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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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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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