GLEE “Funeral” Review

GLEE “Funeral” Season 2 Episode 21 – Sometimes Glee makes you laugh, and sometimes it makes you cry. Tonight’s episode—appropriately titled “Funeral”—was a full on tearjerker. With the death of a sweet character, a break up, and a heartless show choir consultant, there weren’t too many laughs to be found tonight.

So this is totally Jane Lynch’s Emmy submission, right? My favorite thing about this episode was that Glee finally gave the talented actress something to do besides terrorizing New Directions. Her sister’s funeral was heartbreaking—from her “I miss my sister” speech to the way Will helped her through it to “Pure Imagination.” I really want to think that this is a turning point for her character, although I’ve thought that in the past and each time she’s reverted back to being evil. I don’t want a soft and cuddly Sue Sylvester, but a Sue with slightly less “womb rage” would be good.

Apparently the touching words Sue wrote about her sister made Finn realize that Quinn isn’t the one for him. I can’t believe Quinn’s response was to bring up up the Prom Queen and King thing yet again. The real question is what are these “big plans” she has for New York?

We now know what Mr. Schue has planned for his time in New York—Broadway! I’m glad the man with all the vests is taking the opportunity to follow his dreams. He promised Emma that “this isn’t forever,” and I’m taking him at his word that he’ll be back next year.

After his attempt at being the next Simon Cowell, my excitement for the return of Jonathan Groff has completely fizzled out. Jesse St. Sucks, indeed. It’s bad enough that Rachel was so quick to trust him again, but Mr. Schue too? Why would Schue take advice from this guy? At least we got four awesome auditions out of it:

Santana, “Back to Black” – Santana should keep smoking cigars because she sounded great.

Kurt, “Some People” – I would like Kurt to take a break from the show tunes and sing something a little more unexpected. However, I though he was absolutely perfect on “Pure Imagination.”

Mercedes, “Try A Little Tenderness” – “I’m about to go out there and wrap this thing up like a Christmas present.” Mission accomplished, Mercedes.

Rachel, “My Man” – Naturally Rachel chose to sing a song from Funny Girl. It might have been predictable, but knowing that she was thinking about Finn instead of Jesse made it very emotional.

After the auditions, Mr. Schue came to his senses and realized that New Directions works best as a team. I agree with that assessment. Vocal Adrenalin has Sunshine Corazon as their star, so I think New Directions is going to need original songs to win.

A few random observations and quotes:
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The way they used the sign up sheet and the Rachel voice over reminded me a lot of the pilot.

Sue’s nicknames for Finn and Kurt: Eddie Munster and Herman Munster, Frankenteen and Lady Trousers (Frankenteen is Cory Monteith’s Twitter name)

Sue: “Honey Badger, I am lactating with rage!”

Jesse: “Finn, I think it’s best if you sit this one out. Fact is, most the other guys in here are better singers and Mike Chang, who can’t even sing, can at least dance. You kind of sing and dance like a zombie who has to poop.”

Kurt: “Correction: You had feelings for him, he made breakfast on your head.”

As much as I enjoyed Jane Lynch’s performance in “Funeral,” this episode was such a downer and I think it slowed the momentum the show had picked up in last week’s prom episode. I’m really looking forward to next week’s finale at Nationals in New York. Hopefully we’ll get a few great performances and some resolution on all this couple drama.

So what did you think of “Funeral?” What was your favorite audition? Do you think Finn will confess his feelings for Rachel next week?

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