This is disappointing because Jake and Ryder's friendship has been a definite positive element of Glee this season. They agreed not to fight over Marley, and put those differences aside months ago. Ryder is allowed to have feelings, of course, but he can't betray Jake by acting on them. With the looks he is exchanging with Marley in the ending number, "Anything Could Happen," it seems like that's where the show is heading.
How can Marley do this to Jake? She pines over him for so long, and then chooses him. Can she really be so heartless as to consider cheating now? If her mind has been changed, and she's a teenage girl, so that's definitely an acceptable and realistic development, then she needs to end things with Jake before taking up with Ryder. No more secretly screwing things up for others, as she did at Sectionals.
Some of these romantic plots aren't bad, but I think they ring hollow because they are couched in the terrible wedding tale. "I Do" is an example of bad storytelling and lackluster musical numbers, with only glimmers of good things sneaking out from beneath the cloud. It's also a very strange time to stage a "couples" episode, especially when the bride and groom are NOT one of the couples featured.
Glee's fourth season has been good, but they have dropped the ball during February sweeps, which is pretty much the worst time to do so. Can they pick it back up for the rest of the year?
Glee airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on FOX.