The latest installment of FOX’s Glee, “I Do,” finally finds Will (Matthew Morrison) and Emma (Jayma Mays) heading for the altar, prompting all of the recent New Directions alumni to come home for the wedding. But before the bride can utter those two little words, she makes a run for it, ruining the event.
This episode is mostly ridiculous. Yes, we know Emma has issues, and with Will having been out of town for most of the wedding planning, as well as her story about her childhood birthdays, it should be easy to see coming that she doesn’t go through with it. However, Glee has strung us out for three and a half seasons, waiting for Will and Emma to be together. To call it off now, likely waiting until May sweeps to fix their relationship, is beyond disappointing.
The wedding itself is also off. The song Will and Emma sing, with a little help from Mercedes (Amber Riley), “Getting Married Today,” does not feel like it fits in the show. While Glee has performed a variety of genres, covering a wide range of music, this piece in this moment just doesn’t feel right. I don’t know that I’ve ever said that before about a selection.
Sue (Jane Lynch) coming down the aisle in the wedding dress is pushing the boundary of her character too far. Does she care about Emma and Will or not? We’ve seen that she does before, but this action says otherwise. It seems like a stunt designed purely for misleading commercials leading up to the airing.
And why don’t we see Emma’s parents in “I Do,” whom we’ve met before? It makes sense for them to be here and to get their reactions to their runaway bride daughter. In fact, after Emma flees, the episode doesn’t focus on her or Will pretty much at all, which is weird.
I won’t even talk about the Finn (Cory Monteith)-Emma kiss twist from last week that makes little sense, and matters almost not at all to “I Do.”
After the disaster of the wedding, it feels quite false that the students would stay and party so happily at the reception. They care about Will, and they would be affected by his grief. They wouldn’t so callously enjoy themselves. Why don’t they rally to find Emma and save the day?
Weddings are a prime time to hook up, feelings being plucked by the event, so I guess it’s not surprising that so many of the characters run off for sex mid-reception. I’m not sure it is necessary for the writers to screw with quite so many relationships at once, but at least that part makes sense. Sadly, the choice of singing “We’ve Got Tonite” while it happens is only so-so.
I’m not sure how I feel about Quinn (Dianna Agron) dabbling in lesbianism with Santana (Naya Rivera). Perhaps it’s unexpected that it didn’t happen before now, but I hope they stick with Quinn’s assertion that this is a one-time thing. She may have been wronged by men, but she definitely likes them. As long as she doesn’t hurt Santana, this occurrence isn’t bad.
Kurt (Chris Colfer), on the other hand, definitely will hurt Blaine (Darren Criss). Blaine is too happy to be back with his beau to notice, especially as they duet in the best peformance in the episode, “Just Can’t Get Enough,” but Kurt is using him for sex, and nothing more. Blaine insists they’re back together, and hopefully that’s what will eventually happen. But it’s not what’s going on here. I wish Kurt would be honest with Blaine. Otherwise, it could be even longer before they are reunited.
Adding Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) to the Kurt / Blaine story isn’t necessary. It seems like Glee is trying to beef up her role lately, and her part in “I Do” makes sense for the arc she has been given, but Tina doesn’t need more focus, nor to interfere with the fan favorite gays.
Then there’s the other exes who fool around, Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn. Rachel isn’t strictly cheating, as, even though she is living with Brody (Dean Geyer), they are in a “modern, open” relationship. I’m just confused as to why Rachel doesn’t see it as cheating, considering her character.
Finn is just happy to have her back. He thinks they are an end game couple, and they may very well be. It feels good to see them together again, and I don’t think either of them have their feelings hurt by the other. They aren’t at the right places in the lives to be a couple right now, but eventually they could make it work again.
Someone has to be there to pick Rachel up when she gets hurt by Brody. It’s not explicit, but it appears that “I Do” exposes Brody as a male prostitute. This Hung-esque plot could explain how he gets money to live on, but will not be a very nice surprise for Ms. Berry, especially when Brody is preaching honesty earlier in the night. Granted, she isn’t entirely honest with him, either, but it’s not quite the same. They appear to be moving towards a big relationship blow out.
Next up, Artie’s (Kevin McHale) romance with Betty Pillsbury (Ali Stroker), Emma’s niece. Do they have to try to shove the two people in the chairs together? Emma’s attempted hookup of them feels false and vaguely insulting. Plus, I never cared for Stroker during her run on The Glee Project, and even though she did win second place last year, I didn’t expect to see her pop up now, especially without being featured in a musical number.
Why does Betty show up at McKinley? She’s not a student there. She shouldn’t be able to just come and wander the halls, during a school day. Ugh.
Lastly, we get to Marley (Melissa Benoist) and Jake (Jacob Artist). Jake wants to give her a special Valentine’s Day, and lacking being a romantic himself, he lets Ryder (Blake Jenner) take the reigns, including a cheesy in-class serenade of “You’re All I Need to Get By,” which would not be allowed in a real school. Marley sees right through it, but only tells that to Ryder, not Jake, reigniting the love triangle.
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.