Glee Recap of Season 3, Episode 16: “Saturday Night Glee-ver” — Brittany and Santana Say “I Love You”
Falsetto fever! Glee took on disco in tonight’s Saturday Night Fever homage, which also gave us the debut of The Glee Project’s Alex Newell (Wade); the return of Jesse St. James (Jonathan Groff) (we’re loving the new ‘do!); and a whole lotta white suits. And is there any chance we can hire Lord Tubbington to tidy up our homes for us? The guy puts Martha Stewart to shame.
In tonight’s episode, “Saturday Night Glee-ver,” the plot revolved around Schue (Matthew Morrison) getting Santana (Naya Rivera), Mercedes (Amber Riley), and Finn (Cory Monteith) to think about life after graduation. Apparently, this meant staging a fake dance contest and pronouncing those three students as the winners. Then, he informs the “winners” that he only chose them to motivate them. Right, because it’s important for a teacher to let his students know that the only way they’ll win something is out of pity.
We meet Vocal Adrenaline member Wade, who seeks out Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Mercedes’ advice as to whether he should perform in drag — against evil Jesse St. James’ wishes. Certainly, having Alex as a character in drag does not require him to play against type (as viewers of last season’s The Glee Project can attest), but he nailed this performance and looked fabulous while doing it. Sure, Ryan Murphy, we’ll take some more Wade. Thanks for asking!
Also, after all that Kurt has had to endure between coming out and getting bullied, would he really encourage someone to dress in drag solely so that Kurt could sabotage the performance? If you ask us, that seemed a bit out of character for Kurt.
Finn decides that he wants to be an actor, but only after Schue has to fish his college applications out of the garbage — gross! (If Schue ever wants Emma (Jayma Mays) to touch him again, he would be well-advised to avoid telling her about that trash-can excavation. Just a thought.) Now, we’re glad that Finn finally has some kind of a goal, but does anyone out there remember thinking that he seemed like the next De Niro during his part in the school’s Rocky Horror production? We didn’t think so.
We loved tonight’s Samcedes moment — including that kiss! — after Sam posts her video to YouTube and it receives loads of positive comments. (Uh, did Shane transfer or something? Where the heck is the guy?) But how is it that this is the first time that someone from New Directions has ever thought to post something on YouTube? Anyone who’s ever been on YouTube knows that 50% of its videos are of high school kids singing pop covers, and 50% are of babies doing baby things.
Speaking of posting videos of people without their permission, Brittany surprises fame-hungry (and now Louisville-bound) Santana by publicizing their sex tape, which Santana does not appreciate. In case you were wondering, this is Reason #1,478 why you shouldn’t follow in Kim Kardashian’s footsteps. However, if someone told us that we couldn’t watch anything else on TV for the rest of our lives except footage of Lord Tubbington doing household chores, we would ask what we did to deserve such a generous reward.
Was it our favorite episode of the season? Not by a long shot (although seeing Kurt and Blaine (Darren Criss) both in ‘70s-esque vests definitely made us squeal). Things felt pretty lightweight, and the scenes that did get serious — like Finn grousing about college yet again — felt rehashed from previous episodes.
Of course, our main beef tonight was with the singing: Did so many people really have to mimic the Bee Gees’ high-pitched falsetto? We wouldn’t have minded if a few songs could have been covered in ways that differed from the ‘70s versions. (Translation: Disco is dead for a reason.)
By the way, where the heck was Quinn (Dianna Agron)? Why is it a rule on this show that no storyline — except for Finchel’s — can be mentioned in two consecutive episodes? And while we’re at it, are we ever going to hear how Karofsky (Max Adler) is doing? The poor guy was recently at the center of attention and has now been basically forgotten (which is also the same way that we would describe Dane Cook).
You probably guessed it by now, but our “Favorite Scene Award” goes to Lord Tubbington, who makes any episode about a thousand times better. And how about finding him a love interest, since we all know that a man who cleans up for himself is hard to find. Time for Glee to put out a casting call for a Lady Tubbington, dontcha think? (And speaking of multiplying things by a thousand, apparently we aren’t the only ones who doubt that Puck can use a calculator.)
As for our second-favorite scene, we’re going to go the easy way out and make it a three-way tie between the three couples’ scenes at the end. Finchel’s decision to go to New York together was a wee bit schmaltzy but still adorable, and we loved Sam telling Mercedes that she’s not skim milk. (Props to this show for dissing skim milk, since we all know that skim milk is disgusting.) And Brittana exchanging “I love yous” was basically perfect.
So we all somehow managed to survive Disco Week. Overall, we enjoyed the episode, and it was nice to see the characters learn to follow their dreams from Saturday Night Fever. Then again, we always thought that the moral of that movie was not “follow your dreams,” but instead was “do not perform handstands on the edge of bridges.”
As for right now, watching all those dance moves has made us hungry. We could use a snack — but preferably not one of the testicle variety.