Glee Review: This Is How You Do It

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Oh, Glee, I knew you had it in you! Last week, you had me longing for the show that was and this week, you reminded me that you're still that show. When you want to be.

Here, you gave me my characters back. And you didn't force a message down my throat like it was some sort of bad tasting medicine. In fact, there was no message at all! The smile on my face right now is as big as Rachel Berry's!

Finchel Prom Pic

"Prom-asaurus" was fun. It was light. It had good music. It almost made me forget how parts of this season have made me so very unhappy. It was a tribute to the characters and who they've become over the past three seasons.

Brittany S. Pearce is everyone's favorite not-so-dumb ditz. She picked "Dinosaurs" for the prom theme, declared war on hair gel and gave a performance that looked like something out of a Flintstones movie.

Rachel and Kurt were together again, planning the anti-prom after Finn agreed to help Quinn campaign for their titles as prom king and queen.

We got to learn about Blaine and just why he has such an affinity for hair products through gems like this:

How do you think I feel with Brittany's insane ban on hair gel? It's prom. There's gonna be balloons all over the place, not to mention the taffeta and the silk blends. The sheer amount of static electricity in that room is gonna be terrifying. You've never seen my hair without gel. It's baby-hair fine. I'm gonna look like Medusa! It's not funny. I don't want to go. (More Glee quotes here!)

Finn's the nice guy who loves his friends and his girlfriend and struggles with making them all happy but makes the right decision in the end.

Puck, who has always had a soft heart despite his hard exterior, escorted Becky Jackson to the prom and made her dreams come true with a cardboard crown. She returned the favor by helping him spike the punch.

Santana and Quinn, despite their mean girl tendencies, have grown up. Quinn walked again, just like she said she would.

I loved every minute of Brittany's silliness because it wasn't meant to be serious, including that crazy performance of "Dinosaur," which was definitely the most bizarre song I've heard on this show in a while.

Rachel was portrayed as a hurting teenager who is, for once, unsure of her future while the rest of the crew are shoring up their own. She's always been so sure of her life's path and now she's struggling with figuring it out. Her opening monologue made me remember what it was like to be a teenager whose hopes had just been crushed. Her shock at being crowned prom queen felt genuine, just like it should for her character, the proverbial underdog. At her core, she's still the same insecure girl she was at the show's beginning, just as Quinn will always have a touch of Queen Bee in her.

Finn's speech to Rachel and the other anti-prom attendees about how prom sucks without them and it's one of their last times to be together as a group worked. It made me remember what it felt like to be at my own prom with my own friends enjoying the end of high school.

Kurt is happy. Finn is happy. Rachel's happy. Puck's high school dream has come true and he has bested Coach Sylvester. Puck is happy. Even if he may not graduate.

Maybe I'm a big sap. I'm kind of okay with that. Tonight, for this week at least, I'm happy. Glee got back to its roots.

There were no PSAs. We didn't have three prominent story lines fighting for attention and being given equal weight despite their gravity not being equal.

There was just good, clean, character-driven story telling and I liked it.

What did you think of "Prom-asaurus"?


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Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.


I keep straining to understand what Brittany is saying. A fast-talker who speaks in a monotone is a definite drag on the story.


Read this review and Choke's review... and you will understand why Miranda is such a better reviewer than Mr. Richental.
This episode was one of the best episodes I've ever watched on Glee. It was funny, silly, dramatic and upbeat at the same time.
Dianna, Naya and Lea delivered the best performances of the night, showing what true and convincing acting is about. I couldn't be happier with this episode.


This was the worst episode of Glee that I have watched in its entirety.
Britney talked too fast. I missed the humor and subtlety.
The comment about dinosaurs and cavemen living simultaneously according to Joe was anti-Christian.
They're destroying Finn's character.
Puck would not have hesitated to make out with Becky and would certainly not repeat senior year.
Rachel's party was ridiculous beyond words.
The gowns were dull and the songs weak.
The ending offered no redemption for any of the madness.


so who in glee club are juniors? and what's all this finn-hating for? it wasn't all his fault. why isn't anyone blaming anything on quinn? brittany was hilarious in this episode. but then, she usually is.


I love the character of Finn--he's kind and considerate and is usually motivated to do the right thing, like realizing he should be with his friends and with his fiancee. But Puck stole the show for me last night. He demonstrated such kindness and creativity to give Becky her dream, and escorting her to the prom. You could see that Coach Sylvester was pleased as she has had a special place in her cynical heart for Becky. That is why she could be so easily distracted, allowing Puck to inflitrate the punch with the real punch. I was gratified to hear a duet with Kurt and Rachel like the old days. It seems as if Kurt has had fewer and fewer solos/duets this past season. Blaine is rising and Kurt is setting--I prefer Kurt.
What has made this series so special was the development of Kurt's relationship with his father -- from the time he came out-- throughout his journey at school. I liked the episodes where we got to see the parents. It provided more depth to the main characters. So far, my favorite episodes were Saturday Night Gleever and the Michael Jackson tribute. The bottom line is the music and dancing, and Glee never fails to deliver. I really love this show!

Allison berry barbieri

Last thing...I guess we can count Mark Salling as coming back next year?

Allison berry barbieri

@Kay...a junior didn't "win" anything at prom, I don't think...

Allison berry barbieri

@Kay, some of them are seniors and some are juniors. And, I think all grades can go to prom, it seems. I know any Junior or Senior could go to prom and underclassmen if invited when I was in high school..

Allison berry barbieri

I agree with every word of your review. EVERY. WORD. When it was over, I turned to my husband and said "I'm so's the Glee I loved in Season 1! And there was no feeling of having a message shoved down my throat!". Almost every character had a small chance to shine, and the story was actually sappy, but heart-warming. All around..just...YAY!

Uss biddle dlg 34

5 minutes in watching some stupid class President banter....i finally decided i had seen enough of GLEE.....i am no longer interested in any of these people...

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Glee Season 3 Episode 19 Quotes

Brittany: "And finally, all hair gel has been banned from the prom."
Blaine: [laughing] "Right."
Brittany: "I'm actually not joking. Hair gel wasn't invented until 30 million years after the Paleolithic Stone Age. And frankly, I don't like the way you look. Therefore, anyone who shows up to the prom wearing hair gel will be turned away at the door."

"It's clear that the three of you are incompetent fools, possibly even some sort of terrorist cell. So, as president, I'm gonna decide what the prom theme is going to be this year. And I think that it should be...dinosaurs."