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Glee Recap: "The Break Up"

Glee-ful Highlights From Episode "The Break Up"

There aren't very many gleeful moments on Glee this week, but there are a lot of sorrowful ones. Last week's cliffhanger put Finn at Rachel's doorstep in New York, and we find out that he's been discharged from the Army already. As he struggles to find his place in Rachel's new life, a depressed Blaine also pops by Chez Bushwick say hello to Kurt (am I the only one who realizes how far away Ohio is from New York City?). Neither of these unexpected visits ends well. Meanwhile, Santana and Brittany are going through growing pains, and Mr. Schue and Emma are at a relationship crossroads as well.

This episode, in one heart-wrenching, fell swoop, perfectly encapsulates the pains of moving on after high school. It's like the first Thanksgiving when everyone comes back home but things just aren't the same. Based on the previews, I anticipated that the end was near for Rachel and Finn, but I didn't think everyone's relationships were going to shatter into a million tiny pieces. My heart hurts. Let's talk about it after the jump.

  • Before we get into this, can I just ask: where is Cassandra? I got all excited about her character, and now she's been shoved to the side for two episodes in a row? And no Isabelle this week, either? Such a bummer.
  • Clearly the biggest bummer in the Glee universe this week, however, is Finn. He has his sad puppy face on the entire episode. I probably would too if my true love moved to New York and did an amazing rendition of a Demi Lovato song with a smokin' new peer. Finn should have known: never go karaoke-ing when your relationship is in peril. It will not end well. Rachel ends up disclosing her kiss with Brody to him, and Finn takes off in the night (so rude). That scene in Mr. Schue's office when he bawls on his shoulder almost made me break down. Nothing bring me to tears faster than a grown man — which is what Finn is, even if he can't really come to terms with it — sobbing in the arms of another grown man.
  • Who saw Blaine's infidelity coming? I sure didn't. He's supposed to be the good guy, right? Not so much. Even though I'd been feeling pretty over Kurt for ignoring Blaine last week, the look of pain on Kurt's face as he finds out the truth is heartbreaking. Of course, he had to know something was up after that cover of "Teenage Dream" Blaine performed at the bar, which managed to be both awkward and moving. What a way to bookend that relationship.
  • Three cheers for Santana, this week's voice of reason. Not only is she the only one who recognizes the absurdity of Kurt's Vogue internship ("He's lauded as a visionary because his job purse happened to match his riding crop?"), she handles the disintegration of her relationship with Brittany with real maturity. She doesn't cheat on Brittany or get suspicious, but she admits to an "energy exchange" with a girl at school. Sometimes that's all it takes for you to realize that your relationship isn't working, and I applaud Santana for being an honest, upstanding lady.
  • Mr. Schuester gets good news about his program in Washington DC, and though Emma is proud, she's a bit flabbergasted that he expects her to drop everything and go with him. I'm on her side; I know that it would be supportive for her to go, but Mr. Schuester just got this desire to change his life a week ago. The episode ends without resolving their predicament, but no one else's relationship is safe this week, so why should theirs be?
  • What's the deal with Kitty's Left Behind Club? This girl has some serious issues, and just as I was thinking that only Marley's crazy-meter was going off for this chick, Jake finally sees it too. Another romance bites the dust, but it doesn't look like he's ready to hop over to Marley just yet. I really can't wait to see what Kitty's Carrie Underwood-like wrath will look like.
  • I got really choked up at the end when everyone is on stage singing "The Scientist." Coldplay? Really? It's like the Glee writers want me to run out of Kleenex. It's especially tough since it follows Rachel's emotional admission about how she loves Finn but can't be with him now.

Burning questions from this week's episode: Is naming your rifle after your ex a normal thing? Can Mr. Schue and Emma stay together despite his new gig? How much money do these kids have lying around to commute back and forth from New York to Ohio?

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Shannon-Vestal Shannon-Vestal 5 years
I'm still thinking and talking about that Blaine performance. I was waiting for someone to stop him because he was having a straight-up singing breakdown.
peigilbert peigilbert 5 years
I actually think Cory is one of the best actors on this show. His Finn breakdown scenes were truly heartbreaking. However, I think the problem is that Ryan Murphy keeps regressing Finn's character and keeps negating the growth he achieved in previous episodes. In last season's finale, Finn did a mature adult thing when he put Rachel on that train. Now, he's back to square one. He needs to find his way back.
Jillian3313782 Jillian3313782 5 years
There were alot of hype to this episode and in many ways it did live up to the expectations. However there were many moments when I questioned what the writers were doing.  I definitely did not appreciate how much screen time was given to Finn. I do not hate Cory, but he isn't the best male actor on the show. He can't carry this show with that much screen time. I did not appreciate how Glee spend a whole segment of the episode only focusing on Finchel and Klaine and then it went to commercial. Yeah that gave them time to develop their story lines, but what is so disrespectful to Brittana. Brittana wasn't focus on as much prior to their breakup so it seemed rushed.  That little scene at Breadstix? about the not getting left behind made no sense. It was funny at first, but their it just got weird and Santana's expression during the whole thing matches mine. Only Brittana from that scene made sense. What I also liked  is how Brittana is next to each other. I know its not a surprise, but its just really nice to seem them sit together as a couple, outside of school.  The first performance is definitely the weakest out of all of them.  I feel really bad for Klaine fans. I personally do not ship Klaine, but I know that this couple is really special and for them to end up the way they did tonight because Blaine cheated was very heartbreaking. The "Don't Speak" performance was awkward though. I thought it was too cheesy. I rather Klaine talked more about it rather than even doing this number.  Give Your Heart A Break was a really nice performance, but I thought it was weird how Rachel said it works better as a duet, when the original was sung by a solo artist.  I wished this episode didn't focus on Jake/Marley/Kitty because clearly the truth is they are the characters viewers focused on the least in this episode. So why even bother?  As good as The Scientist was, I didn't like how it cut off so that Finn was the last person.  My favorite performance of the night is definitely without a doubt "Mine" by Naya Rivera. As she kept singing you can see the tears, that I had tears in the beginning so imagine what I was like by the end. Brittany's facial expression was also heartbreaking because you can really see how much they love each other. This whole performance and their conversation after and their kiss stole the episode for me. I love them so much. I just have to say that, that girl in the library was very unattractive so if the writers wanted Santana to feel an attraction, they should have picked someone that is attractive! That girl was not. Compared to Brittany? NO WAY.  I just want to lastly say that Ryan Murphy said once that Brittana would kiss as much as Finchel would. In this episode, Finchel kissed 4 times, and Brittana kissed twice.Hmm so that's definitely no the same amount. So two reason would be he basically lied to us OR the episode he is talking about was not this one but one in the future!
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