Glee Interviews: Season 4, Episode 4 – The Breakup

After sitting down with my bowl of popcorn and big glass of wine, I was excited to see the title of this week’s Glee episode: “The Break-Up.” Finally, the sickly-sweet high school romances would go the way of the Dodo. No more Blurt, Fachel, Emill or Santittany. Before the first musical number, I could tell that this was going to be a good one.

I had the chance to sit down with a production insider and ask the burning questions I had about this episode of Glee.

As always, thank you for taking the time to speak to me! How does it feel to ruin so many relationships in one hour?

Again, thank you for having me! I don’t take pleasure in ruining the lives of our viewers; it’s just something that comes with the territory. If liquefying brains is a crime, then lock me up. Oh…oh you meant the characters. Well, we left so many dangling relationship threads at the end of the last season that we invariably needed to have (and will continue to have) episodes dedicated to blowing them up. No one said we were good at cramming people together, so what did you expect? I will say that the Kurt/Blaine breakup was pretty realistic…ally drawn straight from Ryan Murphy’s adolescence, though.

This episode had a lot of songs, six to be exact. I was surprised that there were so many singing monologues…or “Songalogues” as I have recently copyrighted. Is it easier to write these, or do you like the challenge of coming up with song opportunities?

Are you asking if it’s easier for us to write novel dialogue vs. reusing the words already written in song form? Did I just answer my own question? It’s mountains easier to have our media rights lawyers come up with lists of songs that we can use, and then plan character dialogue as intros and outros to the existing words. In this episode in particular, we couldn’t really come up with show-stopping effects-heavy musical numbers, so we stuck to the songs pretty closely. Plus 90’s nostalgia is all the rage.

Speaking of songs, I kind of like the song “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry, but I love the version by Darren Criss in Season 2, and I almost cried when I heard the song reimagined again for this episode, again by Darren Criss. I don’t really have a question.

You may know, in that case, that Darren Criss already performed “Teenage Dream” instrumentally, some say drunkenly, before. That video alone has over 375,000 views and almost 4,000 likes. We are going to get to a point very soon when we just livestream YouTube videos to your local Fox affiliate with a chyron scrolling at the bottom of the screen that reads, “FUCK YOU BUY THIS SONG ON iTUNES NOW YOU DONKEY-MONKEY.”

Finn, we realize, was released from the Army because he accidentally shot himself in the leg. Was there discussion at the table to just have Finn accidentally shoot himself in the face instead?

You know, I actually missed that part of the writers meeting. I am so there with you on this shooting himself in the face thing, but as it turns out the actors have rights. Or something. Cory Monteith, who just has so much going on post-Glee, made it clear that we were not to harm his godly face. Also, it is more sad and pathetic that he was discharged for only discharging a bullet into his leg and THEN wanders around aimlessly in shame, never calling Rachel Berry. That, my friend, is love.

Will Emma and Will ever get married? I am only asking as a courtesy; I stopped caring about this relationship years ago.

We will absolutely have a Wemma wedding episode during sweeps. We’d be crazy not to! Also, we are crazy. The episode will have a dream sequence set to the last Queen song we haven’t done yet, and it will feature Jane Lynch as herself, Ryan Murphy as Coach Beiste, and Dot-Marie Jones as Artie’s wheelchair. This sets us up nicely for season 5’s epic divorce/Jem and the Holograms/New Girl-cross over episode.

P.S. Stay tuned for this week’s Grease-themed episode. Since we already featured Olivia Newton-John a few years ago for no good reason, we can’t reuse her for this. Oopser doopsers!

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