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Glee Review: "Funeral"

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I don't think anyone could have dreamed up a more touching and emotional episode than we got tonight with the "Funeral". Go ahead and try. Hold your breath, make a wish and count to three, I'll still be drying my eyes over here. 

The real Sue Sylvester was back. Reminiscent of Sawyer from LOST, Sue showed once again how she can endear herself to fans all while spitting insults and calling people names. My favorites were Frenkenteen and Lady Trousers.

She delivered the entire emotional spectrum in one episode. She could very well be a winner again come awards season for this episode alone. I can't imagine there were many a dry eye when she and Becky shared that touching embrace in her office.

When Finn held up the Wonka tape I hoped that was where the service was going, but the eventual execution was beyond my wildest imagination indeed. As Kurt began to sing I felt chills. The song coupled with Sue's eulogy made for one of the more touching moments on television to date.

Sadly Kurt didn't move me as much during his solo try out. He came off flat after so many bigger performances in recent weeks and I couldn't get over the Conan O'Brien hair.

Santana's voice did Winehouse justice, but there was something missing. I don't mean to poke fun at Amy, but Santana just came off as too sober? She did have a few gem quotes though yet again, and showed her Lima Heights fury once more when Jesse offered up his opinions on her try out.

Mercedes and Rachel went at it like Apollo Creed and Rocky giving it all they had. There was no try a little tenderness, only done did that, in Mercedes' solo as she nailed it. The tears slowly rolling down Rachel's cheek as she sang and envisioned Finn was all the choreography she needed. Kurt nailed it when he said how she may be annoying, but man can she sing. 

I haven't been the biggest fan of Jesse, but man did he have a great episode. While the Glee Club was forced to remain somber for most of the way, he provided a much needed lift with his humorous lines about reality TV judging as well as his no hold barred critiques at the try outs. His line about Finn looking like a zombie who has to poop when he sings and dances was the best. 

Great camera work with all the tight shots of Quinn and Finn's faces during the break up scene. Quinn plays a mean bitch well, but she has also showed some nice range this season and this was yet another solid exchange for her. 

Speaking of hot bitches, Terri looked great and I was happy to see her come to the rescue despite the computer hacking "skills" of Panda Express. Weird though how she told Will she'd see him around. Was that a bit of foreshadowing? Do we also really think she got those tickets for free or is there more to that story as well?

Emma was adorable as she helped Will pack and I loved how she wore his sweater vest with such pride. It was a sort of nerdy Glee Club version of a school girl wearing her boyfriend's varsity letterman jacket.

Rachel may get to wear Finn's again at some point, but will it be this season? Perhaps a big kiss in times square awaits them in the finale.  What is Quinn planing for NYC and how will the club take the news about Will's stint on Broadway? We will have to wait and see. 

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@Sez:
I thought about that as well, that being Jesse's reaction. You know, it probably will be something involving Quinn.

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Definitely one of the better episodes written this year. The characters have always been written so inconsistently that it was nice to see some depth of character that wasn't totally out of left field. Sue was amazing (and yeah, I had a really painful knot in my throat the whole episode and then finally broke down when Sue hugged Becky). Will is getting on my nerves and I'll never forgive him for saying no to Becky. Never. Quinn has so much potential as a complex character but she has been written so poorly! Great moments for Rachel and Mercedes. Kurt is too over-the-top stereotypically flambouyant that he is getting hard to watch (I skipped his song). Finn is a douche. Jesse also a douche and I can't tell if his character actually works or not. My first thought about NY was that Quinn is going to try to stay there to model or start over or something. Then with the "scripted" line I though Quinn had a wardrobe malfunction on stage! That would be crazy!

Solofia

The end of m the episode was a little out of tone in one minutes they're crying at a funeral and the next they are the choir room like nothing happened. They could have put the funeral more towards to end and made that part longer.

Solofia

When Sue started to cry i cried too. This reminds me of when my teatcher died after fighting cancer for four years. And our school board decided not to tells us she had passed away untill the day we would start fifth grade. Anyway they forgot to tell hier nephew to not say anything and he told us and we found out the day before or last day of fourth grade. The last time i saw her was in april of that year and i didn't had the chance to attend her funeral. Instead i stayed in my class room watching the wall clock reach the hour of her cremation finishing all my chances of saying goodbye. Her birthday was ten days after her death on june 25th; i wished i could have say goodbye to her or that she could could live to see her 51th birthday; like that she could have gone to our 4th grade graduation and see her last bach or babies finishing that chapter. I'll never forget what she did for me; i wouldn't be writing this if it hadn't benn for her since she was the woman who taugh me to read and writing my full name who was followed by all these words.

Solofia

"She's dificult but boy can she sing BRAVO" you took my words away Kurt.

Solofia

"Jean always stood up for you whenever i told her your hair was evil." sad but still funny.

Solofia

How can Jesse be that pecky? Mercedes was mind blowing!!!

Solofia

"I gotta hit the little boys room..." i do hate jesse....

Solofia

I loved the vocals in back to black and Kurt's number. I thought he was really funny.

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Rachel and Mercedes gave me goosebumps with their songs they were so good. I can honestly say i cried my eyes out during this episode and i am not a cryer, so well done glee.

Glee Season 2 Episode 21 Quotes

Honey Badger I am lactating with rage!

Sue

You kind of sing and dance like a zombie who has to poop.

Jesse
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