Glee Review: Lots of Luck, Santana

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A funny, touching, entertaining Glee episode that didn't feature a single line from Sue Sylvester?!? I never thought I'd see the day.

But that's exactly what transpired on "Silly Love Songs," as the show stopped feeling like a Public Service Announcement for a week and actually focused on well-paced, well-written relationship developments among its core characters.

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It's no secret that I wasn't a fan of Sunday's post-Super Bowl episode and I can explain why: on that installment, it felt as though the storylines were constructed after the musical numbers. It's clear the show wanted to base everything around the Thriller mash-up at halftime and worked out from there. Storytelling suffered as a result (little build-up to the Quinn/Finn kiss, Karofsky somehow being embraced by Will simply because he was good at singing).

Compare that to "Silly Love Songs." We spent a great deal of time with characters this week, actually delving into the Kurt/Blaine dynamic, for example, instead of just watching Kurt ogle his crush during a Blaine solo (seriously, does any other Warbler sing?!?).

It was refreshing to get to know Blaine a lot better, especially considering Glee addressed how he's seemed a bit too perfect this whole time. Turns out, he's as confused as most high school students. He just hides it behind his confident singing ability.

It's all about the characters coming first. Every performance this week tied perfectly into relationship drama that has been playing out all season (Rachel pining/getting over Finn on "Firework," Kurt standing strong in the face of loneliness on "Silly Love Songs," Puck making it clear how much he likes "Fat Bottomed Girls." Okay, almost every performance.)

I never felt preached to at any point, despite the fact that Kurt and Rachel both passed along an important message about not relying on someone else for your self-worth. But the message was organic, it flowed from their recent experiences, not from a contrived musical number or sudden development.

Also, Lauren was hilarious. I'm fully on board Team Luck. And what a nice showcase for Santana. She was humanized while also keeping her edge... and looking incredible in a candy striper outfit.

A great Glee episode overall. The music was reflective of various individuals' struggles and triumphs, which ought to be the goal every week. I'll say it again: characters need to come first.

Now, let's reincorporate Sue, sprinkle some sarcastic one-liners into the mix and finish season two strong!


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Finn and Quinn will be BORING. Quinn was becoming a likeable character with Cutie Sam. So, now we will see what Santana does to poor Sam. Who knows, maybe she'll teach him a thing or too without destroying him and maybe Sam will make Santana show a more vulnerable human side. I think it would even be interesting to see something between Sam and Rachel down the road. I'm so over FINN.


Loved everything except the return to Finn and Quinn. Although this show is about high schoolers, I never really feel like I'm watching two awkward high school kids...until this. Bleh, I say! Other than that, though, it was wonderful.


Really not liking Finn at the moment. Biggest hypocrite in the world. Loved Rachel's 'Firework'. Hopefully the writers will make her move on from being a pathetic, love-lorn, groveling person. Finn doesn't deserve her. Puckleberry made me smile during last eps 'Need You Now' rendition. Other than that, this ep was great. Actual character developments, I even liked Santana.


the episode was good but i really don't feel the development between finn and quinn... i want finchel back!
and i don't understand why basically everyone on glee is a cheater? why can't anyone just commit to ONE realtionship?
why are they always trying NOT to have sex with each other although being together and in love and then just go and do it with someone else?
i love glee but i hate that they are obviously trying to tell me that THAT is normal behavior and that it's ok to act like that (since everyone is doing it...)


Finn is the biggest hypocrite ever. He wont get back together with Rachel because she cheated on him with Puck but he is making out with a girl (Quinn) when she has a boyfriend so isn't pretty much the same thing? This is so ridiculous and no matter how much I love Finchel I was really happy when Rachel sang Firework so now she can just move on and Finn can continue to be the biggest jerk on the show right now.


I miss finchel! and i loved when Finn said "stop it your beautiful"


I loved Santana in this! She was awesome! and I loved Rachel... finn can suck it.


I had a very similar reaction: much, much better than Sunday's episode, since the characters' actions felt real and had actual motivation. I reviewed the episode here.


no mentioning of P.Y.T ??? by far the best performance of the episode, artie was amazing!


This is one of the best episode this season besides the Duets episode. I'm 100% AGREE THAT CHARACTERS COMES FIRST.
Lauren and Santana was funny assssss heeeellllll.

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Glee Season 2 Episode 12 Quotes

I'll just marry an NFL player. They're super reliable.


I had a cat thrown at me in a nursing home once.