Despite being titled "All Or Nothing," the "Glee" season 4 finale felt like a whole lot of nothing. After Rachel's (Lea Michele) magnificent reprise of "Don't Stop Believing," I was hoping that the season would be able to end on a high note. But after watching last night's episode, I was underwhelmed.
Brittany Has a Beautiful Mind
Apparently, Brittany (Heather Morris) is an idiot-savant. Despite her 0.2 GPA, she actually has one of the most brilliant mathematical minds since Einstein. As a result, MIT has offered her early admission. Part of the deal involved her having to leave for Boston right away.
Because she was struggling to say goodbye, she had a Brittany/Britney 3.0 Meltdown, abruptly breaking up with Sam (Chord Overstreet) via text, insulting members of the glee club, and demanding all the solos at regionals.
However, after revealing the news to the glee club, there was an emotional farewell, not only for Brittany, but possibly for Heather. Given her real life pregnancy, there's a very strong possibility that she will not be returning.
It looks like the Brittana ship has sailed, at least for awhile. But I'm actually a bit relieved. The New York scenes were the bright spot in this otherwise uneven season. I'm looking forward to seeing single Santana (Naya Rivera) pursuing her dreams in the city.
The Rainbow Connection
Apparently, World's Greatest Dad Burt (Mike O'Malley) wasn't able to get through to Blaine (Darren Criss) after all. The hair-gelled former Warbler was still intent on proposing marriage to Kurt (Chris Colfer) despite the fact that they are not even an official couple at the moment.
Sick of the naysayers, Blaine found solace in Jan (Patty Duke), a lesbian jeweler he met while he was ring-shopping. Jan and her partner Liz (Meredith Baxter) took Blaine and Kurt under their wing, believing that they need LGBT role models to look up to.
(How appropriate was it that one of the rival groups at regionals performed "The Rainbow Connection"?)
Over a double date at Breadstix, Jan proposed legal marriage to Liz, giving Blaine the inspiration he needed. In the last scene, we saw him hiding a ring behind his back. Unfortunately, it looks like the teen groom storyline will continue into season 5. Haven't they learned anything from Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith)?
Not So Unique
When will Alex Newell just go away? I remember watching "The Glee Project," and seeing him land in the bottom 3 every week, and hoping that they would finally send him home.
As a runner-up, he was supposed to receive a 2-episode story arc. However, not only did they continue his character into season 4, but now it looks like he'll be sticking around for season 5.
As many fans predicted, Ryder's (Blake Jenner) catfish turned out to be Unique (Newell). I was disappointed, but not surprised that they went with the predictable Manti Te'o route. For some reason, the writers insist on shoving Alex down our throats, and turning his character into a walking PSA.
Thinking that Ryder would not be able to see past her body, Unique anonymously flirted with him, and sent a picture of a cute blonde named Marisa instead.
Now we're supposed to feel sorry for poor misunderstood transgender Unique despite the fact that she lied and manipulated him for weeks. As seen in the awkward hug they shared at regionals, it's obvious that the Ryder/Unique saga will continue into then next season.
This episode would have been better if they had resolved the catfish story line, paired Ryder and Kitty (Becca Tobin) together, and focused the rest of the show on Rachel's "Funny Girl" audition.
Anti-Climactic 'Wemma' Wedding
It looks like Frida Romero (Jessica Sanchez) and the Hoosier Daddies were not able to take out New Directions after all.
After they won nationals last year, Emma (Jayma Mays) "rewarded" Will (Matthew Morrison) with her virginity. This season, after winning regionals, they decided to make it official. They hired a "Wemma"-shipping priest to perform the ceremony in the choir room in front of the members of the glee club.
Will and Emma wanted a small ceremony in front of the people they loved. (Because apparently loved ones don't include family or adult friends.)
Back in season 1, I looked forward to the day Will and Emma would seal the deal. But now it all seemed anti-climactic, especially given how increasingly unlikable Will's character has become. Is it too late to get an annulment and bring back John Stamos?
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