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Gleeview: A Night of Neglect
mjacton
Spoiler Alert!

You know, I think it's possible at least that the producers gave the title and theme to this episode on purpose because it seemed to me to be one of those pared down, "save the budget" (i.e., "neglect" this episode so we can spend money later) kind of episodes, gearing up for next week's "super sized" episode and later the Nationals episode.  In any case, even though the entire regular cast appeared, characters like Bieste and Figgins did not.  The action was almost completely contained within the walls of WMHS, and the musical numbers had no complicated choreography or huge productions values.  So, what did that leave us?  Well, I think it left us with a fairly stress-free (no huge disappointments or anxious moments), fun episode with some good music.

To go along with the pared down feel of the production, with all due respect to fans of Mercedes and the Will/Emma (Wemma) relationship, both of which had good nights, everything pretty much remained status quo after so much flux for awhile.  Of course, this is all a setup for next week, when I'm sure things will begin to either shake up further or slide back into place where they should be, depending on your perspective.  We'll find out if Quinn will be prom queen and how that outcome affects the Quinn/Finn/Rachel triangle.  It seems like we'll see the resolution to the Kurt/Karofsky situation.  Plus, I'm sure there will be further progress with Wemma.

My favorite part of this episode was the return of Sandy Ryerson.  I'm not sure what it is about him.  I think it's Steven Tobolowsky's performance, turning a clichéd half-closeted gay guy into a really funny foil for Sue Sylvester, that makes it.  Anyway, I was glad to see him back for this episode, and I loved his antics.  And the fact that he was the one to come to the rescue and pay for the Glee Club and Academic Decathlon team (Tina, Mike, Artie, and Brittany) to go on their trips was, I thought, appropriate given he was the one who was inadvertently responsible for turning the neglected glee club into New Directions.

Instead of "A Night of Neglect," they could have called this episode "Holly Holliday's Swan Song."  I was kind of surprised to see Ms. Paltrow back for another episode so soon, but she did her usual good job with the character.  I liked her and Will together, but we all know it wasn't meant to last.

Finally, a few more highlights:
  • Santana's sticking up for Kurt and Blaine against Karofsky, again a setup for next week.  It was nice to see Santana's bitchiness used for good instead of evil.
  • Quinn (and Finn) asking Rachel to be the Head of Talent Relations...I don't know what all is really going on in their heads, but it just seems to me that Quinn can't leave Rachel alone, for whatever reason.  Seriously, Finn wouldn't have come up with that idea.  He thought Rachel was "used to relating to talent" because she's "so talented."  It's oddly insightful, but he has no idea why.  Quinn does.  The eyerolls Quinn directed towards Finn and the (fake but not fake) respect directed to Rachel was interesting, to say the least.  Stay tuned.
  • Charice's return.
  • The return of Sue in full force.
  • Gratuitous superficiality:  Rachel and Quinn:  lots of pretty.
Favorite Lines:
In honor of her return in all her glory, the Favorite Lines portion of this review is dedicated to one Sue Sylvester.

"I'm sure you're wondering why I called you all together here in the dead of night when I'm normally out bow hunting for hobos."

"Sandy Ryerson, defrocked educator and legendary friend of Dorothy"

Sue:  And I call this union the League of Doom.
Terri:  Okay, first of all that is a ridiculous name.  And, second of all, what kind of meeting doesn't have bagels or something?
Sue:  Wow, it would be hard to be married to you.

Henceforth, you will be known by the following supervillain nicknames.

She's looser than a thrift store turtleneck and probably just as diseased.

Sandy, how do you manage to enter a building without setting off all the fire alarms?

Will:  You know, I had a feeling you might be behind this.
Sue:  You have no proof.

Honorable Mention:  Rod Remington:  And now, the tiebreaker question...the category?  Hermaphrodite Nazi Sympathizers (really referring to Wallis Simpson but strangely describes Sue Sylvester, even if she is literally the opposite).

Musical Rundown:

"All By Myself" by Celine Dion--Charice's (Sunshine Corazon) return was mostly triumphant.  This wasn't quite as good as her first solo performance on Glee.  She seemed to me to be trying a little too hard, but it was still really good.

"I Follow Rivers" by Lykke Li--Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina) has a solid singing voice.  She did a good job with this, I thought.  I'll be interested to hear it without the heckling.

"Bubble Toes" by Jack Johnson--Of course, this was Harry Shum Jr's (Mike) dancing to the original Jack Johnson recording so there was nothing new musically.  Also, Mike has shown off his dancing talents much more in previous performances.  This was mostly a simplified Fred Astaire-style number, which he did well, but he could have done just as well with more complicated choreography I think.

"Turning Tables" by Adele--Gwyneth Paltrow also has a serviceable voice for a movie actress.  She does an adequate job with this number.  Adele shouldn't be worried though.

"Ain't No Way by Aretha Franklin--This was clearly the best musical number of the episode.  I'm skeptical of the idea that Mercedes is as talented as Rachel overall, but in her own niche she definitely is.  She closed the show excellently.

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Wow. I agree with you on everything except Charice. Your first two paragraphs were definitely enlightening. And I love the return of Sandy Ryerson, too.

And just so you know, this usn't rusty at all. In fact, this is the best Gleeview of yours that I've read. I don't know why.

Anyway, I'll just copy-paste what I typed earlier so you'll know what I think and let's just continue the discussion through chat lol

I really liked this episode - Part 1

Okay. So obviously, I really liked this episode. And it’s not just because my mom watched Glee for the first time and thought it was a really nice show because they included girls who are fat and a girl with Down syndrome (but she thought Rachel wasn’t pretty though and I told her they just don’t make her look good but she’s pretty IRL lol). Did I mention that I really liked this episode? Lol As you know, I don’t internalize (otherwise I’ll go mad/be mad). I just enjoy the show.

I told you that I’ll be online again in 24 hours but I can’t help it. I wanted to know what you thought of the episode so I typed this in advance (and will just add notes in response to your review).

There are so many things I liked about this episode and only a few that I thought were off.

The episode was written by Ian and I’ve always looked forward to watching episodes written by him because I’m guaranteed to have a good time. True enough, I was laughing from the beginning. I don’t remember all the punch lines now (except “I’ll take ‘Cat Diseases.’” “I won’t.” & Hermaphrodite Nazi Sympathizers and “Oh, you mean like me?”) but I was really laughing out loud. And I’ve always thought that his episodes are the tightest.

The next few scenes starting with the Sunshine sequence were a bit dull for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of Charice and happy for her success, but I found her performance boring (maybe because I’ve seen her perform that song so many times and it’s a lot more impressive live). I really can’t think of the significance of her character to begin with. VA needs a superstar lead vocal so ND feels threatened? I would very much like the old VA back, the one that performed Rehab and Mercy as a group and not one with a soloist. They were far more intimidating back then, imo. The only thing that’s priceless in Sunshine’s performance was Puck’s facial expression.

Obviously, I got interested again when Rachel and Quinn showed up. Surprisingly, Fuinn and the adult storyline didn’t make me queasy, which is good lol I’ll get back to that later.

Now, I’m very sorry to say this, but I think Jenna Ushkowitz is the least effective actor in this ensemble. She just doesn’t inspire any emotion in me, just a grimace and a ‘Huh?’ I should’ve either felt pity for her or laughed but I didn’t. Sorry, Jenna. It’s not just because you’re the biggest Achele cockblocker in history.

The main reason why I really liked this episode is because it sets up a lot of things. I think I told you about my theory that when they need transitions or establishing scenes and put it all in one episode, they go to Ian. And based on what I saw in this episode, I have a lot of things to look forward to in the coming episodes and I’m very happy to say that it’s still the Glee I really want to watch since Superbowl.

Wemma is coming back and I love Emma (just not Will). And I think the reason for the League of Doom’s existence is mainly for Terri’s big comeback (but both Sandy and Sergeant Handsome did their part for the episode). I don’t like Terri at all, but Jessalyn is a very good actor. The only downside to this is there will be more Will. I just hope that he won’t be as irritating as I expected and that some of the lessons brought by Holly got to him. I love Holly, btw. She is one hell of a pivotal guest character. She can come back anytime to shake things up again, imo.

I love the storyline they gave to Mercedes. It made way for a more solid Rachel/Mercedes friendship. I’m really looking forward to the time Kurt comes back to Mckinley and they become a fabulous threesome. I thought it was a very honest sentiment to have Mercedes question why Rachel is the bigger star. It’s a legitimate question and the answer was just as honest. For me, that car scene is one of the best scenes of this season.

I really liked this episode - Part 2

Lea Michele, as always, is just amaze-balls as Rachel Berry. (And how adorable was Dianna with two baskets telling people to vote Quinn Fabray for Prom Queen? Adorable! They’re just scene-stealers! God!) It’s hard to say how Rachel feels about Finn exactly, with the way she was looking at Fuinn from the stage but I hope she’s really on the road to get over him. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking *sigh* I really hope both Rachel and Quinn will realize that Finn is a guy that’s just not worthy of their affections or worth the trouble. Unfortunately they’re the main love triangle so it’s never gonna happen.

And of course, there’s don’t-mess-with-me-or-I’ll-crack- your-nuts-your-choice-right-or-left Santana Freaking Lopez. I hope the lines I wrote the other day for her and Quinn in the sixth night are nearly that awesome because Santana Lopez is so freaking awesome. And it means we really have Brittana to look forward to before the season ends *crossing my fingers* (Oh! And how funny was Brittany in this episode?! HeMo is a genius.)

Also, I love Mike Chang.

I didn’t care much for Tina and Holly’s performance but oh, my God! Mercedes really brought the house down! And I’m not saying that just because Ain’t No Way is one of my favorite Aretha songs or because I’d like to think Mercedes is singing it for Rachel, but man, oh man! That was something. That was big. I was slowly bobbing my head up and down and mentally saying ‘Preach!’ and intermittently shouting ‘wooh!’ I was moved.

Lastly, I love how there’s a moral to this story without being preachy. It constantly brought up the pitfalls of fame with what Sunshine said, what Rachel said, etc. It implied how you can really get respect. And it said again what Quinn said in Season 1, only in a different way, through Holly, about bringing other people down, about turning barbs into roses and cheering not jeering.

Overall, this won’t go down as one of my favorite episodes but I wouldn’t mind watching it over and over again.

Re: I really liked this episode - Part 2

I get what you're saying about Jenna, but this wasn't as bad as "My Funny Valentine."

Also, you're right the "vote Quinn Fabray prom queen" was awesome. And, the whole story with Fuinn and Rachel was made less vomit-inducing because of the piano scene. Obviously, I know from our chat, that you disagree. Looking forward to knowing why.

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