‘Glee’ recap: 4×14 ‘I Do’

11:00 am EST, February 15, 2013

This week on Glee, it’s Valentine’s Day and it’s finally the wedding of Mr Schuester and Miss Pillsbury. Of course, there’s no way it could possibly all go smoothly. Read our full recap of “I Do” below:

Because Finn only has two friends in the world – Rachel and Mr Schuester – he chooses the one who is not engaged to marry Emma to offload his feelings to about, you know, kissing Emma. He clearly feels terrible about it, and is still stunned. Rachel, who is back in Lima for the wedding, advises him against telling Will. She tries to console him, saying that what he’d done “wasn’t great” but that it was understandable, and a little condescendingly, explains that it was probably due to Finn being lonely, and upset about hearing of Rachel and Brody’s cohabitation. Finn tells her that, actually, not every single feeling or action on God’s green earth revolves around Rachel Berry, and at that, Rachel’s care-factor turns to zero. She fake-nicely tells him to practice his acting skills and play “Supportive Best Man,” and leaves Finn to his misery, glaring at him with contempt when his back is turned. Finn then goes to Emma herself, to try and talk about his feelings, but she is a nervous wreck, still struggling with wedding plans by herself despite the fact that Will has returned home, and assuaged with her own guilt about lying to her fiancé  She tells Finn, in no uncertain terms, to “get over it” and that if he really wants to help her, he will keep away. This is the exact opposite of what I want to hear, especially because their conversation is, once again, incredibly level and adult in a way that I never in a million years expected, but that I am now obsessed with. Oblivious Schuester finds them together in Emma’s office and scoops up Finn for glee rehearsal, ignoring Emma’s pleas for help with the seating chart.

The glee club welcomes Schuester back, and – I’m shocked, who saw this one coming?! – announces the week’s assignment to be “Help Me With My Wedding.” He asks Finn if, as his best man, he will sing a song instead of giving a speech, and he informs the kids that they will need to find some romantic songs to sing at the reception. “Wait, you want us to be your wedding singers? That is so la-” “Awesome,” Blaine diplomatically interrupts a sulking Tina. “We’d be honoured ” Wait, so let’s see. Emma is doing everything for this wedding, and the only thing Will helps out with is something that is a) actually getting others to do it for him, and b) part of his day job anyway? Go and help your girlfriend write the goddamn seating chart, Schuester, at least pretend that you love her more than you love the glee club. Later, Finn, either out-of-character sarcastically, or completely ridiculously, tells Rachel that he has narrowed down his song choices to “Confessions” by Usher, “My Best Friend’s Girl,” or “Lying Eyes” by the Eagles, going on to say that he doesn’t think he can go through with being Will’s best man. Rachel assures him that it will be fine, and that she will sing with him if he likes – they can do a duet on which she takes the lead and he just sways in the background. Finn matches Rachel’s condescension shot-for-shot, saying that maybe Rachel can’t handle singing with him, due to their infamous musical chemistry. She rolls her eyes, but they are smiling at each other and Rachel admits that while she thinks she can control herself, Finn does look very cute right now. Yes, yes he does. She composes herself and with authority tells Finn that she’ll pick out a song for them.

The next day, Emma briefs Artie on her niece Betty, as she wants him sit next to her at the wedding. “She’s blonde, she’s an amazing singer, and she has, um, very large, uh..” “Feet?” Artie asks curiously. “Boobies,” Emma tells him, and now all I want for the rest of my life is to watch Jayma Mays say “boobies” over and over again. Artie looks rather delighted at the prospect of his date, but asks if Emma is quite okay, as, while this conversation has been going on, she has been obsessively scrubbing out his locker. She apologises, calling it a bit of normal, bridal, pre-wedding stress, but Artie looks sceptical.

Jake and Marley pass behind them and we cut to their conversation, where Marley excitedly hands over an early Valentine’s Day gift – customised cuff links that she’d hand-made from old typewriter keys, for Jake to wear to the wedding. Jake, very impressed, thanks her and tells her that he can’t wait to give her his gift. They kiss and as she skips off happily, Ryder claps his bro on the shoulder, suspecting correctly that Jake was not quite as prepared as he’d just played off. “Dude, you did her something, right?” Jake says that he hasn’t, yet, but that he has some ideas, stuff he’d been brainstorming with his brother. We get a flashback of Puck offering Jake some truly terrible and gross Valentine’s plans, and Ryder, who is as gently honest as he is handsome, calls it as he sees it: “I know you’re like, related to that guy, but he’s kind of creepy and currently dating a sophomore, alright? I’m not letting you do any of that.” Jake says he doesn’t have any other ideas and doesn’t know how to do this, and Ryder says that he is going to help him out and provide some ideas to give Marley a “Valentine’s Week” that she will remember for the rest of her life. Jake thanks Ryder and Ryder plays it off as no big deal, but as Jake leaves for class, Ryder heaves a private sigh, clearly because he is still in love with Jake himself. Wait, I mean Marley. Marley. But really, Glee lucked out on the chemistry of these two, Jacob Artist and Glee Project winner Blake Jenner, because they have more naturalistic interactions and chemistry than any of the other actors on the show currently.

Later, when Jake comes into Marley and Ryder’s history class, (taught by Mr Schue, the lesson is on the history of the bald eagle, which… doesn’t seem like an actual history-class topic) they put Ryder’s first plan into practice. We spy Ryder’s red suit pants and boots under his track suit and he taps his foot nervously, watching the clock. Marley, sitting behind him, asks what is going on with him. “Nothing’s going on, what could be going on? It’s history class.” He punctuates this with a simultaneous grin and thumbs-up and my friends, there is no way to do the delivery of this line justice in the format of the written word, except to say that my extreme fondness for this character has hit full-blown romantic love. I have broken up with my TV boyfriend Sam Evans. His position has been filled by Ryder Lynn. The magic continues when Jake – band in tow – comes in, wearing a red tux, and after a word to Schuester, announces himself to the class. Ryder continues the farce as the pair talk back to one another in a purposefully dictated manner. “Wow, that’s so crazy and emotionally vulnerable, I had no idea! Oh wait..” he slips back into a normal tone – “yes I did.” He unzips his jacket, revealing a matching tux, and joins Jake for the performance. Artie and my ex-boyfriend Sam also enter from outside the room, again in the awful red suits, and the group perform the Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell hit “You’re All I Need To Get By,” with Marley joining in to sing the female lead. By the way, speaking of Marvin and Tammi, how is it possible that this show has never done “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough?” Ever? Anyway, Marley is just thrilled to bits with the song, as is Mr Schuester – any excuse to avoid actual teaching! Oh, wait, on closer inspection of the whiteboard his lesson seems to be about the history of the bald eagle as America’s symbol, which makes a modicum of sense. Sorry for doubting you, I guess, Glee. Jake high-fives Ryder, thanking him again, and Ryder once again has a little kicked-puppy moment.

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When the news broke about X-Men: Supernova being adapted for film, the reactions were as predictable as they were extreme: “Yay!” from the fanboys and “Oy vey” from the general populace. And strange as it feels to me, I align with the casual moviegoers, despite being the guy who went to see the last two X-movies dressed as Mystique and Cyclops.

A quick word about my X-geek credentials: I’m not a comic book reader, but was obsessed with all the TV shows, and transferred that obsession to the film franchise. And I don’t hate The Last Stand as much as you want me to; I just thought it was meh.

I think rehashing the Dark Phoenix storyline is a bad idea both financially and creatively. Financially, it wouldn’t go over well with casual moviegoers. Anyone who knows enough to be excited about a Dark Phoenix movie would go see it anyway, and everyone else will wonder why they should bother seeing a story they just saw 12 years earlier. There’s a reason Amazing Spiderman made less than two-thirds the gross of the original Spiderman, despite 3D and a decade of inflation — why bother paying to see a film when you can just stream the last incarnation?

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When the news broke about X-Men: Supernova being adapted for film, the reactions were as predictable as they were extreme: “Yay!” from the fanboys and “Oy vey” from the general populace. And strange as it feels to me, I align with the casual moviegoers, despite being the guy who went to see the last two X-movies dressed as Mystique and Cyclops.

A quick word about my X-geek credentials: I’m not a comic book reader, but was obsessed with all the TV shows, and transferred that obsession to the film franchise. And I don’t hate The Last Stand as much as you want me to; I just thought it was meh.

I think rehashing the Dark Phoenix storyline is a bad idea both financially and creatively. Financially, it wouldn’t go over well with casual moviegoers. Anyone who knows enough to be excited about a Dark Phoenix movie would go see it anyway, and everyone else will wonder why they should bother seeing a story they just saw 12 years earlier. There’s a reason Amazing Spiderman made less than two-thirds the gross of the original Spiderman, despite 3D and a decade of inflation — why bother paying to see a film when you can just stream the last incarnation?

Creatively, I want to see the film franchise take on a new story, instead of trying to do an old one better. Sony finally figured that out: no one wants to pay to see Peter Parker watch Uncle Ben get killed yet again, so just move on. Even from watching the cartoons and reading Wikipedia, I know that X-Men has some fantastic storylines to explore: Genosha, Legacy Virus, or House of M. When the films have given the fans a cinematic incarnation of an exciting new story, the results have been overwhelmingly positive: consider Days of Future Past, or the excitement for Old Man Logan.

Even if they redo Dark Phoenix, what are the odds it’ll be that much better? Sophie Turner is not a markedly better actress than Famke Janssen. It would be at the same studio, produced by a lot of the same people who did The Last Stand and Apocalypse. It may be time to just write off the Dark Phoenix saga as a lost cause for the film franchise. Fans will always have the original comics to return to, and two animated incarnations of it (‘90s X-Men and Wolverine and the X-Men).

It’s the same way I feel about the Harry Potter franchise: I wish we could get decent movie adaptations of the books, but I’m much more excited for new stories in Fantastic Beasts, and happy to ignore the movies in favor of rereading the books. Films are not the be-all-end-all creative expression of a story.

Of course, I’ll still go see X-Men: Supernova when it comes out, but I really hope the next X-Men film gives me something to be excited about. I am familiar with going in to see films and thinking, “God, I hope they don’t eff it up again.” That’s how I felt for the latter Harry Potter movies. I’d be happy if they did a film centered on Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey, because I thought she was one of the few highlights of X-Men Apocalypse, but I truly hope they just leave the Dark Phoenix storyline well enough alone.

Do you want to see a retread of Dark Phoenix, or are you over it?

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. showrunner Jed Whedon discusses those killer twists and writing fanfiction in the aftermath of the spring finale.

Jed Whedon wrote and directed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, the episode that brought the current LMD storyline to an ostensible close. “Self Control” also completely changed the game for the rest of the season, sending Daisy into the ‘upside down’ of the world of the Framework to rescue the rest of the team.

But the Framework is a world where resolved regrets have appalling consequences — and that world is run by the likes of Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Whedon offered up his thoughts on upcoming themes, that crazy return, and the life and death stakes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Hydra.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. showrunner Jed Whedon discusses those killer twists and writing fanfiction in the aftermath of the spring finale.

Jed Whedon wrote and directed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, the episode that brought the current LMD storyline to an ostensible close. “Self Control” also completely changed the game for the rest of the season, sending Daisy into the ‘upside down’ of the world of the Framework to rescue the rest of the team.

But the Framework is a world where resolved regrets have appalling consequences — and that world is run by the likes of Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Whedon offered up his thoughts on upcoming themes, that crazy return, and the life and death stakes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Hydra.

First, what’s it like being an evil genius, destroyer of fandoms?

Oh well, you know! I get a lot of love-hate tweets at me.

When did you first have the idea to go into this alternate timeline, and basically write fanfiction of your own story?

You know, we end every year with talking about what next year will be. So last year, we had a lot of different things on our plate that we wanted to get into the season, and I think you can see we packed a lot in. But there’s sort of three big ideas — Ghost Rider, LMDs, and some sort of alt-world where we could, as you say, write some fanfiction for our characters and explore new things.

You know, I think this is our eighty-first episode that just aired, and that’s a lot of stories. So it’s refreshing for everybody, in production, action, and writers, to flip the script for a little while and get to sort of shake it out and use a new muscle.

So that’s something we talked about doing, and then figuring out how to do it, and how to make all those stories sort of become one thing was the real puzzle. And that’s where the Darkhold came in, and the idea that, finding a way that the Darkhold could sort of get us new tech, and the tech could get us to Alt-World. And so it was sort of a year in the making, and then it’s just a question of, what do we want to do in there? What kind of fun do we want to have?

Speaking of that, can you clarify the parameters of the Framework? Is it really an ideal world, as Aida and Radcliffe seem to think?

Yeah, I think that Radcliffe and Aida set out to duplicate the world, and with some of the info that Aida got from the Darkhold, they were able to do that. Now, the one change that they made was they plugged I think five people into it and repaired one regret for each of them, and that seems to have had a little bit of a ripple effect. We’ll get to learn more about the nature of that reality, but they were setting out to make our world. And it just seems when you change something, there’s a little bit of a butterfly effect.

So putting Jemma aside, who is decidedly her own case as she is apparently dead, which character’s new life do you think will be most surprising to fans?

Well, that’s a little bit of a wait and see question. But one thing I can say is that the themes we’re exploring are sort of, are you different if you’re in a different situation? Or are you inherently the same person? Obviously, we see May standing without much fear in a Hydra building, seemingly like she’s on top of the world. And so the question is, is she still her? Or have her new experiences changed her enough to be someone else?

Those are some of the themes that we’re going to explore. And you’ll get to see how each person is different and sort of judge for yourself who is the most different. But those are some of the themes we wanted to dig into. Is there a true you, or are you made up of your regrets — and what happens if you take those away?

And in terms of Jemma, you were very careful to obscure the date of her death on the tombstone. Is there any significance to that, or a mystery we should be keeping an eye out for?

In general in the Marvel Universe, dates are avoided. Because so much is connected… and I think that if you really asked, they would say that since the first Iron Man movie, like, two months has passed, or something insane! [laughs] You know, I think that we try to avoid them in general, but also it’s just so that you don’t know what’s happening, and we don’t have to answer all those questions, or stick super strictly to the exact timeline of when things would have occurred, so that we can have a little more wiggle room in terms of what stories we tell.

But yeah, we don’t know if it happened 20 years ago, or recently. We don’t know because we put a little flower over that!

But there’s a chance that we’ll see Jemma again?

There is a chance! And I’ll just say that we love Elizabeth [Henstridge] too much to have her go out off camera.

Okay, cool! So in terms of Ward, you definitely know how to keep the fandom churning! Is there a possibility that he will show up beyond the alternate universe, or is his role strictly in imaginary land?

Well, we’ll have to wait and see. But right now, there’s only five people in the Framework who actually have bodies in our world. [Ward] is a simulation, but he’s a simulation of exactly who he was. As Yo-Yo says, how do you populate a whole world? And Daisy very conveniently answers, “With the Darkhold.” It’s sort of our catch-all/fix-all solve this year, the Darkhold. It gave them this ability to sort of duplicate our world, so he is Grant Ward as we knew him.

Now, the world is different around him, and so whether or not he reacted the same to the changes in the world, we’ll see. But Grant Ward never enters the picture and makes things run smoother!

That’s for sure. So if you were to boil down what we can expect from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Hydra, what would you say?

Nightmares and dreams coming true.

…Oh boy.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×16, “What If…” will air on Tuesday, April 4 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

Instagram has launched a new feature which’ll decrease the amount of stress you may feel when creating a post.

Sometimes you want to share multiple pictures or videos from one experience, but you may want to avoid clogging your friends’ feeds with multiple posts in a row. Or, you just can’t decide which photo you want to share to brag about your night.

One solution has been to stick multiple images into a single frame — a trick that became so popular, Instagram made their own app for it called Layouts. But stress no more! On February 22, Instagram released a new feature which lets you upload multiple photos to a single post.

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Instagram has launched a new feature which’ll decrease the amount of stress you may feel when creating a post.

Sometimes you want to share multiple pictures or videos from one experience, but you may want to avoid clogging your friends’ feeds with multiple posts in a row. Or, you just can’t decide which photo you want to share to brag about your night.

One solution has been to stick multiple images into a single frame — a trick that became so popular, Instagram made their own app for it called Layouts. But stress no more! On February 22, Instagram released a new feature which lets you upload multiple photos to a single post.

Multi-image Instagram posts are limited to the square format and only use one caption, but each image can receive their own filter. To view all the images, your followers swipe left or right. Up to 10 images can be placed in a single post.

In a way, the new feature lets you create a Snapchat or Instagram-like story that lives forever. It’s a welcome addition — previously only available to advertisers — and should streamline each user’s feed.

Now it’s Snapchat’s turn to copy off of Insta. Is it only a matter of time until Snap lets you permanently keep photos, videos, and stories accessible to the public in some sort of profile?

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