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Now that we here in the States have come out of our turkey-and-stuffing comas, Glee is sending us right back to every glutton's favorite holiday with its Thanksgiving-themed episode. Not sure why this couldn't have been timed to occur last week on the actual holiday, but I'm sure it's baseball's fault.

"Thanksgiving" brought most of the old gang home to mentor the new kids before sectionals, while Rachel and Kurt stayed in New York reminiscing about sectionals.

A Thanksgiving Song
There was a whole bunch of good about tonight's episode, namely that opening number and the return of Puck and Santana to my screen for longer than .02 seconds. Those two have always been the best of the McKinley misfits. Puck especially.

I like seeing Puck mentor Jake and wouldn't be opposed to him being around more often. Jake is a natural reason for Puck to be included. He could have his old pool cleaning business back up and running in no time! (Writers: Please bring Puck back. It's my Christmas wish.)

Santana was sassy as always and quick to call Quinn on Kitty's nonsense, which I appreciated. But it seems college has quickly reverted Quinn to her Glee Season 1 self, so I was less than impressed with her. She was so starstruck by Kitty's adoration that she couldn't see that Kitty is a special brand of evil not even Sue can match. I feel like the more self-aware, Glee Season 3 Quinn would've been uncomfortable with the hero worship.

And this Santana-Quinn-Kitty thing is where I'm going go off on a little rant about the current Marley storyline, perhaps preemptively.

Glee developed the habit of becoming an after school special last season with its teen suicide and domestic violence "plots." And I'm saying "plots" in quotation marks instead of straight-up plots because those issues, real issues that viewers face, were treated rather dismissively. I can't tell how the bulimia storyline is going to go just yet, but I hope the writers don't just dismiss this. I hope that they've given careful thought and attention to where they're going and what message they're trying to send.

Should we look to television for our life lessons? No, probably not. But that doesn't mean that people, teenagers especially, don't. That they don't look at this show and other shows like it and search for reflections of themselves.

Marley has continued her purging in order to be her best for the glee club because Kitty is in her head. Santana saw it. Quinn refused to acknowledge it when she was confronted with facts and blamed it on Santana's supposed jealousy over Quinn sleeping with a 35-year old man.

Excuse me, what?

Get over yourself, girls. One of your own is struggling. Actually, two of your own if we count Kitty as one of those.

I sincerely hope that next week's episode addresses the very real situation Marley's facing and the fact that Kitty created this situation in the first place. Both of these girls need help.

Marley is not so deep into this that she cannot recover, though a recovery in one week from a disorder like bulimia would be unrealistic. Kitty is not so far gone that she cannot be redeemed. Even Sue has softened hearts from time to time, and the audience certainly came to love Santana. I want a very real, very honest conversation next Thursday and not for this to just be blown over and forgotten.

I also want more conversations between Jake and Ryder because those two were awesome together tonight. (You can read their conversation that cracked me up on the Glee quotes page.)

Also awesome? That Kurt and Blaine have finally spoken. Kurt, at Isabelle's insistence, called Blaine to wish him good luck, to acknowledge that even if they're not together romantically, Blaine is still his best friend. Kurt made the call under the hope that accepting Blaine's apology would give him closure, but it's clear to us that it didn't and gives us a reunion to anticipate.

But first, we have to finish Sectionals and find out what's happening with Marley. The show must go on, right? We'll see.

What did you think of "Thanksgiving?" What are your hopes for the Marley story moving forward?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (159 Votes)

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

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I didn't get to see the show yet but seriously did I see Sam and britanny kiss this is a sad day for me damn Ryan Murphy and glee so sad now :(

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As usual, I enjoy the show, but absolutely can't stand Kitty. She needs to be written out if the show somehow. If that doesn't happen, I agree with this review: it needs to be made clear that Kitty was the one who's been screwing with Marley in regards to her weight & some serious accountability needs to take place. I'm so over Kitty's character. Oh, & I love Quinn, but really?! She went to college & regressed as a person. I mean, it happens, but goodness.

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Darren and Chris absolutely nailed their beautiful/heartbreaking scene.
Yay for Klaine, even as BFF!!!

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@ZJWurt--I should've made it clear that the 4 stars isn't because of the bulimia story and what they might do, but is because, as a whole, I felt this episode wasn't as strong as last week's. Sectionals/competition episodes are always kind of...slow? Yes, slow. The first half is spent building up to sectionals and the second half is the actual competition, but then this week we had to split competition time with the New York story and it felt too back-and-forth.

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Dianna Agron is all I watched this episode for the first time this season, because Quinn Fabray is my favourite character. Now she is gone again, I can stop watching again.

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I just hate that we have no idea what happened at Sectionals?!? Are we reverting back to Season 1 so far that we lose Sectionals? Scratch that, we didn't lose Sectionals even in Season 1, this is frightening! (Oh! And the whole Marley-bulimia thing is scary too, but this is Glee so she will have a happy ending). I'm kind of appalled with myself that I'm so invested in the fictional glee club competition of a TV show, but here we are and it's Season 4. On a side note: did anyone else really LOVE the "kiki" song?

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I'd rate this episode 5 stars. I get that Glee has problems with covering these kinds of things, but I think they've been pretty good with this story, and the review seems like you're knocking off a star for something you think might happen. That's just what I think. I do understand the Quinn thing is kinda dumb, but not dumb enough to give it 4 stars.

Glee Season 4 Episode 8 Quotes

Marley: When I was 7 years old, I had a dream. It's the first one I actually remember. I was alone, on a stage, wearing a beautiful dress. I couldn't see the audience, but I could feel the full house. They had all come for one reason: to hear me sing. And now, thanks to glee club, with sectionals this week, that dream is about to come true. Well, except the part where Skeet Ulrich gave me a bouquet of kittens at the end. My dreams are weird.

Quinn: Home for the holidays, just like we promised.
Finn: Guys, I...
Puck: Dude, if you start crying, I'm gonna kick your ass. Group hug!

Glee Season 4 Episode 8 Music

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Glee cast come see about me Come See About Me Glee Cast iTunes
Glee cast whistle Whistle Glee Cast iTunes
Glee cast live while were young Live While We're Young Glee Cast iTunes