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Glee Review: Bye, Bye, Bye, Brody

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Oh, Glee. I knew you had it in you to keep me on the edge of my seat and thoroughly entertain me for a solid hour again! I knew you could leave me wanting more!

Do you want to know how Glee accomplished this feat tonight?

Two words: Santana Lopez. The bitch is most definitely back, and I could not love her any more than I do right now.

Pretty Santana

"Feud" was supposed to be about the epic battle being waged between Will and Finn regarding Finn's puckering of Emma Pillsbury. All the story line did before they sang was make Will look like a giant douche. Seriously. He has Finn make a coffee run and throws a fit because there are three pumps of mocha instead of two? Finn picks up Will's vests at the cleaner and then Will complains that they aren't clean so Finn needs to take them back?

I get it. Finn kissed Emma. Finn is also 19 years old. Maybe even still 18. And up until the past couple of weeks, he's always been portrayed as kind of a doofus. So yes, he was wrong for kissing her.

But on what planet is all of this a realistic reaction for Will to have? It's just ridiculous.

It was also ridiculous for the glee club members to know that Finn kissed Emma and that's why he and Will were fighting, but I've come to realize that student-teacher professionalism doesn't exist in Ryan Murphy's universe. But it did make Tina, Artie, and Blaine force them to duke it out Glee-style with a good ol' song and dance, which gave us one of my favorite performances of the season.

Maybe it's because Justin Timberlake is hot right now having just hosted SNL so it's dredging up all my old N*Sync/Backstreet Boys memories, but that mash-up tonight was phenomenal. I don't think there will ever be a time when I won't love hearing "Bye, Bye, Bye." And I remember watching the making the video for "I Want It That Way." Ahhh! It was perfect. And now my tangent is over.

If nothing else came from Will tapping into his inner diva instead of talking to Emma, we got that musical number and a heart to heart between Finn and Marley where Marley pushed Finn to make the decision we've all seen coming since he first donned a sweater vest. 

Finn's going to be a teacher when he grows up. Finally! 

I like that Marley helped him find his way because, well, because I like Marley. And because Finn has helped her and the rest of the new class, so having one of them be the one to give him a push toward his future was better and more fitting than if one of the other characters had helped him find his way.

I mean, Blaine can only do so much to help everyone, what with the Blam! plot to take down Sue and the Cheerios once and for all after losing to her in their Nicki-Mariah American Idol-inspired showdown. 

Did Blaine throw the face-off with Sue? Was that the Blam! plan all along? Those two, Sam and Blaine, make one hell of a team, but even if Blaine losing wasn't part of their master plan, Jane Lynch as Nicki Minaj singing "Super Bass" was still amazing.

All of tonight's music was incredible, really. The production of the opening number with Brody and the other gigolos and their clients in the hotel was so well done. It was a little gritty and had a more grown up feel than we're used to and helped set the tone for the New York scenes as being edgier and more adult.

It also confirmed what we all knew: Brody is a male prostitute. But he also maybe loves Rachel. He's not sure. And she also maybe loves him but she's not sure either.

Oh, and Rachel's not pregnant after all. 

I have to admit that there's a part of me that is disappointed that she's not pregnant, even if Glee has already done the pregnancy thing. It would've been interesting to see her grapple with whether she would make the same decision her own birth mother did. Or would she keep her child and still make a run for Broadway like she's always dreamed? 

Rachel has been playing adult in New York without actually understanding the consequences of her actions. Either way, like Santana said, this is a wake up call for her. 

Santana: Rachel, you can't just blow past this like nothing ever happened. This is a wake-up call. This is an opportunity for you to take a hard look at the choices that you're making, where your life is heading. | permalink

Santana loves her friends, even if she only considers Rachel her friend 10% of the time. She loves her friends so much she'll do something as awesome as bust into NYADA and get in touch with her inner Paula Abdul in the dance studio, which was way sexier and more appealing than when Rachel went Britney in the same studio.

I loved everything about her quest to take Brody down, especially that firey, fist-flying ending that occurred when she called Finn to New York. Finn is on fire lately and I'm loving it.

What did you think of "Feud"? Which feud was your favorite? Check out the Glee quotes page for more Glee fun and I'll see you in the comments!

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Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 (147 Votes)

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

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    Great review!! But what about Ryder? I thought he had quite a large part in the show and was on edge in the last scene. The internet friend is obviously someone at McKinley and is obviously not who he thinks he's talking to. I like where Glee is taking this, a moral to all young people talking to strangers online - watch out.

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    Oh, and the one thing I don't agree with is that Marley is anything but a watered-down version of Rachel, without the charm or drive to succeed. I loved Blaine in this ep, and I loved the Boy Band sing-off. I feel that Finn won and that by the end of the ep he'd grown a pair and is now going to become a teacher and go after the love of his life, Rachel. More power to him!

    Deann

    I agree with the reviewer that Will was being immature and ridiculous over a kiss, and I agree that he should have found a better way to deal with it. I also agree that Santana was the BOMB in this episode, and I was glad she told Finn about Brody the manwhore so that Finn could knock the snot out of him, because any guy who is lying to his girlfriend about having multiple sexual partners is putting her at risk of getting STDs that could ruin her life and her health. She is at an age where she could get HPV which could lead to ovarian or cervical cancer, and they often don't have symptoms for women until you're too far along to treat successfully. There is also a new strain of gonorreah that is resistant to antibiotics going around, and it wouldn't surprise me a bit that Brody is transmitting these diseases to all the women he sleeps with. So I think its much more likely that Rachel has an STD than she's pregnant.Also, I thought Sue as Niki M was pretty silly.

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    Can we talk a little bit more about Finn's streak of crazy at the end? It was the most adult and I think the moment where I went from supportive but on the fence still to, yeah, I'm on the Finn Express. There's this second before he says "she doesn't even know who you are" where you just see Cory Monteith tap into some real dark area of his head-space. Favorite moment of the episode and a long time coming.

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    Santana's a complete idiot who needs to get her life together and quit interfering with the lives of people by her own admission she only likes 10% of the time. When you're not a college drop out who is sleeping on their couch out of their mercy maybe then you have room to talk. When you haven't gone through all of their stuff for no other reason that because you're an overbearing a_hole, destroying any trust they may have had in you, then we can talk. When you don't do stupid things like call in "the big, strong man" ex-boyfriend to take care of things for the weak little woman, instead of letting her have her autonomy and presenting her with actual evidence instead of 'lol I call people names and these are my names for Brody and I think he's shady,' then she can talk. Like, are you kidding me. She and Finn were by far the worst thing about this episode. The absolute worsts.

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    If you are screening messages, Miranda - allow criticism of your statements to be posted. Otherwise, it gives the appearance the points you've made are weak, and you're trying to cover that up.

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    Anyone think Rachel lied, and really is pregnant. Rumor has it Shelby is back for an episode...And the scenario Miranda mentioned could very well play out... I could see that happening.

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    okay love the fight with finn/brody....santana---awesome....i agree santana was what this season had been missing. The whole Ryder with the internet chick thing. At first I thought it was Unique creating a fake profile because she knew Ryder would never go for her. Now I'm thinking this "katie" girl is going to be something out of Dateline.

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    @Miranda I beg to differ. Finn fighting Brody WAS about Brody/Rachel. And it's important to note that BRODY GRABBED FINN right after Finn told him to stay away from Rachel and walked away. Not only was he angry about the fact that Brody's been sleeping with other women for money, but because he loves Rachel so much that he feels she does not deserve to be with a guy who's not being completely honest with her. Not to mention, he happens to be a HOOKER who may be exposing her to possible STDs. I thought what Finn did was justified. I see it as something a normal person would do if he finds out that this person is hurting someone he loves so much. The "stay away from my future wife" line, though cheesy, says all.

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    @xmeg--Ah! I see what you're saying. Yes, having her think she's pregnant and then not actually being pregnant is a total cop-out. It's Murphy's standard "three episode plot" where we talk about it for three weeks and then move on. Lame. They could've done so much with it if the New York scenes are supposed to be the grown up Glee.