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Glee Recap, ‘Saturday Night Glee-ver’


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?

Glee Recap, ‘On My Way’

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Every once in a while, there’s an episode of Glee that makes you appreciate just how good the show can be.  This wasn’t that episode. In fact, I don’t think there has ever been an episode like that, but I kind of feel like that’s what they were going for with this. The competition was boring, but it was a small speed bump on the way to what I’m sure the writers didn’t intend to be one of the most enjoyable endings of the entire season.

The episode starts with Sebastian blackmailing New Directions, specifically Rachel and Finn, to try to get them to drop out of Regionals. Ridiculously photoshopped pictures of Finn are going to be plastered all over the internet because New Directions is supposed to be that good? At his new school, Karofsky is outed when the f-word is spray painted on his locker by his teammates. That, and messages he receives on the net push him over the edge and he attempts suicide. Kurt goes through a guilt trip and thinks this is somehow his fault. Sebastian calls a truce with New Directions because he too bullied Karofsky and the groups decide to come together for one night in honor of a former classmate. It’s a sweet sentiment, but also an odd one.  How does Sebastian even know Karofsky, and how does he know the McKinley students know him?  Kurt visits Karofsky in the hospital, asking him to imagine his future, using an exercise Will did with the kids where he revealed that he contemplated suicide when he was in high school.

Sue is preggers, and because she doesn’t have any friends, the first person she tells is Quinn. Sue seems to be in a better place now that she’s with child, but I’m going to miss the angry, sharp-tongued Sue who always had it out for Will and the kids.  (Even if that got a little old.)

Rachel is intent on getting married as soon as possible, so they decide that after they win Regionals they’ll get hitched. The Berrys and the Hummels aren’t having it and try to stall, not before Hiram tells us about the personal mall Barbra Streisand has in her house. Things are looking up for Quinn, she’s going to Yale, because that’s what characters on TV shows aspire to do. Sue also put Quinn back on the Cheerios. She’s late for the wedding because she left to get her bridesmaids dress. While she and Rachel are urgently texting each other she is hit by a truck. Fade to black.

Maybe I’m a terrible person for enjoying the fact that a somewhat major character might be killed off before the end of the season, but I have never really cared for or about Quinn. The whole setup to this was pretty cliche. She’s finally getting what she wants and then dies, or gets paralyzed, in an accident. I’m kicking myself for not seeing this two episodes ago. This made me indifferent to the show again , which is a shame because I have enjoyed the last couple of episodes. I welcome this winter break. Maybe the writers will find out a way to handle this heavy-handed story line without it being too corny. The best thing to come out of all of this was a PSA from The Trevor Project, featuring Daniel Radcliffe.

“Cough Syrup” sung by Blaine. I’ve never heard of this Young The Giant song, but it fit this sad scene so perfectly. Karofsky dresses himself in a suit and gets ready to hang himself. Much like the cover of Fun.’s “We Are Young,” one of the things this show does get right is the way they pick a song that is not as well known.

“Glad You Came”  and “Stand” sung by The Warblers. I have become less impressed with The Warblers since they appeared on the show. I think it might be the blazers. I can say that they aren’t as good now that Blaine isn’t singing with them. They came in second to New Directions, but not without a lack of trying. Their cover of Lenny Kravitz‘s “Stand” was actually pretty good.

“Fly/I Believe I Can Fly” and “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger) sung by New Directions and The Troubletones. I thought we were done with the rapping, at least it wasn’t done by Mr. Schue. I liked the R. Kelly part of the mash-up better and it was nice that Mercedes, Santana and the other girls of the Troubletones got a moment to shine. New Directions deserved to win, but it should have been with better song.

Here’s To Us sung by Rachel and New Directions. A surprise for the parents, Rachel and the gang perform this Halestorm hit, not only for each other but for their loved ones. The little exchange between the future newlyweds was cute, even future zombie Quinn felt the love.

Glee Recap, ‘Heart’ – Amber Riley’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ (Video)

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The thing I most look forward to when it comes to Valentine’s Day is that all the candy will be more than 50% off the day after. The kids on Glee certainly had a better one than I did. Sugar threw a party, Kurt got a secret admirer and Finchel played house, or bedroom rather.

Everything sort of centers around Sugar’s V-Day party where she demands that no one come alone, even though she herself is single. This means musical warfare for Artie and Rory who both have a crush on her. Finn and Rachel announce their engagement to the rest of the group who are as supportive as they can be for the fact that their friends are about to ruin their lives.

We finally get to meet Rachel’s dads Hiram and LeRoy played excellently by Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell. The couple invite Finn and his parents over for dinner to celebrate the kids’ engagement but they did seem almost too happy about it. Rachel reveals her ridiculous nighttime routine to Finn who just wants to pee and this causes a stupid fight that Rachel’s dads hope would make them see the light but only draws them closer. Even through Troll Murphy and co said they would cut down on the guest stars this season, I have to say Goldblum and Mitchell have been two of the better ones. I hope we get to see more of them.

The God Squad, which was a thing I totally forgot about welcomes a new member with Joseph Hart, played by one of the winners of The Glee Project, Samuel Larsen. Quinn is immediately smitten and loves his tattoos of bibles verses. He’s a little too granola for me, with the dreads and sandals but he is a cute kid and pretty talented. Santana and Brittany are stopped from kissing in the hallway by Principal Figgins and Santana stands up for their right to kiss her own damn girlfriend, considering Rachel and Finn are allowed to make out all the time with no hassle. She goes to the God Squad to ask them to do a special song for her lady love and even though they make a big deal out of whether they should do the song or not, they honor Santana’s wishes. Kurt finally finds out who his secret admirer is, and it wasn’t Blaine. Although Blaine is corny enough to dress up in a gorilla suit. It turns out to be Kurt’s old bully, and now crush, Karofsky. Seeing Max Adler‘s name in the credits I was expecting an appearance, but for Kurt to admit that he kind of likes him too but he lets him down easy.

Sugar chooses Rory over Artie, but I hope they don’t make Artie stoop so low as to reveal that Rory might not be a legal citizen, and WTF at that being a future plot point. Sigh. There wasn’t much of Mr. Schue this episode, not even a mention of what lame gift he was getting Emma for V-Day. Next week is the winter finale where Rachel could be a runaway bride and Sue might be pregnant with Will’s baby. DUN DUN DUN!

“L-O-V-E” sung by Tina and Mike. I love any chance that Tina gets to sing and not cry and Mike gets to dance. Unfortunately they don’t get as much attention as the other couples but they work so well together. We got to see Rory and Artie try to woo Sugar during this classic Nat King Cole number. Well, we know how that ended.

“Let Me Love You” sung by Artie. I’m glad Kevin got to sing this Mario hit by himself, and I don’t know how this wasn’t enough to convince Sugar to choose him.

“Stereo Hearts” sung by The God Squad. Finn asked the group to perform for Rachel as his V-Day gift. This included also included a gospel choir, because you know, Jesus and stuff. It was cute, and Rachel loved it.

“Home” sung by Rory. Poor Rory was feeling homesick and used that to his advantage to get to Sugar. She fell for him singing this Michael Buble tune and hopefully Damian McGinty can get some better, and more upbeat, solos.

“I Will Always Love You” sung by Mercedes. There was already some talk about this cover, but because of the death of Whitney Houston it became more a tribute than a declaration of love. Amber did an amazing job with this and even made me tear up a bit, or maybe that was Sam getting a little verklempt. Mercedes ultimately chooses to be alone because she cheated with Sam and hurt Shane. It would have been better if we knew more about their summer romance and what happened between them, but hopefully the two end up together.

“You’re The Top” sung by LeRoy, Hiram and Rachel. The Berrys entertain the Hummels with what is apparently a nightly thing in the Berry household. Mitchell comes from a strong theater background so no surprise that he would sound so good, but Goldblum was a natural at the piano. Get this man into a musical!

“Cherish/Cherish” sung by The God Squad. This mash-up of Madonna and The Association was pretty cute, for what it was. Sam snuck some knowing glances at Mercedes, who looked a bit uncomfortable on stage with him but they got the crowd at Sugar’s party on their feet.

“Love Shack” sung by New Directions. Blaine returns to serenade his love, a slushie cannot keep this man down. Kurt couldn’t resist doing the Fred Schneider parts of this B-52’s song. He delivered the perfect “Tiiiiiiin roof! Rusted.” This was a great end to the episode and did you catch that cute scene of Finn popping up between the ice swan?