bogus. And. And. And. Basically.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RK5MAF2VNT32ULNYFIXDANTEC4 Terence

      That’s one thing I noticed, too!  Why is it that they can hate each other as they sit down, and suddenly laugh and giggle and get wide eyed when a number comes on and then revert to hating each other when the music stops.  Are they completely different takes?  Are they just capturing the cast reacting to their castmate’s songs live?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720742723 Sarah Winningham

        I think maybe the network has mandated that no one ever look disgusted during a song, lest it influence itunes sales.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720742723 Sarah Winningham

        I think maybe the network has mandated that no one ever look disgusted during a song, lest it influence itunes sales.

  • http://twitter.com/lilyellowapple Sarah Wertz

    I couldn’t agree more. I was so disapointed in last night’s episode. I thought with NYC as their back drop it would lend itself to a fun storyline that finally brought things together. But what a mess. I seriously hope season 3 can get it together and make sense of all it’s story lines. I think we’re all just waiting to see New Directions win Nationals see where all the kids will go after graduation and call it a day. No season 4 please!!!

    • Anonymous

      There’s a reality show later this summer for auditions for the new cast members. They’re already planning Season 4.

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        Ewww.

  • Anonymous

    Sad to say that I COMPLETELY agree with you. That was lame and also strikingly boring. I watched all the ad’s for Glee 3-d movie and downloading and it’s obvious that these goals are overriding the characters. 

    I don’t think Finn and Rachel story-line has any juice. What they had initially was a secret attraction between 2 stereotypes: a cool kid and a nerd kid. Now what? Torn between career and love? Please, they are suppose to be 16 years old. 

    Yes and the scene with Shue singing on stage was random, weird, and EWW-inspiring. Of course the security guy tells him he’s “got it” and then Shue just sort of randomly decides not to go on Broadway while carrying a pile of pizzas to “his kids”. 

    The whole thing was lame and the songs weren’t good either. I only liked the opening New York song.
    I am not hopeful for season 3.

  • Lauren Bradshaw

    Well said.  I was ready for the disappointment, but was not ready for constant threat of vomiting in my mouth.  I hope the writers of glee are regular readers of your blog, because you are right on.

  • http://profiles.google.com/alison.sigman Alison Sigman

    I think I knew I was going to be disappointed when they started singing their tribute to New York. The Finn/Rachel date seemed forced and not real at all. Seriously, how do kids get a table at Sardi’s and how were they going to pay? The best part was when Puck and Lauren were at the bar trying to order a drink. Shu’s story line was clearly an afterthought. Once again I spent a bulk of the show FFW-ing through the musical numbers–with the exception of Kurt & Rachel. Love that song.

    • Anonymous

      Sardis is a tourist trap. Anyone can get a table there. The food is lousy but it’s worth going once just to see all the charicatures.

      –GothamTomato

  • http://twitter.com/gatecrewgirl Trotter Roller

    Agree.  Weak episode.  Also, no commentary on the hilariously dirty My Cup? 
    Santana could barely keep a straight face!

  • Anonymous

    Awful.  I hated every song, every plot device, everything about it.  Except for the guys following Finn and Rachel down the street with Puck playing the accordion – that was cute.  And, may I just say, anyone with Broadway aspirations who chooses to give it all up to continue a pervy relationship with an Ohio glee club is truly pathetic.  I can’t believe they’re just juniors.  Another whole year of this dreck is way too much.

    • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

      “And, may I just say, anyone with Broadway aspirations who chooses to
      give it all up to continue a pervy relationship with an Ohio glee club
      is truly pathetic”

      I completely agree. Besides, anyone who truly loves another person would want them to be happy, right? Especially if they believe in them as strongly as Finn does Rachel.

      • http://visceralresponse.com Dina dV

        I think the “pervy” relationship is Will’s “love” for his glee club, not Finn for Rachel.

        • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

          Eh, either way.
          But yeah, I agree, and every time anyone brings up their performance of ‘Toxic’, I still get the willies.

      • Anonymous

        Well, actually I meant Mr. Shu, and the whole glee club loves him enough to be happy for him if he were to choose Broadway, so, same deal.

  • Anonymous

    …I liked it. Am I the only one? Lol. I LOVED “For Good”, and was really glad they at least snuck one little Klaine moment in there. Plus even though the usual triangular vaguely-incestuous hooking up on the show normally bothers me, I’m actually rooting for Sam and Mercedes.

  • http://profiles.google.com/bre.snodgrass Breanna Snodgrass

    Word.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, I love you boys, but you are wrong right off the bat. Entertainment Weekly’s reviews have been far from gushing. They switched recappers halfway through the season, and the new recapper hits on almost all of the problems and annoyances the show has had this year. Tim Stack, while a guy who knows his television, was unable to write a bad thing about the show, no matter how terrible the episode. But Sandra Gonzalez has done a good job of pointing out almost all of the show’s weaknesses, even when it’s going to cause the insane fandom to be on the attack. I know it’s a really dumb thing to get upset over, but to me it appears you haven’t read them lately.

  • Anonymous

    It’s funny. This is the episode that probably needed to be done as 90 minutes. The part with Quinn was badly done and rushed. If she was going to rat rachel out it should have been during her “date” with Finn. Quinn and Finn should have at least a follow up talk and Quinn gets to chew his ass out. She screwed up a good relationship because of him. Finn initiated this mess now he’s running back to Rachel. Oh whatever it’s over and hopefully Quinn will be back to where she was at the end of S1.

    Yes they need to regroup. Sadly this is the probably with Ryan Murphy series. Good concepts that spin out of control.

    I will say I have enjoyed what they did with Santana this season. And I love that Brittany is the most mature person at that school and doesn’t allow herself to get chained very long to any drama.

    • Anonymous

      Well, actually Quinn initiated the mess. She kissed him first, cheated on her boyfriend with him without any apparent remorse (again), and then when said boyfriend finally dumped her, finally went running to Finn. True love? Is there really a use for Lucy Caboosey on this show?

      Sadly, you’re right. Every Ryan Murphy show I’ve ever liked (Popular and Nip Tuck) begin their downward spiral midway through the second season. I’m not holding out much hope for the third season.

      • Anonymous

        Not that it’s really important-Yes Quinn kissed Finn first but it was partly out of admiration for the way he handled the whole situation during the championship game. Riding high on his increased status, Finn aggressively pursued her without any regard for the fact he was expecting Quinn to do to Sam what was done to him-twice. In that episode Quinn was actually reluctant to dump Sam and go back to Finn just because Finn wanted her back. She told him while she was tempted she needed to be sure before she left a great guy. And she ultimately chose Sam. But of course then Sam dumped her once he realized what they had been doing behind his back. 

        As I write all of this I can can see how doubly ridiculous the way the whole story was played out. Quinn was not exactly a blameless but Finn was a totally selfish jerk. The writers wrote them both contrary to where their characters had evolved from the first season making them behave in unlikeable and unbelievable ways. The Artie/Brittany breakup was more believable. All this just to break up 2 of the couplings and extend the drama. I just now choose to pretend Quinn’s magic haircut just warped the whole incident out of their reality.

  • Anonymous

    Otherwise, the episode was weak. I spent most of the night chatting with a friend with my Caps Lock on because I was so irritated with everything. God, that was a good pilot….whatever happened to THAT show?

  • Anonymous

    Btw I thought the Cup song was hilarious and it was nice to finally get to see a duet between Brittany and Artie. Heather Morris actually has a decent voice. I could never be sure with the autotuning

  • Anonymous

    I liked the random choir of girls singing the Usher song.  

    • http://twitter.com/Megan_Burgess Megan

      That was the best part of the entire episode!

      • http://twitter.com/Briadru4 Britney

        I wish they had played the entire song, because it was probably the best musical number at the competition. 

        • Anonymous

          Britney I agree!  I don’t like the original music in Glee.  Boring

    • Maggie Muellner

      That’s a signature number for University of Oregon’s Divisi, on of the premier all female collegiate acappella groups in the country and this vocal arrangement is verrryyy similar. If you’d like to see the whole number, performed by the women who wrote the arrangement, this link talks about the simlarities and has the video of Divisi performing “Yeah” in 2005. I’ve seen them do it and they are phenomenal.
      http://www.oregonlive.com/movies/index.ssf/2011/05/in_tonights_finale_glee_uses_a.html

      • http://www.joannao.blogspot.com JoannaOC

        Thanks for posting that link!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000357883139 Lynzee Michelle Lamb

        Go Ducks! U of O’s male acapella group, On the Rocks, is also very very good.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks Maggie!!  I just watched your linked video and Divisi are/were awesome!  I don’t know about you but I miss these fun kind of musical numbers from Glee.  The first episode with the Amy Winehouse song with great choreography totally sucked me in and even the Journey song that the rag-tag Glee group did that epi was good.  It seems now we get soppy songs sung from a seated position and when we do get choreography it is all over the place–not cohesive and based on show choir like Divisi did.

        Maybe the writers should take the show “on the road” as they work from local contests to Nationals next year so we can get back to the show choir part as the center of the story.

  • Anonymous

    The whole episode felt off.  I felt as if someone else had tried to write this episode and failed. 

    While every other show’s season finale had some sort of cliffhanger Glee just faded out with very little to anticipate.  My teens were disappointed overall. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/dchockeyguy Trevor Burroughs

    In many ways, I agree with you.  I liked the Kurt/Rachel number, but agree on the staging of it. Agreed on their relationship making sense and Kurt being hesitant toward Blaine.  Perhaps he feels that Blaine will hold him back from bigger things (a gay parallel to Rachel/Finn? Bleh. I hope not).

    I liked the second original number they did, but didn’t like first song. So only two songs I liked. In fact, I LOATHE Madonna’s “New York” so much I actually skip past it if it comes up on my iPod.  The lyrics to that song are about on par with the writing of this episode. Which is to say: Bad.

    Where DOES Glee go from here? I had some ideas this morning that would bring the show back to good.  But let’s face it, no one will listen to me!

    • http://profiles.google.com/sharon.terrill Sharon Terrill

      If you loathe Madonna’s “New York” why is it on your iPod?   (FTR, I’ve never heard it to my knowledge, but I do know that the songs I have on my iPod are songs I put there on purpose because I like them.)

    • Mariah J

      They have this little box you can uncheck and then you never have to listen to that song, what a concept

    • Amy Sinclair

      I’m with you on loathing Madonna’s “New York”. Please bear with me as I point out the dreckitude:

      “I don’t like cities but I like New York
      Other places make me feel like a dork”

      and:

      “Other cities always make me mad
      Other places always make me sad
      No other city ever made me glad
      Except New York…”

      That’s some hideous junior high level rhyming. Granted, Glee isn’t Masterpiece Theater, but they could have chosen a better New York tribute song.

    • Amy Sinclair

      I’m with you on loathing Madonna’s “New York”. Please bear with me as I point out the dreckitude:

      “I don’t like cities but I like New York
      Other places make me feel like a dork”

      and:

      “Other cities always make me mad
      Other places always make me sad
      No other city ever made me glad
      Except New York…”

      That’s some hideous junior high level rhyming. Granted, Glee isn’t Masterpiece Theater, but they could have chosen a better New York tribute song.

    • Anonymous

      After the original “my cup” song I thought this episode was going to be another original songs episode. The Madonna song followed and I thought it WAS A JOKE about having to write an original song under pressure, also I wasn’t aware that it was a Madonna song. Because it was awful.

      • http://twitter.com/Megan_Burgess Megan

        I didn’t know that was a REAL song (I also thought it was one of ND’s “originals”) let alone a MADONNA song. Yikes.

        • Anonymous

          I’m glad I’m not alone, because that’s what I was thinking!  If it weren’t for the comments on TLo, I would have never known.

          • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

            Same here. Stunningly bad.

  • Amy F

    Why is consistent writing so hard? So they really expected to win Nationals showing up with with nothing and expecting a bunch of teenagers to write, compose and choreograph a number overnight in a hotel room? The list of people that need a punch in the face because their Annoyance Quotient is off the charts 1. Jessie   2. Blaine  3. Mr. Shue  4. Rachel  5. Finn

    • http://profiles.google.com/sntierney Shannon Tierney

      And maybe they could have afforded more than two hotel rooms if they wrote the damn songs in Ohio before they came.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RK5MAF2VNT32ULNYFIXDANTEC4 Terence

    Welcome, boys, to the other side.  Let mama give you a hug.  You’re home.  Forget about that show about covering contemporary Top 40 hits and let’s find something of substance to fall to pieces over. :)

  • Anonymous

    I kept looking at Patti Lupone and wondering if it was a Patti Lupone drag queen because that was some severe makeup and hair going on there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Amen TLo!  I did enjoy the cup song, but the rest was flat out cheesey.  Everything that happened in this episode was easy to figure out, and it’s no fun when the show is that easily predictable!  Hopefully Ryan Murphy is reading some of these blogs and fixes the show.  I missed last week and didn’t even care!

  • http://twitter.com/StefhunnyP Stephanie P

    Always dead on, guys.

  • Anonymous

    I agree, it was a terrible episode.  The songs were weak, the New York stuff was cliche.  Who exactly would only write the songs they were going to sing when they got there? I mean does song writing / music creation generally come so easy? 

    I do like the idea of Sam/Mercedes and I can’t believe that Blaine and/or Kurt didn’t pick up on it.  I picked up on it at the end of the number where Sam ran across the stage to hug Mercedes first, I thought “well, that’s weird”. 

    Sad when the highlight of the night was the hilarious My Cup song and a bunch of women we don’t know or care about singing the hell out of Yeah by Usher.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

    I gave up watching this at the first season hiatus. Loved the kids but I’m 54 and think most of the music is crap- and I hate American Idol too, so there.

  • http://twitter.com/awesomejen awesomejen

    Can I just point out the very few lol moments…
    Shue at the bar with VA coach…the whole exchange was pretty awesome.
    VA coach: You should hate your kids, I hate my kids, but at least they are attractive. and Stop crying, people will think I just broke up with you.

    I also like when Santana, Quinn and Brittany wiere sitting on the bed, Quinn was whining about nobody loving her and Santana said she knew what would cheer her up, Quinn’s reply, “No thanks Santana, I’m not really into that. That was good.

    The front desk lady suggesting that the rest of the show choirs were splitting their kids up according to sexual orientation.

    Um….I guess there wasn’t much else. It was a really sad season finale. I am sad how over-commercialized Glee is now…thanks a lot teeny-boppers.

    • Anonymous

      He was so great! I wish Cheyenne would take over as ND’s coach. He’s a million times funnier, (better looking) and way more bearable than Will Schuester.

  • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

    I’ve never seen a show choir use long, in-your-face solos like that. I know it’s fiction, though, but it still strikes me as being really, really weird.

    You’re right, this show has become geared only toward the younger set. I LOVED the show when it started, because it reminded me, a cynical college student, what high school was like for the misfit kids who just wanted to get through the most hormonally complicated four years of their life by singing and dancing (also me). It was a show about good ol’ fashioned, no holds barred, wacky teen angst. And it was great! If I wanted to watch a Disney show, I’d tune in to Disney. Although, to the writers’ credit, they do a better job of handling “difficult” topics better than Disney has ever demonstrated.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been disappointed with the majority of the musical numbers all season so it was no real shock to me that the numbers in this episode weren’t any better. I am officially sick of Rachel and Finn as a couple. As it’s always been, too much time is spent focusing on them. I would’ve felt way better if they gave Rachel some consistency and made her stick with her whole “Broadway is my real dream/love” thing. How much do you want to bet that they’ll completely forget about the Sam/Mercedes thing next season? (particularly if the rumors are true with a new character being her love interest next season). The writers have been known to do that. I still don’t know what Quinn’s big plot to ruin glee club even was supposed to be. On the official glee forum it was interesting to read how some people felt that the kiss wasn’t the reason they lost but rather how unprepared they were. On a realistic point (which should I guess should never be a point with Glee), it’s true. This is nationals. You are a show choir. You shouldn’t be writing your songs two days before the competition. Mr. Schu has been saying forever that they need to keep focusing on their set list but low and behold, they apparently didn’t and thus had nothing for nationals and came up with crap. They really need to revamp this show because as much as I loved it in the very beginning, they’ve been dragging it down for a long time now.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    I am really, really, REALLY tired of Lea Michele.  I admit I have been skipping through her performances on the show, and I hope next season, they realize that her voice is grating to the ears and showcase some of the better singers on the program. 
    It’s funny and weird, and that’s why I liked it in the first place, now it’s just giving me a headache. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/kbryna kbryna frogboots

    THIS IS HORRIBLE. I’m “watching” it now online and it’s just dreadful. I can’t believe that terrible “New York” song at the beginning was a real song – i thought it was one of their hokey “original” numbers. Everything about this episode is hideously bad. Amateurish. Dreadful. The only thing I liked was Puck & his accordion and the other boys breaking into “Bella Notte” – that was cute.  They may have been aiming for something tongue-in-cheek but what a big ole fail. I actually feel offended at how bad this episode is.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, terrible episode. As someone who use to work with an award winning high school drama program the idea that they were still writing their songs in their hotel room was just plain unbelievable and unrealistic to the point of insulting. The Glee ship sailed a long time for me but I admit I still check in to be continually disappointed by the sheer lack of glee.

    • Glen Coleson

      My sentiment exactly, I did musical theatre competitions back in High school, and we’d start preparing 4-5 months in advance. Picking songs, finding partners, auditioning the group, choreography, and polish. It was all led and prepared by the seniors. Winning state my senior year was the proudest moment of my high school career. The flippant manner with which they treat these competitions, is definitely a little insulting.

    • Mariah J

      I totally agree, its completely insulting. We would spend months on ONE song…and we didn’t have to write it ourselves.  I mean are you kidding me, way to belittle performers and musicians by suggesting that what they do is easy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1292792107 Karen Covington Walsh

    I wanted to love it, but admit I spent most of the hour dialing American idol to vote while glancing at the tv because I was kinda bored with it.  These characters used to be much more interesting!  Why didn’t Schu take the Broadway job for a few months and then come back for the next school year?  How could the kids write two songs and then be ready to perform the next day?  Why didn’t Sue show up somewhere, somehow?  Cutting your hair is cutting edge now? The best parts of the show were Santana going all Lima Heights and Brit buying her cat an x-large tshirt because those things were true to character. And is it just me, or are you tired of Kurt singing songs for girls?  Not that he isn’t fabulous, but come on!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=583342965 Melody Sellers

    So disappointing. The only redeeming thing for me was the Sam and Mercedes relationship.  Finally, they’ve taken on all these taboo relationships except this one and yup, in Ohio it’s a big deal.  Left the room for most musical numbers but unfortunately not for Schu’s number.  I’m thinking this may be on his new album??  Blech! I think plot wise, they had to lose at Nationals so they’d have some reason for Schu’s STUPID decision to stay in Ohio and teach the kids that they should aspire to greatness, and then, I guess bail on your possible success.  Oh dear lord, why did I start watching this show?  And Quinn’s haircut, that’s the answer to the existential crisis, lame.  I am glad that Heather Morris got more screen time.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t know if anyone realized, but they are setting up a spin off series about Rachel and Kurt and probably Blaine in NYC pursuing their dreams in performing arts school/college which will be another musical like Glee. I was wondering what they were going to do with Lea and Chris Coifer after they graduated since outside of Broadway, I don’t see where they would land in the business. They are going to do Broadway babies series that isn’t confined by the few years you can pass them off as high school students. The only thing that could trip that up is Lea being cast in the Wicked flim as Elphaba which it seems like she’d be a natural for. If that doesn’t happen though, get ready for more adventures of Rachel and Kurt in NYC. It’ll be Felicity with music. 

    • Glen Coleson

      Lea michelle? as Elphaba? no, no, no, no, just no. I cannot believe that i live in a world where that is allowed to happen. Sure she looks shockingly similar to Idina, but she’s nowhere near the caliber of artist. If Glee has proven anything its that Lea Michelle is not a screen actress. I’m told she was good in Spring Awakening, but regardless of whether she was or not screen and stage acting are tow very different things, not many actors are capable of both, Lea Michelle clearly isn’t.

      • Anonymous

        Don’t be shocked if it happens. She’s the right age, she has the right voice and she is considered a “name” in Hollywood. She’s on a hit show and sells tons of singles. The only way I see her getting passed over is if Anne Hathaway decides she wants that part too among every other part in Hollywood. Idina is too old to do the movie. I honestly think it’s Lea Michele’s to lose. 

        • Mariah J

          Anne Hathaway’s voice is not right for Elphaba but she is a much better actress. : /

        • Glen Coleson

          now thats just depressing, but you are right. The only actress i can think of off the top of my head would be Rosario Dawson, she did a nice job in the Rent film adaptation, Mimi and Elphie have similar range reqs. 
          Lea Michelle is just so bubblegum, she has no edge whatsoever… gah! i can’t think about this. I was going to say I’d be ok with her playing Galinda, but in many ways that part requires greater subtlety than Elphaba. Anne Hathaway would actually be a decent Galinda…  OK stopping now….

          • Glen Coleson

            can’t stop myself, can Marion Cotillard sing it? she could act it

  • http://www.anuttierlife.com/ Tillie

    A-freaking-men. 

  • Anonymous

    Agreed.  Stupid episode.  And I’ve never said that about any Glee ep before.  The whole “I’m a woman wronged, but now I got this sassy bob so I’m all good” was just…really??

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NWP6E7VB7EHLCCFKYDFGQQ5TX4 hannah

    I’m really disappointed that this show has basically become a device for pop artists to sell more of their latest songs on iTunes. Every episode has had so many CURRENT pop songs, and what I liked about Glee the first season was their reworking of songs from all genres and decades. I get the sense that they really tried to fit the story around the songs this season instead of first coming up with a great story and finding songs to enhance it. I really miss the dark, sarcastic, slightly bitter  show of last season. TLo hit it on the head when they say that it’s basically a serialized High School Musical. How disappointing.

    • Glen Coleson

      Well i agree with your premise, I would point out that there wasn’t a single current song in this episode. The closest thing to it was “Yeah” by Usher which came out 8 years ago or so.

  • Anonymous

    1) Puck playing the acordian.

    2) Finn and his “What’s salad nee-cozy?”

    The only 2 things in the whole episode that made me laugh. 

  • http://twitter.com/Megan_Burgess Megan

    This is the only season finale I’ve watched this season that didn’t leave us with a cliffhanger so basically, I feel no need to come back next season. I’ve been fast forwarding through all the musical numbers (“Yeah” and the original songs were the only ones I watched last night) so I’ve been watching for the story but that has just gotten so annoying. 

    Oh well, we’ll always have the first half of season 1.

  • Tamara Hogan

    Wish we could have seen a whole performance of “Yeah.” And the more I look at the outfit Rachel is wearing in the open number, the more it bugs me.  Seems like it would attract the pervs.  

  • Anonymous

    it’s kind of telling that the only song rattling around in my head today is the chevrolet commercial.  anyway, not a great episode. i wan’t rachel’s coat.  hated the girls’ competition costumes. quinn smiling at the end and welcoming them into the choir room was kind of disturbing and definitely off storyline.  i still look forward to the show every week though.  in my opinion, it’s much better than 99% of network t.v. so i’ll stick around.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nancy-Gee/689493217 Nancy Gee

    All season they’ve repeatedly made the point that Rachel is irritating and annoying.  So why oh why oh why are they zooming in on just HER and featuring just HER in every single plot point?  Both the Rachel character and the Lea actress who plays her are annoying, I don’t want to look at her, I don’t want to watch her, I don’t even want to listen to her note-for-note rip-off’s of Barbra Streisand, and I *really* don’t believe that all the males would be swirlling around her who are scripted to do so.  If this is going to devolve into “Funny Girl – the Lima Sequel”, then I’m out. 

    P.S.  hated all the music in this one.  The concept of “let’s write our own music” is the laziest and greediest idea I’ve ever seen.  This show has got to be scooping in money that would make Charlie Sheen faint, so what the hell are they spending it on if not to buy the rights to decent music?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Amen!  Her facial expressions when she sings annoy me, just as much as the character herself.  

  • Anonymous

    Ryan Murphy’s Guideline for Glee Writers

    1) Due to the time it takes to license, arrange and record the songs that are the actual money-makers for Glee, all episodes will be written simultaneously.  Since you will have no insight into what will be happening in the episodes immediately before or after yours, please reset each character to their basest stereotype at the beginning of each episode. We realize that this approach will have the same effect on the outcome as 9 women trying to have a baby in a month, but we don’t care.

    2) Due to aforementioned time constraints, you will be assigned your songs and musical scenes prior to beginning writing and it will be your job to weave a story around them.  Coherence is optional.

    3) Just to ensure that you don’t sneak an arc or consistent characterization within a single episode, in editing, we will randomly remove two scenes and insert musical numbers that we couldn’t fit into a prior or later episode.

    4) Stories will be told relentlessly from an adolescent point of view, which means that all adults are feckless idiots whose motives are unknown and unknowable and kids will be the center of attention in every scene, even for example, at their parents wedding.

    5) Disregarding Guideline #4 above, time will be collapsed as it is in the hazy memories adults have of high school days, so that only highlights remain and take place in a compressed timeframe.  Any interest that might be generated by the actual work of putting together and rehearsing a performance will be stricken.

    6) For the purposes of scriptwriting, assume an accident at a nuclear power plant near Lima, Ohio in the mid-nineties had the unlikely result that all the children truly are, as in Woebegone, good-looking.  Therefore, for scriptwriting purposes, assume beautiful actors are merely pretty, pretty actors are merely good-looking, good-looking actors are plain, and plain actors are hideously ugly.

    Hope this helps!  Good luck with the episode!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RK5MAF2VNT32ULNYFIXDANTEC4 Terence

      THIS.  Say it again.  Don’t stop. Don’t. Ever. Stop.

  • http://twitter.com/ianw_bklyn3 Ian Williams

    “We’ve been pointing out all season that the show decided to ignore its
    adult audience and appeal directly to the more-likely-to-buy-songs teen
    set. And that’s fine.”

    Actually, the decision to start pandering to teenagers is what killed this show in the first place.

    • Anonymous

      Gotta agree here.  The better Glee episodes this season–Blame it on the Alcohol, Sexy–have a more adult sensibility–even when they’re about the kids, it’s from a snarky adult perspective.  The show needs that–it works best when there’s an ironic dark comedy juxtaposed against the sincere ebullience of the singing.

  • http://twitter.com/m_blanch Michelle Blanchard

    Can we just discuss the EGREGIOUS waste of Patti Lupone? Dear god, if you’re going to spend two seasons mooning over her world class talent,  why put her in the episode and then only feed her some lame lines about following your dreams? OH COME ON.

    • Anonymous

      Hell, why cast Cheyenne Jackson and never have him perform a number?  Or, for that matter, why have Matthew Morrison and Cheyenne Jackson together and not use them for a duet?

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t seen the episode yet, just read your recap. But I do agree that the show has been in a sophomore slump this season.

    I simply LOVE the song ‘For Good’, so I was glad to see Rachel & Kurt sing it. And I’m always glad to see them getting along because  I’ve always thought the antagonism between them made no sense.

    –GothamTomato

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    I know FOX Entertainment considers itself separate from FOX News but I consider that a complete bunch of arse so I made a decision last year that I wouldn’t start watching anything new on the network; I was going to stick with Bones and with Glee and see them out but add nothing new.

    As I find myself more and more frequently fast-forwarding through the musical numbers on Glee it seems that perhaps I’m done with show.  Not in a ‘flinging all my toys out of the pram tantrumesque’ kind of way, it’s more of a ‘meh’.  I’m not a fan of the ‘original’ songs and am no longer invested in either the characters or the performers.

    As for Bones (apologies for being off topic) I’m actually hoping it gets cancelled.  Hart Hanson has clearly lost interest in it and if his new show (the pilot for which was shoehorned into a Bones episode in an incredibly gag-inducing way) gets picked up he’ll leave anyhow.  Let’s just get Booth and Bones together and leave them with a happy ending.  They also killed off my favourite Squint – the bastards.

    So – I’m FOX FREE, hooray!

    Eclectic

  • Anonymous

    I enjoyed the episode and enjoy Glee on the whole more than T&Lo do but I still agree with a lot of what they had to say about this episode and Glee’s future.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=4903918 Ashley Johnson

    Though I haven’t seen this episode yet, I’m going to agree with your general assessment of this season. I love this show because of the first season and that’s what made me sit through this not entirely great second season.

    I hate the direction they took every single character, with the exception of maybe 2. They made Sue out to be a caricature of her former awesome self. Brittany used to be adorably clueless, but I found a lot of her actions in the second season to be a bit cruel. Rachel, while slightly annoying, wasn’t this whiny, needy person that they’ve turned her into in the second season. And did the Glee writing team take some kind of drug to erase the fact that in the first season Tina, Rachel, Mercedes, and Kurt were good friends? That’s one of the things that truly bugged me about this entire season.

    And the music, the thing that brought me to this show; it was just lackluster this season. Sure, there were some standouts, and I absolutely loved that they used Santana more. But I hate that Mercedes and Artie, two of the best singers, were put on the backburner and used rarely. I would love to see more musically from Puck, Quinn, and Tina. Those three can really sing, but they were not used as they should have been (singing or plot) considering their status on the show was always meant to be higher than someone like Brittany (who was used more).

    Overall, they need to go back to the formula of the first season. And get rid of that Finn and Rachel mess. Give me Puck and Rachel any day!

  • http://twitter.com/NancyW12 Nancy Woodard

    I was floored last night when an ad was broadcast for a Glee reality show and the winner would get a role on next year’s cast. Oxygen network, I think? Which then led me to think about who was getting ready to age-out of the cast and who’s moving on. It would seem to me that the Puckerman, Santana, and Finn actors are very close to not being able to go on and Lea has to be getting ready to bail. So that could leave the Mercedes, Sam, and Kurt characters as the leads, bring back Sunshine, and add in someone new (or three). It would also be fun to see Schu bail and Sue take over the Glee club.
    And a 2 week limited edition movie shown in August right when the kids are whiny? I almost puked when the first thought that came to mind was that horrifically awful Hannah Montana movie a few years back.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5EB3A4Y6C5QYV5VWQJVKTBXPJA Mark

      Ryan Murphy should focus more on getting the story back under control and a little less on self-promotion. That show just seems like a way for Ryan to get his mug out there.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5EB3A4Y6C5QYV5VWQJVKTBXPJA Mark

      Ryan Murphy should focus more on getting the story back under control and a little less on self-promotion. That show just seems like a way for Ryan to get his mug out there.

  • Glen Coleson

    Thing thing that annoyed me most about this episode wasn’t the shameless promotion of Morrison’s sure-to-fail solo career, or the latest chapter of “Lea Michelle auditions for every major broadway show, on TV!” or the heave inducing Finn/Rachel scenes. No, no i fast forwarded through all of those, what i hated most was the original songs.

    I didn’t hate them because they were bad (which they were), but because they were used at the expense of so many other options that would have been, you know, fun.

    Two examples, why on earth didn’t they do “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and why didn’t Finn do “Take a Chance on Me” he says the name of the damn song for gods sake.

    I think i’m done with Glee, Brittany and Santana are the only characters I’m remotely interested in anymore, and i’m not willing to sit through the whole show for them anymore.

  • Anonymous

    Agree with most of the posters that this episode sucked hard.  I totally hate the Schu character (and Matt Morrison also skeeves me out), but him going from wanting broadway more than anything to choosing the kids without any sort of reflection/turmoil, etc. was beyond stupid.  The writers should at least have had him stay in NYC, do the show with April over the summer and come back to Lima in the fall with his tails between his legs.  I also don’t love the original music – I guess the producers do this because they get more money from the songs that way.  The show needs new writers and Ryan Murphy needs to get his head out of his arse.

  • Amanda in Austin

    I agree with EVERYTHING you said. I decided last night that it might be time for me to break up with “Glee.” The finale was uber-disappointing, and it is now painfully obvious the show creators have decided to use it to make dough rather than have a good creative tv show. That’s their prerogative, but I’m not going to be a part of it. I’m sad, too, because I was so passionate about the show in the beginning. Le sigh.

    And I just have to add the “Quinn gets a haircut” thing was probably the stupidest non sequitur Glee has ever had. It was truly jaw-dropping in its stupidity and its subsequent unimportance.

  • Anonymous

    Christ. Of course Rachel and Kurt sang For Good on the stage of Wicked. 

    Of. Fucking. Course.

    And no, Kurt, Wicked is not one of the greatest musicals ever written. Go check out some Sondheim, then we’ll talk.

  • http://twitter.com/leasetegn Lea Setegn

    YES YES YES!

    And if that song is an example of what we’ll find on Matthew Morrison’s album – well, the only people buying it will be teenage Gleeks. Because that song was HORRID. I’m not sure if it was him or the juvenile lyrics, but it was BAD.

  • http://visceralresponse.com Dina dV

    Everything I needed to know about how they’d screw up this season was present when they cast Cheyenne Freakin’ Jackson as the new Vocal Adrenaline coach and proceeded to drop the whole rivalry/obsession storyline and never let him sing once.  Why cast someone like Jackson when all the character was required to do was look pretty and cock an eyebrow?  I mean, I like looking at Jackson as much as the next person, but I’ll google image search him, because that’s where the good stuff is, anyway.  Here, he was just so, so, so much wasted talent.

  • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

    I wish someone who writes for this show would read your blog and take a few things to heart.  I’ve had almost no interest in “Glee” this season and I loved season 1.  

  • MilaXX

    I was pretty much underwhelmed by last night’s ep as well. I agree with you that New Directions should have lost and also that they should always be also rans until they are ready to turn over a new cast. I’m sorry but the Mercedes/Sam hook up is completely out of left field and really just goes on to further show the writer’s have no clue what to do with Mercedes as a character. This pairing just feels like a slap dash attempt to pacify the people asking why Mercedes is the only one without a boyfriend. The only musical number I liked was “For Good” from Wicked. In fact looking at that made me think Chris Colfer would make a great Boq.

    Anyway, I just got my season 1 DVD thanks to bzzagent so I’m going t have a marathon and remind myself why I fell in love with the show in the first place.

  • http://diaryofaconsumerpunchingbag.blogspot.com/ Laura Ann Springer

    Anyone who didn’t see that they wouldn’t win or even place in the top ten has no knowledge of how TV world really works. I knew 15 minutes into that they would not win or place, the pace was too slow to allow that. Loved the scene of Santana freaking out and screaming about Lima Heights Adjacent…Laughed my ass off. BTW am I the only girl out here that was happy about Sam and Mercedes….Those two need something good and they are good together.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm…you know, I pretty much agree with everything you two are saying, but somehow that didn’t add up for me to an episode that sucked.  Maybe I’m just more willing to look at it more from a high-school perspective?  From that standpoint, Rachel and Finn really ARE “the star-cross’d lovers of Lima,” so the arc makes more sense.  And while the haircut plot point was really stupid, I actually think Quinn’s character has been pretty consistent – she’s always looked out for herself first, and just does whatever she needs to do to get what she wants, whether it’s making friends with Mercedes when she becomes a cheerleader, or scheming to undermine Rachel’s interest in Finn.  As for the weak plotting, that’s pretty much always been an issue, so I don’t see the point of getting angry about it now. I do agree that they’ve made some major mistakes this season in dropping Mr. Schu as a real character and letting song selection drive the plot, but again, this seems an odd time to get upset about it.

    Overall, I thought this episode was fine.  Not memorable, and that’s too bad, but fine.  I hope next season is better, but I’m still happy to watch.

  • http://twitter.com/vintagegoddess just julie

    Yeah. Not happy.
    The Cup Song, buying a large T-short for Lord Tubbington, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Rachel’s pretty blue chiffon dress were the highlights for me.

    • Anonymous

      You’re right, that was some dress. I also liked Santana’s green and yellow ensemble in the opening number.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1300944726 Mindy Rowand Schmidt

    All you have to do is to go back and watch the pilot episode to see how much they have deviated from the original snarky twisted fun it was in the beginning.  I still like the show, but I’m yearning for the writers to go back to the original feel  – It was like HSM for the cynical and twisted and I loved that.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LILQ4ZRNHZBADXFQGCMRZVKKDI Maggie

    Glee’s been annoying me like crazy all season. Every episode gets more worse. I’m SO sick of the Kurt/Blaine plotline which seems to have taken center stage, the life lessons, all the new characters, the unbelieveable plot, the Warblers, and the show basically focusing on the teen romances. I’m a teen and frankly I liked it better when one of the major plotlines was the Will/Emma thing. Me and my brother (who is also a teen) cheered when Will and Emma kissed in season one, and grumbled at the T.V. when Blaine and Kurt kissed. 
    And you know what drives me nuts? 
    “Kurt, you inspire me”
    “Kurt, Im crazy about you”
    “Kurt, I love you”
    Yeah, we get it Blaine.
    I love Darren Criss for his A Very Potter Musical claim to fame (even if it were only on the internet) but I HATE Blaine. He’s annoying and makes the show strictly for teenagers. All of my friends love the Warblers and have asked to me to give them the Warblers C.D. on itunes, but hate the rest of the music and cast. And if you ever go on Tumblr, which I doubt anyone does here since his website is mostly for adults, you will literally band your head againest the computer. It’s filled only with Kurt/Blaine obsessed blogs and millions of pictures and posts about how much they love Klaine, Brittanta, Finchel etc. I’m SO sick of Blaine and Kurt. I miss the days when Kurt was just another part of the cast and not the main focus of the show.

  • http://twitter.com/drnels Nels P. Highberg

    I loved this episode.  But that may be because it reminded me of my friends and I going to regionals for theatre and how we acted just like these kids, like it was the biggest deal in the world when the trip was really about all of us just having fun and being together creating memories we still talk about over twenty years later.

    As for Rachel buying tickets to “Cats” and not knowing the show was no longer running?  Please.  You can’t tell me the girl went less than a week without singing “Memory” nonstop when it closed.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you.  Wow, that episode was painful.  The only thing I liked was Kurt telling Blaine about it and the two of them actually seeming like a believable couple–i.e. they like one another.

    I got that parts of it were supposed to be a spin on old NY musicals, but geez there has to be some sort point A to point B plotwise–Will’s struggle–oh, over in two seconds.  WTF?  Why even bother?

    It just hurts when you compare it to the two ends of Season One.  

    I’ve seen more continuity watching Lady Gaga videos on YouTube.

  • Anonymous

    Even Patti Lupone looked bored and so over it.  A fashion note: Brittany had the best outfit in the opening New York scene.  The white pants, suspenders, hat looked great and fresh, less costume than some of the others.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, I don’t know, you guys.  It’s just a TV show!  Lighten up!

    Maybe you need to watch the episode again?  I watched it again today, and I see how it was a total New York Fantasy via the golden age of Broadway & Hollywood.  “You got talent, kid!”  “Of course you can stay on the stage and do a production number — you got 15 minutes!”  The opening “New York, New York” number was adorable, in an upside-down “On the Town” kinda way.  The “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” homage, the retro clothing, the Bella Notte strolling accordian number, dinner at Sardi’s (who does that anymore?), the smiling friendly cops, the lack of tourists clogging up the sidewalks…I live here, and believe me:  this ain’t New York.  But it is every show queen’s fantasy of New York.  It was a bright candy-colored valentine to making it in show business, and as such, it was really sweet.

    At the end when hell no, they don’t even place in nationals, the bubble bursts and they all revert to sniping and screaming at each other.  I still think it’s one of the better shows on television right now, and I will give it a moment to find its pace.

    • Anonymous

      I had dinner at Sardi’s not long ago. They have a great prix fixe early Wednesday dinner upstairs for B’way folks who come in between the matinee and night performances. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone I told you.

  • Ann Silberlicht

    A disappointing finale to a disappointing season. I removed Glee from my DVR list. I’ll just follow your recaps next season.

  • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

    Rachel is making something right by giving a thumbs up? Yikes. Santana’s freak out was the best part of the episode. And I believe Kurt’s returning I love you. He had that dewy eyed Kurt look. (what is this best friend nonsense? We’re not going to have to deal with a whole year of Santana hesitating over Brit are we?)

  • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

    Rachel is making something right by giving a thumbs up? Yikes. Santana’s freak out was the best part of the episode. And I believe Kurt’s returning I love you. He had that dewy eyed Kurt look. (what is this best friend nonsense? We’re not going to have to deal with a whole year of Santana hesitating over Brit are we?)

  • http://twitter.com/Daleksneedhugs Megan

    I would totally watch a Rachel/Kurt/Blaine spin-off set in New York. As long as it has a different (consistent) set of writers.

  • http://twitter.com/Daleksneedhugs Megan

    I would totally watch a Rachel/Kurt/Blaine spin-off set in New York. As long as it has a different (consistent) set of writers.

  • Lauen newman

    I think the Rachel who is career driven and will do anything to be the star is much more interesting than pining for Finn Rachel. I wish Quinn would start plotting. And I really, really hope next season will be better.

  • Anonymous

    Having been in a show choir in NW Ohio, I understand that you must suspend disbelief for a show like Glee… but really?  A dozen 16-yr-olds on an official school trip to NYC with ONE chaperone?  And one that leaves them to wander the city at random?

    Really?  You can decide to pull out of a new Broadway show just before opening – well, apparently the casting was a huge secret, and the show has no PR people publicizing the cast since no one knew about Shue?  

    Really? Broadway ushers (why are they there during the day, anyway?) are sweet, encouraging folks who let anyone onstage at any time- and leave them alone?  And stagehands will have a ghost light out, but will leave on the stage lighting?  

    There’s just so much stupid in this show- and it’s only getting worse.  You knew they wouldn’t win- not because of a kiss, but because their songs and staging sucked so much.  

  • Anonymous

    Having been in a show choir in NW Ohio, I understand that you must suspend disbelief for a show like Glee… but really?  A dozen 16-yr-olds on an official school trip to NYC with ONE chaperone?  And one that leaves them to wander the city at random?

    Really?  You can decide to pull out of a new Broadway show just before opening – well, apparently the casting was a huge secret, and the show has no PR people publicizing the cast since no one knew about Shue?  

    Really? Broadway ushers (why are they there during the day, anyway?) are sweet, encouraging folks who let anyone onstage at any time- and leave them alone?  And stagehands will have a ghost light out, but will leave on the stage lighting?  

    There’s just so much stupid in this show- and it’s only getting worse.  You knew they wouldn’t win- not because of a kiss, but because their songs and staging sucked so much.  

  • http://profiles.google.com/kbryna kbryna frogboots

    As someone who has a strong dislike of musicals and sentimental fluff, I can say that the High School Musical franchise is much better than this episode of Glee could ever hope to be. I watched all three HSMs, some more than once, and though fluffy, predictable and shiny, they are all far more consistent, coherent and adept at conveying character than Glee has been of late. I would never argue that HSM is *great* – but it is better than what Glee has devolved to.
    I also have huge issues with Rachel’s idiotic “My true love is Broadway.” I don’t for one second doubt that such teenagers exist, but I don’t buy it from her. She has consistently come across as a bratty spoiled diva who thinks she is a huge fish in a tiny pond, who demands attention and the spotlight and who has lusted and panted after Finn since day one – NOT as a person who is truly committed to her art. Rachel doesn’t love music or singing or acting – she loves *getting attention.* Maybe this is what motivates all great performers, I don’t know, but it surely is neither interesting nor appealing to watch. And I don’t believe that a 16-year-old girl whose multi-year LoveCrush is suddenly hers for the taking would turn him down because she doesn’t want anything coming between her and Broadway (when there is no Broadway immediately present). How is Finn holding her back from anything? He’s like the dopiest, most supportive nerd ever.
    One thing I DID like, to my surprise: the Jesse St James-as-critic/coach. He’s got an edge when he talks to everyone but Rachel, and it’s great. JESSE is the ruthless, nothing gets between me and my broadway character; Rachel just pouts and whines and doesn’t understand why everyone doesn’t like HER best?

    the laziness and crappiness of this episode, and most of this season, have really made me angry.

  • http://profiles.google.com/kbryna kbryna frogboots

    As someone who has a strong dislike of musicals and sentimental fluff, I can say that the High School Musical franchise is much better than this episode of Glee could ever hope to be. I watched all three HSMs, some more than once, and though fluffy, predictable and shiny, they are all far more consistent, coherent and adept at conveying character than Glee has been of late. I would never argue that HSM is *great* – but it is better than what Glee has devolved to.
    I also have huge issues with Rachel’s idiotic “My true love is Broadway.” I don’t for one second doubt that such teenagers exist, but I don’t buy it from her. She has consistently come across as a bratty spoiled diva who thinks she is a huge fish in a tiny pond, who demands attention and the spotlight and who has lusted and panted after Finn since day one – NOT as a person who is truly committed to her art. Rachel doesn’t love music or singing or acting – she loves *getting attention.* Maybe this is what motivates all great performers, I don’t know, but it surely is neither interesting nor appealing to watch. And I don’t believe that a 16-year-old girl whose multi-year LoveCrush is suddenly hers for the taking would turn him down because she doesn’t want anything coming between her and Broadway (when there is no Broadway immediately present). How is Finn holding her back from anything? He’s like the dopiest, most supportive nerd ever.
    One thing I DID like, to my surprise: the Jesse St James-as-critic/coach. He’s got an edge when he talks to everyone but Rachel, and it’s great. JESSE is the ruthless, nothing gets between me and my broadway character; Rachel just pouts and whines and doesn’t understand why everyone doesn’t like HER best?

    the laziness and crappiness of this episode, and most of this season, have really made me angry.

  • http://profiles.google.com/stevens.abby A. W. Stevens

    I was just bored by this ep.  All the original songs were terrible.  I could have watched it as the ep aired but chose to watch a murder-mystery doc on ID instead because Mama needs her FFwd button via her DVR.  Praise Jeebahs I made THAT decision.   On a positive note, Lea Michelle’s acting is getting better and less guppy-like.  LOVED the Patti Lupone cameo…

  • Anonymous

    I miss laughing until the tears come out of my eyes.  That is what has been missing.

  • Anonymous

    I miss laughing until the tears come out of my eyes.  That is what has been missing.

  • g8rbait

    The obvious Autotune during the New Directions Nationals performance was over-the-top ludicrous. These are supposed to be high school kids singing in a competition, not machines.

  • Elizabeth Chan

    This episode sucks. I’m actually still in the middle of it and you kind of spoiled it for me but then again, I am in the middle of the episode and forgot that they were competing. I thought it was just an episode homage to New York. And Rachel Berry. 

    I guess this is the appealing to teens thing – Rachel is the main character so no matter how annoying and mean she is, and no matter how pretty, talented and fun all the rest of the girls are, she’s going to have 2 guys go after her all the time. I guess this is a fairy tale? And seriously, Santana, Brittany and Quinn are gorgeous and not as annoying. SBQ are actually my favorite people in the show now. And Mike Chang but I can’t keep watching 42 minutes/week for a glimpse of Mike Chang.

    I don’t know what happened to Kurt either. He’s a very slick gay caricature. 

    Please stop watching Glee! If you stop blogging, I won’t have any reason to continue watching this dreck. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMIFZ6A7BHP66M546AO77BWVQ4 Bonnie

    I didn’t even watch it.  “Glee” has lost its way, and it’s also lost me as a viewer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/suzie.vazquez Suzie Vazquez

    i stopped watching a few seasons ago. just got too.. blah. it was fun once.

  • http://innerkitchen.wordpress.com/ Mrigaa

    The “Oh My God, We’re in New York” stuff was also a little over the top. While I appreciate that show choir kids from Ohio might have mythical feelings about the city, it was literally in every single line in the show. I love New York in as much as the next person, but it was totally ridiculous in this episode.

    I did, however, love Blaine’s adoringly-resigned “I love you” at the end of the episode. With his hand on his face like that, it really just said everything about why he loves Kurt. (Because Kurt is a gay paragon — haha.)

    I hope you guys are happy the season is finally over and we can bitch about street fashion instead.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MGZMV724XHJKCDNJLRFTLDBGP4 Ashley

    TLo, I love you. You always say what I’m thining.
    About 25 minutes into the show I was checking my watch, thinking “it MUST be over soon, right!??!” bad sign when something drags like that… Glee used to be so FUNNY! what happened? Now I feel like a grown-up watching a kids show. Lame.

  • http://blue-again.myopenid.com/ blue

    I agree. Horrible episode. Just boring. The only good number was the one by the all-girl group.

    And I’m as willing to suspend my disbelief as the next person…but arriving in New York without having *written* the songs they’re going to sing much less practice performing them, working out the choreography, etc. Completely ridiculous.

    I did think the Patti Lupone and Breakfast at Tiffany’s moments were nice though.

  • http://profiles.google.com/marteani Barbara Guttman

    Here’s my problem.  If I don’t like the song, I can skip it and enjoy the humor of the plot. If the plot is frustratingly insipid (ie: focuses on the Rachel/Finn “romance”) then I can skip and enjoy the songs.

    I skipped so much badly written, badly selected, badly executed bullshit in this episode that I watched about 17 minutes of actual footage.  

    This is not a good sign.

  • Anonymous

    I’m with you guys on just about everything, except for the way the show handled the results of the competition. Of course I thought ND shouldn’t win, but are we really supposed to believe that the single reason for their loss was the unscripted kiss? Seriously? When the competing choirs had actual choreography that looked like it was actually rehearsed? It annoys me that we’re supposed to believe that the ND performance could have even placed 12th, let alone that they could have won if it wasn’t for that pesky kiss. And it would have made for better story telling if the show were more honest–that even though they may be charming underdogs they simply aren’t as good as the best show choirs in the country. Wouldn’t that give them more to work with, story-telling wise, next year?

  • Caryn Mintz

    There is no excuse for the amount of plot and character inconsistencies this show has when you only have 3 writers (counting the show runner) writing the majority of the episodes. I originally thought that Glee had a big writing crew and a bad script supervisor/show runner… but apparently it’s 3 main writers who don’t bother to read each other’s scripts.

    I had worried after seeing the great pilot, since Ryan Murphy’s known for coming up with great concepts and then running them into the ground, but even I was surprised at the speed in which he destroyed Glee.

    What a waste.

    • http://phdoula.blogspot.com Rebecca

      I remember the concern at the beginning was that he would neglect it like he did Nip/Tuck and he promised he wouldn’t abandon Glee the same way…apparently you can also be TOO dedicated to something.

  • Caryn Mintz

    ack! A double post, sorry.

  • Anonymous

     I’ll add, though, that  I thought Brittany dancing and singing about her cup was hysterical.

  • Jared Jamesson

    Pretty sure they didn’t place at Nationals because YOU AREN’T ALLOWED TO LIVE-AUTO-TUNE YOUR SINGING IN A SINGING COMPETITION. I mean, really, what was going on with Santana’s voice there? And hers was just the most noticeable. (That said, the song itself is a pretty decent, catchy little pop number.)

  • Anonymous

    It appears that the writers on Glee spent about as much time on this episode as the kids did on writing, choreographing and practicing their numbers for Nationals.  I am totally willing to suspend my disbelief, but the idea that these kids could create and learn new competition songs in a few hours is beyond ridiculous.  And the notion that Rachel would not know that Cats closed ages ago is ludicrous. (It would have been far more fitting in the world of Glee if Brittany had bought those tickets.) This was worse than lazy writing.  It was lazy, stupid, boring, “let’s get this season over with and lay the groundwork for a Rachel/Kurt spinoff” writing. Terrible.

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  • http://phdoula.blogspot.com Rebecca

    AMEN! I found this episode completely flat – I could not generate a single genuine emotion about the plot and I couldn’t even really work up any nostalgia for NYC, it was such a sterilized set piece. (Although I did like the nods they gave to classic New York movie montages.)  It wasn’t until the last few minutes back in Lima that I realized hey, slight character advancements taking place! and got even a tiny bit invested. The finale being one of the weaker episodes of the season? This is just sad.

    A hiatus and a writer’s room are both sorely, sorely needed because someone needs to get the 3 head writers back off the crazy train.

    But: I admit I will be back, although with a lower threshold for bailing out on this series than at any time before.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Agreed! I was so disappointed with this episode. The only things I liked were the Kurt-Rachel number (because it’s Wicked, the staging sucked but they were on the Wicked stage, so that’s what matters), Mercedes-Sam (because Mercedes deserves a plot line and for her to be someone other than the token Black girl who belts out the closing notes of songs), the adorable face of Darren as he said “I love you” to Kurt, and the nostalgic feeling I got for NYC while watching it. The original songs were TERRIBLE, I hated Mr. Shue’s number, and the haircut to cure heartbreak? Really? REALLY?

    I like Glee and everything, but this season was definitely disappointing for the most part. Still love the addition of Darren Criss and I love the bullying and gay advocacy plotlines, but the show has definitely lost its original spark. Let’s hope they can get it back on hiatus. I just worry that the Glee-money-making-machine is so worried about iTunes downloads and the concert tour that the won’t find what they’ve lost as the show has gotten so popular. Fingers crossed that they do.

  • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

    I remember high school quite well, and I find this show oddly believable.  Yeah, none of the characters are consistent — which makes for bad television — but I don’t know many teenagers who are either.  Shue and Emma and Sue, however, have no excuse.  They just suck.

    The one thing that surprises me is that you guys didn’t mention the godawful boots!  They wore those horrid boots AGAIN!  Why for the love of God would they do that???

    And as for realism, I’d like to know how you go from Sectionals to Regionals to… Nationals?  Really?  Isn’t there usually a State level first?  And why does Glee (and the Brainiacs, apparently) never have any money?  Is Lima the only school in America that doesn’t have to provide equal budgets to organizations?  Our choir, academic bowl, and speech competition teams were always more than flush, because we had to be given equal budgets to the football team even though we needed almost nothing and they needed a fortune worth of equipment?  Hell, when our academic team won at Regionals, our coach took us on a shopping spree because we had 15K banked from our last 3 years of budget.

  • Anonymous

    I knew this season had ended badly when I chose going on a last minute date despite being utterly exhausted over chilling out at home to watch the finale. When I finally got around to it, I basically checked out when Lucy Caboosey had to tell Rachel Berry and Kurt Hummel that Cats had been closed for a while. Are you serious right now Glee?

    And yeah the shots of the kids all over NY were cute but what a complete waste of money and time. Do they really think we the viewers are that stupid? We’ll throw a bunch of pretty scenery at them and maybe they’ll forget that nothing of worth is actually happening?

    Add in the vomit inducing “why doesn’t anyone love me? It’s not because I’m a self-absorbed shrew is it. oh never mind, I’ll get a haircut, all better,” basically everything that Finn and Schue said or did, the random ‘please buy Matthew Morrison’s album’ performance, the crap original songs, the implication that females have to pick career or love they can’t have both (would that story line even be an issue if Rachel were male?), the destruction of the Finchel relationship all season and then the show all of a sudden trying to make us care about them, the gross misuse of Jonathan Groff and Cheyenne Jackson and the over use of every other guest star, the fact that the music this season was more about iTunes sales than anything, so on, and the episode was just plain awful and the entire season doesn’t come off looking much better.

    And why do people keep insisting that Lea Michele is auditioning for such and such show whenever she sings a Broadway song on the show? What news am I missing? Because Chris Colfer was right there singing Wicked with her and working through the Gypsy catalog but that’s apparently okay? Double standard much?

  • Lisa

    It might not have been perfect, but the two moments for me:

    1.  Kurt and Rachel having their own “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” while “Moon River” played softly in the background.  (One of the screen shots of them standing in front of the store is now my wallpaper).
    2.  ”For Good.”

    Both times, I sniffled up and cried.  So yeah, I’m a sap.

  • Anonymous

    I’m watching it right now, and I keep stepping out to check Facebook etc.  I really, really wanted to like this episode– I was a stage choir geek, a girl who wanted to live in NYC, and, well— yawn.  I’m phoning it in.  

  • Anonymous

    Ugh, that was sooooooo disappointing.  Usually I watch for the music, but I found everything so darn lackluster.  Sigh.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Petrison/1022054303 David Petrison

    I read this before I saw the episode, and I was prepared to think it was an “Underrated Artists” episode of horror.  But it wasn’t that bad.  In the grand scheme of things, it was fun and good-hearted, and the Wicked number made sense.  I feel like Rachel became sorta kinda interesting again, and I think they have been working towards making Finn the honorable center of the show again, and it’s starting to work.  The Mr. Schu number was one of the most god-awful things I’ve ever heard though, and the plot thread that they got to New York without having any material planned out is so absurd on nearly every level that I don’t know how they went ahead with filming it.  They’re like the ultimate slacker group, and with that mindset, 12th place is pretty good.

  • Anonymous

    Are the producers investors in Wicked or something? It seems every week we get a song or some other sort of plug for it. Also deeply disappointed not to see April Rhodes in this episode despite the tease of her marquee.

  • http://twitter.com/Kikishua Crishna Simmons

    I really liked Rachel’s stripey coat.  But I dozed through most of the episode.

  • http://twitter.com/crush_onyou crush on you

    Let’s see. As I see it, good points were:

    • The whole Rachel/Kurt scene, from the ‘breakfast at Tiffanys’ to their Wicked duet. Just cute. Love their friendship, it makes perfect sense and has been developed since their great Streisand/Garland duet. Even Chris Colfer has said he relates much to Rachel’s character.
    • ‘My cup’ was just hilarious, and we get to see Brittany dancing and a duet with Artie. That kid’s a great singer, and has been support for tons of songs from the whole group. I would love to see another dream sequence so he gets to dance again.
    • That last bit with Kurt and Blaine in the cafeteria. Just my thing :) (But why did Kurt feel a bit slow and rushed to answer?)

    The bad points were:

    • This thing with the Cats tickets: I think that line was originally Brittany’s, answered by Rachel, but for some reason they decided to hand it over to Rachel/Quinn. And this way, it doesn’t make ANY sense at all. Both Rachel and Kurt should know perfectly well this show was over. Guy passed the credit card thru his butt? Really? When did Rachel get so dumb? It was so out of character, it wasn’t even funny.
    • They trying to write-rehearse-coreograph-polish original songs two days before the competition. Accordingly, the songs were awful. I agree that they didn’t lose because of the kiss; it was just the songs were completely awful and forgettable. I usually think of Glee’s musical numbers as if they came from a Bollywood movie, but there’s only so much suspension of disbelief I can take. These are Nationals. They should really have something prepared, and it must be good. Originals here just didn’t work.
    • Really. They’re kids, but not small children. Pillow fights?
    • That Rachel’s finally got what she has aspired the whole 2 seasons and only now decides she’s not sure she *really* wants to be with Finn. Yawn.
    • The whole Quinn plot this ep was silly. In the last ep she said she had some plans for NewYork. In the teaser she told Finn that they should quit glee club. And now she only sits there and sobs, gets a (magic??) haircut and is fine? Where did it all go?
    • Mr Schu’s performance was ok (guy can sing), but it was so clearly marketing for Morrison’s new album it was just awkward. And he gets to sing in an empty stage, and then he realizes he still wants to stick with the kids? Meh. Fizzled and died, this one.
    • Sam and Mercedes. I, too, think she’s been passed over way too many times in the character development, but this last-minute hookup with Sam feels exactly like that: let’s get this over with. Hook her up with somebody —anybody! That he asks her to dance in the prom doesn’t count; what he said was so exactly what she wanted, he could perfectly have been scripted by Rachel. He hasn’t showed any interest in her before. Or she in him, for that matter. So no, I don’t buy it.
    • Kurt and/or Blaine not noticing this? I know they were busy/ in a big moment, but not even a weird look?

    Apart from that, I must say I liked the NewYork song, because it felt like they wrote it in a hurry but were just happy to be singing it right there. Then I read it’s really a Madonna song. WHAT!? No wonder I never heard about it; the lyrics are terrible!

    I’m really sad to be saying this, but these last episodes, and particularly this one, were just BORING. When it was over I was even kind of relieved. Sucks (with that Blaine smirk included).

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_56IJZ7RZDXXF4E5ZNJTSYWTPWQ crush on you

      Um, so that’s what it was! It certainly showed. http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/popwrap/well_this_explains_lot_ugsTJ8AYi1sGdQbbVbkk6O

  • gman thebrave

    I love the joke from J. Chris Newberg when he said the
    Calico Hearts would explain the jokes to Piers after the show.  Nothing in the entire season was better than
    this act by J. in any way.  Congratulations
    J. because I think you will be so famous on YouTube after that roast.  I rarely have a chance to watch TV at home
    any more as work is becoming more demanding, summer activities to take the kids
    to and dates with my wife.  That’s why I
    love my DISH Network employee Sling adapter so much that I found out about
    because of a special free offer http://bit.ly/k80U6m
    and I get my favorite shows in like AGT when I have spare time but away
    from home.  Now that they are showing the
    big acts I can’t help but watch the first change I get.
     

  • thehousesparrow

    The whole thing at the end about Mercedes and Sam was stupid.  They would have done a better job at showing them dating and not making it a big deal.

  • thehousesparrow

    The whole thing at the end about Mercedes and Sam was stupid.  They would have done a better job at showing them dating and not making it a big deal.