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Glee Review: Give Your Heart a Break

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Where's my hankie? I need one or twelve after tonight's Glee. Seriously.

Finchel? Klaine? Britanna? And Wemma? I'm not even a fan of name mash-ups, but what is happening in my television universe?

"The Break Up" definitely shook things up for the future of season 4 and was perhaps one of the best episodes of Glee since some time in season 2. Even if my heart is kind of broken. There's a lot to say about tonight, so grab your tissues and settle in...

Emma and Will on Stage
Life as we know it for the couples of Glee is done. Except for maybe Will and Emma, but I can't be for sure. In order to break this down and adequately discuss everything this monster of an episode just gave us, let's break this down by couple, shall we?

Because it's the most confusing and we need to just get it out of the way, we'll start with Will and Emma.

First of all, did they actually break up? I'm really not sure.

Their discussion about the Blue Ribbon panel and going to Washington made me ask, out loud, "Why are you being a douche, Will Schuester?" I just don't understand. This is perhaps some of the most bizarre writing for Matthew Morrison's character. Will has carried a torch for Emma Pillsbury since Day 1, and we've pulled for him since then, even through her marriage to Uncle Jesse the Dentist, and now, on two completely random occasions, because it's convenient for the story, we see him say something completely hurtful and out of character.

It didn't make sense when he insulted her "issues" last season and it doesn't make sense that he'd be so butthurt that she doesn't want to go to Washington full time. She's an adult. She has a job. Emma's not on the panel. You can see her on the weekends. It's not the end of the world and your students, once again, are being more mature than you are.

Case in point, Santana and Brittany.

I'm trying hard to ignore the Kitty-bit about the rapture, mostly because it was clearly an attempt to throw something sort of funny into an otherwise incredibly heavy episode. I appreciate comedic relief. like her line about being a bad Carrie Underwood song which actually made me laugh out loud. This, however, was a ridiculous set-up solely meant to provide a backdrop for their break up.

Santana realizes that she and Brittany are young. They are going to be attracted to other people. So before either of them has a chance to hurt the other, Santana sings Taylor Swift's "Mine" as a way to say what she doesn't want to say and then delivers the moral of tonight's story:

Let's just do the mature thing here...let's just be honest that long distance relationships are almost impossible to maintain because both people are rarely getting what they need.

While it can sometimes feel like Glee drops anvils on our heads, I'm glad someone in an episode where everyone breaks up was mature about it. Someone had to be the voice of reason in the midst of all of this youthful idealism that first loves are forever loves. (Hey, I'm not saying it never works out. I'm just saying it's not the norm.)

Kurt and Blaine in NYC

The saddest breakup of the night award goes to Kurt and Blaine.

I didn't want this breakup to happen and I'm still kind of shocked and saddened by the way it went down.

Blaine cheated.

I didn't see that coming, particularly after the emotional infidelity arc from last season and everything with Sebastian. Or maybe because of that, I should've seen it coming. Blaine was lonely and succumbed to the flirtations of someone else and then flew to New York to sing a tearful rendition of "Teenage Dream" and tell Kurt in person. But something about it was wrong.

He's not the kind of guy to just hook up. Or at least he doesn't seem the type. But maybe in a fit of extreme loneliness? I just have a hard time picturing him as that type. And I have an even harder time being hurt for Kurt.

Just last week he was dodging Blaine's calls to hang out with his boss and other VIPs, so when he shouted back that he was just as lonely, it felt flat. Infidelity is never excusable, but really Kurt? It's hard to convince anyone that you're so lonely when you're partying it up and hanging out at the NYADA bar and living the New York life while your boyfriend is back home living life for you.

Since they never had a conversation and we only saw Kurt drop Blaine's note into the trashcan, I'm hopeful they'll reconcile, or at least have a discussion about everything. I want them to work out more than any other couple besides Damon and Elena. If this doesn't happen, it's the saddest break up for me because I love the couple so much.

And that brings us to the show's power-couple, Rachel and Finn.

Truthfully, Rachel and Finn needed to break up. The writing was on the wall for them when Finn proposed simply because he had no idea what else to do. And I'm happy (or just not sad?) about how real and natural their break up felt, like it was the way things had to happen but didn't signify that this is forever for the two of them.

Their break up made sense naturally within the story arc of these two characters. 

Here's Finn who has no idea what to do with his future, so he joins the Army, puts his girlfriend on a train, and is then honorably discharged for shooting himself in the leg on accident while cleaning the gun he named "Rachel." And then he backpacks through the great state of Georgia for four months, returning no one's phone calls, apparently, (but finding time to email with Kurt), trying to "find" himself, only to end up on Rachel's doorstep in New York hoping for...well, I'm not sure exactly. Neither was he.

And not that we're keeping track, exactly, but he certainly didn't expect to hear that she'd kissed another guy, which makes twice for her now. But it's confusing because were they together after the train station? Apart? Just "on a break" like Ross and that other Rachel?

Regardless, it doesn't seem that the kiss itself factored into their break-up, at least not directly. It did, however, feed into Finn's sense of insecurity and uncertainty with his future, which was ultimately the reason this had to happen. They cannot be together while he doesn't know who he is and she does.

Their exchange in the auditorium was one of the most emotionally charged bits of dialogue we've seen on this show. Maybe it's because a part of me identifies with that "moon-eyed" girl Rachel was at the beginning of the series and the relatively confident woman she's becoming, but Lea Michele nailed it tonight. Rachel is starting to see herself as more than just a small town girl.

She's had no choice but to live, just like Finn wanted. She settled into her new life, quite comfortably. She made friends. She learned things about herself. She learned what she wants from the person she's going to be with. And all Finn has learned is that he still has no idea what to do with his life and has no idea how to figure it all out.

There was no way for the two of them to stay together forever. I'm not saying they won't be together again, but for now, they have to go their separate ways. While part of her will always love Finn, she needs to move in a different direction to live the life she's dreamed for herself, and until Finn can figure out his own path, he'd be dead weight holding her back.

And with that, I'm spent. I think I've said everything I can about tonight. I mean, I can always say more. I'm sure of it. (For example, I didn't even begin to discuss Jake and Marley! Or how awesome ALL of tonight's music was!)

But now I want to hear from YOU. What did you think of "The Break Up"? Are you happy? Sad? Indifferent? What do you see for these characters moving forward?

Look for a Round Table coming soon to discuss this week's episode, but until then, tell me what you thought in the comments.

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TEAM BROCHEL! I think Finn and Rachel needed a break and Brody needs his chance. He has like 3% body fat c: Finn was perfect for the old Rachel but she' s a different person now that is just absolutely perfect for Brody. Finn is definitely going to take over glee club. Im positive. I hope Kurtand Blaine get back together. Kurt needs to talk with Blaine and sort this out instead of ignoring him. Brittany and Santana... Awh. They were perfect and Santana's song to Brittany was terrific! This episode was GREAT! PERFECT! WONDERFUL!

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Excuse you, but did you actually watch the episode? KURT called Blaine at the beginning of the episode, when KURT WAS AT WORK. He was fitting Blaine into his schedule the best way he could. He talked with Blaine and told him he understood he was frustrated about them not getting together more, and that he felt the same. Kurt said he would CALL HIM BACK at his next break. So, no, Kurt wasn't ignoring him. He was WORKING. Why is Blaine calling him in the middle of the school day anyway? Blaine then went home that night and cheated on him. It was inexcusable. There is no defense for it, and it is disgusting of you to erase what actually happened in the show and try to blame Kurt for Blaine not being able to keep it in his pants for a day. He was even going to see Kurt in person in two weeks! And then for Blaine to blame Kurt and try to make him fee guilty? He is low. I was a Klaine shipper. Not now. Everything about them is ruined for me. I don't see how they can ever fix this. "It was just a hook up." No, Blaine. You cheated on your boyfriend, and did it in the grossest way possible. He didn't meet someone and fall for them. He trolled for sex on the Internet. And Kurt wasn't hanging out ANYWHERE. He was working. And last week, when he didn't answer Blaine's call? HE WAS ALSO WORKING.

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I never actually saw Klaine really break up though, nothing definite anyway. And Darren has been saying he wanted something rocky and dramatic between the two of them for the show anyway to make it more interesting. I'm okay with the Finn and Rachel thing for now, Finn does need to figure himself out. Plus Brody is hot, can sing and doesn't break Rachel's nose with his dancing. The Santana and Britt thing I did not see coming at all and that one actually had me in tears. The Will and Emma thing they had what 2 minutes of screen time tonight, I'm hardly invested in their story now and I haven't been since halfway through season 2. I am the most upset that I have to wait an entire month for a new episode though!

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Best episode of glee in a long time. I cried multiple times but as mad as I am about all the break ups it didn't ruin the episode for me. Glee must have put all its good writing left into this episode. And omg that music. That was the best all around music episode possibly ever. I loved every single song and none felt out of place. This episode could really land lea an award in my opinion. O btw who else thinks Finn will take over the glee club when will leaves

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I can't comment honestly on the other couples because I don't particularly care what happens to them, but KLAINE OMG! I think there's more to it than we saw, maybe. We never saw Blaine actually hook up with the guy. Maybe he went there with the guy, but chickened out at the last second, but he told Kurt he did hook up so that it would be easier for Kurt to push him away. He's lonely and so is Kurt and there's nothing they can really do about it except seek attentions from other people. Blaine has been proven to be a guy dealing with emotional attachment issues, he wants to feel wanted.
That being said, I wish tonight didn't even happen. I love Klaine so much and I really hope they get back together soon. The episode was just too heartbreaking!

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Ugh this episode was emotional. I held it together but the flashbacks at the end nearly made me cry and Glee never does that to me. I loved it all, although I feel Jake and Marley are Finn and Rachel 2.0. And I don't understand why Sam was at the club and didn't stand up to Kitty. I'm looking forward to Grease, the first musical I ever saw, but I can see where its going to go.