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‘Glee’ returns after seven-week hiatus

Cadenza not so thrilled

Here’s what you missed on “Glee”—wait, you haven’t missed much, because “Glee” hasn’t aired a new episode since Feb. 21, 2012. The show took a seven-week hiatus to accommodate the crowding caused in the Fox schedule by trying to air 13-episode seasons of “Alcatraz” and “Touch” in the same time slot over a four-month period. Bad move, but it gave us a whole seven weeks to ponder Quinn’s fate.

See, last time “Glee” aired, the New Directions won at regionals, beating out the now-mean Dalton Academy Warblers and their evil leader Sebastian. Rachel and Finn decided to carry through with their plan to get married. The producers of “Glee” know that it’s a terrible idea to marry high schoolers, so they of course had to throw a major obstacle in their way. While on her way to the wedding, Quinn texted Rachel to tell her that she’d be there soon, but got into a major car crash instead.

Cut to black. We have no idea what happened to Quinn, but I doubt they will kill her off. There could never be a cheery musical number again. Instead, Tuesday’s episode will bring Matt Bomer (“White Collar”) on as Cooper Anderson, Blaine’s older brother. He is probably going to cause mayhem, because someone does on pretty much every episode on “Glee”—besides the so-called designated serious episodes, of course, like “Grilled Cheesus” on religion (you know, because “Grilled Cheesus” is a fitting title for a serious episode) or the most recent episode on gay teenage suicide.

The show is getting tired, and it’s unfortunate that its writers feel like they need to pull stunts like placing a major car accident before a months-long hiatus. Seriously, if they’ve run out of stories for Quinn, they can just send her to Yale University, which she miraculously got into Early Action (because she would really get in from some random public high school in Ohio).

The show should find its way back to consistent characters to be worthy of television time again, not just use gimmicks like car crashes and random guest stars. I think we would all be happier—positively gleeful—about it.