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? 


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


You're right on! I too felt it was a waste of my time except for the chance for others to see the "Into the Groove" routine (which fans had already seen from Fox promos), the few minutes of Adam with his puppet (makes me want to take a felting class) and the Nasty dance number. I thought they would go somewhere with the Starchild character this episode, but nada. And what was that with Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire! Did they think that would connect with the older audience? I was left baffled by their choices of creativity, and questioning what I would put up with in the future just to catch a few glances of Adam Lambert's acting and singing.


My favorite puppet was Adam's puppet mainly because he is the puppeteer. Adam personality and charm made the entire show for me except Sue's lines are always funny. I loved the In The Groove Performance mainly Adam and Lea. Sounds like Adam should be getting a lot more camera time. All in all I like the episode. Looking forward to more time in NYC than Ohio.


I tuned in to see Adam Lambert and found out that not only does he have a great voice ,but that man is a natural actor.IMHO, he was totally underused in tonight's episode. Rhythm Nation dance segment was the only worthwhile high school scene out of 45 minutes of otherwise total boredom.NYC with Adam,Kurt and cast was enjoyable,but way too brief.
This episode was one of the worst that I have seen .The Blaine character was too over exposed and became boring. I have a bald spot where some of my hair used to be.


Elliot & Rachel's puppets are gorgeous and seem to be flirting with each other hahahaha


I'm giving it 5 based solely on Lambert. But if I'm honest, I actually liked this episode. Rhythm Nation was awesome. The episode was mindless fun and Adam said lots of words. So there's that.

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Glee Season 5 Episode 7 Quotes

Looks like somebody's manstrating.


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