Category Archives: Glee

Glee: Season 4, Episode 9 – Marley Ruined Everything (AKA Something Stupid)

swan-songHere we go again, world, another episode of Glee. Strap yourself in for the 42 minute follow-up of last week’s “cliff hanger” Did New Directions win Sectionals? Will we ever get to see Sue’s retarded baby? Also, is Marley alive?

These questions and better ones will be answered tonight as we sit down with one of Glee‘s writers.

Spoiler Alert: New Directions lost Sectionals. What does this mean, because after a few minutes of explanation and four years of watching this show, I still don’t really know how this works. Continue reading


Glee: Season 4, Episode 8 – Thanksgiving

Glee-Homeward-Bound-Home-MP3-ListenJust when I thought I had seen it all…and by “it,” I mean all the previously graduated cast members, I remember that baby mama Quinn Fabray had not yet been back to Lima, Ohio. It seems that a decade of nightly drinking may have damaged my short term memory more than I had hoped. Oh well, onward and forward, to this Thanksgiving reunion episode of Glee.

Tonight, we opened with not just one song, but a mash-up of “Home” and “Homeward Bound.”  The singers were all previous Glee members who appear to have been hopelessly haunting the halls of their high school. Some state they are “in college” or “going to ballet school” or “happy,” but since I never see it, I cannot believe it. Do you ever want to show the spin offs of these characters as you did with Kurt and Rachel?

Woh, what’s with the softball question? I thought surely you’d ask why this Thanksgiving episode had literally nothing to do with the holiday, but OK. Continue reading

Glee: Season 4, Episode 7 – Dynamic Duets

Since Superstorm Sandy did not kill Ryan Murphy, it appears that Glee is still on the air. After this week’s episode “Dynamic Duets,” we here at By That You Mean had the opportunity to sit down once more with one of the producers to answer some of our most burning questions.

As always, thanks for taking time out of your day to speak with us. First, I must say that the theme this week was 50 shades of awful. I could not decide if it was lazy cosplay or an ill-timed Halloween episode. Can you explain how the holy hell you came up with this idea? Continue reading

Glee: Season 4, Episode 6 – Grease

Glee is still on the air! That means it is time for us to once again sit down with an anonymous producer for the show to get some inside information. Where is the show going? Who are all these people? How many overweight black females are there really? Onward for answers!!

Thanks for sitting down with me today. Tell me, how amazing it is to work with Kate Hudson? Continue reading

Glee: Season 4, Episode 5 – Something About Grease Or Whatever

As the episodes of Glee plod forward, sometimes I forget that it was once an original and highly entertaining show. Now, with Ryan Murphy balls-deep into American Horror Story, the show has been slipping away and leaving a lot of questions in its wake. We had the opportunity to sit down with a writer/producer from the show to provide the important answers.

We opened this week on the auditions for Grease. Other than the mirrored high school drama, what was it about this musical that spoke to the writers? Continue reading

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? Continue reading

Glee Interviews: Season 4, Episode 3 – Makeover

Here we are again, on a dark Thursday night, watching one of the most frustrating musical Dramadies in history unfold. It is time for Glee! We have the NYC set — with Rachel and Kurt fleshing out their new lives. We also have the Lima, Ohio crowd — forging forward with their meaningless Midwest lives. And they manage to do it all while singing, dancing and running around in absurdly high heeled boots. After 60 full minutes, I had a few questions, like, “why is the show still on the air?” and “when will Rachel become a Special Victim?” We here at By That You Mean have the privilege of sitting down with a member of the Glee creative team to provide us with some answers.

Thanks for once again taking the time to talk to us.Today we were subjected to songs like “Celebrity Skin” and “A Change Would Do You Good.” Do you think that your time could be better spent picking more memorable songs for the show? Continue reading

Glee Interviews: Season 4, Episode 2 – Britney 2.0

This week of Glee is all about Britney Spears. You remember her, right? She was famous once and several seasons ago, Glee paid her tribute. Apparently, unbeknownst to us at BTYM, Britney has enough songs to warrant a SECOND tribute. After dusting off some sad, old songs and hyping some new, awful ones, we sat down with a production insider to answer some of our burning questions.

BTYM: First, thank you for focusing on Brittany S. Pierce again. But can I ask why we have to subject the world to more Britney Spears? Continue reading

Glee: Season 4 Premiere – Interview with a Show Insider

BTYM: I was struck by the relatively somber tone of the premiere. Clearly with a new season brings new and difficult challenges for the familiar faces, but it was more than that. Peppered throughout was the usual “our differentness makes us special” tone of course, but I also noted an insistence on gritty realness, particularly in New York. In a sort of, “oh you thought your life before New York was hard, well suck on this truth,” way. Though it was fleeting, there was a shot of the World Trade Center being reconstructed in the background of an early Rachel scene. I’m not super sure Glee is up to the caliber of making even tacit references to 9/11 rebuilding, but it wasn’t so overt as to seem out of place. I’m wondering if you can speak to the decisions made going into this new season, specifically how to ramp up the hardships of the characters. Continue reading

Glee Season 3 – Finale

I had to double check that this episode, entitled “Goodbye”, was in fact the last of the season for Glee. With a random mid-season break and prom, Nationals, weddings and graduations all crammed at the end of this season, it would be just like Ryan Murphy to drag this out until July.

So, yes, “Goodbye” is indeed the episode in which we say goodbye to the graduating members of the Glee Club. Up until the final minutes of the show, I was still unclear as to which cast members were actually going to be leaving, but apparently we get to say adios to Finn, Quinn, Rachel, Kurt, Santana, Mercedes, Mike Chan and Puck. The stroy lines are fizzled out, the loose ends are all frayed and tangled.  One last time, I got to sit down with a writer from the show to pick his brain about the last time. Continue reading

Glee: Season 3, Episode 21 – Nationals

It’s the second to last episode of Glee’s (what’s below “middling?”) third season. Otherwise known as the Nationals Competition episode. Otherwise known as the deathmarch to the finale. Ugh…hurry up and graduate, and then get cancelled.

So Glee is almost over for yet another season. Should everyone go into their caves hibernating until a new season blooms anew? Or should we scorch the earth upon which Glee survives so that we don’t have to deal with it for yet another year? Should anyone ever watch this show ever again? It’s hard to say. I can say with authority that By That You Mean will forgo recaps next season, or at least they will take a much more diminished form.

But that’s the future. Let’s pause, look back, and talk with one of the writers of this most recent episode… Continue reading

Glee: Season 3, Episode 18 – Choke

With its third season quickly coming to a close, it’s a wonder we were able to sit down with one of the writers of Glee. But here we are. Here they are. Here you are. In case this weren’t already abundantly clear, two people contribute to the Glee reca….dyah, I mean Glee writer interviews. We switch off each week. I invariably get the worst episodes. This week was no exception.

Shall we discuss the latest episode, “Choke,” or should we choke each other?

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Glee: Season 3, Episode 17 – Dance with Somebody

It should come as no surprise that I, just like the rest of America, loved (pre-crack) Whitney Houston. I have fond memories of listening to my tape as loudly as possible while belting out “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” into my microphone/hair brush. Because of my deference to the tragic and talented singer, when the news broke that Whitney died, I honestly thought to myself “Oh, God, no one tell Ryan Murphy!”  Well, someone told and I it was only a matter of time until the world had to be subjected to a Whitney-themed Glee.  I had the opportunity to sit down with one of the writers for the show and ask him some burning questions.

Can I just ask, how long after Whitney died did Ryan Murphy decide to do this episode? Continue reading

Glee: Season 3, Episode 16 – Saturday Night Glee-ver

It’s been another week, and inexplicably another episode of Glee has been broadcast. The questions continue to mount, so it’s fortuitous that we have a special connection with a writer on the series. Read on as we ask the tough questions. Sometimes there are justifiable answers. Sometimes there are not. Other times, there is falsetto.

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Glee: Season 3, Episode 15 – Big Brother

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with a writer from the show Glee. Though he wished to remain anonymous, this writer was able to answer some of the serious questions I had about the episode “Big Brother.”

Thanks for taking the time to sit down with me. This episode was the mid-winter season premiere; was there pressure to produce some interesting story lines? Continue reading

Glee: Season 3, Episode 14 – Someone, Something…Dies

We’ve finally reached the “winter finale” — whatever that means — of Glee’s middling third season. Also known as, the Regionals competition episode wherein the New Directions face off against two teams (neither of which will be allowed to sing as many songs) one being a comically uncompetitive also ran while the other’s this season’s true nemesis (Warblers). It’s certainly been a season that’s had its ups, but oh boy have their been some downs. It’s not all the writers’ faults, though. As we’ll see in this behind the scenes look at their process, sometimes they come from a place of meaningful experience. We join them now, already in progress… Continue reading

Glee: Season 3, Episode 12 – Heart

Love is in the air! In fact, the air in the writer’s room at the Glee studios is thick with love. Maybe it is because it is a Valentine’s Day Episode. Or it could be that every character is getting married. Maybe it was the overturning of Prop 8 in California that has all the love juice flowing. Either way, we should probably check in with the writers to see how this week’s episode is shaping up. Continue reading

Glee: Season 3, Episode 12 – Ricky Martin’s Available

Another week, another chance to take a look back at Glee’s writers room. You know, that place where plots go to die, guest actors go to die, and your favorite songs go to thrive. Just kidding they die too. Will we find out what happened to Lauren Zises this week? Will someone new become pregnant (spoiler: sort of) but then become involved in an adoption triangle? The only way to know is to listen in, and luckily for you we’ve bugged the room:

Well naturally we should focus on Will as a teacher this week, as that’s the only opportunity I can think of to include sexy sexy Ricky Martin and his sexy sexy teeth. Should Will and Ricky have sex? They should right? Anyway, it’s pretty clear that Will’s a terrible [Spanish] teacher, at least in some part because he spends every waking moment either coaching the glee club or confusing us with who his love interest is. Continue reading

Glee: Season 3, Episode 11

Did you ever wonder how a Glee episode goes from a glitter-encrusted idea in the brain of Ryan Murphy to a full-fledged song and dance extravaganza? Well, wonder no more as we take you behind the scenes into the action-packed writers room. We will listen in as story-arcs are abandoned, characters are written off and songs get haphazardly worked into the plot. Let’s take a peek, I think they are just starting now!


Okay, writers, this week, we got kind of lucky! We have the rights to Michael Jackson songs. There is one small hitch though…we paid one lump sum for the right to use his music so that means we can use as much of it as we want. It is up to us to really jam as much music into this episode as possible.

What about the story lines and plot?

What about them? Other than finding a way to use the characters to create introductions to the songs, I don’t think we really need to focus on that. Instead, make the whole show one long string of set-ups to music videos. Continue reading

Glee: Season 3, Episode 10

Look, let’s — the writers of the greatest show of our generation — cut to the shit and do what we do best: jamming musical numbers and convoluted backstories into a shiny high school setting. Pepper some gay subplots here, sprinkle some pop culture references there. And bam! Another amazing episode of Glee.

Yes, yes, yes, but we still need to, you know, write words and some such.

I suppose.

Well, for starters, remember when we intimated a relationship between Mercedes and Trouty Mouth at the end of last season, but then we abruptly terminated it and immediately replaced him with the only other black character (Shane, a football player)?

Yah, it was among our best ideas as I recall.

Well Trouty Mouth’s available again for a multi-episode story arc (and his hair has improved), so let’s shoehorn in an explanation set to the classic “Summer Nights” from Greece.

Yah, but Mercedes’ hair got worse.

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Glee: Season 3, Episode 9

Alright fellow writers, it’s that time of the year: the annual “holiday” episode of Glee.

*cough* Christmas *cough*

You should have that checked out.

But seriously, y’all, theme episodes totally always work out are never the worst examples of our writing.

Hey, I know! Let’s throw in Mercedes singing that endlessly recycled Mariah Carey version of “All I want for Christmas is you” at the start.

Shut up, you know you love it.

Yah, plus this doesn’t hurt.

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Glee: Season 3, Episode 8

Another week, another ridiculous show to write.

This is getting hard…

I know, I know, but I have a surprise for all of you. We have spent a lot of time on storylines about babies and ladies and the gays. I think we should focus on some really manly things. You have all known me for a long time — when I say manly, what do you think I mean?

Michael Jackson? Oh! And strippers?

Nailed it. I feel so close to all of you. Okay, so there is where we will end up. Let’s plan how we get there.

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Glee: Season 3, Episode 7

Warm up those pipes because things are about to get real Gleeful!

So how do we get all of the characters back into the glee club, now that we’ve spent so much time unnecessarily splitting them up?

Well, we could have Finn blackmail Santana, you know because that is what a teenanger would realistically be capable of.

You mean, because we’ve already done it numerous times, and it is thus canon?

Totes McGoats.

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Glee: Season 3, Episode 6

I just want to warn you all, this is going to be a very Shelby-heavy episode. Idina Menzel is amazing; it is a shame that she is on this show.

Remember how she kissed Puck, like, three episodes ago and we never once addressed it? Well, I am thinking this would be a good plot line to further develop.

Won’t we just drop it in the next episode?

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Glee: Season 3, Episode 5

You know what subject we have not fully addressed in this season of Glee?

Why Trouty Mouth left? Where is Lauren Zizes? Why Puck, with his criminal record thinks he can ever get custody of a baby? Or how Emma’s therapy is going? Wait, I know, why we have never met Rachel’s gay dads and why they have not helped guide Kurt in his struggles?

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Glee: Season 3, Episode 4

There’s baby-swapping, Sue Sylvester is conniving to gain more power so that she can in some way ruin the Glee Club, there’s a rival singing/performing group that bleeds said club dry, Brittany and Kurt try to out-ridiculous each other, and Mr. Shue has nothing close to an entertaining arc.

So yep, lot’s of new ground to cover on this week’s Writers Room!

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Glee: Season 3, Episode 3

In an effort to better understand the complexities of Glee, we are allowed entrance to the writer’s lair. We shall listen to them now, discussing the most recent episode…

We have a list of things we need to include in this episode per Ryan Murphy himself. On the agenda: Asian jokes, fat jokes, ginger jokes…

So you mean — all the things that make our characters unique and accessible to our audience are exactly the things we are going to use as jokes?

Yup, it is just like high school. So down to business. The race for school president!

The what?

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Glee: Season 3, Episode 2

I can show you the woooorld. Shining, shimmering, shooowww choir. When will you let your voice decide? A WHOLE NEW GLEEEEEEE!

Um, I think that is copyrighted, and by the way you’re mixing the words up. Stop ruining my childhood is what I’m saying.

SsshhhYOU shut up now.

Let’s put down the knife and get back to writing the next episode of Glee, alright?

If you say so.

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Glee: Season 3, Episode 1

Time-travelling back to the storyboarding of Glee’s third season premiere, we join the writers, already in progress… 

Wow, SEASON 3! Who would have thunk it? We certainly have a lot of ground to cover with this episode.

We can’t just explain all these catastrophic plot/character changes in a couple seconds of the intro. That’s nuts!

And didn’t we do this already?

If we repeat last year’s innovative [and by nature, no longer such] meta blog interview video, we can get away with it!

Oh you’re right. I forgot that if we point out problems, they are OK.

And now that that conceit is well-known, pointing them out is…?


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Writers Room: Glee – Season 2

In the run up to Glee’s third season, we’d like to take a look back at what [we imagined] the writers were saying prior to season 2….

“I’d really like to add more white characters for the second season.  And we should concentrate less on the minorities in general.  We should also pretend Jewish characters on TV count as a minorities.”

“Everything you’re saying makes me wet.  Can we get rid of some of the black ones while we’re at it?  I feel like we already capitalize on their music as it is.  I think that’s enough.”

“Ditto.  But we can’t just axe one of them while adding more whities at the same time.  I mean, we could, but that’s too obvious.”

“Ha ha ha.  True, but we have three blackies.  I mean, that’s a lot.  One time the black guy spoke!”

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