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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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Keep Finn! Get rid of Jesse, and let's hope Finn and Rachel get back together. They're a good couple. I think Finn is a great actor and a great singer.

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Really loved it o_o it was so sad! I cried! And I'm psyched to see what Quinn has up her sleeves! And poor Finn :( And I love Kurt and all, but I feel like he needs to try some different styles in music... I know it's his character and all, but I feel like he'd do really well with some other styles of songs (kind of like what he had been doing with the Warblers... AKA more mainstreamy not broadway-only stuff)!

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I haven't cried this much... in so long! I was beginning to think I'd turned into Sue! Gutted they bumped off Jean, she was Sue's heart, her true emotional and caring link. But maybe the Becky and Sue's relationship can move in that direction now, after all she does remind her of her sister.
Worried about Quinn's plans for NYC, can't help thinking she's going to throw a spanner in the works. I've seen a fair few season finales now and that just reaks of something not good to me! I was kind of hoping they would pick a lead vocalist though... only because Amber Riley's rendition of Try A Little Tenderness was outstanding! How can they show Jonathan Groff uttering "wow" and then have Jesse St Sucks saying she was lazy... know it's only a show but please, CONSISTENCY?!!
Oh, and this episode missed one thing... DARREN CRISS! ♥

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IMO it was really not a good episode. It was so boring. I'm not heartless but the funeral was just so away from the general plot that it was not even interesting. I don't get what the writers are trying to make with Sue but, it's getting worst and worst.
When you have Lea Michele, Jonathan Groff and Mark Salling in the cast, you should show more of them (Puck didn't even say a word this week). What saves yesterday episode? St Berry kiss and Finn realising that he loves Rachel. They should try to focus more on relationships and not on filler inconsistent subplots.

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This is not a review, but I have to add because it was so weird: I just happened to have a DVD of Alan Parker's 1991 Irish movie, The Committments (based on the novel by Roddy Doyle) cued up to the band's rendition of "Try A Little Tenderness" paused in the background while watching this episode, so when Mercedes sang it, instantly got to compare her version to The Committments. Sorry Mercedes, I love you the most, but The Committments' leads singer, Andrew Strong, the (at the time) 16 year-old with the Tom Waits style pipes totally elevated that song to a whole other level. He would've blown Jesse right out the back door to leave him scratching his moppy head in the parking lot! There's a lot of swearing (A LOT)in this otherwise delightful story about a group of working class kids trying to elevate their situations through "Dublin Soul" music - but true fans of Glee should watch this movie. Very much the same spirit.

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PLEASE MAKE JESSE A REGULAR, he is amazing...so much more fun and a much better singer than Finn. Actually, Puck and Jesse are my favorite males in the show.

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Am I the only one who thinks that brittany and jesse should be together? It would be awesome because what they both say never makes any sense...

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I finished watching this episode 10 minutes ago. I dried my eyes and opened this page to write my review.
Before I started, I read Chris O´Hara´s review - and now I can´t write, because everything I wanted to say has already been written. Thank you Chris, you took the words right out of my head, and all I want to add is: Glee, what will I do when you go on hiatus?

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I think the solos were supposed to be bad so that Mr. Shue would decide that they should work together as a team for the competition. Very touching episode, though.

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I hope Quinn's mysterious plans have something to do with Beth. I would love to see her again.

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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