...tonight's big showstopper of a number -- hell, the season's big showstopper of a number -- "Getting Married Today" from Company, and I don't think I've seen a character song this fun on this show in years. Unfortunately, they've chopped it down from the full version they recorded, presumably to make time for this evening's Stupid Boring New Idiot Rachel subplozzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, but what remains is still fantastic, with Emma rapidly losing her mind over in the Bridal Locker Room while Will obliviously sings hymns to her out in the chapel proper, with Mercedes doing a surprisingly fine job on the high operatic bits. The congregation gets in on the act at various appropriate moments -- none more deliciously horrific than when Old Puck snaps his face towards the camera with a terrifying smile to shout, "Amen!" -- and eventually, Emma bolts past a supremely and hilariously unconcerned Sue to race through the chapel's cloister to the street, where she hails a cab. The music cuts out the instant she's slammed shut the door (on the train of her gown, of course), and she bursts into hopeless tears as the taxi pulls out into traffic. Excellent job by Jayma Mays, here. I hate what they've done to the character over the years -- turning the adorably odd personality quirks of Season One into the depressing full-blown personality disorder of Seasons Two through Four was a massive mistake -- but I'll be damned if the actress doesn't sell the hell out of the dismal crap they've given her to play every single time. Poor Emma.
Episode Report CardDemian: A- | 377 USERS: B
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