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Gleeview: Furt

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To be honest, I haven't been 100% in love with Kurt's storyline dominating as it has since the back nine last season.  It's not that I didn't like it in principle; I thought as a side story it was good.  I sympathize with Kurt, but Chris Colfer who plays Kurt was nominated for an Emmy as a Supporting Actor when, really, he's been closer to a lead actor since roughly the middle of last season.  And, he is a really good actor (he deserved the nomination), but I think it has been too much.  It has brought the whole mood of the episodes down a little bit and has altered the ensemble dynamic of the cast.  It definitely has not ruined it, but I would have preferred that things be a little different.  Even when Quinn's pregnancy dominated the storylines early last season, everyone in the cast was involved in some way or another.  It hasn't been the same with Kurt; he's mostly had to suffer alone with minimal help from his father and Finn.

But, I have to say that for most of last night's episode, I pretty much forgot about that.  Burt and Carole getting married seemed logical and Kurt's involvement as the wedding planner was totally in character and fun.  I liked how the glee club guys stuck up for Kurt in the locker room.  The fight scene was intense, as it seems like they always are in Glee, and that's not a bad thing.  This storyline even involved a little Finn and Rachel because Rachel became disappointed with Finn for not sticking up for his step brother.  I did think the processional number was pretty eye-roll worthy, especially the bride and groom's awkwardness.  I suppose they had to do it, but I thought it was so 2009 as they say.  Some ideas just don't age well.  They used a different song and toned it down a bit, but still...and by the time the reception came along, I was ready for the wedding stuff to be over.  But, up until that point, I was enjoying it.  Plus, I think there might be a chance that it will be less of a factor now that Kurt is transferred.  He'll still make appearances, and I'm sure at some point he'll be back at McKinley.  But, for now, I'm hoping it'll be less dominating.

As for the other storylines of the episode, I thought they were pretty good.  I thought it was genius to pair Carol Burnett with Jane Lynch.  I would have liked it if they had been a little bit sillier before the seriousness took over.  My favorite scene between them was when they were singing together.  Most of it was just singing.  It was just funny because they're both subtle comedians, and they both know how to make singing funny.  Sue marrying herself, of course, was the height of narcissism.  It was a parody of a real life Taiwanese woman who married herself (I don't think it was legally recognized, and she did it to protest the pressure she felt to get married and said it was not binding) and a little bit of the reaction to it.  Sue never does anything entirely for someone else, unless it's for her sister, Jean.  Even when she's doing something nice, like giving the glee club another year even when she had the power to disband them, it was mostly because she wanted something to play with and feel superior over.

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that Finn was still keeping the fact that he lost his virginity to Santana a secret from Rachel.  I speculated that that might be ignored, but I was glad to see that will not be ignored.  It still hasn't been resolved, and I don't necessarily think it'll be a deal breaker for Rachel like Finn thinks.  But, I do think the longer he puts it off, especially if Rachel gives in to him and has sex with him, the more angry she will be when she finds out.  I'm not a huge fan of the Finn/Rachel relationship, but I was proud of Rachel, for once this season, for wanting to defend Kurt.  She's been particularly self-centered lately, and this seemed mostly out of concern for Kurt.  I do have to give Finn credit for at least staying faithful to Rachel.  He didn't even hesitate to shoot Santana down when she tried to get him to cheat on Rachel.  He's regularly inattentive, insensitive, superficial, and he's generally not very bright, but at least he's faithful.  And, Rachel did look pretty amazing in her bridesmaid dress.

As an aside, I liked the scene with the Glee Girls with Boyfriends.  No one was actually insulting Rachel, even if they didn't necessarily share her enthusiasm, and Santana was actually upset she wasn't invited.  It's nice to see Rachel getting some love from her so-called friends.  She doesn't usually deserve the insults she gets.  Most of the time her craziness benefits them too, if they'd just get over it.

Finally, again I'm not a huge fan of Sam and Quinn together.  Maybe it's just too much blonde, but I'm okay with them using each other for the popularity they get out of it.  Quinn wants to be prom queen and for her boyfriend to be prom king.  Sam wants to be popular to avoid the slushies, etc., and I do think he has some feelings for Quinn even if it's not as strong as he made it sound.  It does seem like this might put to rest the question of whether Sam is gay, but not completely.  It might be that they're trying to use him to go against stereotypes, but there are still lingering doubts I think.  We'll see.  I was glad to see Quinn say yes to his "proposal" on her own terms so that she's got the upper hand.  I think her character works better that way.  She chose him for his position and because I think she thinks he's good for her reputation overall.

Favorite Sue lines:
Since this was a big Sue episode, the quote block is dedicated to one Sue Sylvester.

...which is why I prefer to think of the homeless as outdoorsy.

(on screen) The things I am most passionate about:  Extreme Taxidermy, Tantric Yelling, Poking the Elderly with Hidden Pins

Thanks, eDesperate...

Oh, I can't expel a kid for shoving.  He'll just say, "I didn't mean to shove that kid.  I tripped."  The excuse works like a charm.  I use it all the time.

Lady, this kid lays a finger on you, you come straight to me, and I will expel him faster than the Thai take-out place can read back your delivery order.

Kurt:  You know, when you call me Lady, that's bullying, and it's really hurtful.
Sue:  I'm sorry.  I thought that was your nameAs an apology, I'll allow you to choose from the following nicknamesGelfling, Porcelain, and Tickle Me Doughface.
Kurt:  I guess I'll go with Porcelain.
Sue:  Damn.  Totally wanted Tickle Me Doughface.

By the power vested in me by a website, I now pronounce you Sue and SueYou may kiss yourself.

Bonus from Carol Burnett:
Marcia, I bet people say that you look mannish, but you know something?  I think it's perfectly alright for a woman to be handsome.

Musical Rundown:
Ohio from Wonderful Town--It's not a surprise that Carol Burnett can sing, and Sue is okay too.  But, of course, the real fun in this was the hilarity of it all.  It made a pretty lame song fun.

Marry You by Bruno Mars--Despite the completely lame dance routine, this sounded really great.  Musically, it was my favorite number of the episode.  I especially liked the mini duet between Dianna Agron (Quinn) and Chord Overstreet (Sam).  They do sound good together.

Sway originally by Dean Martin, made popular by Michael Bublé--Matthew Morrison (Will) did a really great job with this.  I think I like Michael Bublé's version better, but this was pretty good.

Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars--I was tired of the wedding by the time these last two numbers came around, but this was still pretty good, as Cory Monteith's (Finn's) singing goes.

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Finn - Just the Way You Are

This was actually the first episode I've watched this season, believe it or not. I also thought Finn was really good on Just the Way You Are!

Re: Finn - Just the Way You Are

Thanks for commenting! Yeah, I'm not a huge fan of Finn or his singing, you may have guessed, but this was okay. And, I don't dislike him as much as some people who dislike him.

You picked a pretty good one to start back on. There were a couple good episodes you might want to go back to, especially the last one and the Britney episode. Also, Rocky Horror was pretty good if you like that sort of thing. You didn't really miss much story development, except for Kurt.

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