Glee took a turn for the dramatic this week (moreso than usual) with the death of Sue’s sister Jean, making way for a softer side of the mean Cheerios coach. Whether or not this new Sue will stick around forever remains to be seen, but for now, I’m going to look on the bright side and focus on the five best things about this week’s episode.
Jane Lynch’s Performance
Let me be clear: Under NO circumstances should Jane Lynch submit this episode for an Emmy, and if she does, she should NOT win. This was pure drama, and if she wins an Emmy for it in the comedy category, it will be a slap in the face to genuinely funny actresses out there. Still, it’s impossible for me to say that Lynch wasn’t exceptional, because her slow breakdown and attempt to cover-up her emotions was well done and fit perfectly with the character.
Fondue for Two
The best thing Glee ever did was introduce Brittany’s web show, except for the fact that it hasn’t become an ongoing thing or an actual web series yet. However, she mentioned it to Jesse in this week’s episode, and Glee is missing a huge comedic possibility if they don’t actually film a Fondue for Two segment where Jesse judges Brittany’s cat.
I’ve been angry and confused all season about why Jessalyn Gilsig is still listed in the opening credits as a series regular. Her character hasn’t had a purpose on the show since halfway through season 1 when Will and Terri broke up. So I’m happy that the show seems to finally be getting rid of her for good by shipping her off to Miami. If “Funeral” is the last time we ever see Terri, I’ll be quite fine with that.
Jesse can spout his biased nonsense all he wants, as far as I’m concerned, Mercedes won the Diva-Off. Amber Riley sang better than she ever has before with her rendition of Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness.” It started strong, then she went crazy with the riffs and the belting, and the result was a diva-licious performance that I would most definitely build a Nationals-winning routine around.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, so when Quinn revealed that she has “plans” for New York following her breakup with Finn, I got a little excited. Glee needs an antagonist, a villain, and now that Sue is nice and Santana is growing as a person, the position of Head Bitch in Charge is open. If Quinn gets as nasty and twisted as I know she can be, the pretty blonde girl can easily take over that role and become the villain the show needs. Maybe I’m biased because I want Glee to be more like Ryan Murphy’s old show, Popular, but these kids need a Nicole Julian, and while Santana might seem like the logical choice, maybe it’s Quinn who is willing to go full-on psycho on these people.
What was your favorite thing about “Funeral”?
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