Glee: Season 4, Episode 2 “Britney 2.0” (C-)
This episode doesn’t exactly provide reassurance that this show can still be saved. Reusing a past plotline – Britney – isn’t awful in theory, but it comes from out of nowhere, with no present-tense relevance. To think that Rachel would stage her sex-appeal show to “Oops I Did It Again” is even more preposterous. The giant warehouse Kurt and Rachel are now renting in Brooklyn should provide them with many unrelated adventures, the first of which was the smooch between Brody and Rachel, which sure didn’t take long. Seeing Cassie’s YouTube-captured meltdown and Rachel bringing it up in front of her wasn’t terribly dramatic, and it might be worthwhile to see a broader picture of the school rather than just the one class if Rachel is going to continue to be such a prominent player on the show. A quick visit from Puck and a Skype shot of Santana isn’t going to suffice for following the lives of the other graduates, and things aren’t much more interesting at home in Lima. Brittany’s downward slope wasn’t engaging, and the only part of it that was decently effective was seeing Sam reach out to her as a friend. Far better was the dynamic between and performances by Marley and Jake. It’s a shame that Jake has been painted as such a womanizing bonehead that he can’t tell that dating Kitty when Marley clearly likes him is a bad idea, but this show has never been about doing the smart or right thing, at least not right away.