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Glee Review: "A Night of Neglect"

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I was feeling a little neglected having waited for what felt like an eternity for this new episode, but "A Night of Neglect" turned into an evening of ecstasy.

We were introduced to the Brainiacs and their clever ode to Nerdom handshake. With the cost of their trip to Detroit added to the Glee Club's fundraising goal, Will postured like the Nino Brown of salt water taffy. Not since Nipsey Russell tried to sell the last of the peanut brittle to buy new uniforms for the Central High Wildcats had I seen a more pathetic idea.

Luckily the notion of a benefit concert was born and with it an amazing display of the many talented members of New Directions. 

Gwyneth Paltrow on Glee Pic

Before the singing started though, we learned Brittany had a quirky knack for obscure trivia. She ripped through those Cat Diseases like Rosie Perez named foods that start with the letter "Q" in White Men Can't Jump.  

The League of Doom was a failure, but Sandy got my spirit award for his colorful costume complete with a custom made, Pink Dagger hat.

Holly finished a close second for her portrayal of Madam Man Hands, Wallis Simpson. Almost had to declare her the winner after she referenced the scandalous death of Catherine the Great.

Sergeant Handsome deserved a bump in rank after his bevy of amazing one liners. There were too many to list here, but I made sure they were noted in my group of memorable Glee quotes from this week. 

While Dustin failed to woo Holly, Will's chances with Emma got a little brighter as he learned she no longer had a full house after Carl (John Stamos) cried uncle and had their marriage annulled. 

Sunshine returned and despite showing off her freakishly amazing voice yet again, I sort of wished she had waited until she was actually, all by herself, to sing that song. Mad respect for Shawty though, for having over 600 twitter followers. Preach! Last time I checked, I think I had seven followers on my account. Five if you don't count my mom and dad.

Sunshine's eventual no show did nothing but leave more stage time for the host of amazing performances by the regular cast. Tina absolutely killed it as she performed Lykke Li's, "I Follow Rivers." Despite getting cut short by the Heckling Club, I think she delivered my favorite performance of the night.  

Mike Chang was sexy plexi as he danced to Jack Johnson and executed a routine that would have landed him right on Mary Murphy's, Hot Tamale Train. 

I didn't much care for Mercedes' diva antics, but I did appreciate Lauren's suggestion to ask for a bucket full of green M&M's. It was a nice nod to one of the most classic and notorious musician rider requests which has been chronicled back to Aerosmith's earliest days.

Mercedes more than made up for her behavior with her performance of Aretha's "Ain't No Way." The scene with her and Rachel in the car was one of the more poignant ones of the season as she expressed her frustrations over her club mate's stardom. 

Santana's claws were never sharper than they were tonight as she threatened Karofsky. He'll probably now join the masses of other cowards who hide behind screen names and Internet handles while spewing their hate filled slander. 

Glee has always done an amazing job of addressing their critics while tackling relevant issues at the same time. Tonight's episode did well to address the continued problem of bullying while also shining the spot light on some characters who have not gotten their fair share of the fame.  I applauded the writers for not neglecting some of the more supportive roles and allowing them to have a moment to shine on their own.

There is still so much to unfold this season I can hardly wait. Until next time turn those jeers into cheers and and if you don't have anything nice to say, don't anonymously use you computer to air it. See you next time after...Glee!

Review

Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.5 / 5.0 (179 Votes)
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I JUST LOVE THE BITCHY SANTANA :) :) :)

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Season 2 presents new storylines every episode, then ends that storyline by the time that episode ends. That is this season's weakness. Season 1 - particularly the first half, the one where no one still cared about the show - was amazeballs because there were storylines arching out through the whole season, with the song performances to support them. These days, the storylines are what support the song performances - not the other way around. They need to change that, once and for all.

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I didn't think it was one of glees' best episodes but it was pretty good. I really don't like that Quinn and Finn are back together! But i am happy that maybe Will and Emma may have a chance! Well can't wait til next week!!!!! TOTAL GLEEK!!!!!!!!!!!! :) OH YEAH!!!!!!!!

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Did it bother anyone else that Will kept referencing the
5000 X .25 = 20000 on the board? Because that is false.
5000 / .25 = 20000, "teacher."

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I truly enjoyed this episode!!! Not too preach-y and it was good clean fun! LOVED the Rachel and Mercedes storyline. I did expect more from the league of doom, but they're part of a major story arc so I hope it gets better. Now: am I the only one who loved Gwyenth?! She did amazing and it was awesome how they wrapped up her storyline for this season!!
I will give up my man-card and admit that I choked up a bit when she turn around and said "I thought you'd never ask" for the last time :)
It was just TOO perfect!!

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The show no longer focuses on the story but rather centering the performances around the show. The writers and producers are gonna kill the show this way.

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Best Parts
- Kurt and Blaine (Like always, really cute)
- Santana standing up to Karofsky (awesome)
- Rachel and Mercedes (Outstanding moment)
- The Brainiacs(Brit perfect, a really like her) It hurts my heart saying this, but the rest was pretty lame!
I was waiting for something more.

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well it was an average episode. I don't understand the 4.8...I don't really like the songs and I will agree with Kitty for the best parts, even if personally I kind of like Lauren.

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Good:
- Emma is back
- Rachel and Mercedes
- Holly/Will resolution
- Santana But the rest was kinda lame. I guess its nice to see a few other cast members perform, but the story around it was just boring.
Also: I hate Lauren. I really don't get why on earth she is getting so much attention while characters people actually care about haven't had a good line in month. Such a shame! And btw: did anybody watch the "honey badger" youtube clip Sue referenced? Holy shit....

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Sorry but I do not agree. This episode was boring and the music did nothing to help it. How in the world is Adele a neglected artist??? Sara Bareilles maybe, Vanessa Carlton or even some former American Idol contestants who made albums. But Adele? No. I also find it very hard to believe that the only two people who came to the event voluntarily were Blaine and Kurt. This show is getting more and more unrealistic each week which is horrible because I love it. I'm sorry, they're parents' would have come. As a member of my school choirs from 4th grade through 12th I had several concerts a year and my parents came to every single one. They didn't want to, I know that, but they did. Glad Holly is gone, was not impressed by her at all, glad Tina and Mike were showcased, even liked Santana this episode, but overall it was not one I'll be watching more than once.

Glee Season 2 Episode 17 Quotes

Brittany was the only person we could find on short notice. We bribed her with Dots.

Artie

Classroom to classroom, door to door, we pushed this stuff like crack and so will we.

Will
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