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Gleeview: Prom-asauras
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"Now they're gone, and I'm just Rachel Barbra Berry of Lima, Ohio, flightless bird...a penguin."

I don't know if being prom queen makes up for losing a dream as big as Broadway stardom, but Quinn Fabray seems to have tried to make it seem that way.  I don't know why she did it exactly, though I have my opinions.  But it seems to me that rigging the results so that "loser" Rachel Berry won Prom Queen over--let's just tell it like it is--HBIC Quinn Fabray is at the very least what Glee has been about from the beginning.  Rachel Berry was at the lowest rung of the high school social ladder at the beginning of her sophomore year (and possibly not even on the ladder at all freshman year), and she ended up Senior Prom Queen.  And, she got applause regardless.

I think many will argue, including the Glee writers and producers, that Prom royalty is not the height of achievement, but it is special for a high school Senior.  And, I think Rachel needed that at this point.  Now, she has the self-confidence boost that will make her come out of the doldrums she's in because of her audition catastrophe, and she might now find the will power to keep pursuing her dream.  I certainly hope so.  And, I really am pretty happy that it was Quinn Fabray who gave that to her.

I'm also glad Quinn is not as depressed as she could be about her injuries.  Okay, yes, Joe Hart has something to do with that, and I've made my peace with it.  But, I don't see him as a long-term support for her.  The old Quinn Fabray is still there fighting to get out, and the only person that seems to be able to help her hold it back is Rachel Berry.  And, that makes me happy.

This episode didn't have the multiple plot developments that many recent episodes have had, and I didn't mind that.  Sometimes those are hit-and-miss because they can be choppy.  This was a smoothly executed episode, probably largely because of Eric Stoltz's direction, and Ryan Murphy didn't try to do too much with the script.

Basically, it was just about as classic as "Prom Queen."  There was a really nice mix of humor and drama.  It was also, I think, a fitting setup, especially on the Rachel front, for the 2-hour event next week.

Favorite Line:
Brittany had a lot of funny screen time, but Sue Sylvester still beat her out for my favorite line.

Sue:  Ah, Becky!  Commercials aren't real life.  Advertisers are manipulative alcoholics who use images to play on our emotions.  Haven't you seen Mad Men?
Becky:  No.
Sue:  Neither have I.

Musical Rundown:
"Big Girls Don't Cry" by Fergie--There have been some interesting and, maybe surprisingly, brilliant groupings recently (e.g., Rachel, Kurt, Santana and Mercedes in "Whitney"), and this was another one.  Chris Colfer (Kurt), Darren Criss (Blaine), and Lea Michele (Rachel) sound really good together.  Of course, my completely biased opinion is that Ms. Michele makes everyone she sings with better, but Mr. Criss and Mr. Colfer and good singers in their own right.

"Dinosaur" by Ke$ha--This was more dance number than singing number, but of course Heather Morris (Brittany) knocked it out of the park.  Two weeks ago, she dazzled in stilettos; last night she did it in bare feet.  She can do it all in the dancing department.

"Love You Like a Love Song" by Selena Gomez and the Scene--This impressed me.  Even with the effects, this sounded like Naya Rivera (Santana) singing this song, and I liked it a lot.

"What Makes You Beautiful" by One Republic--This was fine.  I guess I'm not terribly excited when these guys get together and sing.  They remind me--though they have a slightly different style--of The Warblers.  They sound good, but they're kind of boring.

"Take My Breath Away" by Berlin--Now, this was the surprise of the episode.  Again, there were heavy effects, here but mostly reverb not Auto-tune.  Dianna Agron (Quinn), especially, but also Naya Rivera did a beautiful job.  I might have liked this as much as Lea Michele's number in the episode, and that's hard to accomplish.