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Five Ways Glee Could Have Improved “A Night of Neglect”

Don’t get us wrong: Even a lackluster episode of Glee is better than pretty much every other show out there — and between Mercedes’s (Amber Riley) demands, Mike’s (Harry Shum Jr.) moves, and Dustin’s (Cheyenne Jackson) craziness, “A Night of Neglect” wasn’t all bad. But we couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed with the episode, especially after such a long hiatus. Anyone else agree?

We’ve pinpointed five changes we would have made to liven up the episode. But don’t fret too much, Gleeks: From what we’ve already seen about “Born This Way,” it’s absolutely going to blow our minds. Hang in there!

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5. Don’t give us what we’ve already seen!
We’re not saying the show has to reinvent the wheel, but let’s take a look at what happens this week: The glee club has to find a way to make money at the last minute, Sue (Jane Lynch) tries to stop them, Rachel (Lea Michele) and Mercedes bicker over the spotlight, Karofsky (Max Adler) threatens Kurt (Chris Colfer), and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) starts singing a song that she isn’t able to finish. Any of that sound familiar?

Credit: Adam Rose/FOX ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co.    

4. Maybe neglected songs are neglected for a reason
We appreciate that the show is trying to give attention to less ubiquitous artists, like Adele or Lykke Li, but the not-particularly memorable songs feel more like album cuts than singles — and we have no emotional connection to them. Instead of “Turning Tables,” for example, we would have chosen the fabulous “Rolling in the Deep.” Not to mention we wait for a Rachel song and never get one! For shame!

3. More relationship drama!
When the only relationship with any tension is the fairly predictable breakup of Schue (Matthew Morrison) and Holly (Gwyneth Paltrow), something’s wrong. You know it’s a slow week when not even Santana (Naya Rivera) hooks up with someone new!

2. Vary the way the songs are performed
A benefit concert seems intriguing at first, but it means that the New Directions kids perform all the songs in the exact same way: with each singer getting trotted out onto the stage, one after the other. No interesting locales — just that same, boring stage. (Come to think of it, is this an episode of Glee or American Idol?) If nothing else, we would have at least varied the sets!

1. Two words: More. Surprises.
The biggest problem with the episode? Nothing really happens. (For example, we kept hoping we’d get Kurt’s transfer this week, but to no avail.) Aside from Holly and Schue parting ways at the end — which had already been foreshadowed for a while now — there’s nothing to truly excite us or shock us. And that alone is a shock — after all, this is Glee!

04.23.2011 / 06:06 AM EDT by Ryan Gajewski
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