Review of Glee ‘Thanksgiving’

Sophie Warnes

glee 300x225 Review of Glee ThanksgivingSPOILERS: Do not read this if you have not seen episode 8 series 4 of ‘Glee’

This series blog is following the Sky 1 broadcast schedule of ‘Glee’ in the UK.

Holiday reunions are great, aren’t they? Until you realise why you went away in the first place. The older Glee kids are back in town for Thanksgiving. Quinn (Dianna Agron) strolls across the stage singing Homeward Bound/Home, and she’s joined by Puck (Mark Salling), Mike (Harry Shum Jr), Santana (Naya Rivera), Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Finn (Cory Monteith). It’s a wonderful mash-up of the two Simon and Garfunkel and Phillip Phillips songs – and for older fans of the show it’s great to see them all in the same room again.

The older former New Directions stars are given younger students to mentor. Quinn is paired with Kitty (Becca Tobin), which is an obvious, if a little odd, pairing. Dianna Agron has been noticeably absent so far this season, and I was getting used to it – mainly because Quinn is really one of the worst characters on the show. Now she’s back and even though she’s at Yale and she’s super clever she still can’t see through Kitty’s lies and falseness.

Santana is paired with Marley, Mike with Ryder (Blake Jenner), Puck with his brother Jake (Jacob Artist), and Wade ‘Unique’ (Alex Newell) is with Mercedes. Finn announces that they’re doing Gangnam Style at Sectionals. Mike teaches the guys to dance and in the meantime, the girls tutor the girls in how to impress the judges. They sing Come See About Me by Diana Ross and the Supremes. This performance includes the synchronised cutesy hand movements and choreograpy from the 60s, cementing it as one of my favourite performances this episode. One of the great things Glee does is take older songs and put a modern twist on it, and this is a perfect example.

Santana takes on her new role with abandon, mentoring Marley with an enthusiasm usually reserved for Brittany (Heather Morris). In fact, she throws herself into the motherly role so much so that she notices Marley is a bit under the weather, and goes through her bag to find laxatives. Laxatives that Kitty is supposedly supplying her with. This bulimia storyline just gets worse and worse.

Meanwhile, in New York, Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) are celebrating their singleness together. Rachel tries to be angry with Brody (Dean Geyer) after he slept with Cassandra (Kate Hudson) but he offers to cook dinner for her and Kurt and apparently that’s all he needed to do to get back in her good books. All too easy, if you ask me – suddenly Rachel doesn’t seem to mind all that much about Cassandra – but it does allow for a great one-liner from Kurt: “When you two are done using that turkey as a courtship device, could you put it in the oven?”

Over at it turns out that Isabelle (Sarah Jessica Parker) hasn’t got any plans, so Kurt invites her over for an ‘orphan party’. She turns up, with dozens of friends, and they have a huge party, singing the Scissor Sisters’ Let’s Have A Kiki. As much as I didn’t like Sarah Jessica Parker’s singing earlier in the season, I adore her in this routine. It’s very Isabelle, very SJP, and it works in Kurt and Rachel’s New York apartment. It’s great until Rachel starts singing Turkey Lurkey in the middle of the song, though I suppose it just makes it feel more festive or holiday-themed. Another reason to like Isabelle in this episode: she makes Kurt call Blaine and apologise and explain how he feels.

At Sectionals, the pressure is on. Marley almost bursts into tears watching the Warblers sing Flo Rida’s Whistle. It’s not surprising, seeing as the Dalton Academy Warblers do actually pull off the best performances of the episode. The song is perfect for their harmonies and the dancing is excellent. They back flip and bounce across the stage like it’s the easiest thing in the world. Evil Sebastian (Grant Gustin) sings the lead vocals on One Direction’s Live While We’re Young. It’s cheesier than a Quattro formagi pizza as per usual but this is why we like the Warblers, right? Then the Rosedale Mennonites, who we haven’t seen before, sing a strange mash-up of Over the River and Through the Wood and She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain – the less said about that performance the better.

Finally, it’s time for the New Directions to perform. Given that it’s one of the biggest hits of the last year, I feel like their rendition of Gangnam Style fell a bit flat. Of course, it’s partly because Marley wasn’t feeling well and passed out at the end, but the Glee cast can actually dance quite well and I feel they weren’t really pushed to their limit. The dancing is lacklustre, and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) doing the lead feels somehow wrong. Jenna can sing, make no mistake, but I think the writers have fallen into the trap of leaving her out of most storylines and have given her songs that don’t show off her talents.

The episode ends right after Marley collapses. Will that blow their chances of winning Sectionals?

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  • Stupidity Exterminator

    Great review. I didn’t see the glee yet but after reading it, I might have a go! :) Well done!

  • rayhigh

    I’d kill myself before ever watching glee.

  • Mirrie H

    To be honest, they choose Tina because she’s of oriental origin. Almost as irritating as Rachel Berry and the constant trampling over Kurt.

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