So I love K-pop as much as the next red-blooded American, but this was the most racist thing I’ve seen on television since the Linsanity debacle. At the end of Season 3, the writers hyped up Tina’s star potential with the ‘Props’ episode. They paid her character an ounce of attention with the season premiere, but we didn’t hear anything about her again until Mike came back to help choreograph the musical. She’s had less than a handful of solos during the entire series, but none of them had occurred this season, even after we were practically promised that she would take center stage. Now, when she finally gets a taste of the spotlight, she’s singing in Korean?! Am I the only one that sees something wrong with this? My only advice for Jenna Ushkowitz: RUN.
Furthermore, I can’t believe it took me this long to notice that the show has recycled the name Jacob when they already had a hilarious character with the same moniker. No, JBI was never a series regular, but he doesn’t deserve to be traded in for a confused, curly-haired, half-Jewish Jacob 2.0. I’m sure there are plenty of other traditional names they could have used for the newbie. Also, I’m shocked that Fox chose to air the Thanksgiving episode this week instead of last week. Considering Glee was the only current show (that I know of) on network television that had the audacity to air a new episode on turkey day, why didn’t their timeline match up? Maybe the network assumed that nobody would tune in for ‘Glease,’ which in my opinion was one of the best episodes this season. Honestly, they should have just taken the night off and let fans just spend the night with their families, especially since most adults can’t stand this show.
I was surprised at how little I have to complain about Marley’s eating disorder(s) in this episode. I know from experience how easy it is to hide the fact that you’re skipping meals, but when someone finds laxatives in your bag, that’s not something you keep quiet about. Yes, Santana did say something to Quinn, but it was quickly dismissed because her intention was to throw Kitty under the bus, not to get help for Marley. I blame it on the fact that the club doesn’t have any real adults in charge, but this would have been a great opportunity for Quinn to revisit the heart-to-heart she gave to Mercedes while pregnant in season 1. In addition, both are former Cheerios and could have gone to Sue, who knows when to turn off the sarcasm when things get serious. Speaking of things that get brushed off quickly, I also feel like the Wade/Unique story line got swept under the rug this week, as though struggling with a transgendered identity is something that’s so easy to deal with.
I’m way too exhausted to even talk about the things I liked in this episode, so let’s discuss music. ‘Homeward Bound/Home’ was a good homecoming (for lack of a better word) song, though I can’t stand Dianna Agron and would not have chosen her to open the episode, even though she was the only graduate who hadn’t yet made an appearance this season. ‘Come See About Me’ was cute, though it’s highly implausible that they would have come up with that routine on the fly. However, too much Dianna, not enough people that don’t make me want to poke my eyes out. I loved ‘Whistle,’ though it was so not an appropriate song for a high school competition. Again, that’s what happens when you let teenagers run a show choir. ‘Live While We’re Young’ was less entertaining, but the Warblers can actually dance this year! Even without Marley passing out at the end of ‘Gangnam Style,’ they’re much better contenders than ever before. The Mennonite medley was fine and served it’s purpose, not much else to say there. ‘Let’s Have a Kiki/Turkey Lurkey Time’ just annoyed me, probably because I wouldn’t be breaking into song if twenty strangers crashed my Thanksgiving dinner. As for the final number, aside from the obvious reasons to hate it, I adored the opening with Sam in sunglasses (love me some White Chocolate), but the dancing wasn’t any better than Dalton’s.
What did you think of this week’s episode?