Cory Monteith and Melissa Benoist in GLEE - Season 4 - "Swan Song" | ©2012 Fox/Eddy Chen

Cory Monteith and Melissa Benoist in GLEE - Season 4 - "Swan Song" | ©2012 Fox/Eddy Chen

Stars: Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Chord Overstreet, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Whoopi Goldberg, Kate Hudson
Writer: Stacy Traub
Director: Brad Falchuk
Network: Fox, airs Thursdays
Original Telecast: December 7, 2012

For the first time, in a long time, I’m not quite sure what GLEE is up to. After Marley (Melissa Benoist) passed out during Sectionals because of her eating disorder, New Directions lost to the Warblers.

They’re done for. No more competition for the Glee club this year. They screwed up and now Sue (Jane Lynch) has taken over the choir room for her cheerios.

Everyone is devastated and splinters off to find new groups and so, the question remains, what is a Glee club without some kind of goal to achieve?

Again, I’m not sure if GLEE will continue down the path of not making this about a competition and just have the kids singing to sing, but it’s nice that there will be uncertainty and uncertainty that isn’t resolved in one episode.

Meanwhile, in New York, Rachel is asked to perform in a very exclusive competition at NYADA, and she wins. Also, Kurt (Chris Colfer) gets a second chance to audition as well – and he makes it in.

Now all the ducks in a row are slowly forming, so it will be interesting to see where this all leads. Is a New York NYADA Glee club in the offing?

Other developments include Sam (Chord Overstreet) professing his love for Brittany (Heather Morris) who says she’s not sure she wants Sam to face the wrath of her lesbian friends online. However, by episode’s end, she wants to be with Sam

The biggest annoyance of the episode is how mean the entire Glee club is to Marley for messing up Sectionals. Really? It’s Marley’s fault? Kitty (Becca Tobin) was a major part of the sabotage, yet everyone still likes her. And yet, everyone abandons Glee, including people who have been there for years, yet it’s Marley who is the last one that stays. She wants to be there — and she’s the horrible one?

Very, very annoying.

I’m also concerned the show is hinting that Finn and Marley may be an item at some point. Yes, he’s their instructor, but he’s not a teacher, so, we’ll see if they’ll go down that creepy path at some point.

And while I enjoy seeing Rachel move on and do well in New York, I’m so bored with her storyline there. And the Broadway show tunes are unbearable.

The good news is, Finn (Cory Monteith) is showing some back bone and manages to get the Glee club back together to continue singing, even if they have nothing to strive for.

The episode ends with a great rendition of the Crowded House song “Don’t Dream It’s Over” – perhaps one of the better covers in Season 4.

Storywise, the episode isn’t as grating as it could be. Again, the New York portion is feeling a bit dull, while the Ohio storyline is now just trading water until they figure out what’s next. Hopefully the show won’t have the Warblers get disqualified so New Directions are back in the competition.

Also, many of the alums who appeared in the previous episode, mysteriously disappear in this one, even though it’s still, technically, Thanksgiving break.

The good news is GLEE isn’t as annoying as it has been in previous seasons. It feels a little more grounded than usual, but the show is having a hard time switching from New York to Ohio at times.

Next week’s Christmas episode looks really good though, as it tackles an IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE-esque story. Can’t wait.

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  1. I thought when the major characters graduated from high school then perhaps the writers would have the common sense to let a good show go out on top. I guess not, since Rachel and Kurt are now in NYC living a performer’s fantasy. I’m looking forward to seeing a little more charismatic pressure from Cassandra directly at Rachel as the season carries on starting in January.

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