Wednesday, April 20, 2011

'Glee' 'Night of Neglect' recap

If Gwyneth Paltrow ever decides she's tired of being a Oscar winning movie star, she should do "Glee" full time.

This week's show was about another neglected club, the academic decathlon, which surprisingly included Brittany. Good thing she's an expert in cat diseases. In order to send the club to Detroit for academic decathlon finals, the glee club held a fundraising concert that no one showed up to, besides Sue's newly formed Heckling club.

Meanwhile Holly and Will's romance was still going strong, despite the flirtation of Cheyenne Jackson. By the way Ryan Murphy, what's the point of bringing on Jackson if you don't let him sing?

Of course, you knew the minute Will found out Emma's marriage was over, so was Will and Holly. Unfortunately, this signaled the end of Paltrow's appearances this season.

As great as Paltrow was singing Adele's "Turning Tables," she couldn't steal the spotlight from the new diva-ized Mercedes. My favorite line of the night came when Lauren Zizes informed Mercedes that Mariah Carey makes appointments for 9 a.m and doesn't show up until 3 p.m.

Tired of being overlooked, Mercedes morphed into a diva who wanted to be carried in and could only dry her hands on puppies.

In the end, it was a perfect scene between Mercedes and Rachel were the former honestly wondered why Rachel was a bigger star, when Mercedes was more talented. Though they often compete against each other for solos and attention, the truth is no one else in the club can understand these two like each other.

All Mercedes diva antics paid off when she brought the house down with a blazing rendition of Aretha Franklin's "Ain't No Way." This number was the definition of show stopper and allowed Amber Riley to let go and display the depth of her talent.

The show has focused on moving the stories forward making it light on musical numbers in the last few episodes. What made the show so great and unique, was that it used the music to move plots along. Now the music is just a gimmick.

For example, the heckler plot was not needed. Take it away and fans could have enjoyed more Jenna Ushkowitz's take on Lykke Li's "I Follow Rivers." I get that the show needs to include story development, but sometimes the show wastes the talent of its young cast.

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