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Glee Review: Two Hot Brothers

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It's been way too many weeks since the previous Glee episode, which ended with two major cliffhangers:

  1. Did Finn and Rachel get married?
  2. And did Quinn die in the car crash?

Those were both answered immediately on "Big Brother" with a big NO; Finn and Rachel didn't say "I do." And Quinn is alive and well, but in a wheelchair with limited feeling in her legs. Did you breathe a sigh of relief in both cases?

Finchel at School

Finn and Rachel have plenty that they still have to work out before they finally get married, as was demonstrated by their conversation at the end of the episode. Rachel has always been clear that she wants to go to New York, but does she love Finn enough to adjust her plans to make room for him? Or should she have to? At this point, it looks doubtful they will ever walk down the aisle.

It's more likely that Quinn will walk again. Her accident gave the show the perfect opportunity to advocate against texting while driving and to showcase Artie as a mentor of sorts for Quinn. Their performance of Elton John's “I’m Still Standing" was fun to watch and ironic in a perfect Glee way.

It was difficult to watch Artie's reaction to Quinn's declaration that she would be dancing by Nationals. While I don't think he wishes her to remain in the chair forever, it has to be heart-wrenching for him to know he doesn't have that opportunity. Despite their differences, Artie was a good friend to Quinn. He knew when to push her and when to let it go.

In contrast to Artie's support for Quinn, there was the visit from Blaine's brother, Cooper (Matt Bomer). I've been a huge fan of Bomer from his work on both Chuck and White Collar and he didn't disappoint here.

He is hot, a great singer,and played Blaine's cocky brother perfectly. I never thought I would want to hit the guy, but Cooper was annoying. Didn't he just make you want to punch him in the face?

His commercial was hilarious, though. I was hoping that FOX had done something fun with the Free Credit Rating Today website, but it was a dead link. I don't understand why a show promotes a website in an episode and doesn't do something with it. They could have at least redirected it to the Glee show page. Or to a video or the commercial.

Matt Bomer on Glee

I was surprised to find out that Blaine saw himself as an underdog to his brother. Blaine has always been the standout in both glee clubs. He was given solos and constantly praised for his talent. His feelings of inferiority to his brother seems to have pushed him to succeed.

Their Duran Duran mash-up of "Rio" and "Hungry Like a Wolf" was entertaining and showcased them both well. But I have to say that I absolutely loved their duet of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know" despite the awkwardness of the lyrics.

It was weird to see two brothers sing this song. It felt more like two lovers singing to each other than brothers. I had to remind myself of their relationship while watching. It was heartfelt and I've listened to it too many times since it was released.

Bomer's guest spot was a win. Sometimes, the guest star's appearance comes across as forced into the story, but his role was authentic and the songs were appropriate and well performed. I'd love to see the return of Cooper Anderson.

My favorite song of the episode was "Somebody That I Used to Know." My least favorite song was Christina Aguilera's "Fighter" sung by Blaine. The track didn't suit his character very well and while I didn't mind seeing Darren Criss boxing or taking a shower, it was awkward to see Blaine in those circumstances.

What was your favorite and least favorite song? Were you happy that Finn and Rachel didn't get married? How about Quinn ... glad she is alive? Hoping for more Cooper Anderson?

Here are just a few of my favorite Cooper lines from the show, but check out our Glee quotes library for more from this episode and every installment in the show's history.

Cooper: The key to a dramatic scene is pointing. When people are really emotional, they point their fingers a lot.
Blaine: That's not true at all. That's ... that's terrible advice.
Cooper: Excuse me, guys, I'm sorry. I'm sorry, Blaine. Are you an internationally beloved spokesman for the internet's fastest growing credit score website? | permalink
Cooper: Other choices I can plan ahead of time: screaming all my lines! Because I'm really intense. And the things I'm feeling are really intense! Because I'm a really intense actor! Nicholas Cage, right? | permalink

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Ssalunkhe

Not surprised for Finn and Rachael marriage but happy for Quinn's come back. I'm Hoping that Artie will take care of Quinn very well.

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Glee doesn't have any balls. They should have killed Quinn off. This episode should have been about dealing with the loss of a friend instead of being about "Don't text and drive". Rachel will feel guilty for stealing Finn away from Quinn before she died so she would call the engagement off, Santana will feel guilty for shunning her for the last year, Puck will be sad as hell because of how close they were, and everyone would be mourning her death. Instead, we got this dumbass episode that was all over the place. They don't know how to write individual episodes. It ended on a cliffhanger of a Rachel-and-Finn discussion that had nothing to do with the rest of the episode. Whatever, I never expect good writing from Glee anyway. Only good songs. I liked the "Somebody" cover.

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Oh, I'm so glad I don't watch Glee on a regular basis - all this bitching and moaning from "fans" would totally drive me nuts. Matt Bomer is the only reason I watched this episode and he was hilarious as Cooper Anderson. It was great that he had this chance to showcase his comedy and musical talent. The sibling rivalry was very real - Blaine thinks Cooper always looks down on him, but in reality Cooper is just afraid that little brother will be better than him. I'm glad they found a way to work together on the audition at the end - and I hope Cooper gets the role as Deputy Roscoe :-)

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(continuing from my last comment that got cut off)...approach on sensitive topics have been the most tasteful I've seen on any show. So kudos, Glee!

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Spoilers have been out,so not much was surprising. But I LOVED the episode. Matt Bomer played his character so well that I really wanted to smack him. Blaine's and Quinn's story lines were great. Senior skip out at Six Flags was a good idea. And as someone who's been in recovery from an accident, I wish I had someone like Artie mentor me just as he did with Quinn.
Not sure how I take the negative comments on how they dealt with Quinn's aftermath (about her only having the wheelchair to indicate that she'd been in an accident), but coming from someone who'd been in a bad accident before, it's not IMpossible to still have your face while the rest of your body is messed up (just saying). Song choices were good (I could agree with you all about Blaine's "Stronger," but every person's entitled to their song choice in times of venting so I'm not about to judge it.
As for the people's constant disappointment with the show, while some of Glee's storylines can fall short sometimes, their approach on certain issues, in my opinion, have been one of the most tasteful I've ever seen on TV (and while my recovery progress is still ongoing, I've been watching A LOT of TV). So Kudos, Glee!

Marisa1983

Good episode altogether. LOVE Matt Bomer, he was so good, he really got us to hate the character. I was glad to see there was continuity in the storylines, which is something we haven't seen on Glee in a long time. The songs were good, but it's been a long time since we heard a solo from Rachel or Finn. I miss them and the duets they used to perform together...

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So, in recent Glee history, I've been really frustrated with inconsistent writing and no continuity or believability. Anyway, in many ways this episode was a great comeback in my opinion, but... they've just made a hot mess of Quinn Fabray. It's so much that she survived, but the fact that there was practically no time spent on her accident, and not a single cut or bruise to be seen. The last we've seen is her in what seems to be a fatal accident, and LITERALLY the next thing we see is, "oh yeah, she's fine, she's just going to be in the wheelchair for a little while"? And are we to believe that not even one tiny piece of glass nicked her face, or anywhere else on her?

Amygirl

Yeah, I find that Quinn being in a wheelchair is disappointing too. She really should've died. Not saying I don't like the character, but her storyline was closed and she had become a cheerleader and got in Yale. Oh well. We know Quinn will walk again because we already have Artie! Since when does Finn want to go into a pool cleaning business? Huh? That's a smart idea Rachel should support? "Sure Honey, why don't us 17 year olds get married then move to LA where I can give up all my dreams and support your absolute career failure :)". Rachel should go to NY and Finn should stay in Lima, I always picture him as the one who doesn't make it out. Sorry... Also, didn't like the guest star. This episode should've focused more on Quinn. And Finchel. Guest star didn't really aide the story in any way. Plus, I almost started shipping incest TWICE during the episode and had to remind myself. They were singing romance songs.

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Did anyone notice that they went to six flags when there is none in Ohio and the closest one is a few states away?

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Matt Bowmer was very funny as was Sue and Nini. The rest was lame. I rate this episode a C. The music Fighter was not good. Far from Glee standards. I liked Up Up Up. Not a fan of Someone I used to Know anyway-rather dull. The Duran song was not the best and I love Duran Duran. So as my opinion goes Blaine as good a singer as he is did not do the songs justice in this episode. It fell flat as a pancake with no syrup-dull as cardboard. sorry, I love Glee but have to agree with many that this season is just OK but IMO much better than season 2. Have to say that s1 is and will always be the best.

Glee Season 3 Episode 15 Quotes

Sue: Hey, Mercedes, who you texting?
Mercedes: I'm not texting anyone, I'm donating to the Obama campaign...

I could have easily become one of those creepy memorial pages in the yearbook, but by the grace of God, I'm here. Believe it or not ... this is the happiest day of my life.

Quinn

Glee Season 3 Episode 15 Music

  Song Artist
Glee-cast-im-still-standing I'm Still Standing Glee Cast iTunes
Glee-cast-hungry-like-the-wolf-rio Hungry Like The Wolf / Rio Glee Cast iTunes
Glee-cast-fighter Fighter Glee Cast iTunes
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