Last time we saw New Directions, they had just won Regionals. Now their problem is a lack of money to get to Nationals. With a plan to hold a benefit concert they also have to raise money to send Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), Mike (Harry Shum Jr.), Artie (Kevin McHale) and Brittany (Heather Morris) to Detroit for the Smarty Pants academic decathlon final. Don’t worry if you think you’ve missed anything. Those four taking part in the academic decathlon is news to everyone in the glee club too.
I can’t fault any of the song performances as they were excellent but I didn’t have problems with the episode as a whole. It seemed messy and over packed with dialogue from too many characters that it hindered the flow of the episode.
Lauren (Ashley Fink) helps Mercedes (Amber Riley) demand respect
Sunshine Corazon (Charice) is back; her first appearance since Rachel sent her to a crack house and she joined Vocal Adrenaline. I loved her performance of “All By Myself” but I was disappointed with her small involvement in the episode. With Rachel’s reaction to her the first time, I was expecting a little bit more from the storyline.
Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) enlists the help of Sandy (Stephen Tobolowsky), Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig) and Vocal Adrenaline coach, Dustin Goolsby (Cheyenne Jackson) in her usual plot to destroy the glee club. Named “The League of Doom” the group looks more like a group of desperation. I really think the cord needs to be cut in terms of Terri’s character. I have nothing against the actress; I think she’s done well in the role despite the material she’s been given. She had a small involvement this time, but the end of the episode makes it look like this won’t be the last we see of her.
I won’t touch upon it too much as I feel like I’m repeating myself but Sue has become a pale imitation of her former self. She’s like a broken record or a soul stuck in limbo. The writers need to do something about this. Her words lack any punch, she’s become predictable and almost like a parody of someone else. Sue is someone who needs considerable brainstorming, at the writer’s table, to do something to either freshen-up or spark some more life into the character.
We finally get to see what Vocal Adrenaline coach Dustin is about following his all too brief appearance at the end of “Audition.” His part of the plan is to break Will (Matthew Morrison) and Holly (Gwyneth Paltrow) up. Though he’s unsuccessful, they split up anyway, partly due to Will and Emma’s (Jayma Mays) feelings for each other. With Carl (John Stamos) asking Emma for an annulment, this paves the way for a Will/Emma reunion. Is this something that will happen before the season ends?
Tine (Jenna Ushkowitz) performs
Sandy, Azimio (James Earl), Becky (Lauren Potter) and Jacob (Josh Sussman) heckle Tina as she performs but the heckling doesn’t last throughout the whole concert. With help from Lauren Zizes (Ashley Fink), Mercedes (Amber Riley) makes outrageous demands to Rachel (Lea Michele), Finn (Cory Monteith) and Quinn (Dianna Agron). Mercedes’ performance kind of makes up for her diva behavior though I don’t think anything can make up for asking for a dog to dry her hands on.
- While defending Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss), Santana (Naya Rivera) tells Karofsky (Max Adler) she has razor blades in her hair.
- Brittany’s knowledge of cat diseases. Who knew she would come in handy during Smarty Pants.
I found “A Night of Neglect” hard to watch, as it didn’t have the usual ingredients that the more enjoyable episodes have offered in the past. As I said before, it was too crammed in many ways; I feel one of the storylines could have been dropped and there were too many characters with small dialogues. It lacked real comedic punch and the serious parts weren’t effective for example’s Holly’s speech about heckling.
Up next is the 90-minute episode “Born This Way” and I hope it doesn’t suffer the same problems as “A Night of Neglect” or it will be a very long episode.
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