Glee Review: Winners Like Them

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I knew we were in for a solid Glee episode when it kicked off with a song ("Misery") and then instantly addressed a long-running beef I've had with one aspect of the show:

Why the heck does Blaine get every single Warbers solo?

From there, "Original Song" delivered one winning performance after another, focused on actual relationship and character developments and proved one indisputable fact: my goodness, Lea Michele can sing.

Regionals Performance

Rachel's "Get It Right" was the highlight of the hour, as it did a lot more than merely showcase Michele's pipes. It spoke to the evolution and struggle of this girl, someone who has gone from cute to irritating to the most obvious MVP candidate since Tom Brady.

I somehow doubt Mr. Bundchen broke down while accepting the trophy, however.

Elsewhere, Blaine and Kurt didn't preach to the audience in any way. They simply acted like two students falling for each other, as writers resisted the effort to just throw these two into a relationship from the outset. Such patience paid off in a kiss that viewers have been clamoring for and which felt completely earned.

And then a second kiss because, come on, it's Darren Criss!

On the Finn/Rachel/Quinn front, the latter was doing all she could to revisit her days as the school's queen bee, but you could tell she didn't really buy it. Her eyes welled up as she told Rachel off because Quinn is simply unsure of who she is. Without the prom crown and the head cheerleader outfit, how does she define herself? By being Finn's girlfriend, she thought, but not at the expense of a couple that is clearly meant to be.

I expect Finchel fans to soon be rejoicing when Quinn realizes she can no longer stand in the way.

One aspect of the episode felt forced and superfluous, however: the use of the Regionals judges. I'm typically all for some good Sarah Palin mockery, but it felt shoved in and out of place here, like producers lost a bet to Kathy Griffin and had to pay up via such a cameo.

Overall, this was the sort of episode that made me fall in love with Glee in the first place. Great acting, non-stop singing - a total of seven songs, not including such classics as "Trouty Mouth" and "Big Ass Heart" - and relationships that make you both laugh and cry.

With the show taking a few weeks off until April, this was the ideal way to go out. What did everyone else think?


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am i the only one who thought this episode was really rushed?


Yeah im glad the show finally gave Dianna Agron material that displayed her talent and also diving deeper into Quinn's character when she told Rachel she would be a star and she would be left in the same town :( MORE QUINN!


Everybody seems to love it, so what don't I get about this episode? This was the worst episode of the entire series, and that's saying something (one word: Acafellas). The original songs? From predictable (both songs at Regionals) to stupid (everything else, but I give them the fact they were supposed to be). I felt as uncomfortable about "Trouty Mouth" as Sam did. Cruel is the only word that comes to mind. Making fun of something Sam can't change is just as wrong as any cruelty about race, sexual orientation, etc. on the show. The love scenes (including, no, especially, Blaine/Kurt): forced. Thoroughly. Are we really supposed to believe that Blaine finally fell for Kurt because he sang Blackbird - hardly even tangentially related to the death of the bird? And are we really supposed to believe that anything BUT Finn/Rachel is going to happen? Kathy Griffin? Not funny. How much did she pay Glee to let her continue her Palin vendetta? In fact, the only thing halfway believable about this episode was New Directions winning. After all, their songs were less offensive to both the left ("Jesus Is My Friend?" Oh, come on. Even Sue isn't that nuts.) and to midwestern judges/crowd who would be shuddering at a love duet between two high school guys. Blandness wins the day, just as it would have in Ohio high school politics. Yee hah. If I were Murphy/Falchuk, I'd seriously consider an episode where Finn wakes up and everything after his parents' wedding (a near-perfect episode) is just a bad dream. Then we could get on with the romances that we all know are going to finally come to fruition (Finn/Rachel, Will/Emma, and yes, even without "Blackbird," Blaine/Kurt) and the ones that SHOULD but probably won't (Sam/Quinn, Brittany/Artie) and let them continue to develop without the "plot twists" that aren't that twisty.


I love love love love the Klaine Kiss!!!!!!!!!!


loved Kurt and Blaine! also loved the songs, all great


Compared to the nonsense this season, I take the all-about-rachel-days from season 1 back any day! Also liked the short Brittany/Santana scene. Last week was too much too fast, but if they play the story out more carefully I love it. Kurt/Blaine - Awwww... As for Quinn, I hold my judgement for now. I just hope they plan on giving her more screentime and FINALLY adress her issues about giving up her baby!!! The insecurity in this ep was a good start to get more into her character, so we'll have to wait and see....


This episode was amazing.My number one favorite thing?THE KLAINE KISS! I also liked loser like me and raise your glass.On a side note,I loved seeing more of Quinn's bitchy side.I hope Klaine is together forever!


It's a great episode after a series of 5 crappy ones. It's like fillers up to here. Where is Vocal Adrenalin?
And the scene where Rachel sings, Finn looks at her, and Quinn at Finn. Is that a little tribute to "Dawson's creek" prom queen scene? Just saying


I LOVED, loved, loved this episode. The original songs...Klaine kiss (swoon)...Rachel made me cry - TWICE. Would have called it flawless except for Kathy Griffin. She was incredibly offensive. Did not expect to see such blatant and totally false, leftist propaganda in my favorite show. ;(


Rachles solo made me cry. Best song I have heard all yea and I loved Hell to the No. Dont really care too much for Mercedes( Im still upset that she played Frankenferter instead of John Stamos) but she sang the song magnificently. Loved Kurt and Blaine,loved their songs.Found myself fast forwarding past the whole Rachel-Finn-Quinn triangle and I thought that at least the stripper-turned-judge was funny,because "she needed a place to stay".
Plus we got us some Sue Sylvester. She has been conspiculously absent since losing the Cheerios and I have found myself missing her."Consider this the opening salvo of World War Sue:.Classic Overall, the best episode of the season so far,with the wedding episode a close second.Best show on television

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Glee Season 2 Episode 16 Quotes

How damaged does a guy have to be to be into some as annoying as Rachel?


Sometimes I don't feel like we're The Warblers. I feel like we're Blaine and the Pips.