Monthly Archives: April 2013

By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl
How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS
Rating: 4.5/5 


After tonight’s episode, there are only two more episodes before How I Met Your Mother’s season eight finale. I know, I’m devastated too folks. However, we got a great episode tonight, and I cannot wait to see the finale because I know it is going to be amazing, and I may cry. Scratch that; I will cry.

I already whimpered when Bob Saget began the episode narrating that it would be the story of the night Barney’s (Neil Patrick Harris) life fell apart. My baby! Except, his worst night is one of the show’s best nights.

Six hours earlier, he and Robin (Cobie Smulders) prepare to go to dinner with his mother (Frances Conroy). Robin is very nervous about going, especially because she has to be alone with her until Barney returns from dropping off the $5,000 catering deposit.

He tells her not to worry because what could possibly happen? Kidnapping, that’s what. Marshall (Jason Segel) and Ted (Josh Radnor) kidnap him for his bachelor’s party.

It’s his “bro-mitzvah” — his right of passage as a bro. As a person of the Jewish faith, I have to say that these references were hilarious! I laughed so hard that I cried a little. Puns included a bro-maka (yamaka), a bro-del (dreidel) and a Bro-rah (Torah) that is written in He-bro (Hebrew). Perfection. I definitely approve.

However, Robin is less than excited because now she has to spend the evening alone with his mother. Isn’t it everyone’s dream to spend the night with their mother-in-law?

Barney has said several times that he knows Marshall and Ted will fail planning his bachelor’s party because they won’t be able to make it awesome enough, and they didn’t. They are staying at a run-down hotel that is ten miles outside of Atlantic City, and they have a clown for entertainment. I can’t even describe how much I love Ted and Marshall; they are such adorable dorks.

Barney apparently told his mother that Robin is a virgin, prompting a ton of virgin jokes that were top-notch. Frances Conroy, you rule on American Horror Story and you’re hilarious on HIMYM. Is there anything you can’t do?

As Barney requested in the bro-rah, the Karate Kid has to appear. So, Lily (Alyson Hannigan) brings Ralph Macchio to the party. Except, Barney prefers William Zabka, who played the bully in the movie, saying he is the true Karate Kid. Of course he thinks that. I love him.

tumblr_mm1pjwe7k01qa0n48o4_r1_250Let’s all just take a moment to appreciate Macchio’s cameo. He was so hilarious, and Barney’s hatred of him was excellent. Everyone continually compared Barney and Macchio, to which Barney always replied, “I am nothing like Ralph Macchio,” in a way only Barney could. Except lines like “Self-shake” and “Incredi-wait for it-ble” make it pretty obvious they are similar.

Also, let’s not forgot the wonderful Hannigan. Continuing a long tradition, Lily is all over Macchio, and, as always, it’s hilarious. Hannigan has that craziness down pat.

Ted and Marshall did hire a stripper, and it’s Quinn (Becki Newton). Oh snap. Of course, it’s incredibly awkward because she showed up to Barney’s bachelor party not even a full year after they broke up. Just to annoy him, she does a strip show for everyone but Barney, even the clown.

Barney is having such a terrible time that he calls the party off. As they drive back home, Macchio makes remarks about how much of a loser Barney is for not even gambling when he was ten miles from Atlantic City. That crazy twitch of his begins, and he whips the car around as he clenches the catering deposit money in his hand. Oh no. That is not going to go over well with Robin.

Another great nod to HIMYM history: Barney goes to play Xing Hai Shi Bu Xing. Except, this time, he does not do well. He loses all of the catering money and then tries to win it back by taking out a loan with a Chinese man who wants Marshall as collateral.

Ted yells at Barney for not caring about his friends. When Barney tries to go after him, he runs into Robin who is then incredibly upset when Quinn gets out of the car. She throws her ring at him and tells him it’s over. NNNNOOOOOOOOO. Oh my goodness. I had to pause the show so that I could probably yell and cry over this.

However, things are not what they seem. Everything was Robin’s plan! WHAT! So that heart attack I had thinking they broke up was for nothing. No show, well besides American Horror Story, has ever thrown me the way HIMYM does.

No one could figure out how to give Barney the best night of his life since he makes every night awesome, so Robin suggested giving him the worst night. That’s terrible but seeing them plan this was hilarious. Everyone was in on it: Quinn, the Chinese men at the casino, Barney’s mom and Macchio. Just like one of Barney’s plays, Robin planned “The Barney.” That flashback of the gang planning the whole thing was hilarious. Watch it and see why you love the cast and the show.

Barney actually loved the whole thing. Though, he points out that they still did not get the Karate Kid right. Or did they? The clown reveals himself to be William Zabka. That was just the cherry on top of a phenomenal night.

Tonight’s episode reminded me of why I loved the show: it’s hilarious; the cast is amazing; and it played on the time card again. HIMYM is great because it is a show about time. They can present something as if it’s real and then rewind and show what really happened. For the millionth time, I would like to highlight how amazing the cast’s chemistry is with one another. They are all respectively hilarious, but put them together and they are unstoppable.


By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl
Smash airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. on NBC
Rating: 3.5/ 5


Here is something I never thought I would say again: Smash was ok. Seriously! The songs, of course, were amazing and some of the storylines were not that bad. I think this is a major milestone for them.

And yet, the first “oh really” moment was the opening scene: Kathie Lee Gifford was wearing a Marilyn wig. Because of Agnes (Daphne Rubin-Vega) and Eileen’s (Anjelica Huston) plan to get to the Tony’s, they are running an intense publicity campaign since ticket sales aren’t exactly what they want. This publicity campaign is running Ivy (Megan Hilty) ragged. And that’s her storyline — definitely not enough of her tonight.

For this Kathie Lee segment, Ivy does her version of “The 20th Century Fox Mambo.” Finally! I have waited so long for her version, and I loved it!

Eileen tells Tom (Christian Borle) about Julia’s (Debra Messing) plans for Gatsby, so he goes to her and tells her to call it off with Scott (Jesse L. Martin) so they can do it together. Ok, this is the first time I dislike Tom. I cannot get over how selfish he is being, making it the first time I relate to Julia. I know; I don’t know what’s gotten into me either.

When Julia tells Scott about this, he tells her to obviously keep doing it as a play because Tom is just scrambling now that he does not have the director gig anymore. He also informs her that if Hit List does not take off, his career will be done if he does not have something strong like Gatsby to follow up with next season.

Derek (Jack Davenport) is holding auditions for Jimmy’s (Jeremy Jordan) understudy, and Sam (Leslie Odom Jr.) gets it! I am so excited. I love Sam and am so happy he gets to do something. There are so many great secondary characters that do not get enough attention, especially Bobby (Wesley Taylor).

Kyle’s (Andy Mientus) parents are in to see the show, and I have never seen worst acting. Even the extras are bad! You would think they would audition a few more people. How do these people even get hired?! His mother was so insanely annoying.

Julia tells Tom that she is doing Gatsby with Scott, and he plays the lawyer card because she took the rights out in their company name. I’m disgusted with his actions. The two battle it out in a Q&A, which Ivy moderates, and Tom ends up saying that they are breaking up. After, she begs him to let her do Gatsby because it’s the first thing that has made her happy in years. Ouch. I actually like the deterioration of their partnership. I’m sad they won’t be working together, but it has finally given Julia a storyline I do not detest.

Hit List has a special preview to entice producers to sign onto the project. Here, we actually get a preview of what the show would be like, unlike the Bombshell opening night episode. And it was 4OrhHWeamazing!!! I honestly prefer Hit List to Bombshell. Sure, Bombshell is great and I love Ivy, but its music pales in comparison.

Two new songs were performed: “Don’t Let Me Know” and “The Goodbye Song.” “Don’t Let Me Know” shows Amanda stealing Jesse’s songs and her rise to fame. “The Goodbye Song” is the finale and is just another amazing song to add to the list of my favorites from the show. Karen (Katharine McPhee), of course, looks awkward but everyone else in the cast is phenomenal.

Agnes had her and Eileen go so Eileen could think about her next project. Eileen admits she liked Hit List. Oh man. I don’t know how she would get the money to produce both but that would make for great drama. However, she must be torn because after the publicity campaign, Bombshell’s sales are going up.

Looks like there will be a showdown at the Tony’s after all.

The show would have been phenomenal for everyone if Jimmy had not gotten high before the performance, causing him to mess up choreography and miss cues. One of the cues he missed was when Amanda is shot by the Diva and he is supposed to catch Karen. I didn’t feel bad; I laughed a little. Is that mean?

Derek says he is replacing Jimmy because of all the stunts he’s pulled, which prompts Jimmy to make a speech at the after-party. He tells Kyle’s boyfriend about how Kyle cheated on him and then he makes a crack about Karen being emotionless. I’m not a fan of Jimmy, but that was good.

Ivy has been blowing Derek off because of her “busy schedule.” He sits at the bar alone until Karen comes over. All of a sudden she seems in to him and tells him to walk her home. Oh brother. What is this fascination with Derek all about? Why do both Ivy and Karen keeping going back and forth with him?!

After Jimmy’s stint, Kyle has decided to cut Jimmy out of his life. He sings “The Last Goodybe” as he packs up an army duffle bag — oh how thespian of you. He takes the bag to Adam’s house because apparently Jimmy has been staying there! What on earth!?! Kyle gives a great performance here.

Right as he finishes, headlights fill his face and everyone can guess a car hit him. I was more surprised by this than I think I should have been. For some reason, I think I actually jumped. Kyle’s character really lacks depth, but I was just starting to like him again. What purpose will his injury serve? Who knows? That would mean there would be thought behind what the Smash writers do and let’s not give them that much credit.

By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl
Glee airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox
Rating: 2/ 5


Before I begin, I have to rant for a moment about the atrocity Glee is turning into. As I have mentioned and felt for quite some time, they are trying to address way too many issues. Again, you do not need to be some social justice platform. You are a television show; try entertaining us for once or give us material that means something. How dare you do a school-shooting episode and then NOT address it after. How dare you bring up something like molestation and make it some side storyline. Cut it out and look at what you are doing. Yes, you can address tough issues but only if you actually explore them and don’t just do them to do it. I am thoroughly depressed that it was renewed for two more seasons. Darren Criss and Naya Rivera: get out while you can!

But I digress…

The lights are out at McKinley, yet school is still in session. Oh, totally realistic. And, of course, Will (Matthew Morrison) turns it into an assignment: unplugged week.

Ryder (Blake Jenner) is still talking to this person online. I am so DONE with this storyline! Why is this getting so much play? Why is it taking forever for them to tell us who it is? Why should we care?

Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) tell Santana (Naya Rivera) they are worried she is wasting her time by not throwing herself into the performing world. To which she responds, “What is wrong with trying to figure things out?” Nothing! You are my favorite because she is the most realistic character — and the sassiest.

Not to mention that Rivera’s performance tonight was outstanding! Her wit was amazing as always — I live for those one-liners — and she could gather up raw emotion for scenes about her past and future. Brilliant. Love you. Please find something better worth your talents.

For Will’s assignment, Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Ryder sing “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” which Artie (Kevin McHale) was texting through the entire time, prompting Sam to go on a rant about how our society is so wrapped up in technology and blah blah. My goodness the storylines tonight were a bit intolerable.

Sam’s backlash prompts Artie to come up with the idea to do a Stomp-style version of “We Will Rock You.” Gee, I really enjoyed how much this song fit into the storyline; Glee is always so amazing at that. Oh, wait; no it’s not. Where do they always get the time to choreograph, set up, learn the lyrics and do the performances for all of these songs? Does no one at McKinley actually have classes?!

Sarah Jessica Parker is back as Isabelle and she is fantastic! Not only is she adorable, fashionable — as expected — and wise, but she is also the only one to mention Kurt’s father since it was announced that he had cancer in December. Seriously. Has no one thought to bring that up again?

Isabelle invites Kurt (Chris Colfer) to help her organize the New York City Ballet Gala and even allows friends to come too. Gee, I wonder who he will choose.

Sue (Jane Lynch) is now a personal trainer. Thus, we must cut to a montage of girls in the class being sexually exploited as they thrust in their weird ‘80s-wannabe workout outfits. However, I approve because Blaine (Darren Criss) was there!!!!!! My goodness. I need to compose myself after watching that. I mean just look at him:








Yumz. Yeah. He’s that amazing. Anyway, he goes to beg Sue to come back because he is worried about the messages Roz (NeNe Leakes) is telling the Cheerios, like losing a rib for flexibility. I’m loving Roz’s one-liners.

Ryder sings “Everybody Hurts.” I’ll give him one thing: that boy can sing. He’s not too hard on the eyes either. For some reason the writers felt that a montage of being slushied was appropriate for being hurt. Oh really. That’s the worst thing they have all been through?! I’m so done.

Ryder then confesses that his babysitter molested him when he was 11-years-old. Sam and Artie do not understand why he is ashamed of it, thinking that he should proud he got some action at such a young age.

And here is what is wrong with our society. We live in a sexist rape culture. Men can be sexually harassed too. Just because they are supposed to be macho and tough doesn’t mean they can’t be shaken up about something that is incredibly mind-altering. Men are allowed to have feelings too.

Tumblr_mluochY7Lw1s59zyso7_r1_250Kitty (Becca Tobin) and Ryder go to dinner, and she tells him she was molested by her friend’s brother. Because she waited to tell, no one really believed her. Ok, I can now finally confess that I like Kitty as a character. She finally has some depth and Tobin’s acting in this episode was great.

So I’m assuming the writers now expect us to want Kitty and Ryder to get together. After tonight’s episode, it’s pretty apparent in the direction they are heading. I think these two would actually match up fairly well. I do not approve of Murphy using a molestation storyline to put these two together, but I don’t approve of most things he does.

Becky (Lauren Potter) pleads Sue to come back, but Sue says she enjoys personal training more because she finally gets the respect she deserves. That dialogue magically flows into Sue performing “Little Girls” from Annie. What a coincidence. Lynch was recently announced to play Ms. Hannigan on Broadway. Sure, the song fits but it wasn’t needed. I love Lynch, but I just was not pleased with them putting this into the show.

Santana, Rachel, Kurt and Isabelle sing “At the Ballet” from A Chorus Line. Anyone that does not love this musical — like me — probably hated that five-minute segment. I do not understand why they did the full song; even I felt like it went on too long. Although, I adored baby Kurt, Rachel and Santana at the ballet studio. Also, SJP did a phenomenal job! I usually don’t like her voice, but I must say it sounded great.

Isabelle gives Santana advice that everyone needs to hear: “Baby steps are OK.” Thank you! I still don’t understand how society expects us to decide at 18-years-old what we want to do for the rest of our life. She’s like the cool mentor everyone needs but no one knows where to find.

Ryder is still talking to the online girl because she somehow got him to open up. He is so fascinated with this girl that he blows Kitty off who had asked him out. I feel as if it would be too obvious if Kitty were Katie, so I’m not going to hands down guess that, but I’m starting to lean that way.

Hug_santanasSantana signs up for a NYADA extension dance program so she can reintroduce herself to her artist self. As she warms up, she sees her younger ballerina self who asks her to not forget her again. All the feels. I love her.

Even with the lights back on, Will has the glee club do an a cappella version of “Longest Time.” What a bunch of How I Met Your Mother copycats. I definitely preferred Barney and Ted’s version to their version. The song is wonderful originally — I mean it is Billy Joel — but they are not an a cappella group.

Also, is no one going to mention that Brittany (Heather Morris) is M.I.A.? Are they already writing her out because of Morris’ pregnancy?

By Will Ashton |
The Place Beyond the Pines
| Directed by Derek Cianfrance | Rated R

place_beyond_the_pinesComing off of Blue Valentine, one of the best movies of 2010, director Derek Cianfrance’s follow-up picture, The Place Beyond the Pines, had a lot to live up to. Fortunately, his newest effort meets expectations, and then some.

Luke (Ryan Gosling) is a motorcycle stunt driver living comfortably on his own until he learns that he has a son named Jason with Romina (Eva Mendes). Despite her insistence otherwise, Luke becomes determined to be the father that his dad never was. In an effort to make some quick money, he joins Robin (Ben Mendelsohn) in robbing banks across town.

But, after making one dangerous mistake, Luke gets entangled with Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper), a cop who changes his life, and his own, forever.

A multi-generational study on fathers and sons and the decisions we make for and because of them, the movie is a highly ambitious and audacious multi-character study about consequences. With Blue Valentine, Cianfrance made himself a director to watch for. With The Place Beyond the Pines, however, he solidifies himself as one of the best new visions in Hollywood today.

Cianfrance’s greatest strength lies in realism. Everything he paints on screen, so far, feels like a window into the lives of somebody we may or may not ever know. His talents for creating a sense of authenticity through his compelling characters helps make some of the sillier elements of the script, written by Cianfrance, Ben Coccio, and Darius Marder, appear believable.

While not quite on par with the caliber they were in Blue Valentine, Cianfrance is still able to pull in some strong performances from his cast. In particular, Cooper, Mendelsohn, and Gosling provide some solid, and surprisingly restrained, acting.

At two-and-a-half hours, The Place Beyond the Pines is a film that actually feels like it deserves its bloated running time. However, a film separated in three separate acts, the third section of his film is, undoubtedly, the weakest. Plot elements, despite their presentation, start to ring a little false and the characters introduced in this act are not as developed as those presented in the two before.

Additionally, the editing throughout the film appears oddly lazy. Often, the film will rely too heavily on fade cuts, which rarely add anything to the film and eventually become distracting. However, several bank-robbing scenes are edited with great ferocity and tension. It should also be noted that this movie begins with a 5+ minute one-shot that, while it’s no Boogie Nights, is still extremely impressive.

The film doesn’t quite hit the same level of his previous effort, but The Place Beyond the Pines is still a highly engaging and compelling look at the lives of others. It demonstrates, once again, that Cianfrance should have a very promising career ahead of him.

By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl
Smash airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. on NBC
Rating: 2.5/ 5


“Opening Night” featured some great moments (courtesy of Megan Hilty) but more so terrible ones (courtesy Katharine McPhee and the return of Emory Cohen). While I love watching this train wreck unfold, I can honestly say I will not miss this show once it is cancelled, which it most likely will be. I will miss Hilty and a few of the actors (the very underappreciated and wonderful Wesley Taylor, who plays Bobby), but I can always wait for their next Broadway appearance.

Before opening night, Ivy (Megan Hilty) is afraid to read any reviews of her performance, but in this age of the ever-present media, she cannot escape them.

Julia (Debra Messing) is running ideas by Tom (Christian Borle) for their next project. Because nothing screams musical like Lord of the Flies or The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Seriously; those were her suggestions.

Hit List has sold out for the rest of its run, and the cast has been invited to Bombshell’s opening night, to Karen’s (Katharine McPhee) dismay.

Tom is asked to be the director for a revival of City of Angels — as long as his Bombshell director reviews are good. However, this would be a full time job, leaving no time for a new collaboration with Julia. Oh heavens; what will he do?

GbSvnUJLeo (Emory Cohen) is back and worse than ever. One of the first things he says is a remark about seeing Ivy naked. Gross. Also, that haircut. Wow. That’s bad.

Insight into Jimmy’s (Jeremy Jordan) past is supposed to be a main focus of tonight’s episode; except, nothing is a surprise. That mysterious guy is Adam (David Call), Jimmy’s brother, who is the one that got Jimmy into that bad boy life after issues with their dysfunctional family took a turn for the worse. And, of course, Kyle (Andy Mientus) is the one who saved him.

Jimmy could have been such a great character had someone put a little bit of thought into him. Why does this show excel in writing beautiful lyrics, yet is terrible in attempting to write a simple storyline? They need a dramaturg and bad.

Whoever thought pairing up Adam and Ana (Krysta Rodriguez) is, well, an idiot. Do not put her in harm. She is one of the few characters I can tolerate. Also, he is NOT that good looking so I do not see the strange attraction she has to him.

Julia pitches doing a Great Gatsby musical to Tom who is only hesitant because he might get that directing job. Oh, backstabbing is always a great way to go.

Eileen (Anjelica Huston) and Richard (Jamey Sheridan) officially break it off and only Agnes (Daphne Rubin-Vega) is upset. Honestly, was anyone rooting for that couple? There was no chemistry between those actors, so how did this become a storyline?FtGRTzw

Let’s take a moment to reflect on Karen’s outfit for the opening. As a friend of mine would say: “Look at your life. Look at your choices.” Is that flapper style really working for you? I know nothing about fashion and even I know you look ridiculous. Ivy, on the other hand, looked fabulous.

Before the curtain rises, Ivy quickly talks with her mom, Leigh (Bernadette Peters), about her nerves. For the first time, a truly great mother-daughter moment happened as all the adorableness flowed from Hilty and Peters. Love those two.

Unfortunately, we only got to see the curtain rise before a cut to commercial. Seriously?! No montage of those wonderful performances? Nothing?! What a rip off.

But I was incredibly excited to see Hilty’s version of “Don’t Forget Me.” It is WAY better than McPhee’s, which even Karen could tell as she looked uncomfortable, again.

WHY was Rosie O’Donnell in the audience? What purpose did that serve? Of all the celebrities to choose, you choose Rosie. “Look at your life. Look at your choices.” Then to add insult to injury, Rosie is the one to spill the beans to Julia about Tom’s possible directing gig.

While that guest actor was terrible, Rubin-Vega was amazing in her role as the pushy PR agent. I think her scene, as she waited for the reviews to come in, was the only realistic scene that has ever been on the show. Finally, some insight as to how the Broadway world actually works; it only took 27 episodes.

When Julia confronts him, Tom explains that he wasn’t expecting her to wait around while he worked for the Angels production. He wanted to focus on his directing career. However, his dream is crushed when the reviews come in and praise everything but his directing. Then, he wants to consider doing Gatsby, which Julia doesn’t fall for.

Karen and Ivy are acting all chummy in the bathroom, giving each other half-hearted compliments about the other’s talents. The two then duo to “That’s Life,” in which Ivy confirms that she is way better than Karen – singing and performing wise. They sound great together, but McPhee just pales in comparison to Hilty’s vocals.

smashopeningnight8An altercation occurs between Jimmy and Adam at the opening, which Eileen solves by coolly dumping a bucket of ice on them. Ha! I wish it had been a giant glass of wine.

Karen tells Jimmy she is scared of him and that he can’t change despite the fact that he says he is trying. My goodness, I hate her more and more. She is way too judgmental and just terrible.

Derek (Jack Davenport) wants to take Hit List to Broadway this season, putting it in direct competition with Bombshell at The Tony’s. Oh my goodness. FINALLY a storyline I can get excited about! Derek, you wonderful British man you.

Upon Ivy’s questioning, Karen tells Ivy that Derek had asked her out a few weeks ago, meaning he came to Ivy after Karen rejected him, again. Awh, I was actually ok with their relationship this time. Now, Ivy is irritated and gives Derek the boot, which leads to him hooking up with that one dancer who announced their past relationship a few episodes back.

Scott (Jesse L. Martin) tells Julia to do Gatsby as a play since the New York Times review praised her as a playwright, not a simple book writer. Ok, another storyline I could get into.

Tom and Kyle leave together to go hook up. NO. STOP IT NOW. Not ok.

Eileen tells Agnes to double the advertising budget so that Bombshell can sweep The Tony’s. Listen, I love your enthusiasm but you need a reality check.

By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl
Glee airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox


On Friday, the entertainment world was abuzz as news broke that Fox renewed Glee for a fifth and sixth season, meaning we get to sing and dance in the choir room until 2015 — at least.

In an Entertainment Weekly article, Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said the show’s storylines are what have made the show such a success.

Glee debuted as the first and only successful musical comedy series on television, and more than four years later, it continues to defy genres, break new ground and have a significant impact on popular culture,” he said. “The entire Glee team delivers a series that not only delights and surprises fans, but also inspires them to talk about, share, debate and engage with the show.”

For its fourth season, Glee has averaged 8.7 million viewers and a 3.6 rating among adults 18-49.

No news yet as to whether or not the sixth season will be its last.

I must say that I have mixed feelings about the renewal. I am happy because I never like to see a show I have any sort of connection to die — even if I hate-watch it. However, there is a time for everything and a two-season renewal may be getting ahead of itself. Yes, there are great moments; but, there are also terrible ones.

Other recent Fox renewals include The Following, Bones, The Mindy Project, New Girl and Raising Hope.

By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl
Glee airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox
Rating: 2.5/5

Before I begin, I feel as if I must warn you all about the oncoming cynicism and extreme sass. Tonight’s episode, “Sweet Dreams,” was not horrible; it simply made my eyes hurt from the amount of eye rolls I had for 75 percent of the moments that happened.

The first eye roll of the night happened within the first minute of the episode as Finn (Cory Monteith) narrates his first days at the University of Lima, which he somehow got accepted to in the middle of a semester. Real life. What is even more realistic is the amount of Harlem Shakes that happen on that campus. What is this nonsense?!

Rachel (Lea Michele) is preparing to audition for Funny Girl, finally!! Her monologue reminded me of the old Rachel and made me long for the days when she was crazy about Barbra and, well, crazy in general.

Roz Washington (NeNe Leakes) is back!!!!!!! If you couldn’t tell, I am kind of excited about this. “The child from the ghetto” is now the new Cheerios coach.

What on earth is happening in the glee club? Sam (Chord Overstreet) is pretending he has a twin — and it is NOT funny so stop — Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) has donned some new wannabe-goth style and everyone else is just weird. But really, that Sam thing was a terrible idea.

Marley (Melissa Benoist) wants the glee club to sing her songs at Regionals, but Will (Matthew Morrison) turns down any suggestions and already has a set list planned to go along with the theme of “Dreams.” Of course, all the songs include the word “dreams” in them. Creative.

After last week’s episode that focused on the issue of gun violence, one would think the show would follow with something that would be a good transition from that heavy topic. Nope. They just go right into insane college partying. Girls are taking their bikini tops off as payment to go water sliding, insane parties are occurring in the dorm hallways and everything is overdone.

This is why I am overly annoyed with Glee.

How on earth can you go from one week where you preach about moral topics like holding on to every minute with the people you care about to now showing college girls that it is ok to take your top off in order to get into a party. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?! You attempt to transcend the stereotypical norms of our society  by advocating to love the way you are and then you actually fit right into them by allowing these girls to show off their breasts and hug Finn because they are cute. I’m disgusted and annoyed. I could rant for much longer but I may break the keys on my laptop so I’ll stop.

Puck (Mark Salling) has joined Finn at college, not to take classes, but, what else, to just party. What a great message to the viewers. Will comes by to apologize to Finn and asks him to come back to McKinley, but Finn refuses because he’s “pretty busy with college,” which he says in that smug tone that I absolutely detest. I hate Finn more and more.

The glee club comes up with their own ideas for a set list for Regionals, but Will won’t hear it. He seriously freaks out about how they are “defying” him — here he is awarded a drastic Liz Lemon eye roll — and even attacks Unique (Alex Newell), Blaine (Darren Criss) and Sam. Who are you?! What on earth is happening to this show?

He goes to get the coffee he skipped to get to glee club rehearsal — yes, he said that — and expects them to rehearse his songs when he comes back. Well, it’s done. I officially hate Will too.

Another favorite of mine returned: Shelby Corcoran (Idina Menzel)!!! She comes to help Rachel for her audition. She tells her to not be a copy of Barbra — I’m glad someone finally told her that. No one can play Barbra playing Fanny. You have to play Fanny like you would play her!

The two duet to “Next to Me” and I believe my ears and heart melted from happiness. My oh my how I have missed Idina. She needs to be a regular. Some of the best episodes from season one and three were ones she was featured in. Just saying.

Marley, Blaine, Sam and Unique sing “You Have More Friends Than You Know,” which I felt overwhelmed by but not in a good way. The lyrics were so overt; I felt like they were shoving the message down my throat. Ok, I get it; it’s a feel-good song. Yay.

For her audition, Rachel sings “Don’t Stop Believin’.” You know, because they have never done that on the show before. As she performs, she imagines her original fellow glee club members on stage with her. I love the original, but we get it.

All of a sudden, Puck tells Finn to shape up so they can prove people wrong and be something. Now you want to do something? Oh ok.

tumblr_mlhg182sVw1qeb7qjo12_r1_250Roz is suspicious of how Blaine and Becky (Lauren Potter) became co-captains. In a hilarious scene, she makes them recite an oath promising that they will not put a hex on her like she suspects they did on Sue – the reason for the whole gun incident. I must highlight that her new nickname for Blaine is “Fruity Fonzie.” Not as wonderful as “Young Burt Reynolds,” but still great.

Finn is going to get college credit for working at McKinley. Yes, because that is how college works. Except, he tells Will that he won’t be some errand boy; he wants to be treated like a teacher. Says the boy who was sliding on a waterslide one week ago.

Rachel got a callback for Funny Girl!!!!

Will apologizes to Marley and asks if the club can use her songs to perform at Regionals. What a great transition into another subpar feel-good song, “Outcast.” While better than the first song, it still annoyed me. Songs saying “you are great” and “stay true to you” irritate me.