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Glee Review: I Now Pronounce You Wemma

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Glee has faced some challenges this season. It had to adapt to a split-format for story telling, following part of the cast to New York while introducing new characters in Lima and furthering the stories of the characters who remained after graduation. 

In a lot of ways Glee Season 4 had bitten off more than it could chew. Tonight was indicative of the show's struggle to devote adequate attention to all its myriad characters.

For a finale, "All or Nothing" left me feeling kind of odd and unsettled, but I guess when a show has already been renewed for two seasons, that's its prerogative. 

Regionals Photo

Brittany's early admission to MIT is perhaps the most oddball way to cover up her pregnancy that Ryan and Co. could have thought up. With all the available choices for writing her off the show, this particular route was just over the top. 

But this is Glee. And over the top is kind of its thing. So I guess we'll run with the notion that Brittany's tickly brain is actually her thinking up number sequences that even the most sophisticated minds can't decipher.

I mean, why not?

And yet, despite the silliness of the early admission, the diva outburst, and the slightly crazy burning of the Cheerios uniform, I'm really, really sad we're losing Brittany. Her monologue about glee club being where she first began to believe in herself sent me straight back to high school and drama club and finding my people. (To read her monologue and other lines from tonight's episode, visit the Glee quotes page!)

With that speech, she reminded us how this group began. How this ragtag bunch of high school misfits came together and formed something amazing. How everyone finds his or her place there. It was truly one of the highlights of the episode. 

And it led us directly into the main event: Regionals.

To be honest, I was underwhelmed with Jessica Sanchez' highly touted "guest role" on the show. Sure, she sang the pants off of her songs, but the build-up leading into tonight seemed like she would do more.

Oh well. McKinley was meant to win anyway.

Their songs tonight were fantastic. Featuring the guys in "Hall of Fame" and the girls on "I Love It," songs were chosen that showcased the various vocal talents hidden in the cast. the original song "All or Nothing" was also, well, original. And catchy. Certainly better than the remix of "Loser Like Me" from a few weeks back. 

Tonight also saw the reveal of Ryder's Catfish, and I have to say, I'm both surprised and not surprised. When Marley first stood up and then Jake stood up to defend her, I felt like I'd been punk'd.

Why on earth had we watched her choose Jake only to have her do this to Ryder? Way to make us hate the heroine, Ryan!

But then to find that she was covering for Wade/Unique was just a kind of pure moment for Marley. She wants to save people. To help them despite great personal cost. 

I don't know that I like that the Catfish was Wade/Unique, but I thought Alex Newell did a great job with the very emotional confession. Living the life that Wade/Unique lives makes it hard to make connections with other people. And that's really all anyone is seeking, right? Connection?

Ryder's reaction was appropriate given the circumstances, but I can't see Ryan and Co. cutting such a talent loose after this season. We'll see and hear more about the Wade/Unique-Ryder Catfish story in Glee season 5. Their look on stage after winning was enough to tell us that we may have gotten the reveal tonight but the story is far from over. 

The Catfish story isn't the only loose end we were left with tonight. Blaine's proposal to Kurt was interrupted by the Wemma wedding.

Finally, these two are married. In a place that is special to them and surrounded by the people they love. Which means a choir room full of high school students. Which is weird. But not as weird as Brittany getting into MIT? Maybe?

Anyway, those two are finally hitched. Blaine is holding on to a ring which he intends to give to Kurt as a grand gesture to win back his one true love. It's bold. And I don't think it will work. 

Truthfully, the "Blaine wants to propose" bit feels like yet another PSA and since Glee has done a number of these, their potency is weakened with every new message. I'm not saying that this one in particular isn't valid or worthy of representation because it certainly is, but at best, Glee hits somewhere in the middle with its ability to leave the viewers with meaningful takeaways.

Regardless as to the PSA-status of the proposal, I expect Kurt to turn him down in Glee season 5, but at some point before the series ends they'll end up in New York together. I'm a firm believer that just as Rachel and Finn are end game, so are Blaine and Kurt. Anything else might leave me a little sad.

Speaking of New York, Rachel sang for the role of Fanny Brice, but in yet another cliffhanger, we have no idea if she got the part. My guess is yes because how could anyone top that performance? It was perfect.

What did you think of "All or Nothing?" Were you surprised by the Wemma wedding? By the reveal of Wade/Unique as Ryder's Catfish?

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

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Season 4 was very bad , I'm sad that I kept waiting for it to get better when it never did, so I'm mad at me for wasting time on a show that has turned to absolute crap. Finale was a huge disappointment.

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It's always fun to see a Glee regionals but all I wanted to watch was Rachel so whether we found out what happened in her audition or not, it would have felt far more satisfying to see her return to McKinley for regionals... the one thing the newbies have been missing is a Rachel Berry performance to show them all what they're lacking.

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This season finale was seriously lacking. The problem with this season's Glee is that they are focusing more on the SONGS rather than the actual PLOT of the show. If you look back on the first couple of seasons, you see that it actually told a good story filled with many controversial topics. However, this season is all about the music which removes any emotional investment fans have for the show.

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Glee’s season finale certainly snuck up on me, and I’m anxious to see where the story picks up next season. This season’s storyline was really lacking in focus I think since they’ve had to switch back-and-forth from NYC to Lima, OH. I’ve not been keeping up with Glee very well for the last couple of weeks because I’ve been working nights at DISH, so I haven’t been home to watch it air. Thankfully I will be able to start catching up during my commute today because I can use the DISH Anywhere app on my iPad. It can stream any of the shows I have recorded to my DVR wherever I go as long as I’m connected to the internet.

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It had its moments .. but still could have been better.. :)

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this season was really bad and this episode is the worst.....i have no idea how glee was renewed for two more seasons...

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Why didn't they show graduation and is heather not returning to glee I was so confused when I was watching this episode..I knew that it was wade even though marley said it was her the camera kept him in the shot, the best part was seeing santana and she wasn't even shown a lot I wish dianna in this episode.

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The only reason I still watch glee is for the NY storyline...was super bummed that we only got about 2 minutes of that. And it was the best 2 minutes of the whole show. When will they wake up and put more focus onto lea and the others in NY instead of wasting time with the newbies! This season truly sucked for the most part

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Crap story, sloopy writting,this was the worst season except for Lea the only character which it was worth watching, not mention the poor storyline of Quinn

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Things I liked. Rachel's audition was stellar. Heather's goodbye. The rest was the worst thing that Glee has ever done. Crap. Poor performances. WTH was that the ND won with those performances. This season has been an absolute mess and not worth watching, but as a Glee diehard, I've gutted it out. So glad this season is over. But, if there will be a continuation of this school year and these so called cliff hangers, who cares to wait for next season. And watch this mess all over again. Glee has really fallen and fast.

Glee Season 4 Episode 22 Quotes

There comes a moment in every performer's life that defines him or her, sometimes for the rest of their career. This is our moment. We've struggled. We've endured. And now we must triumph.

Will

I thought you were going to tell me that I was an idiot and that's bullying and I won't tolerate that.

Brittany

Glee Season 4 Episode 22 Music

  Song Artist
Glee-cast-to-love-you-more To Love You More Glee Cast iTunes
Glee-cast-clarity Clarity Glee Cast iTunes
Glee-cast-wings Wings Glee Cast iTunes
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