Yes, that was the real title of this episode, and most of it really wasn’t that bad. There are only a handful of episodes left this season and the “kids” will soon be off to whatever it is they, or the teachers, see for themselves in the future. Some of Will’s pushing felt more like “I need you kids to get the f*** out of McKinley” and less like “I really care about you guys and want you to succeed.” Being the terrible teacher he is, he orchestrates a fake dance competition to motivate Finn, Mercedes and Santana. Two of them are smart enough to realize how insulting that is, but besides that the rest of this actually worked.
The theme for Nationals is “Retro” but the kids think disco sucks. Will wants to use the movie Saturday Night Fever and it’s classic soundtrack to motivate the kids to think about their future and dream bigger. He realizes that Finn isn’t interested in school at all, Mercedes has the talent but lacks vision and Santana wants to be famous but doesn’t want to do the work to achieve real fame. This complicates things for Santana later when Brittany decides to release a sex tape of the two featuring her cat, Lord Tubbington called ‘Two Girls, One Cat.” It’s a hit, but Santana doesn’t want to eat bull testicles just for her 15 minutes of fame. She does accept a cheerleading scholarship, and apparently you can enroll kids in college without their knowledge.
Finn is still unsure about marrying Rachel and following her off to New York and doesn’t want to go to L.A. with Puck to clean pools for Real Housewives. Although I find Finn utterly boring, he is in the most realistic situation. Everyone is pulling him in a 100 different directions, and they won’t let him make up his mind for himself.
Mercedes knows that she can be a star, but doesn’t have the same kind of support that Rachel has from her dads to go out on her own to try to make it big, so she did kind of settle for college. It takes Sam showing her love from YouTube to convince her she has what it takes to be the next Whitney or Adele. We were also reminded that her dad is a dentist, but we still haven’t seen him yet.
It’s been interesting to see the show has worked in it’s winner and runners up from The Glee Project. There was that one girl Rachel and Kurt were briefly intimidated by, the Irish kid, the new one with dreads and now Wade, played by Alex Newell. Wade is a member of Vocal Adrenaline, now headed by Jesse St. James since Shelby quit. He comes to McKinley to ask Mercedes and Kurt for advice about performing in drag for an upcoming performance. He imagines himself as the love child of “Kurcedes”, with with Andre Leon Talley and Beyonce as godparents. Initially they encourage him to work it, and even give him a pair of platform heels from Sue, but go to Vocal Adrenaline’s performance to tell him to think twice. How is it that the two people who are always telling everyone else how to be fabulous would want to rain on his parade?
I’ll try to ignore Jesse calling Mercedes “the laziest person in the world.” I’ve never been here for you Jesse, and I never will. With Wade on their side, New Directions definitely have some touch competition. So everything works itself out, for now.
“You Should Be Dancing” sung by Blaine, Mike and Brittany. I love it when the show starts with a musical number, and I wasn’t even bothered that this one included Blaine. The three strut down the hallway and show that disco doesn’t suck that much. Blaine’s falsetto was almost too high, but of course, no one can hit a high note like a Bee Gee.
“Night Fever” sung by Will, Sue, Joe and Blaine with New Directions. This is arguably the best cut from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, and again, Will’s falsetto was auto-tuned to hell, but it was good. The group’s hit their hustle, and Will decided to make Santana, Mercedes and Finn the winners of the dance contest. I love that Sue has her own white, light up disco dance floor, and she and Will are great co-coaches together.
“Disco Inferno” sung by Mercedes with Santana and Brittany. Mercedes has dreams and ambitions, whether Mr. Schue sees it or not. During her performance Sam records her and then uploads it to YouTube. Seeing that she’s already gotten over 400 views, despite one person that thought the vid was about a car fire, it gives the encouragement she needs to really prove herself outside of Ohio. She even gets another kiss from Sam. Awww.
“If I Can’t Have You” sung by Santana with the New Directions Girls. Santana dons a slightly ill fitting jumpsuit to belt this one out. Even though everyone is pushing her to be a lawyer, or start her own business, Santana could also run off to Hollywood or New York to start a singing career.
“How Deep Is Your Love” sung by Rachel with Finn. Finally deciding to make up and talk again, Rachel and Finn sing this Bee Gees love song to each other. Finchel scenes always bore me, but I enjoyed this little duet.
“Boogie Shoes” sung by Wade and Vocal Adrenaline. This was definitely the highlight of the episode for me. Wade turns into his alter ego, Unique, and brings the house down in his glittery boogie shoes. Even though Jesse tries to stop him, and even threatens to throw him out of the choir, the crowd along with Mercedes and Kurt love it. I hope we see Wade take the lead again at Nationals. You Better Work!
“More Than A Woman” sung by Finn and New Directions. We didn’t really need another Finn number, but it was nice to see all of the couples, minus Mercedes and Kurt, dancing with each other. It was a type of corniness that this show does so well.
“Stayin’ Alive” sung by Finn, Mercedes and Santana with New Directions. The prize for winning the dance contest was a silk, white suit like the one worn in Saturday Night Fever Travolta. I think Santana and Mercedes worked it better Finn, and the only thing missing was a couple of paint cans.
But I have to ask, where was Quinn during this number?