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  1. Maybe. I'm worried about the "back 9"...but we'll see. I think a show like this might toil best before the publicity hits. The first 13 episodes were basically filmed in obscurity, with no one knowing if the show would make it. I believe that likely helped to fuel the "striving Loser" dynamic that the show plays so well. Now that they're an international megahit with a hit show, albums, DVD sales, and soon concert....who knows if they'll be able to stay connected to their humility. Plus, I'm not interested in what Jennifer Lopez or Idina Menzel offer in a particular week...I'm more interested in what Mr. Shue, Sue, and the Glee kids are going to deal with next.
  2. Okay, so this is from Perez: One of the many reasons I hated Will and Grace was because of all the stunt casting. I'm very worried their going to damage Glee with this kind of nonsense too. Why do this? The success of the first 13 episodes had mostly to do with a focus on the fresh faces...and a few broadway stars thrown in. Is Glee the new format for an Ed Sullivan/Carol Burnett style variety show? Is that what this is becoming?
  3. Could someone contact Gil and ask if Steve's real obituary could be posted here? I'd love to know more about the man.

  4. Rapidly becoming my favorite show. The situations are SOOOOOOOOOOO real: - war with a teenager; hard to wake up teenager - son springing a big project on parents...due tomorrow! - kids unable to relax and look good in pictures Some genuineness in behind the writing is what makes this sweet. That's also true for Modern Family. Cougartown, which makes me laugh, is less reality-based...so I'm liking it less.
  5. I think Puck and Rachel are white, just not WASP, LOL. I think Puck got a whole new fanbase this week.
  6. Yes, I have thought about this too. Last week, they tried to make the claim that "we're all minorities"...but the fact remains that Puck-Quinn-Finn-Rachel are front-burner, and among the teachers, Shuster and Sylvester are front burner...and each one of 'em is white. One of my disappointments about this show is that it is less of an integrated ensemble piece...so that "Wheels and Aretha and Shaft, etc." all get equal emphasis. For now, though, the show is one that I can just lose myself in...goofy/funny, soapy, interestingly done tunes. I find it is one of the few hours a week where I can shut off my cognitive/analytical brain and just have fun. I sort of hope that after they get done with the current front-burner "launch" story (the quad and Shuster) that we'll see others have a turn at front burner for extended runs. I also realize that is unlikely to happen, but I'm hopeful.
  7. Not the best episode of the season, but such a bright spot on the schedule for me. Even the weaker/less funny shows (or shows with music I care less about) are better (for my mood, anyway) than just about anything else on US primetime. (Except for the ABC Wednesday comedy lineup, which are the first sitcoms I have watched in a decade!) I'm stuck in some kind of warp, listening to Puck do "Sweet Caroline" on endless loop, lol.
  8. A moment of soapy perfection on Glee. Puck sings "Sweet Caroline" (which is fun, as we discover the voices of these people). And in wordless reactions, we see that Quinn loves Puck, Finn notices Puck going for Rachel and is jealous, Rachel is blithely ignorant.... Suddenly we have a workable quad...and it was done without a word of dialogue. I love this show.
  9. Anyone following Melinda Sue Lewis on Twitter? Seems slightly interesting to read the domestic dramas with Leah, etc.
  10. I think Wall Stree Journal (yup) is recording "Sue-isms"...but my quotes this week were typed with my loving hands. I just loved the ep so much.
  11. I gather the show is growing. Slight bumps in the 18-39 demo (per Roger Newcomb). He also links a WSJ blog that lists many of the "Sue-isms" that I do above. I think this may be the breakout show of the year...not necessarily in ratings, but in buzz!
  12. Dear God in Heaven! The bon mots in last night's Glee. Also balanced out with the emotional moments (Will crying at the sight of his child, and his wife feeling remorse; the beautiful finale number where--maybe--Quinn realizes that Glee is more on her side than Sue). === FIGGINS: Let’s hug it out. … This meeting won’t end until I see bodies touching. It’s a technique I learned in my leadership seminar last week. WILL: I will destroy you. SUE: I am about to vomit down your back. === JACOB (what is his name?): The independent polling company in my Dockers has determined you’re the hottest girl in this school. === SUE: Alright everybody, listen up. When you hear your name called, cross over to my side of this bright shiny thing….Santana,Wheels, Gay Kid, Asian, other Asian, Aretha, and Shaft. KENDRA: I wanted to remind you to tell that <inaudible> not to vaccinate in the hospital. I’m pretty sure those shots made my kids stupid. === SUE: Sometimes people ask me ‘Sue, how come you are so sensitive to minorities?’ I’ll tell you why: Because I know first hand how hard it is to struggle as a minority in America today. I’m 1/16th Comanche Indian. In fact, I like minorities so much, I’m thinkin’ about moving to California to become one! === WILL: Sue. Hey Sylvester, I’m talkin’ to you! SUE: Oh hey buddy. I thought I smelled failure! WILL: You are deliberately undermining me in front of these kids SUE: Your delusions of persecution are a sure sign of early-stage paranoid schizophrenia. === WILL: That is it! It ends right here! SUE: A cockfight! Fantastic! === SUE: You want to get real? You’re right Will. I have been trying to destroy your club with a conviction I can only call religious. And you want to know why? Because I don’t trust a man with curly hair. I can’t help but picture small birds laying sulphurous eggs in there, and I find it disgusting! === SUE (to reporter): Okay. Listen up. This is all your readers need to know. I’m all about empowerment. I empower my Cheerios to live in a constant state of fear by creating an environment of irrational, random terror. === SUE: (after Cheerios flunked in Spanish). This is a disaster of international proportions…You can’t stand to see a woman in power. Your psychosexual derangement would be fascinating, Will, if it weren’t TERRIFYING! FIGGINS: According to our test records, most of your Cheeerios are functionally illiterate. SUE: Oh, so what. FIGGINS: Only last Friday, at the football game, they tried to spell out “Go Team” and they finally spelled out “To Game”. WILL: Since 1992, 95% of your Cheerios should have flunked Spanish. And I for one am not going to be a part of it anymore. SUE: Oh, Will, we all know about your devotion to that dying language. Let me break this down for you. I empower my Cheerios to be champions. Do they go on to College? I don’t know, and I don’t care. Should they learn Spanish? Sure, if they want to become dishwashers and gardeners. But if they want to be bankers and lawyers and captains of industry, the most important lesson they could possibly learn is how to do a round-off. === KURT: She even told me if I talked to one of Mr. Shue’s kids she would shave my head. And I just can’t rock that look. Even Justin Timberlake is growing his ‘fro back. === SUE: (to Puck and the dutch cheerleader, after they realize Mr. Shue ‘just doesn’t like minorities’): Can you imagine, in this day and age, being discriminated against? My goodness, the pain you must be feeling. So your last name is Puckerman, eh? PUCK: Shalom! (raises fist) SUE: Who knew? And poor, sweet Brittany! Oh, I know the Dutch are famous for being a cold people, but that’s no excuse for treating you like some half-price hooker in Amsterdam’s famous red-light district! Well, all I can say is if you’re serious about leaving Will Shuster, Sue Sylvester’s rainbow tent will gladly protect you from his storm of racism. === SUE: Look, I’m prepared to cut you a deal. You pass my Cheerios, and I’ll give you back your team of losers and snot faucets. WILL: Sue Sylvester, you’re going to have to pry those “F”s from my cold, dead hands! SUE: Can’t wait, pal! === KENDRA: Well, Wu, you delivered all three of my kids. Each one is dumber than the last. Plus they all have ADD. And, although neither my husband nor I have red hair, they are all creepy ginger kids. DR. WU: It’s caused by a recessive gene. KENDRA: That’s one theory. Do you want to hear mine? You gave me too much Pitocin when I was in labor, and it screwed up their DNA! DR. WU: That’s not a theory. You just made that up. Mrs. Shue, is your sister on some type of new psychometric medication. MRS SHUE: Not that I know of. KENDRA: That’s offensive! Here’s the deal, Wu. My husband does the taxes for some very powerful mid-sized law firms in this town. And I’m sure somebody would be more than happy to take on my lawsuit. WU: You’ll never win. KENDRA: I don’t have to win. There’s only two OBs in this town. You get even the slightest stink on you, and you can bet that a bunch of your patients will close on up their legs and walk on over to Dr. Chin! === QUINN (to Rachel): Listen here, treasure trail! We’re about to have a smackdown….Don’t play stupid with me, stubbles! === SUE: You know, it’s sad enough that my ‘Sue’s kids’ are living in squalor, and probably on food stamps! STUDENT: My dad’s a dentist! === WILL: Hey Sue. SUE: William, close the door. WILL: I wanted to talk to you about what happened in the auditorium. SUE: Good. I would have come to you too, but I have no idea where your office is. === SUE: I’ve decided to step down as co-head of Glee…Yes, it’s not for me. Too fruity. I can’t stand the sight of kids getting emotional, unless it’s from physical exhaustion….I’d still like to stay on as consigliere…I was a veejay for a couple of years…I know I’m not like the rest of you hippies, caring about the kids’ feelings as if they were real. But I do care about teaching. === WILL: Who’s to say everything I do is 100% on the ball? SUE: No one would say that. === WILL: You’re all minorities.. .So it doesn’t matter that Rachel is Jewish or that Quinn.. QUINN: Can’t tell my right from my left! === SUE (to Jacob, holding up Rachel's panties with a pencil): This was a particularly interesting find from today’s round of locker checks. Are these your droopy white granny panties, Jacob? Are you an ‘Eve’ who was born a ‘Steve’? Because if you are, I think there is a school that would better address your needs. And I think that school is in Thailand.
  13. Awesome music and scene. All those episodes surrounding TGVN's first wedding to Nikki were one of the creative high points of the show...and true passing of the torch between the first and second generations of the characters.
  14. Next week's looks amazing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sNive0y3FE
  15. It was fun. For me, the songs in Ep 2 had no meaning...therefore, I wasn't as into the ep. I doubt I've ever listened to a single Kanye, Rihanna or Salt N Pepa song...so it all went flat. Journey, on the other hand... I hope they continue to feature a broad diversity of styles, decades, genres.... I'm digging the classic/camp soap conventions (golddigger/fake pregnancy; villain who sends spies; love triangles).
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