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'Glee': Pianist's facial expressions serve as metaphor for general viewing experience

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I feel like “Mattress” was the Nameless Glee Pianist‘s breakout episode. (UPDATE: His name is Brad. Thanks, meg and Shannon!) Never mind that he does not speak. All he needs to do is smile. Like a LOT. And willingly receive a gentle caress from a high school girl with inseam issues. After paying way too much attention to him in this scene, I realized that his facial expressions perfectly mimicked my own experience, as a viewer who now fully embraces the insanity of the show, of the Five Stages of Gleef.

1. “I’m too old for this.”

2. “Uh….”

3. Exhaustion

4. Bemusement

5. Acceptance

Gleef achieved.

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