Glee Review: The Runaway Bride

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Glee doesn't have a great track record with holiday-themed episodes. The Christmas episodes have both been holiday album commercials that added nothing substantial to the ongoing stories within the season.

Tonight's Valentine's Day episode, however, breaks that streak, and was - dare I say it?!? - a fantastic hour for Glee.

"I Do" turned into "I don't" when Emma took off in a taxicab and left Will standing at the altar. While his heart might be broken, Cupid's arrows were definitely hitting everyone else as hook-ups abounded.

Glee Wedding Pic

Since tonight's episode centered around various pairings, of both the endgame and right now varieties, it feels only fitting for those to be the focus of tonight's review. Here we go.

RIP Will and Emma. Maybe.

After Finn kissed Emma last week, her OCD went into overdrive, though it's probably fair to say that it wasn't Finn's kiss that had her scrubbing Artie's locker since she seemed rather nonplussed by his pucker. I've always loved Emma and I think they've played her OCD well. At times it's quirky and kind of her thing, but then when the writers have her breaking down and attempting to control her world by controlling the chaos around her, it plays as very real instead of farcical. 

It was easy to see her spiraling out of control and it was also easy to see Will being kind of oblivious and dismissive of the fact that it was happening, as he's been time and again with her disorder. When Sue walked into the bridal room in a gown matching Emma's, I half expected her to have one of her moments of kindness and say the words that would pull Emma together so she could walk down the aisle to marry Will. But in the end, I'm glad she didn't. (Sue's words to Emma can be found on the Glee quotes page!)

I think I like it this way better.

In Glee season 1, I pulled for Will and Emma to be together. It was clear that he loved her and not Terry. It was obvious that Emma loved Will. When they kissed for the first time, there was probably fist-pumping in my living room. But since they've gotten together officially, he's been kind of an ass who doesn't deserve her.

But, people change. At least on television. Maybe losing Emma in this manner will make Will realize and appreciate what he had so that he can be a better husband when and if they ever manage to find his runaway bride.

Jake and Marley. With a side of Ryder.

Jake wanted to do something nice for Marley for Valentine's Day. Except he has the OG Puckerman for an older brother who told him to take her to dinner and then buy her some lingerie so she could put on a fashion show. Thankfully, Jake has Ryder in his corner and Ryder is hip to what women want, which is emotional vulnerability.

Ryder saved Jake by knowing about Marley. Ryder knew her favorite song was "You're All I Need To Get By" and that her favorite flower is the peony. Ryder also had a heart pendant necklace in his back pocket just in case Jake needed it. And Jake did need it.

He planned to try for a home run in a hotel room upstairs after the reception and thought the necklace would be just the ticket to tip those scales in his favor. Ryder knew Marley wasn't ready and said so, and Jake said he was falling in love with her and promised he wouldn't hurt her. When she said She wasn't ready, he was okay with it, which proves he's learning a thing or two, one of which is don't listen to Puck.

Marley knew Ryder was behind all of the gifts and told him she knew and he kissed her. So that's not going to be any more awkward for the three of them now, right?

At Will's Wedding

Quinn and Santana. It's a one - maybe two - time thing.

So of the hook-ups I didn't see coming tonight, this was one of them. 

It was fun. It was experimental. I don't think Quinn will suddenly start using the train pass Rachel got her so that she can visit Santana in New York.  Otherwise, that apartment would be mighty crowded.

KLAINE! Because weddings are good for hook-ups.

Ahhh! When Kurt was in the back of the Prius, I thought "Did he bring Adam home for the wedding??" And then it was Blaine!

Yes, Blaine cheated. Yes, he has both said and shown that he's sorry for the hurt he caused. If Kurt can forgive him, so can I. They're not jumping on Facebook to change their relationship statuses. They're just friends who happen to like each other a great deal, who may sleep together on occasion, and see that there is potential for them to be together in the future. 

There were so many awesome and hilarious things about their hook-up, like Kurt thinking that Tina was knocking on the car window again and the Tina-Kurt showdown by the cupcakes. I'm glad Kurt was able to talk some sense into Tina about her Blaine-crush. When she accidentally admitted to the "vapo-rape" she knew things had gone too far and realized that any romantic relationship with Blaine, even a non-physical one, would not happen. They can be best friends. 

Finchel is endgame.

Rachel came home for the wedding. Not shocking. Finn getting some game and basically seducing her at the reception? Shocking.

It was interesting to see this hook-up come to fruition because historically, Rachel has pursued Finn. Tonight, he turned the tables, laying it out for her that it doesn't matter where they are now. What they both know is that their future is together.

Finn: [to Rachel] You and I both know how this thing ends. I don't know how, or when, and I don't care where you're living or what dope you're shacked up with. You're my girlfriend. We are endgame. I know that and you know that. | permalink

His entire thing with the daisy was--and I can't believe I'm saying this--kind of sexy. Yes, yes I think Finn Hudson just stepped into sexy territory instead of awkward and kind of goofy. This season has been about Rachel growing up and maturing. Well, it's time Finn got some of that, too, and tonight seemed to be his moment.

I love that he set the tone for this reunion by putting her in her place in the coffee house and telling her that not everything is about her. Then Finn challenged Rachel on the openness and maturity she claims to have in her personal life and in her relationship with Brody. I love that after she returned to New York her confidence in Brody and their "open and modern" relationship was shaken enough for her to wonder how he spent his time in her absence enough to snoop. Because now we know that Brody is a male prostitute

WHOA. Talk about reveals I didn't see coming. That, coupled with Rachel taking a pregnancy test with "Anything Could Happen" in the background? Anything really can happen now and a whole new line of storytelling just opened up.

Other notes:

  • Ali Stroker, The Glee Project runner-up to Blake Jenner, showing up as Emma's niece and love interest for Artie. I didn't really pull for her on The Glee Project, but I think this can work.
  • Where was Coach Beiste? She's been Will and Emma's biggest fan and she was nowhere to be found. Sad day.
  • It was refreshing for Mercedes to be singing during the wedding instead of Rachel. I loved that.
What did you think of "I Do?" Were you as happily shocked by some of the hook-ups as I was? 


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I loved tonight's episode and aside from the Naked episode, all of the episodes of the new year have been great. I wish that Finn would have spent more time feeling guilty or at least admitted to Mr. Shue about the two of them rather than just jumping on Rachel. I did love all of the old relationships (Klaine and Finnchel) hookups. Glad that the Tina-Blaine thing can finally be over. I kind of want Kurt to break Blaine's heart though. I love Blaine, but I think it would be good for Kurt as far as character development is concerned. I hope Rachel actually is pregnant and the writers decide to explore options within this storyline besides making it a scare. I wish Mercedes would find her way back to the series that is relevant besides the one or two lines she is being provided with. She is great! I also wish that the Mercedes-Kurt friendship would be brought back into light since Kurt has ditched her for Rachel. I loved when the three of them were close instead of just Rachel and Kurt. The Santana and Quinn set up was random, but I loved it. My wish is for Quinn to have a better developed storyline though because she hasn't really received anything besides random scraps since her break up with Finn in season 2. I'm sick of the Jake and Marley storyline. Hope Ryder shakes it up again. I hope next season the move forward with the New York aspect of the show and leave behind (or possibly revisit) McKinley. Mr. Shue has also gone downhill following season 2. His character has become an asshole who I can no longer root for because he is such a douche. I loved whore version from season 1 and 2 of Mr. Shue rather than this crappy single guy who is insensitive to the 'love of his life'. Anyways, tonight was a great episode and look forward for March 7!!


Finn's " she loves me, she loves me not." speech was epic. That and the " Anything Can Happen" performance were my favorite moments tonight. I hope Ryder doesn't ruin Marley and Jakes relationship I love them together. Although I kinda love Ryder as well after tonight. The love triangle ensues. Should be interesting.


This show should be cancelled, they seem to be run out of ideas. What's next? a threesome with the unholy trinity? not to mention that Quinn is a bit promiscuous, Puckerman,Finn,Sam,a forty year old teacher,Santana. Wasn't she a devoted christian in season 1?.


It is a refreshing story. glee is better in making a story LINE this season. The pregnancy thing is old. Hope it's just a scare. And OH QUINNTANA SHIPPERS ARE SAYING HI AND CELEBRATING OUR DREAM COME TRUE


I also thought Finn seducing Rachel was kinda sexy! I didn't see that coming honestly. I didn't even know her and Brody were still in an open relationship I guess, but that's cool. I'm over Brody so I'm glad she found out about all that and hopefully we can kick him to the curb! And open the doors again for her and Finn :) I actually thought the song Mercedes sang was awful. Since when does she sing like that?! Never… I loved Kurt and Blaine's performance and all their scenes together. It was nice to see just them having fun. I'm not all that invested in will and Emma anymore either. And Will's singing was terrible when he was at the alter. I was impressed Emma could do what she did so fast haha. I was just happy to see the gang all back together. Although I don't think they had one scene where they were all together. That was sad. I'm not a marley fan. I think jake's singing is a joke. It sounds so nasally. Ryder is way better, and much more attractive!


Wow, that was my favorite episode in a long time. This year, it feels like Glle is returning to its former glory. The past two seasons have been filled with one-episode-improvised-storylines, but this season they really take the time to develop the storylines. I agree Finn was kinda hot tonight, the way he seduced Rachel. If Rachel is pregnant, I hope it's his baby (I don't know if that is possible, if enough time has passed between the hook-up and the end). Funny to see her relationship with Brody was filled with lies. Quinn and Santana, that was hot too. But I would like a real love interest for Quinn she's been single long enough.


I feel bad for Emma :| But wow, Quinn and Santana! YES. A thousand times yes! I'd trade challenged Brittany for Quinn in a heartbeat if the option was there. Also, this pregnancy plot is so tired, every show did that and it probably won't be anything more than a scare anyway.

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Glee Season 4 Episode 14 Quotes

Finn: Where have you been? I asked you to come, like, an hour ago?
Rachel: I was getting a spray tan.

[to Rachel] Not everything has to do with you.


Glee Season 4 Episode 14 Music

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Glee cast anything could happen Anything Could Happen Glee Cast iTunes
Glee cast weve got tonite We've Got Tonite Glee Cast iTunes
Glee cast getting married today Getting Married Today Glee Cast iTunes