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Glee Review: No Strings Attached

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Why Glee felt compelled to run a brand new episode on Thanksgiving (again) is beyond me. But run a new one they did. 

The good news is that they buried an otherwise ridiculous and silly episode on a night when (probably) no one was watching, what with all the tryptophan comas and shopping. The bad news is that Glee Season 5 Episode 7 was 45 minutes of my life I can never get back and very little about it was redeeming.

Puppet Mastering

I remember when Angel did a puppet themed episode. A demon turned members of Wolfram and Hart into felt versions of themselves. Puppet Angel had sex and didn't turn into Angelus. 

This puppet episode was nothing like that puppet episode. At all. Not even a little bit. 

In fact, the very best part of tonight's puppet show was Adam Lambert puppet, if only because it was Adam Lambert and basically nothing he could do on this show would be wrong. 

Seriously. And the Nasty/Rhythm Nation dance-fueled mash-up. That was great, too. Really great. Mostly because of Jacob Artist's abs.

But beyond that we just got an entire episode about Blaine envisioning everyone as puppets and having conversations with puppets and vague sexual innuendos being made about Blaine and Kurt puppet all because human Kurt called Blaine a puppet master. An. Entire. Episode. Happy Thanksgiving to us?

Okay, okay, so Sue's remarks about Blaine and Hummel-puppet (Hummet? Humpet? Puppel?) were funny. But then most of the time she gets the best lines anyway so it's really not shocking that she'd say funny things, is it? No, not really. 

It was sort of great to see the beginning of Sue's track suit love affair. ​Maybe there's something about that encounter 30 years ago that caused Sue to carry such a grudge against Figgins for all those years. Figgins told her to consider wearing pants in order to get the students to listen to her so she, of course, went so far to the extreme that the superintendent mistook her for a man.  

But hey, she got the job anyway, so there's that, right?

I'm still just so...miffed? irritated? amazed? flabbergasted? that Glee spent an entire episode devoted to Blaine's puppet hallucinations that I can't really seem to find the words to discuss what actually happened tonight. Which, if we're being totally honest wasn't very much at all. 

The writers are still trying to tease out drama with Jake and Marley, now via a pregnancy scare. I'm elated that they decided to have Bree not be pregnant because that was just entirely too Glee Season 1. Entirely. Though given the way this show likes to recycle storylines it wouldn't shock me if she had been pregnant. 

Marley's shunning of his apology is setting up a big moment for the pair at Nationals. I can feel it. They'll sing and realize they're soul mates and meant to be and see what I mean about recycled storylines?

Jake and Marley are kind of like the leftovers we'll all be eating for the next few days. 

What did you think of Glee Season 5 Episode 7? Were you at all impressed with the puppet show? Which puppet was your favorite? 

Review

Editor Rating: 1.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 2.9 / 5.0 (149 Votes)

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Another episode where Blaine & his Newbie friends suck the life out of the show. I've invested my heart in Glee for so many years only to have the show taken over by the piss poor talent of the New Cast and mediocre talent of Darren Criss and Chord Overstreet. The worst thing in all this is once Blaine and Sam graduate and move to NY even that part of the show will become unwatchable so we will be stuck with the garbage Newbies in Lima and garbage Blam in NY. RIP Glee!

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Another episode where Blaine & his Newbie friends suck the life out of the show. I've invested my heart in Glee for so many years only to have the show taken over by the piss poor talent of the New Cast and mediocre talent of Darren Criss and Chord Overstreet. The worst thing in all this is once Blaine and Sam graduate and move to NY even that part of the show will become unwatchable so we will be stuck with the garbage Newbies in Lima and garbage Blam in NY. RIP Glee!

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Jake can have some fun, it would have been better not to cheat, but still...when you are a teenager, hormons run high and you basically are not sure about what you want! it is kind of normal...but all this being a cheater in high school, so you'll be for the rest of your life, sounds heavy and totally bullshit!
I love the music and in general musical, so that's why I am watching it...I just wonder if teenagers really get something out from this show!

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your review seems a little too harsh. I read it before watching it ans I honestly considered not to watch the episode. actually it wasn't that bad!
what I don't get after 5 seasons of Glee if this show can really speak to American teenagers...I am not a teenager anymore, nor an American, so please help me to understand...but do teenagers really think about getting married and actually propose like Finn and Blaine? because this sounds so unrealistic...
and what about this pregnancy theme that comes back quite often? it sounds so weird in 2013 to still have this issue...what about sexual education, condoms, and pills?
I am also not on board about the way they are treating Jake...I mean...high school is the time to try, to have fun, tons of people that you like, and the day after you change your mind...cut him some slack!

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I saw this comment posted on another site. It is pretty spot on: "It was a good episode but it doesn't totally make up for the fact that every episode since "The Quarterback" has been Glee just spinning its wheels until they figure out what to do post-Finn. This entire stretch of episodes have felt totally unnecessary. I kind of just wish they did what they had originally planned and let "The Quarterback" be the last episode they aired this year so they could plot out proper storylines and give us some tighter writing but that's probably too much to hope for. At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if every episode this season is a tribute episode with a self-contained plot that adds nothing to the overall narrative."

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Since I started with my online business, I earn $62 every 15 minutes! My best friend has been averaging 11k for months now and he works about 20 hours a week. I can't believe how easy it was once I tried it out. The potential with this is endless. This is what I do..... Jobs95.ℂOm

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If you read the description of next week's episode, the members of the glee club audition to be in a live Nativity scene. Where did the summer go?

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I feel like you graded this episode by "omg it's Thanksgiving and I have to sit here and watch this crap on tv that I don't even like but I have to watch because half of the people come to TV Fanatic only because of it. OH ABSSSS..." This episode wasn't greatest but also wasn't for 1.5. And it was written by Matthew Hodgson and of course we all know he writes badly.

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I was so excited to see Glee last night. I know this opinion will NOT be popular, but I was very disappointed. Adam normally STANDS OUT even when he tries not to. And I have a feeling that he did stand out when the scenes were taped and he was edited (put into the box) to just be one of a group of equals. It seems they will not be able to top STARCHILD's Marry the Night. Adam is a SOLO performer.

Glee Season 5 Episode 7 Quotes

Looks like somebody's manstrating.

Kitty

Blaine: We need to win this.
Tina: Feels like North Korea up in here.

Glee Season 5 Episode 7 Music

  Song Artist
Glee cast into the groove Into The Groove Glee Cast iTunes
Glee cast youre my best friend You're My Best Friend Glee Cast iTunes
Glee cast nasty slash rhythm nation Nasty / Rhythm Nation Glee Cast iTunes
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