Glee Season 4 Review “Guilty Pleasures”

That’s funny, I thought every episode of Glee was ‘Guilty Pleasures’ week? I jest, as we know that hasn’t been strictly true since the very early days of incessant Journey covers, but this week’s theme did come across as particularly arbitrary. With Will and Finn mysteriously sick and/or out of the country yadayada, Sam and Blaine decide to assign the glee club an assignment full of endless retro wonders.

Whether you enjoyed the music this week depends entirely on your taste, but the episode was otherwise an exercise in clearing up loose ends. The big one was obviously Rachel and Brody, as well as Blaine’s ongoing attraction to Sam and Jake and Marley’s still-tentative relationship. It was probably a good thing to get Finn and Will out of the way after last week’s embarrassing missteps, because I don’t think I could take any more of the douche-bag antics so soon after Finn’s unprovoked assault of Brody and Will’s inability to act like an adult.

Rachel, Kurt and Santana are now settled in as roomies (yay!), and Brody is kicked to the curb once and for all. It says a lot of good things about Rachel that she can handle her own break-up more maturely than either Santana or Finn can on her behalf, and we got a nice Radiohead number out of the bargain, too. If this is, in fact, the end for Brody’s character, I’m a little disappointed about how the male escort storyline has ended up. There was no understanding or effort to help him out – just plain judgement coupled with abandonment.

I also hated how Rachel described Finn’s actions as ‘defending her honour’, because that really wasn’t what happened. Since when is it ok for Finn to interfere after she point blank told him not to when they broke up. Part of the reason for their permanent separation was that he was too eager to control her life, but at least her most recent break-up didn’t meant she went crawling back into his arms. I breathed a huge sigh of relief when her reaction was to prepare for her ‘Funny Girl’ audition etc. instead of pining after boys as she has done recently.

As usually, I didn’t think much of the McKinley storyline this week, but I’m still enjoying the dynamic between Blaine and Sam. Glee could have easily ballsed up this friendship like they have so many others, but instead the writers have made Sam accepting and understanding of Blaine’s attraction to him. This added dimension doesn’t stand between them, and they can continue to build on the brotherly relationship regardless of each other’s sexuality. The scene they shared towards the end was surprising in all of the best ways.

What did you think of the episode? What was your favourite guilty pleasure song of the night? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.