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Glee Review: Dueling Divas

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Be it with a show tune from Les Miserables or a new-age disco number like "Hung Up," no series knows how to pull a diva-off quite like Glee. Those girls - and Kurt - were definitely on fire tonight!

While we're still dealing with the clunker that is the Tina-Blaine crush, "Diva" was the Glee's best outing so far in 2013.

Mercedes as a Diva

While the diva theme was a convenient way to kill several birds with one stone, tonight just worked. The blend of McKinley and NYC was nearly seamless, bringing them completely together at the end with Santana's arrival on Kurt and Rachel's doorstep.

Finn needs a way to spark confidence in the glee club. Emma suggests giving them a competitive assignment, a la Will Schue. So he beams Santana in to have her shake it like a Polaroid picture for the class with four of her college cheerleader buddies.

Okay, so in the grand scheme of things maybe Finn bringing Santana in didn't make much actual sense. He has Wade-Unique and Blaine and both of them know how to be divas, so bringing in Santana for the master class was a huge plot contrivance just to get her back to Lima. 

A plot contrivance I'll ignore because of the smashing and phenomenal job Naya Rivera did on "Girl on Fire." That number will even make me forget about the "Sam's not good enough for you" line she fed both Sam and Brittany.

Sure, Brittany is her best friend and she'll always love her most, but she doesn't get to show up in Lima and break up with Brittany and then play the jealous ex-girlfriend the next time she's there. Especially not after their break-up was the most mature of the three break-ups in "The Break Up" and they agreed to see other people.

Thankfully, Brittany has moments of clarity when it comes to her own emotions and was able to articulate that she's with Sam because she likes him and wants to be with him. And then she sent Santana to New York since she's dropped out of college, which is the moment some of us have been waiting for. 

And - hold on to your hats! - the New York scenes were some of my favorites tonight.

Kurt has long been in Rachel's shadow, at least in her mind, and tonight she finally learned that her life could've been much, much different if only he hadn't thrown their very first diva-off to save his father the potential embarrassment of having a son sing songs written for a woman. 

That, dear TV Fanatics, was the best scene of the season. Maybe even the entire series.

Rachel has grown increasingly more intolerable and self-centered as her time in New York has progressed, but with that tiny bit of truth, Kurt shook her foundation enough for her to see that she's not infallible. With his rendition of "Bring Him Home," he threw Rachel back into the reality that while she's great, others are great as well. And if she wants to make it in that business and have any friends, she'd do well to remember that.

I just loved everything about Kurt tonight. How self-assured he is and confident in himself, his abilities and his choices. He's come so far over the course of four seasons, perhaps showing the greatest depth of any of our original cast members. I think he just became my favorite character.

My other favorite character, Blaine, is still trapped in this Tina Cohen-Chang-crush nightmare of a story line and he doesn't even know it because he was passed out on cold medicine while she professed her love for him. I just can't believe this story. 

Blaine said, as plainly as possible, that he's not attracted to girls. Tina's response? "Well, we're young."

And after she performed her diva number, it seemed like there was a hint of something like change in his face, or recognition. And it better not mean that in coming weeks the writers are going to make Blaine bisexual for the sake of putting him in a relationship with Tina. If Glee goes there, I will...well, I don't know what I'll do, exactly. Except be incredibly irritated and shoot daggers at the television from my eyes each week.

And finally, speaking of where Glee went that I didn't think it would go: Finn kissed Emma.

I sort of saw the glimmer of Finn having a crush on her when he called himself a "man-boy" and then checked her out, but I didn't think they would really go there. And then they did. That will be interesting heading into her and Will's nuptials next week on "I Do."

What did you think of "Diva?" Are you excited that Santana is moving to New York? What do you think about Finn kissing Emma?

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

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Jayma Rules you're sooo right about kurt. this character is so annoying, and he always complains how he feels bad, etc. this episode was boring, I don't know what to say more.

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As for the Emma-Finn kiss. um what. im so confused im going to forget proper punctuation for abit finn you are not will. FINN YOU ARE NOT WILL. stop dressing like him. stop JUST STOP

Fatin

I was a little disappointed in Santana tonight, but then I realized how scary it is to leave familiarity behind. I believe she was just hanging on to a flimsy excuse (Brittany) that kept her from moving on. But, now she's been pushed into the future. And I just loved how she simply walked in with a "I'm moving in."
Tina-Blaine. Ugh. Please don't date. Please don't. Blaine's gay. he stays gay.
Kurt, I've never loved him more. He's definitely way above all others in my love for the Glee characters.

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I really didn't like this episode. I think a big part of it was Rachel. She annoyed the hell out of me from beginning to end. From her high and mighty "I'm as good as it gets" crap to her pouting like a 12 year old when Kurt beat her. I hope she snaps out of this real soon...
I'm still undecided about Tina and blaine... It feels forced, like just a random excuse to put Tina in front of the camera,. But it could turn into a good story.
And Finn kissing Emma? Horrible... Just leave shue and Emma alone. Let them be happy without the drama, and stop trying to turn Finn into shue.

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If only we could go back two years and change the ending to Blame it on the Alcohol. Can you picture Kurt and Rachel competing for Blaine while Finn and Jesse team-up to draw Rachel away from Blaine. Give him an episode-long dream where that plays out!

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I agree with you Miranda, DIVA has been the best episode so far. But I think that what it made so good was because it was first time in a long time which we actually got to focus on new directions and the music (which was inspired by the way) as a pose to bumps in relationships andlong drawn out self-esteem issues. Watching this with my sister, we both cringed at FINN AND EMMA, my sister still is, but in a way I thought not only was her acting brilliant in that scene, but finn's reaction to Emma (the kiss)felt so natural, that there was a longing I felt between the characters for this unexpected love to flourish. As for TINA AND BLAINE, whilst it frustrates me that Blaine 'appears' to remain completely oblivious to Tina's infatuation with him, I still think that it would be great that if Tina really takes that leap, and Blaine of course rejects her, that eventually he realises that an urge to 'try' may come through. In a really sweet and caring way, - even if it doesn't work out. Does that sound twisted? Anyway, those are my wishes and desire at the moment: - emma and finn and sort of blaine and tina, and of course some drama for next episodes to come as Santana moves in with Rachel and Kurt. I'm totally pumped!!

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I agree with many of you; the Tina-Blaine storyline it's not ridiculous at all. You don't choose who you fall in love with, and she's in High School for God's sake! She's still growing up. Plus, Blaine hasn't been the best character either. They haven't develope him that much, and for all we know he might be bisexual. Don't get me wrong, I don't want Tina with Blaine, but it could happen because as Tina said, they're still young and you're still going through changes. It's been one of my favorite storylines this season, and it all led to the "Hung Up" performances which, in my opinion, it's one of the best this season.

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.I agree with you Miranda, DIVA has been the best episode so far. But I think that what it made so good was because it was first time in a long time which we actually got to focus on new directions and the music, which was inspired by the way. Watching this with my sister, we both cringed at FINN AND EMMA, my sister still is, but in a way I thought not only was her acting brilliant in that scene, but finn's reaction to Emma (the kiss)felt so natural, that there was a longing I felt between the characters for this unexpected love to flourish. As for TINA AND BLAINE, whilst ot frustrates me that Blaine 'appears' to remaiin completely obivous to tina's infatuation with him, I still think that it would be great that if tina really takes that leap

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I don't really think it's a devolution if you analyze her character though. Her relationship with Michael was grounded, but it's no more, and she is dealing with the after-effects of that, which may include her confusion. It was exactly the point of the Rachel-Blaine kiss in season 2, only that now it's actually developed into a realistic point. And frankly, I don't know what the rage about Blaine becoming bi is all about, it seems to me more like an excess of fan craziness to require his character to be so tied up to one image when he's let it clear that he finds the female figure beautiful. From a realistic stand point, Glee is there, but I guess when the real stops pleasing us, it's better to just keep it fantasy.

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I don't really think one could say that's I characteristic for Tina… you can't help who you like. And in high school, you're going to have crushes on all different types of guys. It seems pretty natural to me. He's good to look at and nice to her and gives her attention. She's having a lonelier year without mike I'm sure. Sometimes that's all it takes. And to jayma rules, Kurt is one of the best characters on tv. I think his Emmy and golden globe wins prove that enough too. He was standing up for himself tonight. And he was actually gracious about it. I'm not sure what show you're watching.

Glee Season 4 Episode 13 Quotes

[to Emma] What do I have to offer a grown woman like that? I'm just a man-boy.

Finn

[to Finn] Will keeps suggesting Costa Rica, but us gingers can't be that close to the equator.

Emma

Glee Season 4 Episode 13 Music

  Song Artist
Glee-cast-diva Diva Glee Cast iTunes
Glee-cast-dont-stop-me-now Don't Stop Me Now Glee Cast iTunes
Glee-cast-nutbush-city-limits Nutbush City Limits Glee Cast iTunes
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